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Rob Austin powers to pole at Knockhill

Posted by Andrew Cliffe On August - 25 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Austin2WIX Racing driver claims first ever BTCC pole position with sensational performance in Scotland

Rob Austin concluded a phenomenal day for WIX Racing at Knockhill by claiming a maiden BTCC pole position in one of the most competitive qualifying sessions of all time. It is also the first time an Audi has qualified on pole in the BTCC since Frank Biela at Knockhill back in 1997.

An incredible 19 cars were separated by just 0.833s at the end of the session and it was Austin who topped the lot with a new qualifying lap record of 52.471s – enough to pip the eBay Motors BMW of Colin Turkington.

Andrew Jordan took third, but will face a six-place grid penalty in race one tomorrow after accumulating three reprimands so far this season.

Reigning champion Gordon Shedden claimed fourth in front of his home fans and will be happy to see the majority of his title rivals situated behind him. Two of those drivers – Jason Plato and Matt Neal – followed Shedden in the time sheets for MG and Honda respectively.

Adam Morgan won the battle of the Toyotas to take seventh in his Ciceley Racing machine ahead of the Dynojet Avensis of Frank Wrathall. MG KX Momentum Racing’s Sam Tordoff had to settle for ninth.

Daniel Welch continued his good run of qualifying form by hauling his Proton into the top ten for the second time in a row, edging out the Airwaves Racing Ford Focus of Aron Smith and eBay Motors BMW of Rob Collard.

Such was the competitiveness of the session that the top 15 drivers set a time under the existing qualifying lap record of Tom Chilton from 2011.

Motorbase enjoyed an impressive run in the S2000 class as Liam Griffin out-qualified Jack Sears Cup leader Lea Wood.

An accident involving the VW Passat of Warren Scott brought out the red flag after ten minutes, whilst Will Bratt’s Audi A4 was forced to end the session early after failing a ride height test, meaning tomorrow’s opening contest will be bookended by a brace of Audis.

There was also drama for RCIB Insurance Racing when both of its new drivers clashed at the final hairpin. Two-time race winner Paul O’Neill seemed to be on a flying lap when he approached the slowing car of team-mate Kieran Gallagher and the Vauxhall Insignias made contact. O’Neill limped back to the pits whilst Gallagher continued, although the Knockhill specialist could only manage 24th on the grid.

Rob Austin said: “I am extremely happy! I knew the car was good at Snetterton but admittedly I didn’t do a great job there personally. I knew we had a chance here at Knockhill but it’s hard to say I expected pole. I am pretty confident going into tomorrow. Colin’s had a couple of wins already this year so it’s my turn and I’m hopefully going to take it!”

Gordon Shedden said: “That’s the quickest I have ever been around here and considering the ballast on board it was a really good lap. It was also four tenths quicker than we went last season so it really shows the development. In race trim I hope for us to be where we have been all year, which bodes well for tomorrow. The top 15 drivers are covered by half a second and they’ll all be looking to take up the same bit of track, so it’s almost impossible to predict who will win the races. I’m pretty sure the fans are in for an exciting day.”

Colin Turkington said: “I am really pleased. I had a feeling that kind of performance was in the car but that was the maximum I could do. I tried but I just couldn’t get any extra time out of it. It’s going to be three long races so it’s good to be at the sharp end.”

Andrew Jordan said: “We said that if we could start in the top ten with the penalty then we’d be happy so we have to be pleased with that. Of course you always feel like there was a little bit of time left out there but that’s the nature of this place and it’s the same for everyone. It’s so hard to hook up the perfect lap at Knockhill but at least we’re well placed for tomorrow.”

2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Knockhill – Qualifying

1  Rob Austin (WIX Racing) 52.471
2  Colin Turkington (eBay Motors) +0.047
3  Andrew Jordan (Pirtek Racing) +0.092 (six place grid penalty to be applied)
4  Gordon Shedden (Honda Yuasa Racing) +0.110
5  Jason Plato (MG KX Momentum Racing) +0.179
6  Matt Neal (Honda Yuasa Racing) +0.181
7  Adam Morgan (Ciceley Racing) +0.204
8  Frank Wrathall (Dynojet) +0.376
9  Sam Tordoff (MG KX Momentum Racing) +0.382
10  Daniel Welch (Welch Motorsport with Sopp + Sopp) +0.414
For the full classification, click here.

Jake Cook becomes a BRDC Rising Star

Posted by Leanne Fahy On August - 25 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Jake Cook - Hillspeed Protyre Formula RenaultYorkshire racing ace Jake Cook found his hard work and talent rewarded recently, when the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC), awarded him the extremely prestigious BRDC Rising Star award.

As Jake enjoys a bit of a summer break from his racing duties in the Protyre Formula Renault Championship, the BRDC called upon him to visit their headquarters to inform him of the award.

The Rising Star award is awarded to a maximum of 30 young racing drivers at any one time, based on their on track performance. Jake’s talent and collection of strong results have secured him a place amongst some of the most respected drivers in the UK – a position he will hold until he reaches 24 years of age.

“I’m so pleased to have been awarded a BRDC Rising Star,” said Jake. “It is an honour to have been chosen, and it is great for my CV. As Rising Star’s we are also able to take part in prestigious events, which will fully benefit my career.

“I will now hold the Rising Star status until I am 24, and if I continue to do well after that I will be awarded full BRDC membership.”

New Rising Star Jake will next be on track for the final two rounds of the 2013 season during 28th-29th September, at the home of the BRDC, Silverstone.

Pic: Jon Hatfield

Porsche Carrera Cup : Knockhill

Posted by Andrew Cliffe On August - 25 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

raceoneEMeadows wins Carrera Cup GB round 13 at Knockhill

  • Michael Meadows takes commanding victory
  • Rory Butcher is second from Dan Lloyd
  • Dan De Zille takes Pro-Am1 win from George Brewster

Michael Meadows scored a resounding victory in round 13 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill today (Sunday 25 August) to take control at the head of the championship. While Rory Butcher and Dan Lloyd chased Meadows home, Dan De Zille battled hard to win Pro-Am1.

Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) got the start he needed to head the pack into the first corner as Butcher (Celtic Speed) had to fend off the fast-starting Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing). A little further back, the Pro-Am1 battle started immediately, with Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) and team mate De Zille running neck-and-neck with George Brewster (Celtic Speed).

However, Jimenez was out on the second lap when a rear puncture pitched his car into a spin and into the gravel at the chicane and the safety car was deployed while his car was moved. Meanwhile, Stoneman dropped out of third place when he ran wide at the chicane and toured back to the pits with a puncture.

After the safety car period, Meadows took control at the front and edged clear of Butcher as Lloyd and Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) filled the next three places. Meanwhile, De Zille raced hard to win Pro-Am1 as Brewster dropped away with a flat-spotted tyre. James Birch (Samsung Smart Motorsport) finished the race challenging De Zille after losing time running wide at the chicane.

Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) overall winner:
“That’s perfect: it could not have gone any better. The safety car was good for me as it interrupted Rory’s momentum a bit more than mine. Before the safety car I was getting pressure from him. I even got a decent start this time.”

Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) second overall:
“I’m happy to be on the podium, but Michael had a huge gap. I didn’t seem to have the grip I had in qualifying. Stoneman gave me a bit of pressure into turn one from the start. That’s good points on my home track.”

Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) third overall:
“I was catching Rory at one point but then I made a little mistake. He was putting in consistent laps. But it’s good to get a podium.”

Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) first in Pro-Am1:
“That was hard work! George had the legs on me on the brakes. But then I saw James Birch coming up on us and that helped keep George occupied. Later on I managed to keep James behind. I wasn’t expecting that and I’ve pulled back a few points.”

George Brewster (Celtic Speed) second in Pro-Am1:
“I went for the move on Dan too early and locked up into the Hairpin. I should have sat behind and hassled him for a bit longer, but I thought I’d got a move. Then I’d got a flat-spotted tyre and I had to ease back the pace.”

