Ryan How impresses in debut S5000 test
20-year-old Ryan How has impressed in his first taste of S5000 machinery in a Winton Raceway test last week.
The young-gun from Lilydale completed a full day’s running driving Tim Macrow Racing’s UCS Group #23 entry last week, with a view to targeting his S5000 debut later this season.
How burst onto the national motorsport landscape with a series of stunning performances in the Trophy class of the then-Australian GT Championship (now Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia), winning a series of races in an Audi R8 before a hefty crash sidelined his season.
With his existing Audi R8 now sold, a plan to return to racing was put in place during the Covid-19 shutdown with an S5000 campaign the number one target: How forging a relationship with Macrow’s Melbourne-based team in a bid to return to the track.
The Winton test represented the first major step towards returning to the circuit for How at an upcoming round of this year’s S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship.
The test also continued Tim Macrow Racing’s plans to expand to a multi-car S5000 outfit this season.
The next round of the S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship will see the field take to the iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit in Victoria, on March 18-20.
“Ryan did a great job – he completed over 50 laps, approached it very sensibly, without a scratch or anything, and the times were coming down steadily all day,” Macrow said.
“His data was really good, so we very much hope we and he can get it all together to join the S5000 grid soon.
“One more good solid test day – in his own car, so we can get the ergonomics that bit better – and he’ll be in a position to race with confidence.
“It was crazy – it’s been a while since I last drove a race car, and that was a GT3 Audi,” How said.
“The S5000 is completely different – so direct, and the G-forces are strong. First time out is quite an experience!
“It’s Tim’s car, so there was a limit to what we could do to accommodate my frame, which meant my shoulders and arms were a bit restricted, but we can soon adjust all that once we have access to our own car.
“The S5000 car was everything I expected it to be and I can’t wait to take the next step.”