The Henry Surtees Foundation and Invictus Games Racing Announce partnership in the 2019 British GT

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The Henry Surtees Foundation and Invictus Games Racing announce partnership in the 2019 British GT Championship

The Henry Surtees Foundation and Invictus Games Racing is honoured to announce a partnership in the 2019 British GT Championship. The Henry Surtees Foundation is supporting the Invictus Games Racing team driver training programme, which is preparing the athletes for the 2019 racing season which starts next month.

Invictus Games Racing is a collaboration between the Invictus Games Foundation (“IGF”) and James Holder who is a co founder of the global Superdry clothing brand.

Through his own experiences in amateur competition, James recognised the uniquely level playing field presented by motorsport to both injured and able-bodied drivers. His desire to open the door of a widely perceived elitist sport to those who would ordinarily be precluded, led him to approach the IGF to set up a team comprising injured service personnel, for entry into the British GT4 race series. An extensive racing driver recruitment and training program then followed, conducted by leading experts Mission Motorsport, the Forces motorsport charity, to find the best suited candidates for the project. Their search focused on identifying those whose own personal recovery would benefit the most from the experience of amateur racing at this prestigious level. This season the ex military race drivers will be Paul Vice MC and Steve McCully who will compete in one of the only two existing Jaguar GT4 race cars, the design and development of which was commissioned by James Holder specifically to facilitate the project.

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The third member of the Invictus Games Racing Team is Matthew George, a professional driver and instructor, himself emerging as a leading talent in his field. Matt has progressed from karting at European level, to British, European and FFSA GT Championships in an Aston Martin, alongside James Holder himself. James and Matt have also competed in the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi, winning in 2017. Matt holds numerous accolades for fastest laps and lap records on track and street circuits, and is currently being headhunted by a number of leading manufacturers for their coveted role of professional factory driver. Matt leads the mentorship and driver training program for the amateur team drivers, comprising extensive instruction both on the track and in a high performance simulator, as well as tactical, physical and mental preparation.

The IGR team has also received valuable instruction from Peter Dumbreck, a professional and high performance automotive development driver with a long and illustrious career in racing. It is also monitored and supported by physical and mental healthcare professionals, working alongside IGF.

The driver training programme will formally be referred to as ‘The Henry Surtees Foundation Driver Training Programme with Invictus Games Racing’. Commenting on the programme Steve McCulley said ‘we are most grateful for the invaluable support of the Henry Surtees Foundation for which both Paul Vice and myself have already benefited. There are clearly strong synergies with the work that HSF are doing and Invictus Game Racing. We look forward to working together and an exciting season ahead’.

Leonora Martell-Surtees, The Henry Surtees Foundation added:

“The trustees of The Henry Surtees Foundation are delighted to support the Invictus Games Racing Team through funding of The Henry Surtees Foundation Driver Training Programme with Invictus Games Racing. This provides an invaluable opportunity for the drivers to have additional training and testing ahead and during the season, and we are delighted that we can support their remarkable stories and achievements in a small way through this funding.”

James Holder, founder, Invictus Games Racing commented:

“We are overwhelmed by such a generous donation by The Henry Surtees Foundation. This funding is enabling us to prepare the drivers to the best of our ability and resources for the season ahead. As a project, to be deemed deserving of such assistance is hugely motivating and we are delighted that the team has been recognised by the Surtees Foundation as worthy of their kind support.”

For further details and information please visit: www.invictusgamesracing.com

Richard Martell