Round 13 results:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows; 2 Rory Butcher; 3 Daniel Lloyd.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Dan De Zille; 2 George Brewster.

qualEMeadows tops Carrera Cup GB qualifying at Knockhill

  • Michael Meadows takes two pole positions in style
  • Rory Butcher is second fastest from Dean Stoneman
  • Victor Jimenez tops Pro-Am1 from Dan De Zille

Michael Meadows set a searing pace in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill during qualifying today (Saturday 24 August) as he stormed to a double pole position with the fastest Carrera Cup laps ever recorded at the Scottish track.

However, in a supremely competitive qualifying session, Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) was always under attack and it was local hero Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) who bagged second place on both grids, with a best lap only 12-hundredths of a second slower than Meadows. Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) made an impressive Knockhill debut to take third for both races, matching Butcher on second best times for the second grid.

In a session interrupted by a red flag, after Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) spun into the gravel, Meadows really attacked the pace on his second set of tyres to grab pole for round 13 with a mighty best of 50.445s. He duly took his 2013 tally to 12 poles from 14 rounds.

Less than a third of a second covered the next four cars in an incredibly hard-fought session, with Butcher and Stoneman chased by Lloyd and Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing). In Pro-Am1, Victor Jimenez set the pace from his Redline Racing team mate Dan De Zille and George Brewster (Celtic Speed).

Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) fastest overall:
“That’s great pace and I’m really happy with our overall speed. Now I need two good starts for the races as it is tough to overtake here. I’ve always had good races with Rory.”

Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) second overall:
“I finally got a couple of good laps in at the end of the session. I knew I had it in the car, but I didn’t think we’d do it so late in the session. I’m happy with that at my home track and it’s the fastest I’ve ever gone here. Now I just want to get a good start.”

Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) third overall:
“It’s a different sort of track and we’ve gone pretty well so far. We tried some different things on the second set of tyres.”

Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) first in Pro-Am1:
“Today was much better and I was pushing 100% on the second set of tyres. I’m in front of one of the Pro drivers and that is very important to me.”

Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) second in Pro-Am1:
“After missing testing yesterday, I’m happy with qualifying. I’m half a second off Victor in Pro-Am1 and that’s the target. That was the first time I’ve driven the car here and I’m in the hunt. This is one of my favourite tracks.”

Round 13 grid:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows 50.445s; 2 Rory Butcher 50.573s; 3 Dean Stoneman 50.704s.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez 51.378s; 2 Dan De Zille 51.839s; 3 George Brewster 52.135s

Round 14 grid:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows 50.557s; 2 Rory Butcher 50.722s; 3 Dean Stoneman 50.722s.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez 51.568s; 2 Dan De Zille 52.068s; 3 George Brewster 52.205s.

brewsterBrewster wins Michelin award in Carrera Cup GB

George Brewster is the seventh Porsche Carrera Cup GB racer of the 2013 season to win a set of tyres as part of Michelin’s long-standing support of the championship. Brewster’s name was drawn from a hat ahead of rounds 13 and 14 at Knockhill this weekend (24/25 August).

The Edinburgh-based surveyor has been a regular Carrera Cup contender across the last five seasons, winning the Pro-Am2 title in 2011. This season he is contesting selected events, once again with the Celtic Speed team, and is a leading runner in Pro-Am1.

Having been the control tyre supplier for the Carrera Cup GB since the championship was created in 2003, Michelin is once more supporting the teams and drivers with the award of a complete set of slick racing tyres at each event. Before the start of testing at each race weekend, a name is drawn from a hat to receive the tyres, with a value of more than £1200.

Meadows tops Carrera Cup GB test at Knockhill

Michael Meadows tops the testing times at Knockhill
Rory Butcher is second fastest from Dean Stoneman
George Brewster tops Pro-Am1 from Victor Jimenez

Michael Meadows headed the times in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill during testing today (Friday 23 August) as rain affected the afternoon session. Rory Butcher and Dean Stoneman led the chase of Meadows while George Brewster made it a good day for the Scots by topping Pro-Am1.

A dry morning session allowed Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) to set the standard for the day when he was the only leading driver to use new tyres in the first test session. His best lap of 50.588s was fractionally quicker than the 2012 pole time of 50.597s set by Ben Barker to establish the fastest Carrera Cup lap at Knockhill.

Circuit expert Butcher (Celtic Speed) was second fastest, while Stoneman (Redline Racing) was only marginally slower ahead of his first race at the Scottish track. Daniel Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) was right on the pace of Butcher and Stoneman, while join championship leader Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) was fifth from James Birch (Samsung Smart Motorsport).

In Pro-Am1, Brewster (Celtic Speed) set a fine standard to edge category leader Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) back to second. While pushing for a good lap late in the second session, as the track started to dry again, Jimenez slid off into the gravel at the hairpin. Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) missed testing due to work commitments, and will go straight into qualifying on Saturday.

Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) fastest overall:
“We took new tyres in the morning session and I think we caught everyone out there. We’re quicker than last year’s pole time and that’s the best official Carrera Cup lap here.”

Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) second overall:
“It’s all good and I’m happy with the pace on older tyres. In the second session I was on a warm-up lap on new tyres when the rain started.”

Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) third overall:
“That’s not too bad and still on old tyres. This is the first time I’ve been here, in fact it’s the furthest north I’ve ever been! It’s a good little track.”

George Brewster (Celtic Speed) first in Pro-Am1:
“I didn’t use new tyres today. We made one or two changes to the car for the afternoon session and have got a fairly neutral car, which is what you want round here. We made an early decision to end the second session when the rain started.”


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Ecurie Ecosse pairing, Oliver Bryant and Marco Attard, secured victory in round three of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Silverstone today in a three-hour race that saw all of the top four in the points standings prior to the event, finish outside of the points scoring positions, opening up the seven round championship with four rounds still to go. The GT4 class saw a titanic race-long battle between the Pro Sport Performance Porsche Cup car of Adam Christodoulou and Joerg Viebahn, and the pole-sitter, the Ekris BMW M3 GT4 of Ricardo van der Ende and Pieter Christiaan van Oranje. The two cars crossed the line separated by just two tenths of a second.

The early stages of the race were furious, the opening lap saw lots of overtaking throughout the field and the lead change twice, with Trackspeed’s David Ashburn getting the jump on the BMW Z4 GT3 of pole-man Attard, only for the Ecurie Ecosse driver to get back on top a couple of corners later. Behind him Jon Minshaw and Gregor Fisken’s Trackspeed Porsches were playing rear gunner to an advancing Benji Hetherington in the #14 Fortec Mercedes AMG SLS GT3. Tom Sharp was sixth in an improving Ginetta G55, Hector Lester seventh with his Rosso Verde Ferrari and Steve Tandy eighth in the 888Optimum BMW. Making a lightning start once more was Aston Martin Racing boss, John Gaw, up ten places from nineteenth on the grid and Von Ryan Racing’s Gregoire Demoustier who had recovered from a spin at Copse.

Fortec’s Hetherington drove several exceptional stints along with co-driver Jason Minshaw. The early stages of the race saw the 21-year-old make light work of the drivers ahead of him and he was soon past Attard and into the lead.

Meanwhile, further down the order a big incident between the #24 United Autosports McLaren MP4-12c of ex-Formula 1 racer Mark Blundell, the #16 Ginetta G55 of Team LNT’s Richard Sykes and the #41 Mtech Ferrari 458 Italia of Derek Johnston brought out the first of several safety cars as debris was cleared from the loop section of the 3.66 mile Arena circuit. All three cars would feature no further in the race, Blundell’s McLaren not even making it back to the pits.

Some twenty minutes later the safety car returned to the pits, but a number of teams had seized the opportunity to make an early stop. The #80 Barwell Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage was one of the cars to do so, and a flash fire when refuelling sparked the Barwell mechanics into quickly putting out the fire, but covering the Aston in white extinguisher foam too. Despite this incident Richard Abra took the black and red machine out and progressed through the field.

On the restart Hetherington defended his lead hard from a pressing PGF-Kinfaun AMR Aston Martin with John Gaw at the wheel, the pair were soon joined by the CWS 4 x 4 Spares Ginetta of Tom Sharp. Gaw got past Hetherington and pulled out a lead that stayed at roughly a second.

