Who are they?
Team BRIT are a competitive motor racing team consisting of drivers who are all ex or serving military troops.
What are they aiming for?
They are aiming to make racing history and take a team of injured troops to the world famous Le Mans 24hr endurance race, to become the first ever all-disabled team to do so.
They aim to:
- Rebuild confidence through competition and teamwork
- Provide an opportunity for professional development within motorsport as a whole, by teaching drivers the business of sponsorship, revenue generation and vocational training
- Enhance recovery and rehabilitation through intense and testing environments and through the adaptation of disability to different environments
- Inspire members of the disabled community through the demonstration of what can be achieved in the face of adversity.
Who are their drivers?
Warren McKinlay – 35 – Former L/Cpl – Recovery Mechanic in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers
Tony Williams – 32- Former Corporal – Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps
Andy Searle – 24 – Former Rifleman in the Rifles Regiment
Jimmy Hill – 34 – Serving Royal Marines corporal
Olivia Jackson – 36 – Former stunt actress, model, Muay Thai fighter and motocross racer
James Russell – 35
Jamie Falvey – 32
Ash Hall – 27
How do the drivers race?
Team BRIT has developed world-leading hand control technology, allowing disabled drivers to race against able-bodied competitors.
Developed with Slovenian motorsports expert Marko Mlakar, and have implemented and engineered by Plans Performance, the controls introduce an electronic braking system, making racing easier and safer for drivers who are unable to use their legs..
The steering wheel can be removed easily, allowing teams of drivers to easily switch controls. Which us great for those who don’t have the ability to walk.
The team will be sharing the new technology with the rest of the motorsport world in the hope that other teams will use the controls and encourage more disabled drivers to race.
You can find more about the team on their website. Click here