A 5-year-old boy from North Yorkshire, who has a genetic muscular condition, has been treated to an extra special day of racing thanks to an all-disabled racing team.
Laigan Hammond, who lives with his parents in Colburn, Catterick Garrison, was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1 when he was 11 months old. The condition affects the nerves going to muscles and impacts everything from his breathing and swallowing to his ability to move.
On Saturday 12th September, Laigan and his family were invited to Oulton Park circuit in Chester to watch all-disabled Team BRIT race in the Britcar Championship.
The team, which aims to be the first British all-disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 hour, supports people with physical and psychological challenges in accessing motorsport. The team uses the world’s most advanced hand controls to drive, and when hearing about Laigan’s story, team founder Dave Player, invited them to the race.
Laigan spent time meeting the drivers, seeing the cars and watching the race, before being presented with his own electric car which the crew fitted with a joystick to allow him to drive.
Laigan’s mum, Nataleigh said: “Thank you for the brilliant gift you have given Laigan. He will be overjoyed to be able to ‘play’ as a normal child would in the garden on something we never thought he be able to use. It really does mean the world to us that you have thought about our boy. Thank you for inviting us down to meet you all. This is such an amazing opportunity for Laigan to see that his disability will not hold him back from doing anything he wishes to do."
Team BRIT founder,
Dave Player said, “It was such a pleasure to meet Laigan and his family. I hope we were able to show him that
disability doesn’t have to hold you back from your dreams, and that he’ll have
a lot of fun being an honorary Team BRIT driver at home!”