British Touring Car Championship record holder and TV presenter Jason Plato has spent the day meeting Team BRIT’s crew and drivers.
Jason, who is currently competing in BTCC for BTC Racing has twice been BTCC champion and holds the record for the most overall race wins in the series.
Both Jason and Team BRIT are sponsored by car insurance specialists Adrian Flux, who organised for Jason to spend the day with the team at its Dunsfold base.
On Thursday 7th July, Jason spent the day at Team BRIT HQ, home to its workshop and fleet of four racing cars.
He took a tour of the facilities and got to grips with the hand controls on the team’s top of the range Vesaro simulator, before getting out on the iconic Top Gear test track in the team’s Mclaren 570S GT4.
Jason met drivers including Andy Tucker, currently driving the team’s Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 in the British Endurance Championship, rookie driver Tyrone Mathurin who is racing in the Britcar Trophy series, Chris Overend, who drives the team’s BMW M240i in the Britcar Trophy and Bobby Trundley, currently competing in the British GT Championship.
Team BRIT has made history this year by being the first ever all-disabled team to race in the British GT Championship. Drivers Aaron Morgan and Bobby Trundley are competing in the team’s Mclaren.
Jason said: “I really enjoyed working with Team BRIT in association with Adrian Flux to discover the challenges and solutions they have created to assist disabled drivers to compete in the British GT Championship. It was truly inspirational to see what they are doing.
“In all honesty I found the hand controls on the McLaren GT pretty intuitive, but I needed much more conscious cognitive thought to build a new driving rhythm without using my legs.
“The guys and girls that do it for real are amazing. Good luck chasing the dream of racing at Le Mans 24 hr, I have a good feeling you just might achieve it.”
Team BRIT driver Andy Tucker, who sustained serious limb injuries in a motorbike crash and now lives with PTSD and depression said: “I grew up watching Plato in the super tourer era and have followed his career since 1996. He’s the reason I got into motorsport and started karting.
“It was a pleasure and a privilege to meet him and demonstrate our hand controls. Never in my wildest dreams did I picture meeting him, let alone passing on something that I’ve learn to him – someone with racing knowledge far beyond my own. I hope he can join us at a track soon to see us in action.”
Watch Adrian Flux’s video from the visit here.