A 31-year-old man from Abertillery near Newport, has become the latest driver to sign for Team BRIT.
Luke Pound, who is originally from Swindon, will join the team later this year. Team BRIT aims to be the first British all-disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 hour, and through its Racing Academy it supports people with physical and psychological challenges in accessing motorsport.
Luke had an accident on his motorbike in 2011 resulting in brachial plexus injury – the breaking of all five nerves into his left arm. This has left him with no movement in his left hand and very little movement in his left arm. At the time, Luke was working in removals and was undertaking his HGV Class 2 licence, having always preferred manual work.
Now working as a planner for DHL’s Tradeteam, Luke came across Team BRIT online and got in touch to find out more about its Racing Academy opportunities, being a lifetime fan of racing. He joined the team for two track days earlier this year, and after an assessment from the team’s coaches, he was given the opportunity to join as a rookie.
Luke and his fellow rookies will be competing in the team’s BMW 116s in the Trophy Category of the Britcar Championship when racing re-starts after the Covid-19 pandemic. The team’s experienced racers will be driving the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 in the Endurance category.
Luke explains; “After my injury, almost every aspect of my life was affected, from basic things like opening tins and jars, to carrying things and playing video games. I’ve always liked the challenge of finding a solution and working out how I can still do things with one arm and there’s not much I can’t do now.
“This instantly drew me to Team BRIT. The team has created technology which means that disabled people can race on equal terms, so I’ll be able to compete against able-bodied drivers, just like anyone else.
“The team also has a top of the range sim equipped with the hand controls so I’ll be able to train safely and get used to the new tech. I’m looking forward to joining the team for a couple of races later this year and hope I can find the sponsorship and support I need to join them in their goal of one day reaching Le Mans.”