The team at the Spa-Francourchamps Formula 1 racing-car circuit in Belgium invited the European association “Les non voyants et leurs drôles de machines”
The team at the Spa-Francourchamps Formula 1 racing-car circuit in Belgium invited the European association “Les non voyants et leurs drôles de machines” (“the non-sighted and their amazing machines”) to participate in a driving school training session, on March 15th of this year. Five non-sighted or partially-sighted people were visibly very happy to take part in this initiative, thanks to the Bara driving school, which had generously put its cars and monitors at their disposal for the day. The monitors guided the non- or partially-sighted participants through the training session, using vocal instructions to help them move around the circuit. Reaching speeds of up to 100 kilometres an hour, the one-day drivers quickly got used to this method of functioning, and managed to move around very efficiently with their partners. Towards the end of the day, José Close, a professional driver, took all the little group for a spin in a 250-horsepower Renault Megane RS, which had been lent by the circuit organizers. It was a fantastic and unforgettable day for all those involved, sighted and non-sighted alike. We would like to thank the management team of the Ardennes racetrack, as represented by Pierre Alain Thibault, Luc Willems and our friend José Close, as well as David and Pierre, our monitors, not forgetting the Bara driving school for its generous personal and material assistance. Our heartfelt thanks also go to Benoit Michel Morimont, for organising the safe planning for the day. Photos : Luc Willems et Caroline Dechamps.
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