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The 24 Hours of Le Mans is not far away now and festivities begin this weekend with the Le Mans Test Day at Circuit de la Sarthe. There are two scheduled test sessions for Sunday, one from 9:00am-1:00pm and another from 2:00pm-6:00pm local time.
An upper level low pressure system will move off the western coast of Europe, between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Celtic Sea, Saturday night into Sunday. To start test day, winds at the upper levels will be relatively calm and dry from the south, resulting in some clear skies aloft. Winds from the west to southwest will bring some moisture off the Mediterranean Sea, resulting in some partly cloudy skies. With the addition of winds from the west and southwest at the surface, expect some warmer than average temperatures during the first test session in the low-to-mid 60’s F, or in the mid-to-upper teen’s C. As the day progresses and the second test session is underway, winds in the upper levels will strengthen slightly and shift direction towards the southwest, bringing moisture off the Bay of Biscay into the area. With the addition of moisture already present in the low levels, there is a threat of scattered showers in the area and has the possibility to interfere with the second session. Overall southerly flow in the atmosphere will result in a high temperature for the day in the low-to-mid 80’s F, or upper 20’s to low 30’s C.
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Double victory for TF-Sport in GT3 while Tolman Motorsport and Century Motorsport claim GT4 wins in Snetterton double header.
British GT. Source: Ian Cutting Photography
Race 1
GT3
Starting from pole TF-Sport's Mark Farmer led the race early on in the Norfolk sunshine until lap nine when both the Jetstream Motorsport Aston Martin of Graham Davidson and the Team Parker Racing Bentley got the better of Farmer.
Just a few minutes into the race later the Safety Car was sent out so the marshals could safely recover the stricken Balfe Motorsport's McLaren. While the Safety Car was out the pit window opened and this turned the pitlane into a very busy place while virtually the field pitted.
Jetsrteam's Aston Martin pitted in the lead and with no success penalty it should have re-emerged in the lead. Unfortunately problems and confusion in the pitstop meant that TF-Sport's Nicki Thiim was now in the lead. The Dane remained out in front for the remainder of the race taking the flag ahead of the Jetstream Aston Martin.
Further back Team Parker Racing, who were running P2 before the stops, fell back to P10 after a slow pitstop. This allowed Barwell Motorsport's #33 Lamborghini to claim the last step of the podium after circulating in P4 prior to the pitstops.
Optimum Motorsport's Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam had an eventful afternoon. Starting back in P9 they made their way to P4 at the flag, but because of contact with the Beechdean Aston Martin they had a 30s penalty added to their race time in lieu of a drive-through and saw them classified in P9.
#11 TF-Sport. Source: Ian Cutting Photography
GT4
Pole-sitter Ben Tuck in his Century Motorsport BMW was off as the rolling start got the race underway. By the time the Safety Car was sent out, the BMW driver was enjoying a 4s lead. The Century Motorsport pairing a Silver Cup pair have to serve longer pitstops than the Pro/Am pairings. As more or less the entire GT4 field all piled into the pits the Pro/Am pairings would be stationery less.
Indeed the Pro/Am pairing of Pattison and Osborne in their Tolman Motorsport McLaren pitted in P3 and left in P2 behind the Invictus Games Racing Jaguar who was now P1. A short pitstop saw the Invictus Games Racing team serve a penalty, but Osborne had already overtaken the Jaguar and held on to that lead to take the flag.
Behind the #56 Tolman Motorsport came the sister #4 McLaren of O'Brien and Fagg. This was at the expense of the UltraTek Nissan as they too had a penalty. Completing the podium was the Academy Motorsport Aston Martin of Moore and Nicoll-Jones. In fact that final spot could have been anyones between the McLaren, Aston and the Team Parker Mercedes as only 1s covered these three cars at the end of the race.
Century Motorsport's BMW of pole-sitter Green and Tuck finished the race down in P6 after all the hard work early on had been un-done by the safety car.
#56 Tolman Motorsport. Source: Ian Cutting Photography
Race 2
GT3
Again starting from pole, the TF-Sport Aston Martin managed to hold off the field until the pitstops. Thiim though couldn't make the break at the start due to the Safety Car deployment as a stricken McLaren of Barnicaot had to be retrieved. Once racing got back underway again, the two TF-Sport Aston Martins were running together, albeit 2s apart. Sorensen had leap frogged the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini at the start to be able to maintain some pressure on his team mate.
