George Grant put on a stunning performance in appalling conditions at the opening round of this season’s MaX5 Racing Championship, which took place at Silverstone last weekend (March 28/29).Despite atrocious weather conditions, Grant drove his Paul Sheard-prepared Mazda MX-5 to an incredible seventh and fifth in the first two races of his 2015 campaign.After a somewhat disappointing qualifying session that saw him start race one 17th on the grid, Grant battled his way through the field and the rain to eventually finish the opening race of the season in seventh.Grant impressed even more after climbing to fifth, just two positions shy of a podium finish, in the second race of the day at a rain-soaked Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.For 2015, he made the decision to move to the highly experienced Paul Sheard Racing Team following a successful rookie year in the one-make championship with Mission Motorsport.Indeed, the team’s set-up of the car gave Grant the confidence to charge through the pack in spite of treacherous conditions on track.What’s more, the second race on Sunday was shown on live television as part of the Motors TV Live Raceday, providing important exposure of George’s Mission Motorsport-liveried machine.George Grant: “What a fantastic start to the season! Everything seemed to come together on race day: the tyres, the set-up, the team, and even me! I’m absolutely overjoyed with the result.“Conditions were just awful out there and, with no traction on the racing line, there were certainly a lot of hairy moments out there. But I thought to myself, I’ve got nothing to lose so I may as well go for it!“Full credit to Paul and the team whose professionalism and dedication in getting the car prepared seriously paid off. I just got more and more confident in the car and these results feel like a win to me.“I must also thank the Mission Motorsport guys, especially Tony Compson and James Cameron for helping me through my rookie year. I’m proud to support them and be involved in raising their profile.”Paul Sheard, Team Manager: “George has done an amazing job this weekend! His attitude has been fantastic, always staying calm and listening to all of our advice. “We managed to find a really good balance, which seemed to give George the confidence he needed in the car and the team to achieve what he did at Silverstone. We weren’t expecting him to get so close to a podium so soon but are so impressed with his performance.”Round two of the MaX5 Racing Championship takes place at Croft on April 25-26.