Team BRIT is once again celebrating after a third successive win from Bobby Trundley in the BMW 116 Trophy.
On Saturday 6th July, the team competed in the third round of the championship, entering three drivers: 19-year-old Bobby Trundley who is autistic, Rich Newton, who is a double leg amputee, and for the first time, 22-year-old Matty Street, who is also autistic.
From a grid of 13 cars, all three drivers performed well in the morning’s qualifying, with Bobby in P4, Matty in P10 and Rich in P11.
The team’s expert crew, who were running three cars with very different set ups, spent the rest of the time before the race perfecting the cars and preparing. The track had been very wet following a heavy downpour but was drying, so the team had to work hard with set ups that would perform in changeable conditions.
Expectations were high for Bobby following his unbeaten record, but it looked like he was to face a challenge after he qualified 1 second behind the leader, on an incredibly wet track.
Soon after the afternoon’s 90 minute race got underway, the crew reported that Bobby had moved into third, then second, and by the time the cars returned to the home straight at the end of the first lap, he had already overtaken and moved to P1, where he remained for the rest of the race. His staggering performance saw him finish 2 mins 32 seconds ahead of P2.
Matty had a fantastic first race, improving lap on lap and clocking the third fastest lap of the race. He was one of only three drivers to clock a sub-3 minute lap and moved up and up the grid, finally finishing in 4th place.
Rich Newton was taking part in his second ever race, and drove brilliantly, using the team’s hand controls, to qualify in p11. He worked his way up the field, steadily improving to get to P5. Luck was not on his side, and a technical issue with the car meant he had to return to the pits. Despite efforts from the crew, the issue couldn’t be fixed in time to get him back out on track. His performance had improved to such an extent, and he drove so well, that he was awarded ‘Driver of the Day’ by the race organisers.
Team Founder and CEO Dave Player said, “What an incredible weekend. Bobby is proving himself to be a force to be reckoned with, as other drivers are struggling to stay near him when he takes to the track. No one deserves it more, he works so hard and faces so many challenges but racing is his absolute passion and we’re so pleased for him.
“We were delighted to welcome guest driver Matty Street to join us in his first race and were so impressed with his performance. His background in karting means he understands racing and is keen to learn and improve.
“Rich did us proud as always, and seeing him drive so well in only his second race was fantastic. It was extremely fitting for him to be awarded Driver of the Day – a true reflection of his excellent progress as a racing driver. There’s so much more to come.
“The true success story is how well the team worked together. The crew and drivers worked as one, and despite the fact that these are new rookie drivers, everyone looked as though they had been working together for years. I couldn’t have asked for more.”
Team BRIT will next race in the 4th round of the BMW 116 Trophy at Brands Hatch on the 17th August.