Andrew Tucker, one of the newest drivers to join Team BRIT, has spent time meeting his local Mayor, the Right Worshipful Mayor of Newport, Councillor William J Routley.
Andrew, who is from Llandevaud near Newport, sustained serious injuries following a road collision in January 2013, and joined the all-disabled racing team last year.
On Thursday 12th December, Andrew met with Councillor Routley to explore ways in which they can work together to bring opportunities for disabled people to Newport.
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.
Andrew explained Team BRIT’s story to Councillor Routley, giving details of the team’s world-leading hand control technology and its work to level the playing field for disabled drivers.
Councillor Routley is a keen motorsport fan himself, having followed Formula One racing for years. He was also a wheelchair user for a short time, so was keen to know more about how the team is supporting disabled people.
Andrew is seeking support from the local community and businesses in pursuing his racing career, and is also spreading the word about the team and its Academy in an effort to encourage other people with disabilities to consider racing.
Councillor Routley and Andrew will now explore ways in which they can work together to bring these opportunities to Newport.
31-year old Andrew was riding his motorbike when a car collided with him when he was stationary at traffic lights, causing a range of serious injuries.
Having attended a Team BRIT Academy session in the summer, he impressed the crew, and after some more sessions on track was invited to become a rookie driver for 2020, competing in the Britcar Endurance Championship.
Andrew confirms, “It was a real privilege to be invited to spend time with the Mayor today. It was wonderful to hear his enthusiasm and support for Team BRIT and everything it is trying to achieve.
“Being a keen racing fan, who also has experience of the challenges disabled people face, he really understood our drive and determination, but also the amazing opportunities the team is creating. I’m really excited about the potential for us to work further together and look forward to welcoming him to a track soon so he can enjoy the Team BRIT experience for himself!”