22 Basil Rawlinson
Invictus Games Racing
Nationality: South African
BRITISH GT CAREER
2018 British GT4, Invictus Games Racing Jaguar F-TYPE SVR GT4 with Jason Wolfe
South African-born Basil Rawlinson joined the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment in 2009, before serving on an operational tour of Afghanistan between 2010-2011. A keen sportsman, he boxed for his regiment until the end of 2012.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and several degenerative discs in his back saw him placed on medical leave before being fully discharged in August 2014. Basil’s treatment for both conditions continues today.
On his return to civilian life, Basil combined his artistic streak with his entrepreneurial spirit to set up a crash helmet spraying business. He ran this successfully before securing a role in furniture painting.
In 2014 his confidence was boosted after he was selected to be an Ambassador for the inaugural Invictus Games. Following mentoring from Mission Motorsport, the forces’ motorsport charity, Basil accepted a cost engineering role at Jaguar Land Rover in July 2017.
Early in August last year, Basil successfully completed a fast track programme to attain his International C Race licence.
Basil is candid in that his journey so far has been tough at times but ultimately very rewarding. He is looking for even better memories as part of the new Invictus Games Racing team. As part of the new outfit, Basil will drive for the second half of the new season with professional driver Jason Wolfe.