Team Racing with Autism (RWA) – a karting team made of young drivers with autism, is announcing its entry into the iconic Daytona 24-hour karting race.
The team, which is sponsored by Team BRIT – a team of all-disabled drivers that supports people with physical and psychological challenges in accessing motorsport – will field six drivers, captained by Team BRIT drivers Matty Street and Bobby Trundley.
Joining Matty and Bobby will be 20-year-old Reece Harris from Redhill in Surrey, 16-year-old Jack Ferguson from Ipswich in Suffolk, 12-year-old Sandro Ballesteros from Rochdale in Manchester and 16-year-old Sylvain Vessier from Bridgwater in Somerset.
The event begins on Friday 8th May at Daytona Milton Keynes and Team RWA will line up against more than 30 teams, battling for a full 24 hours.
The team was formed last year, after Team BRIT founder Dave Player brought the drivers together to support them in competitive kart racing. Each of the drivers have found karting
to have a positive influence on their ability to cope with the challenges autism faces. Having raced independently for a number of years, the drivers have only raced together three times, finishing in the top 10 each time, and will now take on this major challenge.
Team RWA Captain Matty Street said, “This is a major opportunity for the team and we’re all incredibly excited about competing.
“Autism takes many forms, but a lot of the challenges it creates are shared, so as a team, we know how each other feels and how to provide support. Karting is also a shared passion which has helped us all, so coming together and bringing real competition to other teams is so motivational for us all. Bring on Daytona 24!”