Who are Team BRIT?
Get to know the inspirational team.
When someone says the word motorsport to you, what do you think of? Formula 1 is at the front of my mind. For other people, it might be rallying, touring cars or Indy Car. But there's another part of motorsport which is a British based team that you might not know about - and you really should.
Team BRIT is a competitive motor racing team consisting solely of disabled drivers. Not to be mistaken with a charity, Team BRIT race against teams of able-bodied drivers on a totally level playing field — something that no other sport can offer.
Founder Dave Player established KartForce back in 2010, following years of experience in disability sport. Then in 2015, he formed Team BRIT, giving KartForce drivers the opportunity to step up to competitive racing against able-bodied drivers.
The drivers undergo an intensive driver development programme to hone their driving skills in order to become competitive against experienced drivers.
Photo Credit: Scruffy Bear Pictures, Team BRIT and Darren S.Cook.
In 2017, Team BRIT raced in the Fun Cup series which involves racing in identical-spec cars where teams take part in endurance races ranging from anywhere between 4-8 hours. They also took part in the Spa Francorchamps Race in Belgium in July 2017 – a gruelling 25-hour race, known as 'the longest race in the world'. You don’t get that at Le Mans.
In 2018, Team BRIT went racing again in the Fun Cup and also started racing in GT4 in their own Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Drivers Warren McKinlay and Jamie Falvey made history by being the first all-disabled team to race on the famous Le Sarthe Circuit at Le Mans - racing in the Aston Martin Le Mans Festival, which takes place just before the annual endurance race.
In 2019, they raced their Aston Martin in the Britcar Championship whilst their rookie drivers took part in the BMW 116 Trophy in their modified BMW 1 series cars. 2019 also saw Team BRIT launch their own Racing Academy - enabling disabled drivers to access coaching and tuition at circuits all over the country, with the use of Team BRIT's world-leading hand control technology.
Finally, in 2020, Team BRIT took their Aston Martin racing in the Endurance Category of the Britcar Championship and the rookies went racing in the BMWs in the newly formed Trophy Category.
Looking to the future, Team BRIT hope to make the step up to GT3 racing. This would bring them within touching distance of achieving one of their main goals – taking a team to the Le Mans 24 Hours Endurance Race and becoming the first ever British all-disabled team to do so in the process.
To find out more about Team BRIT, check out their website below and follow me here on Drive Tribe as I take a closer look at each aspect of the team from cars and drivers to the technology they use.
We aim to inspire people with disabilities, PTSD and mental health issues, by demonstrating what can be achieved through motorsport
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