Search begins for new track racing stars as karting competition launched

Young aspiring racing stars are being offered the chance to take their first step into the world of motorsport thanks to the launch of a new talent finding competition.

Owner of Rochdale-based TeamKarting and X-Kart, Matty Street, has teamed up with Team HARD. Racing to offer a new scholarship programme to the most talented young karter.

Young people aged 12-15 are invited to enter the competition, which will see an eventual winner receiving a fully funded season in the 2023 Junior Kart Championship, including tyres, fuel and driver support; a prize fund worth £25,000.

To enter, applicants need to register, then show what they can do by clocking the fastest lap they can at TeamKarting indoor circuit. The fastest 50% of entrants will be invited to stage two which will be held on an outdoor kart track in the autumn.

The three entrants judged to be the most promising overall will all receive incredible prizes, with the winner receiving the fully funded season.  

X-Kart owner Matty Street said; “We’re so excited to launch this talent finding competition and can’t wait to meet some of the newest racing talent in our country.

“This prize is incredible – to have a full year of support and funding in one of the top karting championships in the UK will be the perfect way to help a new karter into the world of racing.

“Partnering with Team HARD. Racing makes this even more amazing – the team has a great reputation in British motorsport and will be able to offer the highest quality advice, guidance and support through the scholarship on offer.

“I’d encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch, find out more and consider coming to show us what they can do at TeamKarting.”

Team HARD. Racing, Business Development Manager Claire Murdoch commented, “I’m really excited to be able to launch this new scholarship.

“We are relatively new to the karting world so it’s great to be able to lean on Matty and his team to get up to speed with it.

“We love helping people get on track and live their dreams and passions and this is just another step towards making Motorsport more inclusive for everyone.”

The HARD. X-Kart scholarship is now open and is available to anyone aged between 12-15. For more information, please visit the HARD. X-Kart page here HARD. X-Kart Scholarship 2023 | Team HARD Racing (

Entrants are required to pay a £99 registration fee, followed by a £50 charge for each stage 1 session. Entrants can clock their lap times at TeamKarting any time before the 30th August.

Sandro Ballesteros

X-Kart’s Sandro hosts film premiere at TeamKarting

Team X-Kart driver, 14-year-old Sandro Ballesteros, has hosted a film premiere at Matty Street’s TeamKarting, detailing the story of a fellow racing star with autism, and has unveiled his new racing car.

Sandro hosted the UK premiere of the US film ‘Racing with Autism – Austin Riley’s Road to Inspiration’ at TeamKarting in Rochdale on Saturday 30th October.

The film follows the Riley family across the country as their son, 22-year-old Austin, who also lives with autism, chases his dream of becoming a professional race car driver. Shortly after filming, the Riley family came to the UK for a tour in 2017 and met Sandro and his family. Austin presented at Sandro’s school and inspired Sandro to begin his own ‘Able Racing’ Project, presenting to schools and leading to him receiving a national autism award.

Sandro was diagnosed with autism when he was three and sat in a kart for the first time aged 5.  Racing is now his passion and his story is extremely similar to that of Austin.

On Saturday, more than 40 guests visited TeamKarting in Rochdale, where Sandro discovered his own talent for karting.  As part of the event, his new Citroen Saxo racing car was revealed to guests in a surprise unveiling. Sandro has worked tirelessly to secure partners and sponsors to make his dream a reality and is now being backed by a range of local businesses.

Having completed multiple karting championships and winning countless races, Sandro is stepping up to car racing, helped by his friend and mentor Matty Street of Team X-Kart and TeamKarting who welcomed Sandro onto his new ‘Karting to Cars’ initiative earlier this year.

Sandro will compete in his first ever car race at Brands Hatch this weekend in the season finale of the Junior Saloon Car Championship. He will then be working hard over the winter to gain additional funding to compete in the whole championship which begins in March.

Sandro explains; “Saturday was very special for a number of reasons.  It was an honour to host the UK premiere of Austin’s film.  Austin’s story is so similar to mine and it’s great to see him sharing his story in this way and raising awareness of autism.

“I also had the chance to reveal my new racing car to our guests and friends.  I’ve worked so hard to get the funding and support I need to step up to the next level of motorsport and I can’t believe it’s finally happening. I’d like to thank everyone that has helped and supported me. I’ll be giving everything I can at Brands Hatch this weekend, learning as much as possible ahead of the 2022 season.”

