Friday, 24 February 2012

Mission Motorsport set for launch


The Mission Motorsport Team at the 2011 Britcar 24 hours

The official launch of Mission Motorsport, an exciting new venture designed to provide amazing and unusual rehabilitation opportunities to service personnel affected by military operations will take place at Thruxton Circuit at 11am on Thursday 1st March 2012.

Formed by a dedicated group of serving soldiers, officers and Motorsport professionals; Mission Motorsport’s mission is to use the competitive and dynamic nature of motorsport to inspire and rebuild confidence, develop skills and ensure that soldiers who are learning to cope with a disability gain a greater degree of independence through working in different and testing environments.

Gavin Harvey and the Track Club Lotus Elise, which will be on show
Following a very successful year in 2011 establishing the principle, Mission Motorsport has been officially appointed as the British Army's provider of adaptive motorsport.  The new organisation will work with the Defence Recovery Capability, Help for Heroes, Battleback and the veterans of the Band of Brothers to deliver stimulating, constructive and competitive activities ranging from high level racing to educational programs and vocational opportunities in partnership with the UK’s automotive industry.

Trooper Chris Harris takes to the track in a Caterham
Full details of Mission Motorsport’s plans for 2012 will be unveiled at the launch however highlights are expected to include participation in the Britcar 24hr race, an offshore powerboat racing team and work placements with Bentley Motors.  Servicemen who have raced and worked with Mission Motorsport in 2011 will be on hand and on the track to talk about their experiences and explain how being involved with Mission Motorsport has helped their personal recovery.  The organisation is also expected to be able to announce the granting of charitable status.