Our rookies will be trying out at track days soon. They will be assessed by our team manager for their driving skills, confidence and willingness to learn – all essential skills for being a Team BRIT driver.

Joe Colehouse

Rookie - Jan 2018

19-year old Joe was born in Manchester and lived on various Royal Air Force stations, before settling in Lincolnshire with his parents. Joe had a birth injury which starved his brain of oxygen and blood supply and resulted in him being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, affecting all four limbs, at the age of 10 months. Joe has difficulties with coordination, balance, motor control and speech but never let his disability get in his way or deter him from achieving what he wants in life.

His determination, tenacity, enthusiasm and sense of humour saw him recognised with a 'Child of Courage' award in 2014. Joe loves most sports and is a life-long Manchester United supporter. Joe passed his driving test first time at the age of 16, has experienced high speed laps around Silverstone in a GP2 car, and driven Formula 1 simulators; including Lewis Hamilton 2007 Mclaren Mercedes - setting very respectable lap times on the leaderboard.

Joe is studying for his A-levels and in his spare time enjoys karting. When he's not on the track you'll find Joe in the air as he is currently learning to fly light aircraft. He has also been known to tread the boards, winning awards for his performances, in amateur dramatic productions. 

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Oliver Maxwell

Rookie - Jan 2018

40-year-old Ollie grew up on Exmoor in Somerset and has always had a passion for all things mechanical, especially fast cars and motorbikes. He became a left above knee amputee in February 2017 after elective amputation surgery to alleviate the pain caused by a complex fracture and nerve damage from a motorbike accident in 2001.

He is a fully qualified automotive technician by trade and built his first 'scuffle' car at 14 from a variety of unwanted and scavenged car parts to race in a local off-road charity event. He has subsequently designed and built two unique MSA licensed rally cars, the most recent of which is a BMW powered Land Rover Discovery, and competed in both national off-road comp safari championships and BTRDA stage rally races in these vehicles. He is often found repairing, rebuilding and tuning the rally cars of friends across Somerset when he is not building his replica Audi Sport Quattro. He has not circuit raced before and is keen to see how his rally and technical race-tuning experience will translate onto the track.

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