CHRIS Overend, a 39-year-old disabled racing driver from Southampton, has won his third race of the season with Team BRIT.

Chris joined Team BRIT in September, which aims to be the first ever all-disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 hour.

It supports people with physical and psychological challenges in accessing motorsport and has created the world’s most advanced hand control technology to allow disabled drivers to compete on equal terms.

On Saturday, June 4, Chris returned to the track at Silverstone for the third race of the Britcar Trophy, driving the team’s BMW M240i. He once again teamed up with James Whitley, a Paralympian who was born without fully formed hands.

Chris said: “Another epic weekend with my second family, Team BRIT. I'm so proud of the effort everyone puts in time and time again here and want to give special mention to lead mechanic Dean Robertson for his strong leadership over the weekend.

“James was scorching behind the wheel in both races, race 1 being the tougher of the two in very tricky conditions - but I think we've firmly stamped ourselves into this championship as contenders. Roll on the next 3 race weekends!”

Battling rapidly changing conditions, moving from wet to dry between two races, the pair put in a fantastic performance once again, qualifying in first place and taking the pole position for their class.

This follows wins at Silverstone and Snetterton in the first ever season of racing for both drivers.

Chris was born with development dysplasia of the hips and has lived with injuries, pain and mobility challenges from the age of 12. A former fashion photographer, Chris discovered wheelchair tennis when his condition progressed and eventually achieved a world ranking.

Chris races again on June 19 at Silverstone. Fellow Southampton resident Paul Fullick will also race, driving the team’s BMW 118i. Paul, who lost part of his right leg following a motorbike accident, will team up with rookie driver Tyrone Mathurin from London.

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