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  1. BRSCC GOES TO THE COAST FOR ANGLESEY SUMMER RACE FEST

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    There’s no time like the beginning of Summer to take a motorsport related trip to the coast, and the BRSCC has the perfect location – the wonderfully picturesque Anglesey Circuit in North Wales. The weekend is sure to be an entertaining encounter for all involved, as Fun Cup Endurance, Mazda MX-5s, BMW Compacts and Fiesta ST150s all come together to provide an enthralling spectacle.


    Saturday’s action will be dominated by the pair of Fun Cup Endurance Championship races, the series following on from an intense ending to the previous double header at Croft that saw a pair of exciting encounters that saw a first win for MJ Tec in the one hour sprint, and Morpheus Motorsport coming out on top in the longer three hour race. For Anglesey, it’s another double header, with two three hour endurance tests for the teams to tackle, the second race starting in late afternoon and scheduled to end just before 10pm at night.

    MJ Tec have a ten point lead over defending champions Team Olympian/GRD, with Morpheus Motorsport only another two back in third. Don’t count out the likes of UVio/ Hoffman’s, GCI Racing, Greenheath, Signature RV, PLR Racing and more, all top teams that have the pace and driver talent to challenge at the front of the field.


    Some superb wheel-to-wheel racing characterised the latest GAZ Shocks Mazda MX-5 Championship rounds at Oulton Park just three weeks prior, with Luke Pullen picking up a brace of wins to push himself into championship contention as the paddock reaches the halfway point in the season. Thomas Langford still leads the way and hasn’t finished off the podium once thus far, with Anglesey the latest chance for him to add to his win tally and increase it to as many as eight.

    His main pursuers are also sure to be Jack Noller and Adam Sparrow, the former with a single win from Snetterton to his name while last year’s vice champion Sparrow is yet to hit the top step but has always been in contention in every single race so far. Anglesey could be a great chance for him to end his win drought. The above four are certain to pick up where they left off and command the pack from the front.


    Paul Bateman still has a grip on the Downforce Radio Mazda MX-5 Clubman Championship with a win and a podium from Oulton Park helping him to retain the points lead three meetings in. With an advantage almost 40 points clear, Bateman’s goal will be to keep up this form and continue to lead the way as the second half of the season approaches.

    The likes of Oulton Park winner Jack Warry and Snetterton victory Beau Parry will be on their toes to try and stop the Bateman freight train from running away once more, plus you’ll also be able to count on Del and Jake Paice, Nick Le Doyen, Russell Halley and Jonathan Greensmith to all be on pace and bit for some strong results to further boost their scores.


    There’s also strong competition up and down the Clapham North MOT Mazda MX-5 SuperCup grid too with Aidan Hills bidding to retain his Pro class crown but finding his opposition to be even tougher than 2023. On overall scores, he’s 23 points ahead of double Oulton Park winner Joe Wiggin, with Leigh Britten, Oliver Allwood and Alex Stott currently in the top five. As for former leader Patrick Fletcher, his tough day in Cheshire left him with a DNF and a fourth place, meaning he slipped down to sixth in Pro points with work to do to climb back up the order. Expect more frantic dicing at the head of the field here in Wales.

    An intriguing battle is also continuing to brew in the Club class, too, as Aimee Watts retained her points lead last time out despite only placing third twice. Wins at Oulton went to two returnees from Silverstone – Kamal Kalsi and Wilbur Tiley, while Watts placed ahead of current main rival Ollie Hall both times to extend her lead to 18 points. Anglesey could either allow her to take another step forwards, or lose ground to her rivals.


    After their hat-trick of thrilling races at Croft, the Nankang Tyre BMW Compact Cup gears up for its third outing of 2024 this weekend, and heading to Anglesey it could barely be closer. Gordon Macmillan currently leads Connor Grady and Joseph Doble, and there’s only a point between each other in the top three. Macmillan took all three wins at Croft off the back of a double for Joe Doble, with Grady yet to stand on the top step.

    Defending champion Gareth Claydon had ups and downs of his own at Croft, which included a DNF just a couple of corners before the flag in race two. He will want to rebound from his current eighth place in points, while Steven Dailly will also hope for slightly better fortunes on his second weekend back. The former five time champion was forced to run a spare car after problems with his regular race car, so he’ll be keen to be on the pace and to remind everyone why he was number one for so many years.


    There’s also a fine entry for this weekend in the Vinyl Detail Fiesta ST150 Challenge with 25 cars expected to line up across the two days. This season’s grid is looking especially competitive as despite only Mike Blackburn and Sam Watkins being the two sole race winners thus far, no fewer than nine different drivers have already taken at least a podium finish from the first six races. Anglesey presents another opportunity for more to step up.

    Blackburn leads the way in points and is already more than 50 ahead of second placed Dobson, with Dan Robinson, Watkins, Mark Blunt, Stephanie Sore, Liam Browning and Dillon Davis respectively in the standings, all of whom have taken home at least one piece of silverware this year to date. Others will have ground to make up, like Chris Grimes, Thomas Ikin, Jamie Lewthwaite, Aiden Vickers and Jade Goodwin to name a few, while a few familiar faces from the XR Challenge days are also back to make a guest appearance.


    In addition to all of the above races, a special Anglesey Summer Celebration race will take place at the end of the weekend as the last race on the timetable. Running a similar format to that of ClubSport Trophy, the 40-minute pit stop race will be open to many of the cars and drivers that have already competed across the weekend, and will providing an exciting and fun sign-off to what’s set to be a fine two days of racing by the coast.

    Written by Scott Woodwiss

  2. BRSCC & TCR UK COMPLETE AN ACTION-PACKED DAY AT OULTON PARK

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    On what turned out to be a rather eventful day all round, the BRSCC and TCR UK delivered a race day at Oulton Park that was action packed and produced plenty of talking points. While some championship battles remained close, others ended up blown wide open after their day of racing in Cheshire.


