41-year-old Paul Fullick from Fareham in Southampton is a former army officer. He survived a life threatening diving incident which left him with limited walking ability, reduced strength, problems speaking and communicating and forced his early retirement from the Army.
He began working for himself, buying and restoring cars as a qualified mechanic, and taking on incredible charity challenges. In 2008 he drove to the Gambia in a car that cost less than £100, raising £20,000 for charity. In 2011 he organised a World Record attempt travelling with friends from John O’Groats to Land’s End on eight 50cc mopeds. Another £25,000 was raised for the neurological hospital in London and whilst the record was set it was not official!
Paul began riding motorbikes as a teenager and is now the south area representative for the UK Gay Bikers Motorcycle Club. On a touring trip to Wales in 2021, he was involved in an accident which resulted in the loss of his right leg.
He was in hospital for a month and just a week after being discharged was back riding his bike. He was introduced to Team BRIT by charity Blesma and had his race licence within a matter of weeks. He raced our BMW 118i in the Britcar Trophy Series in 2022 alongside Tyrone Mathurin and in 2023 returns to the championship alongside Tyrone driving our BMW M240i.
“Even when lying in the road, realising the severity of my injuries, I knew I would smash my recovery, I would get straight back to racing and I would win. I was in hospital for a month, and a week after being discharged I was back riding a bike to visit the team at the cafe, then four weeks later I took part in an off-road event in Wales.
“I was visited by the charity Blesma soon after the accident who told me about the work of Team BRIT which I knew was something I wanted to learn more about. I had been told by specialists that it would be at least two years before I could get back to things like racing, so I knew I was going to prove them wrong. By October I had completed my race licence test and now I’m signed up with the team.
“Motorsport can be seen as quite an inaccessible industry for so many. There are very few disabled drivers and riders on the grid, and I want to be part of the movement to change that. I’m also passionate about championing inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community, and am the south area representative for the UK Gay Bikers Motorcycle Club. There are only eight openly gay professional racing drivers in the world and that has to change.
“I’m at the very start of my journey with Team BRIT but the road ahead is incredibly exciting and we’re ready to make a massive impact next year. I’m very competitive and want to push myself in every way I can. Le Mans is in sight for the team, and I want to be part of the team that gets there.”