TCR UK Silverstone Qualifying Daniel Lloyd takes Pole Position

West Coast Racing’s Daniel Lloyd took pole position for tomorrow’s debut TCR UK Silverstone race in tricky conditions and with some fierce racing to contend with.

Aiden Moffatt didn’t disappoint, putting in the performance that fans had been hoping for, crossing just fractions of a second behind Lloyd in the VW Golf GTi, but it was Lloyd who fought back in the final stages of qualifying not giving way to the BTCC Laser Tools Racing star.

Howard Fuller and Lewis Kent also found themselves at the mercy of Lloyd, even though Kent looked like he had the session in the bag.

Stewart Lines heads up pole in the second race tomorrow due to a reverse grid formed from drivers second fastest qualifying lap times. The only driver of the 13 who was unable to make the qualifying session was Derek Palmer when problems with his Alfa Romeo meant it was in the garage and putting him on P13 for tomorrow’s first race.

Race one takes place tomorrow at 2.00.

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British GT Oulton Park qualifying Flick Haigh makes pole & history

As the British GT season kicked off at Oulton Park it was newcomer to the series Flick Haigh who took pole position for Mondays first race in the Optimum Motorsport Aston Martin. Haigh who co drives with Jonny Adam, qualified in GT3 AM and is the first woman to take outright pole position and set a best lap of 1:34.769 just ahead of Rick Parfitt Jnr in the Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental.

But in GT3 Pro it was Phil Keen in the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini #33, who took pole for Mondays second race after also topping Free Practice Two.

GT4 Am saw Callum Pointon take pole position which Equipe Verschuur’s Finlay Hutchison had to relinquish when he took to the McLaren 570S first instead of co driver Daniel McKay. The Championship regulations state that drivers must be nominated for each qualifying period, the driver mix up handed HHC’s Pointon top of the GT4 grid when he finished just fractions of a second behind Hutchison. Hutchison now starting at the back of the grid in race one. Due to the exclusion, Daniel McKay who also finished on pole in GT4 Pro handed that place to Scott Malvern in the Team Parker Racing Mercedes AMG.

Racing continues at Oulton Park on Easter Monday.

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TCR UK new national series launches at Silverstone

Just ahead of the opening round of the new national series at Silverstone, we joined the drivers and TCR UK organisers at the media launch.

The series joins other TCR Touring Car Championships under the TCR banner, this means the same cars can be used through those championships as well as the FIA World Touring Car Cup. This concept gives a lot of scope to a driver wishing to compete, it also for instance, allows a team to rent their car to other drivers across those championships when not competing with it themselves. This makes the UK series an attractive proposition as it means cost such as buying a TCR car can be recouped relatively quickly. The championship also aims to be a springboard for up and coming driver talent. TCR itself is a fast growing concept, having only launched in 2015 and now with 17 series running internationally, regionally and nationally, making TCR UK a very attractive prospect for touring car drivers.

As TCR UK will be the headline championship on BRSCC race weekends it will also have a great series of support races, guaranteeing plenty of track action for competitors and spectators alike. The TCR Series regulations differ from series to series but TCR UK follows the former TCR International Series regulations of Free Practice and Qualifying on Saturday and and two sprint races on Sunday.

TCR UK debut round drivers, standing L-R: Finlay Crocker, Stewart Lines, Carl Swift, Oli Taylor, Howard Fuller, Darelle Wilson, Andreas Backman. Front Row L-R: Aiden Moffatt, Derek Palmer, Jessica Backman, Lewis Kent & Daniel Lloyd.

Topping the test times in session one was Verizon Connect Racing’s Finlay Crocker in the new Honda Civic, Finlay had earlier commented: “I’ve done a couple of rounds so familiar with the concept. The new Honda is slower handles differently but is more stable” after the mornings test session he went on to say: “The car performed really well this morning in the wet conditions. As it dried it was reassuring to see everything went as we thought it would. Generally, I’m very happy; we’ve had some decent running and we keep making progress with the car.”