Another incident saw the Trackspeed Porsches of Fisken and Phil Keen, who had recently joined the race in place of Minshaw, collide in a huge impact. Fisken was struggling with a puncture, Keen and the FF Corse Ferrari 458 of Rob Barff arrived at a rapid rate behind the Scot, before Keen tried to overtake the Ferrari up the inside, unwittingly hitting his team-mate on the left hand side, blinded by the 458 on his right. Both Trackspeed cars were out at the scene of the accident, the FF Corse Ferrari somehow avoiding the incident. Cue a second safety car.

With the safety car out once more, other teams yet to pit during the first caution period took advantage of the situation. One of those drivers was the now lone Trackspeed driver, Ashburn, also the championship leader. Not two minutes had past since the accident involving Fisken and Keen, and the Serbian smashed into the armco in the pit lane while trying to find the pit limiter button. The crash was ferocious and saw Ashburn ricochet off the barriers, tearing the left rear off the Porsche and serious damaging the front left; needless to say the #31 Trackspeed car would not take any further part in the race, ending the dominant run that has seen the Surrey-based team win all three of the 2013 races.

John Dhillon found himself a race leader after Hetherington pitted under the second safety car period and the AF Corse driver enjoyed his first experiences of leading a British GT race, but was eventually overcome by fellow Ferrari drivers Matteo Bobbi (Vita4One Team Italy) and Allan Simonsen (Rosso Verde) who tussled for the lead cleanly and fairly, swapping places four times in sixteen laps before Simonsen pitted.

The emergence of Bryant and Attard had been slow and steady, but with Jay Palmer now in for Bobbi, Bryant began to cut into the Ferrari driver’s lead at a rate of two-three seconds per lap, reeling in Tom Sharp and Minshaw in the #14 Fortec machine ahead of him first. Catching Bryant though was the newly appointed Aston Martin Racing factory driver, Jonny Adam, in the Beechdean AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage. A spin for Palmer soon meant his lead was all but gone and two subsequent punctures meant the #27 Ferrari dropped out of contention, with the #79 BMW taking the lead on lap 66. Palmer later retired due to damage caused by the second puncture.

Bryant held off the attentions of Adam until the end, keeping the gap between fourteen and seventeen seconds. Dan Brown ended up a comfortable third, over 25 seconds ahead of M-Sport’s Rembert Berg and Warren Hughes.

Fifth were Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin in their AF Corse prepared Ferrari 458, the pair having made a switch a fortnight ago from Mtech. Griffin and Cameron were dogged with bad luck today, getting stuck behind the safety car at the wrong time and the Ferrari stalwarts were one of several cars to receive a drive through penalty for failing to obey the track limits.

AF Corse can take some positives from the fact they got all three cars home, in the top eight, and that they were the first Ferrari across the line (in fifth), just ahead of the Aston Martin of Abra and Poole, who once again excelled and enjoyed some good fortune on a circuit both drivers have fond memories of following a success at the circuit last year in another series. For his strong efforts in his stints, Poole was awarded the Blancpain Gentleman Drivers Trophy.

The #28 Ferrari of Michele Rugolo and Australian Steve Wyatt would undoubtedly have finished higher on its debut had it not been for it getting stuck behind the safety car, in a similar vein to team-mates, Griffin and Cameron. Rugolo was a revelation in the mid-part of the race and pushed hard to keep the #28 car in contention, albeit finishing in seventh.

Dhillon and Aaron Scott finished the race in a solid eighth place, getting a healthy points haul for themselves and the added experience of leading a British GT race this year. Behind, was the Oman Air Motorbase Porsche of reigning champion Michael Caine and Ahmad Al Harthy, continuing their points winning streak with a fourth points finish in as many races, despite drive through penalty for having too short a pit stop. Rounding out the top ten on their debut in the top national GT series were Americans Charles Putman and Charles Espenlaub in the stylishly liveried ProSpeed Competition Porsche.

Finishing just outside the points in eleventh was another sometime leader, Simonsen. The Danish sportscar star was in sensational form today as he battled through the lower order in his Rosso Verde Ferrari 458 to take the lead, keeping the crowd entertained with his battle with fellow Ferrari racer, Bobbi.

FF Corse’s Barff and Eastwood were twelfth, ahead of the two Fortec Mercedes which lost out in the pits. Hetherington and Minshaw can take pride in their performance, which also saw them post the fastest lap of the race, a 2:05.527. The #15 Mercedes SLS of Steve Jans and Klaas Hummel was in the mix throughout the race, riding in the top ten after the second round of pitstops. Behind them was the CWS 4X4 Spares G55 of Sharp and Colin White, which had been looking set for a top six finish until an issue with a fuel pump halted their charge.

The GTC and GT3B entrants from FF Corse, Jacques Duyver and Charlie Hollings, and Paul McNeilly and Jamie Stanley, enjoyed strong clean races, and despite the different specifications of their respective Ferraris, a 458 challenge car and a 2008 430 GT3, the pair of cars found themselves with similar pace and had a race within a race. At the flag it was the GTC Ferrari of Duyver and Hollings that sneaked it, seventeen seconds ahead of McNeily and Stanley’s 430 GT3. Both sets of drivers will hopefully return to the series later in the year.

With the arrival of a number of cars from the Avon Tyres GT4 Trophy, the GT4 class was always going to be a closely run race. Not too many would have predicted quite the margin come the end of the three-hour race though.

The V8Racing8V Chevrolet Camaro SS of Duncan Huisman and Luc Braams was an early class leader, the sister car, #405 had made appearances through the weekend, but was retired after warm-up with an unknown issue.

Polesitters in GT4 the lead Ekris BMW M3 of Ricardo van der Ende and Bernhard van Oranje fought hard to keep the gap to the leaders within half a second at any particular time, but a slow stop brought the BMW and the Porsche Cup Car of Adam Christodoulou and Joerg Viebahn into contention as the race progressed.

The British GT4 entrants coped well against some big names racing in GT4 from the continent, and the Ginettas of Redgate Lifetime Racing (Dan Eagling and Matt Smith), Optimum Motorsport (Ryan Ratcliffe and Rick Parfitt Jnr) and APO Sport (James May and Alex Osborne) ran their European counterparts closest.

Cor Euser’s Lotus Evora GT4 was a late entry after damage at last Monday’s Nürburgring 24 Hours race. The Dutchman and his younger team-mate Rob Severs didn’t relent and after the first hour led the class having pitted during a safety car period.

The battle between the lead Ekris BMW and the Pro Sport Porsche didn’t relent and after the second hour of racing the two European entries had driven away from third place. However, the fight for the final podium spot was now five cars strong. May and Osborne’s Ginetta sharing third for a significant period of the race along with the recent British GT winner, the Aston Martin Vantage V8 GT4 of Complete Racing, the Cor Euser Racing Lotus, the Redgate Lifetime Ginetta of Smith and Eagling, and the Optimum Motorsport of Parfitt Jnr and Ratcliffe who had got back into contention having lost a lap behind the safety car.

Elsewhere in GT4 it was a tough day for British GT4 Championship leaders Declan Jones and Zoe Wenham. Having fought up to fourth place their Century Motorsport Ginetta G50 developed a gearbox issue, which saw them stop at Copse corner before making their way back to the pits for the team to work some magic. Unfortunately, the issue persisted and while the car did return on track, it wasn’t able to challenge properly for position. The pair finished the day tenth, claiming a vital point and a half to ensure they go to the next round at Snetterton still in the lead of the series.

Another car which failed to make the full distance but did enough to remain classified was the fantastic Chevrolet Camaro of V8Racing8V with Huisman and Braams at the wheel. Despite leading the class during the first hour or racing, the pair retired just before Stowe corner which an unreported issue, but finished ninth in GT4 claiming three points towards the Avon Tyres GT4 Trophy.

Motorground’s Henry Taylor and Nigel Farmer had a tough race in their Ginetta G50, eventually taking eighth in class behind the Redgate Lifetime Ginetta, which finished seventh, and the Complete Racing Aston which finished sixth.

Cor Euser’s effort earlier in the race was enough to ensure he and Rob Severs finished fourth in GT4 a lap ahead of the APO Sport Ginetta, but it was Parfitt Jnr and Ratcliffe that claimed the final step of the podium with a magnificent drive by the two young British drivers.

Having seen the gap between the leading GT4 Porsche of Viebahn and the chasing BMW of van Oranje drop to eight tenths of a second, as the pair took the chequered flag, the gap was a sensationally close two tenths of a second after three hours of racing.