    The latest rounds of the TCR UK Touring Car Championship were full of fireworks right from the word go in race one. Pole sitter Carl Boardley had to get his elbows out to defend from a racey Adam Shepherd in on the opening lap, as the defending champion managed to hold back the points leader (both in CUPRAs) until Shepherd began to drop backwards with an issue. Second place was fought out between Brad Hutchison and Joe Marshall which fell in favour of Marshall’s Audi, and he would put pressure on Boardley in the closing stages. Nevertheless, Boardley proved why he has #1 on the window this year, and drove a smooth and consistent race to take his first win of the year. Marshall settled for second ahead of Hutchison’s CUPRA, with Shepherd still managing fourth ahead of Luke Sargeant in another CUPRA.

    Race two almost saw Shepherd’s race end in the Old Hall gravel on the first start, but he quickly extricated himself before the race was halted due to an incident at Cascades. On the safety car restart, Stewart Lines did his best to make the most of his top ten reverse grid pole to briefly lead before a charging Shepherd hit the front before long. He had a lead of more than six seconds by the time second placed Boardley made his way to the head of the chasing pack, the latter aided by a late safety car to close up once more. A strong restart initially gave Shepherd enough of the gap he needed, and even though Boardley closed in just before the flag, he couldn’t overhaul him. The championship leader took his fourth win of the season, while Darron Lewis claimed his first TCR UK podium with third ahead of Callum Newsham’s Hyundai and Sargeant’s CUPRA.


    The Milltek Sport Civic Cup would only race one on the day, but that race was certainly full of entertainment, especially at the front of the field. 2023 champion Max Edmundson got away from pole with Area Motorsport teammate Josh Files quickly giving chase, the former TCR champion snatching the lead on lap two to set up a race long duel between the two drivers. The pair were virtually inseparable all race, but Edmundson’s pressure allowed Files to crack late on and eventually fade back with brake issues.

    Edmundson claimed the win with Files considering himself lucky to hold on to P2 after a late red flag saved his graces and allowed him to retain the podium spot. Lewis Kent took third while Area Motorsport cars filled the next three places to ensure an 1-2-3-4-5-6 finish for the team. Due to unforeseen delays affecting the timetable, the second Civic Cup race was postponed and is due to be run at a later event in the season.


    Jacob Hodgkiss took a very crucial win in the first BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship race after a miserable Snetterton weekend left him on the back foot. Pole in qualifying was followed by a calm and collected drive despite an early safety car keeping rivals close, but on the restart he reeled off the remaining laps and kept Tommy Harfield, Jenson O’Neill-Going, Alfie Garford and Finn Leslie behind respectively to clinch his first win of the season, and one that was key to keep his championship ambitions alive. 2024 FJC Scholarship winner Daniella Sutton also put in her best performance to date with a superb sixth place finish too.

    Hodgkiss initially looked on course to do the double, but a lunge from Harfield at Lodge spooked him enough to run wide, allowing O’Neill-Going to sneak past both on corner exit, while Hodgkiss dropped further back to fourth. Harfield put himself out of contention going off at the Island hairpin from second place, leaving O’Neill-Going unchallenged and to drive on to his third win of the year. Leslie held second ahead of Hodgkiss third, followed by Ben Doughty and Garford.


    Oulton Park proved to be a key day in Alastair Kellett’s bid to finally win the AIRTEC Motorsport Fiesta ST240 Championship. Pole in qualifying initially converted into the lead while front row mate and current main rival Zach Lucas had a messy opening lap and dropped back before retiring. Pressure out in front from Simon Horrobin eventually saw a change of lead at the Hislops chicane, the top three then remaining in order to the flag. It was a first win of the year for Horrobin outright and in Pro class, with Kellett second and John Cooper in third, while Henry Howarth took his fist Am class win in an excellent fourth overall.

    The second race was more straightforward for Kellett, with Horrobin on his tail again from the outset. He managed to create a gap after a few laps and left Horrobin to deal with third placed man Cooper behind, neither of them able to keep up with the Irishman out in front. Kellett clinched victory to further increase his points lead with Horrobin and Cooper behind Pro class, while Howarth collected his second Am win of the day.


    The Audi TT Cup Racing Championship certainly had an eventful day of their own at Oulton Park. Race one had to be halted moments into the start after an incident involving several cars before Old Hall corner, including championship leader Carl Swift. With him and others out of action for the restart, Andrew Dyer briefly stole the lead from pole sitter Matt Luff before losing it back to him at Hislops. With Will Stacey on their tail in third, the top three quickly ran away out in front and remained in order with Luff picking up his first Audi TT Cup win in the process, leaving Dyer to fend off Stacey for second.

    Dyer got the jump again to initially lead race two with Luff in hot pursuit, before a red flag forced a second start once more. Once again, Dyer had the lead on the restart and managed to lead a couple of laps before Luff slipped by and held firm to complete the double, while an entertaining fight for third landed Stacey’s way after dicing with Sean Smith and Charlie Budd late on.


    Our thanks must go to all of our marshals, volunteers and officials that worked tirelessly and professionally to ensure the race day was able to be completed despite the many challenges thrown up by some of the unforeseen delays. Your efforts were, and always are, greatly appreciated.

    Written by Scott Woodwiss

  3. BRSCC & TCR UK MARCH ONWARDS TO OULTON PARK

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    Just two weeks out from the previous visit, the British Racing & Sports Car Club is back at Oulton Park in Cheshire for another day of non-stop club racing action. This time, the Club brings TCR UK to the fore to play out the latest chapter in their 2024 season and once again, the touring cars will be flanked by the exceptional group of support championships on the timetable.


