Brought Racing #9.
2018 was a big one for Garry as on March 11th he made his racing debut aboard a Suzuki SV650 at Mallory Park with the East Midland Racing Association (EMRA). Initially, by his own admission, he struggled with a few confidence issues but after a few meetings he had become a regular feature in the top 5 and it also became apparent that his pace in the wet was a huge positive when he managed to qualify in 3rd place.
Garry also made the decision to attend a few rounds of the Aintree Motorcycle Racing Club over in Liverpool and found the circuit very much to his liking and his lap times were very respectable as he got to know his way round. August brought Garry’s first visit to Darley Moor for Round 5 of their championship and he went home having bagged four strong 4th places. A bike change so far into the season given he was lying 5th in the EMRA Minitwin Championship and breathing down the neck of the rider in 5th place seemed a strange decision but bigger things lay ahead and after being kindly offered a Kawasaki ZX10 Garry was again at an horrendously wet Mallory to gain a final licence signature to upgrade to Clubman and with the new racing credentials came a new Triumph Daytona 675.
Garry entered the last two rounds of EMRA and the Race of the Year and every outing saw the lap times tumble as confidence grew. For the 2019 season Garry will have the opportunity to run 2 bikes and he is currently building another SV650 which he hopes will sweep him to the EMRA Mini-Twin Championship title. He will also be attending various meetings at Brands Hatch, Aintree and Darley Moor which will hopefully see us catching lots of shots of him in action. Garry will also be trying to squeeze in visits to a few other circuits before June as he aims to again upgrade his racing licence to National level so that he will then have the chance to answer the ‘call of the roads’ and enter the Southern 100 meeting staged around the spectacular Billown circuit on the Isle of Man.
Garry say’s that the reason he began racing was to eventually test himself on the unforgiving roads, a challenge he describes as “the Dream” and if things go to plan then in 2020 he will find himself on Glencrutchery Road waiting for the tap on his shoulder that signals the start of his dream becoming reality.
Should you find yourself near Garry in any of the various paddocks this year he invites you to stop for a chat and he’ll “stick the kettle on”, an invitation I will certainly be accepting.
You can also keep up to date with Garry and his riding exploits on the Mission Racing uk Facebook page.