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FFord & GT Challenge – Snetterton

Posted by Alex Ings On August - 11 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

British Formula  Ford.

 

Argentine Eric Lichtenstein took a hat-trick of victories over the weekend at a very weather bashed Snetterton, ahead of Antti Buri who took second place in all three races. Torrential rain for most of the Saturday meant the first race of the weekend started late. Buri started on pole with Lichtenstein in second, but the lead he managed to pull out during the first lap were lost as the safety car came out. Two cars had tangled at the Montreal hairpin, and due to the soaking the ground had been subject too, removing them were causing issues. The safety car was out for 4 laps, and so there were only 2 racing laps left when it came back in.

 

Lichtenstein managed to take the lead into Nelson corner, but then ran wide at Murrays to let Buri through into the lead at the start of the final lap. Unfortunately for Buri, he made the same mistake next time around, and Lichtenstein made the most of it, and crossed the line 4/10ths ahead at the flag. Julio Moreno took the final step of the podium.

 

Race two took place in much drier conditions on Sunday morning. Buri started from Pole, with the Argentine alongside on the front row. Buri lead for the first lap, but Lichtenstein pulled alongside going into lap two, the pair fought for a few corners but Lichtenstein made it stick going into the tight Agostini corner – and pulled away from there to win by over 2 seconds.

The pair are the class of the current field, with third place man Cavan Corcoran finishing a further 6 seconds back, only six tenths ahead of Moreno, who couldn’t quite manage to get a second podium on the bounce.

 

For race three, the rain was back with a vengeance. Again, it was Buri and Lichtenstein at the front, who were fighting for the lead into turn one, Buri snatching it from the Argentinian pole sitter. The two pulled away from the field until lap three, when Lichtenstein made his move to take the lead. The timing of this was exceedingly fortuitous as the safety car was sent out while a stopped car was removed from the track.

The safety car came in after just one lap, but the conditions proved too much as there was a multi car incident, culminating in Cavan Corcoran’s car rolling. The race was immediately red-flagged, and the result was based on the lap before the safety car came out, just after the move Lichtenstein made to take the lead. Brit Jake Cook was classified in third place, ahead of countryman Alex Drabble.

 

Ginetta GT5 Challenge

It was doubtful whether race 1 was actually going to go ahead on the Saturday evening, due to the rain affected timetable. However, the race did go ahead and 7 laps were run, enough time for Mike Robinson, who took the lead on the first lap, to pull out a lead of over 7 seconds to win from Sean Huyton and Gary Simms. Huyton had a spin on the first lap but tirelessly worked to get back into contention and the two were fighting for the entire final lap, with Huyton taking second place by just three tenths of a second.

Ryan Ratcliffe started from pole position in race 2 and was no doubt hoping for his second win of the season. Huyton and Robinsion, however, had other ideas and both of them took Ratcliffe by the end of lap one.

With the track still wet from earlier rain there were a few spinners on the opening laps, including Robinson on the third lap – he would recover well to finish in fifth spot – and this promoted Ratcliffe to second place for a time. Unfortunately for him, engine issues at the end of the race would cost him pace and he would be caught at taken by Gary Simms. Ratcliffe managed to hang on to third place, finishing just six tenths ahead of Brad Bailey.

Once Robinson had spun, Huyton wasn’t really challenged, and finished over three seconds ahead.

 

The third round, which was due to take place later on Sunday afternoon, was cancelled due to the weather affected timetable.

Words: Alex Ings / Image gallery: Alex Ings

Lotus Cup visits Oulton Park

Posted by Andrew Cliffe On August - 3 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Jamie Stanley leads Adrian Hall into Old Hall at the start of the Lotus Cup UK race

Simon Deacon made the most of a safety car period during the Oulton Park round of Lotus Cup UK, whilst problems for the GWS Exige and championship leader Steve Train helped him to take victory in the one hour race. GWS’ Jamie Stanley used local knowledge to build a useful lead after an early challenge from Adrian Hall faltered during the pitstop sequence. However team mate Glenn Sherwood was unable to hold onto the advantage and just as Train took the lead both were handed penalties for pitstop infringements.

