Race Report – Birkett 6 hour relay, Silverstone

Saturday 28th October saw Team BRIT participate in one of motorsport’s most well-loved annual events, the Birkett 6-hour relay.

What started in the 1950s as a fun end of season opportunity for racing friends and teams to get together to race their different cars, has become a hugely popular event with 70 teams taking part in 2017.

Each team enters between 3 and 6 cars, relaying in and out of the pits to drive around the UK’s iconic circuit at Silverstone for 6-hours of endurance racing.

The team used the event as an end of season celebration, hosted in the British Racing Drivers’ Club which the team exclusively hired thanks to support from Team Army and Carwood.

The team entered three cars in the race – 158, 312 and rookie Jamie Falvey’s Caterham.  Warren McKinlay, Jimmy Hill, Andy Searle, James Russell and Jamie Falvey all took their turns over the 6-hours.

Once again the team’s technical crew, under the lead of team manager Graham Horgan, did an excellent job of keeping the cars race fit for the prolonged race period.  The weekend also marked the one year anniversary of Graham’s crew – Plans Performance – working with Team BRIT.

The team was delighted to finish in 52nd place, successfully completing the race against seasoned, experienced teams and beating a number of impressive drivers.

Almost 200 guests joined the team throughout the day as part of the end of season celebration, including 12 Army Generals and the Chairman of the British Army Motorsports Association.  Forty defence contractors including Babcock and CAE were in attendance, along with representatives from the team’s sponsor organisations.  The event will now be used as an annual end of season celebration.

The team was also joined once again by Isabelle Weall, a 14-year-old quadruple amputee from Derby.  Team Founder Dave Player will be working with prosthetics experts to devise a system using the team’s hand control technology to allow her to driver.

Team Founder Dave Player said, “I was absolutely overwhelmed by the success of Saturday’s event, both in terms of the performances put in by our drivers and the feedback from our guests.

"This time last year we had one driver and one car.  We now have two cars and a fantastic team of drivers that have completed the full season of Fun Cup, despite the majority having little to no driving experience at all.

“What we have achieved, thanks to our sponsors and the hard work of everyone involved behind the scenes, is simply fantastic and I couldn’t be prouder.  We’re making a real difference in disability motorsport and are well on our way towards our Le Mans goal.  There’s so much set to happen in 2018 and we can’t wait to get started.”