Peterborough’s newest racing driver, James Taylor, enjoyed his motorsport debut last weekend as he joined Ginetta Cars at Donington Park for the season finale of the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge following his want2race competition win.
Taylor saw off over 300 other budding novice drivers to win the National competition run in conjunction with Ginetta Cars last month. His prize was a fully funded race weekend, worth £6,000 in the final round of the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Donington Park on September 13/14th.
Taylor stepped into the car on the Friday test session for the first time since the competitions finale at Blyton Park just a few weeks previously. In that time period he completed his medical, passed his ARDS test with 100% pass rate and was sized up for brand new race wear provided as part of his prize.
Having never driven on slicks before, Taylor had a lot to learn and had driver coaching from want2race instructors Jack Goff and David Pittard, along with 2013 Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge frontrunner Luke Davenport. Taylor said; “It was really interesting to drive the car on slick tyres for the first time – it felt very different from during the competition at Blyton Park and it was amazing how much speed the car could carry into corners. I had a little spin into the gravel at one point so now know where the edge is and how far to push!”
The want2race competition provides a platform for novice drivers to qualify at a local participating kart circuit, with the best drivers being selected to attend an assessment day where they get to drive a fleet of Ginetta G40 race cars alongside some of the country’s top instructors.
Taylor’s winning race weekend saw him join the ultra-close and competitive Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge series at its climax, with three top 20 finishes and race pace close to the top 10 was deemed a massive success by all involved.
Taylor said “I started the first race on the back foot after a mistake in qualifying but it meant I got plenty of overtaking practice! To get three mid-pack finishes in my first race meeting with pace on the fringes of the top 10 (and the car in one piece) was a great outcome.
To race in such a high-profile championship as an absolute beginner is such an unusual and valuable opportunity that has only been made possible by entering want2race. I’ve learnt a lot, met some great people and hopefully it won’t be the last time I race a car.”
Ben Hyland, want2race organiser, commented; “Once again we have exceeded all our expectations and found a real gem of a driver in James. His attitude all weekend has been superb, he’s listened to our team and got faster each time out on track. We were mightily impressed with his P15 qualification for Race 3, and to finish all three races of his first ever race weekend is quite an achievement. I was proud to watch James progress and take so much from his prize winning weekend – and such a fitting end to another fantastic competition this year”.