Disabled Racing Driver scores hat-trick

Chris Overend and James Whitley
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A disabled racing driver from Southampton has passed the chequered flag to celebrate his third win of the season with Team BRIT.

Chris Overend picked up the Britcar Trophy on Saturday June 4 at Silverstone behind the wheel of the team’s BMW M240i with James Whitley, who was born without fully formed hands.

Overend, who joined Team BRIT in September 2021,told The Daily Echo: “Another epic weekend with my second family, Team BRIT. I'm so proud of the effort everyone puts in time and time again here and want to give special mention to lead mechanic Dean Robertson for his strong leadership over the weekend.

“James was scorching behind the wheel in both races, race 1 being the tougher of the two in very tricky conditions - but I think we've firmly stamped ourselves into this championship as contenders. Roll on the next 3 race weekends!”

The dynamic duo have already won races at Silverstone and Snetterton in their first season at Team BRIT.

Chris was born with developmental dysplasia of the hips, he has suffered pain since the age of 12 but his disability has never held him back.

As his condition deteriorated he developed a passion for wheelchair tennis where he went on to achieve a world ranking.

Chris Overend’s next race is this Sunday, June 19, at Silverstone.