The Excool OSS Championship guests on Donington British GT Round-Gallery

Joining the British GT programme for their final round of the season was the BRSCC Excool OSS Championship. The open sports series has been running for 8 years and began as a formula that encouraged sports prototypes and includes classes of open or closed top sports racing cars of any sized engine including an invitational class. Popular marques in the series include Radicals, Spires and Ligier as well as unique prototypes such as the Manderson Whitehead MK1 built and raced by Matt Manderson.
Manderson Whitehead MK1 built and raced by Matt Manderson.
Duncan Williams in his Juno Sportscar
Mike Jenvey in Jenvey-Gunn TS6

All three races at Donington were dominated by Duncan Williams who took top step of the podium in two of the races and second place in race three in his Juno. Williams continues to dominate this season in class B following his success in the championship last year.  Second place in race one and first place in race three went to 2015 OSS Champ Mike Jenvey in his Jenvey-Gunn TS6. The car has undergone complete redevelopment since he purchased it ten years ago and boasts 198 BHP & a top speed of 147 mph from a 2.0L Duratec engine.

Jon-Paul Ivey came third in race one, Josh Smith came second and Mark Abbot third in race two, while race three was completed by Josh Smith on the third step of the podium.

All three podium finishers drive Radicals which dominate the championship.

The Donington round attracted a healthy grid of 28 entrants across the seven classes twenty two of which were various types of Radical, however the championship naturally supports engineering advances with an emphasis on individual development.

 

The final round of the 2017 season takes place at Silverstone on October 14th/15th.

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BRDC Formula 3 season closer at Donington

The final round of British Formula 3 took place at Donington last weekend, the Championship title was already won by Carlin Motorsports Enaam Ahmed following the Snetterton round but that didn’t mean that racing fans were denied the pleasure of seeing close competitive racing. The paddock had tested at Donington on Thursday where they found horrendous conditions in torrential rain, with several cars aquaplaning on track, but the conditions brightened from Saturday onwards and the stage was set for the final three races of the season. 

Race one found pole sitter Ben Hingeley hold off Ahmed to take first place, with Ahmed having to settle for second, despite maintaining pressure on Hingeley throughout.

Third place went to Cameron Das, who managed to pass Chase Owen but was unable to beat his way past the two race leaders. Newcomer Alex Quinn finished in 11th place after fighting with Manuel Maldonando for a top ten position but was dropped back after receiving a penalty for exceeding track limits.

It was Hingeleys fourth win of the season and put him in third place in the championship standings.

The second race was Jordan Cane’s in his third win of the season, coming after pole sitter and race leader Nicolai Kjaergard was taken out of the race on the 12th lap by Douglas Motorsports Callan O Keefe.

The pair had been fighting in the top two positions throughout but following the incident Jordan Cane took the lead, with Chase Owen just behind him, James Pull then passed O Keefe as he hurtled out across the grass at Esses, completing the podium positions and leaving the way open for the rest of the field.

It was fitting in the final race of 2017 that the top step of the podium should belong to Enaam Ahmed in his incredible 13th win of the season.

A race that saw him make an audacious move on Cameron Das who had led for the first seven laps.  Jordan Cane then took his chance and overtook Das,

Enaam Ahmed 2017 BRDC F3 Champion

Das sustaining damage to the front wing then had to pit, rejoining the race but eventually dropping down the order into 11th place. All of which left Jordan Cane in second and Alex Quinn in third place.

 

The final top ten in the  2017 Championship standings are:

1 Enaam Ahmed 654
2 James Pull 490
3 Ben Hingeley 444
4 Toby Sowery 432
5 Cameron Das 425
6 Callan O Keefe 373
7 Chase Owen 302
8 Jordan Cane 288
9 Jamie Chadwick 264
10 Nicolai Kjaergaard 247

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British GT: Championship Joy for Parfitt Jr & Morris

The championship drew to a spectacular close at Donington this weekend with Bentley’s Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jnr taking the 2017 title in GT3 after outgoing Champs Jonny Adam and Derek Johnston passed the mantle in grand style by taking the final race win of the season.

The TF Sport Duo led from the front during free practice 2 and qualifying on Saturday and were unstoppable on Sunday finishing just under 7 seconds ahead of the sister car helmed by Jon Barnes and Mark Farmer.

But the day belonged to Parfitt Jr and Morris, perceiving themselves as the underdogs for the title fight between them and Barwells Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen. The much discussed 20 second success penalty  for Morris and Parfitt from Brands became irrelevant in the end as the tide had already turned in their favour before the pit window opened.