Lotus Cup UK race winner Simon Deacon is chased by Steve Train and Tom Chatterway

Deacon headed fellow 2-Eleven runner Tom Chatterway, whilst title challengers BJ Chong and Paul McNeily took Open class honours in third from the Evora of Steve Williams and Martin Donnelly. Rob Boston took the Production class win, which made up for a relatively unsuccessful day in the Elise Trophy, at least by his high standards. Heading for a runaway victory in race one, a late drama handed the win to Andrew Bentley, who took the second encounter on merit after fighting his way to the front from the reversed-grid.

Andrew Bentley broke Rob Boston’s Elise Trophy domination at Oulton Park

HOPE TURNS TO HEARTACHE FOR GWS MOTORSPORT AT OULTON PARK

GWS Motorsport experienced a weekend of two halves in round four of the Lotus Cup UK at Cheshire’s Oulton Park on Saturday (28th July 2012), when the team’s hopes of converting pole position into victory were dashed by a safety car period and a pit stop penalty.

The Winchester-based squad made a lightning start in qualifying as local driver Jamie Stanley set a quickest lap time of 1:50.893 – becoming the only driver to break the one minute 50 seconds barrier – to secure a maiden series pole position for himself and co-driver Glenn Sherwood.

Stanley took pole-sitting honours for the afternoon’s hour-long endurance race and blew away the competition during his opening stint, maintaining the lead at the start before building a gap of almost four seconds over the rest of the field by the end of lap six. There was a brief moment of tension during the middle of Stanley’s stint when his nearest rival, Adrian Hall, cut his advantage to half a second. However, Hall then went off at Britten’s, gifting the leader a 28-second cushion.

Stanley’s hard work was dented, though, when the safety car was deployed just as the pit window opened, neutralising his lead. The #47 Lotus Exige pulled in during the cautionary period for Stanley to hand over the reins to Sherwood, who rejoined the track just as the green flag was shown, maintaining first position.

A gearbox selection issue meant Sherwood quickly came under pressure from the rapidly advancing SteveTrain but held his nerve for several laps before unfortunately being passed on lap 20. The GWS Motorsport Team Principal, who owns the successful Tructyre fleet management services company, then slipped further down the order to sixth place as the gearbox problem worsened.

With the podium out of sight, the team’s hopes of a top ten finish were also dashed in the closing stages when GWS Motorsport was one of three squads hit with a two lap time penalty due to a pit stop infringement. This meant that although Sherwood crossed the line in sixth, he was classified 19th overall.

Glenn Sherwood, GWS Motorsport Team Principal and driver, said: “What a shame the weekend didn’t finish the way it started. The car felt really good in testing and we obviously had the pace in qualifying, but things didn’t go our way in the race. It was especially frustrating to receive a penalty, but that’s the way it goes sometimes and all we can do is brush ourselves off and look forward to the next round at Brands Hatch. We definitely hope to have the gearbox problem sorted by then.”

Jamie Stanley, GWS Motorsport driver, added: “Coming from Cheshire, this was my home event and I really wanted to put in a strong performance in front of friends, family and sponsors. The car felt great in qualifying and the race result really didn’t reflect our pace or performance, but at least it gives us added fire in our bellies to finally stand on that podium in the second half of the season!”

GWS Motorsport will be back in action at Brands Hatch on 18th-19th August, where the Lotus Cup UK will form part of a two-day Lotus Festival celebrating the famous British marque.

Pics: Snappyracers.com

Porsche Carrera Cup GB resumes at Snetterton

Posted by Andrew Cliffe On August - 3 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

After a seven-week mid-season break, the second half of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB season starts at Snetterton (11/12 August) and Michael Meadows (Redline Racing) heads to the Norfolk track with an 18-point lead in the overall standings.

However, before the most recent race weekend at Croft, that lead was 34 points and a rare non-finish at Croft was the first stumble in Meadows’ stellar season to date. He knows well enough that it can all change in one race and the Banbury racer will want to start the second half of the season with a big haul of points.

Lithuanian racer Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing), double Croft winner Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed), Sam Tordoff (Team Parker Racing), Scholarship driver Daniel Lloyd (JD Pierce/Team Parker) and Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport) are the drivers taking the fight to Meadows, but the whole complexion of the title race could be turned on its head by the arrival of Andy Meyrick at Snetterton. With an impressive single-seater and sports car pedigree, Meyrick is now joining the Carrera Cup field and he will be quick. With five race weekends already done, Meyrick cannot challenge for the title, but he can go all out to win as many races as possible as he joins Team Parker Racing.

