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New motor racing challenge for war veteran who lost his legs

Ash Hall lost both legs after stepping on a mine in Afghanistan. Photo:

A war veteran who lost both legs after treading on a bomb is taking on a challenge at Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire.

Ash Hall, 27, has already won a Wheelchair Rugby medal at the Invictus Games.

Now he's joined a professional motor racing team - with drivers who are all ex or serving military personel.

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As a soldier, Ash Hall's job was with the Royal Engineers.

He was serving in Afghanistan 7 years ago when he stood on a bomb. He had to have both legs amputated above the knee.

Ash spent years learning to walk again and now he's getting ready to race at the home of British motorsport.

Ash Hall served in the army with the Royal Engineers.

"It's the adrenaline rush, I think, being in the drivers' seat, racing other cars.

"It's something that I sort of used to get on tour, but now, being injured and not being able to do my job anymore, it's one way of getting my kicks."

– Ash Hall
Ash Hall is hoping to compete in the Le Mans 24 hour race in 2020. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ash is now part of Team Brit, a racing team where all the drivers have disabilities - and specially adapted cars.

In 2020, the team is planning to take on what is described as the Everest of motor racing - the Le Mans 24 hour race.