Team BRIT’s drivers and crew were delighted to welcome a special visitor to their race meet at Snetterton this weekend.
The team was joined by 28-year-old former Rifleman Chris Ganley, from Clevedon, who suffered extreme injuries in a motorcycle accident in 2014. The protective gear he was wearing saved his life, but he lost his left arm and broke his spine in three places, leaving him with nerve damage. He also suffered a bleed on his brain, broken ribs and a popped lung.
Chris, who served with Team BRIT driver Andy Searle, is battling the odds by continuing to pursue his passion for motorsports. He continues to ride his motorbike, which he has specially modified, and aims to set up a race team of disabled riders and crew before entering the world famous Isle of Man TT race.
Chris and his team, who are also disabled, met the team to hear their story and watch them race. They also saw the team’s world-leading hand control technology that allows their drivers to race on equal terms with able-bodied competitors.
Chris said, “It was brilliant to meet the team this weekend. It was amazing to see them compete in what is a very skilled and fast-paced race. Seeing the whole team pull together to accomplish what they do is fantastic, and I’m really proud to say that me and my team got to see them in their element."
Team BRIT founder Dave Player said, “I’m really pleased that Chris was able to come and meet our team this weekend. We share the same drive and determination to normalise disability and to show the world that skilled, competitive sport can be accessible for people with disabilities. We wish him every success in the future and look forward to supporting his journey.”
You can learn more about Chris and follow his journey on Facebook via @GanleyRacing