Team BRIT drivers begin their journey to professional motorsport

Team BRIT’s drivers have moved a step forward on their professional motorsport journey with an assessment at driver development centre ‘iZone’.

Warren McKinlay, Andy Searle, Jimmy Hill and Tony Williams were announced as Team BRIT’s new rookie drivers in a launch ceremony last month, and will be supported by insurance giants Brit Insurance in a multi-year sponsorship deal.

Today, Friday 3rd March, all four drivers visited the specialist centre for an assessment to test their driving skills and ability.  This will inform an intensive driver development course that will involve theory, classroom work and a driving simulator to refine the skills they need to compete at the highest level.

The drivers will attend regular sessions, building up skills such as ‘subconscious driving’, exercising their peripheral vision and reflex skills and learning about late braking and racing lines.

The session was followed by a visit to motorsports communications specialists and team sponsor ‘MRTC’ which supplies audio communications systems to the team. The drivers were each fitted for their bespoke, moulded ear pieces and each helmet was fitted with communications equipment including microphone, jack plugs and cables.

The driver development programme will be overseen by Team Driver Coach and owner of Plans Performance, Graham Horgan.  He said: “The Team Brit drivers are motivated, disciplined and focused – the perfect candidates to learn the skills required.  We will be concentrating on two things: not only how to drive a race car, but also the engineering principles behind the vehicle dynamics of a race car.  They all face a steep learning curve – and I am looking forward to helping them achieve their goals.”

All four drivers are ex or serving military troops who have sustained serious injuries and are disabled. Advanced steering wheel technology allows them to race in the team’s #158 and #312 Fun Cup cars, and these have been replicated at iZone. The simulator has a set of hand controls designed by team BRIT, which have also been installed at three other simulator centres across the UK.

Team BRIT’s season starts at Silverstone on the 8th April in the Fun Cup series and the drivers will undertake extensive training including track days and iZone sessions to get them ready for racing in five weeks’ time.

Team BRIT (British Racing Injured Troops) is a motor racing team made up of injured ex-troops. It aims to be the first ever team of all-disabled drivers to compete in Le Mans in 2020.

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