Rogerio Mendes
Rogerio Mendes
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Rogerio Mendes
Rogerio Mendes
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My Story

Hi, my name is Rogerio.  I am a 17 year old boy with Asperger's Syndrome who has had a deep passion for everything to do with Motorsport since I was 4 years old!

When I was young my dad took me to watch various races around the country.  During this time I became friends with a racing driver called Harry Vaulkhard.  He would invite me into the pits and over time would spend a lot of time talking and teaching me about his cars.  This made me realise this was the field I wanted to follow as a hobby.  

But it was my introduction to go-karting at the age of five which made me realise my true potential.

When I was 8 years old I discovered the Brentwood Karting Academy.  It was a bit overwhelming to begin with, there were a lot of great drivers there.  I did not let this put me off.  I went away and began training three to four times a week with the support of Director Dan Lee and ex Legends Racing driver Kevo Thunder.  About a year later I rejoined the Academy now called the Brentwood Junior Race League where I then ended up finishing 3rd out of 40 drivers.

Racing every Sunday over 12 weeks, I achieved the most fastest laps and finished on the podium in five out of the 12 races.

In 2015 I won the Summer 2015 Bayford Championship in Kent in my second season there, beating 31 other drivers with far more experience of the track.  From April that year I had finished on the podium in five out of the seven races, winning three of them and always finishing in the top four, I won by 279 points to 259 points from my nearest rival.  At the time I was speechless and my heart was beating so fast when they said I was the Champion. I felt very proud.

In 2016 I moved out of club karting and into MSA Level Karting.  With the backing of some kind donators from the Essex Community Foundation and Ramchunk & Tio I was able to raise funds to join the LiCA Racing Team and begin a campaign in the Junior Subaru Challenge.  31 drivers took part in the season and I managed to finish 8th and was the highest placed rookie driver.

In 2017, I was given an amazing opportunity to move into racing cars by a racing team called Extreme22.  I took part in a competition called Autograss.  I performed extremely well and finished the season in 5th out of 20 drivers.

In 2018, with the help of the Essex and Southend Sports Charitable Fund, the Annabel and Gerald Malton Charitable Fund, and the Young Sports Fund administered by the Essex Community Foundation; I was able to take one step further and be competed in Rallycross under the watchful eye of Extreme22 driving a Peugeot 106 Rallye.  This was a great experience to drive a full racing spec car.  Unfortunately I was only able to complete half the season as my funds ran out which was a big shame as I was just getting a feel for the car.

In 2019 I took a step back from racing to concentrate on my studies as it was my last year of secondary school.  During that year I received a Jack Petchey award for outstanding achievements and dedication to work.  I also achieved Black Sash (belt) in KungFu. 

This year I've decided to get back in the drivers seat.  I have decided to go back into karting for now as it leaves me time to work on other things outside of the motorsport world as well as satisfy my need for competition and adrenaline which motor racing offers.  Club 100 offers quality racing in karts that perform to a higher level than I had raced before and I look forward to the challenge ahead.

When I race I will be raising awareness about Autism and Aspergers.  This year I will be pushing my efforts to do this even further.  I hope by showing my peers what I do it will give them the confidence and ambition to succeed in life.

Keep up to date with my journey in Club 100 via my 2020 News feed on this website.

Thank you all for your support!