When the pitstops had all taken place, Johnston emerged in the lead courtesy of the 10s success penalty of the sister Aston Martin. Benefitting also from not having to serve a pitstop success penalty was the Beechdean Aston Martin who had now leap frogged up to P2 from starting P4. There the Aston Martin remained for the duration, glued to the bumper of the TF-Sport Aston and no matter what Howard could do he couldn't force Johnston into a mistake and the pair finished 0.5s apart at the flag.
Completing the podium was race 1 winner TF-Sport Aston who had managed to emerge just ahead of the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborgini after the pitstops after excellent work by the TF-Sport pit crew. The Lamborghini was soon falling back and indeed Optimum Motorsport Aston of Haigh had it in her sights and duly took P4 demoting Minshaw to P5.
In the closing stages of the race, this had become P6 after the Jetstream Aston Martin of Davidson made a move but contact was made and sent the Lamborghini into a spin. This earned Davidson a 30s race penalty and moved Minshaw back into P5.
#17 TF-Sport. Source: Ian Cutting Photography
GT4
Starting from pole, Academy Motorsport Nicoll-Jones managed to stay in the lead, but was soon overtaken by the BMW of Century Motorsport's Jack Mitchell who had started alongside Nicoll-Jones. In fact it could have been anyone of the top 6 who could have been leading by the time the pitstop window opened.
With the combinations of the success penalties and minimum pitstop times the order was soon jumbled and mixed. By the time everyone had served their stops it was Pattison who was out in front in his McLaren from fellow Tolman Motorsport team mate Proctor. It wasnt long though before Proctor made his move and into the lead and Pattison soon dropped behind Moore and Tuck.
The Century Motorsport of Ben Green and Ben Tuck had an eventful start. Green was up there at the front with the leaders when contact was made between himself and the McLaren of Dan Mckay. This resulted in the BMW spinning and now down in P12. Green had already made up two places before the pit stops and as a result of pitting early and the Tuck's speed meant that they were now P4.
Tuck's speed soon had him past Moore and then a move down the inside of the Bombhole saw him into the lead which he held onto until the end, finishing 2.5s ahead and claim their first victory in the championship. In fact it was also the first time a BMW M4 had won in Europe in the hands of a non-factory team.
#42 Century Motorsport. Source: Ian Cutting Photography
The next event is at Silverstone for the three-hour Silverstone 500.
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We are just days away from the first FIA World Rallycross Championship to be hosted at Silverstone. But before things get underway, here is a roundup of what has happened in the first three rounds of the championship so far.
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Round 1: World RX of Spain
There was drama at the opening round when it came to final. Petter Solberg in the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden was on pole with Mattias Ekstrӧm, the winner in Spain the two years previous, alongside him. Side-by-side going into turn one, Ekstrӧm running on the outside squeezed Solberg into the wall. A controversial incident that lead to Ekstrӧm being disqualified from the race.
Defending champion, Johan Kristoffersson, came out of the first corner incident in second place and gave the race to Ekstrӧm, but couldn’t make the move past. However, with Ekstrӧm’s exclusion Kristoffersson was awarded the victory. Sebastien Loeb in the Team Peugeot Total inherited second place and the EKS Audi Sport of Andreas Bakkerud was promoted to third. Niclas Gronholm took fourth and Solberg fifth.
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Round 2: World RX of Portugal
The first World RX final to be run in the snow saw Kristoffersson pick up another victory in his title defence. It was a race that came down to the timings of the joker laps and saw Loeb pick up second place again, whilst Solberg joined them on the podium.
Bakkerud missed out on a podium down to the jokers to take fourth whilst Guerlain Chicherit, in the GC Kompetition’s first season, took fifth holding off Timmy Hansen.
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Round 3: World RX of Belgium
In a thrilling race Loeb took his first World RX win since 2016 whilst the drama was behind. Making a good start from the grid Loeb was able to take the lead by turn one. Pole sitter Kristoffersson, was squeezed by teammate Solberg, riding the inside wall he took turn one on two wheels. Hansen made the most out of this and from last on the grid moved up into second place, whilst Bakkerud lost out.
Solberg had been setting fastest laps at the start of the race and this was enough to secure him second place with Hansen third. Ekstrӧm took the fastest laps later in the race to move himself up to fourth in front of Kristoffersson and teammate Bakkerud.
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Heading into Silverstone, the World RX of Great Britain, and Loeb is the only driver to have taken a win on the new circuit after competing in round one of the British Rallycross Championship earlier in the year. Will we see him take his second win in a row, will it be championship leader Kristoffersson or will we see the third winner of the 2018 season? One things for sure it is set to be another good weekend.
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The GT4 Sprint Cup Europe powered by SRO Motorsports is the latest asset to the DTM support programme for the season finale held from 12th to 14th October, 2018.
The cost-efficient GT-racing entry category, classified below the GT3 class, is gaining increasing popularity all over the world. The motor-racing enthusiasts at the Hockenheimring may look forward to quite a number of manufacturers. In addition to the GT4 vehicles of the manufacturers in DTM – BMW M4 GT4, Mercedes-AMG GT4 and Audi R8 GT4 – the grid presumably also will feature spectacular racing cars such as the Aston Martin Vantage, McLaren 570s GT4, Chevrolet Camaro GT4, KTM X-Bow GT4 or Sin R1 GT4.
“DTM attaches major importance to an attractive support programme. GT4 represents top-class close-to-production motor racing and in addition, there are the ambitious up-and-coming FIA F3 European Championship young guns. And don’t forget the ‘Tourenwagen Classics’ that represent an additional highlight as you once again could witness at the Lausitzring. I already look forward to a thrilling, action-packed season finale at Hockenheim,” says Achim Kostron, Managing Director of DTM’s umbrella organisation ITR.
“We at the SRO Motorsports Group are very happy to be able to organize the GT4 Sprint Cup Europe during the DTM Finale at Hockenheim at the end of the season,” says Stéphane Ratel, founder and CEO of the SRO Motorsports Group. “In front of thousands of race fans visiting the popular event our races will certainly show the immense potential of the GT4 category.”
The GT4 Gran Turismo vehicles provide close-to-production motor racing without expensive technology or hidden costs. The basis for the racers are production cars that are built at least 300 times a year. The minimum weight amounts to 1,000kg, widening the body or using aerodynamic components is widely prohibited and diffusers or rear wings are clearly smaller than in the higher categories. And the same applies to the technology under the bonnet. For everything you want to use, but cannot be found in the production car, you need a special permission. Only brake systems and shock-absorber systems may be replaced freely. The Mercedes AMG GT4 is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine producing some 510bhp, the BMW M4 GT4 is accelerated by a 430bhp 3.0-litre straight 6-cylinder biturbo and the Audi R8 GT4 relies on a 5.2-litre 495bhp V10.
At Hockenheim, the GT4 racers will contest two 40-minute races on Saturday and Sunday – after free practice sessions and the qualifying on Friday. All GT4 teams can register for this event.
Original press release from DTM
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With the final phase of the works at the Porsche Curves complete, there have been many other improvements made by the ACO and the Syndicat Mixte.
Two slogans for Ghislain Robert, COA Events and Infrastructure Manager: "Safety and Welcoming the Public". All the work done this year goes in this direction. First of all, with the last phase of the Porsche corner safety work (site started in 2015), under the contract of the Syndicat mixte. A large right turn exit corner was created at the junction with the White House circuit.
Still under the auspices of the Syndicat mixte, work has made the circuit even more accessible to people with disabilities (ramps, toilets ...). And, for ever more safety for pilots, protective panels were installed in front of the Hunaudières restaurants.
Other work has been done, this time under ACO's project management. An achievement of magnitude concerns the displacement of the starting line of 145 meters. Effective for a few months already, this decision was taken to align the competitors on the pit straight, for a better comfort of the spectators in the stands. A new topographic survey confirms the length of the circuit at 13,626 meters.
During the race, the commissaires will use new light panels, connected to the race direction. The technical teams also realized a service access arrangement on certain commissioner positions. In addition, 266 trees have been planted, the 8,000 m2 site that hosts the new Fan Zone has been landscaped with free WiFi access, and a new Total gantry will soon make its appearance at the Mulsanne bend.
These facilities benefit all the actors of the famous race: from the pilots to the volunteers and the spectators to the residents!