    The previous rounds of the TCR UK Touring Car Championship at Snetterton were near plain sailing for Adam Shepherd, whose two victories helped him to extend a lead of 35 points over second placed Callum Newsham. Both have taken to the top step at least once this year, but it’s the CUPRA of Shepherd that’s had the advantage more often and with the need for finance to continue after this weekend, more strong results are not just desired, but needed in order for him to continue on top.

    Newsham himself is only four points ahead of Carl Boardley, the 2023 champion who is yet to win so far this season but has still scored consistently to retain a high place in the standings. Could Oulton Park be the day he gets his first piece of winner’s silverware? Joe Marshall’s proven to be an established front runner and has threatened to win more than once this year, but he needs all the good form he can get to make it happen, while Brad Hutchison’s first TCR UK win at Snetterton has seen him leap into the top five with the promise of more.

    Oulton Park’s packed one-day schedule means tight turnaround times for the teams, just two races are scheduled instead of the regular three on a two-day race meeting with qualifying taking place early in the morning.


    Looking just as interesting across the paddock is the current early battle at the top of the Milltek Sport Civic Cup standings between defending champion Max Edmundson and his teammate Josh Files – who is also already turning out to be his key rival. Between them, both drivers have won all but one of the six races and Edmundson is currently 27 points out in front after just two weekends.

    That one missing victory was taken by their Area Motorsport teammate and former champion Alistair Camp, who also claimed his first at the wheel of his new FN2 Civic at Brands Hatch. He is also best of the rest in third but has a lot of ground to make up to remain a title contender going forwards. Ben Sharpe Racing’s top pair of Spencer Stevenson and Harvey Caton are next to complete the top five, both of which have looked strong at times but are yet to take home a winner’s trophy in this championship.

    Liam McGill, Will Redford, Lewis Kent, Sam Kirkpatrick and Dave Marshall currently complete the top ten, all drivers who have shown flashes of brilliance but haven’t quite had all the luck to stay closer to the points leaders.


    Back at Snetterton, the two races for the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship were hailed as some of the best in recent history, with superb driving standards at the front of the field and exciting battles up and down the pack. This will be the second and last double header of the season, and heading to Oulton Park the title picture is looking rather exciting.

    Top Mk7 racer Finn Leslie leads his class and the overall standings, while Jenson O’Neill-Going does likewise in the Mk6 class and is currently eight points off the top. Both have two wins to their name this season, with Leslie’s second coming at O’Neill-Going’s expense in a thrilling side-by-side photo finish. Both will be bidding to out-pace the other, but their competition is looking stronger than ever.

    There’s Jenson Mason who collected his first FJC win in Snetterton’s first race, along with Tommy Harfield and Alfie Garford who regularly challenged for the lead several times but so far come up short. They will be hungry for victory, while early front runner Jacob Hodgkiss who had to endure a day of turmoil with mechanical issues and penalties hampering meaning he left Norfolk scoring zero points.

    He is one of many drivers using their experience from last season to progress, including George Foxlow, Billy Blockley, Ben Doughty and Joshua Watts, while newcomers this year such as Henry Foote, Archie Davies, Thomas Merritt and Jack Burgess will all be present to continue their development.


    Packed grids have characterised the Audi TT Cup Racing Championship throughout its opening two weekends and this Saturday at Oulton Park is absolutely no different with another healthy field expected to turn out in Cheshire.

    Carl Swift continues to lead the way with five wins from six races, currently the man in form that everyone’s chasing. His win streak was halted at Snetterton by Steve Foden, as last year’s Mazda MX-5 Championship champion was promoted after on-track winner Adam Blair was disqualified on a technicality. Ahead of him in the standings are several drivers that are looking to find the top step themselves, such as Bradley Burns, Matt Luff, Ross Makar, Will Stacey, the aforementioned Blair and more.

    There are others that have also had their own up and down fortunes too but are sure to try and bounce back, such as Andrew Dyer, Harry Yardley-Rose, Luke Handley, Ryan Edgecumbe, Danny Hobson and even Rob Boston, who put it on pole in his first TTCup qualifying session but found himself shuffled down the order throughout the weekend. This will certainly be the biggest and most tightly packed grid all day at Oulton Park and will certainly provide entertainment.


    Rounding off the line-up for Oulton Park, the AIRTEC Motorsport Fiesta ST240 Championship is already beginning to shape up to be a real thriller all season. From the first two weekends, we’ve had no less than four different race winners and several more that have stood on the podium both overall and in class. The turbocharged Fiestas consistently prove themselves to be some of the fastest cars in the support paddock and are a particularly excellent training ground for those looking to move up onto the TCR UK grid.

    Race winners this year have seen three come from Pro class and one come from Am. Alastair Kellett’s three wins put him ten points ahead in Pro and overall, with Zachary Lucas in second courtesy of one win and three second places helping his cause. They hold the advantage over Gary Miller, Lucas Hayden and Joseph Knight in the top five while other Pro drivers like Connor Blackburn, Simon Horrobin and John Cooper have had mixed fortunes but have also shown their speed at times too. Cooper did in fact win the third race at Snetterton with a well managed drive, so momentum could be on his side on the day.

    Am class is also looking interesting with James Pope currently heading this group, just four points ahead of Daniel Lewis who has a tough Snetterton weekend to recover from that included two non-finishes. Archie Johnson and Caitlin May have been making strides, while others such as Henry Howarth and Charlie Ellis have ground to make up to climb higher up the table.

    Written by Scott Woodwiss

  4. ENTRIES OPEN FOR 2024 RACE OF REMEMBRANCE

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    Regarded as a highlight of the British motorsport calendar, the BRSCC and Mission Motorsport are delighted to announce that the 2024 Race of Remembrance, a pitlane service of remembrance with an endurance race attached at Anglesey Circuit and now in its landmark tenth running, on November 8-10 2024, is now open for entries!