Away from the overall title race, Ahmad Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) heads Pro-Am1 by a handy margin from Derek Pierce (JD Pierce/Team Parker) and Oly Mortimer (GT Marques), while Spanish racer Victor Jimenez (Redline/Oman Air) is getting quicker and quicker. Joining Pro-Am1 for the first time this weekend will be Welsh teenager Fraser O’Brien (GT Marques) and his progress will be watched with great interest.

At the mid-season point, the Pro-Am2 category is topped by local racer Will Goff (Goff Racing) from Dereham. Will made a big step up the racing ladder this season to run in the Carrera Cup and now comes his home race weekend. “Norfolk has always been home and always will be home,” he says. “My family has been here for years and years.” The family business of Goff Petroleum distributes heating oil all across the eastern counties from its base in Wymondham.

Despite Snetterton being his home track, Will says it has not been kind to him so far. “I’ve never yet done very well at Snetterton but everyone expects wonderful things because it is my home track,” he says. His category rivals are Tania Mann (sibsport performance) and Tautvydas Barstys (Juta Racing).

After qualifying at 14.00 on Saturday, round eleven will start at 10.25 on Sunday, with round twelve at 16.10. Round twelve will be broadcast live on ITV4 during the extensive BTCC programme which runs from 11.00 on Sunday.

Meyrick joins Porsche Carrera Cup GB

Welsh-born Andy Meyrick, best known as a sports-prototype racer and as reigning Historic Group C Champion, will complete the Porsche Carrera Cup GB season with Team Parker Racing, and will open his campaign in rounds 11 and 12 at Snetterton (11/12 August).

The Cheshire-based 26 year-old will be racing thanks to the invaluable support of Lindberg Optic Design, the Danish luxury eyewear designers and manufacturers.

“I’m genuinely really excited about this opportunity,” said Andy. “The Porsche Carrera Cup GB is a really class championship and it always produces some tight and entertaining racing. It will be tough coming in half way through the year and racing against some Porsche specialists, but I’ll give it everything I’ve got. I’m looking forward to doing some sprint racing again after the last few years in endurance racing, and it’s been a while since I raced at some of the UK circuits.

“I’m not underestimating the level of competition in these cars and this is a different arena for me: it’s good to test yourself,” said Meyrick.” Team boss Stuart Parker is excited to be adding another front-runner to his strong line-up. “Andy comes from a manufacturer background and it is fantastic to get a driver of his pedigree into the team. Our aim is to give him everything he needs to go well in the Carrera Cup.”

Former F3 racer Meyrick has raced in North America and Europe in recent years, and his most recent outing was at the 24 Hours Spa/Blancpain Endurance Series in a McLaren MP4-12C GT3.

Monster Energy at Mallory Park

Posted by Sean Smith On July - 29 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Last weekend saw the return of the Monster Energy British Rallycross Championship to Mallory Park Circuit.  The Leicestershire circuit did not host the a championship round in 2011 and this year saw the return of this extremely popular event.

The event attracted over 1500 fans to turn up and watch the 94 entrants battle it out over the tarmac of the circuit and the gravel on the infield areas. This purpose made track is used only for the rallycross event where is then hosts some of the fastest accelerating cars in the world.  The supercar class will out accelerate a formula one car and will accelerate to 60mph in less than 1.9 seconds.

The event sponsors were Monster Energy who helped to entertain the crowds between races at the iconic circuit. The format for the day was three heats followed by the final for each class.

In the supercar class, Pat Doran gave his new Monster Energy Citroën DS3 its first win of the season. Whilst title holder and championship points leader Julian Godfrey cruised comfortably through the qualifying heats, taking three race wins and fastest time in each, Doran continued to settle into the DS3 in which he had previously completed just one event. Eventually making his way to the A final grid in third place.  Doran started from the outside of the front row with Andy Grant separating him and Godfrey.