After the eventful Silverstone 500, British GT teams will come together in three weeks time for the next meeting of the 2013 season, round four at Snetterton in Norfolk (15/16 June). With two 60-minute ‘sprint’ races to be played out, more teams and drivers will have an opportunity to show their worth and get points in one of the toughest seasons of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.

Quotes

Oliver Bryant #79 Ecurie Ecosse BMW (GT3 Winner): ‘A really, really good result. Marco did a great job today, and all weekend really. The team gave us a perfect set up, no issues at all in the race with the car. It was avoiding other people’s mistakes that was the key. Early on in the race I got boxed in behind a GTC car I think and four or five GT3 cars came flying past me on the run into Maggots. I backed out of that and erred on the side of caution and obviously it paid off. The strategy played out well in the end; Adam, our engineer, is a bit of a whizz with strategy, so he decided exactly what to do with that and he knew when we could pit, how far into a safety car we could pit, how far we need to go on fuel etc. He worked it out perfectly and got two of our stops out pretty early on. So some of the cars in front of us still had to stop when I got in. A really great result for us!’

Marco Attard #79 Ecurie Ecosse BMW (GT3 Winner): ‘This is fantastic! It’s all down to Olly and the team really, I’ve learnt so much from them, especially this weekend, and they’ve all done a great job. The BMW goes really well at certain parts – through Becketts, absolutely fantastic – then there are other parts where it’s a little hairy, but overall it was really good; I’m very happy!’

Andrew Howard #007 Beechdean AMR Aston Martin (2nd in GT3): ‘It was really cool. We had a good strategy, which gave us some flexibility, and the safety car played into our hands. We avoided contact, we stayed out of trouble and we had a very early stop which got Jonny out; that was brilliant, but then there was a lengthy safety car period which lost us time. I got back in and had a longer stint which is good practice for next week. I’m chuffed to bits, it was a proper race and it showed what we can do in a proper race scenario. We really needed this. We were very fortunate there were so many non-finishers.’

Dan Brown #888 888Optimum BMW Z4: ‘Steve did a good job at the start to get us up and running, and I had a good stint too which helped keep us in touch with those ahead. Then Steve went out once more and when he handed it back to me for the last time it was a case of lets see what can we get; we’re absolutely delighted with the result though. We kept out of the trouble, didn’t take too many risks and here we are on the podium. Despite the big grid, the traffic was fine and it wasn’t too much of an issue. It is really nice to get a podium with 888; we just need to find a little more pace and we can hopefully get a better result soon.’

Adam Christodoulou Pro Sport Porsche (GT4 Winner): ‘The start was just a case of staying out of trouble, then we had the safety car and we stayed out for the first one but decided to pit during the second one, which put us pretty close to the front. Then with about 90 minutes to go we had the BMW literally on our bumper. We struggled a bit with the tyres and had to keep out of the way of the GT3s that were flying past us and I was pacing up and down the pit lane the last few laps with Joerg in the car, it was nervous stuff. This is the third car we’ve had in the past week; the first got written off at the Nurburgring last weekend and the second the ECUs didn’t match up. We got this on Thursday night, stripped it, put it back together and travelled Friday night. We missed half of free practice and here we are on the podium, what a weekend.’

Joerg Viebahn #408 Pro Sport Porsche (GT4 Winner): ‘I have to say that the balance of performance was great. We had advantages out of the corners, but the BMW was great on the brakes; it made for great racing. It was really great fun, this is what racing is about. You don’t want to be fifteen seconds ahead, you want to fight for it and feel like you’ve achieved something. This was a really good race.’

Rick Parfitt Jnr #44 Optimum Motorsport Ginetta (3rd in GT4):  ‘I didn’t think we had the pace on the European cars, so I’m pretty surprised to finish on the podium. They’ve been so quick all weekend so we focused on trying to get a result and be the best British finisher. So to come home third overall and against such stiff competition, and effectively have a first win, we both drove awesomely, the team were great.’

Ryan Ratcliffe #44 Optimum Motorsport Ginetta (3rd in GT4): ‘I’m very happy. Third place and P1 in British, this is a great results. The European guys are amazing; we couldn’t keep up. To finish third is a top result for us. No one put a foot wrong out there and the driving was brilliant in GT4. It was unfortunate we got held up by the safety car, but I drove out of my skin and I think it was the hardest, but also the best race of my life.’

Benjamin Franassovici, British GT Championship Manager: ‘Today was a fantastic event. Full of the excitement, tension and great racing that we know British GT can produce. Having the live TV element brings a buzz to the paddock, and combined with the weather, the end product looked fantastic on television and we hope, despite it being the Monaco GP weekend, that we reached people new to the series too. Obviously we lost some cars early on with silly incidents and we’re actively looking at ways to eliminate this kind of driving from our series. We’re very happy though, we had a strong turn out from fans and the merging of the Avon Tyres GT4 Trophy and British GT4 was a success, and it certainly gave us a great race!’

Championship points after round 3:

GT3 
1: Bryant/Attard 60.5 points; 2: Hughes/Berg 45 pts; 3: Ashburn/Tandy 43 pts; 4: Bell/Patterson 42.5 pts; 5: Westbrook/Fisken 37.5 pts; 6: Howard/Adam 36 pts; 7: Hetherington 33 pts; 8: Al Harthy/Caine 29 pts.

GT4
 1: Wenham/Jones 78.5 points; 2: Rick Parfitt Jnr/Ratcliffe 58.5pts; 3: Chaplin/Wilson 49.5pts; 4: May/Osborne 45pts; 5:Viebahn/Christodoulou 37.5pts; 6: Smith/Eagling 31.5pts.

Blancpain Gentleman Drivers Trophy Winner: Mark Poole

Blancpain Gentleman Driver Championship:

1 Marco Attard – 64.5 pts; 2: Mark Patterson – 46.5 pts; 3: Rembert Berg – 45 pts; 4: David Ashburn – 43 pts; 5: Andrew Howard – 39 pts ; 6: Gregor Fisken – 38.5 pts; 7: Steve Tandy – 32.5 pts; 8: Hector Lester – 28.5 pts; 9: Jason Minshaw – 26 pts; 10: Jon Minshaw – 25 pts; =11 Gary Eastwood / Duncan Cameron – 23 pts; 13 John Dhillon – 16 pts; 14 David Jones/Godfrey Jones – 13.5 pts; 15 Mark Poole – 12 pts ;=16 Derek Johnston / Steve Wyatt – 9 pts; 18 Lee Mowle – 6 pts; 19: Phil Dryburgh – 5.5 pts; 20: Zak Brown – 2 pts; 21: Charles Putman 1.5

Cunningham wins at Silverstone

Posted by Alex Ings On May - 16 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Mark Cunningham won the second round of the Britcar Production Cup at Silverstone on Saturday, driving alone from third on the grid.

A chaotic first lap saw pole position man Graham Johnson in the class two Seat Supercopa drop down to 13th place and a masterly drive from both himself and co-driver Mike Robinson saw them manage to fight back to fourth place by the end of the race, just forty seconds behind Cunningham, also in a Seat Supercopa.

Adam Hayes (taking the first stint in the BMW ahead of co-driver Mark Radcliffe) led at the end of lap one, from third on the grid before succumbing the lead to Cunningham, who had made his way up to second place by lap 7, and then had five laps of close racing before making his way past on lap 12.

What followed was a race long battle with the H E Racing class two Seat Supercopa driven by the Cockills (Harry taking the first stint ahead of Edward), who harassed and harried Cunningham, never more than two seconds behind for the remainder of the race.

Rounding out the overall podium was another lone driver – Barclay Dougall in his class one invitation entry BMW had a great race from twelfth on the grid, making full use of the first lap incidents to climb to fifth at the end of the first circuit.

Finishing third in class two was another Seat Supercopa, this one being the Tracktorque entry, Nigel Moore driving first before handing over to Henry Dawes.

Alyn James had a fantastic run in the Synchro Motorsport Honda Jazz, winning class four but also finishing ahead of all of the class three entries and a very impressive twelfth overall. It seems as though that was the last outing for the Jazz in Britcar, and a very impressive swansong James was able to give it.