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It was a fantastic day of racing under the sunshine at the Thruxton circuit in Hampshire, which played host to rounds 7,8 and 9 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
BTCC Thruxton. Source: Eric Barnes Photography
It was the Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal who claimed the early bragging rights as he converted his pole into a race win. Colin Turkington, who lined up alongside Neal, drew level with the Honda is both cars approached the first few corners, but it was Neal who kept the Northern Irishman honest and pulled out a big enough gap towards the end, to have the win in the bag. Further down the order, the Motorbase Ford of Sam Tordoff hunted down Dan Cammish as the pair would then tussle for the final podium spot. Cammish would prevail and went on to claim his second outright podium of his rookie season.
Further back there was a feisty contest to see who would be best of the rest, as Tom Chilton battled with Andrew Jordan and Senna Proctor. Brett Smith recovered after a poor getaway on the second row of the grid to finish in 8th position, with Josh Cook and Chris Smiley continuing to show strong pace by rounding out the top ten. Championship leader Tom Ingram who started well, would drop out of contention altogether with a suspected electrical issue.
Matt Neal. Source: Eric Barnes Photography
It was Josh Cook who would then follow up his recent success at Donington Park with a delightful display to claim the second race of the day is his own. Race one winner Matt Neal didnt get a good start and immediately conceded the early lead to Turkington, meanwhile Cammish too bogged down at the start and had to watch Tordoff and Jordan breeze by in a battle for third. The TAG Racing duo of Cook and Proctor slipped past the Ford of Tom Chilton and Cook in particular, made a break for the front with blistering pace.
It didnt take Josh Cook too long before he saw off Tordoff and Jordan and found himself hunting down the front pair of Turkington and Neal. Cook’s Astra found its way past the Honda on lap 10 and then a lap later, pulled an almost identical move on Turkington to take the race lead.
That is how it would finish, with Turkington coming home in a solid second with Matt Neal in third. Sam Tordoff took another well earned fourth with Jordan close behind in fifth.
Josh Cook. Source: Eric Barnes Photography
The third and final race of the day saw Ciceley Motorsport and Adam Morgan make it a second win of the season after a lights to flag victory. Morgan got his Mercedes off the line well and was able to defend from an early attack from Senna Proctor.
There was all sorts of changing in the order, but the main man on the move was the WIX Racing Civic of Jack Goff, he stormed through the field to eventually catch Proctor for second, but Morgan was just too far up the road for him to challenge.
Sam Tordoff became “Mr Consistent” as he again cemented a solid fourth place and a huge haul of points from the weekend. Colin Turkington too had a fine afternoon and with a top five finish in the final encounter, fired himself back into the championship picture.
Adam Morgan now becomes the championship leader by just one point from Josh Cook, with previous series leader Ingram, down to third in the standings. Vauxhall leave Thruxton with the manufacturers standings lead as well as the teams’ table. Morgan and his Ciceley squad also have the lead in both the Indepedents’ standings and Chris Smiley has pushing himself to the top of the Jack Sears Trophy table.
Adam Morgan. Source: Chequered Images
Next stop on the BTCC calendar is Oulton Park in Cheshire on the 9th/10th June.
2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 7 – Thruxton
1 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing 16 laps 2 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +0.860s 3 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +3.699s 4 Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Team GardX Racing with Motorbase +4.040s 5 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +5.290s 6 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +8.922s 7 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +9.361s 8 Brett SMITH (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech +9.725s 9 Josh COOK (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +14.929s 10 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +15.436s
2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 8 – Thruxton
1 Josh COOK (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing 16 laps 2 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +1.325s 3 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +5.285 4 Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Team GardX Racing with Motorbase +6.287s 5 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +6.595s 6 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +7.005s 7 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport +7.419s 8 Jack GOFF (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech +7.816s 9 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +9.114s 10 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +10.203s
2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 9 – Thruxton
1 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport 16 laps 2 Jack GOFF (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech +2.433s 3 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +3.147s 4 Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Team GardX Racing with Motorbase +5.045s 5 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +5.994s 6 Josh COOK (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +6.544s 7 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +6.922s 8 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +7.722s 9 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +12.985s 10 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Team BMW +13.205s
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The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship qualifying session got underway under the blistering sunshine at the Thruxton circuit in Hampshire.
Matt Neal BTCC. Source: Chequered Images
This is a circuit which is notoriously hard and tyres and is the fastest circuit on the calender, so this was a chance for the cars, particularly with less ballast, to really make a run for the front and gain the advantage going into race day tomorrow.
