Team BRIT has been named winner of the ‘Outstanding Innovation’ category at the 2018 Global Business Excellence Awards and has dedicated the win to its Race Engineer, Al Locke.
The team was recognised by judges for its innovation in creating the world’s most advanced hand controls to allow its disabled drivers to compete equally with able-bodied drivers.
Team BRIT’s drivers have a range of disabilities and the hand controls mean that they can race together in the same team, with a fully adaptable, removable steering wheel that suits each individual.
The high tech system involves an electronic throttle, electronic clutch and electronic gear changing, which is common in motorsport, but the new system also introduces an extremely advanced system to brake electronically.
Team BRIT Founder and CEO Dave Player said, “We dedicate this award to Al Locke, our Race Engineer, who has worked tirelessly to develop our hand controls. His knowledge and determination to produce the most robust and reliable system in the world has produced these results, and all of us at Team BRIT are enormously grateful for his dedication and expertise.
“Thanks to Al, we really are changing the motorsport industry. We’re showing what can be achieved and opening doors into the sport for disabled drivers.”
The team is using these controls in its two Fun Cup cars and in its Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4, which will be raced for the first time at the Aston Martin Owners Club GT Challenge at Oulton Park in May.