But the outcome was not as straightforward as anyone may have thought, with the two TF Sport cars in first and second place, Barwells Phil Keen in third place and with the Team Parker Racing Duo already having more than a ten point lead on Minshaw and Keen, finishing fourth under the flag was enough to secure the Championship. However the results were amended post race excluding Minshaw and Keen due to overtaking under a yellow flag.

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Early on Jon Minshaw took second place from Johnston but a spin out at Esses dropped the #33 Huracan way down the order, not recovering until Phil Keen’s drive which included one of his fastest laps of the season, and putting him right on Jon Barnes tail. But despite a sterling job by Keen to recover lost ground it was a popular and some would say fairytale ending for Rick Parfitt Jr and Seb Morris closing the season Bentley style.

In GT4 it was no surprise that the title went to HHC’s Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton. They maintained a twenty-five point lead moving from Brands Hatch, so a second place finish was all they needed to secure the GT4 Championship. With both drivers aged only 17 they become the youngest pairing to win a British GT title.

 

The race win went to Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson in their first top step of the podium visit of the season.

The GT4 class was not without incident with a few DNF’s including Red Bull Garage 59’s Mclaren driven by Akhil Rabindra after contact with In2Racings Will Phillips, the UltraTek Racing Nissan #53 of  Richard Taffinder which span out after sliding on oil, the sister car also retiring later and GT4 polesitter Will Moore in the Academy Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage which slowed with technical problems then was hit by Lanan Racings Alex Reed, causing retirement for him, and the Aston Martin retiring seven laps later.

It was a different story for Niall Murray who finished his first season in British GT with third place on the podium alongside Jacob Matthiessen in the Century Motorsport Ginetta. Murray fought hard after the duo started 12th row on the grid, taking third place from team mate Mike Simpson in the closing stages.

GT3 Teams Championship-Barwell Motorsport

GT3 Drivers Championship-Seb Morris & Rick Parfitt Jr

GT3 Pro-Am Drivers-Seb Morris & Rick Parfitt Jr

GT3 Silver Driver- Jack Mitchell

Gentlemans Trophy-Rick Parfitt

GT4 Teams Championship– HHC Motorsport

GT4 Drivers Championship– Will Tregurtha & Stuart Middleton

GT4 Pro-Am Drivers- Graham Johnson & Mike Robinson

GT Silver- Stuart Middleton & Will Tregurtha

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The British GT season returns with the first round at Oulton Park on March 31st-April 2nd 2018

 

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British GT: The Donington Decider…

The final round of the 2017 British GT championship takes place this weekend at Donington Park, with a head to head in GT3 between Barwell Motorsport’s Phil Keen & Jon Minshaw and Team Parker Racing’s Rick Parfitt Jnr & Seb Morris.

The Bentley duo are at the top of the standings with just over a ten point lead on Minshaw & Keen, stats that mean a fifth win for the Barwell squad would see Keen & Minshaw take the championship title, and with Parfitt & Morris in second place a tie on points. WEC_5862However that scenario would still see Minshaw & Keen take the title due to winning more races across the season.

So who is the favourite to win the Championship? Morris & Parfitt move into the decider with a 20 second success penalty, while the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan has lead from the front in every race of the season and go to Donington without any penalties. ANF_5410However Parfitt & Morris have had success in the Bentley Continental over the longer endurance races in the championship in comparison to Keen & Minshaw who have found more success in the hour long sprint races. With the decider being a two hour race and Barwell Motorsport admitting that the Bentley may be more suited to Donington then the Huracan, a clear favourite is not readily apparent.

In the GT4 class it’s a different matter with HHC Motorsports Stuart Middleton and Will Tregurtha the clear favourites to lift the title. The duo lead the GT4 standings with twenty-five points  clear of Lanan Racings Alex Reed And David Pittard, meaning Pittard & Reed would have to come first or second and the HHC pair to finish much further down the field for a title surprise to take place.WEC_5683 In the Silver Cup however Middleton and Tregurtha lead with just 16 points over Pittard & Reed, with Brands Hatch GT4 winners William Phillips & Jan Jonck sitting 16 points behind them.

Making an appearance at the decider for Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing is 2016’s GT4 Pro-Am runner-up Abbie Eaton paired with Jake Giddings.

