09:00AM, Monday 26 October 2020
Nerys Pearce. Photo: Darren S Cook
Two Berkshire racing drivers secured podium finishes in the Britcar Championship at Silverstone this month. Nerys Pearce from Ascot and Bobby Trundley, from Wokingham, are members of the all-disabled Team BRIT, which aims to become the first all-disabled team to race in Le Mans. It supports people with physical and psychological challenges to access motorsport opportunities through its racing academy.
Bobby, 21, lives with severe autism, but is the most successful racing driver with his condition in the UK. He drove the team’s Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 on October 10 alongside teammate Aaron Morgan from Basingstoke, a paraplegic following a motocross accident. After a tricky qualifying session, the pair started the first race in eighth place but pushed through the field to finish fourth overall. In the second race they claimed third place after a textbook pitstop.
Nerys, 38, an ex-Army medic who was paralysed after being knocked off her motorbike in 2008, raced on Sunday, October 11 in the Trophy Category. In her first ever race for the team in a BMW 118, she and coach Abbie Eaton qualified in position 1 and came home third in both of the races.
Nerys said “I was nervous and excited about hitting the track in a real race situation for the first time ever. I’ve had incredible support from Abbie who has been passing on her years of racing knowledge and helping me get as quick and competitive as I can. I’ve got to know the car and the hand controls really well over recent months through training and test sessions and it all came together really well.
“I’m an adrenaline junkie, having skied and taught adventure sports for years, so finding motorsport, with the technology I need to be competitive despite my disability has just been amazing.
“I can’t wait to get out there again.” Bobby and Nerys will both race again on Sunday November 1 at Snetterton. Information on Team BRIT can be found at www.teambrit.co.uk
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