Nicholas Hamilton, brother of F1 champion Lewis, has announced he is supporting a new racing academy for budding drivers with a disability.
Team BRIT welcomes any disabled driver who have a full UK driving licence offering tuition with state-of-the-art technology such as race simulators and hand control systems.
The team are currently training to become the first disability drivers to compete in Le Mans.
CEO and Founder of Team BRIT, Dave Player, said: “Disabled drivers make up around five percent of the UK’s driving population, but historically, accessing motorsport has been incredibly hard.
“We’re really proud that through Team BRIT, we have supported more than half of the UK’s disabled racing drivers, but now we want go further.
“The academy gives anyone interested in racing the chance to give it a go, something that hasn’t been possible before. We will support them right from the start, providing simulator training before they get on the track, expert coaching and specialist controls to suit most disabilities. Now is the time to level the playing field, if anyone is interested, I’d urge them to get in touch and give it a try.”
Nicholas Hamilton – who has cerebral palsy – was the first in the driving seat for a British Touring Car Championship. He said: “I’m really pleased to be able to support the launch of Team BRIT’s Race Academy.
“I’m all about championing disability in motorsport, having been working at establishing myself in the sport since 2011.
“Disabled people are used to being told what they can’t do. I’m all about proving what’s possible, and I’ve learnt that sharing my story inspires others, which can only be positive. Team BRIT is inspiring others in the same way, and now the academy will open doors people haven’t had access to before, providing the same chances that able-bodied drivers have. It’s something I’m proud to support.”
Team BRIT was launched at Dunsfold, the test track featured in Top Gear.
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