Since the announcement made by Motorsport UK on 23rd February, headlined “Motorsport UK confirms motorsport will restart in England from 29 March”, the BRSCC have been contacted by numerous members and commercial partners to raise questions over the feasibility of competitors travelling to/from, staying overnight, and competing at race events, whilst also complying fully with the terms of Government restrictions.
The BRSCC is currently investigating all circumstances related to our scheduled event programme, and if / how our events may be affected by the various Government restrictions which are forecasted to be in place through the following weeks and months.
The club will comment further once we are in a position to do so.
Joel Granfors has been unveiled as Fortec Motorsport’s first signing for the 2021 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season.
The 15-year-old from Sweden joins the Daventry-based outfit off the back of a stunning campaign in the Scandanvia-based Formula Nordic series.
Despite missing the opening three races of the season due to age restrictions, Granfors stamped his mark in fine style with a double victory and further podium at Karlskoga on debut and would notch up another six wins en route to the title.
Equally impressive was Granfors’ campaign in the Aquila Synergy Cup, with nine wins and a further brace of podium finishes enough to dominate the campaign and mark the Eskilstuna-based driver as a star of the future.
In Fortec, he joins a team energised after its maiden title in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series courtesy of Luke Browning in 2020.
Joining British F4 also means Granfors will take advantage of the profile afforded to a BTCC support series – including live, free to air television coverage – and marks the first step on his journey up the FIA Single Seater ladder.
“I’m thrilled to make this announcement and to start my international career in British Formula 4,” said Granfors.
“We have worked hard over the winter to make this happen, and I couldn’t be more excited. It is going to be all new for me this year, learning all the circuits and a brand new car, but I’m confident that Fortec Motorsport is exactly the right environment for me to be in.
“They have a long history of driver development, a proven track record in British F4 as the reigning champions and have really made me feel welcome from day one.
“I’m keen to see what we can achieve together and I can’t wait for the season to start.”
Fortec’s F4 Team Manager Oliver Dutton underlined his delight at securing Granfors for the 2020 season ahead and looks forward to playing an active role in his development.
“Everybody at Fortec Motorsport is really pleased to welcome Joel to the team,” said Dutton.
“His track record speaks for itself; to go out and win two well-contested championships in Sweden in such a dominant fashion has really marked Joel’s card as ‘one to watch’ for the future.
“Our family team has a long history of developing future stars and accelerating their journey to the top of the sport, so we’re very excited to get started and help Joel emulate that success.
“It’s going to be a very competitive grid in British F4 – it always is – but Joel has all the raw ingredients he needs to announce himself, it’s just a case now of putting it all together.”
The 2021 British F4 season begins at Thruxton, Hampshire, on 08-09 May.
Please find the following information regarding the upcoming funeral of our dearly beloved and very much missed friend and colleague, Brian Jones, provided by his family:
“The last goodbye and funeral of Brian will be held at Vinters Park Crematorium, Bearsted Road, Maidstone, Kent on Wednesday February 10th 2021 at 1:15pm. This will, unfortunately, be a small family and invited guest only occasion, due to the awful COVID virus and lockdown restrictions. Flowers will be from family only but if you wish to make a contribution to Brian’s chosen charity, please donate to The British Heart Foundation via the following link – https://giftofhope.bhf.org.uk/In-Memory/Brian-Jones.
For those of you that would like to wave goodbye on the day, the funeral cortège will leave Brian & Ros’ home in West Kingsdown at 12 noon, proceed down towards the Brands Hatch main entrance, drive through Brands on Colin Chapman Way, pausing briefly at the Kentagon, before departing at the rear gate and driving directly to the crematorium via the A20 and M20 motorways. Please remember to adhere to all social distancing rules. It is heartbreaking for some of the family that they won’t be able to attend, as it is for many friends. Therefore, we have arranged for the funeral to be streamed online and access to this can be found by clicking on the attached link and entering the username and password:
We will be planning a celebration of Brian’s life and will provide more information on how we wish to honour Brian’s memory going forward, when restrictions are eased and all of those who loved him can come and raise a glass or two, laugh, share stories and remember him. We will give notice as soon as possible. In the meantime, we would be incredibly grateful if you could share your photos, stories and experiences with this beautiful man and his love of being via the following link: https://www.funeralguide.co.uk/obituaries/84676
Carlin have confirmed Dougie Bolger will graduate to their F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost team for 2021 following the successful completion of a thorough testing programme with the team.
The 16-year-old began karting back home in Nagano, Japan, progressing through the ranks before emulating his racing heroes and moving to the United Kingdom to further his ambition of becoming Japan’s first Formula 1 World Champion.
His efforts caught the eye of McLaren Racing, who selected Bolger as a member of the McLaren DNA Programme in early 2018.
Bolger then went on to score multiple podium finishes across the British, LGM and Japanese karting champions in the next two seasons, before stepping up to test F4 machinery with Trevor Carlin’s outfit.
An extensive testing programme throughout 2020 enabled Bolger to make the most of a COVID-hit season, ensuring he heads into his single seater debut in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series ready to challenge from the off.
“It’s amazing to finally confirm the news,” said Bolger.
