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CPL backs disabled racing

Kettering, UK based access platform specialist CPL has sponsored aspiring Team Brit racing driver Anji Silva-Vadgama.

Silva-Vadgama - who is from Barton Seagrave very close to CPL head office - is a rookie driver for Team BRIT the world’s only competitive all-disabled racing team, which supports people with physical and psychological challenges in accessing motorsport. The team has developed world-leading hand control technology to enable disabled drivers to race against able-bodied competitors.
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Anji Silva-Vadgama with Paul Murphy, managing director of CPL

Silva-Vadgama was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2018 and joined the team last year. She recently made contact with CPL to introduce herself and her hopes for her racing career and the CPL team were keen to help. The company has become a personal sponsor as she continues a programme of development training with a view to beginning her racing in 2023.

Paul Murphy, managing director of CPL said: “We are proud to be sponsoring someone with such a drive to succeed even when faced with a life changing diagnosis. Racing is close to my heart, and I am looking forward to following Anji throughout her career. We wish her the best of luck with this venture and can see she will do really well due to her determination.”

Anji Silva-Vadgama commented: “I’m extremely grateful to everyone at CPL for choosing to support this really exciting part of my life. Dealing with a life-changing diagnosis can mean facing daily challenges, but it can also open doors and that’s certainly what’s happened to me. Becoming part of Team BRIT has given me an opportunity I could never have dreamed of having, and I’m thrilled to be part of such an inspirational team doing so much for disability inclusion. A huge thank you to everyone at CPL for helping to make this dream come true.”

CPL - a subsidiary of the Klubb group - designs and manufactures access platforms for a wide range of industries. Based in Kettering, the firm has three manufacturing facilities in the UK and is the market leader for vehicle mounted platforms for work at height to sectors including telecommunications, utilities and rental companies.