Team BRIT has undergone coaching from Giti Tire test engineers based at MIRA. With the team set to announce the GT4 races it will compete in this year, Giti Tire – which has its European test facility at MIRA – invited the drivers to receive expert coaching on the test track.
Ellis Hadley, senior test engineer for the tire manufacturer, and Martin Gibson, manager of EU Testing Center & Motorsport UK, spent time with drivers Martyn Compton, Warren McKinlay, Jimmy Hill and Jamie Falvey providing advice on wet and dry handling in the team’s new Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
“Our base at MIRA gives us access to some great tracks that we can utilize for driver training, especially the wet grip facility,” said Hadley. “In addition to this, we have our own European Giti motorsport program and engineers at Giti compete in motorsport themselves, so we understand the challenge the Team Brit are up against.
Alongside the GT4 series, the team that enables drivers with a range of disabilities to compete equally with able-bodied drivers via innovative hand control technology will continue to enter two cars in the UK Fun Cup series.
“We are in the privileged position of being able to bring this all together to assist Team BRIT in their drivers’ development as we all strive to improve lap times and endurance, and we will continue to work together throughout the season as requirements demand,” noted Dave Player, Team BRIT founder. “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of Giti in giving its expert tuition to our drivers who are stepping up to GT racing this year.
“This is a big step forward for the team, and our sponsors provide us with so much more than financial backing. Their support in ways such as this is so valuable to us. By helping to prepare our drivers for the huge challenge ahead of us, they are making such a difference and playing a key part in making racing history with us, while also improving access to motorsport for disabled drivers all over the world.”