Published on June 12th, 2017 | by James Simpson
Is Motorsports Opening Its Doors to Disabilities?
Quite simply, yes. Manufacturers are developing cars with sharper power assistance, faster braking, more responsive steering and as a result vehicles are much better equipped for drivers with disabilities to take to the tracks. Competitive motorsports is one of the most thrilling and dare devil forms of racing and with facilities now better than ever for disabled drivers, it makes sense that so many drivers with disabilities are taking up the sport. Here’s some tips and inspiration to check out if you fancy giving it a go:
The Motorsports Association allows anyone who is competent and safe behind the wheel to compete, so no matter what your disability as long as you can safely drive you’re able to compete. There are also endless opportunities for people with disabilities outside of the cockpit, with jobs marshalling, as part of the safety crews and officials all available for people with disabilities too.
With motorsports in his blood, Nicholas Hamilton, brother of F1 champ Lewis, is storming the tracks. Nicholas lives with cerebral palsy and has made a real mark in the world of disability racing coming middle of the table and being the first disabled driver to ever race in the British Touring Car Championship. His successes have paved the way for many other disabled drivers, giving inspiration to others to start getting involved in the sport.
BMSAD Assessment Programme
In order to race, those wishing to participate should attend the BMSAD Assessment Programme which assesses a driver’s competence and safety behind the wheel. You’re also expected to undergo a brief medical check to get the go ahead, then can get started.
There are so many different forms of motorsports that you can get involved in, no matter what your disability you’ll hopefully be able to find the perfect one for you. From racing to rallying and even karting. There are also the opportunities to compete in hill climbs and sprinting events, cross country racing, trials and rallycross racing so whatever your interests are, there’s an area of motorsports just waiting for you to get involved in.
With speciality adapted cars for those with disabilities available at Allied Mobility, you’ll be able to find the perfect vehicle for you or for a family member to drive you around in with ease, so you’ll not have to worry about getting to all the races when you kick off your career on the tracks.