Ryan Whitehall has been turning heads on some of the UK’s best race courses this year – and now his hopes of becoming a serious contender for the 2019 superbike championships have received a boost.
He’s now racing under the Ateca Racing brand, having been funded by Island-based company, Ateca Consulting.
The 22-year-old took up racing after being involved a serious bike accident which left him with a broken arm.
Ryan, who lives in Ventnor, said:
“Our first season in the freshman class went really well and now we are moving up to the elite 600cc class. Our first full season went really well.
“Steve and Ateca Racing’s support has enabled us as a team to pursue our passion with better equipment and therefore making us more competitive as a team – and me as a rider.
“We got in touch through a mutual friend and his help really made a big difference – along with my other sponsors towards the end of the season. It gave us a huge boost which we really needed.
“I am excited to see what the new 2019 season has in store.”
Ryan has already experienced some success with a first place at Cadwell Park and a second place at Oulton Park.
Ateca CEO, Steve Slater, said:
“We are delighted to be supporting Ryan. I know how hard it can be trying to succeed in a sport – especially on the Island – where we incur extra challenges and costs to travel.
“Ryan continues to show great determination to succeed and that was something that really appealed to me.
“Ateca relocated to the Isle of Wight last year and we are able to operate across the world from here and liaise with our continually expanding client base.
“We are proud to be supporting Ryan through Ateca Racing and wish him every success for the 2019 season.”
The new racing season starts at the end of March – at Brands Hatch – and runs until October.