Members of Team BRIT’s management team have met with representatives from W Racing Team – a manufacturer of Fun Cup cars which also helps set up national FUN CUP racing across the globe, to look at how they can help disabled drivers across Europe to access motorsport.
On Tuesday 7th November, a meeting was held at Plans Performance in Surrey – the base of Team BRIT’s technical team, to look at how Team BRIT can help and advise the championship in becoming more accessible to disabled drivers.
Earlier this year, the team launched its bespoke hand controls – the most advanced technology of its kind in the world, which have been installed in the team’s Fun Cup cars and used throughout the 2017 season. The controls allow the team’s disabled drivers to compete on equal terms with able-bodied drivers.
Team Founder Dave Player, Team Manager & Driver Coach Graham Horgan, Chief Technician Al Locke and designer of the hand controls, Marko Mlakar of MME Motorsport, met with one of the Founders of the FUN CUP and Co-CEO of W Racing Team, Rene Verbist and Co-CEO, Kathleen Schurmans.
Rene and Kathleen were shown the hand controls in detail and given information on how they were developed to suit the needs of competitive drivers. The high tech system involves an electronic throttle, electronic clutch and electronic gear changing, which is common in motorsport, but the new system also introduces an extremely advanced system to brake electronically.
Team BRIT will now support W Racing Team in FUN CUP races across Europe and further afield as they look to install hand controls in a number of their cars and reach out to disabled drivers to offer them the chance to take part in this much-loved championship.
Team BRIT is looking to normalise disability and is working with the Federation Internationale de L’automobile (FIA) to further the use of this technology and welcome more people into the sport who live with disabilities.
Team BRIT founder Dave Player said, “Tuesday’s meeting was a really exciting and important step forward for us in moving toward greater accessibility for disabled people interested in motorsport.
“Motor racing can and should allow everyone to compete on a level playing field, and our hand controls allow this to be a reality. We have enjoyed taking part in the FUN CUP this year and look forward to helping W Racing Team through our experience and technology, so that together we can encourage disabled drivers in a number of countries to get involved with the sport.”
For information on purchasing bespoke hand controls, visit http://www.mme-motorsport.com/en/products/hand-controls.