Mission Motorsport, the forces’ motorsport charity, has teamed up with the Max5 Racing Championship to enter the final rounds of the 2013 season at Silverstone on 12/13 October.
The charity will run two cars over the weekend, including a new, unique fly by wire mx5 mk1 racer which they’ve recently developed with Max5 and Roddisons Motorsport.
The 1800cc automatic car has been developed to be raced with hand controls, which allow the driver to operate the brake and accelerator via a simple ‘push/pull’ handle.
The car will be raced using the regular pedals at Silverstone though by double-amputee David Birrell, who lost both his legs to an IED explosion in Afghanistan three years ago.
The 27 year old has recently started his racing career, with Ginetta putting him through his ARDS test at Donington Park a couple of weeks ago after he impressed them whilst making it into the final eight of their want2race competition earlier this year.
Birrell is set to make his racing debut this weekend at Knockhill in the final rounds of the Scottish BMW Compact Cup, receiving coaching in the run-up to the event from Porsche Carrera Cup GB star Rory Butcher.
The Black Watch soldier will be joined on the grid at Silverstone by fellow ex-serviceman Dean Williams, who will drive the team’s regular mx5, which was campaigned last year by a number of recovering servicemen. Williams lost his spleen and a lung after being shot whilst on patrol in Afghanistan.
The British Automobile Racing Club have backed the charity’s participation in the Silverstone rounds, giving the two Mission Motorsport cars free entry into the Silverstone meeting, as well as twenty free tickets to the meeting for servicemen and women and their families.
The Mission Motorsport charity, which was established in March 2012, is run by former and current military personnel, and aims to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations through motorsport.
Amongst their wide range of motorsport activities, the team had a mx5 mk1 on the Max5 Racing grid last season, before also competing in the Britcar 24 Hour race at the end of the campaign.
You can follow their progress at www.missionmotorsport.org, and on Twitter @Missionmotorspt. Birrell is also on twitter, @birrell_david.