    Teams will be able to secure entries against a £700 deposit, with the 2024 entry fee for the event being set at £2,900 per car.

    Follow the simple instructions below and get your spot on the grid secured today!

    If you’ve never used the BRSCC RaceHub system before, click the button below to register for an account, then click Join Today once logged in, select ROR Membership (free of charge) and complete the form. For those who have used the RaceHub before, but do not have current BRSCC membership, you can simply log in and renew your membership to the free of charge RoR Membership.

    Once completed, and for anyone who already has a BRSCC racing membership, select Race Series from the menu on the left, pick Race of Remembrance and complete the registration form. Car owners, primary drivers and team managers should ideally place the entry to serve as a point of contact.

    Now you’re registered, select Race Entries from the left-hand menu, then pick the Race of Remembrance event. You can place your entry by either paying the deposit of £700.00, or the full amount of £2,900.00. Entries are permitted 2-6 drivers per car, although you won’t be able to select and allocate your drivers yet until a later date. Friday paid practice is also available for just £150.00.

    As a reminder, only Motorsport UK List 1A/1B/1C tyres are permitted and the car must meet all mandatory Motorsport UK safety and technical requirements. More information on class structure will be confirmed in the event regulations.

    GARAGES

    Garages will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis – so get your deposits in as soon as possible! As with RoR 2023 last year, we will be allocating only 2 cars per pit garage at the event. With 22 garages available, this means that the first 44 deposits paid will guarantee your team a pit garage at the event.

    Those teams that enter later and aren’t allocated a garage will be allocated a space in the paddock directly behind the garages and will have access to the pit apron directly in front of the garages for pit stops. Some teams have chosen this option in the past and it has worked well for everyone involved.

    Please note: If you wish to run more than 2 cars from a garage, as long as you don’t restrict teams based in the adjacent garage we have no issues with you doing so.

    MORE INFO – https://brscc.co.uk/formulae/race-of-remembrance/

    ENTER ROR 2024 – https://racehub.brscc.co.uk

    For those competitors that wish to, testing is available on Thursday 7th November – please contact Anglesey Circuit directly.

     

  5. GINETTAS ENTERTAIN AT DONINGTON PARK COME RAIN OR SHINE

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    The trio of Ginetta championships had to battle the elements over their latest weekend of racing on the British GT Championship package, as the Juniors, GT Academy and GT Championship all tackled the full GP layout of Donington Park in Leicestershire.

    The Ginetta Junior Championship saw a first pole for Chase Fernandez, who was also making his first appearance for his brand new team after switching to R Racing. He came under threat for the lead in race one from Henry Joslyn whose attempt was blocked at Coppice which dropped him to sixth. Fernandez escaped in the lead while a recovering Joslyn, Charlie Hart and Marcus Saeter all dueled over the podium places, but while Fernandez crossed the line first, his defence of Joslyn was deemed to be too robust and was demoted one place post-race. This gave Joslyn victory, while Charlie Hart, Ethan Jeff-Hall and Saeter completed the top five.

    In the damp conditions on Sunday morning, race two saw Joslyn lead from pole ahead of Hart and Fernandez, his cause helped by a safety car for stranded cars in the gravel. Despite attacks from all sides on the restart, Joslyn kept his cool and converted the remaining laps into his second win of the weekend, with Fernandez and Saeter joining him on the podium ahead of Hart and Jeff-Hall.

    Fernandez perfectly timed a first lap pass for the lead on Saeter before an early safety car neutralised race three. A slick restart gave Fernandez enough breathing space to keep Joslyn and Isaac Phelps at bay, driving on to claim his first Ginetta Junior win of the season. Saeter and Archie Clark completed the top five.


    In the Ginetta GT Academy, a first corner incident forced a restart to race one, and once underway a second time it was advantage Luke Shaw as he maximised the clear space on the front row to lead every single lap from the restart to the premature finish to the race after an incident at Coppice. Shaw was declared the victor ahead of Thomas Balfe and Harry Gamble, while Amy Tomlinson topped the GTA class.

    James Nicholas stole the lead from Shaw into Redgate beginning race two and mastered the damp conditions to head the pack with Luke on his tail in second. The two drivers were essentially inseparable for the duration, with Nicholas adding to his 2024 win tally by just 0.750 at the flag from Shaw with Mike Taylor in third. Harry Gamble and Gareth Thomas ensured a Rookie lockout of the top five, as Marc Elman was top GTA runner.

    With the two race winners on the front row again for race three, it was initially advantage Nicholas as he ran away to his second win of the weekend, while Shaw ran second before dropping backwards to an eventual P5 finish. While Nicholas took the flag first, Gamble and Mike Taylor completed the podium from Thomas and Shaw, with Elman again taking the GTA class honours.


    Over in the Ginetta GT Championship, all three races saw Mckenzie Cresswell prove his pace all weekend long. From the outset of race one, Cresswell swept into the lead and proved too quick for the rest of the pack to keep up as he dominated from start to finish and took his first victory of the weekend by almost five seconds. He was also top Pro ahead of Am winner Mark White on the road, the rest of the top five completed by Pro drivers Luke Garlick, Ben McKenna and Conner Garlick.

    The weather conditions may have taken a turn on Sunday morning for race two, but that wouldn’t slow down Cresswell for one moment as he proved to be the rain master and quite literally sailed away out in front! This time his winning margin was a more substantial 13 seconds while Am winner White again took second overall, followed by the Garlick brothers Luke and Conner and Ben McKenna in the top five.

