Team BRIT adds Fun Cup car, eyes future in GTS
Team BRIT will expand to run two cars in the Fun Cup this season with a plan to race in GT3 within three years.
The squad, a racing team for injured army veterans, first entered the Fun Cup last year having previously contested the Silverstone 24 Hours in a Volkswagen Golf GTI.
It will continue with its Fun Cup plans for 2017, expanding to run two specially adapted cars with hand controls, and aims to step up to GT4 in 2018 and GT3 a year later.
Team BRIT has also been backed by ex-formula 1 drivers Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert.
The drivers are Andy Searle, 24, who lost both legs to an IED attack in 2011, Tony Williams, 32, who was shot six times while serving in Afghanistan, Jimmy Hill, 34, who was also shot in Afghanistan, and Warren Mckinlay, 35, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a motorbike crash while serving.
Mckinlay said his participation offered him a distraction from the difficulties of everyday life.
“I struggle with day to day life, I get quite easily overloaded and I do find it hard to concentrate on a single task,” he said. “But with motorsport, once I pull on the crash helmet and jump in the kart or the car, everything goes away.
“I wish I could find a way of bringing over the way I concentrate in the race car to everyday life.”
Team BRIT founder Dave Player added: “These people have been through trauma that the majority of us could not imagine, and deserve the chance to compete at the highest level like anyone else.”
Team will field two Fun Cup cars