The second test session found Laser Tools Racing Aiden Moffat out in front. Moffat who will be dovetailing his TCR commitments with his BTCC campaign earlier talked about his decision to compete in TCR UK and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta “None of the dates clash so there will be a few weeks living out of a suitcase! But it will be good. Obviously TCR is a great Championship worldwide, now moving to the UK. It’s great to be involved, so will be interesting to see how it goes. I’ve never tried another TCR, it’s a nice car to drive but don’t know how competitive it is with other TCR cars, we’ll see.”

During the second test session which found the damp track starting to dry out, Moffat managed to squeeze ahead of Ollie Taylor, the 21 year old later said: ““It got drier towards the end of session two so we decided to get a feel for the car – it’s handling fine and I’m feeling confident. We’ve just used today to learn about the car, we’ll sit down tonight with some data and then build from that tomorrow. We’re up there on the timesheets and we haven’t really given it maximum attack and there’s a lot more in the bag, which is a nice position to be in.”

In the third test session it was Pyro Motorsports Ollie Taylor who sat ahead in the timings in the Honda Civic: ““Every time we go out in the car we learn, which is really good. It’s always nice to feel ‘on the pace’, as we had quite ranging conditions today. I don’t think there’s too much to be looked into in regards to the times today, because a lot of people have been on different tyres all day. It was good to use the Yokohoma tyres and do some homework on how they react; it’s good to see pace from the other people as well and I’m really looking forward to the weekend.”

Also on the grid is former BTCC driver Stewart Lines. Lines has had a ten year career in racing, now aboard his Maximum Motorsport Cupra, Lines is the senior driver on the grid and has been a huge supporter of the TCR UK format “ There are a lot of decent guys and girls in in TCR UK, so I’ll give it my best shot, TCR is only going to go forward”

Qualifying at Silverstone commences later on this afternoon.

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Additional quotes courtesy TCR UK

BTCC 2018 Season Launch Media day

As the series celebrates its 60th year the paddock descended on Donington Park for the BTCC 2018 season launch media day with a chance for a first glimpse at new liveries and some new team additions.

Eagerly anticipated was the Halfords Yuasa Honda Civic Type R in its stunning new livery. The team which said goodbye to Gordon Shedden earlier in the year welcomes former Porsche Carrera Cup GB Champ Dan Cammish alongside three times BTCC Champion Matt Neal “The Honda is a quantum leap forward, we’ve done some running, we’ve got to learn it’s sweet spots.”

While new team mate Cammish commented on following in Sheddens footprints: “I’m in a great  seat in a fantastic team as a rookie which doesn’t happen very often, I’ll do the best job I can”.

Reigning champ Ash Sutton was on hand to unveil the handsome new Adrian Flux Subaru Racing livery, of his move to the Subaru last year; ”Moving to Subaru was the right thing to do all the stars were aligned” Sutton is firmly back to contest his title.

Teammate Jason Plato commented ”I’m keen to start afresh, it was new ground for me where stuff went wrong. But if it was easy there would be more names on the trophy”

Team BMW’s Rob Collard, Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington took to the press conference stage, Turkington had a difficult finish to the season last year, when in the final race of the championship contact between Mat Johnson and him meant his race and championship was over: ”It’s difficult when you get so close to winning, runner up is the most difficult place to finish. The chin didn’t stay down for long, the motivation to come back for this season, it’s fortunate I’m on one of the best seats on the grid, hoping we can hit the ground running and be a force once again”

Collard commented ”I’m very pleased to retain my seat at WSR, my main aim is we see the whole season through and don’t end up in an ambulance! I wasn’t able to fight for the championship, Colin was so close at Brands Hatch, perhaps if I had been there we might have been able to clinch all three titles, we clinched two titles and that’s at least our aim this year, between the three of us aim for the drivers title”

