Team BRIT welcomes new team manager

Team BRIT – motorsport’s most inspirational team, is proudly announcing its new team manager.

Les Beer, from Copthorne in West Sussex has taken on the role, ready to take on the day to day management of the team from next year.

Team BRIT’s drivers are all disabled, and the team looks to be the first ever all-disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 hour race. It races with world-leading hand control technology to allow its drivers to compete on equal terms.

Les, who is originally from Poplar in London’s East End, has a background in sales, having worked in the motor trade and the kitchen industry, and has been an avid racing enthusiast for over 25 years.

For the last five years, he has been working as a fully qualified ARDS instructor, teaching drivers to race, working with supercar hire companies and individuals at tracks all over the country.

He has raced since the early 1980s, competing in sprint races and hill climbing in a range of cars including single seaters, sports cars and saloons.

In Summer 2018, Les spent time working with Team BRIT driver Warren McKinlay, who introduced him to the team and explained what they were trying to do.  Les met with team founder Dave Player and his role was created.

From January 2019, Les will lead the team’s day to day activities, guiding the drivers in all aspects of racing as well as coordinating the team’s race entries and journey towards Le Mans.

The team unveiled its Aston Martin V8 Vantage earlier this year and made history by becoming the first all-disabled team to race on the Le Mans circuit in July, by competing in the Aston Martin Le Mans Festival, a race prior to the annual endurance event. It has also completed two season in the UK Fun Cup Championship.

Les says, “My passion for cars and racing started when I was just a kid.  I always had matchbox cars and was really interested in how they worked and making them go faster.

“In 1965 I was taken to Brands Hatch for the first time and saw racing legends such as Graham Hill and Jim Clarke in action.  That’s when I really got the bug.  The first time I raced on Brands Hatch, I drove like a tourist, thinking about how all my heroes had driven here.

“When I heard about Team BRIT, I knew this was a project I wanted to be part of. These guys are really creating something that’s important for motorsport and for sport in general.  I’m excited about the journey ahead and feel proud to be part of it.”