Team BRIT set to make history at Le Mans in 2018

Team BRIT – motorsport’s most inspirational team – is set to make history at Le Mans this year by becoming the first ever all-disabled team to compete on the world famous circuit.

The team has confirmed its entry to the Aston Martin Le Mans Festival – a 45-minute support race held prior to the annual 24-hour endurance race on the full circuit at La Sarthe.  This milestone event will take the team a step closer to its goal of becoming the first ever all-disabled team to compete in the iconic 24-hour race.

The majority of the team’s drivers are injured military troops and the team has developed the world’s most advanced hand control technology to allow its drivers to compete on equal terms.
Having begun its racing story in the UK Fun Cup Championship – where its rookies continue to gain racing experience - the team has moved up to GT4 racing this year. Participation in the Aston Martin Le Mans Festival will allow the team to showcase its technology, determination and professionalism on an international stage – steering them towards the full endurance race, which it plans to earn entry to by 2020.

The team will line up against 37 other cars with drivers including Sky F1 commentator and former Le Mans winner Martin Brundle and his co-driver, the multiple Olympic gold medal winner, Sir Chris Hoy. Two brand new V-12 powered Aston Martin Vulcans will also be on the grid.
After a rigorous assessment process, the two drivers confirmed to compete in the Le Mans race are military veterans Warren McKinlay and Jamie Falvey.

Warren is a Former L/Cpl – recovery mechanic in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. Whilst based at RAF Honington in Suffolk in 2005, he was involved in a motorbike accident which left him with a broken back, pelvis and traumatic brain injury. He was diagnosed with Cotard’s Syndrome also known as ‘walking corpse syndrome’, as Warren believed he had died and was living in purgatory. 

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. 

Warren has been a part of Team BRIT since 2015 and Jamie joined in 2017, also now racing in the UK Caterham Championships.

CEO and Founder Dave Player said, “I could not be prouder to be weeks away from fielding a team on the Le Mans Circuit.  I want it to be very clear how significant this is for motorsport.  We are a British team, using British engineering to make history and show the world what is possible for disabled drivers.

“We will earn our entry to the Le Mans 24 hour, without the need for a wild card entry.  I want us to be on the starting grid because we deserve to be there, and we will show this in this year’s Aston Martin event.”