Valve's Gabe Newell has established a New Zealand chapter of his and Yahn Bernier's The Heart of Racing team, aiming to raise money for the Starship Foundation charity.
Made up of drivers Alex Riberas and D1NZ champion Darren Kelly, the team has already made its debut at Teretonga Park near Invercargill, winning the South Island Endurance Series' first round.
As 1News reports, more than $250,000 have been raised for the Starship Foundation.
Valve's Gabe Newell The Heart of Racing New Zealand Chapter
"We are thrilled that going into the season, THoR has already raised $250,000 towards our National Children's Intensive Care Unit to support the continued delivery of world-class care for critically sick and injured children from across the country," said Starship Foundation spokesperson Melanie Esplin.
The team drives an Aston Martin Vantage GT3, its next race being scheduled for Friday at Hampton Downs. There, it will compete in the North Island Endurance Series.
The Heart of Racing's Seattle team has been raising money for Seattle Children's Hospital since 1997.
Gabe Newell and some of his friends were visiting New Zealand as the COVID-19 pandemic began, deciding to stay there until it passes.
Prior to setting up a team to participate in GT3 races, he had promised a live event in Auckland that was meant to feature live music and VR setups. The event was postponed when Auckland re-implemented Alert Level 3.
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