Injured troops join Team BRIT at the track for the launch of the UK’s first disabled racing academy

A group of injured troops from the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Stanford Hall, joined Team BRIT at the launch of its Racing Academy.

Many of team BRIT’s drivers are injured military troops, and spent time at the former DMRC base, Headley Court, as part of their recovery.  The team has remained close to the centre and continues to offer opportunities to patients receiving treatment there.

The launch event was supported by disabled racing driver Nicolas Hamilton, who was the first disabled driver to race in the British Touring Car Championship.  Along with Team BRIT’s drivers, he demonstrated the team’s world leading hand controls to the press and invited guests.

Patients from DMRC were treated to hot laps around the Top Gear test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey where Team BRIT has its workshop. They have also been invited to attend a karting event through Team BRIT’s linked charity, Kartforce, and one of the patients may be looking to join the team’s crew as its HGV driver.

Military Liaison Officer, Brian Dent said “ You can never underestimate the importance of opportunities like this for our injured service personnel.  The benefits are enormous, providing a much needed boost and increasing motivation during the arduous and lengthy period of rehabilitation. Each and every one of our patients have their own personal stories of their journey through rehabilitation. However, they all share one common goal as they climb the rehabilitation mountain and that is maximising their potential for their future. From some that may mean sporting and professional achievements, for others it is simply to be able to live independently or be able to support their families.”