After a solid rookie campaign, it’s no secret that Ryan Battilana is one of the drivers that everybody is watching heading into the 2019 Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprint season.
“I’m excited to get back to it, knowing how these cars react now,” he commented.
Heading into the season, Battilana is hoping to finish top-three in points, along with a few wins to his credit. He also admits that Flamboro Speedway is the track on the 2019 calendar that he is most looking forward to.
“I did well there at the end of last year,” he commented. “The facility has made big strides towards becoming one of the top places to race in Ontario.”
Battilana placed fourth in the 2018 standings with 10 feature top-five’s and seven heat top-five’s to his credit.
“The biggest thing was getting comfortable in these cars,” he admitted. “Now that I feel stable making adjustments are going to be key to getting faster.”
He feels to find that speed, the key will be testing more ahead of the events, especially with the fact that the Hoosier tires the division will be running will be a little different this year.
The news of Battilana returning just increases the hype ahead of the year, as he joins several others, along with a series of new faces.
“The series seems to be getting better every year,” he commented. “New drivers joining and racing getting closer every week.”
Looking ahead to the year, it’s no secret that Daniel Hawn is one of the drivers that Battilana is keeping an eye on when it comes to the competition.
“Daniel Hawn is going to be the one to beat coming out of the box,” he said. “But the young guns seem to be getting stronger as they get more seat time. But you can’t count out James Stanley or Norman Newman. There’s also new drivers joining this year that have been fast in other forms of racing.”
For Battilana, he got his start behind the wheel in go-karts at the age of 14, but ended up heading down a different route than most.
“I turned to crewing for teams in 2008 joining Kerry Micks,” he recalled. “I was working with Micks Motorsports until 2017 when I took a year off and realized I wanted to get back into racing in some form.”
Looking through his career to date, he says the most memorable moment was scoring a podium finish at the Autumn Colours Classic due to the significance of the event, and Peterborough Speedway’s history in the province.
By: Ashley McCubbin