Matty Street takes on F1 stars in charity karting event
Date published: 17 July 2021
Photo: Paul Cherry
Matty (second left) and his teammates with their trophies
Rochdale entrepreneur and racing driver Matty Street has joined his Team BRIT teammates in a charity karting event, taking on the likes of F1 legends Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert.
Matty is a driver for all-disabled Team BRIT, which on Tuesday (13 July) took second place in the Halow Project’s Damon Hill Kart Challenge.
Team BRIT aims to be the first ever all-disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 hour and supports people with physical and psychological challenges through its racing academy.
Matty is also the owner of TeamKarting race track in Rochdale and X-Kart.
Matty joined Team BRIT drivers Bobby Trundley, Aaron Morgan, Andy Tucker and Luke Pound, lining up against a host of other teams, which took to the grid at Sandown Park in Esher to support the community-based charity.
The Halow Project supports young people aged 16+ with learning disabilities on their journey into adult life. It helps give young people the chance to enjoy an active social life, make new friends, and find further education and employment training.
Former F1 superstar Damon Hill, who is a Team BRIT supporter, is also a patron for the charity. Every year a karting challenge, led by Damon, is held to raise crucial funds.
It was at a Halow kart race in 2018 that Team BRIT first discovered current team GT4 driver, Bobby Trundley, who was competing at the event. Bobby was racing alongside former Team BRIT driver Warren McKinlay who recognised his incredible talent and introduced him to the team.
The team set out with expectations high and qualified in a superb P4. The race then got underway with Bobby taking the opening lap, followed by Luke, Andy, Aaron then Matty.
A tough-fought battle ensued with the team being pipped to the P1 spot by Graves Motorsport, a team that included the drivers’ Team BRIT Coach, Max Coates.
Throughout the day, the drivers spent time with Damon, as well as fellow F1 legend and team supporter Johnny Herbert and Daytona Motorsport CEO Charles Graham.
Matty said: “What a fantastic day and a great way to raise awareness of the Halow Project and the amazing work it carries out with young people.
“It was brilliant to see my Team BRIT teammates competing in my usual workplace – a kart track! We knew we’d be able to pose some serious competition and it was amazing to race against some F1 legends.
“Finishing on the podium just topped off the day – a huge thanks to the organisers for inviting us to take part.”
To learn more about the charity and to donate, visit the Halow Project website.
Information on Team BRIT can be found at www.teambrit.co.uk.
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