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.
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.
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.
Martyn Compton - 34
34-year-old Martyn from Battle in East Sussex served in the Household Cavalry. In June 2006 he went on his first tour of Afghanistan, and on the 1st August the patrol of small tanks he was in was ambushed. His vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device, which killed the three crew members. He was shot at with rocket propelled grenades which blew the engine up and engulfed him in flames. He managed to crawl out whilst on fire and as he put himself out he was shot twice. He suffered burns to 75% of his body, 3rd degree, and has undergone over 500 hours of operations and years of rehabilitation. In 2010 PTSD hit Martyn and fortunately he was given a focus and support form KartForce, Team BRIT’s linked charity which helps injured troops to access karting, therefore discovering a new talent for racing. Martyn was part of the early Team BRIT line-up in 2015 before leaving to race in other championships. He has now re-joined the team as it begins its move into GT4 racing with the reveal of their Aston Martin Vantage.
Jon-Allan Butterworth MBE
Former SAC(T) Weapons Technican in the Royal Air Force
32-year-old Jon-Allan from Manchester joined the RAF in 2002 and served in Afghanistan in 2005 and Iraq in 2007 as a SAC(T) Weapons Technician. On 4 August 2007 he was involved in a rocket attack on Basra Air Station, Iraq. He was operated on by doctors in a battlefield hospital who carried out an above the elbow amputation of his left arm.
After spending time in Headley Court Military Rehabilitation Centre, he joined the Para-cycling Development Programme in 2009 via Help for Heroes’ partnership with British Cycling and the British Paralympic Association to introduce military personnel to Paralympic sport.
In his first international event, the 2011 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Jon-Allan set a world record and won a gold medal in the kilo, performances which were followed by three silver medals at the 2012 London Paralympics and further success at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in 2014 and 2016.
The 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, in particular, were a huge success as he joined Jody Cundy and Louis Rolfe to win gold and set a new world record in the team sprint - and the trio carried that form into the Rio Paralympics, winning the team sprint while setting a new world record in qualifying and the final. He joined Team BRIT in April 2018.