AFTER SERVING 7 YEARS IN THE BRITISH ARMY, A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY LEFT WARREN FACING A LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY

Warren McKinlay is from Braintree in Essex. He joined the British Army in 1999 when he was just 19 years old. This is his story, in his own words. 


I served for 7 years in the REME as a Recovery Mechanic until my medical discharge in 2006. I had a road traffic accident on 23rd May 2005 which left me with a broken back, pelvis and a TBI (traumatic brain injury). 

After a long recovery and a lot of support, in 2013, I set up my own business - Essex Alloy Wheel Repair (EAWR). This was my first step back into the world of work and social interaction. 

With the help of my wife Sarah, we grew the business and I pushed myself harder than I ever thought was possible. I sold the business in early 2016. Racing has always been a huge passion of mine. Even when I joined the Army to become a Recovery Mechanic, my dream was always to get into racing. After my TBI I thought I'd never get an opportunity to race, until I heard about KartForce. 

KartForce is a charity that introduces injured troops to team endurance racing. KartForce has re-awoken my desire to race. I have re-discovered my competitive drive and determination, something I thought I had lost. In April 2016 I was invited to step up to team endurance car racing and given the oppurtunity to join Team BRIT. 

It's hard to explain what motorsport has done for me. Imagine you are in a crowded room and everyone is talking at the top of their voices. That is what every day is like for me. It is very hard to block everybody out and focus on one specific voice. That is until I pull on my race helmet and climb into the seat. As soon as the visor goes down, everyone is quiet and it's just me and the race track. My idea of heaven! 
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