December 1, 2021

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Rochdale racing driver hosts film premiere and unveils new racing car

A 14-12 months-aged racing driver from Rochdale has hosted a film premiere, detailing the story of a fellow racing star with autism, and has unveiled his new racing vehicle.

Sandro Ballesteros, who is presently in calendar year 10 at Wardle Academy, Rochdale, hosted the British isles premiere of the US movie Racing with Autism – Austin Riley’s Street to Inspiration at TeamKarting in Rochdale on Saturday, October 30.

The movie follows the Riley relatives across the country as their son, 22-year-outdated Austin, who also lives with autism, chases his desire of starting to be a specialist race car driver.

Shortly following filming, the Riley spouse and children arrived to the United kingdom for a tour in 2017 and met Sandro and his family members. Austin presented at Sandro’s university and motivated Sandro to start off his individual ‘Able Racing’ project, presenting to universities and major to him getting a national autism award.

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

Extra than 40 friends visited TeamKarting in Rochdale, in which Sandro found his have talent for karting.  

As component of the party, his new Citroen Saxo racing car or truck was discovered to guests in a surprise unveiling.

Sandro has labored tirelessly to protected partners and sponsors to make his aspiration a truth and is now currently being backed by a assortment of regional organizations.

Owning concluded various karting championships and winning a great number of races, Sandro is stepping up to motor vehicle racing, helped by his good friend and mentor Matty Road of Team X-Kart and TeamKarting who welcomed Sandro on to his new ‘Karting to Cars’ initiative before this yr.

Sandro will contend in his initially at any time motor vehicle race at Models Hatch this weekend in the period finale of the Junior Saloon Car or truck Championship.

He will then be doing the job tough more than the winter season to attain additional funding to compete in the complete championship which begins in March.

Sandro explained: “Saturday was really special for a selection of good reasons.

“It was an honour to host the United kingdom premiere of Austin’s film.  

“Austin’s story is so identical to mine and it is terrific to see him sharing his story in this way and increasing awareness of autism.

“I also experienced the prospect to expose my new racing car or truck to our attendees and mates.  

“I’ve worked so tricky to get the funding and aid I need to action up to the next amount of motorsport and I cannot imagine it’s last but not least going on.

“I’d like to thank absolutely everyone that has assisted and supported me. I’ll be supplying every thing I can at Makes Hatch this weekend, discovering as substantially as probable ahead of the 2022 year.”

The Racing with Autism film displaying Austin Riley’s tale is now out there to invest in and perspective by means of