Elcock Associates are delighted to be sponsoring Motorsports racer Martyn Compton, ahead of an exciting season on the track with Team BRIT.
34-year-old Martyn Compton from Battle in East Sussex served in the Household Cavalry. In June 2006 he went on his first tour of Afghanistan, and on the 1st August the patrol of small tanks he was in was ambushed. His vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device, which killed the three crew members. He was shot at with rocket propelled grenades which blew the engine up and engulfed him in flames. He managed to crawl out whilst on fire and as he put himself out he was shot twice. He suffered burns to 75% of his body, 3rd degree, and has undergone over 500 hours of operations and years of rehabilitation.
Following a period of PTSD, Martyn was given a focus and support from KartForce, Team BRIT’s linked charity. Racing on the track, Martyn found a new passion and purpose, he was part of the early Team BRIT line-up in 2015 before leaving to race in other championships. He has now re-joined the team as it begins its move into GT4 racing with the reveal of their Aston Martin Vantage.
Team BRIT is a competitive motor racing team consisting of disabled drivers. Many are ex or serving military troops who have sustained serious injuries. The team has developed the world’s most advanced hand control technology to allow its drivers to compete on equal terms with able-bodied competitors. These controls are specially adapted for each driver, allowing drivers with varying disabilities. The team made history this year by being the first ever all-disabled team to race on the Le Mans circuit during the Aston Martin Le Mans Festival, held prior to the annual endurance race.
This year sees the team compete in the brand new 116 Trophy – a one-make endurance racing series operated by 116 Racing. The 3-hour races will see 30 car grids of BMW E87 1.6, 5-speed cars, with light racing modifications. Team BRIT will field two cars throughout the series but in an exciting development, will also be inviting guest drivers to join them, with the possibility of entering up to 4 teams per event. Alongside the team’s entry in the 116 Trophy, Team BRIT’s more experienced drivers will continue to race in its Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4.
We look forward to this exciting season ahead of us which is due to start on 30th March with the Britcar Championships held at Silverstone, and the BMW 116 Trophy at Brands Hatch on 14th April. Elcock Associates are proud to be supporting Martyn Compton for Team BRIT.
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