A military veteran from Manchester and
Invictus Games champion has spent the weekend meeting motorsport’s most
inspirational racing team.
Lamin Manneh, who is originally from the Gambia, is a former soldier who served in the 1st Battalion of Irish Guards. When on duty in Afghanistan in 2010, he was part of a group providing security for local farmers when he was hit by an explosion. He suffered extreme injuries and lost both his legs and his lower left arm.
His amazing recovery and determination led experts to dub him ‘the miracle boy’.
Lamin has defied the odds by taking part in a range of sports since sustaining his injuries and took part in the 2016 and 2017 Invictus Games. This year in Toronto he won a bronze medal in rowing, silver in discus and volleyball and gold in the shotput.
On Friday 13th and Saturday 14th he spent time at Oulton Park race track in Chester meeting Team BRIT, as they competed in the Fun Cup Championship.
The team aims to normalise disability and has developed the world’s most advanced hand controls to allow their drivers with varying disabilities to compete on equal terms with able-bodied drivers. Lamin was invited to meet the team’s drivers and crew and to see the hand controls.
The majority of the team’s drivers are
military veterans, who like Lamin, have sustained serious injuries during their
time in service. Lamin will be invited
back to see the team at future events so that he can consider whether he would
like to try out as a Team BRIT driver. The team’s hand controls would then be
further developed to create a bespoke system allowing Lamin to drive.
Lamin said: “I’ve always been interested in being part of Team BRIT, but due to mobility issues I haven’t been able to attend an event before. Now that I’m fully mobile I’m ready to take part in the various events organised by the team. I love to drive and get a real sense of independence on my own terms, which is great to have as a disabled person.”
Team BRIT founder Dave Player said, “It was great to welcome Lamin and his family to Oulton Park at the weekend.
“Lamin embodies everything our team is
about – he doesn’t let his disability hold him back and looks to set a positive
example for other people and his children, about pursuing your dreams. Our technology means that we could help Lamin
enter competitive motorsport despite his injuries, so I’ll look forward to
hearing his thoughts on his time with the team.”