Winning class three, and finishing just a minuted behind Alyn James, were Nick & Tim Adams in their BMW 325, ahead of Andy Yool and Wayne Schofield in the Intersport entered Vauxhall Astra.

Words: Alex Ings / Images: Alex Ings

 

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M-B-M on Pole at B.E.C

Posted by Alex Ings On May - 11 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Mustill / Berridge / Martin are on pole position at a cloudy and blustery Silverstone for this afternoons race. Nigel Mustill set the fastest lap of the 45 minute qualifying session in his Riley MkXXII, by just over a second from Mike Millard’s Rapier SR2.

 

The usual front running protagonists – the Azteca Motorsport Mosler and Horsepower Racing’s Aston Martin Vantage – who were often battling for top honours in 2012, and which continued into 2013 at the first round at Donington, had to settle for third and fourth places respectively.

 

In fifth place was the Chevron GT3 driven by Jordan Witt and Marcus Clutton, 3.7 seconds down from the pole sitter. Taking the class two pole position, and sixth overall, was the Team Parker entered Porsche 997 GT3 Cup, driven by Ian Loggie and Chris Jones.

 

Taking class three pole position were GTS Motorsport, with James & Tom Webb who will be starting in eighth overall. BPM Racing did a cracking job of repairing the car after an issue in testing on Friday meant it looked like they may not even take part, and will be starting from 10th place on the grid.

Fantasy F3 Cup : Silverstone GP

Posted by Andrew Cliffe On April - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

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Correctly guess the top 5 race finishers (ignoring class) as well as driver claiming overall pole position and overall fastest lap.

Up to 100 points available  per race – see scoring below. Entries are based upon the issue 2 of the entry list sent out to registered competitors earlier this week. Cancelled entries or late entries are not included.

The Prize:

For the entrant with the highest total after round 2, the prize will for this meeting will be a full resolution digital download of your choice from this meeting, from the selection provided by Norwich Photo.

Race Format:

Qualifying sets grid for race 1. Race 2 grid is decided by fastest laps from race 1, so for R2 choose the same driver as you guessed for FL of race 1 to potentially maximise bonus points, unless you want to hedge your options for increased chance.

Notes:

Chris Dittmann (1) is not on the published entry list.

How to Enter:

Fill in the form below (don’t forget race 2).   You may have to clear cookies before it will allow you to enter race 2 – or different browser / device.

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Qualifying1:

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Race 1:

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2nd :
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5th :
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Qualifying2:

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Race 2:

1st :
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3rd :
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Entry List: In race number order:

1 – Chris Dittmann – CDR – Dallara F307-Mercedes
2 – Tristan Cliffe – Omicron – Dallara F307-Toyota
3 – Gino Ussi – Lanan – Dallara F305-Mercedes
4 – Mark Harrison – Magic - Dallara F306-Mugen
5 – Louis Hamilton-Smith – - Dallara F304-Renault
6 – Chris Needham – DST – Dallara F302-Opel
7 – Tony Bishop – AW Tracksport - Dallara F306 – Mugen
8 – James Cross – AW Tracksport – Dallara F302 -Renault
9 – Neil Harrison – Magic – Dallara F302-Toyota
10 – Jeremy Timms – CDR – Dallara F307-Toyota
11 – Robbie Watts – RAW - Dallara F306-Toyota
14 – Nick Robinson – MBR – Dallara F302-Mugen
16 – Alice Powell – MBR – Dallara F307-Toyota
17 – Stuart Wiltshire – MBR – Dallara F307-Mugen
21 – David Scott – Dallara F305-Opel
23 – Jonathan Weston-Tayl0r – Stanbridge – Dallara F301-Renault
24 – Matt Payne – Dallara F307-Mercedes
27 – James Ledamun – TRS – Dallara F300-Toyota
50 – Henry Chart – Enigma – Dallara F302-Mugen
52 – Olly Rae – Enigma – Dallara F301-Renault
77 – Dave Karaskas – DKR – Dallara F301-Opel
82 – Alex Craven – Lanan – Dallara F302-Mugen

Scoring:

- correctly guess pole position +5 points
- correctly guess fastest race lap +5 points

- correctly guess a drivers finishing position +10 points
- driver finishing 1 position out from your guess +6 points
- driver finishes 2 positions out from your guess  +4 points
- driver finishes 3 positions out from your guess  +2 points
- driver finishes 4 positions out from your guess  +1 point

Bonus points:

- Correctly guess 2 drivers finishing positions +5 points
- Correctly guess 3 drivers finishing positions  +10 points
- Correctly guess 4 drivers finishing positions  +20 points
- Correctly guess 5 drivers finishing positions  +40 points

So if you correctly guess the top 5 finishers you will net 90 points (50 + 40 bonus points), and if you correctly guess the drivers who claim pole position and fastest lap you’ll get another 10 points, totalling 100.    Same again for 2nd race which means the perfect score is 200 points per weekend.

Results:

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Porsche Carrera Cup: Donington Park

Posted by Andrew Cliffe On April - 20 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Meadows completes Carrera Cup GB double at Donington

  • racetwoEMichael Meadows wins round four in style
  • Karl Leonard completes Pro-Am1 double
  • Will Goff wins Pro-Am2 for second time

Michael Meadows made it a perfect day by winning round four of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Donington Park today (Sunday 21 April). Meadows led from the start and saw off challenges from Jonas Gelzinis and Dean Stoneman to make it a double victory.

Once again there was plenty of excellent racing down the order and it was Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) who completed a perfect return to racing by winning Pro-Am1 for the second time while there was also a double win for Will Goff in Pro-Am2. Leonard earned the driver of the weekend award, while Redline Racing was named the ‘Drift team of the weekend.’

Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) got the start he wanted to lead into Redgate, but Stoneman (Redline Racing) had too much wheelspin and was bundled back to fifth place by the first corner as Gelzinis (Juta Racing) slotted into second from Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) and Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed). Stoneman quickly fought back and grabbed places back from Butcher and Lloyd with superb passing moves and then went after Gelzinis and Meadows.

The leading trio soon edged clear and Meadows steadily asserted his authority on the race to build his margin. Stoneman harried Gelzinis and got his chance when the Lithuanian racer ran wide at the Old Hairpin on lap 12. “He made exactly the same mistake that I made in the first race,” said Stoneman after easing through to second.

But the race belonged to Meadows who charged right into contention for the championship lead with a faultless day. “It’s been a fantastic weekend,” said Meadows. “I was very consistent and did what I needed to win.” Stoneman was a secure second from Gelzinis and duly retained the overall championship lead. “I just had too much wheelspin off the start and made a couple of good passing moves, then put pressure on Gelzinis.”

Lloyd battled through to fourth from Richard Kent (Samsung Smart Motorsport) while Butcher dropped to sixth after a spin at the Old Hairpin. In Pro-Am1, Karl Leonard drove a fine race to win again as Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) led the chase. “I’m delighted,” said Leonard. “Every time I get in the car I’m going quicker.” For De Zille, this was his best race so far. “It’s been a scrappy season so far, so it was good to get the race I knew was there,” said De Zille. Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) saw off the challenge of Michael Leonard (Team Parker Racing) to complete the Pro-Am1 podium.

In Pro-Am2, Peter Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) worked ahead of Goff (Goff Racing) in the rush to the first corner, but Goff settled down to the task ahead of him and was later able to nip ahead when Smallwood ran a little wide at Coppice. “I just had to do a bit of racing and pick my moment,” said Goff.

Round 4 results:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows; 2 Dean Stoneman; 3 Jonas Gelzinis.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Karl Leonard; 2 Dan De Zille; 3 Victor Jimenez.
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Will Goff; 2 Peter Smallwoo

Meadows takes Carrera Cup GB thriller at Donington

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  • Karl Leonard takes Pro-Am1 victory
  • Will Goff wins Pro-Am2

Michael Meadows scored his first victory of the season in round three of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Donington Park today (Sunday 21 April). Meadows dived ahead when Dean Stoneman ran wide at the Old Hairpin and dropped to third behind Jonas Gelzinis.

In a race full of interest and battles all the way down the field, Karl Leonard worked through to win Pro-Am1 and Will Goff claimed Pro-Am2 victory.