The Racing with Autism film showing Austin Riley’s story is now available to purchase and view via

Halow Project

Matty takes on F1 stars in charity karting event

TeamKarting and X-Kart founder Matty Street has joined his Team BRIT team mates 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 took second place in the Halow Project’s Damon Hill Kart Challenge.

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 instantly 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 team mates 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.

Photo credit: Paul Cherry

Matty Street prepares for his first outing in the Team BRIT Aston Martin

Aston Martin, Top Gear test track… check it out!

Matty Street is a racing driver for Team BRIT. This season he has been racing a BMW this season but today he is going out on to the Top Gear test track in the teams Aston Martin!

Preparation is key, or as Matty puts it, “I will make it work”…

Flying lap

Here is Matty’s flying lap in the Aston…

Karts to cars BMW

Matty launches new route to racing for karting stars

Matty is proudly launching a major new project to help young kart racers progress to the next stage of motorsport.

‘Karting to Cars’ will see Matty and business partner James Austin offering grassroots, entry level racing and coaching for drivers looking to move from karts to cars.

More than 80,000 customers currently use Matty’s TeamKarting kart facility in Rochdale, with many starting their racing journey from as young as 6 years old.  Now, those who want to take the next step in their racing career will have the support of Matty and his team, who are passionate about lowering the barriers for entry into car racing.

The project has also had support from local sponsor Creation Signs based in Bacup, which has wrapped the new track car available for rookies to use. The firm, which designs, prints, builds and installs outdoor and indoor signs, has covered the BMW 116 car in impressive new TeamKarting / X-Kart branding.

Matty, who was diagnosed with asperger’s, dyslexia and dyspraxia as a child, drives for all-disabled Team BRIT, and raced the BMW in his 2019 rookie year.

Initially being offered to drivers on test and track days, the car is also fully prepped to race in the BMW 116 Trophy – a race series Matty and James plan to compete in as part of their calendar of motorsport.

Matty explains, “This is a really important project in our overall aim to support young people and rookie drivers into competitive racing.

“Over the years, I’ve built up a number of businesses, aimed at developing grassroots motorsport. From TeamKarting, to the Cadet Kart Championship, I want to help others who share my passion for racing but who may also need support in getting involved.

“I’m proud to have helped 100s of young drivers progress from indoor karting to outdoor racing. This is the next step to help them on their way towards racing cars.”

Contact us to find out more.

Busy weekend at Snetterton for Matty and Team BRIT

Busy weekend at Snetterton for Matty and Team BRIT

The Britcar Trophy round 2 was held at Snetterton, in Norfolk, and some brake issues didn’t stop Matty Street and his teammate achieving two top 5 finishes.

Here is what Matty said about his race weekend…

Friday: Testing

Friday testing went well, Snetterton is one of my favourite tracks and I felt at home straight away.

The team had made a few set up changes to the car compared to the previous outing at Silverstone a few weeks ago. It certainly felt great and was a huge step forward.

After my stint in the car my teammate, Andy Tucker, went out for his. Unfortunately, the car suffered a brake issues which meant retiring it for the rest of the day.

Not only was it a big loss of track time for us but it also required a big logistical effort by the team to get some parts overnight to repair the car.

Saturday: Team BRIT on the podium

While our class races on Sunday, Team BRIT also races in the Saturday Britcar Endurance event.

It was great to see Team BRIT drivers, Bobby and Aaron, doing a great job and finishing in P2 & P1 in their races.

Sunday: Race day

Sunday is race day, with Andy Tucker and I racing in the team BMW 240, while Luke Pound is in the BMW 118.

Qualifying gremlins

Going into qualifying I was very confident, as I love Snetterton. With new brakes fitted Tucker went out to warm the car up and bed the brakes in.

A few minutes into qualifying we swapped over to me to set the fastest laps. However, on my out lap the car developed a gremlin and this meant I was unable to set any flying laps. As a result we qualified a P6 for race 1 and P30 for race 2.

Race 1 – progress

Our Race 1 the strategy was for me me to start and Tucker to finish. It was a tough race but we managed to finish P5 after a P6 start… progress made.

