Racing history will be made this weekend as ‘Racing with Autism International’ comes together for the first time in iRacing’s 24 hours of Le Mans.
On Saturday 20th June, the team of racers will come together in their inaugural race, testing the competition on the virtual track in an online version of the iconic endurance race.
The drivers have been brought together by Team BRIT, a team of all-disabled drivers and its sim racing arm, eTeam BRIT.
Team BRIT is a champion for raising awareness and understanding of autism, and two of its drivers live with the condition. It also supports ‘Racing With Autism UK’, a team of young karters, by helping them into competitive racing events across the UK.
Team BRIT's top driver, 20-year-old Bobby Trundley, lives with a severe form of the condition and won four out of his five races last year. Autism is often dubbed his ‘super power’ on the race track, as the challenges he faces disappear and he excels through his analytical approach to tackling circuits.
Bobby will captain the team this weekend, along with the top autistic drivers across the globe:
US NASCAR racer, 21-year-old Armani Williams
Canadian ‘Radicals’ racer, 20-year-old Austin Riley
The drivers will also be joined by 12-year-old Sandro Ballesteros from Rochdale, a successful karter who races with ‘Racing with Autism UK’.
The team is managed by Max Spooner, eTeam BRIT manager, who also lives with autism.
Long term, the aim is to enter 'Racing with Autism International' in some of top 12 hour and 24 hour sim races, showing the world just how competitive it can be.
Team BRIT also hopes to bring Armani Williams and Austin Riley to the UK later this year to join Bobby in some real track races as part of the Britcar Endurance series.
Team BRIT founder Dave Player said; “We’re so excited to see how well the team will perform at the weekend. These guys are seriously impressive in each of their racing championships – we really do believe that autism has become their super power. Bringing them together in this way will show the world just what can be achieved by people who live with conditions such as autism, and I hope it will inspire others to take on a new challenge.”
The 24 hour race will be begin at 1am on Saturday 20th June and can be watched live at https://www.iracing.com/specialevents/