What Happened To Gareth Ridpath?
Just over a year ago, Englishman Gareth Ridpath was at the Sebring
test days (the first Wheels Down Winter Test), trying a sports prototype
for the first time – the Intersport Lola B01/60 (below, with
Ridpath was expecting to be part of the Intersport
/ Telesis liaison in 2005, but sadly, that went no further (for
him or the team) than a drive in the Sebring 12 Hours (in the Intersport
Lola B2K/40 Judd). That was the last race for the B2K/40, although
it was entered at Atlanta a month later – but then withdrawn.
Ben Ingram was the Telesis part of the arrangement, but he disappeared
as quickly as he arrived, leaving Intersport and Gareth Ridpath
to shrug their collective shoulders.
Intersport bounced back straight away with the new
B05/40, but it’s taken Gareth Ridpath a little longer –
just over a year in fact. The Cornwall-based racer had Champ Car
aspirations a year ago, and now those seem to be coming to fruition.
tested for Keith Wiggins’ HVM team at Sebring on February
23, and covered 95 laps in a full day of testing,” says his
manager, Bill Harris. “We came away very happy, as did the
team, and we’re now working hard to secure the drive. It’s
looking very promising: we’ve got a group of London investors
involved, and they’re very keen to see Gareth receive maximum
exposure. He would be one of only three British drivers in Champ
Car (Katherine Legge and Justin Wilson are the other two).”
has a long history in many different branches of the sport (he was
a very influential part of the McLaren F1 road car programme for
example), and spent much of 2005 as team manager for the Piquet
Sport team in GP2 – but we may not have lost him and his driver
from sportscar racing just yet.
“We’re also looking to find Gareth a
drive at Le Mans.”
in his driver management role, is Race Tec UK: let’s hope
he and Gareth Ridpath are present at Le Mans in June.