Clevedon motorcyclist aims to complete Isle of Man TT race after beating disability

PUBLISHED: 16:02 08 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:05 08 August 2017

Chris Ganley (left front) with Team BRIT drivers.

Chris Ganley (left front) with Team BRIT drivers.

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A Clevedon military veteran who suffered life-changing injuries in a motorcycle accident three years ago is aiming to compete in the Isle of Man TT race.

Chris Ganley, aged 28, wants to set up a team of disabled riders to take part in the world famous motorcycle race.

He was inspired after suffering a horrific accident in 2014 which saw him lose his left arm and break his spine in three places.

The incident also left him with a bleed on the brain, broken ribs and a popped lung.

Despite this, Chris is still committed to pursuing his passion for motorsport and regularly rides his modified bike.

In preparation for his challenge Chris, a former rifleman, has spent some time with Team British Racing Injured Troops (BRIT), which is aiming to become the first all-disabled team to enter the historic Le Mans 24 hour race.

He said: “It was brilliant to meet the team this weekend.

“It was amazing to see them compete in what is a very skilled and fast-paced race.

“Seeing the whole team pull together to accomplish what they do is fantastic, and I’m really proud to say that me and my 
team got to see them in their element.”

Dave Player, Team BRIT founder, added: “I’m really pleased that Chris was able to come and meet our team this weekend.

“We share the same drive and determination to normalise disability and to show the world that skilled, competitive sport can be accessible for people with disabilities.

“We wish him every success in the future and look forward to supporting his journey.”

Team BRIT was taking part in the fourth race of the Fun Cup Championship at the Snetterton race track in Norfolk.

During the event Chris was able to see first-hand the team’s world-leading hand control technology which allows its drivers to compete equally with able-bodied opponents.

Team BRIT is a branch of the charity KartForce, an organisation set up to inspire people with mental health issues and injuries to achieve through motorsport.

Click here for more information on the charity.

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