Davies’ motorsport bow will be the latest milestone in an inspiring journey for the Welshman, who suffered a stroke in January 2019. Determined not to let it stop him from achieving his aspirations to become a racing driver, entering GRDC has been a clear focus throughout his recovery so far.
The 35 year old from Chesterfield, who will competing this season with SVG Motorsport, is aiming to use his motorsport to raise money and awareness for the Stroke Association, with 100% of the sponsorship and donations he receives going to the charity.
As part of a dedicated livery on his Ginetta G40, Davies’ roof will be filled with purple hearts that are dedicated by supporters to loved ones lost to a stroke and to survivors. He is also organising a charity day at Donington Park later this month, with passenger rides, raffles and auctions.
Steve Davies: “In the dark days after the stroke, I kept thinking that I had to live for the now. So I had a search on a racecar website online and a G40 came up. It was the same car me and my partner had seen at Oulton Park and loved the livery of, so it seemed like a sign.
“It stayed in the garage and every now and then I’d go over to look at it, and remind myself what I had to achieve. That’s when the fundraising idea came to me. Why not race and help others at the same time? It seemed like a no brainer, so I set a target of £10,000.
“Off-track, my ambition for the season is to raise that fundraising goal and I’ve start making contacts and have set up a Just Giving page. On-track, I want to make it onto the podium. Just once would be fine! The first stroke survivor to stand on the podium has a fairytale sound doesn’t it?”
Andy Johnson, SVG Motorsport team owner: “We’re pleased to be able to support Steve in the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club this season. He has tremendous passion for motorsport and has shown real determination during his recovery. Hopefully it’s a great year ahead for him.”
The Ginetta Racing Drivers Club is designed as a cost-effective way for drivers to take their first steps in motorsport. Sharing a grid with the Ginetta G40 Cup in support of British GT, the series is open to drivers with previous racing experience, while a rookie class welcomes drivers new to the sport.
Image from IHI Automotive Photography.