Team BRIT (British Racing Injured Troops) aims to inspire people with disabilities, PTSD and mental health issues, by demonstrating what can be achieved through motorsport and on Friday, February 23, former F1 World Champion Damon Hill showcased a world-leading hand-control technology to officially launch the team’s new GT car.
Damian joined the team and crew at a special event at Brands Hatch race circuit, where he completed high-speed laps demonstrating the power of the controls and proving that the team will be competitive and successful as it moves up the motorsport ladder towards its goal of becoming the first all-disabled team to race in Le Mans 24 hour race.
Damon, who is the son of legendary F1 driver Graham Hill, and, along with Nico Rosberg, is one of only two sons of a Formula One world champion to win the title, is a patron of Team BRIT and has supported team founder Dave Player since the team was established in 2015. Damon’s son Josh worked with the team’s linked charity, KartForce, which helps injured military troops to access karting.
Team BRIT recently announced its move to GT racing in 2018 and revealed its full-spec Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The team has developed the world’s most advanced hand-control technology, which allows its disabled drivers to compete on equal terms with able-bodied drivers.
Team BRIT has secured significant corporate sponsorship over the last 18 months, including by a blockchain provider, Dragon Coin, which is a first for a motorsport team. With the addition of the Aston Martin, the Team BRIT academy model will begin this year, welcoming rookies into the Fun Cup championship, driving cars #158 and #312 before progressing on to GT racing.
Damon had a day testing the controls in the new Aston before showcasing the controls on Friday. He commented, ““I think TEAM Brit have created the perfect rehabilitation challenge for injured servicemen and women. Motorsport demands total commitment and thorough preparation. Problems are there to be overcome. The race is always on!”
“So if you are out of action for the services, there are plenty of challenges ahead in motorsport, which is the perfect medicine for putting history to bed. I wish TEAM Brit all the very best with their adventure and I am very honoured to have been asked to endorse this endeavour. See you at Le Mans!”
Team BRIT founder and CEO, Dave Player, said “We are extremely proud to have the support and backing of one of Britain’s finest racing drivers. Having Damon drive our Aston and seeing him so impressed with the hand controls meant so much to us. We can and will be competitive and will show the world what we can achieve as a disabled team.”