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Blancpain Sprint Cup title claimed by Frijns & Leonard, Team WRT Audi

In the final round of the Blancpain Sprint Cup at the Nurburgring, the title was taken by Robin Frijns and Stuart Leonard in the #17 Team WRT Audi, while Belgian Audi Club Team WRT takes the Sprint Team title for the fifth consecutive year. The #84 Mercedes AMG Team HTP Motorsport were in tight contention for the title but a combination of  technical issues and a drive through penalty dashed their chances.

In the Pro-Am Cup the win went to #333 Rinaldi Racing Ferrari’s Alexander Mattschull and Daniel Keilwitz, their fourth win of the season, and Rinaldi Racing scooping the Pro-Am team title.

The #84 Mercedes took the lead, and after contact between the Bentley of Maxime Soulet and #19 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini which resulted in a drive through penalty for the #8 Bentley the battle between the front runners commenced.

A safety car period allowed Dries Vanthoor-Marcel Fässler in the #5 Audi to edge closer to the lead car however, an incident in pit stops when an airhose became entangled with the Audi, caused a penalty as the mechanic holding the wheel gun fell into the pit lane. This was followed by the #84 Mercedes suffering damage leading the way open for the #17 Audi and #2 Audi to fight for the Championship title., with Frijns crossing the finish line 4 seconds ahead of the #2 Audi of Markus Winkelhock and Will Stevens and the #84 Mercedes of Franck Perera and Max Buhk just behind them the Championship was decided.

The final round of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series, the Endurance Cup takes place on 30th September/1st October in Barcelona.

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Porsche Carrera Cup GB Silverstone: double victory for Zamparelli

In the penultimate round of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB series it was joy for Zamparelli as he took a double win putting him very strongly in contention for the title alongside Charlie Eastwood, while Dan Cammish hopes for a record breaking third title are all but dashed as he sits 40 points below Eastwood and Zamperelli, and only a maximum of 40 points left up for grabs in the final rounds at Brands Hatch.

While two podium places for Tio Ellinas, third in race one and second in race two found him crowned the Rookie Champion ahead of the final round.

The wet conditions at Silverstone were difficult initially for first race pole sitter Cammish as he struggled to maintain grip, quickly being passed by Zamparelli then Ellinas however he was soon to get on top of the conditions passing Ellinas and setting a fastest lap in the race before crossing the line in second place just behind Zamparelli and ahead of Ellinas.

Race two found Eastwood quickly take the lead, passing Cammish who swiftly repaid the move, holding that position until a fire in his car in lap 21 forced his retirement. The top three remained in position after the yellow flag with Zamparelli crossing the line fractions of a second ahead of Ellinas then Eastwood.

The deciding round of Porsche Carrera Cup GB takes place on September 30th October 1st at Brands Hatch.

 

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BSB: Haslam takes Championship lead after Oulton Park Round

JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam moves to the top of the standings after a race that saw Silverstone winner Dan Linfoot retire in the fifteenth lap. While Christian Iddon crashed out leaving the way open for John Hopkins and Haslam to fight through into second and third while Shane Byrne dropped down the order eventually finishing in 9th place. Haslam made a move on Hopkins then Linfoots retirement after problems with his Fireblade put Haslam into P1, Hopkins in P2 and Josh Brookes completing the podium.

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Race two was the comeback of Dan Linfoot in victorious style after earlier disappointment, with a thrilling battle between him and second place Haslam eventually crossing the line with just fractions of a second between them and third place Bradley Ray in his debut podium place.

Earlier second placed Hopkins crashed out on the fifteenth lap.  Of the Showdown contenders Peter Hickman finished 4th, Josh Brookes 5th, Jake Dixon 6th, Shane Byrne 7th and Jason O’Halloran 8th.

With two rounds left to go Leon Haslam sits with 571 points, Josh Brookes on 549 and Shane Byrne on 548. Jake Dixon is in 4th with 541 points, Peter Hickman on 530 points and Jason O’Halloran with 517 points.

The paddock moves to Assen on September 30th/October 1st

 

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BTCC Silverstone, Wins for Ingram, Goff and Neal

As the penultimate round moved to Silverstone, and with all to play for it was Tom Ingram, Jack Goff and Matt Neal who were successful in the three rounds.  Saturday’s qualifying saw an unprecedented less than a second gap across the entire field, but it was Eurotech Racings Jack Goff who led the pack and took pole in race one. However it was Speedwork Motorsports Tom Ingram who took the win in what was an eventful first race.  