    On a dry and sunny track for race three, the hat-trick was completed for Mckenzie as he again stamped his authority on the pack. At the flag, he was another five seconds ahead of the rest with Luke Garlick and Mckenna in tow on the overall and Pro podium, with Am winner White also completing a class hat-trick ahead of Conner Garlick.

    Written by Scott Woodwiss

  6. BARWELL WEATHERS THE STORM TO WIN BRITISH GT AT DONINGTON PARK

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    Written by Tom Hornsby – Alex Martin, Sandy Mitchell, Jack Brown and Zac Meakin all scored their second British GT Championship wins of the season at Donington where spells of heavy rain, an aborted start and mid-race suspension all contributed towards a classic three-hour contest.

    Barwell’s Lamborghini took the chequered flag 0.6s ahead of the Optimum McLaren shared by Mark Radcliffe and Tom Gamble who recovered from two sizeable setbacks to join a three-way lead battle over the final stint that also featured 2 Seas’ #6 Mercedes-AMG. Phil Keen led Mitchell and Gamble with half-an-hour remaining but lost two places in the last 10 minutes after twice being baulked by GT4 traffic.

    Optimum might have missed out on overall victory but made no mistake in GT4 where Brown and Meakin overcame their 20 seconds of Compensation Time to claim a second win in as many outings. They were undoubtedly helped by a well-timed Full Course Yellow and Safety Car period that scuppered Paddock Motorsport’s chances and also negated the Pro-Am entries’ pitstop concession.

    Brown passed Will Orton who finished second in the Forsetti Aston Martin he shares with Marc Warren, while Toyota Gazoo Racing UK’s Kavi Jundu and Dan Vaughan completed the podium despite serving a one-second stop-go penalty in the final stint.

    However, the race will most likely be remembered for a heavy downpour that resulted in several cars aquaplaning into Redgate’s gravel trap after 45 minutes. The weather and incident resulted in a three-quarters-of-an-hour delay.


    GT3: LAMBO BEATS McLAREN AND MERCEDES-AMG
    Heavy rain on the formation lap forced Race Control to abort the start. Slicks were duly swapped for wets before the race officially began behind the Safety Car, which circulated for two laps. RAM pitted after the first and its Mercedes-AMG rejoined – now with Marciello onboard – just as pole man Martin led the pack towards Turn 1. Ultimately, it would be a footnote in what was to follow.

    The first meaningful pitstops were triggered by the need for slicks after 20 minutes, by which time Rob Collard (Barwell), Shaun Balfe (Garage 59) and Kevin Tse (2 Seas) had all passed Martin.

    The rain returned soon after, albeit lightly at first. Balfe’s co-driver Smalley took advantage by relieving Ricky Collard of the lead with an opportunistic move on the run from Old Hairpin to Starkeys before Mitchell also passed his team-mate moments later.

    However, the light drizzle then suddenly turned into a downpour that prompted most teams to make their second pitstops. The cars that didn’t were still on slicks when they arrived at a sodden Redgate and, in most cases, slid into the gravel trap or tyre barrier. The majority resumed after they were towed clear under the subsequent red flag period.

    Optimum’s McLaren appeared to be the big winner when it stopped just as the race was suspended. But Race Control corrected that by ordering Radcliffe – who’d taken over from Gamble – to concede positions just before racing resumed 45 minutes later.

    The order now read Collard, Loggie, Simon Orange, Balfe and Martin who maintained their positions over the following 55 minutes, which featured two more FCY and Safety Car periods.

    The next caution period – triggered by Tse and Orange colliding at Starkeys – prompted the final round of mandatory stops where 2 Seas was able to jump Barwell’s race leading Lamborghini. Another FCY and Safety Car period followed soon after before the top GT3 contenders finally had a chance to settle into their last stints.

    Mitchell and Gamble – whose co-driver Radcliffe took full advantage of incidents and Compensation Time – both passed Collard and set off in pursuit of Keen. For 20 minutes the 2 Seas Mercedes-AMG withstood intense pressure as the trio ran as one.

    The Lamborghini and McLaren were both clearly quicker but only found a way past when Keen was twice baulked in traffic. Gamble’s pace, which had earlier netted him fastest lap, was truly revealed when closing down Mitchell in the closing laps, but the Scot held on to claim the championship lead for himself and Martin.

    Keen and Loggie finished third, but only by 0.3s from Garage 59’s McLaren shared by Tillbrook and Marcus Clutton who picked off Dan Harper and then Ricky Collard during the final stint.

    Barwell’s second Lamborghini had to make do with fifth while Century’s BMW of Harper and Michael Johnston scored its best result on the season in sixth. The M4 was pursued by Maximilian Goetz whose co-driver Tse spent large portions of the race fighting for a podium place.

    Balfe and Smalley were also unlucky to finish only eighth after the maximum Compensation Time restricted their chances in such a topsy turvy race. However, the erstwhile overall championship leaders did at least maintain their 100% Silver-Am record.

    Blackthorn’s #87 Aston Martin and the J&S Racing Audi rounded out the top 10.


    GT4: BROWN AND MEAKIN BEAT THE ODDS

    Zac Meakin and Jack Brown scored their second successive GT4 victory after successfully guiding Optimum’s McLaren through a challenging three hours of racing.

    The pair managed to overturn their maximum Compensation Time, but in truth that handicap was the least of their worries during a race that threw so many challenges and variables at the grid.

    Nevertheless, Meakin and Brown never put a wheel wrong, with Brown managing to reel in the #47 Aston Martin shared by Marc Warren and Will Orton in the final stint to snatch the overall win. Forsetti’s drivers were still clear Pro-Am winners after many of their rivals experienced their own difficulties.

