Ryan looking to finish on a high note in Mexico
PUBLISHED: 14:08 25 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:08 25 October 2017
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Wedmore’s Ryan Cullen is looking to finish his season on a high note in Mexico.
Somerset racing driver Ryan Cullen is looking to finish off his season with a confidence-boosting performance in Mexico.
The 26-year-old heads for the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City this weekend lying in 12th place in the Porsche Supercup 2017 Championship.
His last two outings at Spa Francorchamps and Monza saw Cullen storm through the grid to take valuable points and impress his team-mates, rivals and spectators alike.
At Spa in Belgium, Cullen had to start from the back of the grid in the second race after failing to set a qualifying time.
But that didn’t deter the Wedmore-based driver who powered his way past competitors to finish in a creditable 11th place.
Ryan said: “I made a miscalculation in qualifying when I had a problem with the car and came into the pits but didn’t have enough time to get around to set a time.
“It meant I started from the back but that was just the kick up the backside I needed and I overtook 20 drivers in a car that was performing really well.
“And it could have been a lot better but we had two safety cars which meant I was unable to overtake.
At Monza, Cullen, in the Walter Lechner Racing team, qualified in ninth position but then picked up an award for best drive of the day finishing in fifth place.
Cullen added: “The car was awesome and it felt really good throughout the race.
“I put a lot of faith in the other drivers as I was overtaking them but Monza has a lot of long straights and it was a great way of ending the European season.”
In the Porsche German Cup, Cullen ended the season in 10th place after a 10th-place finish in the first race at Hockenheim before failing to finish in the second race.
He said: “It’s been a difficult season but I’ve really enjoyed my two years in the German Cup which is a very competitive series.
“It has made me a better driver and the Lechner Racing team have been fantastic in helping to develop me as a racing driver.”