Chertsey man leads disabled e-racing team

A man from Chertsey, Surrey has become the manager of eTeam BRIT, an all-disabled e-racing team.

26-year-old Max Spooner, who works as a product specialist at his local Volvo dealership, has been announced as the manager of the team, which was formed last year as the newest arm of Team BRIT.

Team BRIT aims to be the first British all-disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 hour and supports people with physical and psychological challenges in accessing motorsport through its Racing Academy.

Set up in Summer 2019, eTeam BRIT drivers have access to the world leading hand controls used by the team on the race track, giving them access to the best in racing technology for their at home sim set ups.

Competing in iRacing, eTeam BRIT drivers race in official endurance events and private leagues, as well as taking on racers in solo events.  

Max was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome Disorder in 2004 and has enjoyed competing in online racing for 12 years, having started racing on the ‘rfactor’ platform in 2008.

He is a keen motorsport fan, and has experienced real track racing when he competed in the 750 Motor Club Locost Championship. He aims to return to racing one day, and when he isn’t sim racing he enjoys building kit cars with his Dad.

Max explains, “The prospect on taking on the team at first was a daunting prospect and is not a challenge I would normally feel ready for. However I have a really good team of people around me who are super keen to make eTeam BRIT a success and will support me every step of the way.  

"I can’t wait to get started and show the world that we can compete with the very best esports teams and drivers on a level playing field thanks in part to some of the technology we have developed for our drivers such as our hand control system. I also hope my appointment shows other disabled people what can be achieved when surrounded with the right people and a hunger for success”

“Ultimately, eTeam BRIT could also be a foundation for the disabled racing stars of the future.  Those who thrive online may have what it takes to join Team BRIT, so our goal is to help train and develop e-racers, but also to support those who wish to become fully competitive, independently sponsored track racing drivers. Something I am chasing myself into 2021.”

Max is keen to hear from disabled people who may be interested in joining eTeam BRIT as drivers or as part of the crew.  The team is currently looking for social media support.  For more information, email eteambrit@teambrit.co.uk or call 07735 036141

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