I've known Ryan (or Bryan as he became known) for over 5 years and he shared some of my happiest memories with me, from winning our first race in BTCC together and our first Championship, to being a guest at my wedding. I always saw Ryan as one of the most meticulous mechanics I've worked with, his attention to detail was always impressive in everything he did whether it be building components on the race or the cleanliness of his Astra road car! Whenever I had a lift with him I never new where to put my feet! His car was always spotless and certainly was different to most mechanics cars I've seen! He always took such pride in his work and it was to no surprise that between him and Jack (the two mechanics on Andy's BTCC car) our car last year was 100% mechanically reliable, quite an achievement and something we were all proud of.
Bryan was always reliable in every sense. Often he would have to travel the furthest of anyone to reach a circuit but he was never late, even when he had to start his journey from Kent at 5am! He never complained or ever had attitude in the whole time I knew him, in fact the only time I ever saw him angry happened to be my funniest memory of him. Following his big shunt in a Suzaki Swift in Rallycross where he rolled several times, he was interviewed on Motors TV and gave one of the most brilliant interviews I have seen! In his broad Kentish accent he began to describe the whole race in detail getting angrier and angrier with the guy who rolled him eventually having to turn away from the camera due to rage! For some reason all the lads at work and I found this hillerous as we had never seen him loose his temper and although it was a pretty serious shunt we all found it very amusing and were still laughing about "Bry's interview" less than a month ago.
Ryan's love for Rallycross was remarkable. I've never met anyone so passionate about a single discipline of sport. When I first met Ryan he was quite shy and we would sometimes struggle with conversation, but as soon as we got on to Rallycross you couldn't shut him up! It's not often someone gets to meet their idol let alone work with them and become friends with them but Ryan did. He would always talk about Will and how he wanted to build a Supercar and have Will run it for him and I always said how much I'd love to come and help with that. I'm gutted we won't ever get to do that.
All of the success I've personally had in Touring Cars has been with the same core group guys, Mike, Andy, Jack, Craig and Ryan. Ryan is simply irreplaceable, we are all going to miss him so much and it just won't be the same without him.