A veteran who used racing to get him through dark times says he dreams of becoming the first double amputee at the Le Mans 24 Hours race in a non-adapted car.

David Birrell, who lost both his legs in a IED blast in Afghanistan, is currently competing in the 750 Motor Club championship. 

 

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."

Fitness is a key part of David Birrell's journey, with strength and endurance training helping him go the distance as a driver.

His team have already seen a difference. It has led to new sponsorship - and getting to Le Mans is going to be a long and expensive journey.

Away from the track David's team, Woodard Racing, has launched a huge drive to get people behind it.

It could mean big changes for next year, including the possibility of racing in British GTs.

The Scottish veteran was recently ready to take on his biggest challenge yet - two hours of solid racing in the Club Enduro Series - at Silverstone, but unfortunately mechanical problems meant it wasn't to be.

 

Car problems forced him to pull out of the race at the famous home of the British Grand Prix - but he says his team will come back stronger.

David told Forces News:

"It's a shame because the lads have done great on the car. We managed to get so much sponsorship in for us to be here today... But that's motorsport for you."

He added: "We've just got teething problems at the moment. We will fix them."

The Black Watch veteran, who was injured in 2010, travels down to his events from his home in Perthshire, Scotland.

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

But it's not over just yet. In October the team will head to Belgium and take on another Formula 1 course, Spa-Francorchamps.

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