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Bobby and ‘Team Racing with Autism’ speed to the podium

Team BRIT driver Bobby Trundley and three young karters have come together for a second time to form ‘Team Racing with Autism’.

20-year-old Bobby from Wokingham lives with autism, and spent years racing in karting events, having discovered his love for the sport when he was just seven.  Bobby found that racing helped him manage the challenges that autism brings.

Earlier this year, Team BRIT supported a group of young drivers with autism in coming together to form team ‘RWA’ and this weekend saw them take to the track for the second time.

On Saturday 12th October, Bobby joined 15-year-old Jack Ferguson from Ipswich, 12-year-old Sandro Ballesteros from Rochdale and 20-year-old Flashman Finneran from Cambridge to take part in the Daytona Autumn Endura 6-hour endurance race at Milton Keynes.

Forty-five teams took part in the race, with 25 SODI karts in their class and 20 in the DMAX class.

Bobby drove in the qualifying session, taking the team to P1 in the SODI class.  He then started the race for the team, maintaining the lead and quickly catching the DMAX karts who had started half a lap ahead in the staggered start. 

Jack Ferguson was next out on track for his 1 hour stint.  He set the fastest SODI lap before Sandro took over as the sun began to go down.  After some good overtaking he reached the front of a mixed kart pack, before setting the second fastest lap, almost matching Jack’s best lap time to the hundredth and continued to stretch the lead.

Flashman took over from Sandro and continued into the fourth hour with only seconds separating 1st and 3rd place Sodikarts.  Bobby took over once more and after the last mandatory driver change he took the lead in the SODIs with only 6 DMAX karts in front.

Unfortunately Bobby received a contentious penalty in the closing stages of the race, and after coming in to serve it, he re-joined in 3rd place. In the dying moments, the leading team received a similar penalty.  Bobby pushed on, finishing in an incredible P2, with the leaders only 8 seconds in front.  Out of 45 karts, the team were 7th overall.

Team BRIT founder and CEO, Dave Player said, “We’re really proud to be supporting team RWA, as they start to make a real impact in racing.

“Each of them are incredibly talented drivers, using their autism as their secret weapon, allowing to focus and analyse every race.  To complete a 6-hour race in second place, also achieving the 2nd and 3rd fastest laps in their class is incredible.

“Bobby is a true example of triumphing over adversity and together the whole of Team RWA are showing people what’s possible.”

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