SRO Motorsports Group has distributed the money collected in fines during the 2022 racing season among a selection of worthy causes.
The annual charitable fund is drawn from three series: Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS; the Fanatec GT2 European Series; and the GT4 European Series. Competitors receive fines for a variety of infringements, such as speeding in the pit lane or unsporting behaviour on-track, while team infractions include failing to adhere to working guidelines.
A portion of the fund has been donated to the Royal Society of Sculptors to support the extensive renovations being carried out at its London home, Dora House. This project will transform the Grade II listed building, restoring the façade to its original glory and carrying out essential interior works at the Old Brompton Road site.
A significant contribution has also been made to Fondation Alzheimer, France’s leading private fund for research into Alzheimer’s and its related diseases. The institution partners with public organisations and leading private healthcare companies, channelling 100 percent of donations back into valuable research work.
The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has received a donation in honour of Jon Crook, who passed away in February 2022. A long-standing British Racing and Sports Car Club (BRSCC) member and respected chief scrutineer, Jon was a fixture of the Intelligent Money British GT paddock, where he and wife Sue were among the championship’s most recognisable volunteers.
Help has also been provided to Enfants Copilotes, which aims to bring happiness to children facing challenging circumstances. Young people living with medical problems and from disadvantaged backgrounds are strapped into the passenger seat of a sports car and taken for a ride around a circuit, allowing them to experience the thrill and speed of motorsport.
Finally, a donation has been made to Hyperacusis Research, a non-profit supported by championship winning GT driver Wolfgang Reip. The initiative seeks out treatments for hyperacusis, a disorder that makes patients highly sensitive to a range of sounds, some of which become painfully loud. Through its work, Hyperacusis Research hopes to eliminate the underlying mechanisms that cause the disorder.
The 2023 European racing season kicks off at Monza on 21-23 April, with Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS, the Fanatec GT2 European Series and the GT4 European Series all set to compete at the legendary Italian circuit. Before that, the upcoming Easter weekend will see a trio of series get underway. Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS launches at Bathurst (7-9 April), the Intelligent Money British GT Championship begins its campaign at Oulton Park (8-10 April) and the FFSA GT French Championship and FFSA TC France stage their traditional opener at Nogaro (7-10 April).