Le Mans race organisers start discussions with Team BRIT

Team BRIT has started discussions with the Automobile Club De L’Ouest, (ACO), the organising entity behind the iconic 24 hour Le Mans race.

The team aims to be make history by competing as an all-disabled team in the iconic race, using the world’s most advanced hand control technology to allow its drivers to compete on equal terms.

As the team moves a step further towards its goal of competing in the race in 2020 by moving to GT4 racing this year, talks have begun with the ACO to discuss the team’s journey towards Le Mans.

This month, the team’s ‘man in Le Mans’, former competitive racer and instructor and coach based in Le Mans, David Williams, met with ACO Sporting Director Vincent Beaumesnil.

Mr Beaumesnil offered guidance and options over routes of entry. He also hopes to discuss the team’s objective and hand control technology with the ACO’s committee.

The team is currently in liaison with the Motorsport Association (MSA), the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, motorsport’s governing body and Prodrive, Aston Martin’s technical Partner, with a view to having the hand controls formally approved.

The hand controls are the most advanced in the world and involve an electronic throttle, electronic clutch and electronic gear changing, which is common in motorsport, but also introduces an extremely advanced system to brake electronically.

The team is normalising disability through this adaptive technology, improving access to motorsport for disabled drivers by allowing them to compete on equal terms.

David Williams said, “I was very encouraged with the warm reception from Mr Beaumesnil to Team BRIT's ethos and plans to making motorsport more accessible. He was very positive and sees the importance of further development of motorsport for the disabled."