Bobby Trundley - 20
Award winning karting champion
20-year old Bobby Trundley from Wokingham was diagnosed with autism at 4 years old and from an early age, has found motorsport to have a profound impact on the way he copes with the condition.
His passion for the sport was ignited when he first sat in a go-kart at the age of 10, and in 2011 he was awarded the Charlie Parker Memorial Trophy at Buckmore Park, as the most promising driver. In 2014 he was a finalist out of sixty participants in the Ginetta Junior Scholarship, having only minimal experience. In 2015, he raced in the Daytona Dmax Endurance Championship, starting two rounds down but narrowly missing the podium by just three points.
He is now the reigning Dmax champion, holding five titles, three time Endurance and two times Heats Champion 2017 & 18. He has been awarded a wealth of trophies, and has taken part in charity events such as the Damon Hill Kart Challenge in aid of the Halow Project and the Back on Track Charity Kart Race.
Bobby has been awarded the Anna Kennedy OBE, Autism Hero Award for outstanding achievement in sport and was awarded the ANCA World Autism Festival Excellence in Sport Award 2017.
Matty Street - 22
Matty was diagnosed with dyslexia, dyspraxia and Asperger’s (a form of autism) when he was at school. At the age of 12 he discovered karting, which had a huge effect on him and helped him manage the challenges that Asperger’s can cause. He won a £30k scholarship to go racing at the age of 14 which opened doors to the expensive world of motorsport. He studied motorsport engineering then went on to secure a degree. He now runs Rochdale’s TeamKarting, the UK’s highest rated karting track and has won an award for being Autism Friendly. Matty has helped introduce numerous Autistic children to karting, some of which are now racing outdoors. Matty began racing with the team in June 2019.
Andrew Tucker - 31
31-year-old Andrew Tucker from Llandevaud was riding his motorbike in Newport in January 2013 when a car collided with him when he was stationary at traffic lights, causing a range of serious injuries. He tore the ACL in his knee, which required partial reconstruction, he has an inverted right ankle, muscle damage to his lower leg and a large piece of muscle has had to be removed from the back of his calf. He also has limited movement and deformity in his right shoulder, trapped nerves in his neck, scoliosis and spondylitis in his spine and a deformed right hand and foot. Alongside the physical damage, Andrew suffers with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. He took part in one of the team’s first ever Racing Academy sessions at Donington Race Circuit then attended a rookie assessment day at Brands Hatch. In September 2019 he was invited to become a rookie driver with the team, competing in the GAZ shocks BMW 116 Trophy in 2020.
Ryan Ashman - 21
21-year-old Ryan Ashman was racing his motocross bike in 2015 when he crashed, breaking his T6 and T7 spinal vertebrae, causing him to be paralysed from the chest down. After the accident he was air lifted to Southmead Hospital where he underwent spinal surgery and had two metal rods inserted into his spine. After six weeks of bedrest he was taken to Salisbury Hospital Spinal Unit where he spent six months, learning how to live as a wheelchair user. Ryan had been studying engineering prior to his accident. He left the course and has recently finished studying IT at Bath College. Ryan was chosen as a rookie driver in 2019 and will begin racing with the team in the Britcar Trophy in 2020.
Aaron Morgan - 29
29-year-old Aaron from Basingstoke was a keen motocross racer from the age of 7, Aaron regularly took part in local race meetings and in April 2006 he had an accident whilst riding a jump on his favourite track, causing him to break his spine. He was in a coma for almost four weeks, followed by a lengthy period of recovery at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal injuries Unit in Salisbury, Aaron returned to study, eventually achieving a 2:1 in Sports Science at Brunel University. He then returned to his passion for motorsport, becoming the youngest disabled person to achieve a National B Race Licence. Since 2014, Aaron has raced as the only disabled driver in the BMW Compact Cup Championship. Having been approached by Founder and CEO of Team BRIT, Dave Player, Aaron is set to take to the track with Team BRIT in 2020 in the Aston Martin GT4.
Joseph Colehouse - 21
21-year-old Joseph from Sleaford in Lincolnshire was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when he was just 10 months old, after his brain was starved of oxygen and blood supply during birth. The condition affects all four of his limbs and means he has difficulties with fine motor control and speech. He has never let his disability deter him from achieving his dreams and in 2014 he received a ‘Child of Courage’ award after being nominated by his sports teacher for showing determination and positivity in everything he does. He passed his driving test first time at the age of 16, has experienced high speed laps around Silverstone in a GP2 car, and driven Formula 1 simulators; including Lewis Hamilton’s 2016 Mercedes - setting impressive lap times and winning a competition for the setting the quickest lap at Monza. In his spare time, he enjoys karting and weight training and when he's not on the track he’s in the air as he is currently learning to fly light aircraft. Joe will begin racing in 2020 in a BMW 116, competing in the Britcar Trophy.