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Former ‘Child of Courage’ from Sleaford joins Team BRIT

A 21-year-old from Sleaford in Lincolnshire who lives with cerebral palsy, has become the latest driver to join Team BRIT – the most inspirational team in motorsport.

Joe Colehouse was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when he was just 10 months old, after his brain was starved of oxygen and blood supply during birth.

The condition affects all four of his limbs and means he has difficulties with fine motor control and speech.
Joe was born in Manchester and lived on various Royal Air Force bases as a child before settling in Sleaford with his parents in 2009. He has never let his disability deter him from achieving his dreams and in 2014 he received a ‘Child of Courage’ award after being nominated by his sports teacher for showing determination and positivity in everything he does.
 
Joe is a keen motorsport fan and was introduced to Team BRIT in 2018 when he attended a team building workshop and the launch of the team’s Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4.

Team BRIT is a competitive racing team of disabled drivers. It aims to be the first all-disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 hour, and through its Racing Academy, it supports drivers with a range of physical and psychological challenges in accessing motorsport. The team uses the world’s most advanced hand control technology to allow drivers with a range of disabilities to compete on equal terms.
 
Joe passed his driving test first time at the age of 16, has experienced high speed laps around Silverstone in a GP2 car, and driven Formula 1 simulators; including Lewis Hamilton’s 2016 Mercedes - setting impressive lap times and winning a competition for the setting the quickest lap at Monza.
 
After completing his A-levels in 2018, Joe secured a role as a Project Scheduler. In his spare time, he enjoys karting and weight training and when he's not on the track he’s in the air as he is currently learning to fly light aircraft. 

Having passed a rookie driver assessment, Joe hopes to start racing with Team BRIT in Spring 2020, competing in the Britcar Championship in one of the team’s BMW 116s, before progressing to driving the Aston Martin.
 
Joe confirms, “I’m really proud and excited about the opportunities ahead with Team BRIT. I have always loved racing – so this is the perfect challenge for me.
“Aside from the racing, I’m looking forward to becoming an ambassador for the team, and everything it stands for.
 
“I’ve always tried to be a champion for disability sport - It’s so important to de-stigmatise disability, shattering pre-conceptions and showing that disabled sportspeople can compete equally alongside able-bodied counterparts. Disability does not have to be a barrier to achieving your dreams, and I hope that with the team, I can help to show people that anything is possible.”

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