When the race started Doran made the best start to the final, launching his Citroën from the outside of the front row and getting across in front of the pack to take the lead. Godfrey held second and challenged Doran a couple of times for the lead in the first lap. Going into lap two Godfrey lost some time when he hit some of the course markers however Doran was unable to rest as Godfrey came back and applied pressure until the end of the race.

Report: Sean Smith
Images: SMS Images & Matt Barrington

Inaugural Lydden Mini Festival

Posted by Dan Wright On July - 29 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Lydden Hill made history on July 14th by holding its first ever Mini Festival. The ‘British Summer’ conditions of frequent heavy rain failed to stop the meeting being hailed a success, a strong first Festival on which the organisers plan to develop over future years.

Minis of all forms descended on the UK’s shortest circuit to take to the track and sit proudly on display in the Paddock. Stars of the Mini racing scene were joined on track by Rallycross racers, Drifters and the general public in the Public Track time sessions. Off the tarmac Trade Stalls, Show and Shine Competitions and Club Stands made for a great atmosphere despite the awful weather conditions.

The world famous Bill Richards was the star attraction, his ever popular Passenger Rides raising money for the RNLI Lifeboats. Richards loved the event: “The rain did not deter what was a fantastic event. We’ve pleased many people today and – importantly – done some great work for the RNLI.” Bill certainly thrilled, completing many laps in his Trackday Car – even in torrential rain.

From classic Mini vans to the modern BMW form the Festival provided something for every spectator. Paul Burnell of the Medway Mini Club, who took his own Mini on circuit, was impressed: “For its first Mini event this is a good start; I really did enjoy going round the track.” Josh Willis, also of the Medway Club echoed Paul’s thoughts, stating: “There is an array of nice Mini’s here, a good day out even in the rain.”

Alongside the iconic Mini’s the Swift Sport Rallycross Championship starred. With many demo races the Swift’s provided great racing entertainment in usual close style. Swift racer Darren Scott was impressed by the Festival: “This day has been excellent, for me it has been great track time in the car.”

For fans of more sideways motorsport many Drifters were on show, the drivers impressed with the Festival, one competitor saying:”This has been a good meeting on a brilliant track, the more drifting at Lydden the better.” Instead of burning rubber the Drifters splashed puddles, but still provided memorable over steering action throughout the day.

Plans are already being put in place for the 2013 Lydden Hill Mini Festival. Judging by 2012’s offerings, next year is sure to be another great event – just even bigger and better.

Written by – DAN WRIGHT
Images by – MATT BRISTOW (Rubber Duck Does Automotive Photography)