Ingram quickly passed Goff early on with Adam Morgan just behind them however further back down the field contact between Chris Smiley and Aron Taylor-Smith had a knock on effect which culminated in Rob Collard careering off track onto the wet grass and rejoining the track to crash into Andrew Jordan and Will Burns crashing into Collard. 21617727_10154913484352543_2469243390038885888_nThe safety car was brought out but swiftly after the race was red flagged to allow Burns to be airlifted to hospital with suspected broken ribs and bruised lung and Collard to also seek a medical examination of a back injury. Both drivers were later discharged. However this brought the race to an early end and podium places to Ingram, Goff and Morgan.

Race two found Goff again on the podium, this time in first place after an epic battle with Ingram for P1,

21752025_10154913484422543_5890313056513591352_n third place on the podium was eventually awarded to Colin Turkington after a last ditch dive by Ashley Sutton down the inside of Turkington was reviewed by stewards post race and deemed unfair, Sutton incurred his third penalty strike of the season and was moved to the back of the grid for race three.

It was Matt Neals race in the final round as he sprinted to P1 after starting in fourteenth place. The race also found a great battle between Norlins Dave Newsham and Power Maxed Racings Rob Huff. Huff, 2012 WTCC champion, who was making a one off appearance in the championship to stand in for Tom Chilton who recovers from an operation, eventually finished second with Newsham in third.21616397_10154913484492543_1499652191297349639_n

So as the final round at Brands Hatch looms it is Ash Sutton and Colin Turkington who lead the championship with 328 points a piece.

While in the Jack Sears Trophy Senna Proctor, all but takes the title holding a 97 point lead over nearest contender Ant Whorton-Eales.

A statement by BTCC Series Director was released earlier in which Alan Gow remarked he was unhappy with the amount of damage and contact between competitors and the series’ intention to continue to issue tougher penalties in an aim to remove unnecessary contact in the championship.

The final round at Brands Hatch takes place on the 30th September/1st October.

 

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Porsche 1-2 at WEC COTA

Porsche took their fourth consecutive win at the Circuit of the Americas on Saturday, with the #2 919 of Earl Bamber crossing the finish line just fractions of a second ahead of the #1 car of Nick Tandy. Finishing in third place was the #8 Toyota Gazoo of Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Stephane Sarrazin, with the #7 Toyota finishing fourth.

The #1 and #2 Porsches swapped first and second positions a number of times throughout the six hour race. The change in tyre rules for this season, with six sets of tyres reduced to four for qualifying and the race, meant Porsche LMP1 team were forced to consider their strategy in what were scorching conditions.

Eventually in the final laps the cars synchronised and following team orders the #2 Bamber led car overtook the sister car and took the lead. The #1 car team of Bamber, Timo Bernhard currently lead the championship 49 points ahead of the Toyota #8 car team, while Porsche lead the manufacturers championship with more than 74 points over Toyota.

In LMP2 current champions Signatech Alpine Matmut took the win, despite a late pit stop to repair a damaged tail light with just fifteen minutes of the race remaining,

IMG_4643 they romped home to an easy victory, with both the Vaillante Rebellion Oreca’s behind them  #13 in second place and #31 in third place.

The AF Corse Ferrari #51 driven by James Calado took P1 in the GTE-Pro class. Aston Martins #95 Vantage driven by Nicki Thiim held the lead for the first part of the race, after taking the lead position from the pole sitting  #71 AF Corse of David Rigon,IMG_3532 however it was Calado that was able to get past them and claim P1 with #92 Porsche GT Team in second place and completing the podium was the #71 AF Corse.

In GTE-Am it was the Aston Martin Racing #98 of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda that took top of the podium with Clearwater Racings Ferrari in second and Spirit of Race Ferrari in third.

Over the weekend it was announced that the Silverstone date in the WEC calendar had been reinstated to take place in August 2018. This follows the news that the previously April date had been scrapped along with a number of other events in the new ‘Superseason’ calendar, however the British round now takes the place of a previously touted February round in Interlagos or Mexico.

The championship continues with the 6hrs of Fuji on October 13th.

 

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MCE Insurance BSB: Silverstone Sorts top six for the Showdown

Dan Linfoot became the 9th different British Superbikes winner this season at the Silverstone Triple Header as earlier top of the podium places were taken in race one by Glen Irwin in his maiden BSB win and race two by Josh Brookes.
The challenging conditions saw a series of riders fall foul of the wet track including Shane Byrne, Leon Haslam, Taylor Mackenzie and Andy Reid. Haslam suffered three crashes and a technical problem that meant he was unable to start in race three, a race that found only 7 of the 23 riders completing the race.

The weekend was also a difficult one for James Ellison. Despite a race two second place podium step, a DNF in race one and crashing out in race three, meant the end of the road for Ellisons Showdown hopes.

