Kidson Crowned 2019 GRDC Champion
W2R Motorsport have topped the championship standings in the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club for the third time in four seasons as Michael Kidson capped off a dream maiden car-racing campaign with a pair of podium finishes in the season finale at Brands Hatch.
The latest driver to launch his motorsport career courtesy of the prestigious want2race scholarship competition, Kidson firmly seized his opportunity with a sensational 2019 campaign which included back-to-back double victories at Donington Park and Silverstone.
The final two races of the season took place around the world-famous Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, with Kidson and his team-mates getting the chance to get up to speed with the track in testing on Friday before the one-day race event on Saturday.
The Surrey based racer started the meeting with a strong showing in qualifying, posting the fifth fastest time in his Ginetta G40. This put him firmly in contention for the podium places and he put in an impressive start to the opening race of the day.
Moving up a place on each of the first two laps, Kidson settled into third through a brief safety car period. At mid-distance he pounced on the driver ahead to grab second place and held it to the chequered flag, posting the fastest lap of the race en-route.
It was a relatively quiet final outing of the season for the 31 year old, who slipped to third on the opening lap and remained there for the duration of the race. That completed his season with a stunning run of six consecutive podium finishes, alongside his four wins and two pole positions.
Chris White ended his 2019 campaign with an impressive showing at his home event, which he kicked off by qualifying a strong seventh. The Guildford based driver duly converted that starting position into a great drive in the opening race as he grabbed two places early on.
Maintaining fifth position to the finish, the 36 year old made it an impressive five top six finishes for the campaign. His hopes of adding another to his tally in the final race were sadly dashed when he suffered an unfortunate retirement.
Alongside their full-time drivers, W2R Motorsport have also been supporting Ignazio Zanon in recent meetings with driver development. The Italian student showed some great pace across the day as he recorded a couple of top ten finishes of his own.
Ben Hyland – W2R Motorsport: “It’s an incredibly proud moment to see another want2race competition winner take the GRDC series title. Our platform is proven as the best entry level affordable way into the sport, offering a once in a lifetime experience and prize season.
“A huge congratulations to Mike [Kidson], who has driven superbly all year. He was a complete novice when he started and after learning from a baptism of fire in the opening rounds, he was sensational across the last three meetings of the campaign with six podiums from six.
“It was a clever weekend at Brands Hatch from him. He took no risks, kept his nose clean and brought the car home for some strong results. Mike has been a dream to work with, a professional and fun person in the team and a very worthy winner this season.
“Chris [White] just sadly didn’t have the run of the green this weekend. It never seemed to fall for him with moves on track. That being said it doesn’t take anything away from a great year. He’s been sniffing around the podium and has progressed immensely over the four meetings.
“Ignazio [Zanon] is another driver to have made huge strides forward with us. After a really good qualifying, it was an impressively consistent weekend for such a young drivers. He’s got great potential heading into 2020 and beyond.
“Thank you as ever to Lawrence Tomlinson and the Ginetta team, along with all the W2R team of mechanics, engineers, driver coaches and support crew for a fantastic season of GRDC competition. We look forward to being back on the grid in 2020.”
If you want to follow in Kidson’s footsteps and get on the grid in 2020, then entries are still open for our latest want2race competition: http://www.want2race.co.uk/competition.