Former Marine from Nottinghamshire joins disabled motor racing team

A former Marine Commando from Nottinghamshire has been announced as the newest driver to join Team BRIT.

32-year-old Jamie Falvey from Farnsfield in Nottinghamshire served in the Commandos from 2010 to 2016, to the rank of Lance Corporal.  He served at Faslane naval base in Scotland, in Afghanistan and was a cold weather warfare specialist for exercises in Norway.

In 2016 he was medically discharged after sustaining permanent hearing damage and tinnitus as a result of his time serving on operations. 

He now runs a personal training business from his own studio and has a passion for motorsport, having competed in national and international karting events since 2006, and is testing for the Caterham Roadsport Championship for 2018.

The team is currently competing in the Fun Cup championship – the first stage of its motorsport journey towards Le Mans and recently completed ‘the Longest Race in the World’ at Circuit de Spa Francorchamps – a 25 hour endurance race.

Initially, the team was open to military veterans only but has recently opened its doors to civilian disabled drivers in an effort to widen opportunities for disabled people to access competitive motorsport.

Jamie took part in a rookie day with the team at Brands Hatch on Wednesday 4th October and was assessed for his driving skills and ability.  Having passed the assessment, he will now join the team at their last two races of the season later this month.

The team has developed the world’s most advanced hand control technology to allow its drivers to compete on equal terms with able-bodied competitors.  These controls will be specially adapted for each driver, allowing drivers with varying disabilities, such as Olivia Jackson who has one arm, and double-leg amputee Andy Searle, to race as part of the same team.

The team is not a charity, but a competitive racing team like any other, with each driver being taught the business of motorsport.  Powerful partnerships are set up with corporate backers such as title sponsor Brit Insurance, and Jamie will be working to engage with personal sponsors to progress his driving career.

Jamie said, “I have an extremely competitive nature and absolutely love racing so being part of Team BRIT is fantastic.

“The opportunity and potential that Team BRIT offers is massive and I am delighted to be a part of this.  

“There are some fantastic drivers and personalities in the team so I hope they see me as a reliable, dedicated team mate.  I absolutely want to be part of the team that races in Le Mans – I know I am capable of this but my fate is in my own hands and I have to make it happen!”