The mic was handed to Andrew Jordan who went on “This year looks super, super competitive, the championship is at an all time high, and over the winter I signed a three year deal with Pirtek, which shows how strong the Championship is”

Rob Austin’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta was a popular unveiling and after topping the timings in the afternoons testing, despite it being the first time out in the wet, was a positive signal for the Duo Motorsport with HMS Racing driver. “Everybody wants to win, it’s no different for us and hasn’t been any different for me in 27 years of racing – we’ll be going to Brands looking to do the absolute best we can”, Austin added, “Realistically we don’t know what everyone else is doing, but we’re just going to concentrate on our job, focus on what we need to do and then see where we are at the first round.

“As I’ve said, we know others have more in the bag but so do we, so we’re in a good place as things stand. What I will say, this Duo Motorsport with HMS Alfa Romeo is the best package I’ve ever started a season with, so we’re definitely feeling confident for the new season.”

Sam Tordoff returns to BTCC with Team GardX Racing with Motorbase, after a year in British GT. Tordoff explained “I hate sharing a car,

I needed to go away and reset. I had a fantastic year racing GT’s but coming back here was always the end goal. I’m delighted to be back and excited to be driving the new Ford Focus RS.

Alan Gow kicked off the press conference talking about the 60th anniversary of the championship which is also the third oldest championship in the world. There are several plans throughout the year to celebrate BTCC’s Diamond Anniversary, not least the Diamond 60 mile race at the Snetterton round in July, where double points will be available in a winner takes all race. There are also plans to celebrate the 60th year at this years Silverstone Classic and there will be an adjustment to the rookie cup, the Jack Sears Trophy, which will also now find anyone who has not been on the podium eligible to lift the prize at the end of the season.

Gow also announced the new addition of a specially imported Ford safety truck which is equipped with the very latest and best in rescue and cutting equipment, and is the only one of it’s kind in Europe.

ITV will continue in its commitment to the Championship with its popular coverage and extensive highlights programme on ITV4.

Ben Crawley, Dunlops European Motorsport Director spoke about Dunlops long term commitment to BTCC, now in its 15th year as tyre supplier. Crawley went on to announce how due to fan feedback this year they would be introducing a blue sidewall on the blue response wet  tyre making the tyre easier for fans to identify on track.

Jonathan Palmer

MSV boss and Donington Park owner Jonathan Palmer was also in attendance where he spoke about the ongoing improvements to Donington which included new toilet blocks, offices, new grandstand, tarmaced paddocks and a new restaurant replacing the Pit Stop Diner. Improvements much needed to bring Donington Park back up to scratch.

The opening round of the season takes place at Brands Hatch on April 7th/8th.

BTCC 2018 season launch media day

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British GT 2018 Season launch countdown…. media day gallery

Just a few days to go until the 2018 season opener of British GT 2018 and we have a look at some of the new liveries and cars launched at the recent media day at Donington.

The new livery  of the Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental of Rick Parfitt Jnr and new partner Ryan Ratcliff, was hotly anticipated by media and fans alike and they weren’t disappointed.

While last years champ and Parfitts team mate Seb Morris moves onto pastures new in the shape of the Blancpain Endurance series, Parfitt Jnr commented at the media day press conference : “British GT was fantastic last year with a great story behind it for me personally. This year there are some incredible drivers, this year is about a new challenge, a building year and the pressure is off me and we’ll just have fun and see how far we can take it”.

New to the championship is the Jaguar GT4 of Invictus Games Racing  The team pairs injured or sick ex service personnel with established drivers in the Invictus Foundation backed team.

The cars were unveiled earlier in the year at Autosport International Show but the chance to finally see the Jaguars on track was one of the highlights of the media day.

Other exciting additions out on track included the BMW M4’s of Century Motorsport and the Barwell Motorsport trio of Lamborghini Huracans.

