Former Marine Jamie Falvey has signed for Team BRIT, which is aiming to be the first all-disabled motor racing team to drive in the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race. Photograph: Kingsize Photography
Former Marine Jamie Falvey has signed for Team BRIT, which is aiming to be the first all-disabled motor racing team to drive in the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race. Photograph: Kingsize Photography

A former Marine Commando has joined an all-disabled motor racing team aiming to be the first to take part in the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race.

Jamie Falvey, 32, of Farnsfield, has signed up as a driver for Team BRIT.

He was in the Commandos from 2010 to 2016, rising to the rank of Lance Corporal, and served at Faslane naval base in Scotland, in Afghanistan, and was a cold weather warfare specialist for exercises in Norway.

He was medically discharged in 2016 after sustaining permanent hearing damage and tinnitus as a result of his time serving on operations.

Jamie, who now runs a personal training business from his own studio, has a passion for motorsport, having competed in national and international karting events since 2006 and is testing for the Caterham Roadsport Championship for 2018.

Team BRIT is currently competing in the Fun Cup championship — the first step towards Le Mans — and recently completed The Longest Race In The World, a 25-hour endurance event, at Circuit de Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.

Jamie took part in a rookie day with the team at Brands Hatch on on Wednesday of last week where he was assessed for his driving skills and ability. 

Having passed the assessment, he will now join the team for their last two races of the season later this month.

Team BRIT was initially open to military veterans only but recently opened its doors to civilian disabled drivers in an effort to widen opportunities for disabled people to access competitive motorsport.

The team is not a charity, but a competitive racing team like any other, with each driver being taught the business of motorsport. 

It 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 will be specially adapted for each driver, allowing drivers with varying disabilities, such as Olivia Jackson who has one arm, and double-leg amputee Andy Searle, to race as part of the same team.