Moh continues to show potential with another top-ten Junior Saloon Car Championship finish
Press Information - 2nd October 2018
Yet another polished performance by 16-year old Moh Ritson from Leeds saw him reaffirm his potential as an up-and-coming racing driver, when he scored a sixth place in the first of the two BARC Junior Saloon Car Championship races at Donington Park on Saturday (29th September) and 11th in the second - rounds 13 & 14 of the 18-round series.
With the circuit representing another new venue for Moh, a series of test sessions on Friday provided an invaluable pre-curser to the following day's competition. The official test first-thing on Saturday morning went well and added further to his knowledge of the 1.967-mile National configuration of the East Midlands track. Although Moh reported that the warmer conditions later in that morning had changed grip levels considerably, he adapted well and set times that would see him start P11 for the first race and P10 for the second.
Another of his razor-sharp starts saw Moh move up two places as cars turned into Redgate - the first corner - and he consolidated the position as the pack streamed down-hill through the Craner Curves. He continued his forward progress on lap four with a well-judged overtaking move under braking at the Goddards Chicane.
Moh then made up another position on the following lap before the race was red flagged when one of the leaders rolled their car at the Old Hairpin. Thankfully, the driver emerged from his inverted Citroen Saxo unscathed and, with organisers running to a tight timetable, results were declared final after lap five with Moh classified a worthy sixth.
Race two started late in the afternoon and whilst Moh made a customary sharp getaway, it appeared the rest of the drivers had latched on to his tactics and consequently, the pack turned into Redgate en-masse. The field was so close the cars ahead of Moh made contact and he was forced to take evasive action.
Undaunted, Moh went on a mission to make up for lost ground and caught and passed other competitors before the Safety Car was deployed following an incident half-way through the race. Moh responded well to the re-start and spent the remaining laps locked in battle for a position in the top ten, finally claiming a hard-fought 11th.
"They were an incident-packed two races, so I was very pleased to keep out of trouble and claim a sixth place in the first one. Even though I didn't quite make it into the top-ten in race two, given the circumstances I feel I did the best I could, so overall I've very happy with the outcome today", explained Moh.
"Donington was another new circuit and for me, learning tracks is all part of the enjoyment of my first full season. I have to say I loved driving it and it's now right up there as one of my favourites. We're at Silverstone next and having raced on the National Circuit earlier this year it's going to be interesting to see what it's like to go back to a venue that's more familiar. However, there's not much time to relax, as rounds 15 & 16 take place this coming weekend!"
Moh went on to thank his team, Tockwith Motorsport his driver coach Sarah Moore and sponsors: Co-ordSport, Fusion Learning, Fusion by Design and Novo Integration Ltd.