Team BRIT began its year of racing at the weekend with the first round of the Fun Cup Championship at Oulton Park in Chester.
Two teams of two drivers were entered in cars #158 and #312, taking on the four-hour endurance race against 26 other teams.
Military veteran and double leg amputee Ash Hall joined forces with civilian driver James Russell, who wears a prosthetic leg. The two drivers, who competed in car #158 have just three races’ experience each, having joined the team in October.
In car 312 was rookie Ollie Maxwell and the team’s newest driver, military Paralympian Jon-Allan Butterworth MBE. This was Ollie’s first race as an amputee after many years of rally driving. Jon-Allan was on the race track for his third time, his first race with Team BRIT.
Team BRIT drivers are building their experience race after race and are out to get as much track time as possible. All four drivers therefore took on two hours of driving each, in contrast with the majority of other teams which were made up of four drivers tackling just one hour each.
The race posed a number of challenges for all the teams on the grid – with parts of the race dry and others extremely wet with numerous downpours throughout the day.
It was the first test of the new team system with experienced drivers Warren McKinlay and Jamie Falvey coaching and mentoring a team each.
Four potential new rookies came to meet the team and see what Team BRIT racing is all about - they will be assessed this month, with those showing promise coming on board very soon with the potential to get out on track in the next race at Anglesey.
Despite some incidents out on track, both teams performed brilliantly in the first race of the year after the winter downtime. The cars climbed three and eight places from their starting positions and demonstrated the exceptional team spirit and ethos that Team BRIT is all about.
CEO and Founder Dave Player said, “It was great to be back out on the race track again after a winter of coaching and working on the exciting plans we have for the team with the Fun Cup and GT4.
“Our rookie drivers put in some great performances and it really worked having some of the experienced team members helping them out to share their learning from the team so far. This is everything Team BRIT is about – working together and building experiences to drive us forward. I’m incredibly proud of our start to 2018.”
The team will compete in the second round of the Fun Cup at Anglesey on the 28th April.