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Team BRIT has been shortlisted for two prestigious national awards.

The team is a finalist in the ‘tech for good’ category, and its Engineering Director, Al Locke, has been named as a finalist in the ‘Chief Engineer of the Year’ category of the Institute of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Innovation Awards.

The team is being recognised for its world-leading hand control technology which enables its disabled divers to compete on equal terms with able-bodied drivers.

Engineering Director Al Locke was nominated in recognition of his work to develop and refine the hand control technology, whilst also managing the technical configuration of three adapted cars across three championships.

The team will be attending the IET Innovation Awards ceremony on the 10th November in London where they will find out if they have won their categories. Al is shortlisted alongside engineers from organisations including National Grid and Ericsson.  The team faces competition from Water Pump Technologies and Kuronga Ltd in the Tech for Good Category.

Team BRIT Founder Dave Player said: “I’m incredibly proud that we have been shortlisted amongst such high profile organisations in these national awards.

“We know that without our hand controls, we wouldn’t be making the progress that we are in ensuring motorsport is truly accessible for disabled people. Technology is key to this, and our hand controls have been continually developed and refined since the simple set of controls we developed for karts.

“I couldn’t be happier for Al to be receiving this recognition of his skill and expertise. He is crucial to our operation and I wish him every success at the awards evening.”

More information on the IET Innovation Awards can be found here

Team BRIT shortlisted in national technology awards