Paul Fullick is the latest driver to sign for Team BRIT, which aims to be the first all-disabled team to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Paul was injured nine months ago in a road traffic accident which led to the amputation of his right leg below the knee.
When doctors gave Paul the devastating news that he wouldn’t ride his beloved motorbike again, Paul vowed not to let his lifechanging injury stop his passion for motorsport.
“I was lying in my hospital bed sketching engineering solutions to adapt my bike when Blesma Support Officer Pat Donnachie came to
visit me,” said the 40 year old from Southampton.
“He shared with me all the different things Blesma Members were achieving post-injury and told me all about Team Brit.”
Paul contacted the racing outfit thinking they might be able to answer his engineering questions. But having completed the Taffy Dakar motorcycle race in 2018, as well as gaining several safety qualifications, and teaching track and road skills, Paul already had the perfect résumé to join Team Brit.
Now he is preparing for his first racing season in the Britcar Championships as part of Team BRIT’s rookie development programme. He will be driving the team’s BMW 118i, which is fitted with innovative hand controls.
“It feels fantastic to be part of the team. It’s brilliant to be back in a team environment where there is a job to do and there is risk and reward. Motorsport is the only thing that has come close to the military lifestyle that I miss."
“I’m back to driving a regular manual car and was back on a road bike in just one week, but racing is a different league. You need
that fine motor control, so I’ve been practising to race with my prosthetic and the hand controls."
“I’m also taking the surgeon’s advice that I need to let my leg heal first before I go flying around a track. I’m excited to see where
this season goes and am looking forward to building up to the next challenge.”