MEDINASPORT IN 2013
There will be a familiar look under the MedinaSport Team’s awning at this season’s rounds of the Avon Tyres Northern Formula Ford Championship as all four of their regular drivers – Martin Short, Neil McArthur and Neil’s two sons David and Tom – have re-signed to get their racing fix with John Loebell’s Cheshire-based team.
David McArthur ended the 2012 season in style when he won the Moose and Bernard Baxter Trophies at the BRSCC’s Winter Meeting at Anglesey in early December however he is not looking to rest on his laurels. David explains, “My ambitions are to carry on progressing as a driver and to try to grab a few wins along the way. For the first time I will be doing a full season so I'm very excited.” To aid him in achieving those victories MedinaSport have made a few of their special upgrades to his Van Diemen LA10.
David will also be keeping an eye on the battle between his father and brother. Towards the end of last season young Tom began to get on the pace of Neil. After the pair had a fraught final lap in the Moose Trophy which saw McArthur Snr use most of the Ty Croes real estate to hang on to his eighth place we can expect to see more fireworks between this pair in 2013. Neil will be keen to ensure he finishes ahead of Tom, while his son will be equally desperate to get the upper-hand on Dad.
The McArthur’s liveries will have a new look with sponsorship coming from The Black Swan Pub of Hollins Green – this will be on display at all of the BRSCC’s National and Northern Rounds as well as the Walter Hayes Trophy.
It will be good to see the irrepressible Martin Short out on the circuits once again. “My main goal is always to enjoy my motorsport otherwise what’s the point?” he muses, “However I do like to set myself the challenge of bettering last season’s results – which is something I failed to do in 2012. I would really like to win the Moose Trophy again and become the first driver to have won it twice.”
As MedinaSport have recently acquired a Duratec chassis Martin hopes to have a run in that but his primary focus will see him back behind the wheel of his Van Diemen JL012K where he will be taking his place amongst what is expected to be a bumper grid of Class A cars with the likes of Stuart Jones and Ian Parkington moving up to the latest cars.
MedinaSport hope to run two more drivers later in the season but for now their identities have to remain a secret. John Loebell himself has no plans to compete this year but will get behind the wheel for test days. He and his team have had a busy winter performing customer re-builds and constructing Parkington’s new racer from parts manufactured by Ian’s Ballpark Engineering concern. Roughly 20% of Ballpark’s business lies within the sphere of motorsports. Recently they have been producing components for Fluid Motorsport’s Ecoboost contender in the MSA’s Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain.