News A NEW SEASON OF BRSCC RACING KICKS OFF AT OULTON PARK
As quickly as one season finishes, the off season in-between the last chequered flag and the first race start of a brand new year almost feels like an eternity. But thankfully, we’ve survived the winter and emerge into early Spring with the long-awaited first race meeting of 2017! Oulton Park in Cheshire plays host with 4 championships set to kick off in fine fashion here. First off, the ever popular Avon Tyres Formula Ford 1600s kick off another season for the Northern Championship, which mainly encompasses rounds here at Oulton and across the border at Anglesey in North Wales. An away day joining the National Championship at Donington Park in the summer is also on the cards, too. The Championship retains its usual 5 class structure to accommodate Formula Ford chassis of all makes and ages, from modern contemporary through to the more historic machines. The McArthur trio (Tom, David and Neil), plus young guns like Matt Round-Garrido and Rory Smith will be expected as frontrunners, while Dutch stalwart Jaap Blijleven will be out for overall glory as well as individual class honours. This has always been one of the most fiercely contested championships within our portfolio, a fact set to honour the 50th anniversary of the much-loved category. Continuing the Ford theme, the first rounds of the year take place for the Electrovape.co.uk XR Challenge, a long standing championship that keeps Ford’s classic XR range of Fiesta and Escort models as working race cars. This season sees a new title sponsor and something of a boom in entries with a great number of former champions set to grace the grids this year. Reigning champion Greg Speight is set to defend his crown with the likes of Michael Heath, Mark Robinson, Mike Blackburn and Neil Waterworth all due to be snapping at his heels in the XR2 class, while double XR3i champion Mike Taylor will have his work cut out to fend off Chris Jones, Andrew Lennie, Jason Hennefer and more. Keep an eye on this series this year, as it could prove to be one of the surprise packages of 2017. Next up, one of Italy’s finest marques is back again to entertain with the long-standing Alfa Romeo Championship returning to add that little bit of European flair to proceedings. Once again three classes are in place for Modified, Power Trophy and the ever popular Twin Spark Cup cars, with the latter headed up by defending champ Tom Hill. He will proudly carry #1 this season, however an influx of new drivers will surely help spice things up in Twin Spark. As for Modified contenders, former champion Graham Seager’s GTV is back to full strength, however the one to fear will be Neil Smith in his ex-WTCC 156 touring car. Expect him to be a favourite all weekend and indeed all season. Last but by no means least, the Toyo Tires Porsche Championship looks to be well supported once more as both Boxster and 924 classes feature a great mix of talent and experience. Outgoing champion Richard Styrin has made the switch to the MX-5 SuperCup, leaving the door open for a new #1 this season. Richard Avery came on strong at the end of the year and looks likely to start the year as favourite, however a brand new aero package for the Race Boxster class should make things interesting. As for the 924s, that title is up for grabs too with likely candidates including Pip Hammond, Ryan Lowry, Philip Waters and even Chris Valentine as he returns to the race seat after the last few seasons as co-ordinator. All things considered, it’s set to be a fascinating season! It almost feels like we’ve been waiting far too long, but finally it’s time to go racing once more. Let’s begin the 2017 in style – lights out and go, go go!
24 Mar 2017
The BRSCC have announced that the 2017 BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 Championship will be sponsored by Britcover – manufacturers of high quality PVC-clad steel framed structures. Further support will be provided by long-time partners, Avon Tyres.
22 Mar 2017
BRSCC are delighted to confirm that Nankang Tyre UK have signed a title sponsorship agreement for the 2017 BMW Compact Cup Championship.
15 Mar 2017
After a thoroughly successful year of racing from start to finish in 2016, the BRSCC Fiesta Championship has its work cut out to match the ultra-competitive spectacle put on by its teams and drivers last season. That said, those who are contesting it this season have something of an extra little incentive to get them going.
13 Mar 2017
The Club is delighted to announce that Penny Mattocks, the former British F4 Championship co-ordinator, is joining the BRSCC staff in the role of Chief Co-ordinator.
10 Mar 2017
British GT Championship fans will be able to watch this season’s UK rounds, as well as those of its MINI Challenge support category, live and for free thanks to a new deal with Front Runner.
09 Mar 2017
IAME X30 international junior kart champion and Super One champion Oliver York has signed with Fortec Motorsports to contest the Ford F4 Challenge Cup. A new initiative for 2017, introduced by organisers of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, to enable drivers to compete for under £100,000.
08 Mar 2017
This past weekend saw the memorial of the passing of Welsh Grand Prix driver Tom Pryce, who sadly lost his life 40 years ago on March 5th 1976. The memorial took place at Otford Parish Church on Sunday afternoon.
06 Mar 2017
Ian Loggie and Callum Macleod will join forces aboard one of two Team Parker Racing-run Bentley Continental GT3s to be entered in this season’s British GT Championship.
01 Mar 2017
Following our recent acquisition of the BMW Race Days Compact Cup, we are delighted to confirm that the BMW Race Days championship support team of Greg Graham, Dan Collett and Barry Kennedy have agreed to continue in their roles for the 2017 campaign.
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