By Marianne Curtis
After beating 3,900 other race car drivers to once again earn a spot in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup, David Richert from Niverville has successfully completed his first two races of the season after competing in at the Virginia International Raceway from April 24-26.
Twenty six year old Richert, was competitive all weekend finishing 14th in Race 1 and 15th in Race 2.
“It’s difficult driving in conditions where you know that even a small dent on your car means you may not make the next race” he says, “but hopefully we’ll take care of business and we can start contesting for race wins and bring a trophy back.”
As one of only three Canadians to be selected by the world’s 3rd largest auto manufacturer, Richert is ready to get his second season in the series underway.
“Last year was a great step forward for my career” states Richert “I was able to show everyone I had the ability to be successful on the track, but more importantly, was able to show them that my supporters and I were the best off the track by winning a huge media based contest.”
“It is a massive testament to the people throughout Manitoba,” added Richert. “It is that support which will ultimately allow us to compete in major events like the Indianapolis 500”.
For Richert, it is not all about racing for trophies. This season he has partnered with Samaritan’s Purse, an international charitable organization.
Richert was able to complete every minute of both races and was able to donate $1,200 to Samaritan’s Purse for the purchase of 12 BioSand Water Filter units. These water filters will be constructed in homes around the world where inhabitants do not have access to clean water for their daily needs.