The first CODE41 ambassador
Nigel is one of those people who keep moving forward and never let even the most tragic of circumstances get in their way.
Nigel is driven by adrenaline. He was overwhelmed by the excitement of motor sport, even though he was only 6 when he started motocross. At the age of 14, a fall while competing changed his life radically. A spinal cord injury left him permanently without the use of his legs. But it would take more than this to discourage Nigel; there was no question of giving up on his passion for motor sport.
Courage, passion and determination
After several years of go-karting, and despite his handicap, in 2017 he took on the sizeable challenge of becoming a motor racer and taking part in various championships. But this was just one step among many before one day reaching his ultimate aim: taking part in the 24h of Le Mans and taking on the world’s best drivers. We’ve been following Nigel since 2017, and we’re proud to announce that, after a great deal of relentless work, his dream will become a reality in June 2021, thus proving that nothing is impossible.
« I can’t walk, but once I’m strapped in my racing car I feel ten feet tall. »
Trials, progress, feelings; follow Nigel’s preparation by our side!
07.26.2021 – UPDATE 5
on everyone’s lips
The 24 Hours of Le Mans isn’t just any race; it could be compared to taking part in the Olympic Games. So there is just as much pressure on the constructors as the team owners. In order to take part, you must first follow the regulations published each year, then submit a file to the Selection Committee. This includes the technical specifications of the car and information on the team and the drivers taking part, as well as their track record. One part of the teams is selected based on their recent results, whereas the other part is by application. The reason for that being that this race is a dream for many drivers, and tour de force for someone with a disability, like Nigel! Speaking on which, we asked him how he was feeling in the lead-up to the big event:
07.12.2021 – UPDATE 4
T-39 days until the
24 Hours of Le Mans
Check out the Porsche GT3 that Nigel’s practicing in these days!
« Guys, is it time to go testing yet? »
06.08.2021 – UPDATE 3
He’s rising through the ranks!
This weekend, Nigel was at the Paul Ricard circuit for the 4 Hours of Le Castellet. A superb race which ended with them in 25th place! In anticipation of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on August 21-22, Nigel and his whole team continue to work on the driver changes that are still holding them back a little, Knowing them, they’ll give it their all!
04.08.2021 – UPDATE 2
Season opener in Barcelona
Following a studious winter and intense preparation, Nigel competed in his first race of the season at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit, behind the wheel of the Oreca 07 LMP2 with which he will be participating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. An opportunity to familiarize himself with the sharp driving skills required by the prototype, as well as for traffic management.
« Personally, I’ve really enjoyed myself on the track. All of a sudden, I’m in my groove. »
02.15.2020 – UPDATE 1
Our ambassador Nigel Bailly is going up against the best
We’re delighted to announce the participation of our ambassador in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Nigel will be the 105th Belgian to start the prestigious race. Initially scheduled for June, in the end it will take place on August 21 and 22 2021.