Disabled youngster from Rushden meets inspirational racing team

Ollie Embleton, a 10-year old from Rushden who lives with a rare condition has been treated to a VIP visit to Silverstone race track to meet an inspirational team of drivers.

Ollie goes to Higham Ferrers Junior School and the son of one of his teachers told him all about Team BRIT, a team of disabled drivers that is aiming to be the first ever all-disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 hour.

Ollie has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a life limiting genetic condition that causes his muscles to waste, gradually limiting his mobility.

He was diagnosed with the condition when he was four years old and for the last year, he has become more dependent on his wheelchair.

His teacher’s son, Luke Sheehan, who has provided videography services to Team BRIT, was moved by Ollie’s story and told him all about his friends in the team, who are disabled, but achieving their dreams by becoming racing drivers.

Ollie was then invited to Silverstone yesterday, Thursday 21st February to meet the team during a track day, and to see their cars, some of which are used as part of its Race Academy, offering any disabled driver the chance to learn to race.

Ollie met the team, along with his mum and dad and twin brother Jack.  He heard all about its goal to race at Le Mans, had a look around their cars and hand control technology. He also tested out his skills on their top of the range race simulator.

Ollie’s mum Julie said, “It was great to meet Team BRIT and hear all about what they’re trying to achieve.  We always make sure we focus on what Ollie can do, not what he can’t, and meeting the drivers was a real reflection of this.

“We work to show him that you can still do things, regardless of disability and the fact that these guys are breaking boundaries and racing against able bodied drivers shows him that nowadays, disability doesn’t have to hold you back.”
 
Ollie and his family will be returning to Silverstone on the 30th March to watch them race in the Britcar Championship.