IMG_5061There was also disappointment for Luke Mossey who makes his comeback after a crash at Thruxton saw him missing two races there and the Cadwell Park round. Mossey had been hoping for a place in the Showdown top six but despite a strong ride, finished fifth in race one, twelfth in race two and crashed out in race three.

Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne leads in the Championship standings but took only one podium point away from Silverstone. The current champ had a poor weekend, taking third in race two but crashing out in races one and three. With just six points separating him and Leon Haslam, they will both be looking to improve at Oulton Park next weekend. Only that round and Assen are left before the decider at Brands Hatch in October.

The top six riders going into the Championship Showdown are, Shane Byrne, Leon Haslam, Josh Brookes, Jake Dixon, Peter Hickman and Jason O Halloran.

 

The Oulton Park rounds starts this weekend.

 

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750 Motor Club Silverstone International Round

The 750 Motor Club returned to Silverstone in August for a packed programme of club level racing with Formulae ranging from Historic 750 Formula to the Bikesports Championship.

The first race to hit the grid was the Tegiwa M3 Cup and 330 Challenge & SCC,  The Tegiwa M3 Cup is in its maiden season with Championship status, where E46 BMW M3 cars race to club level builds and costs. The MTEC Brakes BMW 330 Challenge Series sees E46 BMW 330ci with standardised parts racing, again another low cost series. Alongside the BMW’s was the Super Cooper Cup Series with just a small field of five entrants.

It was the BMW’s that took the podium places, on the top step was Simon Walker Hansell, finishing just behind him in second place was Carl Shield with the podium completed by Adam Shepherd. While in the race later in the day it was Adam Shepherd in first place, Carl Shield in second place and Tom Coller in third place.

The Tegiwa Civic Cup Championship gives the opportunity for all models of Honda Civics from 1990 onwards to race as long as they are powered by either a B16 1.6V engine or K20 2-litre 16V engine. Winning the first race was Mark Grice, with Jason Ballantyne in second and Lee Deegan in third.

In race of two of the championship it was  Jason Ballantyne this time in first place,  Lee Deegan in second and David Vincent in third.

Taking race one in the Ravenol Formula Vee Championship was Graham Gant with championship leader Ben Miloudi in second place and James Harridge in third.

The second race for the single seaters was won by Ben Miloudi  with Graham Gant in second and Adam Macaulay in third.

The Historic 750 Formula runs a variety of historic cars ranging from Centaur’s to Austin 7’s to a JB Special. Christian Pederson took the win in his Austin 7 with Gregan Thruston in the Rawson Special in second and Ben Myall in the Gerrel MK1 in third.

The 750 Motor Clubs caters for production and saloon cars in the Cartek Roadsports Series, with just some makes entered including Ginetta’s, Seat Leon’s, Caterhams and Porsche Boxster & Cayman.

The first was a BMW M3 take over with Andy Marston taking the top step of the podium flanked by Paul Cook in second and Tim Gray in third.

The first Classic Stock Hatch race was won by Lee Scott in the Ford Fiesta XR2i, in second place was Matt Rozier in the Peugeot 205 GTi with Benjamin Leach also in a Ford Fiesta in third. Winning the second race  again in a Ford Fiesta was Martin Cayzer, with Matt Rozier in his second podium visit of the day in second place and Marcus Ward in third place again in a Ford Fiesta.

In the Royal Purple Hot Hatch Championship it was Stephen Sawley in the Honda Civic at the top of the podium in race one of the two championship races with Ben Rushworth driving a Honda Integra in second and Chris Coomer in  the Honda Civic in third position.The second race of the weekend found Alistair Camp in the Ford Fiesta ST winning the race with Rushworth in second and Sawley in third.

The Aim Technologies Bikesports Championship, a series which sees sports-racing cars such as Radicals and Spires fitted with production 4 stroke motorbike engines and gear boxes,  was locked down by the Radical PR 6, taking first place was Jon-Paul Ivey, Richard Stables in second and Doug Carter completing the podium.

Bernie’s V85 & SRGT Challenge including the Crossle Drivers Club, saw a fantastic array of GT’s and V8 sports cars with James Plant in an Allard J2 taking first place in both races while two Crossle 9S’s followed  with Gwyn Pollard and Steve Ough in second and third respectively in the first race. In the second race  Steve Ough again took the podium this time in second place while third position went to Lee Barnard in the MGB GT.

