It was trophies all round for Team BRIT drivers in their first race of 2020 at Brands Hatch this weekend.
Having had all race plans paused following the Covid-19 outbreak, the team was eager and ready to get back on track when restrictions lifted in July.
This weekend saw a busy weekend of racing, with all drivers entered into the Britcar Championship across the two days.
On Saturday 1st August, experienced racers Bobby Trundley, who lives with severe autism, and Aaron Morgan, a paraplegic following a motocross accident, took part in the Endurance category. Driving the team’s #68 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4, the drivers lined up alongside cars in classes 1-4.
The morning’s qualifying session put the pair in 7th. They then took on two 60-minute races, sharing equal time in the driving seat, finishing 5th after race 1, before pulling ahead to take a podium spot with a P3 finish after race 2.
Bobby was also awarded the coveted ‘Driver of the Day’ trophy by race organisers after a long-fought battle to secure the last of the podium places.
Sunday 2nd August was the turn of the Team BRIT rookies, racing in the newly-created Trophy category.
Three team BRIT rookies were joined by two guest drivers with three Team BRIT BMW 116s out on track.
Car #67 was driven by Matty Street, who lives with autism and Andy Tucker who sustained multiple limb disabilities after a road traffic collision.
Car #66 was driven by Luke Pound, who has a paralysed arm following a road accident.
Car #65 was driven by Team BRIT photographer and videographer Darren Cook of Scruffy Bear Pictures and guest, Charles Graham.
Qualifying placed the cars in 4th, 5th and 6th respectively.
Two 50 minute races followed, with Darren and Charles finishing 5th, Luke in 4th and Andy and Matty in an impressive third in class for both races, securing the third piece of silverware of the weekend.
Bobby and Aaron also lined up against former Team BRIT team mates Warren McKinlay and Martyn Compton who have since formed Stand 2 Motorsport. Warren and Martyn also put in an impressive performance in their Praga R1, finishing 2nd in class.
Team BRIT Founder Dave Player said: “What a way to start our return to racing.
“Everyone was excited and anxious in equal measure about the weekend’s events. Having had so long away from competitive racing, it was a nervous time for the drivers and the crew, but everyone had done everything possible to prepare, from sim racing to testing and coaching when tracks re-opened.
“I’m incredibly proud of the performances of every driver and crew member who worked together superbly to achieve these results. Bobby’s award was so well deserved after he battled tirelessly for the P3 position and to see our rookies Matty and Andy come away with a trophy on their first race together was fantastic.”