It does not get much better if you are a petrol-head and an adrenaline-junkie! Team BRIT (British Racing Injured Troops) has been a tremendous success in utilising the medium of motorsport to provide this sort of ‘fix’ for injured troops and others on their path to recovery.
Yesterday saw the team pass another significant milestone when their principal sponsor, BRIT Insurance co-hosted a reception with NTT Data to mark the formal launch of the team’s latest acquisition, a fully race prepared Aston Martin GT4. Wow, what a beast! The car was proudly displayed at the bottom of the iconic Leadenhall office block (the ‘Cheese grater’) in the City and sponsors, drivers and the whole management team were treated to a memorable reception on the 40th floor at BRIT’s HQ.
Dave Player, a former serving soldier, has been absolutely key to the success and development of the team as it progresses towards the goal of an injured soldier race team competing at Le Mans in 2020. With unique, world leading hand controls to use in the cars and take account of various disabilities, it has been a fantastic achievement for the team to compete head-to-head with their able bodied competitors — and do extremely well! To date it has been in the Fun Cup series and for 2018 it steps up a gear with the team leading the way in the GT4 Aston with two supporting Fun Cup teams.
It costs a tremendous amount to get this far and Team Army, especially with support from CARWOOD have been proud to be in a position to at least contribute to this ambition as they progress. We hope many of the Team Army sponsors will again join us at Silverstone in Oct to support the army sports car team and TeamBRIT as they compete in the Birkett Relay – a 6-hour endurance relay race.
Many congratulations to the team and we wish them all the best in the 2018 season. I think the support behind the team is best summed up by BRIT’s CEO, Mathew Wilson and the Q&A follow up with the drivers. It is clear, this really does make a difference.
The Roving Reporter
Team BRIT is a competitive motor racing team consisting of disabled drivers. Many are ex or serving military troops who have sustained serious injuries and are disabled.
We are a competitive racing team, not a charity, and we race against teams of able-bodied drivers on a totally level playing field — something that no other sport can offer.
We aim to make racing history and take a team to the world famous Le Mans 24hr endurance race, becoming the first ever all-disabled team to do so.
Many of our drivers have taken part in karting events through our linked charity, KartForce. Team BRIT provides the opportunity for them to step up to competitive endurance racing.