Warren McKinlay – 35
Former L/Cpl – Recovery Mechanic in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers
Warren joined the army in 1999 when he was 19 years old. Whilst serving as a recovery mechanic based at RAF Honington in Suffolk, Warren was involved in a motorbike accident in May 2005 which left him with a broken back, pelvis and traumatic brain injury.
After being discharged from hospital, he was referred to Headley Court due to the significant change in his personality and emotions. He was diagnosed with Cotard’s Syndrome also known as ‘walking corpse syndrome’, as Warren believed he had died and was living in purgatory.
He was medically discharged in 2006 and after a long recovery process he started his own business, which he has since sold. He began racing with KartForce, which re-awoke his desire to race, allowing him to rediscover his competitive drive and determination, something he thought he had lost.
Ash Hall - 27
27-year-old Ash Hall from Colchester in Essex served in the Royal Engineers from 2007 to 2017. When serving in Afghanistan in 2010, he was hit by an IED causing serious injuries including the amputation of both legs above the knees and a shattered pelvis.
He spent several months at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham before receiving treatment at military rehabilitation centre, Headley Court.
.Ash took part in a rookie day with the team at Brands Hatch in October 2017 and was assessed for his driving skills and ability. Having passed the assessment, he took part in his first race with the team at Oulton Park later that month. Ash has previously been involved with similar motorsports organisations but none could offer him the chance to attain his race licence and race competitively in the way that Team BRIT can.
Ash has continued to participate in sports at a high level since sustaining his injuries and represented Great Britain in the Invictus Games in Toronto in September where he won a silver medal for wheelchair rugby – a sport he competes in with Ospreys wheelchair rugby team.
He is also the Guinness world record holder for longest distance travelled in 24 hours using a go-kart with hand controls – completed when driving with KartForce.
Martyn Compton - 34
34-year-old Martyn from Battle in East Sussex served in the Household Cavalry. In June 2006 he went on his first tour of Afghanistan, and on the 1st August the patrol of small tanks he was in was ambushed. His vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device, which killed the three crew members. He was shot at with rocket propelled grenades which blew the engine up and engulfed him in flames. He managed to crawl out whilst on fire and as he put himself out he was shot twice. He suffered burns to 75% of his body, 3rd degree, and has undergone over 500 hours of operations and years of rehabilitation. In 2010 PTSD hit Martyn and fortunately he was given a focus and support form KartForce, Team BRIT’s linked charity which helps injured troops to access karting, therefore discovering a new talent for racing. Martyn was part of the early Team BRIT line-up in 2015 before leaving to race in other championships. He has now re-joined the team as it begins its move into GT4 racing with the reveal of their Aston Martin Vantage.
Jon-Allan Butterworth MBE
Former SAC(T) Weapons Technican in the Royal Air Force
32-year-old Jon-Allan from Manchester joined the RAF in 2002 and served in Afghanistan in 2005 and Iraq in 2007 as a SAC(T) Weapons Technician. On 4 August 2007 he was involved in a rocket attack on Basra Air Station, Iraq. He was operated on by doctors in a battlefield hospital who carried out an above the elbow amputation of his left arm.
After spending time in Headley Court Military Rehabilitation Centre, he joined the Para-cycling Development Programme in 2009 via Help for Heroes’ partnership with British Cycling and the British Paralympic Association to introduce military personnel to Paralympic sport.
In his first international event, the 2011 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Jon-Allan set a world record and won a gold medal in the kilo, performances which were followed by three silver medals at the 2012 London Paralympics and further success at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in 2014 and 2016.
The 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, in particular, were a huge success as he joined Jody Cundy and Louis Rolfe to win gold and set a new world record in the team sprint - and the trio carried that form into the Rio Paralympics, winning the team sprint while setting a new world record in qualifying and the final. He joined Team BRIT in April 2018.
Bobby Trundley - 19
Award winning karting champion
19-year old Bobby Trundley from Wokingham was diagnosed with autism at 4 years old and from an early age, has found motorsport to have a profound impact on the way he copes with the condition.
His passion for the sport was ignited when he first sat in a go-kart at the age of 10, and in 2011 he was awarded the Charlie Parker Memorial Trophy at Buckmore Park, as the most promising driver. In 2014 he was a finalist out of sixty participants in the Ginetta Junior Scholarship, having only minimal experience. In 2015, he raced in the Daytona Dmax Endurance Championship, starting two rounds down but narrowly missing the podium by just three points.
He is now the reigning Dmax champion, holding five titles, three time Endurance and two times Heats Champion 2017 & 18. He has been awarded a wealth of trophies, and has taken part in charity events such as the Damon Hill Kart Challenge in aid of the Halow Project and the Back on Track Charity Kart Race.
