Team BRIT adds Fun Cup car, eyes fu­ture in GTS

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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

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