Motorsport youth team receives personal message from F1 champion
Australia’s first indigenous motorsport team, Racing Together, hit the tracks at Morgan Park Raceway the last weekend of August and were surprised by a personal message from a Formula 1 world champion.
Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who has been an advocate for diversity and improving the representation of black people in motorsport, hand-wrote a message on a page of Automatic action magazine, which featured an article about the team:
“For Racing Together, I am inspired to see you all together and the work you do. Keep pushing, keep chasing your dreams. So proud of you. Best wishes, Lewis Hamilton 44 “.
Racing Together team finished 22sd, 24e, 21st and 21st among a field of around 40 riders on a tight budget in four events, with Braedyn Cidoni at the wheel.
All hands were needed to repair extensive damage to the front of the Hyundai after a collision in race two.
Racing Together was started last year by Garry Connelly and his wife Monique to create opportunities for Indigenous contestants aged 12 to 16 to pursue a career in motorsport as drivers or racing crew members. .
Olympian and silver medalist Taliqua Clancy sits on the program’s board of directors and will act as a mentor to participants.
“As one of Australia’s most successful Indigenous athletes, Taliqua will be an invaluable addition to the Board of Directors as the Racing Together project continues to grow and an inspiring mentor to our young team members.” , said Ms Connelly.
The 10 members of the Racing Together team are now getting their cars ready for their next race meeting in November and are currently finishing the construction of a second car which will be entered in the races next year.
Open houses for potential candidates to join the Racing Together 2022 program will be held at Norwell Motorplex, Queensland on November 7-14, with more information to come.
By Teisha Cloos