Spinal Track is set to open its doors to the UK’s first Rally Experience designed specifically for disabled drivers.
Founded by racing drivers Nathalie McGloin and Andrew Bayliss in 2016, charity Spinal Track gives people with disabilities the chance to take part in track driving experiences in specially adapted cars, and will open its latest outing on 10 April.
The world’s only female tetraplegic racing driver Nathalie McGloin last month became the first female with a spinal cord injury to pass the British Association of Rally Schools rally driving exam. With her newly-acquired rally license, Nathalie also made history on 3 March 2019 by becoming the first woman with a spinal injury to compete as a driver in a rally, at the Donnington round of the MSN Circuit Rally Championship.
Nathalie competed in her Porsche Cayman S and was the first competitor to be confirmed in the new GT class. The newly-formed class within the UK allows larger-engined cars to take part in rallying.
There is no charge for drivers with disabilities to take part in the Rally Experience, where there are two automatic Toyota GT86 cars, which feature hand controls. Each of the two cars has a different hand control fitted and one also has a left foot throttle installed in order to suit as many drivers as possible. Both cars have bucket seats, harnesses, long travel suspension and a cage fitted. Nathalie McGloin commented, “We are extremely grateful to the Richard Burns Foundation for their continuous support of our charity, and this incredibly generous donation to our fleet, which is making it possible for us to extend our portfolio in this way. Until now, Spinal Track has focused its support for disabled drivers around track days and circuit activities. Thanks also to STANLEY, the new Rally Experience will allow us to diversify our offering, giving drivers the opportunity to freely experience a competition car not just on the track, but on the rally stage, too. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of all our sponsors and donors, we really do have the power to change lives, and make motorsport for everyone.”