Published: 16:20, 15 April 2020
| Updated: 18:19, 15 April 2020
A British Touring Car team from Kent has organised a campaign to raise money for their local NHS trust in the fight against Covid-19.
Team Hard, based in Detling, near Maidstone, is giving racing fans the opportunity to have their name put on the team's British Touring Car Championship VW CC at the opening round of the championship.
Those who donate £10 to the Just Giving page will have their names included on the livery of the car, with all proceeds going to Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.
Alongside the names there will be a special thank you message for all those who donate to the campaign.
Tony Gilham, managing director of Team Hard, said: "This is not how we envisaged our 2020 going and I am shocked at the devastation COVID-19 is causing.
"Unfortunately, we don’t yet have the technology or infrastructure that the Formula 1 teams have to manufacture devices to make a direct impact.
"However, we are desperate to use our resources where we can to help the effort to fight coronavirus."
Watch Team HARD prepare for their final race last season
He added: "On behalf of the whole team I can’t thank the entire NHS enough for all their hard work.
"You have supported us from the stands, now it’s time for us to support you."
Last month, it was announced the 2020 British Touring Car championship would be suspended until June 30 "at least."
David Richards, Motorsport UK chairman, said: "Motorsport UK has a vital role to play with its community in re-inforcing that, at this time of national emergency, we must all stay at home to play our part in protecting the NHS and ultimately saving lives.
"When we reflect back on this time, it will be a brief, but vital, hiatus from our everyday motorsport life and we must put this in perspective.
"This is a time of national unity and we need to come together with the broader public community to do all we can to support this battle and ultimately save lives."
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