Team BRIT is opening its doors to civilian drivers for the first time.
The team, which consists of drivers who are ex or serving military troops, and who have each sustained serious injuries, is looking to become the first ever all-disabled team to compete in Le Mans.
To date, drivers have all come from
military backgrounds, but the team is soon to announce the newest rookie
drivers to the team – who are civilian drivers with disabilities. The team's first rookie day was held at Brands Hatch on 21st August and further days for both troops and civilians will be taking place soon.
The team has developed the world’s most
advanced hand control technology to allow its drivers to compete on equal terms
with able-bodied competitors. It is
looking to ‘normalise’ disability and improve access to motorsport for disabled
people, so is welcoming more people to join the team and begin the journey
towards Le Mans.
The team is currently competing in the Fun
Cup championship – the first step on the motorsport ladder – and recently
completed ‘the longest race in the world’ – the 25 hours endurance race at
Circuit de Spa Francorchamps.
Team Founder Dave Player said, “This has
been a significant decision for us. Our
roots have and always will be within the military. We have a strong commitment to supporting
troops who have been injured to access motorsport, which we know can be so
beneficial to their recovery. This will
never change and will continue to be a huge part of our work through Team BRIT
“However, the message we are keen to
promote is that disability is not a barrier, and that with the right hard work,
determination and support, disabled drivers can seriously compete at the
highest level. We are opening doors and
breaking boundaries and we want to widen the opportunities to disabled civilian
“We’ll be revealing the first of our new
civilian rookies very soon.”