Team BRIT en­ters Sil­ver­stone 24 Hours with Le Mans dream for in­jured mil­i­tary per­son­nel

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Team BRIT will en­ter this year’s 24 Hours of Sil­ver­stone with the am­bi­tion of be­com­ing the first team of in­jured troops to com­pete at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The Berk­shire-based squad has en­tered a petrol VW Golf GTI into the twice-aroundthe-clock tour­ing car event at Sil­ver­stone on April 1-3. The car will be raced for­mer ser­vice­men Mar­tyn Comp­ton and Mark Allen, Ju­lian Thomas and pro­fes­sional driver David Pit­tard.

Comp­ton suf­fered se­vere burns dur­ing an IED at­tack while serv­ing in Afghanistan, while Allen was one of the youngest Bri­tish sol­diers to be a dou­ble am­putee when he was 19. Both be­gan rac­ing for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion via the Kart­force pro­gramme.

Team founder Dave Player said: “It was six years ago when we started out with Kart­force and we set up as a car rac­ing team last sea­son run­ning in Brit­car. We al­ways spe­cialised in en­durance rac­ing for the team as­pect, and the Sil­ver­stone 24 Hours is the big­gest chal­lenge we’ve had.

“The car will be sup­ported by Slidesports so we have a great team be­hind us and the driv­ers gel well. Hav­ing David rac­ing and coach­ing the guys is also a big boost.

“We want to one day race at Le Mans, so this is the first step to­wards that.”

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