Proud to have helped develop the careers of a growing number of drivers and will continue to develop more drivers in the future.
Warren McKinlay – 35
Former L/Cpl – Recovery Mechanic in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers
Warren joined the army in 1999 when he was 19 years old. Whilst serving as a recovery mechanic based at RAF Honington in Suffolk, Warren was involved in a motorbike accident in May 2005 which left him with a broken back, pelvis and traumatic brain injury.
After being discharged from hospital, he was referred to Headley Court due to the significant change in his personality and emotions. He was diagnosed with Cotard’s Syndrome also known as ‘walking corpse syndrome’, as Warren believed he had died and was living in purgatory.
He was medically discharged in 2006 and after a long recovery process he started his own business, which he has since sold. He began racing with KartForce, which re-awoke his desire to race, allowing him to rediscover his competitive drive and determination, something he thought he had lost.
Tony Williams – 32
Former Corporal – Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps
Whilst serving in Afghanistan in 2010 at the age of 26, Tony survived two grenade blasts before being shot six times, three weeks later, whilst giving life-saving treatment to an injured soldier that had been shot.
During the attack, he was shot multiple times and suffered injuries including a broken hip, torn bowels and a broken spine, paralysing him from the waist down. He also sustained a mild traumatic brain injury by being hit in a grenade attack, with shrapnel embedded into his forehead.
He was told he was unlikely to walk again and had less than 5% chance of fathering children, was unlikely to regain full bladder function and had suffered severe nerve damage to his lower legs. Tony can now walk, although he has paralysis in his left leg and a ‘dropped’ foot, so uses a leg brace. He is also the proud father to two children.
Tony spent a year with KartForce, racing in 24hr races, such a British 24hrs, Le Mans, 24 hrs of Majorca, and smaller endurance races around the UK.
Andy Searle – 24
Former Rifleman in the Rifles Regiment
In 2011 when Andy was just 19 years old, he was injured by an IED whilst serving with 1 Rifles in Afghanistan. His unit had been tasked with providing outer protection during the search of a village when he was hit by the explosion. As a result of the blast, Andy lost both legs, part of his right hip and the index and middle finger on his right hand.
Andy spent five years in Headley Court Military Rehabilitation Centre before returning to his home in Torquay and has undergone more than 50 surgical operations.
A very keen petrol-head with a life-long passion for motorsport, he accepted Team BRIT’s invitation for a trial at Silverstone and has never looked back.
Jimmy Hill – 34
Serving Royal Marines corporal
Whilst deployed to Afghanistan in 2013, his unit came under fire and he was hit seven times by machine gun fire. He was hit five times in the legs resulting in a fractured femur, damaged calf and damaged sciatic nerve.
He has received ongoing rehabilitation support at Headley Court and has made a good recovery, but has a semi-paralysed ‘dropped’ foot.
KartForce was recommended to Jimmy last year and he joined Team BRIT in November 2016. Having enjoyed sport before he was injured, it allows him to compete as part of a team at a high level.