YouTube celebrity and Britcar driver Jimmy Broadbent has spent the day at Team BRIT HQ in Dunsfold to get to the know the team and try out its hand control technology.
The Hastings-based sim racing specialist met fellow Britcar racers Aaron Morgan and Bobby Trundley at their recent race at Snetterton in May, where the Team BRIT duo took their class win in race 2.
Jimmy is racing in the Praga R1 as a guest driver for the Praga team in the Britcar Endurance Championship this year – his first major move from sim racing to track racing.
Jimmy was keen to find out more about the team and shoot a video on the drivers, cars and tech for his YouTube channel which has now amassed more than 700,000 subscribers.
On Tuesday 1st June Jimmy was welcomed to the Team BRIT HQ where he met five drivers and was shown the ropes on the team’s top of the range Vesaro simulator, supported by D-Box motion technology.
With a number of visitors to HQ on the day, the challenge was laid for Jimmy to set the fastest lap possible on the Vesaro, racing in a Mclaren 570s GT4 around Brands Hatch. Commonly known as the most famous sim racer in the virtual racing world, it was no surprise that Jimmy initially took the win, narrowly beating pro-driver Oli Webb, who had also visited Team BRIT HQ as part of his partnership with team sponsor Texaco.
His victory was short lived however as Team BRIT GT4 driver and sim racing enthusiast Bobby Trundley pipped him to the post, taking the win.
Jimmy was also able to take to the Dunsfold Aerodrome track – world famous as the Top Gear test track – for a spin in the Team BRIT Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4, using the team’s world leading hand control technology.
Jimmy said, “It’s great to see people going racing who may not normally have had the chance. What the team is doing for disabled drivers is really something that others should be emulating.
“The hand controls are pretty special. I could adapt quite quickly to using them which shows how much development has gone into them.
“After today I’ve definitely got a new respect for people like Aaron – it’s been an eye opening day.”
Jimmy’s video of his time with Team BRIT will be shared on his YouTube channel soon.