Our COVID bounceback fund supports Nerys' dream of becoming the world's fastest disabled female driver

07 April 2021

Team Ethos/Team Army has been proudly supporting Team BRIT for several years and last year was able to help new talent, Nerys Pearce make her racing debut at Silverstone which was filmed by Sky Sports.

Joining Team BRIT in 2020, Nerys has proved her worth on the track and is well on her way towards achieving her dream of becoming the fastest disabled female driver in the world. However, the pandemic and lockdown meant that her accelerated training schedule was put on hold late last year. Being unable to complete any circuit testing last winter means that she has had significantly less track preparation than anticipated in the run up to the 2021 season.

As the latest recipient of a grant from our Bounceback Fund Nerys will now have the means to complete an intensive preseason training programme with her coach Abbie Eaton who is the test driver on the Amazon prime show ‘The Grand Tour’. This will jump-start Nerys towards achieving her ultimate goal of winning races against able bodied drivers.

Maj Gen Lamont Kirkland, CEO Team Army/Team Ethos said, “Nerys embodies the essence of bouncing back from adversity. Ever since her accident, she has been determined to prove that the seemingly impossible is possible. She has true grit and is unwavering in her resolve to overcome her disability. We are therefore delighted to support Nerys in her latest endeavour with Team BRIT and wish her all the best for this race season. ”

Simon Pryce, Chief Executive Ultra Electronic Holdings plc said, “Nerys’ story is a true inspiration for us all. Through her continued mission to find challenges and adventures, no matter what life has thrown at her, she brilliantly demonstrates our EMPOWERING and AGILE company values. The whole of Ultra is very proud to be supporting her goal of becoming the fastest disabled female driver in the world and wish her the best of success in this challenge.”

Nerys Pearce stated, “I never dreamed motorsport would be possible for me, but when I went to Team BRIT HQ and tried out the simulator and hand controls, I really believed it could happen. What excites me most about what is ahead, is that we are doing this on a completely level playing field. No one will know I’m using hand controls; they’ll just see me as competition and that’s incredibly freeing. I want to be as fast as I can, and I want to push the boundaries of what people expect from women and from disabled people. I’m not just a disabled woman ‘having a go’, I’m a competitive racer.”

For further information about Nerys and the rest of the team visit teambrit.co.uk.

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