    Optimum’s McLaren was always going to be in the mix thanks to the combined pace of Meakin and Brown, but it was their consistency that made the real difference. After all cars had switched to wets for the delayed race start, the DTO Ginetta of Stuart Middleton led away with Meakin, Charles Dawson in the Team Parker Racing Mercedes-AMG, Jamie Day’s Forsetti Aston and Alex Walker in the Paddock McLaren close behind.

    However, DTO’s advantage was short-lived: Middleton dropped to fourth behind new leader Day, Walker and Meakin who swapped places in the space of half-a-lap. But things would then get worse for the Ginetta, which subsequently suffered a brake disc failure.

    That moment coincidentally coincided with the weather turning dramatically. Dawson’s co-driver Seb Morris was one of those to slide off at Redgate before Day and Mikey Porter’s race was severely compromised by a 64-second stop-go penalty.

    The upshot was Meakin leading Walker, Warren and Kavi Jundu but with Optimum’s crew yet to serve its Compensation Time.

    Walker was the first of the lead quartet to make his final stop and did so just before the final caution period was called. That cost his newly installed Paddock co-driver Blake Angliss a full lap when the likes of Optimum, Forsetti and TGR UK made their driver changes under FCY conditions.

    With the Pro-Am drivers enjoying shorter mandatory stop times, plus the Optimum McLaren having to serve its extra 20 seconds stationary following the Silverstone win, both the Forsetti Aston and Toyota vaulted ahead after the final round of changes. However, the Supra was hit with a stop-go for shaving a second off its last stop, leaving the final stages as a straight fight between Orton and the chasing Brown.

    Brown homed in on the rear of the Aston, eventually making a well-timed dive for the lead into the Melbourne Hairpin to secure the result. Vaughan and Jundu came home third, with Walker and Angliss still doing enough for fourth overall and second in Silver.

    Luca Hopkinson and Harry George completed the Silver rostrum in RAM Racing’s Mercedes-AMG, with Academy Motorsport’s Matt Nicoll-Jones and Will Moore rounding out the top six in the #62 Mustang that enjoyed a spell in the lead during the race’s middle stages.

  7. BRSCC PRODUCES A FABULOUS OULTON PARK ONE DAY THRILLER

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    A day of racing at Oulton Park this past Saturday courtesy of the British Racing & Sports Car Club and its North Western Centre produced a fabulous spectacle for all trackside and in the paddock. No less than four new race winners were crowned over the course of the nine races on the timetable, as Mazda MX-5s, CityCars and the ClubSport Trophy all brought the action.


    Amongst the contenders in attendance in the GAZ Shocks Mazda MX-5 Championship was 2023 champion Steve Foden, the #1 making a guest appearance on the grid at his local circuit. He would be an interesting new element in a championship battle that was already starting to take an early shape. Adam Sparrow took pole in qualifying, but only held the lead for a lap before Luke Pullen took over in front and led the remainder of the race all the way to the flag. Pullen captured his first win of the season, while behind the order changed after track limits penalties shuffled the rest of the podium places. When it did shake out, Foden took P2 ahead of championship leader Thomas Langford, although the latter would get the points for second due to Foden’s guest status. Jack Noller and William Chadwick completed the top five.

    Pullen attempted to pick up where he’d left off in race two, leading again from pole for a lap before Foden slipped in front. The order stabilised through a mid-race safety car before the battle recommenced between the top two, Pullen and Foden going back and forth in their fight for victory. At the chequered flag, Pullen was the one across the line first to complete a superb double win on the day, Foden settling for second place and the two drivers embracing in celebration and respect of a battle hard fought. Langford hovered just behind in third, ahead of Noller and Ewan Thomas.


    Paul Bateman proved he was still the man everyone had to try and beat in the Downforce Radio Mazda MX-5 Clubman Championship, even though only one of the two wins up for grabs went his way on the day. His main rival in both was Jack Warry who was looking for his first outright MX-5 Clubman win, and he pressured Bateman hard throughout race one after the pair had started on the front row together. Despite managing to get in front for a single lap, Warry couldn’t overhaul the championship leader totally and Bateman only just picked up victory by less than two tenths from Warry in second. Jonathan Greensmith a distant third, followed by Jake Paice and Martin Tolley.

    While race two began as many had expected with Bateman leading from pole, it was judged that he’d jumped the start and therefore received a ten second time penalty as a result. Bateman still led the entire race on track from start to finish, but was closed down in the final minutes by a charging Warry. With Bateman’s penalty demoting him to third, Warry was therefore promoted to his first championship race win ahead of Greensmith in second, while Tolley and Russell Halley completed the top five finishers.


    As expected, the Clapham North MOT Mazda MX-5 SuperCup didn’t disappoint in its pair of races on the day at Oulton Park, both of which brought a brand new race winner to the fore. Joe Wiggin followed up fastest time in qualifying which gave him pole for race one, with his first ever SuperCup win – but he had to fight to get it. He was tailed all race first by Aidan Hills and then by Leigh Britten, with the leading pair tangling on the penultimate lap but surviving to take first and second with Hills third. Club class saw successful returns for both Kamal Kalsi and Wilbur Tiley who took the top two spots in race one, ahead of class points leader Aimee Watts in third after she was demoted one place due to track limits time penalties.

    Race two initially appeared to be a great chance for Patrick Fletcher to get back to the top step and the points leader would lead the first half, before Hills and polesitter Tom Griffiths demoted him to third. Another magnificent scramble for the podium took place in the final couple of laps, with Wiggin eventually working his way to the front on the final lap and completing his brace of wins. Hills picked up P2 on this occasion, with Fletcher resided to third. Club class victory went to Wilbur Tiley this time as he swapped places with Kalsi, as Watts again added to her points lead with another third place.


