Team BRIT – a UK-based disabled racing team, is working to break new barriers in motorsport with the formation of the world’s fastest team of drivers with autism.
The team, which supports people with physical and psychological challenges in accessing motorsport, is working to build a team of two GT4 drivers with the condition, from the UK and the USA.
20-year-old Bobby Trundley from Wokingham joined the team in 2019, having earned a number of UK karting titles. He was diagnosed with autism when he was eight, and despite coping with a severe form of the condition, found motorsport to have a profound impact on his life. Having raced for the first time in a car last year, he went on to win four out of his five races in the Gaz Shocks BMW 116 Trophy for Team BRIT.
This year, he will step up to GT4 racing, driving the team’s Aston Martin V8 Vantage in the Britcar Endurance Championship. During testing this year, Bobby is already clocking lap times close to British GT winners.
The team has been working closely with Armani Williams, a 19-year-old from Detroit, USA and the first ever driver with autism to compete in NASCAR. Armani was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder when he was two, was considered non-verbal and told he would never work or live on his own. He discovered go-karting at the age of eight and quickly progressed to professional racing. He was invited to compete in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine in 2016. In 2017 he moved up to the former NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, now the NASCAR Pinty’s Series of Canada. To date, he has 18 wins and two championships and in 2018 he made US debut at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in Memphis, Tennessee. He currently competes in the Menards ARCA Series for Fast Track Racing, eyeing the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series, and making his way to the highest level of the sport.
Now, Team BRIT Founder Dave Player is working with Armani’s family to join together in efforts to raise the sponsorship needed to bring Armani to the UK to join Bobby in the Britcar Championship, forming what would be become the fastest team of drivers with autism in the world.
Dave explains, “Bobby and Armani are both smashing the preconceptions people have about autism. Both of their families were told that their sons would struggle to achieve because of their condition, and they’re both setting new records in one of the most competitive sports in the world.
“We talk about autism being Bobby’s ‘super power’ – it means he excels on the track, and together, Bobby and Armani could become an unstoppable force in motorsport, inspiring other young people with autism and anyone who has ever been told they won’t succeed.”