George Grant is eager to end his second year in the MaX5 Championship on a high at the challenging Pembrey circuit this weekend (10/11 October), before tackling a busy schedule of motorsport action.
The championship finale represents Grant’s second time racing at the home of Welsh motorsport, where the GGR Motorsport driver impressed last year by achieving his best result of the season.
On the back of several upgrades to his Paul Sheard-run Mazda MX-5 and two solid results during his last event at Brands Hatch, Grant is relishing the opportunity to consolidate his experience and exploit the double points that have been introduced for the final two races.
“With 15 cars on the grid and double points up for grabs, I’m really excited to get back in the car”, enthused Grant. “Last year was made extremely difficult by changing conditions and unsuitable tyres, but I feel in a much better position this time around.
“The guys at Paul Sheard did a fantastic job replacing the engine and gearbox for the last event at Brands Hatch, so we are now on more of a level playing field with the other cars.
“Teething problems with the new engine limited our performance during the races at Brands, but if we get everything together we should be in a much better place to challenge for strong results. Given the number of cars the racing will be especially competitive, but I can’t wait to see what we can do.”
Despite the significant progress he has made with the experienced Paul Sheard squad – opening the season with a personal best of fifth place at Silverstone and recording top-10 finishes in every single race thereafter – Grant recognises the need to be prudent in order to maximise his chances of achieving another career-best result.
“We have got faster throughout the year so our pace should be good, but you have to be cautious going into the first corner,” Grant explained. “As a very tight hairpin bend it can easily catch you out in the wet, so I will do everything I can to negotiate that and complete a solid race.”
The GGR Motorsport driver’s on-track exploits are set to continue next weekend at Donington, where he will compete in the BRSCC Maxda MX-5 SuperCup as an invitational entry, before taking to Anglesey circuit for the annual Race of Remembrance on Sunday November 8th.
As a motorsport event established in memory of servicemen and women who died in the line of duty, Grant feels that the eight-hour endurance race is something very close to his heart.
“My father, Ronnie Grant, served in World War II and raced in motorsport for many years, so this event is a highly emotional one for me,” said Grant. “I am racing for the Haig Housing Trust’s Coming Home campaign, which I feel truly honoured to support.
“The campaign strives to achieve a fantastic cause, so I’m thrilled to give something back through my participation in motorsport and fulfil my passion in the most meaningful way I can.”