Bobby has been awarded the Anna Kennedy OBE, Autism Hero Award for outstanding achievement in sport and was awarded the ANCA World Autism Festival Excellence in Sport Award 2017.
Sean Rose - 46
Former RAF physical training instructor
Sean is a former RAF physical training instructor, extreme sports enthusiast and double Paralympian.
Originally from Middlesborough, Sean now lives in St Neots in Cambridgeshire with his family.
Sean joined the RAF in 1989 as a physical training and adventure training instructor. He served across the world including on operations in Saudi Arabia and Germany. In 2000 he was teaching a group of pilots to ski in Bavaria when he was ejected from his skis after hitting a pile of snow. He landed head first, breaking his back and paralysing him from the ribs down. Sean then began setting challenges and achieving them, from running a watersports centre to breaking records and winning medals. He has been World and European disabled waterski champion individually and as part of team GB, and holds two British waterski records.
He joined the British Paralympic ski team in 2004 and secured Britain’s first ever World Cup gold alpine medal in 2010 in the Downhill event. He went on to win 5 World Cup and 40 international medals and a total of 7 British titles. Sean joined the team as a rookie driver in January 2019.
Former Navy Lieutenant
Talan Skeels-Piggins, from Ashtead in Surrey, was thrown from his motorcycle in a road traffic collision in March 2003, causing extensive injuries and paralysing him from the chest down. Talan, who is a former Royal Navy Lieutenant, was given just a 1% chance of survival in the first 24 hours after his accident, having broken almost the entire left side of his body, punctured his lung and broken his spine. Having been told he would be recovering in hospital for up to 2 years, he defied the odds and was discharged after just 6.5 months. Less than a year after his accident, he went on his first skiing trip, learning how to ‘sit skit’, and in 2010 his goal was achieved when he competed for Great Britain at the Winter Paralympics in the Giant Slalom and Super G events. He then won Gold in the Super G at the 2010/2011 European Championships.
Talan went on to make history in 2012 by becoming the world’s first paraplegic motorcycle racer. He set up ‘Talan Racing’, a competitive team for paralysed motorcyclists that is now backed by Yamaha Racing, became an ACU Race Instructor and was the 2015 & 2018 600cc World Champion (Paralysed Class). He also teaches other disabled people how they can ride a motorcycle through his charity, ‘The Bike Experience.’ He joined Team BRIT as a rookie driver in February 2019.
Rob Skupski - 31
Rob, who is an electrician by trade, was riding his motorbike in Llangernyw in 2015 when he was struck by a van. Rob was thrown from his motorbike, causing serious injuries including the dislocation of his L1 and L2 vertebrae, damaging his spinal cord and causing paraplegia. He spent four months in hospital before rebuilding his life as a wheelchair user. Having always had a love of cars, bikes and anything fast, a friend put him in touch with Dave Player, the founder of Team BRIT, so he could find out more about the team.
He went to a race at Brands Hatch in 2018, then was invited for an assessment at the team’s HQ in Dunsfold, Surrey. Rob impressed the team and was offered the chance to become a rookie driver.
Tony Williams – 32
Former Corporal – Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps
Whilst serving in Afghanistan in 2010 at the age of 26, Tony survived two grenade blasts before being shot six times, three weeks later, whilst giving life-saving treatment to an injured soldier that had been shot.
During the attack, he was shot multiple times and suffered injuries including a broken hip, torn bowels and a broken spine, paralysing him from the waist down. He also sustained a mild traumatic brain injury by being hit in a grenade attack, with shrapnel embedded into his forehead.
He was told he was unlikely to walk again and had less than 5% chance of fathering children, was unlikely to regain full bladder function and had suffered severe nerve damage to his lower legs. Tony can now walk, although he has paralysis in his left leg and a ‘dropped’ foot, so uses a leg brace. He is also the proud father to two children.
Tony spent a year with KartForce, racing in 24hr races, such a British 24hrs, Le Mans, 24 hrs of Majorca, and smaller endurance races around the UK.
Jimmy Hill – 34
Serving Royal Marines corporal
Whilst deployed to Afghanistan in 2013, his unit came under fire and he was hit seven times by machine gun fire. He was hit five times in the legs resulting in a fractured femur, damaged calf and damaged sciatic nerve.
He has received ongoing rehabilitation support at Headley Court and has made a good recovery, but has a semi-paralysed ‘dropped’ foot.
KartForce was recommended to Jimmy last year and he joined Team BRIT in November 2016. Having enjoyed sport before he was injured, it allows him to compete as part of a team at a high level.