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Damon Hill Backs New Aid For Injured Drivers

The ex-Formula One champion has been demonstrating new hand controls...

Former Formula One champion Damon Hill has been testing a new advance steering wheel that could help disabled drivers compete with the able-bodied.

"I'm so used to driving a car with paddle shifts but these are no longer gear levers. They're now throttles and brakes"

Damon Hill testing new Team BRIT disabled steering wheel

The hand controls on the steering wheel were developed by Team BRIT.

New Team BRIT disabled steering wheel

The motorsport team is a competitive outfit consisting of disabled drivers.

Damon Hill with Team BRIT's injured veteran drivers

Many are the drivers are former or serving members of the Armed Forces who have sustained serious injuries.

Team BRIT steering wheel with controls for disabled drivers

Former Royal Engineer Ash Hall lost both his legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2010 and some of the fingers on his left hand.

He's very keen to get behind the wheel with the new controls. He told Forces Network:

"It's amazing to be given the opportunity. We're a professional race team at the end of the day so we're here to compete"

Team BRIT racing car on track

Team BRIT's drivers are gearing up for the GT4 series, before progressing to GT3 and eventually the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.

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