Stoneman (Redline Racing) jumped into the lead at the start from Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) and Gelzinis (Juta Racing). Initially, Stoneman edged clear but Meadows mounted a dogged pursuit and by lap ten they were nose-to-tail as Meadows built the pressure on Stoneman. However, Gelzinis was also closing in after his car came-on strong as the race developed.

Meadows mounted several major attacks, but Stoneman contained his rival until they plunged into the Craner Curves on lap 18. Stoneman went in just too deep and ran wide onto the grass. In an instant, Meadows and Gelzinis went past and Stoneman damaged the splitter on the front of his car as he bounced across the grass.

Once ahead, Meadows rattled off the remaining laps for victory with Gelzinis second. “I had run out of ideas,” admitted Meadows. “For a couple of laps I put him under pressure but he dealt with it. But I was close enough to push him into a mistake. This gets me back into the championship hunt.”

Gelzinis claimed second, but admitted he had struggled early in the race. “We went too low on the tyre pressure at the start: the lower track temperature caught us out. But in the middle of the race the car was strong,” he said. Stoneman, meanwhile, was frustrated with third place and had to defend his position from Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) over the final two laps.

“It was my own fault,” admitted Stoneman. “I should have braked a metre earlier: I’m frustrated with myself.” Fourth was a good result for Butcher, who started down in 11th place after receiving a six-place grid penalty from the previous race at Brands Hatch. “I didn’t realise he didn’t have a splitter,” said Butcher, who was being supported by backer and team patron, former Carrera Cup racer Tommy Dreelan.

Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) drove a nicely-judged race to win Pro-Am1 but only after some fierce battling with his brother and team mate Michael and Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing). Karl worked ahead when the fast-starting Michael ran wide at Redgate and when Michael later spun at McLeans, Jimenez got back to second place.

“Michael had some start,” said Karl. “I didn’t make any mistakes.” Jimenez clinched second while George Brewster (Celtic Speed) fought through to third after an early trip through the gravel at Redgate. “That was very complicated and very close,” said Jimenez after spending some laps sandwiched between the Leonard brothers. Even a late-race spin didn’t cost Jimenez his position.

Goff (Goff Racing) always had Pro-Am2 under control as he edged away from Peter Smallwood (Parr Motorsport). “I’d forgotten how long these races are,” said Goff. “It’s just good to be back racing again.” Smallwood ran second in Pro-Am2: “He got a bit of a gap and pulled away,” admitted Smallwood.

Round 3 results:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows; 2 Jonas Gelzinis; 3 Dean Stoneman.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Karl Leonard; 2 Victor Jimenez; 3 George Brewster.
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Will Goff; 2 Peter Smallwood.

Stoneman and Meadows share Carrera Cup GB poles

  • QualEOne pole position each for Stoneman and Meadows at Donington Park
  • Victor Jimenez and Karl Leonard head the Pro-Am1 times
  • Will Goff twice tops Pro-Am2

After an incredibly hard-fought qualifying session, Dean Stoneman and Michael Meadows took a pole position apiece at Donington Park today (Saturday, 20 April), ahead of rounds three and four of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.

Lapping half a second inside the existing lap record, Stoneman (Redline Racing), Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) and Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) were covered by a tenth of a second on the grid for round three and by 13-hundredths of a second on the grid for round four. Yet all three drivers felt they could have gone quicker.

For round three, which starts at 10am on Sunday, the order is Stoneman, Meadows and Gelzinis. For round four later in the afternoon, the order will be Meadows, Gelzinis and Stoneman. In Pro-Am1, Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) and Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) shared the poles while Will Goff (Goff Racing) headed the Pro-Am2 times for both races.

“I didn’t get the maximum out of the first set of tyres,” reckoned Stoneman. “There are a few tenths to come. In terms of race pace, we’ve got a very good set-up.” Meadows had a tricky session, which was interrupted by a sensor problem and he ended up doing a second run on his first set of tyres. “After a scrappy session like that, I was impressed with the times I did,” said the reigning champion, who took pole for the later race thanks to his second best lap time. “It was okay,” said Gelzinis. “I made a small mistake on each of my best two laps, so there was not a completely perfect lap.”

Fourth for both races was less than Daniel Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) had been aiming for, after a vibration upset his first tyre run. Then, later on his second run he was hit by a throttle problem. “I thought pole was on, but the whole session was a struggle,” said Lloyd. Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) completed the top five for both grids, but will drop to P11 for round three after being awarded a six-place grid penalty from the previous race at Brands Hatch.

Jimenez drove very well to bag Pro-Am1 pole for round three after breaking the 1m08s barrier for the first time. “That is one second faster than last year,” said the Spanish racer. “I hope for the same weather tomorrow!” Karl Leonard will be second for round three and then start from pole for round four. “I’m happy enough,” said Leonard. “The predictive lap time showed a 1m07.7s and I was capable of doing that. I’m not getting the best out of the new tyres.” Michael Leonard (Team Parker Racing) and Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) each took a third place in Pro-Am1.

In Pro-Am2, Goff headed Peter Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) by a similar margin on both grids. “We got to exactly where we wanted to get to, but both laps had more time in them,” he said.

Round 3 grid:
Pro category: 1 Dean Stoneman (1m07.195s); 2 Michael Meadows (1m07.209s); 3 Jonas Gelzinis (1m07.305s).
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez (1m07.943s); 2 Karl Leonard (1m08.021s); 3 Michael Leonard (1m08.241s).
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Will Goff (1m09.224s); 2 Peter Smallwood (1m10.099s).

Round 4 grid:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows (1m07.296s); 2 Jonas Gelzinis (1m07.417s); 3 Dean Stoneman (1m07.426s).
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Karl Leonard (1m08.098s); 2 Victor Jimenez (1m08.328s); 3 Dan De Zille (1m08.476s).
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Will Goff (1m09.269s); 2 Peter Smallwood (1m10.144s).

Gelzinis wins Michelin award in Carrera Cup GB

GelzinisEJonas Gelzinis is the second Porsche Carrera Cup GB racer of the 2013 season to benefit from Michelin’s long-standing support of the championship by winning a set of tyres at Donington Park this weekend (20/21 April).

Gelzinis is one of the prime contenders for the 2013 overall title and is racing with the family-based Juta Racing. This is the fourth season that Lithuanian team has contested the Carrera Cup GB and Gelzinis finished fourth overall last season. He will start tomorrow’s rounds three and four from third and second places on the grid.

Having been the control tyre supplier for the Carrera Cup GB since the championship was created in 2003, Michelin is once more supporting the teams and drivers with the award of a complete set of slick racing tyres at each event. Before the start of testing at each race weekend, a name is drawn from a hat to receive the tyres, with a value of more than £1200.

Lloyd heads Porsche Carrera Cup GB Donington test

  • Email190413Dan Lloyd sets overall testing pace
  • Michael Leonard heads the Pro-Am1 times
  • Will Goff tops Pro-Am2

Daniel Lloyd maintained his front-running form in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB during testing at Donington Park yesterday (18 April). Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) backed up his leading pace from last week’s Thruxton test to top the times ahead of this weekend’s rounds three and four at the East Midlands track.

With the top three Pro drivers covered by 14-hundredths of a second, the stage is set for two thrilling races at the popular track, while the action in Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 is likely to be just as close. Michael Leonard made it a very good day for Team Parker Racing by topping Pro-Am1, but only by a tenth of a second from his younger brother and team mate Karl. Meanwhile, Will Goff (Goff Racing) headed Pro-Am2 by a mere six-hundredths of a second from Peter Smallwood (Parr Motorsport).

On a bright but blustery day, Lloyd ended the day fastest on 1m07.553s from Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) and Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing). “I just wanted to keep the momentum going from Thruxton,” said the Carrera Cup GB Scholarship driver. “We tried a lot of things with the car and we knew we’d find a chunk of time with the new tyres,” added Lloyd.

Right behind Lloyd was defending champion Meadows. “Our sector times look like we’re really quick so I’m confident for qualifying on Saturday,” said Meadows. Like most drivers, he found the strong gusts of wind blowing across the track held his attention. “It’s very close,” said third fastest Gelzinis at a track where he holds the current lap record. “I’m confident for qualifying,” added the Lithuanian driver.

