Team BRIT – a competitive track racing team of disabled drivers – has announced a sim racing division.
eTeam BRIT is a new project featuring an all-disabled sim racing team. Competing in iRacing, eTeam BRIT drivers will race in official endurance events and private leagues, as well as taking on racers in solo events.
Team BRIT aims to be the first all-disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 hour race, and through its Racing Academy, supports drivers with a range of physical and psychological challenges in accessing motorsport.
eTeam BRIT drivers have access to hand controls used by the team on the race track, giving them access to top quality racing technology for their at home sim set ups.
The team will compete for the first time in the Silverstone Six race on September 7th, starting at 1.30pm.
“We’re really excited about this new part of our team, which will open to the door to motorsport for even more disabled drivers.”
Dave Player, Team BRIT
Forming the eTeam BRIT line up are:
- 27-year-old Alain Day from Rochester in Kent. Alain was diagnosed with Autism / Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of seven. He has been iRacing for a year in Ferrari 488 GTE and Mercedes AMG GT3.
- 32-year-old Aaron D’Mellow from Basildon in Essex. Aaron suffers with chronic sciatica following 13 years of treatment for repeated spinal prolapses and serious infections including meningitis. Aaron has been iRacing for the past year.
- 53-year-old Anthony Beck from York. Anthony sustained a brain tumour whilst serving in the RAF in 2005. He has been dependent on a wheelchair ever since.
- 31-year-old Ben Warren from Oxfordshire. Ben was born with a rare condition called Lumbosacral Agenesis, causing the malformation of his spine during pregnancy. He is paralysed from the waist, down. Ben has been sim racing since 2009 and has been a member of iRacing since 2010.
- The team will be managed by 37-year old Paul Davies from West Sussex. Paul works with PCDC Motorsports, a sim-racing community involved in creating & hosting online events, who recently set up a partnership with Team BRIT.
The most talented drivers could have the chance to test one of the Team BRIT cars out on track. Team BRIT’s goal is to help train and develop a sim racer, supporting them to become a ‘fully competitive, independently sponsored’ track racing driver.
CEO and Founder of Team BRIT, Dave Player, said: “We’re really excited about this new part of our team, which will open to the door to motorsport for even more disabled drivers.
“A great number of successful racing drivers begin their training in sim racing or by using simulators, so this the perfect way for disabled drivers, who may have thought that motor racing wasn’t an option for them, to give it a try.
“We’re really keen for more people to get involved and welcome applications from disabled drivers with all experience and ability, who will be supported in learning the art of sim racing.
“We also hope to find the next Team BRIT rookie and help them towards a new and exciting career on the race track.”
Team BRIT is a branch of the charity KartForce, a charity set up to inspire people with disabilities, PTSD and mental health issues by demonstrating what can be achieved through motorsport.
Image source: David Archer/Kingsize/Team Brit
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