Team BRIT rookie storms to victory in first ever race

19-year-old Bobby Trundley from Wokingham, who was diagnosed with autism when he was just four years old, took the podium in the first round of the Gaz Shocks BMW 116 Trophy held at Brands Hatch yesterday, Sunday 14th April.

Driving as part of Team BRIT – a team of disabled drivers who’s aim is to become the first ever all-disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 hour, Bobby beat 11 other teams in his class with a convincing victory.

Having qualified in P2 in the morning, Bobby maintained his second-place position until the halfway point in the 45 minute race when he visited the pits as part of a compulsory one minute stop.  He re-joined the race in pole position and dominated the second half, lapping opponents in an average of 2 seconds quicker per lap.

As the chequered flag came down, Bobby was significantly ahead of his closest competitor, securing his first win and another victory for the inspirational team.

This win adds to Bobby’s five karting titles, having discovered karting at the age of seven. From his first experience in a kart that day, motorsport has been a form of release and therapy for him and his family, providing an escape from the psychological challenges caused by autism.

Bobby said "I thought I would never have the opportunity to race in a car until I met Team BRIT driver, Warren McKinlay, who introduced me to the team’s founder, Dave Player.

“A massive thank you to the whole team for working super hard behind the scenes to make this happen and for the incredible support I have received. I am overwhelmed! 

“Team BRIT really does make dreams a reality.”

CEO and Founder of Team BRIT Dave Player confirms, “We’re all over the moon for Bobby and so proud of what he has achieved.  He raced the perfect race – smooth, patient and consistent driving to hold his position.

“When he joined the team, Bobby was quiet, nervous and depended on his mum to accompany him wherever he went.  We now see a confident, happy young man that attends every event we host, speaking with drivers, sponsors, crew, and working so very hard to the best that he can be.

“Bobby’s future is incredibly bright and I hope that this first win will encourage some local organisations to lend their support to him – this is just the first of many victories for Bobby.”

Bobby will next race in round two of the BMW 116 Trophy, at Croft Race Circuit on the 1st June.

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