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Forces 360 goes behind the scenes with David Birrell on his quest to compete at Le Mans

David Birrell

Tonight at 6pm, Forces 360 speaks to David Birrell about his ongoing goal to race at Le Mans in 2022.

The Scottish veteran recently became the first double amputee to race at the Belgian F1 circuit in a non-adapted car. 

David Birrell lost both his legs in an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2010 - but he hasn't let that stop him.

The former Black Watch soldier got into racing a few years after he was injured.

Driving with special prosthetic legs, but without any adaptations to his car, he's now taken on a circuit that would be a challenge for any driver.

David Birrell

This season has seen David race at Silverstone as well as circuits in Snetterton and Anglesey, among others.

He said: "A lot of people have underestimated me and thought that I couldn't drive with my prosthetic legs, so I decided I'd have to prove them wrong."

"When I first went out on a track day I was setting laps quicker than most people."

For a detailed look at David in action and the team supporting him, do not miss this incredible programme.

Catch the full story in Forces 360 at 6pm on Forces TV. Available on Sky 264, Virgin 277, Freesat 165 & Freeview 96