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