It was the Halfords Yuasa Honda Civic of Matt Neal who produced an astonishing lap in the sunshine to beat his own lap record by nearly half a second to grab pole.
In a season which has so far been dominated by the ever growing number of emerging independents, it was the elder statesman Neal who produced the goods to come out on top of the half an hour qualifying session.
Team BMW’s Colin Turkington, who suffered last time out Donington, was back on the pace and will line up alongside the Honda on the front row. Brett Smith was impressive in the Eurotech backed Honda and will up just behind the experienced pair of Neal and Turkington.
Matt Neal’s teammate, Dan Cammish, was amongst a number of drivers who would have their times removed during the session due to track limits, but the rookie bounced back to line up in fourth.
The Power Maxed Racing squad continue to have a breakthrough season in the BTCC, as Senna Proctor performed well again to line up in fifth for the first of tomorrows three races.
Championship leader Tom Ingram, Sam Tordoff, Tom Chilton, Andrew Jordan and Chris Smiley rounded out the top ten in what was a highly competitive session.
With the entire field separated by just 2.6 seconds at the flag drop, it means we will be yet again in for a treat at the fast paced Thruxton circuit and we will find out if the championship old guard will dominate or the hungry independents will continue to turn the season on its head.
2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Qualifying – Thruxton
1 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing 1m15.612s (112.17mph) 2 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +0.235s 3 Brett SMITH (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech +0.435s 4 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.477s 5 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +0.533s 6 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +0.567s 7 Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Team GardX Racing with Motorbase +0.609s 8 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +0.644s 9 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +0.706s 10 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +0.783s 11 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +0.845s 12 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport +0.901s 13 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Team BMW +0.911s 14 Jack GOFF (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech +0.926s 15 Josh COOK (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +0.991s 16 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Ciceley Motorsport +1.020s 17 Rob AUSTIN (GBR) DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing +1.029s 18 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +1.078s 19 Mike BUSHELL (GBR) Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing +1.154s 20 James COLE (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +1.167s 21 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +1.193s 22 James NASH (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +1.215s 23 Josh PRICE (GBR) Autoglym Academy Racing +1.282s 24 Jason PLATO (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +1.306s 25 Jake HILL (GBR) Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing +1.325s 26 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing +1.471s 27 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +1.722s 28 Michael CAINE (GBR) Team HARD with Trade Price Cars +1.958s 29 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) AmD with Cobra Exhausts +2.056s 30 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) Team HARD with Trade Price Cars +2.161s 31 Tom BOARDMAN (GBR) AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing +2.501s 32 Sam SMELT (GBR) AmD with Cobra Exhausts +2.659s
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The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to the Thruxton circuit in Hampshire this weekend for rounds 7,8 and 9 of the season.
BTCC Donington. Source: Eric Barnes Photography
So far we’ve seen a whole host of new faces grace the podium positions with somewhat of a changing of the guard in the Championship as the younger drivers are seizing the opportunity to take control of the championship fight this year. The average age of the top eight drivers in the standings is just 25 years old, with the series leader, Tom Ingram, just 24 years old.
Tom Ingram. Source: Eric Barnes Photography
The opening weekend at Brands Hatch would always be a hard act to follow, but Donington Park did a great job of throwing up some more high octane action. Three different drivers took to the top step in the East Midlands and we will be hoping for the same kind of unpredictability as we look ahead to Thruxton this weekend.
Tom Ingram is currently the only driver to notch two wins this season, which will definitely be a confidence boost for him and the team going into another crucial weekend. Power Maxed TAG Racing also maintained its incredible start to the season, with both Senna Proctor and now Josh Cook, taking wins in the series. Cook in particular will be looking for another strong points haul as Thruxton is his “home turf”.
Josh Cook. Source: Eric Barnes Photography
Its also worth mentioning that the WSR BMW’s will be a team to watch this weekend. After what was a pretty underwhelming performance at Donington, the team will be looking to bounce back at a circuit that has been good to them in the past.
Thruxton itself is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the popular circuit is set to open parts of its brand new hospitality facility, ahead of its 50th anniversary celebrations later this year.
With the weather on our side at the moment, it seems that the bumper crowds at Thruxton will be yet again treated to some top class touring car racing, in what is truly shaping up to be a tremendous season.