The Cartek Club Enduro Series in its second season, is 750 Motor Clubs endurance race. Throughout the year the series is run in two or three hour races including a round at Spa Francorchamps. The series is divided into 3 classes divided by power to weight. The overall winner and winner of A class was Carl Swift in the Honda Civic, flanked by Mark Harris also in a Honda Civic while the third spot went to Chris Brown in the Aston Martin GT4. Class B found Alan Henderson in the Lotus Exige in first place and fourth overall, while joining him in second place in that class was Geoff Hanson in the Porsche 944 and in third Nik Grove in the BMW E36.  In C class it was James Tucker in the Lotus Elise who took top step of the podium, with Nigel Greensall in the Mazda MX5 and Richard Breland also in an MX5 in third place.  The invitational class was a Caterham takeover with Carl Varney in first, Russ Olivant in second and Rob Watts in third place.

September sees the club visit Rockingham and Donington and in October the club moves to Spa before concluding the season at Silverstone on October 28th with the Birkett 6 hour relay.

 

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BRSCC Silverstone Race Weekend

The Northamptonshire circuit played host to a packed weekend of on track action with 8 classes of racing from the likes of Formula Ford to the Fiesta Championship.

In Britcover National Formula Ford 1600 Luke Williams was on the podium in all three races, winning the first and third and placed second in the second race.

In race two it was Luke Cooper who took the win with former Ginetta Junior Ireland Champion Jordan Dempsey taking third place.  Roger Orgee took third place in race one and three, with Michael Eastwell completing the podium in race three in second place.

While in the former Formula Jedi series, newly rebranded  Formula 1000, it was current Championship leader Michael Watton who had amazing weekend winning all three races, and joining him on the second step of the podium in each race was Paul Butcher.

While third place went to Dan Clowes in race one, Stuart Abbott in race two and Robert Sayell in race three.

In the highly enjoyable Drayton Manor Park  MG Metro Cup it was Lee Connell who took the win in the 17 lap race, finishing just over a second ahead of Mike Williams, with Andrew Ashton taking third place.

The 25 year old Championship which has been sponsored by Drayton Manor Park for 21 of those years, encourages participation in low cost racing and helps to attract new members into the thriving MG Car Club.

In the Fiesta Championship Classes A, B & D It was Jack Youhill who dominated, winning all three races while Jamie White took the second step of the podium in races two and three. He would have taken second place in race one as well but was excluded for driving in a mnner incompatible with general safety, handing second place to Stuart Robbins. Shaun Andrews took third place in race one and race three, while race twos’s third place went to Tom Hutchins.

The Fiesta Championship class C  found Danny Harrison taking first place in race one and third place in race three, Josh Gollin taking second place in race one and race three while Simon Horrobin took third place in race one.

Race two was won by Nathaniel Golin with David Nye taking second place and Richard Ashmole taking third place,  Nye being back on the podium in first place in race three.

In the Fiesta Junior Championship both races saw the same podium with Jack Davidson in first place, Scott Cansdale in second and James Waite in third.

The Track Attack MR2 Classic Racing Series found Elliot Dunmore in his Mini Cooper S win both races.

Sunday saw the BMW Nankang Tyres Compact Cup take to the track with Steven Dailly winning race one and taking second place in race two,

James Gornall taking second place in race one and first place in race two and Samuel Carrington Yates taking third place in both races

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Brief look ahead to BSB at Silverstone Triple Header

As the Superbike Championship moves to Silverstone next weekend there is all to play for, for the first time ever there is no rider confirmed for the title in the decider. With seven different race winners across the season, BSB fans are in for a weekend of hard fought racing.

The triple header sees Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne on the top of the standings with 219 points but just ten points ahead of Leon Haslam. Third in the standings is Peter Hickman on 193 points.

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Byrne had a disappointing last few rounds including technical issues with his bike in race two at Cadwell Park forcing the defending champion to retire from the race. While Haslam who won race one at Cadwell also suffered problems in race two forcing him to run off into the grass and out of the race.

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Hickman is in his strongest position ever to make a move into the Showdown six, scoring a win at Thruxton and a podium place at Cadwell Park.

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With the likes of Luke Mossey, who fights back after a crash at Thruxton that also saw his withdrawal from the Cadwell round, Josh Brookes and Jason O’Halloran also battling to secure their place in the Decider, all eyes will be on the on track action at Silverstone for what promises to be a spectacular round of British Superbikes.