Azteca strike again

Posted by Alex Ings On July - 18 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Javier Morcillo and Manuel Cintrano won the 2 hour MSA British Endurance Chamipnship race ahead of the Paul Bailey & Andy Schulz Ferrari, on the full Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch on Sunday. There was a safety car period which closed Morcillo up onto the back of Schulz with fifteen laps to go. A nail biting end to the race ensued as Schulz tried his best to stay ahead, but a bit of contact at Druids hairpin with just two laps to go enabled Morcillo to take the lead, and the flag.
Bailey & Shulz had taken pole position, ahead of Morcillo & Cintrano in a dry / wet session on Saturday and Bailey, taking the opening stint in the Ferrari led for the first ten laps, as Cintrano dropped to fifth during the same period. Going in the opposite direction was Chris Beighton in the Marcos Mantis he was sharing with Jon Finnemore – up to second place by lap ten, and then taking the lead the next time around.
Also having a cracking start were the Bullrun team in their Lotus Evora – up from sixth to second on the first lap. They would fall foul of a success penalty during the first safety car period, however. Requiring to stay in the pits for longer, they would not be able to exit before the safety car train came around, and so had to sit at the end of the pitlane and rejoin at the back of the train and, effectively, a lap down. They would go on to finish 8th overall and 4th in class three.
The first of the two safety car periods, on lap 33, was caused by Steve Guglielmi’s Lotus Elise which stopped at Paddock Hill bend, and what should have been a fairly short interlude was extended to five laps due to Mick Mercer’s Topcats Racing Ginetta G50 also having troubles and stopping out on track. Britcar rules state that only a single 25 litre churn of fuel can be added per pitstop under safety car conditions, instead of the usual two churns allowed during open racing. Ryan Ratcliffe & Joe Osborne took this opportunity to stop twice, on successive laps, and so getting the full 50 litre fill up, but being able to catch back up with the safety car train each time – a great strategic move which would see them finish third overall, a fantastic result in their class four invitation entry Ginetta G50.
With 35 minutes to go the safety car appeared for a second time, on lap 50, to enable the recovery of Kevin Clarke & Wayne Gibsons class 4 BMW. By this point Andy Schulz had handed over to Paul Bailey in the Ferrari, and was leading – the pits stops having pretty much shaken out by this point. Javier Morcillo was in second place in the Azteca Mosler – and had been 20+ seconds behind but not lapping particularly quicker than Schulz.
In third were Jacques Duyver and Charlie Hollings in the FF Corse Ferrari 430, who were yet to stop. They waited until the safety car had come back in before making their stop – presumably to enable them to fill with the full 50 litres. They would emerge in sixth place, and despite initially dropping a place this was retaken and they finished in sixth.
Their pitstop would promote the double safety car stoppers, Ratcliffe and Osborne to the final step of the podium. Finishing in fourth place and winning class two, despite having some electrical issues were the Motionsport Team and their Ferrari 458. Their other car, the class for Lotus Elise would suffer gearbox problems and retire from the race.
Rounding out the class two podium were the two Topcats Racing Marcos Mantis’. Second in class were Owen O’Neill and Danny Winstanley, who had a nightmare of a race. Starting in third place they suffered a double puncture, after being caught out by both safety car periods, they finished 9th overall ahead of stable mates Rob Wilson and Raphael Fiorentino .
Winning class three were the Webb family, driving their BMW M3 GTR, being in a position to take advantage of the Bullrun Lotus’ woes and finishing an impressive fifth overall. Second place on the class three podium were the FF Corse boys, and taking the final step were Nick Jarvis and Tommy Field in their Track Torque Racing Chevron GR8.
Taking second in class four was Intersports other BMW, driven by Adam Hayes and Mark Radcliffe who finished two places higher overall than the Strata 21 Porsche of Adam Sharped and David Pittaway who took the final step on the class podium.

The next round will be at Snetterton on the 18th/19th of August and will be a three hour race. That weekend will also see the Britcar Production Cup Championship compete again in a 90 minute race.

Words: Alex Ings / Images: Alex Ings

SEMSEC thrills at Lydden

Posted by Dan Wright On July - 11 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Triple victory for Harvey-Kelly

Bill Richards and Charles Harvey-Kelly dominated the results at an entertaining SEMSEC Lydden round. However, their paths to victory could not be more different, Harvey-Kelly won easily with Richards defeating arch rival Nigel Craig in two epic Saloon battles.

As ever, the Saloon and Sports Car Championship provided the most thrilling racing with a 17 car strong field of eclectic machinery. Before the race even began Richards provided drama, arriving seconds before the race start after collecting a new Wheel Bearing from his Ashford workshop.

From pole Nigel Craig’s Subaru Impreza led, chased by Tony Skelton’s Clio and a charging Mini Clubman of Richards. By lap two Richards sat second, battling in tooth and nail style with the under steering Subaru.

With the Mini’s cornering ability and the Subaru’s sheer power a fantastic battle ensued. Richards stated: “It was a great battle, but to get past Nigel I had to force him into a mistake.” He did just that as with two laps left Craig missed a gear, Richards pouncing on the run down Hairy Hill to take the win. Behind the leading pair: Mary Grinham, Andy Banham and Mark Garner jostled over fourth, the Space Frame Mini of Grinham prevailing over Banham who was plagued with boost problems.

Craig and Richards constantly battled

A tense battle was not repeated in Race 2, with Richards taking the lead by the end of Lap 1 down Hairy Hill. After a Safety Car period the field spread, Craig hopelessly chasing Richards with Lydden Trackday regular Banham passing Grinham round the Devils Elbow.

Local Mini racer Tristam Barden was the star performer, finishing fifth after a jumping Robert Knox’s Maguire Stiletto through Paddock Bend. Richards took a comfortable win, Craig second and a pleased Banham third ahead of the hard charging Grinham.

