Mike Kidson, 31 from Surrey, wins the 2018 want2race driver competition winning a fully funded Ginetta race car season in 2019. Beating over 200 other entrants from across the UK, Kidson shone at a basking Blyton Park Circuit in Lincolnshire on Wednesday 12th October. Originally from North Yorkshire, Kidson impressed the judges (including Le Mans racer Mike Simpson) to take the overall prize package.
Kidson said, “To be chosen as the winner of the want2race competition 2018 is the realisation of a dream come true. Ever since I was 3 years old pushing cars along the carpet I have always had a long standing dream to become a professional racing driver. I have put a lot of effort to get myself into the best position I could for the competition, from Sim Racing sessions to purchasing a beaten up old track car to learn the circuits before the stages.
The competition this year has been intense and I never thought I would get the chance to win as this was my first year at entering it. The standard of drivers in the competition has been very high and I have been pushed to the limits to perform at each session by some of the best instructors in the country. But this is only the start, whilst I have been given this amazing opportunity and learnt a lot in a short space of time, now the hard work starts getting prepared both mentally and physically for the season ahead.”
Now in it's sixth year of making novice driver's dreams a reality, want2race offers anyone over the age of 18 the opportunity to get on track in a fleet of Ginetta G40 Cup racing cars, with full instruction and driver development across three exciting phases of competition.
The prize package includes your racing licence, all race wear and safety equipment, race car for the year, entries into the GRDC championship and everything required to participate in your first season of racing - the biggest prize in UK Motorsport!
W2R's Ben Hyland was excited to annouce the winner Mike Kidson, who just pipped runners up drivers Chris Keir and Joe Holmes to the main prize package. Hyland said; "I'm delighted to crown Mike as this year's winner, a worthy champion and we welcome him to the W2R racing family. Mike was handed the keys by reigning champion James Crawshaw at the event, with James winning 7 out of his first 8 races with the team.
This year we have seen more entrants, more new faces and more fierce competition on track, however the fun and friendly atmosphere remained across all stages which really makes want2race an unrivalled experience. Well done Mike, lets go racing!".
You can follow the progress of Mike Kidson in the 2019 GRDC series on our social media feeds. The 2018 compeittion is now closed, keep an eye on the 2019 competition launch coming early in the New Year.