AN APPRENTICE motor mechanic is aiming for success behind the wheel as well as under the bonnet.
Ryan Taylor has set his sights on becoming one of the youngest winners of an esteemed national motor racing championship after a revelatory first season.
The 17-year-old from Southam – who is currently in the second year of a motor vehicle course at WCG’s Warwick Trident College – is looking to follow up on his inaugural third place finish in the 22-person Mini Seven S Class racing league by going two steps further during the new season.
He also hopes to retain his novice of the year title, as well as defending the winter series crown he secured at the first attempt.
Ryan said: “I made the choice to begin a motor vehicle apprenticeship before I started my racing career – and everything is going along nicely at the moment.
“I’m doing my best both at college and on the race track and am seeing where it takes me. I’ve been around mechanics every day for as long as I can remember and it’s an absolute joy gaining new experiences in my studies and competing at some of the toughest tracks in the country.
“I’m developing a strong electronic skillset and furthering my engine knowledge through work with my dad on the car ahead of race days, day-to-day in the garage as part of my apprenticeship and then also through tutors at college.
Ryan and his dad Colin – who run family-run business the Southam Mini Metro Centre – have been busy preparing the car for the new season.
He added: “I’m excited and hope to make a great impression once again. The aim is to secure more podium finishes and do all I can to win the championship.”
To improve on his performances of last season, Ryan has been watching on-board videos of himself in previous races and look at where he can improve his lap times and overall performance in his Mini.
The Mini Seven S Class racing league race all over the country – with Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Snetterton permanent fixtures in the calendar.
Steve Hall, Ryan’s teacher within the motor vehicle department at WCG, said: “Ryan’s achievement is amazing and is testament to his hard work and natural skill both inside and outside of a car.
“To not only hold your own but establish yourself as a credible championship challenger at the age of 17 would usually be unheard of – but Ryan’s efforts do not surprise me.”