Harvey-Kelly took three “easy wins,” two in the Sports Racing and Kit Car Championship and one in the South East Challenge. The Radical SR4 defeated a quartet of entertaining Caterham’s (Conibear, Gibb, Wilson and Bishop) who provided typical close racing in the two Sports Racing and Kit Car encounters. Harvey-Kelly is frequently seen at Lydden, loving the Lydden set up: “I’m happy with my results round this well organised and very friendly circuit” he stated post race.

Frantic SEMSEC action

Ford Fiesta driver Michael Jackson claimed top spot in the John Taylor Handicap race. Over 12 laps Harvey-Kelly could not catch Jackson, who was pleased to see the man in the mirror not get too close.

 

It was another tense, exciting afternoon of SEMSEC action. The SEMSEC series returns to Lydden for a Sprint and Race Meeting on the 22nd of September.

Written by – DAN WRIGHT
Images by – JOSEPH WRIGHT

Caterhams provided great racing

Snetterton MSVR Roundup

Posted by Alex Ings On July - 10 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

There was a full day of racing on the “300” circuit at a dry, but very windy, Snetterton on Sunday for the MSVR meeting. The Mini Challenge, GT Cup and BMW Championship all took part, among other series, with varying numbers of races for each.

GT Cup:

 

With three races over the weekend, the GT cup boys were busy. Unfortunately for Group One competitor Richard Chamberlain, after a second place in race one, technical troubles at the start of race two, and the lack of time between races to sort the issues, meant that he missed race three completely. This left Derek Johnston to take victory in all three races. There was an incredibly close finish in the third and final race – Colin Broster beat home Peter Smallwood by just seven hundredths of a second!

 

MSV F3 Cup:

 

There were two twenty minute races for the F3 cars at Snetterton – with the same winner for both. Linton Stutley taking victory by over twenty seconds in race one, and nearly the same margin again in race two. David Scott was the only man to try and keep Stutley honest, and so Scott duly took second place in both races. Rounding out the podium was Gino Ussi in race one, and Louis Hamilton-Smith in race two.

 

All bar one car finished the first race, Chris Dittman not even making the start of the Saturday evening event. Less cars made it to the checkered flag on Sunday lunchtimes race though – only 11 of the 16 runners lasting the distance.

 

 

Mini Challenge:

 

The Mini Challenge cars had an exceptionally busy weekend, with four races over two days. Lee Allen took two victories in the first two races, and finished in third place in the final two, while Sam Osborne had two third places, one victory and a fourth place after some very entertaining racing.

 

Sandwiched between the pair was Martin Depper in race one, Ant Whorton-Eales in race two (who would win the fourth race) and Chris Smiley in the final race.

 

In the Club Class races Henry Gilbert took victory in the first, third and fourth rounds to have a very successful weekend. Jono Brown win in the second race and was runner up in race three to bag a very tasty points haul.

 

Marangoni Tyres Production BMW Championship:

 

A field of nearly thirty cars took to the track for two races, with Mike Tovey winning in both of them, and by the same margin of 4.1 seconds. Runner up in both races was different though, with Matt Parkes taking the second step of the podium in race one, with Ben Winrow taking the final step.

 

Winrow would go one better in race two, to collect the silverware for second place with Liam Crilly finishing in third. Some close racing throughout the field, with cars barely more than a second apart – especially in the midfield – gave the spectators some great racing to watch.

 
Words: Alex Ings / Images: Alex Ings

 

 

 

Truck Festival hits Lydden

Posted by Dan Wright On July - 4 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Lydden Hill’s Truck Festival (16th, 17th July) saw stars of the British Truck Racing Championship, Oval racing and multiple Saloon series invade the Kent track for a packed Festival weekend.  Competitors and spectators all hailed the eclectic event, entertained by the finest racing talent from across the UK and Europe.

The on track action didn’t disappoint, the many J.D. Services Truck races providing close quarters racing across both days. Seeing 100mph trucks lap the UK’s shortest circuit was a sight to behold, with 2011 British Truck Champion Dave Jenkins dominating the racing results. Jenkins – the pre event favourite – loved the event set up: “To race at Lydden is great; I hold many fond memories of this place so to race here is really nice for the Trucks.”

