Team BRIT and W Racing Team to assist grass-roots disabled motorsport

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Team BRIT, a leading name in disabled motorsport, has met with representatives from W Racing Team – a manufacturer of Fun Cup cars which also helps set up national FUN CUP racing across the globe, to look at how they can help disabled drivers across Europe to access motorsport.

Earlier this year, the team launched its bespoke hand controls – the most advanced technology of its kind in the world, which have been installed in the team’s Fun Cup cars and used throughout the 2017 season. The controls allow the team’s disabled drivers to compete on equal terms with able-bodied drivers.

Team Founder Dave Player, Team Manager & Driver Coach Graham Horgan, Chief Technician Al Locke and designer of the hand controls, Marko Mlakar of MME Motorsport, met with one of the Founders of the FUN CUP and Co-CEO of W Racing Team, Rene Verbist and Co-CEO, Kathleen Schurmans.

The system is built around an electronic throttle, electronic clutch and electronic gear changing unit, which is a commonly found arrangement in motorsport. Team BRIT’s new system also introduces an extremely advanced system to control braking electronically.

Team BRIT will now support W Racing Team in FUN CUP races across Europe and further afield as they look to install hand controls in a number of their cars and reach out to disabled drivers to offer them the chance to take part in this much-loved championship.

Team BRIT is looking to normalise disability and is working with the Federation Internationale de L’automobile (FIA) to further the use of this technology and welcome more people into the sport who live with disabilities.

“Tuesday’s meeting was a really exciting and important step forward for us in moving toward greater accessibility for disabled people interested in motorsport, explained Team BRIT founder Dave Player. “Motor racing can and should allow everyone to compete on a level playing field, and our hand controls allow this to be a reality.  We have enjoyed taking part in the FUN CUP this year and look forward to helping W Racing Team through our experience and technology, so that together we can encourage disabled drivers in a number of countries to get involved with the sport.”

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John joined UKi Media & Events in 2012 and has worked across a range of B2B titles within the company's automotive portfolio. Prior to joining the company, John worked for leading automotive design website, Car Design News. Currently editor of Engine Technology International, Professional MotorSport World, Professional MotorSport Circuit, and Transmission Technology International, John co-ordinates the day-the-day operations of each magazine, from commissioning and writing to editing and signing-off, as well managing web and social media content. Aside from the magazines, John also serves as chairman of the annual Professional MotorSport World Awards.

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