Warren McKinlay – 35
Former L/Cpl – Recovery Mechanic in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers
Warren joined the army in 1999 when he was 19 years old. Whilst serving as a recovery mechanic based at RAF Honington in Suffolk, Warren was involved in a motorbike accident in May 2005 which left him with a broken back, pelvis and traumatic brain injury.
After being discharged from hospital, he was referred to Headley Court due to the significant change in his personality and emotions. He was diagnosed with Cotard’s Syndrome also known as ‘walking corpse syndrome’, as Warren believed he had died and was living in purgatory.
He was medically discharged in 2006 and after a long recovery process he started his own business, which he has since sold. He began racing with KartForce, which re-awoke his desire to race, allowing him to rediscover his competitive drive and determination, something he thought he had lost.
Martyn Compton - 34
34-year-old Martyn from Battle in East Sussex served in the Household Cavalry. In June 2006 he went on his first tour of Afghanistan, and on the 1st August the patrol of small tanks he was in was ambushed. His vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device, which killed the three crew members. He was shot at with rocket propelled grenades which blew the engine up and engulfed him in flames. He managed to crawl out whilst on fire and as he put himself out he was shot twice. He suffered burns to 75% of his body, 3rd degree, and has undergone over 500 hours of operations and years of rehabilitation. In 2010 PTSD hit Martyn and fortunately he was given a focus and support form KartForce, Team BRIT’s linked charity which helps injured troops to access karting, therefore discovering a new talent for racing. Martyn was part of the early Team BRIT line-up in 2015 before leaving to race in other championships. He has now re-joined the team as it begins its move into GT4 racing with the reveal of their Aston Martin Vantage.
Bobby Trundley - 19
Award winning karting champion
19-year old Bobby Trundley from Wokingham was diagnosed with autism at 4 years old and from an early age, has found motorsport to have a profound impact on the way he copes with the condition.
His passion for the sport was ignited when he first sat in a go-kart at the age of 10, and in 2011 he was awarded the Charlie Parker Memorial Trophy at Buckmore Park, as the most promising driver. In 2014 he was a finalist out of sixty participants in the Ginetta Junior Scholarship, having only minimal experience. In 2015, he raced in the Daytona Dmax Endurance Championship, starting two rounds down but narrowly missing the podium by just three points.
He is now the reigning Dmax champion, holding five titles, three time Endurance and two times Heats Champion 2017 & 18. He has been awarded a wealth of trophies, and has taken part in charity events such as the Damon Hill Kart Challenge in aid of the Halow Project and the Back on Track Charity Kart Race.
Bobby has been awarded the Anna Kennedy OBE, Autism Hero Award for outstanding achievement in sport and was awarded the ANCA World Autism Festival Excellence in Sport Award 2017.
Former Navy Lieutenant
Talan Skeels-Piggins, from Ashtead in Surrey, was thrown from his motorcycle in a road traffic collision in March 2003, causing extensive injuries and paralysing him from the chest down. Talan, who is a former Royal Navy Lieutenant, was given just a 1% chance of survival in the first 24 hours after his accident, having broken almost the entire left side of his body, punctured his lung and broken his spine. Having been told he would be recovering in hospital for up to 2 years, he defied the odds and was discharged after just 6.5 months. Less than a year after his accident, he went on his first skiing trip, learning how to ‘sit skit’, and in 2010 his goal was achieved when he competed for Great Britain at the Winter Paralympics in the Giant Slalom and Super G events. He then won Gold in the Super G at the 2010/2011 European Championships.
Talan went on to make history in 2012 by becoming the world’s first paraplegic motorcycle racer. He set up ‘Talan Racing’, a competitive team for paralysed motorcyclists that is now backed by Yamaha Racing, became an ACU Race Instructor and was the 2015 & 2018 600cc World Champion (Paralysed Class). He also teaches other disabled people how they can ride a motorcycle through his charity, ‘The Bike Experience.’ He joined Team BRIT as a rookie driver in February 2019.
Rob Skupski - 31
Rob, who is an electrician by trade, was riding his motorbike in Llangernyw in 2015 when he was struck by a van. Rob was thrown from his motorbike, causing serious injuries including the dislocation of his L1 and L2 vertebrae, damaging his spinal cord and causing paraplegia. He spent four months in hospital before rebuilding his life as a wheelchair user. Having always had a love of cars, bikes and anything fast, a friend put him in touch with Dave Player, the founder of Team BRIT, so he could find out more about the team.
He went to a race at Brands Hatch in 2018, then was invited for an assessment at the team’s HQ in Dunsfold, Surrey. Rob impressed the team and was offered the chance to become a rookie driver.
Rich Newton - 44
44-year-old Richard (Rich) Newton is originally from Stoke-on-Trent and now lives in Chessington. In March 2003, Rich was hit by a car when he was riding his motorbike sending him over the central reservation and into the path of an oncoming car. He suffered extensive injuries including a crushed left leg, a fractured femur and damage to his right shoulder. He underwent more than 30 operations to try and save his leg, but after living with pain for years, he voluntarily had the leg amputated in 2012. Tragically, in 2016, he was involved in another accident on the M40, causing damage to his right leg, which was also eventually amputated. Richard now uses both a wheelchair and prosthetics. Having always had a love of cars and racing, Rich had met Team BRIT Race Engineer, Al Locke, many years ago, and was invited to visit the team’s base in Dunsfold, Surrey. He tried out the team’s top of the range hand controls on its race simulator, and attended an assessment day at Brands Hatch before being invited to become a rookie driver for the team. Rich drives in the team's BMW 116.