Team BRIT – a motor racing team of injured military troops, has shared its story with a future Paralympian swimmer as part of the second race of the season at Oulton Park in Chester.
Ethan Naisbitt, a 13-year-old amputee from Accrington, met the team on Saturday's race, to hear about their stories and to support them during the race.
Each of Team BRIT’s drivers are ex-military troops who have suffered serious injuries and are disabled. The team is aiming to be the first ever all-disabled team to compete at the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race. By developing world-leading hand control technology, all four of the drivers, each with different disabilities, are able to drive the team’s car on a level playing field with able-bodied competitors.
Saturday saw them compete in the second race of the Fun Cup UK Championship at Oulton Park in Chester and Ethan came to the track to meet the team and the mechanics and to watch the race.
15-year-old Ethan had his leg amputated less than three days after birth and also a heart condition called aortic stenosis, a heart murmur, leakage from his left ventricle and a plug inserted into a heart valve. He is a keen member of the Pioneer 79 Swimming Club, which he joined when he was only eight, and was later talent spotted by the North West Disability Squad. He is now competing at the highest level, and took part in the international para swimming championships in Sheffield last week.
Team BRIT founder Dave Player hopes that the visit will inspire Ethan and other young people facing challenges to battle on against the odds and believe that anything is possible.
He said, “We’re delighted to have met Ethan at the track this weekend. Each of our drivers have experienced extreme trauma through the injuries they sustained during their military service, and through Team BRIT, they are showing people what hard work and determination can achieve.
“I hope that by
hearing the stories of our drivers and listening to the fascinating work of our
team mechanics who adapt our cars to allow us to race, Ethan and others will be
inspired to believe in their dreams, and to consider the world of motorsport as
a hobby, career or passion.”