Into an excellent fourth, only a four-tenths of a second slower than his Samsung Smart Motorsport team mate went Richard Kent, while early championship leader Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) was fifth fastest from Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed).

The prospects are excellent for a great contest in Pro-Am1 after only a fifth of a second covered the top four drivers. Michael Leonard narrowly set the pace from his brother Karl, Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) and Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing). “It’s going to be very tight between the four of us,” said Michael Leonard. “I’ve not raced since Snetterton last August, so I’m still a bit rusty. I didn’t quite get the best out of the new tyres.” Karl Leonard was also lacking recent seat time and thought that there was more time to come, while De Zille ran strongly following a switch to Pro-Am1.

In Pro-Am2, Goff edged Smallwood by the slenderest of margins ahead of what should be two excellent contests. “No troubles at all,” said Goff. “We’ve had a very good day and we’ll maybe make a few more tweaks before qualifying.”

Donington Park next for Porsche Carrera Cup GB 

  • email120413Dean Stoneman heads the early standings
  • Victor Jimenez tops the Pro-Am1 pack
  • More drivers join the grid

Donington Park, one of the most popular venues on the schedule, is the setting for rounds three and four of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB and it is championship newcomer Dean Stoneman who currently tops the field heading into the race weekend (20/21 April).

Following the opening two races, run in bitterly cold conditions at Brands Hatch, it is Southampton-based Stoneman (Redline Racing) who has seized the early advantage after a truly impressive double win. Dean’s story is remarkable as Brands was his return to racing after two years away while being treated for cancer. Before the illness struck, Dean (22) was rising rapidly up the single-seater racing ladder, but he has now re-grouped and is working to make a career as a sports and GT racer.

Backed up by the standard-setting Redline Racing, Stoneman swept to a double victory to lay down an early marker. Despite tough track conditions and strong challenges from Michael Meadows and Jonas Gelzinis, Stoneman was unfazed under pressure. He takes a seven-point lead to Donington and could now make another piece of Carrera Cup history. In terms of registered championship contenders, only Richard Westbrook had previously won his first two Carrera Cup races, back in 2003, and if Stoneman wins the opening Donington race to make it three in a row, he will set a new standard.

However, at least four drivers are all aiming to stop Stoneman winning at Donington and Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) is the man best placed to take the fight to Stoneman. The defending champion was tipped out of the battle for second in round two at Brands and dropped to ninth after a pit stop, so he already has some ground to recover.

Gelzinis (Juta Racing), Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) and Carrera Cup Scholarship racer Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) were all podium finishers at Brands and are all potential race winners in this top quality field. Meanwhile, Richard Plant (Samsung Smart Motorsport) and Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) add further quality to the Pro entry.

In Pro-Am1 it was Spanish racer Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) who set the mark at Brands with a classy double win, but George Brewster (Celtic Speed) and Redline Racing’s Kyle Barnes and Yucel Ozbek all showed very good pace. Joining the Pro-Am1 pack for Donington will be brothers Michael and Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) and both of them are potential podium challengers.

Meanwhile, Peter Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) is heading the way in Pro-Am2, but can expect a fresh challenge at Donington from defending champion Will Goff (IN2 Racing) and Keith Webster (Redline Racing). Webster hopes to be fit to race after suffering a broken arm in a cycling accident last month.

After qualifying on Saturday (20 April) at 14.00, round three of the Carrera Cup GB will start at 10.00 on Sunday (21 April). Round four will start at 15.40 and will be broadcast live on ITV4.

New web platform for Porsche Carrera Cup GB

An exciting new web platform will be the focal point for both the Porsche Carrera Cup GB and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge GB this season, with news, reports, images, video and audio all available from one central point.

Known as ‘Trackside’, the new platform will carry all the latest news from both race championships on a real-time basis. It will also host Twitter outputs from teams and drivers, ensuring that fans not able to be at the track can still keep right up to date with the action as it happens.

The website’s main aim is to encourage content sharing with a dynamic content stream combined with static pages communicating information about the Cups including race calendars, track guides and sponsor information.

The new site was put into action during the opening Carrera Cup GB weekend at Brands Hatch (30/31 March). Among the first items to be featured was a flying lap of the track on-board with Dan Lloyd, which was filmed in superb quality during Friday’s test session using the latest Drift HD Ghost cameras.

The address of the new site is www.Porsche.co.uk/trackside. Anyone tweeting about the Porsche Carrera Cup GB and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge GB can get their tweets into the site by adding #porschetrackside

“This is a major development for the way our championships are represented on the internet,” said Marion Barnaby, Motorsport Manager at Porsche Cars GB. “We hope everyone with an interest in the championships will use ‘Trackside’ as the prime destination for all the up-to-date news.”

Goff ready for Porsche Carrera Cup GB return

GoffEWill Goff will return to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB this season, starting at Donington Park for rounds three and four over the weekend of 20/21 April.

The reigning Pro-Am2 champion will resume his Carrera Cup career with IN2 Racing after missing the opening two races at Brands Hatch over Easter. He will line up against Pro-Am2 rivals including Peter Smallwood and Keith Webster.

The 27-year old racer from Dereham in Norfolk started racing in 2007 in the Euro Saloons Championship. He first moved to a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for 2010 in a selection of races and then stepped up to the Carrera Cup in 2012, taking the Pro-Am2 title with 11 wins.

Goff tested at Donington Park yesterday (Thursday 11 April) and will return to the East Midlands track for the official pre-race test next Thursday (18 April).

“Yesterday was just about shaking the rust off,” said Goff. “I’ve not been in the car since the last race of 2012 at Brands Hatch, so it was good to have a shakedown run ahead of the official Donington test day.”

American Foust tops European RX

Posted by Dan Wright On April - 3 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
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Foust made his rivals eat American dust

American star Tanner Foust beat a class Supercar field at the opening round of the 2013 FIA European Rallycross Championship on one of his favourite circuits, Lydden Hill, at the weekend (31st Mar/1st April.)

Divided into three separate classes: Supercar, Super 1600 and Touring Car, the bumper Lydden crowd was treated to top European action. As Foust (Ford Fiesta) bettered the Supercar field, Ulrik Linnemann eventually came out on top in Super 1600, whilst Irish favourite Derek Tohill survived a weekend of real highs and lows to grab the Touring Car win.

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Cars from three classes chased ‘RallycrossRX’ glory

Run by new organisers IMG, the European series entered a new era at Lydden – with 2003 World Rally Champion Petter Solberg the driver everyone wanted to see. Solberg in his Citroen DS3 joined 18 other Supercars at Lydden, the quality entry including his elder brother, Hening, who Solberg would lock horns with across the weekend.

Across the four hard-fought heats, the Solberg brothers had an eventful time – Petter experiencing clutch, driveshaft and engine issues, Henning faced with more engine issues in his weighty Saab 9-3. Whilst the pair from Norway felt the peaks and troughs of rallycross, the Lydden fans hopes of a British success from Liam Doran began to dwindle. Showing good pace on day one, a broken engine mount stopped Doran from starting the Semi Finals.

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Petter Solberg was the star and enjoyed his first-ever visit to Lydden.

Timmy Hansen – on his debut event in another DS3 – showed true speed. Setting fastest times in both the first and second heats, he was beaten by Foust in the third, but thanks to his impressive pace led overall after the qualifying heats.

Entering the Semi Finals, in which only the top three from each race would continue into the Final, it was Foust and Timur Timerzyanov (Citroen DS3 racer and 2012 champ) who bettered the field. For the Solberg brothers, there weekends ended at the Semi Final stage, both unable to get in the all important top three. The absence of Liam Doran, Andreas Bakkerud and Alexander Hvall from the Semi’s all due to engine troubles still didn’t help the pair from Norway.

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Liam Doran had a nightmare weekend… 

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…Whilst Andy Scott was quick in his all-new 208

Foust faced both Solberg’s in the first Semi Final and left his joker until the end, but was untouchable despite the attentions of Hansen. The ever-sideways Petter gave his all, but reliability in his newly built DS3 let him down.

In the second Supercar Semi Final, Anton Marklund (VW Polo) grabbed an early lead but lost control of his lose steering wheel at Paddock Bend on lap one and pulled off, allowing Timerzyanov into a lead he would not let go.

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Anton Marklund’s steering wheel let him down.

