Moh shines at Anglesey to score career-best fourth
Press Information - 4th September 2018
This weekend (1st & 2nd September) saw 16 year old Moh Ritson from Leeds score the best result of his motor racing career so far when, following a mature and perfectly executed drive from 13th on the grid, he crossed the line in fourth place and set the fourth fastest lap time. The race represented round 12 of the highly competitive BARC Junior Saloon Car Championship and took place on the technically demanding cliff-top Anglesey circuit in wet and slippery conditions.
Just a fortnight since his previous outing at Snetterton, Moh was eager to be back behind the wheel again and, in his first full season of racing, the 2.1-mile long track on the western edge of the Isle of Anglesey represented another new venue for the Yorkshire teenager to get to grips with. A successful two sessions testing on Friday saw Moh quickly acclimatise to the circuit and reacquaint himself with his Tockwith Motorsport run Citroen Saxo VTR, the model of car used by all competitors in the championship designed specifically for 14 to 17 year olds.
The first competitive element of the weekend began with 15-minutes of Qualifying on Saturday morning. Moh set top-ten times at the start of the session, only to lose out later when he was unable to find a suitable track position amongst other competitors. The outcome would see him start 15th on the grid for that afternoon’s round 11 and 13th for Sunday’s round 12.
Whilst Moh knew it would be a challenge to battle through the field from the eighth row of the grid in Race One, his undaunted approach saw him make another of his now customary stunning starts and, by the time he reached the first corner, had already started making up places before pushing on throughout the race to cross the line in 13th place.
A wet and misty morning greeted the JSCC teams and drivers on Sunday, the change in weather dramatically affecting the amount of grip around the circuit. Consequently, Moh’s team made some adjustments to the car that would prove to be significant, whilst race organisers specified two ‘green flag’ laps prior to the start so that drivers could familiarise themselves with the conditions.
Focused on the task ahead and this time starting two places higher than he had done in the first race, Moh's razor sharp reactions when the red lights went out, again served him well and as the grid funneled into turn one he emerged in 11th place. Intent on keeping out of trouble as others ahead of him tangled in turn two, he picked his way past and made up a further four places. Now seventh and feeling confident with his car's handling, even in the challenging conditions Moh battled up to fourth.
For the remainder of the race he edged closer-and-closer to the car ahead and to the cheers of his family and team, took the chequered flag just over a second away from scoring a podium finish. Moh also set the fourth fastest lap time and in doing so, recorded the best result of his career to date.
“I wasn’t sure what position I was in during the race. So when I got out of the car in Parc Fermé and it was confirmed I was fourth, I was over the moon! This is my best result ever and a very special moment for me that I shall remember for a long time to come.
“Of course, I couldn’t have done this without the support of everyone around me. The car felt perfect, even in the slippery conditions of race two and I really must thank Tockwith Motorsport and my driver coach Sarah Moore for all their help this weekend. I must also thank my sponsors: Co-ordSport, Fusion Learning, Fusion by Design and Novo Integration Ltd.”
Team manager Simon Moore commented: "I am exceptionally proud of Moh. To have maintained the third fastest lap for much of the race and then be fourth fastest overall is great. His ability to work with the mechanics to get the car set-up right has paid off. All of the team are thrilled. He's shown what he's capable of with this performance in wet conditions."
The next two rounds of 2018 BARC Junior Saloon Car Championship take place at Donington Park on 29th September. In the meantime, Moh will return to full-time education when he starts his sixth form year at Woodhouse Grove School on Wednesday 5th September.