Brackley youngster set to begin title bid at Silverstone

Ryan Harper-Ellam
Ryan Harper-Ellam
  • Ryan Harper-Ellam set for second season in Formula Jedi Championship
  • 17-year-old unable to secure seat in BRDC F4 due to budget increase
  • Youngster targets career in GT and endurance racing

Young Brackley racer Ryan Harper-Ellam is set for his second year in the Formula Jedi Championship and is looking to launch his title challenge at the first round this weekend at Silverstone.

The 17-year-old was hoping to move into a higher profile championship this year, such as BRDC F4, however with more funding needed, he was unable to secure a seat and will therefore compete in the Formula Jedi Championship.

Going into this year’s championship, partners HELLA and HELLA Gutmann Solutions have committed to supporting Ryan for another year, alongside new partners Small World and Alibi Health Drink.

Although his focus is very much on this weekend’s race at Silverstone, Ryan has already held talks with with various teams in British GT as he looks to change paths and pursue a career in GT and endurance racing.

“Single seaters has always been the dream, and F1 is the pinnacle,” he said. “But in this day and age it doesn’t matter how good you are, you need to have millions to throw at it to even have a chance of making it.

“For this reason I want to go to GT racing next year as a career because a paid, professional driver is much more realistic and achievable. I think Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship (WEC) has to be the goal now and with backing of the MSA Academy and everyone else who supports me, I am confident I will succeed.”

“I want to go to GT racing next year as a career because a paid, professional driver is much more realistic and achievable.”

Ryan Harper-Ellam

Ryan has been testing at Silverstone prior to this weekend’s race and has immediately shown a new attitude and level of performance in the car; ending the first day almost two seconds ahead of the other Jedi drivers at the test.

He added:”I feel much calmer going into this year and I feel much more in control of everything happening in and out of the car on race days. It looks set to be a good year for us which will surely help me in progressing into GT in 2016.”

Ryan is still searching for partners willing to come on board and join him for the rest of 2015 and potentially into 2016. Contact Ryan through his website or email for more information.

You can follow Ryan’s career on Twitter @RHEracing.