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Disabled drivers are off to Silverstone for an unbeatable race day

a team brit racing car

A group of disabled budding race drivers are gearing up for an experience they won’t forget thanks to a national charity which focuses on motor sport.

Dave Berry is the brainchild behind Team Brit, the world’s only competitive racing team for disabled people and those with a hidden disability.

The unique organisation is staging a day at Silverstone for a team of drivers who, up until now, could only dream of whizzing past a chequered flag.

Berry told ITV News:  "Every year we'd have hundreds of these young lads with missing limbs and things competing in mainstream 24-hour races all over the UK and abroad and then in 2015, they said 'Can we set up a car racing team?'

"I said yes, but only if we can be competitive. Even though all our drivers are disabled we have given them the tools to compete on a level playing field."

"If you’re disabled, and want to be a racing driver, you're not a charity case. If you want to race on a level playing field then you have to race as equals."

"The British racing industry has been enormously welcoming; they're more than happy to help out with anything."

Team Brit’s new home in Pulborough is home to a fleet of adaptive cars for disabled drivers, including two McLarens and a BMW.

Each vehicle has a steering wheel which can control functions such as breaking, accelerating and changing gear.

The headquarters also provide racing simulators with similar controls found on the aforementioned cars.

Aaron Morgan, 33, from Basingstoke, has raced round tracks across Europe thanks to the guys at Team Brit.

 "I use the team's world-leading hand control technology and they are the real differentiator between us being able to compete with the able-bodied drivers in the race and not being able to so they make all the difference,” Morgan said.

"There's no paralympic class in Motorsport, everybody races everybody. It's a really unique situation but an amazing thing to be a part of."

Bobby Trundley, 24, has lived with severe autism since childhood. He said: "My autism is like my superpower so it's like the ability to analyse certain aspects of corners so my head's like a supercomputer working away really quickly."

"When I first joined the team I was nonverbal to an extent, I was shy, and I always had to have my mum and dad with me - or AKA my team would call them my bodyguards.

"Now, I'm able to travel around on my own to team events and the team has developed me to who I am today."

Tyler Mathurin, from London, was involved in a serious road accident which left him unable to control the right side of his body.

He said: "I got in touch with Team Brit and that was kind of a hope for me because it's something that I've always dreamt of doing.

"With the team helping us it's taught me to keep on the grind. If you've got a passion and a dream you stick to it.”

[ A Formula 1 race car's exhaust can reach 1,000 degrees celsius. ]

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