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Meet the man driving 200 laps on the Nürburgring for charity

On the 24th of April, Drew Hanslow will be driving 200 laps in 27 hours without sleep to raise money for the charity, Speed Of Sight, which delivers track days for disabled people.

Hanslow has nystagmus and albinism, which causes poor vision and a sensitivity to light. It means that he is not eligible to hold a driver’s licence, but he has loved cars as long as he can remember.

“It probably started with my dad,” he tells me over Skype. “He always had Formula One on TV at the weekends.” His first gaming memories are of Gran Turismo on the family’s new PS1. “With games, it’s something I can do that I wouldn’t be able to do in real life,” he laughs. “I can play these games – I can actually race. Whereas I can’t drive in real life, it bridges that gap.” (His dream car is the McLaren 650S “in papaya orange,” incidentally. “It’s because I love the McLaren company. I love their Formula One team. That car is just so beautiful. I’ve been to the factory a few times and got to sit in the 650S and it was just incredible.”)

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On the 24th of April, Drew Hanslow will be driving 200 laps in 27 hours without sleep to raise money for the charity, Speed Of Sight, which delivers track days for disabled people.

Hanslow has nystagmus and albinism, which causes poor vision and a sensitivity to light. It means that he is not eligible to hold a driver’s licence, but he has loved cars as long as he can remember.

“It probably started with my dad,” he tells me over Skype. “He always had Formula One on TV at the weekends.” His first gaming memories are of Gran Turismo on the family’s new PS1. “With games, it’s something I can do that I wouldn’t be able to do in real life,” he laughs. “I can play these games – I can actually race. Whereas I can’t drive in real life, it bridges that gap.” (His dream car is the McLaren 650S “in papaya orange,” incidentally. “It’s because I love the McLaren company. I love their Formula One team. That car is just so beautiful. I’ve been to the factory a few times and got to sit in the 650S and it was just incredible.”)

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