Ryder is relishing step up in class as racing career moves on to Ginetta GT5 Challenge

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 March 2019

Lewis Ryder is looking forward to competing in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge this year

Lewis Ryder is looking forward to competing in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge this year

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Flax Bourton's Lewis Ryder is looking forward to taking another step in his racing career in 2019.

The 19-year-old will be competing in the ultra-competitive Ginetta GT5 Challenge – the biggest platform of his career so far – as he appears in support of the British GT Championship and British Touring Car Championship, with his racing experience to date mainly coming in club level competition.

Ryder started his career aged 11 and contested five seasons of Junior TKM Class karting, before moving into car racing two years ago, predominantly competing in club events at his local circuit Castle Combe behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Golf.

After enjoying some podium successes, Ryder made a one-off outing in the Volkswagen Racing Cup last year at Donington Park and took a best finish of seventh with the second fastest lap of the race, which sparked his interest in continuing to race at a national level.

The former Clifton High School pupil will be combining his racing with studying motorsport engineering at Coventry University as he enters the Ginetta GT5 Challenge with support from Rocket Media, On-Pole Consultancy and Backwell Motors.

He said: “I can’t wait for the season to get underway and to be racing on such a competitive grid this year.

“The Ginetta GT5 Challenge provides the perfect opportunity for me to learn about rear wheel drive, while also competing on a big stage, alongside British GT and of course the BTCC.

“As a privateer this season will be a huge learning curve, not only as a driver but also understanding how we can get the most out of the car as a team.

“With the increase in racing profile, I am hoping to attract additional financial support that can allow me to continue working my way up the ladder in the Ginetta family.”

Packed grids and close racing makes the Ginetta GT5 Challenge a popular entry-level championship for many aspiring GT racers.

In 2019, the series will join the British GT Championship at four meetings and make two outings on the British Touring Car Championship support bill.

The GT5 Challenge action gets underway at Oulton Park on the weekend of April 20-22, then heads to Thruxton (May 18-19).

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