    There were more first time race winners over in the Nankang Tyre CityCar Cup & Student Motorsport Challenge too. Richard Jepp had led Team Northbrook Racing to two consecutive SMC titles and won numerous races in the category, but had never stood on the outright CityCar podium in any race to date. That all changed in race one as he converted a well taken pole position into a complete lights to flag victory, much to his and the team’s joy and relief. He was never headed for the entire 15 minutes, taking the flag ahead of Joe Moss in second and Stuart Bliss in third, while Jepp also took another SMC win for Northbrook ahead of Brady Pollock for West Suffolk College and returning CityCar champion Elliot Lettis for season newcomers City College Norwich, their first Student Motorsport podium.

    Then came the second race where a rapid start from the second row gave Alistair May the chance to leap from fourth to first on lap one, into a lead that he too would not relinquish until the end. Jepp would tail him all the way to the end but was unable to unseat May from P1 and a first CityCar win in only his second race and his first weekend in the car, while Bliss again completed the top three unable to add more wins to his tally from Snetterton. Jepp was again Student Motorsport Challenge winner for Northbrook, with Pollock again P2 for West Suffolk and Jack Wheeler taking silverware for Easy Surrey in third.


    The 45-minute SW Motorsports ClubSport Trophy race featured another sold-out grid of 38 cars with a pair of VW Golfs on the front row of Chris Coomer and Jamie Hadley. Racing ran as planned for the first half of the race, before the safety car was called for a car off the road at Shell Oils with broken suspension. The red flag was thrown to allow the remaining minutes of the race to be run without further disruption, and to recover the stricken car quicker from the gravel.

    On the restart, David May’s Nissan 370Z took the lead followed by Hadley’s Golf and Andrew Dyer’s Audi TTCup, with Hadley staying on the Nissan’s tail for a couple of laps before retaking the lead. From here, the Golf quickly gapped the pack by at least a couple of seconds, helped by a mechanical issue forcing May to stop just before the end. By the flag, Hadley took overall victory by eight seconds, winning overall and in Class A ahead of Class B winner Dyer in second in the TT. Phiroze Bilimoria’s VW Scirocco picked up third outright ahead of Coomer’s Golf in fourth and Rob Andrade in another Golf completing the top five.

    Other class winners on the day were Rob Walker’s Mazda MX-5 Mk3 in Class C, Jonathan Salem’s MINI Cooper in Class D and Chris Fantana’s Mazda MX-5 Mk1 in Class D.

    Written by Scott Woodwiss

  8. MISSION MOTORSPORT & BRSCC ANNOUNCE 2024 RACE OF REMEMBRANCE

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    The British Racing and Sports Car Club is proud to announce that they have been entrusted by Mission Motorsport to oversee the administration and running of the charity’s Race of Remembrance event for a fourth consecutive year and in its landmark tenth running.

    Now firmly playing its own special part in the UK racing season, Race of Remembrance has grown to become a real not-to-be-missed annual event, and Mission Motorsport and the BRSCC are confident that the tenth anniversary race will deliver even more great experiences and memories for teams and drivers.

    Other than inviting all of those present to take part in a very touching mid-race Remembrance service, the purpose of Race of Remembrance is to raise funds help and support wounded, injured and sick armed forces personnel and their families in their times of need, as well as help service leavers find employment through the development and implementation of training programmes and building partnerships with numerous potential employers. Its secondary function – to raise vital funds to help the charity continue its work. Once the unavoidable fixed costs have been covered, all remaining funds raised from RoR entry fees go directly to Mission Motorsport to help the charity deliver the very best levels of support to their beneficiaries.

     

     

    The 2024 event, the tenth RoR is scheduled to take place at Anglesey Circuit over the weekend of 8th-10th November, with the 12-hour endurance race centred around the unique Remembrance Sunday service. The format will follow previous RoR events with the race beginning on Saturday afternoon, before continuing well into darkness and then being halted late in the evening for an overnight break. The race is then restarted briefly on Sunday morning before being paused again for the Remembrance service, followed by a restart with the final session running until the cumulative 12 racing hours have elapsed

    The 2023 race delivered another successful and well subscribed entry, with a grid of 45 teams resulting in more key funding being raised for the charity. The BRSCC is greatly looking forward to once again playing its part in the organisation and administration of the 2024 event, which will hopefully attract another superb entry to generate further important funding for the causes that Mission Motorsport stands for.

    Race entries for the 2024 edition of the Race of Remembrance are scheduled to open on 3rd June, so be sure to keep an eye on the BRSCC website and on our social media channels for further details on how to sign up. Teams will be able to secure entries against a £700 deposit, with the 2024 entry fee for the event being set at £2,900 per car.

     

     

    BRSCC Chief Operating Officer, Paul McErlean said, “Race of Remembrance is an event that everyone within the BRSCC is proud and privileged to play a part in organising.  Working alongside Mission Motorsport and Anglesey Circuit for this landmark 10th running, we’re delighted to be able to support the great work the charity does on behalf of its beneficiaries. We’re looking forward to welcoming competitors and teams back to one of British motorsport’s best loved traditions in November.”

    James Cameron, CEO, Mission Motorsport added, “In March, Motorsport UK signed the Armed Forces Covenant, celebrating and underpinning the connection between motorsport and the Armed Forces community.  With events being held across the country, we are so proud to announce the 10th Race of Remembrance at Anglesey Circuit.

    Over a decade of uplifting, engaging sport, centred around the important act of remembrance – of our fallen comrades, family members or friends, and to support those who remain, RoR provides a unique opportunity for all to participate in a very special, very poignant pitlane Remembrance Service as one community.  We are hugely grateful to the BRSCC and Anglesey Circuit who work so hard to stage this highlight of our sporting year.”

    Through 10+ years of Mission Motorsport activities and operations, the charity has engaged with more than 2040 wounded, injured and sick personnel and veterans, hosted in excess of 900 days of recovery sporting output and helped more than 2000 service leavers including 300 wounded, injured or sick find employment in the automotive industry.