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Carlin’s Enaam Ahmed, future star wins 2017 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship

Taking his 12th win of the year in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship at Snetterton, the 17 year old secured the Championship title ahead of the series’ final round at the end of the month. His 12 wins matching another BRDC F3 Champion, Ayrton Senna’s. Ahmed however is not content with that aiming to win the final three races in the series and match the record of Jan Magnussen.

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Ahmed has had a dominant first full season with Carlin Motorsport securing 16 podium places out of 21 races thus far. Carlin has a reputation for being the team to nurture future stars, and with the likes of Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnusson, Danil Kyvat, Sebastien Buemi, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel being previous Carlin drivers that reputation is well deserved. 21316299_10154884729492543_4143200706335289740_o The team have worked hard in testing with the youngster to help him overcome the issues he faced last season where he finished 5th overall in his debut season. Building on from his success with Carlin in the  BRDC British Formula 3  Autumn Trophy, they have obviously struck upon a winning formula with Ahmed as his incredible season reflects. With his sights set on European F3 in the future,  a very bright career surely lies ahead for Enaam Ahmed.

 

The final round of the season is at Donington on September 23rd/24th.

 

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WEC 6hrs of Mexico, Porsche take 3rd win of the season in the week WEC announce huge calendar shake up

It was an untroubled win in Mexico for the #2 Porsche 919 helmed by Timo Berhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber giving them their third win in this seasons World Endurance Championship. The #1 car of Neel Jani, André Lotterer and Nick Tandy took second place, only faltering later in the race after serving a time penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

The #8 Toyota of Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima took third place struggling to contend with the Porsche sister cars over the weekend, while #7 TS050 HYBRID of José-Maria Lopez, Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway came in fourth, though had managed to hold onto a third place until an unscheduled pit stop dropped them behind their sister car.

In LMP2 Vaillante Rebellion took their first win with the #31 car of Julien Canal, Nicolas Prost and Bruno Senna finishing 25 seconds ahead of #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut of Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and André Negrão. With third place on the podium going to #24 CEFC Manor Racing’s Jean-Eric Vergne, Ben Hanley and Matthew Rao.

In LMGTE Pro it was Aston Martin who took the win in the #95 Vantage of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen. Joining them on the podium was Sam Bird and Davide Rigon who despite crossing the line first in their AF Corse Ferrari, incurred a 10 second penalty for speeding while under a full course yellow which then dropped them into second place. The #91 Porsche 911 RSR of Richard Lietz and Frédéric Makowiecki completed the podium.WEC_4089

The LMGTE Pro-Am Class found the Dempsey-Proton racing team of  Christian Ried, Matteo Cairoli and Marvin Dienst take P1 just fractions of a second ahead of Aston Martin Racings #98 Vantage driven by Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda. In third place was  Benjamin Barker, Nicholas Foster and Michael Wainwright in the Gulf Racing Porsche 911.

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The 6Hrs of Mexico race came in the same week that WEC announced a big shake up of the Championship format. Although the calendar is still to be confirmed the changes include a transitional calendar for next year that will see the series run from April 2018 to June 2019 and include two trips to Spa and Le Mans but the loss of the popular Silverstone and Nurburgring rounds as well as COTA and Mexico.

Other changes to be implemented is the inclusion of only one category(LMP1) this follows Porsche’s announcement earlier in the year of its withdrawal from the championship to join the Formula E programme.

Whilst the technical changes are unavoidable due to the withdrawal of manufacturers it remains to be seen if the changes to the WEC calendar will prove popular or not. Despite the series stating the new format will save teams in costs, the format may be disliked by fans who have now lost several popular rounds. Will the changes signal an end to what was the World Endurance Championships?

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International GT Open Silverstone, Storming UK debut of Lexus RC F GT3 & 1-2 finish for BMW Team Teo Martin

As the series descended on Silverstone it was the #54 Lexus RC F GT3 of Emil Frey Racing Lexus that took the win in race one, with a faultless run by Albert Costa and Philipp Frommenwiler at the wheel, scoring their 3rd 1st place in their maiden European season.  It was a first outing for the car in the UK as the Swiss team continue their development of the GT3 , following on from a successful outing at last years VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring.

Second place went to Imperiale Racing’s Giovanni Venturini and Marco Mapelli. Imperiale Racing entered three Lamborghini Huracan’s for the event, capitalizing on the current Championship standings which finds Venturini in first place with team mate Thomas Biagi in third place who also took bottom step of the overall podium in race along with co driver Raffaele Gianmaria.

The race saw some close battles but few incidents. The trio of Imperiale Racing Huracans kept the pressure on the rest of the field, with contact between team mates in cars #51 and #28 at one point. And a great performance by second place Marco Mapelli pushing on the winning #54 Lexus.

