Barton Mawer gives Ben Lindsay a lifelong dream

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Barton Mawer makes Ben Lindsay's dream come true.

Barton Mawer too a young boy with a rare genetic disease out on a dream come true hot lap inside a championship Porsche GT3 Cup racing car at Phillip Island.


The 8 year old, Ben Lindsay, suffers from Friedreich’s Ataxia which is a degenerative (and currently incurable) muscle disease but the courageous boy had a smile from ear to ear after flying around the famous race track with experienced racing driver Barton Mawer. 


Ben’s mother, Kellie, raised over $5,000 via a GoFundMe page to help get the family to Melbourne from Perth. 

“I’ve been absolutely blown away by people’s kindness,” she said. “People that don’t even know Ben or I have gotten right behind the page and donated.”

Ben was diagnosed with the crippling disease in late 2016 and requires a wheelchair part-time but according to his mother it is only a matter of time before Ben is permanently wheelchair bound.

Porsche Centre Melbourne Motorsport Manager Karl Batson, who also suffers from the disease, helped turn Ben’s dream into a reality. Mr Batson said he was more than happy to help “this great little kid”

“Ben is so passionate about motorsport and I’m glad we’ve been able to get him over here,” he said.

Mr Batson helped secure a Porsche Carrera Cup car to be driven by world time attack champion Barton Mawer.

Barton mawer racing driver & ben lindsay at Phillip Island Racetrack

Barton Mawer gives Ben Lindsay with a rare genetic disease a lifelong dream of riding in a Porsche GT3 Cup racing car.

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