Leeds and Tockwith Motorsports (TMS)driver, Moh Ritson, has hailed his senior motor racing debut as “very positive” following an encouraging points-finish in the Britcar Dunlop Endurance Championship season-opener at Silverstone.
The 16-year-old A-level student from Woodhouse Grove School gained confidence and consistency in the TRICO-sponsored Ginetta G50 as the race weekend progressed. The young driver, along with teammate and reigning Britcar Champion, Sarah Moore, overcame a few teething issues in race one to earn a solid fifth-place finish in race two.
Moh said: “I loved it from start to finish – what an awesome weekend! I was pleased with what we achieved, especially the progress we made from the first test and practice sessions early in the weekend to the finish line in race two, and we now have a solid platform to build on for the next race (round two on 27th April), again here at Silverstone.”
On a warm and dry weekend, starting race one from ninth (in-class) on the grid, Moh and Sarah had to settle for 11th, but the pair bounced back in race two with Sarah in imperious form during the opening stint, as she led the charge for a podium by taking nine places in the very first lap.
Once Moh took the wheel (from third-place), he was in the thick of the action and was in a tight group all vying for the final podium spot. Despite some valiant and skilled defending, the young driver had to settle for fifth-place on his debut; however, his spirits weren’t dampened as he took the chequered flag, anything but, and was proud of his and the team’s achievements:
“It was a great experience and one that I will never forget. I’ve absorbed everything this weekend, and I know I’m already a better racing driver as a result. I paid particularly close attention to Sarah when I was out of the car, and she provided advice on which parts of the track I could improve on, which definitely helped improve my lap times.
“A Britcar weekend is full-on and goes quickly – that’s something I never appreciated – but the team were superb in helping me prepare, whilst also getting the car ready for race spec.”
On his battles in race two, he added: “I loved it! Not only was I defending, but I was looking to gain positions as well, which is going to give me confidence for the rest of the season. Hopefully, in the next race, we’ll be standing on the podium!”
As always, Moh’s Trico-sponsored Ginetta G50 was also supported by his personal sponsors – Novo, Co-ord Sport, Premier Martial Arts Leeds, Fusion Learning, Moran Personal Training and Fusion by Design – which will be ever-present throughout the 2019 campaign.
Britcar returns to Silverstone on the 27th April to tackle the exciting Grand Prix circuit after overcoming the International circuit in round one.