Class B British Truck Champion Steven Powell echoed Jenkins thoughts: “This place is brilliant for the fans, but is also a good circuit to us to test at.” This shows how highly Britain’s best truck drivers think of Lydden’s Festival, it is an event first in many drivers diary. For fans of all things Truck the race machines were not the only type on show, as many Show Trucks littered the busy Paddock – a magnificent sight.

Across the weekend many Saloon races (Cannon MotorSpares Tin Tops, Intermarque Series and Quaife Motorsport News Saloons) entertained an enthusiastic crowd. Mini racer Tristam Barden, who was dwarfed by the many daunting Trucks, sang the event’s praises: “To bring so many formulas together is a very good idea, there should certainly be more events like this – there is something for everyone.”

Any motorsport fan would be impressed by the Festival’s offerings, especially at the rumbling sound of the European Late Model Saloon Series. Europe’s NASCAR type racers spat flames around the circuit’s Oval, bringing a taste of America to the beautiful countryside of Kent. Away from V8 NASCAR’s, the eye catching UK Sprint Cars were the Festival’s winged warriors, lapping the Oval in dramatic style.

Spectators were surprised to see thrills on three wheels across the weekend with the Reliant Robins adding a touch of Del Boy to the Festivities. The final Oval action came in the form of National Hot Rods, races that attracted Intermarque flyer Tommy Field Jr, who stated: “As I race in the Intermarque Series my car is eligible to race in two championships this weekend – a fantastic aspect of this event as it is so varied.”

Field Jr showed his class in both Intermarque races, claiming both wins in dominate fashion. Event organiser Rod Birley summed up the weekend well: “Despite odd incidents on track the Festival has provided very good racing, with – importantly – a great atmosphere.” The Diggerland Trucks, live band, Hog Roast, Truck Pull, Demonstrations, to name just a few activities, helped create this fantastic atmosphere, the Lydden Hill Truck Festival is an event for anyone’s diary.

Written by – DANIEL WRIGHT
Images by – JOSEPH WRIGHT

Modified Live Summertime Special comes to Brands Hatch

Posted by Andrew Cliffe On July - 4 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

This Sunday’s Modified Live Summertime Special event at Brands Hatch (8 July) will be better than ever as the UK’s hottest performance car festival celebrates the ultimate in four-wheel performance. Joining a feast of high-speed action in the Kent amphitheatre will be a demonstration of Formula 1 power that will stun spectators and performers alike!

Providing what is sure to be the day’s highlight for many will be four F1 cars from the 80s and 90s, a time when power outputs in the sport were at their highest. From the turbo era, the 1984 Toleman that was driven by Ayrton Senna allowed the Brazilian to showcase his skills. His compatriot Nelson Piquet drove for Lotus and Benetton in his illustrious career and the 1989 Lotus-Judd and 1990 Benetton-Ford, complete with high-revving 3.5 litre V8 engines will be on track this weekend. The 1993 Benetton, which was campaigned by Michael Schumacher and Riccardo Patrese, and featuring active suspension and a host of high-tech driver aids will also appear.

There will be plenty to see and do at this year’s event. Also on track will be competitive action from the headlining European Drift Championship and Time Attack Championship. The former is motorsport at its most visceral, with points awarded not for being the fastest, but the most skilful and artistic at the wheel. Spectacular smoke-inducing sideways drifts are the order of the day, and competitors are expected to lap the course without all four wheels pointing in the same direction!

A more conventional approach is taken by the Time Attack contenders but the action is no less sensational as the wildest performance cars around are driven to the limit against the clock. The event provides all the drama and tension of an F1 qualifying session, with cars dancing on the edge of adhesion.

Racing fans are also well-catered for with bumper-to-bumper action from US-style Pickup Trucks and the brand new Civic Cup Championship. The on-track fun continues with amazing stunt bike demonstrations, whilst visitors wanting to join in can purchase 15 minutes on track in their own car for just £35, provided that they bring their driving licence along.

The interactive element of Modified Live continues off track with competitions, including a show and shine contest for the best looking car, a tug-of-war contest between car clubs, a sound-off for the best car audio system and sideways rides in a Drift Taxi. With car club displays and trade stands too, this weekend’s Modified Live Summertime Special is sure to be a hit.

Tickets for the Modified Live Summertime Special at Brands Hatch on 8 July are available in advance for £17, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or visit www.brandshatch.co.uk

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