Phil Keen who is currently second place in the British Gt Championship standings with Jon Minshaw, helmed the Lee Mowle Mercedes AMG along with fellow British GT competitor Ryan Ratcliffe.

The duo who started on the second row of the grid finished in eighth place. Riki Christadoulou and Craig Dolby in the Lamborghini Gallardo Rex of Nigel Mustill / Wessex Vehicles finished race one in thirteenth place. Also competing was British racing stalwart Jonny Mowlem alongside Ivor Dunbar who finished in 24th place over all.

In the Pro-Am class it was Shaun Balfe and Rob Bell in the Balfe Motorsport Mclaren who took first place while second in that class was SPS Automotive Performance’s Valentin Pierburg and Tom Onslow-Cole in the Mercedes AMG.

Onslow-Cole has previously raced in the British Touring Car Championship and British GT. Third place in Pro-Am went to Brits Jordan Witt and Michael Meadows in the Jordan Racing Bentley GT3, Witt was the 2016 GT Cup overall and GTO winner, while Meadows has competed in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Porsche Supercup, British Formula Three and is currently competing in the Blancpain series in the AKKA ASP Mercedes AMG.

The Am class was won by Sports and You’s Luis Silva and Anconio Coimbra in the Mercedes AMG, joining them on the podium in second place was MS Racing’s  Alexander Hrachowina and Martin Konrad also in a Mercedes AMG while completing the podium was Alex Moiseev and Davide Rizzo in the Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari 488.

 

Race two on Sunday found considerably cooler conditions than Saturday and a few drops of rain throughout the hour race. None of which detracted from the on track battles which found a 1-2 win for BMW Team Teo Martin, the first time the team mates have been on the podium together.

Crossing the finish line first was the BMW M6 driven by António Félix da Costa and Lourenço Beirão da Veiga just fractions of a second ahead of Victor Bouveng and Fran Rueda in the #65 BMW. 21246543_10154877023497543_2099873517409982597_oWhile hitting the podium for the second time that weekend was the Emil Frey Lexus duo of Albert Costa and Philipp Frommenwiler, who ran an incredible race charging to third place in the final minutes.

Pro-Am winners Jordan Witt and Michael Meadows finished in 10th place overall just ahead of second place19055008_10154880926817543_6613028875216841263_o Pro-Ams Hiroshi Hamaguchi and Vitantonio Liuzzi in the FFF Racing Team by ACM Lamborghini Huracan, finishing third in that class was Shaun Balfe and Rob Bell in their second podium appearance of the weekend.

Am class found Alex Moiseev and Davide Rizzo also back on the podium joined by 2-3 finish for the Sports and You team with Marcio Basso and Nonô Figueiredo in second and Luis Silva and Anconio Coimbra this time in third place.

As the championship looks ahead to the next round at Monza at the end of the month, there are few points to separate the top drivers in the standings, those being Giovanni Venturini, Albert Costa, Philipp Frommenwiler and Thomas Biagi.

 

 

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BTCC Subaru triumph at Rockingham

With only 2 rounds left in the series It was a great weekend at Rockingham for Adrian Flux Subaru Racing with James Cole taking his maiden win, Ash Sutton taking the win in race two and leading the championship with 312 points. Sutton also took second place in race one and team mate Jason Plato took third step of the podium in race three.

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Race two also found Matt Jackson in the Team Shredded Wheat Racing Ford Focus taking second place ,with Colin Turkington in third. Halfords Yuasa Honda team of Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal were both in for a bad day at the office with neither finishing after separate incidents earlier in the race.

While in race three it was a delighted Andrew Jordan who took a trouble free victory eventually finishing just under 2 seconds ahead of Cicely Motorsports Adam Morgan.IMG_9707 Jack Goff who had been fighting hard across the weekend made contact with Rob Collard, taking Collard out of the race and Goff losing his third place to Jason Plato. Plato went on to say: “We’ve had a great day – a brilliant day for the team. James’ win early on was epic and for Ash to get another win and a podium was perfect for him. We’ve got to do the best job we can for him until the end of the season. Ash represents our sponsors Adrian Flux, Subaru, Autoglym and all of our supporters. If I can’t win, the next best thing is for Ash to. We’re going to help him do that.”

With only two rounds left, the battle for the championship title revs up with just 12 points between championship leader Ashley Sutton and Colin Turkington and Gordon Shedden just 3 points behind him on 257 points.

The series continues at Silverstone on September 16th and 17th.

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