Dave served as a Royal Engineer in the Army from 1983 – 1988. He then joined the family real estate business in the Algarve where he suffered a spinal injury in 1991. After rehabilitation he set up his own businesses, all connected to sport, tourism and property. These included managing international sporting events at European and Paralympic levels.
He returned to the UK and wanted to work with injured troops, so set up the charity KartForce, to provide military veterans with the opportunity to take part in karting events to support their rehabilitation and recovery. He designed a simple set of hand controls to that could fit any kart, allowing drivers with a wide variety of disabilities to compete on a level playing field with able-bodied drivers.
Team BRIT was formed in 2015, enabling KartForce drivers to set up to competitive car racing, and along with his team, he has develop the hand controls into the world-leading adaptive technology they are today - putting Team BRIT at the pinnacle of disability motorsport technology.
Mike Joined the team in September 2015 to assist Team Principal Dave Player in creating a strategic sponsorship acquisition strategy.
Mike has a wealth of commercial experience from his time in F1 with the team that started out as Virgin Racing before morphing into the Marussia F1 Team. Mike then set up Apex Sports Marketing in October 2014, working with rights holders to secure sponsorship and with brands on their sponsorship activations such as incentives and hospitality programmes.
Mike has been instrumental in securing the long-term financial future of Team BRIT and continues to work towards raising the required funds to get the team to Le Mans and to build a sustainable ladder of motorsport development for disabled drivers.
When Mike is not working, he can be found supporting his boys playing football on a Saturday morning or out and about walking his old English sheepdog, Lola.
After graduating with an honours degree in motorsport technology, Al worked extensively in karts, single seaters and saloons. Alongside his racing commitments he started working with Dave Player in 2013 as a mechanic and then as team manager for Kartforce. He went on to support Team BRIT in his spare time from 2015.
In 2016 he became the race engineer for Plans Motorsport, who shortly thereafter took over the running of the Team BRIT cars. In 2018 Al moved to Team BRIT full time as engineering director.
He lives by the sea with the best dog in the world and spends most of his spare time with his two sons, his partner Lisa, scuba diving, and riding motorbikes.
Lucy joined the team in February 2017 when she coordinated extensive PR coverage around the launch of the team’s title sponsor, Brit Insurance.
With years of experience in the corporate communications industry, she set up her own independent PR consultancy in September 2016 and provides a range of PR and communications services through Extra Mile PR.
Her work is focussed on generating as much interest as possible in the team, spreading the word about its inspirational story, its successes and its Le Mans goal.
Lucy lives in Suffolk with her husband and two young sons. She’s a keen runner, socialiser and enjoys the great outdoors with her family.
Jamie, from Nottinghamshire, served in the Commandos from 2010 to 2016, to the rank of Lance Corporal. In 2016 he was medically discharged after sustaining permanent hearing damage and joined Team BRIT as a driver in 2017.
After a successful season of racing with the team, he stepped up to the top-tier Caterham 420R championship in 2019, competing in two select rounds, one at Spa and one at Silverstone, securing podiums in both events. In 2020 he competed in a professional class season in the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup Championship with a new team where he drove to a pro-class podium at Oulton Park and two pro-class wins at Thruxton. He also qualified as an Association of Racing Driver Schools instructor. He is head coach for the team and Team Manager for race weekends. He also coaches for the Ginetta Race Academy.