Matty takes a third trophy after a P3 finish with Team BRIT at Silverstone
Date published: 16 October 2020
Photo: Darren Cook, Scruffy Bear Pictures
Rochdale kart driver and entrepreneur, Matty Street, has earned his third trophy with all-disabled, Team BRIT after racing at Silverstone at the weekend.
The 24-year-old who lives with autism, is part of the 2020 Team BRIT line up. The team aims to be the first all-disabled team to race in Le Mans, and supports people with physical and psychological challenges in accessing motorsport through its Racing Academy.
Matty was diagnosed with dyslexia, dyspraxia and Asperger’s (a form of autism) when he was at school. He found school extremely difficult and was predicted poor grades. He struggled with socialising in his early teenage years and had very little self-belief.
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 the TeamKarting circuit which is the UK’s highest rated karting track and has won an award for being Autism Friendly.
In August, Matty and his team mate Andrew Tucker, who has limb disabilities following a road accident, secured two P3 trophies at Brands Hatch.
On Sunday, the pair once again took a podium position, finishing P3 in the second race of the day on Sunday 11 October at Silverstone.
Team mates Aaron Morgan and Bobby Trundley secured a P3 position in the Endurance category on Saturday and Matty’s fellow rookie drivers competed against him in the Trophy Category on Sunday.
Matty said: “We’re absolutely buzzing after a fantastic race weekend once again.
“Andy and I pushed so hard to work for the trophy. Andy had set some brilliant times in his stint, clocking the fastest lap of all four of the team’s BMWs and I was determined to hold on to the position he had secured. Thankfully I managed it and we couldn’t have been happier.
“The team has come so far in a short space of time. This weekend we had five cars in total racing across two days. Each of us lives with a difference physical or psychological challenge, but on the track we’re all equal and that’s exactly what Team BRIT is all about.”
Matty’s next race will be on Sunday 1 November at Snetterton.
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