SRO Motorsports Group has pledged to donate €50,000 ($56,000) towards the reconstruction of Notre-Dame de Paris, which sustained a significant fire on Monday.
The Stephane Ratel-founded group, which has an office in Paris, is “immensely proud” of its French roots, with Ratel having spent most of his youth in the city.
Since the medieval period, the French cathedral has stood as one of the most iconic landmarks of the city.
“Like so many others at SRO across the various continents where we operate, I was deeply affected by the fire at Notre-Dame de Paris,” Ratel said.
“In agreement with everyone in the company, I wanted to do something to be a part of the reconstruction, which is why we have decided to make a donation through SRO Paris.
“While SRO is a global company with its main office located in London, France will always be our second home.
“Notre-Dame is a building of tremendous significance to Paris and indeed to the entire world. I hope that, through our contribution, we can be a part of a positive restoration.”
Laurent Gaudin, GT4 France general manager added: “The whole SRO Paris team is very closely attached to France and its historical base in the city.
“The images of Notre-Dame have therefore upset us all. It is our history, our heritage, our values, a real part of ourselves that has been lost.
“We were all moved by this and wanted to participate in the incredible reconstruction efforts. Stephane Ratel was able to translate our emotion perfectly and everyone fully supports his decision.
“This weekend we launch the new Championnat de France FFSA GT/GT4 France season at Nogaro with the Coupes de Pâques, an event that is staged in the spirit of Easter.
“I hope that this same spirit can be symbolic of new life for Notre-Dame de Paris.”