     

  9. BRSCC SET TO SEE OUT SPRING IN OULTON PARK ONE-DAY BONANZA

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    The BRSCC and its North Western Centre is ready to sprint back into action at Oulton Park in Cheshire, as we prepare to wave goodbye to spring in the only way we know how. The full International circuit is in use this weekend with Mazda MX-5s, CityCar and pit-stop racing from ClubSport Trophy all set to provide the entertainment.


    There’s no question that the driver in command of the GAZ Shocks Mazda MX-5 Championship so far this year is Thomas Langford, as his record so far has given him five wins and a third place to head the standings by 20 points going to Oulton. That’s not to say his competition hasn’t been strong as all six races run have been thrilling contests from start to finish. So far, five drivers in total have already stood on the podium with more potentially waiting in the wings, meaning this year’s championship is still looking as competitive as ever.

    Langford’s closest opposition comes from the likes of Jack Noller, Adam Sparrow, Ben Short and Luke Pullen, the other four of the aforementioned five drivers that have scored podiums, and between them their on-track battles have been spellbinding. Expect all of the above to be in contention for wins in both races on the day, while other contenders trying to get up there too will include Neil Chisnall, Harry Storer, Levi Aisbett and more.


    There’s also been some fine competition at the front of the Downforce Radio Mazda MX-5 Clubman Championship, where Paul Bateman has been showing some of the younger drivers in the field a trick or two. Three wins from the first four races put him on top of the standings, but only by four points from Beau Parry who managed to steal race two victory at Snetterton from the leading Masters driver.

    Del Paice has scored three third places in a row which help to put him ahead of son Jake in the standings, and Pete Smith currently rounds off the top five runners. Others such as Russell Halley, Jack Warry and Jamie Turner have all been in good form too early doors, but are another case of the results on the board not telling the whole story. Expect each to throw themselves into the mix in Cheshire in a bid to upset the form book a little.


    If you want a truly sky-high level of wheel-to-wheel racing, there’s no finer championship to some than the Clapham North MOT Mazda MX-5 SuperCup. Every single one of the six races from Silverstone and Snetterton so far have produced a spectacular with no guaranteed or runaway winner in any of the encounters. That means 2024 has all the prospects of potentially being the most intense title fight in recent seasons both in Pro and Club classes.

    Patrick Fletcher may be ten points in the lead of Pro class, but he’s one of four different race winners already this season and six in total to stand on the podium, which proves just how tough his task has become already. Defending champion Aidan Hills is hot on his tail, as are Leigh Britten, Joe Wiggin, Sam Heading and co, whilst a vast contrast in fortunes for the likes of Tom Griffths leaves him with work to do at Oulton.

    As for Club class, so far it’s been advantage Aimee Watts, having made massive strides in her pace to win the class four times from six races. It gives her a 14 point lead over Ollie Hall in second place with Clive Powles in third, while her teammate Wilbur Tiley made moves to recover from a tough Silverstone opener with two podiums at Snetterton but still has a lot of ground to make up. Either way, both Pro and Club battles are sure to be VERY fascinating.


    More sprint action also comes our way courtesy of the Nankang Tyre CityCar Cup & Student Motorsport Challenge. The championship returns to Oulton Park after previously racing back in 2022, and there’s never been a dull moment whenever the CityCar Cup has turned out in Cheshire. That’s especially true when it looks as though we have a strong lead group this season with several drivers vying to be top of the class.

    From the Snetterton season opener, Stuart Bliss took all three wins but that alone doesn’t tell the full story. That’s especially true when he snatched race three victory after the top two cars tripped over themselves at the final corner to allow him to complete the hat-trick. Those top two cars were driven by Richard Jepp and Joshua Jackson, both of whom proved to be fast and on the pace from the word go in Norfolk. Add in Christopher Mackenzie, newcomer Chris Parkes from C1 Endurance, plus Jack Wheeler, Joe Moss, Toby Owen and more, and you’ve got a collective up top that’s certain to thrill.

    Some of the names mentioned above also star for the Student Motorsport Challenge with Team Northbrook Racing 1 (Jepp), QE Motorsport 2, East Surrey College (Wheeler) and Barracksport (Reilly) looking like the early trailblazers. With Northbrook being the two-time defending champions, they are the target for everyone to beat and with several teams running two cars this year, it means Jepp and co’s task just got a whole lot tougher.


    It’s not all sprint racing at Oulton Park, though – this weekend also see the next outing this season for the SW Motorsports ClubSport Trophy, a series that never fails to pack out its grid. As you’d imagine being one of the most popular on the BRSCC roster, there’s another sold-out entry in prospect across all five classes.

    The format of a 45 minute race coupled with a multi-class system based on power to weight ratio and a mandatory pit stop continues to inspire so many drivers and teams to take part, with a healthy mix of regular ClubSport devotees, local racers that call Oulton their home circuit and a few new names and machines jumping in to try their hand.

    Just a look down the entry list proves the sublime breadth and depth in variety on the grid – usual club racing favourites such as Mazda MX-5s, Honda Civics, Renault Clios, MINIs, VW Golfs and a mix of BMWs are joined this time by one or two interesting stand-out attendees, including a Morgan Plus Four, a Mazda RX-8 and an endurance-spec Citroen C1 amongst the list.

    As for expected front runners, look out for Andrew Dyer’s championship-spec Audi TTCup racer, David May’s Nissan 370Z, Phiroze Bilimoria’s VW Scirocco, Jim Benson’s Lotus Elise, David Shead’s BMW E36 Compact and Liam Crilly’s BMW Z4, all of whom are no strangers to contending for outright ClubSport wins.

    Written by Scott Woodwiss


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