Team E-Lites Formula 4 driver Matt Bell was forced to race with just one hand after spraining his wrist while racing at Brands Hatch. After borrowing a spare steering wheel, Matt struggled with oversteer and tweaked his wrist trying to correct it.
After a tenth-place finish in race one, having been hit from behind by Jake Barlow while running fourth, Matt started race two in the midfield. While chasing the pack, he took too much kerb going into Dingle Dell corner and put his E-Lites car into the wall.
The team and mechanics did an unbelievable job over the three hours that followed, rebuilding the car in time for the third race – but only just! They were allowed onto track with gaffer tape and cable ties holding the front panel on and with a minute to spare made it to the grid. One of the reasons they got to the grid was because they borrowed a steering wheel from their pit lane neighbours, which was slightly too far away for Matt, resulting in him spraining a wrist in the final race. He carried on through the pain and finished 12th – an impressive result from the team having started 13th on a car held together with office supplies and with a driver with only one working hand.
The whole episode showed the spirit of the team, the drivers and the mechanics, not just of Team E-Lites but up and down the pit wall, in their attempts to get a full grid on the track.
E-Lites Press: Jon Pitt, 07920 403691
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