Team BRIT – the most inspirational team in motorsport – is celebrating after securing victory in its first ever GT4 race – and has made history along the way.
The team, which consists of all-disabled drivers, competed in the Aston Martin Owners Club (AMOC) GT Challenge held at Oulton Park on Saturday 12th May and finished P1 in their class. It has also become the first ever all-disabled team to compete in the AMOC Championship.
Saturday’s team was made up of two drivers – military veterans Warren McKinlay and Jimmy Hill. Warren, a former member of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, suffered a traumatic brain injury after a motorcycle crash. Jimmy, a serving Marine, sustained gunshot wounds when serving in Afghanistan and has a semi-paralysed leg.
The pair delivered impressive times in the team's Aston Martin V8 Vantage in Friday’s testing and Warren secured P1 in class and 4th overall on the starting grid after Saturday morning’s Qualifying. They held pole position throughout the race before taking the title at the chequered flag.
The team aims to be the first ever all-disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 hours and this latest move to GT4 racing takes them a step closer to their goal, having begun their journey in the Fun Cup Championship – where its rookies currently compete.
Saturday’s race was part of a packed weekend of racing for the team members with Fun Cup driver and military veteran Ash Hall also competing in the 24 hours of Majorca karting race with Team BRIT’s linked charity, KartForce. GT4 driver and former marine, Jamie Falvey, competed in the second round of the Caterham Championships, finishing in 3rd and 2nd, and team sim instructor Matt Allen competed at Rockingham in a 24hr Citroen C1 race.
CEO and Founder of Team BRIT, Dave Player said, “we couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. Moving to GT4 racing is a huge step forward for us as a team and also for the individual drivers. We are dedicating ourselves 100% to our goals of reaching Le Mans and of changing the motorsport industry so that disabled drivers can compete on equal terms. Our success this weekend is a reflection of this dedication and we look forward to showing what we can do at our next race – the Aston Martin Le Mans Festival.”
Team BRIT Race Engineer Al Locke said, "After showing strong pace early in testing on Friday we had a few electrical issues with the car. Our technicians worked to resolve them, and we went on to set the fastest lap in the PM test session. Our pace continued into qualifying on Saturday, and both drivers did a fantastic job of converting that momentum into a compelling race victory. A formidable start to a promising season."
Team BRIT competes on the iconic Le Mans race circuit in the Aston Martin Le Mans Festival on the 16th June. They will be the first all-disabled team to race on the circuit.