“I’m so excited to be with Carlin, especially with all the history and success they have as a team. I feel honoured to become a part of that story.
“I have tested at a few tracks already with the team, but I’m looking forward to getting into it properly and visiting some new circuits like Croft and Knockhill.
“The UK has so many great and interesting circuits. Driving in F4 is something I couldn’t imagine a few years ago, but in testing I felt very comfortable.
“I will be pushing every day with the team, Kokoro Performance and Formula to Perform at be at the front at Thruxton.”
Team Principal Trevor Carlin expressed his delight at Bolger’s graduation to British F4 with the team and is looking forward to monitoring his progress in the season ahead.
“I’m delighted that Dougie will continue with the team, having completed a test programme with us in 2020,” said Carlin.
“Dougie is just at the start of his career but is quickly learning and improving behind the wheel of the F4 car. Learning the ins and outs of race weekends will be the next challenge, but Dougie has a great team around him and the right attitude to be able to handle these challenges.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing him grow as a driver when the season kicks off in May.”
Bolger joins the previously announced Roman Bilinski and Kai Askey at the Farnham-based team, with the completion of their 2021 line-up set to be announced in due course.
The 2021 season – live and free-to-air on ITV4 as part of the high profile British Touring Car Championship support package – kicks off at Thruxton, Hampshire on 08-09 May.
The British Racing and Sports Car Club is delighted to announce that Nankang Tyre UK have agreed to become title sponsor of the Nankang Tyre CityCar Cup Championshipfor the 2021 inaugural championship season.
From the very first time a CityCar Cup race car took to the circuit, it became clear to everyone involved that the choice of using Nankang’s 165/50R15 NS-2R tyre was a match made in heaven! The tyres performed impeccably on that first test, andhave continued to do so through the 2020 CityCar Cup launch and development season.
On the news of Nankang Tyre UK committing to become title sponsors of the championship for its first full season, BRSCC Head of Formulae Development Greg Graham said, “Although we expected to have to try a couple of alternative tyre brands on the CityCar cup cars as we were developing them, we cancelled that idea after our very first circuit outing. The NS-2R tyres provided by Nankang Tyre UK did absolutely everything expected of them and more! To now have Nankang Tyre on board as our title sponsor for our first championship season is an absolute privilege”
Jamie Smith, Head of Motorsport, Media & Marketing at Nankang Tyre UK added, “Over many years now we’ve built a great relationship with the BRSCC, and when we were approached to discuss providing tyres for their new CityCar Cup series, we had no hesitation in becoming involved. Through evaluation of wheel dimensions and tyre types and sizes, we suggested trying our 165/50R15 NS-2R on the car at the first test session. It didn’t take long for it to became obvious that the performance and durability of the tyre suited the car perfectly.
With the CityCar Cup Championship already looking like it might become one of the most popular saloon car circuit racing of 2021, we were keen to commit to offering our support as title sponsors. We’re also looking forward to seeing our own fully branded Nankang Tyre CityCar Cup race car on circuit too!”
Also reacting to the news, CityCar Cup Championship Coordinator Lyndsay Close commented, “Through speaking regularly to CityCar Cup drivers, they are all delighted with the way the Nankang Tyres work on their cars, and the value for money they provide as well. It’s fantastic news that Nankang have agreed to become title sponsors for our first Championship season, and we’ll certainly try to deliver the best possible racing in response!”
Roman Bilinski has confirmed a switch to Carlin for the 2021 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season as the Polish racer targets title glory in his sophomore season.
The 16-year-old from Lechlade enjoyed a strong first season in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series, taking three outright podium finishes and a remarkable 23 points finishes from 26 starts en route to a credible eighth in the standings with Arden.
Back for a second season, and now in partnership with multiple title-winning squad Carlin, as well as loyal sponsors TRS, Bilinski’s focus is firmly on putting a title assault together.
Trevor Carlin’s outfit have won the Drivers’ honours on four occasions, and last year added another Rookie and Teams’ title to their impressive haul in the British Touring Car Championship-supporting series.
Their expertise, coupled with Bilinski’s experience, both on the UK’s highly challenging circuits and in the Ford-powered F4 car, should put both in good stead when the 2021 season begins at Thruxton, Hampshire on 08-09 May.
Once again, Bilinski’s races in 2021 will be televised live and free-to-air on the ITV network, and capacity crowds are expected once it is safe to welcome them back trackside to British Touring Car Championship events again.
Bilinski becomes Carlin’s second-confirmed driver for 2021, following Kai Askey and with more announcements set to be unveiled in due course.
“I’m really excited to be announcing my new partnership with Carlin, and a return to battle for the British F4 title in 2021,” said Bilinski, who will also switch to Carlin’s lucky #31.
“Last season gave me a lot of really valuable experience, and I’m looking forward to putting that together with the team to really unlock my potential.
“I know first-hand how competitive the championship can be, so I’ve got a busy winter ahead of me now to keep testing, keep learning and make sure we arrive at Thruxton in the best position possible.”
Team Principal Trevor Carlin welcomed Bilinski’s addition to his outfit, and is looking forward to working closely to help the new arrival extract the most from his performances in 2021.
