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.
Olivia Jackson - 36
Former stunt actress, model, Muay Thai fighter and motocross racer
Formerly from Cape Town in South Africa, Olivia enjoyed a highly successful career, working all over the world as a model before becoming a stunt actress. She took part in shoots for publications such as Cosmopolitan and worked on major films including the Avengers 2, Guardians of the Galaxy and Mad Max Fury Road. Olivia was also a competitive Muay Thai fighter and motocross racer.
It was whilst working on a major film in September 2015 that she was involved in a horrific accident. Whilst riding a motorbike as part of a scene in Resident Evil, she collided with an oncoming camera crane that failed to lift in time. She suffered severe injuries to her face, and her spine was broken in multiple places. She was in a coma for three weeks and the effects of her injuries were life changing. Her left arm was completely paralysed and she eventually made the difficult decision to have it amputated.
Olivia joined the team in August 2017.
James Russell - 35
35-year-old James Russell joined the Team in Summer 2017 as one of the first civilian rookies.
Originally from Bristol, and having grown up in Clevedon, James lives with his wife Charlotte and two children. James was born with a congenital defect to his right lower leg, missing the fibula bone and the remaining tibia being angulated. This resulted in him having a short lower leg and an incomplete ankle. James underwent surgery when twelve months old to straighten the leg out, and now wears a prosthetic leg.
James works as a technical author in the oil and gas industry, having previously worked in aerospace and defence, including on a number of military projects.
He has been a keen rugby player since being at school and has played for Clevedon Rugby Club for more than 20 years. His prosthetic leg does not hold him back, but he has to cover it with a bandage to protect other players! He swam for the South West at national swimming events in his younger years winning many gold medals, and achieved National Champion Status in backstroke.
James joined the team in August 2017.
Ash Hall - 27
27-year-old Ash Hall from Colchester in Essex served in the Royal Engineers from 2007 to 2017. When serving in Afghanistan in 2010, he was hit by an IED causing serious injuries including the amputation of both legs above the knees and a shattered pelvis.
He spent several months at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham before receiving treatment at military rehabilitation centre, Headley Court.
.Ash took part in a rookie day with the team at Brands Hatch in October 2017 and was assessed for his driving skills and ability. Having passed the assessment, he took part in his first race with the team at Oulton Park later that month. Ash has previously been involved with similar motorsports organisations but none could offer him the chance to attain his race licence and race competitively in the way that Team BRIT can.
Ash has continued to participate in sports at a high level since sustaining his injuries and represented Great Britain in the Invictus Games in Toronto in September where he won a silver medal for wheelchair rugby – a sport he competes in with Ospreys wheelchair rugby team.
He is also the Guinness world record holder for longest distance travelled in 24 hours using a go-kart with hand controls – completed when driving with KartForce.