Brian Roberts was always a keen sportsman – but, in August 1996, a road accident left him without the use of his legs. It could have ended his dreams, but it didn’t stop the self-confessed adrenaline junkie from pursuing his ambitions as a racing driver.
Having been successful in regional karting for years, 2018 was his first complete season in a saloon racing car championship after a long delay in his car being prepared. He now has a packed diary of events for the autumn, until the final race of the year at Oulton Park on October 20.
It all began back in 2003, when the Glan Y Gors karting, one of Britain’s biggest circuits, opened in Cerrigydrduion, Wales. Racing in a new Rotax 125 kart with home-made hand controls, Brian almost made the lap record on his first outing.
The Welsh Man was one of the first person to apply for to the Motor Sport Association for a Kart National B Novice competition licence, for which he had to be assessed & passed by the Msa Medical panel.
Brian enjoyed four podium wins in his first six races, always coming in the first 10 at the Glan Y Gors, Hooton Park and 3 SiS tracks, plus in championships.
It was in 2014, while doing a magazine photo shoot for the Motor Sports Association at Silverstone, that he jumped in a racing motor and decided this was where his future lay.
By 2015, he had competed in his first race, the Anglesey Race of Remembrance, in a VW cup car. The following year, he began the conversion of a VW Golf MK5 gti into a racing model.
Since then, he has driven all over the UK. including Oulton Park, Anglesey, Pembrey, Brands Hatch and Snetterton circuits, and enjoyed podium wins.
In 2018, Brian entered the Classic VW Cup, for his first championship race – and is determined for and excited about the future. You can support him by sponsoring his motor racing career today – get in touch today to learn more.
Started Karting in 2003, competing at GYG & 3 SiS as a Novice had 4 wins & podium in my first 6 races.
Always in top 10 of 25+ strong grid at GYG/Hooton Park/3 SiS.
2008 – 2011
Took time out to play Badminton & was selected to represent my country Wales in the British Ch’ships & 4 Nations also Few Euro rounds.
Welsh champion x2, 4 Nations x2 silver Medalist.
2011 – 2012
Senior Rotax Masters – won DkRC (Glan Y Gors) championship.
Cheshire Kart Racing Club (ChKRC), Hooton Park – Champion.
2013 Cheshire Kart Racing Club (ChKRC), Hooton Park – Vice-Champion.
BackUp Snowdon Push Race – 2nd (2014) and first (2015), raising £90,000 for The Back Up Trust by being pushed up Mt. Snowdon
2015 Broke world record for gravity biking (metres descent in 24 hours) with Project Enduro, sponsored by Red Bull
Entered the Classic VW Cup with modified VW Golf.
Various podium finishes, Driver of the Day award at Brands.
Interview of Brian when karting demonstrating his hand controls.
Post from the Classic VW Cup.
Featured in the MSA Magazine.
How can you help?
It’s been a long journey from karting to car racing and a vast investment for me as I finish my first year in saloon racing.
Without the use of my legs, I’m at a huge disadvantage but I do my best to work around the issues. When I raced karts, I built my own hand controls in my shed as no companies provided such devices.
With car racing, it’s more difficult. I use an Automatic car which servery limits the race series that I can enter due to their regulations. Thankfully the VW Classic cup allow me to enter in a VW Golf with a DSG Gearbox.
Using my hands, I have to drive the car solely using HAND CONTROLS, I’ve mounted two buttons on the left side of the steering wheel for gear changes and have a lever which is separate to the steering wheel and connects to the throttle and brake.
This makes car handing at the limit tricky as I must keep one hand on the wheel and one on the throttle/brake lever which means car control is limited. I’ve done well this year but know I could be much more competitive with better controls and just want a level playing field.
I’m looking for support to help me get professional hand controls. A company called MME Motorsport have helped others with their world-leading hand control technology and have worked with Team Brit on their car. You can see their controls here: http://www.mme-motorsport.com
With new hand controls, I’m confident I could go a long way in my race career and I just need help with funding to get me there. If you can help in any way, please get in touch.
My car is fitted with hand controls, With my left hand, I can steer the car and using two buttons located on the steering wheel, shift gears on the DSG gearbox. With my right hand, i can use a lever, pulling it for the throttle and pushing it down on the brake pedal. This isn’t easy as the pedals are designed for the force of your feet so it requires a lot of pressure.
MME Motorsport have worked with Team Brit to design and build some amazing hand controls. They are fully adjustable so they can configure them to my needs. Being electronic, they are light weight to use and allow you to shift gears, use the throttle and brake simultaneously. In a racing enviroment this would be such an advantage. The system uses electronic brakes which requires effortless braking with the hand rather than me currently using a rod against the brake pedal.
My passion is motorsport and I’d love to be given the opportinity to show what I can do behind the wheel in a level playing field.
MME Motorsport Setup
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Phone: 07966 007874