NIGEL BAILLY - paraplegic racing driver
Nigel was paralysed in a motocross incident at the age of 14 – since then he has never been more determined to fulfil his dream of racing at a highly
Nigel Bailly from Belgium was only 14 when he was severely injured in a motocross incident, leaving him paralysed from the waist down. It wasn’t until a few months later he realised he could participate in motorsport with hand controls.
Nigel said, “The first time I returned to the track after my accident, as a paraplegic, I felt free again. The speed, the noise, the smell and the adrenaline doesn’t come close to anything else I’ve experienced.”
Nigel raced karts until he was 19 years old, and after graduating from university, he decided to follow his dream of becoming a racing driver. With continuous support from various teams and individuals he started his journey to fulfil his dream.
Nigel said, “The most difficult thing for me was to distance myself from being a little boy in a wheelchair and becoming a fighter. I wanted to prove to everyone that what I was aiming to achieve was possible.”
Nigel is currently racing in the Belgian Gentlemen Driver’s club (BGDC) but is aiming to race in the 24 Hours Series followed by competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
He added, “The key to success is believing in yourself when you want to achieve something. Never let anyone steal your dream or tell you it’s not possible.
For more information about Nigel and his racing career visit www.nigelbailly.com