Weekend Timetable:
Saturday:
FP1: 9:50 – 10:30
FP2: 12:30 – 13:10
QUALI: 15:25 – 15:55
Sunday:
RACE 1: 12:15
RACE 2: 14:35
RACE 3: 17:20
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Wins for Team Abba Racing and FF Corse
Britcar. Source: Ian Cutting Photography
Race 1
Richard Neary in his Team Abba Racing Mercedes AMG takes the win from FF Corse Ferrari 488 with an audicious move round the outside of Copse Corner. Starting from fourth after picking up an early puncture and having to sit out rest of qualifying, Neary certainly was a man on a mission. Having quickly gotten past those ahead, he was soon on the tail of the Ferrari 488. After the pit stops, the Ferrari emerged in the lead so Neary had to do it again and duly did. The last lap though the FF Corse made its move and into the lead and held on to take the flag less than a second ahead of the Mercedes.
Class 2 was a win for the #98 Porsche 911 of JMH Automotive ahead of the FF Corse Ferrari 488 in the sprint class.
Class 3 and after the dominance of Black Mamba at Rockingham, it was the turn of Team HARD Racing to have a better outing. Simon Rudd and Tom Barley took the class win despite a 30 sec time penalty for a pitstop infringement (this was later amended to 4 sec time penalty). Black Mamba took second and final step went to Track Focused KTM X-Bow. The sister Ginetta from Team HARD finished in fourth with Callum Hakins-Row returning (Darron Lewis was unavailable for this round) to partner Adam Hatfield.
Class 4 sprint and success for Tockwith Motorsport's Sarah Moore and Matt Greenwood in their Ginetta with Maximum Motorsport's Stewart Lines and Adam Morgan finishing second in their Seat Cupra. Completing the podium was Synchro Motorsport and their new Honda Civic Type R. There was close racing between the Ginetta and Seat with the lead changing several times as the Tockwith Ginetta struggling for grip around the Silverstone GP circuit.
Team Abba Racing. Source: Ian Cutting Photography
Race 2
Just as the cars were being assembled the weather had changed and was starting to rain. After picking up a puncture earlier in the day on the way to the assembly area, Neary opted to start from the pitlane for the race knowing he had the speed in the Mercedes AMG. Such was the sped that by lap 8 Neary was in second behind the FF Corse Ferrari of Ross Wylie.
Over at Brooklands Rob Young's BMW had a slight mishap and David Holloway in his Ginetta was stranded on the grass. This brought out the safety car and also the right time for some pitstops for those in the Sprint section. Some of the Endurance Class used this opportunity to change to wets as the track was getting wetter with each lap.
Once racing got back underway again it didn't take Neary long to get past David Mason's Ferrari and then was off. At the end of the 50 min Sprint section, Neary took the flag just over 30 sec in front of the Ferrari. Completing the podium in the Sprint Class was the Porsche 911 of Igoe and Wilcox.
In the Endurance Class it was still a win for FF Corse with their Ferrari 488 GT3. After a second short safety car period the Ferrari was out in the lead where it stayed (albeit by using all of Mowlem's driving skills in the wet conditions) until the end on tyres that were way past their best.
Trouble for others meant that the Class 4 SEAT TCR of Stewart Lines and Adam Morgan were challenging for podium! With the Team Hard Ginetta of Callum Hawkins-Row having a couple of rotations it left Lines unchallenged to claim that last outright podium.
After their dominance at Rockingham, Black Mamba couldn't repeat that form in Class 3. Ruling that this time round was Team Hard Racing claiming P1 and P2 in class while Black Mamba claimed P3 for one of their Ginetta's. The sister Ginetta retired from the race 3 laps from home.
Maximum Motorsport's Stewart Lines and Adam Morgan not only claimed third overall, but P1 in Class 4. Completing the top three in class was Tockwith Motorsport's Ginetta of Greenwood and Moore and then the Honda of Synchro Motorsport.
FF Corse Ferrari. Source: Ian Cutting Photography
The next round is at Oulton Park June 23rd.
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This course will take your from passionate beginner to running your own motorsport business. Whether you just want to earn a bit of money from something you love, or want to turn this into your full time job, there's a module for you.
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The course is currently in the early access phase and more content is being added on a regular basis. The early access period will run until the course is complete and is discounted from £249 down to just £49 (plus VAT).
Early access enrolment gives you the chance to help shape this course and give us important feedback while it's developed. You'll have lifetime access and will never have to pay another penny, even when the price rises.
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