eTeam BRIT commentator, Alex Goldschmidt gives a round up of this weekend's incredible debut performance of 'Racing with Autism International' in iRacing's 24 hours of Le Mans:
"The recent iRacing 24 Hours of Le Mans would attract the biggest grid in a single solitary sim racing event, as a total of 2,384 teams and over 8,000 drivers from across the globe hit the servers to compete at the famed Circuit de la Sarthe in a virtual setting.
The all-autistic driver line-up at Racing With Autism International would battle their way through a character-building 24-hour race in the BMW M8 GTE over the course of proceedings, which saw the drivers make the best of this learning experience as both drivers and team mates.
Having started 50th in their split, determination and the will to succeed helped them across the line after the time had expired on the clock to end up 23rd, with all four drivers setting their best lap times in the night.
Team BRIT’s Bobby Trundley and eTeam BRIT’s Sandro Ballesteros were joined by American NASCAR racer Armani Williams and Canadian Radical ace Austin Riley, along with Team Manager Max Spooner (who is also on the autistic spectrum) and Crew Chief Andy Tucker from Team BRIT. They made sure that they negotiated their way around the 38-turn, 13.626-km track, despite whatever was thrown at them.
Trundley would get the team up 11 places in the first lap alone, proving that it was going to be an interesting 24 hours for the stalwart M8 GTE, which would run up as high as 18th in the first half of the race. This would be before a series of incidents would see the team opt to pit at unscheduled times in the race and repair the damage on their car to keep themselves in the running to the end.
All the way through the race, eTeam BRIT had also set up a livestream via their official Twitch channel, giving the general public the chance to hear the great camaraderie of everyone working together, helping each other out and becoming good friends.
The team also decided to run with a message on their livery for the inspirational Alex Zanardi, who has been a trendsetter in what can be achieved through the mind and spirit, as we wish him all the very best in his recovery. The M8 would be adorned with the Italian flag, the three agitos of the Paralympic Symbol and the words “Pregando per Zanardi:” ‘Praying for Zanardi.”
The work now begins towards the next adventure for Racing With Autism International – stay tuned for future developments as they happen!"