Race 2 – another audacious start

Starting prom P30 on the grid left us with a challenge but everything to gain. I started once again, with the strategy of getting as far up the grid as possible… we certainly did that!

Thanks to some amazing overtakes and brave moves we managed to make up 19 places in the first lap. We reached P1 with 20mins to go.

Check out some of Matty’s overtaking moves

After the mandatory two minute pit stop and driver change, Andy kept up the battle and brought the car home in P5. With a P30 grid position to make it to the top 5 was a great result.

Write-off to race car

The technical issues are frustrating but everyone at Team BRIT is working hard to get a handle of them.

Our BMW 240i race car is a former write off that the team have rebuilt to create a race car… an awesome write-off to race car project for the team.

Take a look at the video below to see how it came about… it’s an amazing bit of kit and I can’t wait for the next outing.

Matty Street, driver of the day at Silverstone

Matty voted Silverstone driver of the day

In an action packed weekend at Silverstone, Matty Street had great drives in both races of the Britcar Trophy that saw him voted driver of the day.

Eventful debut in the BritCar Trophy

Here is what Matty said about his race weekend…

Some times you have good days some times bad days. Today we had both. 😩 🏆

There are huge positives to take away from the weekend. In race we qualified P7 got up to P2 after the start [check out the first lap here: Silverstone first lap]. I was even leading the race at one point🤩.

Race 1

A safety car bunched the pack back up and I dropped to P4. We had a small issue at the pit stop with refuelling and so we lost a bit of time during the driver change. After the pit stop we came out P8 and then Andy did a great job to claw pour way back to P7.

Race 2

In race 2, due to making such a good start in race one, we decided I should start the race. I am pleased to say I got another great start from P7 to P4 in the first few corners. From there I had a solid defensive drive. When I came Into the pits, the team nailed the refuelling and driver change but then the car didn’t restart 😩

The crew did an amazing job to get the car going again but we had lost so much time that we ended up back of the pack. Overall, the main thing is that we finished the race and still got a top 10 in class finish.

Not driver of the day it’s team of the day

Aside from that I got awarded driver of the day! 🏆

Not the result we’d have liked but still great to come away with something.

Today as been a true team effort. So as far as I’m concerned it’s not driver of the day it’s team of the day!

Sensational first lap from Matty at Silverstone

Sensational first lap from Matty at Silverstone

Wow, that’s how to nail the first lap when starting from P7… Matty Street’s first lap at Silverstone was sensational! Relive it here…

Eventful debut in the BritCar Trophy

Matty was competing in the 2021 Britcar Trophy (April 25th 2021) that takes place at the UK’s leading circuits (including Silverstone & Brands Hatch). Driving for Team BRIT, the only race team in the world that only has drivers with different disabilities, Matty’s team mate, Andrew Tucker, had qualified them in 7th place.

P7 to P2 on first lap

Driving the first stint at the race, Matty made a brilliant start getting to the inside for turn 1 and then making the advantage count as he cut through the pack to P2 by the end of the first lap.

As you can see from the footage, a battle to hold that 2nd place was well underway when a safety car brought the pack back together while damage lower down the order was cleared.

1st… momentarily!

As racing resumed after the safety car, pulled a moved to momentarily gain P1… heady times! Unfortunately Matty was caught out shortly afterwards and this saw him slip back to P4 in a very competitive race. Matty held 4th place throughout the remainder of his stint.

What might have been

Unfortunately a slight issue at the pit stop during refuelling meant that my team mate left the pits in P8. During his stint he was able to claw back a place and so we finished P7.

Racing at Silverstone in the Brit Car Trophy

Racing at Silverstone in the Brit Car Trophy

Matty Street competed in round one of the BritCar Trophy at Silverstone over the weekend of the 25th April 2021.

Matty had a busy weekend with practice on Friday and 2 races on Saturday. The exciting racing saw him drive a sensational first lap, solid race performance and being voted driver of the day.

The 2021 Britcar Trophy that takes place at the UK’s leading circuits (including Silverstone & Brands Hatch). The Trophy runs under a class structure, with shorter races and no re-fuelling. The format of the day is 1 x 20 minute qualifying and 2x 50 minute races. Matty is driving for Team BRIT, the only race team in the world that only has drivers with different disabilities.

Take a look at images from the weekend below (images courtesy of Darren Cooke):