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Will Bryant keen to build on fine debut season

By James Driver-Fisher | Grassroots | Published:

Finishing in the top three in two championships isn’t a bad way to launch your club racing career.

Bryant impressed during his debut campaign. Picture: JTW motorsport photography

Will Bryant entered the North Gloucester Road Racing championships last year, which marked his debut season.

Competing in the Newcomers 500 and Formula 400 (F400) classes, he finished the campaign in second and third respectively.

The 25-year-old, from Ruyton-XI-Towns, near Shrewsbury, has already decided to step up in class and speed next year when the NG series restarts with testing at Pembrey in Carmarthenshire, Wales, March 2-3, before the first flag drops for round one at Brands Hatch, in Kent, from March 17-18.

“This was my first season racing so to finish in the top three of two championships, with regular podiums and wins along the way, was a lot better than I could have ever hoped for,” said Bryant.

“The Formula 400 championship came down to the final round and really could have gone either way between three of us.

“A personal favourite race of mine had to be my first F400 win at Pembrey in September.

“The conditions were very wet and I was battling until the very end for the win.”

But the season did not always go to plan and involved a couple of bad races, which included crashing out of the lead at Caldwell Park and his fuel pump also failing at Anglesey, which cost him valuable championship points.

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Crashes are all part of the course, however, for club racers and Bryant is now keen to rub shoulders with some of the faster racers while riding quicker machines in the new year.

“Next year I will be competing with North Gloucester Road Racing Championship again,” he said.

“I felt it was time to move on to some something a bit faster than my 400cc bike, so I will be racing a Honda CBR 600 in the Pre-injection 700 class.

“Last year would not have been possible without my team of family and friends behind me.

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“Whenever there was a problem or I had a crash, everyone got stuck in to make sure I was back out for the next race, so a massive thanks to them.

“I have already got myself a new bike for next season and I am currently spending my free weekends getting it ready to start testing in February.

“I’m giving it a full refresh and it will be getting a nice new paint job to stand out for the start of the year.”

Bryant, who is currently 100 per cent self funded, knows the step up in class will mean more expense and as such is keen to get sponsors on board for the new campaign.

He said: “In order to have a successful 2018 season it is essential the bike is fully prepared for each round with fresh tyres and other wearing parts.

“I am currently 100 per cent self funded so in order to achieve this I am looking for financial help for my racing campaign.”

Anyone interested in supporting Bryant is asked to contact him through his WIB Racing Facebook page or on Instagram by searching ‘wibracing’.

James Driver-Fisher

By James Driver-Fisher

Entertainment and food reviewer for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star

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