Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup racer Fergus Walkinshaw has been announced as the first ever Motorsport Advocate for the Association of Air Ambulances.

The new role will see the Chipping Norton-based racer drive awareness of the charity during the latest rounds of the Supercup at Rockingham, which fall on the eve of National Air Ambulance Week 2012, September 24-30.

Walkinshaw will have a motivational message on his G55 race car at Rockingham, as well as having information about his National Air Ambulance Week on show in his Century Motorsport paddock awning.

“I am honoured to become a Motorsport Advocate for the Association of Air Ambulances,” said Walkinshaw. “The services provided by the charities across England are of paramount importance while of course sports such as motor racing rely on their specialist trauma support. I think it’s a common misconception that air ambulances are funded by the government, in reality they cannot operate without public donations.

“National Air Ambulance Week offers the opportunity for people to support the fundraising activities of their local charity. I hope the simple slogan of ‘Support Your Local Air Ambulance’ on my Ginetta G55 will help motivate the motorsport fraternity and fans to get involved.

“Being part of the British Touring Car Championship package, we have the potential to reach thousands of people, spectators at the events and ITV4 viewers. If everyone gave just £1 this National Air Ambulance Week, it would make a huge difference.”