2004 British Gt Champion Jonny Cocker, who will be behind the wheel of the 69

Huracan alongside Sam De Haan commented: “Myself and Sam did some track days and it progressed from there, we looked at GT4 but decided to go head first into GT3. This is Sam’s first season of racing but it’s remarkable, he is over-performing. For me it’s great to be back, British GT has a special place for me. If you can do well in British GT you can do well anywhere”

Balfe Motorsport also joins the Championship running two McLarens across both classes.

In the 650S GT3, McLaren factory driver Rob Bell is joined by team owner Shaun Balfe who had this to say “We were ready for a fresh challenge, we’ve been watching British GT and we’re very proud to be here representing the family team”

Also on hand was MSV boss and new owner of Donington Park Jonathan Palmer, who along with outlining some of the changes and improvements that are being undertaken at Donington, praised SRO for growing and nurturing British GT as the series continues to attract larger spectator numbers, good quality cars and factory driver involvement.

The championship commences this Easter Weekend at Oulton Park.

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Invictus Games Racing- The Inspirational team prepare to make their debut in British GT

Bringing the Jaguar back to British GT, new outfit Invictus Games Racing make an important step into a prominent series and along with it signal a further broadening of inclusivity in motorsport.

The Invictus Foundation was established in 2014 after the first Invictus Games, a brainchild of Prince William following his visit to the Warrior Games in the US in 2013. The foundation governs the Invictus Games, an annual world sporting event where all the competitors are ex service men and women who are ill or have been injured while in the service of their country. The games have become a potent symbol of the fighting spirit of the participants, who have or continue to overcome, physical or mental injury through competitive sport. Following the spirit of the Invictus Games, Superdry clothing co-founder and former British GT competitor James Holder was inspired to get involved in creating a charity project that focused on putting injured veterans in to a top level area of motorsport and demolishing the perception of motorsport as elitist. Invictus Games Racing looks to make motorsport a level playing field for those competing but without sacrificing any of the excitement or challenges to be found in the sport, for the ex armed forces personnel involved.

Mission Motorsport, the armed forces motorsport charity, who have been involved in putting ex service personnel in to many areas of motorsport since 2012, worked alongside Invictus Games Racing to assist in identifying and training suitable team members.

The team will run two Jaguar GT4’s especially adapted for the needs of the drivers and in a unique driver pairing format, a Pro driver will mentor and co drive with two Am ex service personnel drivers who will split driving duties.

Joining the team is American Jason Wolfe, who last year competed in the ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship. Wolfe will partner Ben Norfolk and Basil Rawlinson in car #22. Norfolk, an ex RAF Serjeant and aircraft engineer had completed several tours of Iraq and Afghanistan when an incident while assisting with casualties at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan left a lasting impact. Norfolk was later diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression and was medically discharged in 2017. The 41 year old will compete in the first three rounds of the season at Oulton Park, Rockingham and Snetterton.

Basil Rawlinson ex 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment who also served in Afghanistan was medically discharged in 2014 having had medical leave due to degenerative discs in the spine and was also diagnosed with PTSD. On his return to civilian life Rawlinson set up his own crash helmet spraying business. In 2014 he was selected as an Invictus Games Ambassador for the inaugural games in London. Rawlinson then began an association with Mission Motorsport and gained his International C Race licence last summer, and completes the second half of the British GT rounds.

In the #44 car Matthew George joins the team in the Pro seat. The former Generation AMR SuperRacing driver competed in British GT in 2016 alongside James Holder with whom he also partnered in the GT4 European Series last year.

Joining him is Paul Vice MC(Military Cross) a former Royal Marines Commando who suffered massive injuries after he was subjected to an IED attack while serving in Afghanistan in 2011. Vice had 400 pieces of shrapnel removed and among other serious injuries, sustained damage to his left leg which eventually led to the lower part of the leg being amputated. Prior to the amputation Vice competed in the inaugural Invictus Games winning a gold medal in cycling. He then went on to compete in the 2016 Invictus Games by which time he had undergone the operation to remove the lower part of his leg, but he still returned from Orlando with a huge haul of seven medals(including two golds for 50m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke as well as four silvers, 2 in cycling, sitting volleyball, 50m freestyle and a bronze in the 100m relay) making him the events most successful male athlete. Vice made the Mission Motorsport Race of Remembrance his first competitive motorsport event and will compete in the second stage of the championship tackling Silverstone, Spa, Brands Hatch and Donington.