For the start of the Final, it was Foust who sat on pole. A jump start ruined Hansen’s strong chances, the Swede forced to take two joker laps as a punishment. Hansen’s misfortune was Foust’s gain, the US Top Gear presenter carving a strong lead on the first tour, helped by Julian Godfrey (Ford Fiesta,) Timerzyanov and Jussi-Petteri Leppihalme (Ford Focus) taking their jokers.

Chased by Hansen and Davy Jeanny (Citroen C4,) Foust was allowed to pull away as the pair tussled. When Hansen dropped after taking his first joker, any threat for Foust from Timerzyanov was abolished on lap three when the Russian retired with a left front puncture.

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Timerzyanov flew until his puncture

With a comfortable lead, the battle raged behind the American. Leppihalme jumped Jeanny whilst the Frenchman dived for the joker, elevating him into third and once Hansen frustratingly took his second joker lap on the final tour, Finn Leppihalme took second – where he would stay behind Foust.

Jeanny took third on the road but was later penalised by the stewards, allowing Hansen into a well-deserved podium spot. Behind the 20-year-old came an elated Julian Godfrey, the Brit easily becoming best of the British bunch in his aging Fiesta: “I definitely have nothing to be sad about!” quipped Godfrey afterwards.

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Julian Godfrey was mightily impressive. 

Post-race, fans favourite Foust was very pleased: “I’m extremely happy to win it. There was no way I could take my joker on the first lap so kept my head down and tried to pull away. There was no news from my team on the radio so I knew it was going well.”

Lydden is a circuit he really likes: “I enjoy racing here, the fans are so knowledgeable, I love how an old lady tells me how quick my lap times are!”

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Foust enjoys the Lydden track, despite the dust storm

Following his dream of one day sitting in a Supercar, young Swede Kevin Eriksen was the Super 1600 star. The 16-year-old started his weekend well, winning his first two heats before dramatically rolling in the third, electrical issues then blighted his Renault Clio from then on.

Eriksen’s troubles helped event winner Ulrik Linnemann greatly. After a hefty shunt in his second heat, Linnemann’s team pulled an all-night shift to fix his Peugeot 207, allowing him to take to the Final grid with confidence. Chasing early leader Eric Faren (Citroen C2,) Linnemann grabbed the lead when Faren dived for his joker on the final lap, a position the Dane would not let slip.

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Eric Faren gave his all…

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…But could not stop Linnemann 

After throttle issues blighted Derek Tohill’s first day, the Irishmen came back fighting in heats three and four to earn a strong position on the Final grid. Helped by the non-starting pole sitter David Nordgard, Tohill was chased by Swede Robin Larsen for the entire Final, managing to hold off the Skoda Fabia driver to claim an extremely hard-fought win: “I had to do the doughnuts at the end!” said a delighted Tohill.

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Derek Tohill found reliabilty in his Fiesta and won

Lydden Hill was packed out at the weekend (even WTCC champ Rob Huff popped along) and the FIA European Rallycross certainly didn’t disappoint. The ‘home of rallycross’ was the perfect place to start what will be a very competitive year.

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Hening flew in his Saab, but was lucky to enter the Semi Finals.

 

Written by – DAN WRIGHT (@Dan_Wright94)
All Images by – JOE WRIGHT

British GT: 34 cars for Easter weekend eggs-travaganza

Posted by Andrew Cliffe On March - 29 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

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The Avon Tyres British GT Championship arrives at Oulton Park this Easter weekend with a capacity grid of 34 cars for the round of the 2013 season. A number of new drivers have been added to the already impressive grid in recent days, these include Porsche factory driver Nick Tandy (Trackspeed), 2011 British GT co-champion Glynn Geddie (United Autosports), 2012 GT4 co-champion Jody Fannin (JRM), top historics racer Jason Minshaw (Fortec), and young gun, Julien Draper (Mtech).

Reigning Champion Michael Caine heads a group of drivers that wouldn’t look out of place in an International GT paddock; Allan Simonsen (Rosso Verde), Jonny Adam (Beechdean), Warren Hughes (M-Sport), James Walker (Fortec), Rob Barff (FF Corse), Matt Griffin (Mtech), Mark Blundell (United Autosports), Matteo Bobbi (Vita4One Team Italy), Nick Tandy (Trackspeed), and Richard Westbrook (Trackspeed) will all compete in the GT3 class this weekend where honours will definitely be hard fought for amongst the 29 cars in the class.

A vast array of top national talent will look to topple the International names including, Joe Osborne (888Optimum), Tom Roche (PE Group Blendini Moto), Aaron Scott (AF Corse), Mike Simpson (Team LNT), Phil Keen (Trackspeed), Tom Sharp (CWS 4 x 4 spares), Julien Draper (Mtech), Oliver Bryant (Ecurie Ecosse), Jody Fannin (JRM), Mark Cole (JRM), and Dan Brown (888Optimum) to name but a few.

With the recent confirmation that Nissan will join the gird in the shape of two cars on a race-by-race basis from JRM, ten top GT3 manufacturers will be present on the grid at round one this weekend. Strength in depth has been the story of the close season and the GT3 grid now consists of:

Six: Ferrari 458 GT3s
Four: BMW Z4 GT3s and Porsche 997 GT3 Rs
Three: Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3s, McLaren MP4-12cs, Audi R8s (2 x 2012 spec ultra and 1 x 2011 spec)
Two: Mercedes AMG SLS GT3s, Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s and Ginetta G55s

After the dominant championship run of Team WFR last year in GT4, things look a lot tighter in the category for 2013. Returnees from 2012 will always be in a strong position, none more so than runner-up Zoe Wenham who is back with Century Motorsport, this time with promising teenager Declan Jones alongside her. APO Sport made a big impression in a handful of races in 2012 with Alex Osborne and James May, and their family-run team are hoping to land the title this year.

Ginetta specialists Optimum Motorsport bring Ryan Ratcliffe and Rick Parfitt Jnr to GT4 from the Ginetta GT5 Championship where they were team-mates last season. Both drivers have something to prove and will take the fight to Century, APO Sport and the fourth team running Ginettas in GT4, Redgate Lifetime. Dan Eagling and Matt Smith are a capable duo, it remains to be seen if any of the Ginettas will be able to take on the threat from Complete Racing’s Aston Martin, which will be driven by double VW Cup Champion Steve Chaplin and eighteen-year-old Tom Wilson.

Gentleman Trophy Sponsor Announced

New for 2013 is the Gentleman Trophy, a championship within the British GT Championship for ‘Bronze’ graded Gentleman GT3 drivers aged 39 or over at the start of the season.

Amidst more competition at the front of the field, series organisers SRO Motorsports Group have created the category to highlight excellent performances amongst the amateur drivers in the series. Pairings of a Bronze/Bronze driver pairings will receive 150% earned in the GT3 class; Bronze drivers paired with Silver, Gold or Platinum drivers will receive the same points awarded to them for their GT3 finish.

SRO is pleased to welcome prestigious watch manufacturer, Blancpain to the series as a partner and as the title sponsor of the Gentleman Trophy. Founded in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain, Blancpain has a heritage of precision and elegance while also displaying an innovative and occasionally provocative spirit, drawing an obvious comparison with British GT.

Benjamin Franassovici, British GT championship manager:  “This is a huge year for British GT, if everything goes to plan we will hopefully have the best season to date, which isn’t something we say lightly after the previous year of racing. We are under no illusions that a lot of eyes will be on the series in 2013, but we’re going to continue with what we do best and look for opportunities to develop the series and encourage more drivers and teams as the season progresses. 

British GT TV Broadcast:

Channel 4: Highlights, Saturday April 6th, 7:00 am – 7:30 am

Motors TV: Highlights, Saturday April 6th, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

British GT Online Race Coverage:

www.twitter.com/britishgt – for live text commentary

Schedule (All times GMT):

Saturday, March 30, 2013:

Free Practice 1: 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Free Practice 2: 12:05 pm – 1:20 pm

Qualifying: 4:30 pm – 5:20 pm

Monday, April 1, 2013:

Warm up: 9:10 am – 9:35 am (All Classes)

Race 1: 10:55 am – 11:55 pm (1 hour)

Race 2: 2:55 pm – 3:55 pm (1 hour)

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