“Roman is an extremely welcome addition to the team. We’ve been very impressed with him so far in the couple of days testing he’s done in the car.
“Without doubt he has a lot of potential and will be a great asset to the team. Roman enjoyed a strong first season last year and should be aiming for the championship title in 2021.
“We will do all we can to support him and I look forward to working with him further this year.”
The British Racing and Sports Car Club is delighted to announce that Nankang Tyre UK have agreed to continue their title sponsorship of the Nankang Tyre BMW Compact Cup Championship for the 2021 race season.
If there has ever been a more suited tyre and race car combination than the Nankang NS-2R on a Compact Cup racer, then we’d love to see it! Over a number of years, Compact Cup racers have proven beyond doubt that the Nankang NS-2R provides great performance in all conditions as well as durability, reliability and also excellent value for money. It’s testament also to the tyre, that in Compact Cup qualifying sessions and races, you’ll often see fastest laps being set on well-used tyres towards the end of the sessions, proving that the NS-2R offers consistent performance throughout, rather than through a small “performance window” like some other products.
On the news of Nankang Tyre UK continuing their title sponsorship involvement, BMW Compact Cup Championship Coordinator Greg Graham said, “I’m personally delighted that Nankang Tyre UK have agreed to continue their valued support of the championship for another season. When you find a tyre partner that suits your championship so well, it actually becomes difficult to envisage a time where our cars could run on anything else”.
Jamie Smith, Head of Motorsport, Media & Marketing at Nankang Tyre UK added, “Over many years now we’ve built a great relationship with the BRSCC and the Compact Cup management team, however much more importantly we also share a great passion for Compact Cup racing with the teams and competitors. I believe that the Nankang Tyre BMW Compact Cup Championship is a great platform to showcase the performance of our tyres, as well as increasing our UK brand visibility”.
The British Racing & Sports Car Club is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Dowsetts Classic Cars to launch a brand new dedicated 2022 race series for their Alfa 158 “evocation” www.Tipo184.com race car project.
The innovative Tipo184 self-build sports car, based on Mazda MX-5 running gear, is the brainchild of TV personality and car designer/builder Ant Anstead and the expert team at Dowsetts.
Said Ant Anstead, “I was so inspired by the Alfa 158 that I made my own version of it from scratch. It was such a great experience building and driving it that I wanted to give other enthusiasts the opportunity to build their own. It’s about getting people at home rolling up their sleeves and building something themselves, using easy-to-source and affordable MX-5 components. I’m really delighted that The BRSCC will be working with us to bring those personal builds to the race-track and can’t wait to see a grid full of them.”
The new BRSCC series will kick off with a series of track days, culminating in a stand-alone Tipo184 race at Cadwell Park on the weekend of 28th/29th August. The planned race format for 2022 will consist of a 15-minute qualifying session followed by two 15-minute sprint races at major circuits across the UK.
Greg Graham, BRSCC Head of Formulae Development spoke of his enthusiasm for this new partnership and race series, saying, “When we were approached by Ant and Dowsetts to introduce us to their Tipo184 project, it was immediately apparent that they had developed something very interesting and credible. We believe that their historically styled race machine could almost create a new market niche, and it’s one that the BRSCC are delighted to support and develop with them. Even when taking aside the beautiful classic styling…the low cost of the kit and popularity of cheap MX-5 donor cars should make the Tipo184 race series attractive to a whole new community of builder drivers”.
The BRSCC are delighted to announce that the club have secured a supporting role for The Nankang Tyre BMW Compact Cup Championship, at the Intelligent Money British GT Championship meeting scheduled for the weekend of 16th & 17th of October at Donington Park on the Grand Prix layout. This meeting will replace the recently cancelled March Oulton Park meeting, and will again ensure a full 16 round season for Compact Cup competitors.
As a result of the fantastic working relationships with MSV and SRO Motorsports / British GT, the club are proud to have secured this valuable weekend support slot, which provides the opportunity for the Compact Cup Championship to be showcased at this prestigious Intelligent Money British GT meeting.
With this now becoming the final Compact Cup meeting of the season, it means we may even see a championship decider taking place as well. If all of that wasn’t enough…to add even more excitement, with qualifying and a 15 minute race scheduled for the Saturday, the final race of the season on the Sunday will follow an extended 30 minute format!
Commenting on behalf of the club, BRSCC Chief Operating Officer Paul McErlean said, “For all of the obvious reasons, trying to secure our 2021 race meeting calendar has been extremely challenging, and even more so when major series such as BTCC and British GT make changes that directly affect us. We will however, continue to do everything in our power to ensure that BRSCC Members are delivered the very best race season possible. We are delighted to be able to place the Nankang Tyre BMW Compact Cup Championship with British GT for this meeting, and we’re sure everyone involved with the championship will enjoy it greatly!”.
Just as a reminder, registrations for the 2021 Nankang Tyre BMW Compact Cup are now open, so if you want to make sure you secure your place in the paddock in one of the best-supported club level saloon car championships in the UK for one of Britain’s highest-profile motorsport series, then click the link to the Formulae page below, scroll down and hit the Championship Registration button and get signed up today!