A MOTORBIKE racer is making a thunderous return to the track after a three-year break.
Shell tanker driver Richie Gelder, 41, of Little Sutton, is taking part in the Motors TV televised Thundersport 500 series.
He said: “It is a one-make race series but it’s more about talent than how big your wallet is. We go all over the county at some of the country’s best tracks, Cadwell Park, Oulton Park, and we are supporting the MotoGP at Brands Hatch.
“I was helping a lad who’s won two championships and I used to beat him all the time when I raced before so I thought I would have another go and get in at the sharp end straight away.
“I have done a lot of club class racing before but this series has really taken off, it’s really competitive.”
Richie, who survived an 80mph horror smash racing in 2004, has enjoyed an exciting start to the season, qualifying sixth and finished fourth at his last outing at Cadwell Park.
“I go from a dangerous job to a dangerous hobby,” he said. “I am getting older but I still have a bit of talent. I thought I would have a go and see how I got on. It’s going well so far but I want to be in line for the championship, I am hungry for success and I want to win races.”
Richie is sponsored by the Simla Tandoori Takeaway, Ellesmere Port, and motorsport photographer Maria Salt but he is still on the lookout for more backing.
If you are interested in sponsoring Richie contact him on 07830 188263.