Bruno Senna joined the IWT crew as a personal driver trainer for young South Australian karter Antoni Ormsby last Thursday when the team ran a test day at the Barossa Kart Club track.
Senna, a former F1, WEC and Formula-E driver (and nephew of the famous Ayrton) is in Adelaide as a pilot and global ambassador for the all new Airspeeder, electric flying cars (like drones on steroids) that plan to race with drivers on-board in 2023.
In his first five laps at the short and tight Barossa track, Bruno was barely a second off Antoni’s lap times, but as the day progressed and the training went on he inched closer. A final five lap “race” between the two drivers late in the day saw Bruno pass Antoni once, while the South Aussie passed Bruno twice. The tight and twisty circuit was a real test and helped Antoni put into practise everything his very experienced instructor had taught him.
“Next weekend sees the SA Open State Championships run at the picturesque Monarto karting circuit, and we will see if young Antoni can utilise his mentor’s lessons and defend his blue plate” IWT’s Ian Williams informed KartSportNews.
As a side note, this new concept of a racing series for flying cars is being put together by a group of businesses in Adelaide. Set to be manufactured in South Australia by Alauda Aeronautics, Airspeeder are describing them as the “Formula One of the skies”.