A 19-year old from Wokingham who lives with autism, has become the latest rookie to join Team BRIT, known as motorsport’s most inspirational team.
Bobby Trundley, a student at Berkshire College of Agriculture has been announced as part of the latest driver line up of the team that is revolutionising the motorsport industry.
The team consists of disabled drivers, many of whom are injured military troops, and it aims to be the first ever all-disabled team to compete in the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race.
Bobby was diagnosed with autism at 4 years old and from an early age, has found motorsport to have a profound impact on the way he copes with the condition.
He first sat in a cadet go-kart at the age of 10 when he
went to a friend’s birthday party. Having been reluctant to go as he hated
noise and crowds, he found that he had a real talent for racing.
His passion for the sport was ignited and in 2011 he was awarded the Charlie Parker Memorial Trophy at Buckmore Park, as the most promising driver. In 2014 he was a finalist out of sixty participants in the Ginetta Junior Scholarship, having only minimal experience. In 2015, he raced in the Daytona Dmax Endurance Championship, starting two rounds down but narrowly missing the podium by just three points.
He is now the reigning Dmax champion, holding five titles, three times Endurance and two times Heats Champion 2017 & 18. He has been awarded a wealth of trophies, and has taken part in charity events such as the Damon Hill Kart Challenge in aid of the Halow Project and the Back on Track Charity Kart Race.
Bobby has been awarded the Anna Kennedy OBE, Autism Hero Award for outstanding achievement in sport and was awarded the ANCA World Autism Festival Excellence in Sport Award 2017.
Team BRIT driver Warren McKinlay saw Bobby race at the Halow Project event with Damon Hill and contacted him to see if he might be interested in learning more about the team. He was then invited to take part at an assessment day at the team’s HQ in Dunsfold, Surrey. Bobby was successful and is now a Team BRIT rookie, ready to compete in his first race for the team in the BMW 116 Trophy at Brands Hatch in April.
Bobby said, “I love endurance racing. When I’m driving, everything falls into place and I am 100% focused.
“Joining Team BRIT is a dream come true. I have endured bullying and disbelief from many people who have said I would amount to nothing. To be part of such an inspirational team as they forge a path toward inclusion and equality in motorsport is such an honour.
“Raising autism awareness has been an important part of my life and I hope that by sharing my story as part of the team I may inspire others to believe in themselves and push themselves to achieve.”
Team BRIT is competing in the BMW 116 Tropy and the Britcar Championship in 2019.