How to break into motorsport with Team BRIT

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Breaking into any sport is tough, especially motorsport and it can be easy to become disillusioned when watching on television thinking money plays a big factor. 

But unlike most sports there is no cut-off age as to when you can get involved or turn professional in one of the many disciplines motorsport has to offer, both in the UK and abroad. 

If you’re passionate about motorsport there are so many ways you can get involved, regardless of money or age. We sat down with several members of Team BRIT, many of whom didn’t start their racing careers until they were adults, to discuss their journeys into the sport.  

Team BRIT drivers reveal how to get into motorsport 

Paul Fullick – Britcar Trophy driver

“I first got into racing motorbikes in the early 2000s after wanting a safe space to ride fast. I had started going on the back of bikes when I was 12 or 13. I loved the speed and eventually got my first bike at 16. 

“I always had an interest in car racing, but it was not accessible from a budget perspective, bikes are so much cheaper!

“After my bike accident, I knew I wasn’t going to just stop riding or racing. I heard about Team BRIT, got in touch with Dave to find out more and the rest is history! 

“I have three bits of advice for anyone wanting to get into racing:

1) Always ask questions. At any level from karting to cars, ask drivers, crew, mechanics, sponsors, media and ask them to help you understand how your sport works. 

2) Some drivers do well because they are talented, others do well due to hard work. Until you’re sure you’re talented, work hard! 

3) Never get frustrated by your rivals, you can learn a lot from the car in front.”

Anji Silva-Vadgama – rookie driver, set to race in 2023

“I’ve always loved watching motorsport, but I didn’t get into it at a very young age. I grew up surrounded by cars and in a family of racing lovers. I saw a documentary on Team BRIT and it made me realise that I could still be able to drive, in spite of my disability, and even better, become a rookie race car driver. 

“Having the chance to do this is amazing, and allows me to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather, who was a rally race car champion in Tanzania.

“My advice to anyone wanting to get into motorsport would be – don’t ever think you’re not good enough. It doesn’t matter what anyone says, all that matters is what you think. Keep your chin up and shine to your fullest potential. You are the brightest star in the galaxy.”

Tyrone Mathurin – Britcar Trophy driver

“I came into the sport late, through a negative situation after having an accident on my motorbike. I never thought it would eventually lead to me starting a racing career, but I was given a great opportunity to follow a life changing dream with Team BRIT.

“Racing keeps me driven and allows me to move forward. I’m always reminding myself what it takes to be a better driver, such as consistently exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

“My message to anyone wanting to get into motorsports is to have a determined mindset and a disciplined attitude, which will carry you towards your dream.”

Who are Team BRIT?

Team BRIT are the UK’s first and only all-disabled racing team. Launched in 2015 with just one car and two drivers, the team have come a long way since then and now compete in three championships, providing opportunities for eight disabled racing drivers, in some of the UK’s most prestigious disciplines including the British GT Championship.

Where can I get track day insurance?

As keen supporters of motorsport, we’ve got you covered if you want to get your inner Team BRIT on. 

If you’re lucky enough to get the chance to race at a circuit any time soon, we have track day cover to suit while you’re behind the wheel. 

Adrian Flux offers a huge range of insurance options for motorists for a surprisingly low price and can offer drivers the peace of mind to keep them safe on the road. Call 0808 503 3824 for the best Adrian Flux motor insurance deals.

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