Lotus Cup thrills city driver
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE driver Paul Ryan is having the thrill of his lifetime competing at Australia's best raceways as part of the Lotus Cup series.
The 33-year-old is in his debut year in the category, which is raced as a support category to the V8 Supercar series.
Already this year Ryan has raced his Lotus at Barbagallo raceway in Perth, Hidden Valley in Darwin and the Queensland Raceway in Brisbane.
At this stage Ryan sits in 13th position on the championship standings, behind leader Damien French.
Ryan has been pleased with his form so far this season and said his biggest challenge had been getting used to the different circuits.
'It has been a challenge for us to get used to the tracks, because I haven't raced them before.'
The Lotus Cup category is unique because all of the cars in the competition are identical. Each car's top speed is around 250 kilometres, a speed Ryan is hoping to get to at Bathurst later in the year.
'We are hoping to generate that kind of speed at Bathurst, which is a massive race for all drivers.
'To be going at that speed is a good rush,' he said.
A big factor in Ryan's career is the support of his family and friends, particularly father Evan and wife Sandy.
'Dad and Sandy have been great for me, particularly this year and I have had a lot of good mates who have been fantastic supporters.
'My sponsors Steelforce and Choice Petroleum have also been great and without their support I wouldn't be racing,' he said.
The next round of the Lotus Cup is at Oran Park, Sydney on the weekend of August 13 and 14.
If you want to see Paul in action, catch Trackside this Sunday on Channel 10.