Team BRIT announces driver line up ahead of biggest ever year

Team BRIT has announced its full driver line up for 2021, in what looks set to be the most competitive year in the team’s history.  

The all-disabled team, which aims to be the first ever British all-disabled team to race in Le Mans, and supports people with physical and psychological challenges in accessing motorsport through its Racing Academy, will once again field six drivers in the Britcar Championship this year.

For the second year running, the team will compete in the iconic Britcar Championship, offering two categories to suit its driver development pathway. With every driver building on their racing experience, the team hopes to deliver its most impressive performance on the track to date. 

Driving the team’s Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 in the Britcar Endurance Championship will be:

21-year-old Bobby Trundley.
  Bobby lives with severe autism and is a 5 x karting champion.  In his first year with the team in 2019, he won 4 out of his 5 races in the Gaz Shocks BMW 116 Trophy. In 2020, his debut GT4 year saw him secure a ‘Driver of the Day’ award, course records and impressive performances, pushing for podiums.

30-year-old Aaron Morgan.  Aaron broke his spine in a motocross accident in 2006 and is paraplegic. He was the youngest disabled person to achieve a National B Race Licence, and since 2014, he has been the only disabled driver in the BMW Compact Cup Championship. This is his second season with Team BRIT, having joined Bobby in the Aston for part of the season last year.

Driving the team’s two custom-built BMWs in the Trophy Category will be:

24-year-old Matty Street.  Matty was diagnosed was asperger’s, dyspraxia and dyslexia at a young age and struggled at school. Racing changed his life and he went on to become the CEO of TeamKarting kart track in Rochdale. 

31-year-old Andrew Tucker.  Andrew was hit by a car when he was stationary on his motorbike in 2013, resulting in extensive injuries.  Andrew attended an Academy session in 2018 and was invited to become a rookie for 2020. Andrew progressed quickly throughout last season, recording progressively quicker lap times and securing three podium finishes with teammate Matty Street.

38-year-old Nerys Pearce.  Team BRIT’s first ever female driver, Nerys is an ex-Army media who was knocked from her motorbike in 2008 causing serious injuries. The treatment she received led to her paralysis from the chest down. Coached by pro-driver Abbie Eaton, Nerys experienced her first two races last year in a season cut short due to Covid and is looking to continue her journey towards become the world’s fastest disabled female driver.

31-year-old Luke Pound
. Luke had an accident on his motorbike in 2011 resulting in brachial plexus injury – the breaking of all five nerves into his left arm. This has left him with no movement in his left hand and very little movement in his left arm. Luke competed in the Trophy Category of the Britcar Championship in his first season with the team last year and is looking to build on his quick progress in 2021.

Some of the team’s drivers will race using its world-leading hand control technology.  This innovative adaptation means that a removable steering wheel is fitted to each car, with a bespoke set up for each driver.

Team BRIT founder Dave Player said: “2020 may have been challenging in all the wrong ways as we lived through the Covid-19 pandemic, but it didn’t stop us from taking every opportunity to develop as a team.

“Racing was cut short, but in the few races in which we competed, our drivers gave everything they could, putting their coaching and hard work into practice and learning through each event.

“2021 marks the 6th year of competition for Team BRIT, and with every year, we grow, we build and we smash expectations.  With the support of our incredible crew and our army of sponsors and supporters, I’m confident that this year will be no different.”

A full range of Team BRIT racewear, supplied by industry experts IMB Racewear is now available to buy online here.

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