Stroud’s Nick Ponting will step back into a racing car after a six year spell on the sidelines when he lines up on the grid at Silverstone next month in the BRSCC Mazda Supercup.

The 30-year-old, who holds the electric vehicle land speed record with Ecotricity, began racing aged nine in karting before progressing into professional motorsport across Europe.

Speaking about his return with Paddock Motorsport he said: “It’s so good to be back.

“This should have happened last year but due to everything that’s going on in the world, the motorsport season was obviously affected and restrictions meant we couldn’t fulfil what we wanted to do”.

Ponting will be competing in arguably the most competitive one make series in the UK - BRSCC Mazda Supercup.

The Championship visits some of the top circuits in the country and is a fan favourite due to its nose to tail action throughout the field.

Ponting will be taking part in events at Silverstone on the weekend of June 19/20.

“At the moment, this is a one off weekend but with the intention of getting as much mileage under my belt, to build foundations for a full assault in 2022,” he said.

“Expectations are naturally high, but I’ve got to be realistic.

“I’ve been out of a racing for a long time now and this championship attracts some of the best club racers in the country.”

Signing for Paddock Motorsport, which is run by Le Mans Winner and ex IndyCar driver Martin Plowman, alongside British GT champion, Emmerdale star and Strictly come dancing winner Kelvin Fletcher, Nick cannot wait to get stuck in.

“I’m really excited to be joining Kelvin and Martin and to see where this takes us and hoping to be very much at the sharp end at Silverstone in June,” he said.