The second Am driver is Steve McCulley who also served in the Royal Marines and was very seriously injured by an IED while on patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2011. Following his medical discharge he became involved with Mission Motorsport and went on to race in the Caterham Academy in 2014, finishing fourth in the standings. He subsequently went on to compete in the Seven 310R Championship in which he finished third overall in 2017. McCulley has also competed in Mission Motorsports Race of Remembrance and will undertake the first three rounds of the British GT championship.

The season kicks off at Oulton Park, Easter weekend Sat 30th March- Mon 1st April

 

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Porsche Carrera Cup GB look ahead to 2018 season

With less than a month to the first round of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch, we take a look ahead to what the new season has in store in the popular one make championship.

Last year’s champion Charlie Eastwood, now a BRDC Superstar, has moved to the World Endurance Championship and Blancpain Endurance series with TF Sport. Also making a move into Blancpain Endurance with TF Sport is Euan McKay, while Dan McKay makes the move into British GT on board the Equipe Verschuur McLaren 570S. Also making a move into British GT is Scott Malvern who joins Team Parker racing.  Meanwhile Dan Cammish disembarks for the British Touring Car Championship, taking the seat at Team Dynamics Honda Yuasa vacated by Gordon Shedden. Tom Oliphant also makes the move to BTCC with Ciceley Racing.

With a number of prominent drivers moving on to other series, it makes for an exciting 2018 season with a number of new faces joining those back to contest for the title.

Second in the standings last year Dino Zamparelli will continue to battle for the top spot with returning Pro’s Lewis Plato, Tio Ellinas, Tom Wrigley and Ross Wyle.

The highly popular scholarship initiative resumes under the new name the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Junior programme, which sees the three finalists on the grid, winner Dan Harper, George Gamble and Esmee Hawkey. The programme has a generous prize of £85,000 towards 2018/19 PCCGB running costs plus development and support from Porsche Motorsport, a package that has seen a record number of applicants for this season.

Dan Harper was the 2016 Rookie Cup winner in the Ginetta Juniors and finished third in the overall standings in 2017. The 17 year old from Northern Ireland joins Nick Tandy’s racing team JTR alongside Tom Wrigley, Lewis Plato and Jamie Orton.

21 yr old George Gamble has risen through the ranks of the Ginetta championships, but has also tried his hand at single seaters having competed in the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Winter Series.

20 year old Esmee Hawkey has contested in Porsche’s since 2016 in the GT Cup, last year also competing in the Brighton Speed Trials where she came fourth. The rapid youngster is also the Brand Ambassador for Porsche Centre South London.

Also joining the Championship in 2018 is seasoned driver Gary Eastwood who has a long background in GT racing including competing in British GT 2012 to 2016 and last year competed in the GT Cup Championship. The 58 year old runs in PCCGB with G-Cat Racing.

Seb Perez graduates from the Ginetta Supercup to join Team Parker Racing alongside PCCGB Junior programme entrant George Gamble, with whom Perez has previously driven in Ginetta Championships. A previous BTCC entrant who joins the Championship is Richard Hawken. The 46 year old previously raced with Support Our Paras Infiniti in 2015.

While in the Am class Fraser Robertson, Peter Mangion and Michael Igoe also join the grid.

On the media day at Silverstone it was Tom Wrigley who dominated in the first test session swiftly followed by Dino Zamparelli and Lewis Plato, with Plato clocking the sessions best speed.

The second session found Josh Webster topping the lap times while Dan Harper put in the miles completing thirty eight laps.  Webster again led lap times in the third session with the wet weather improving lap times dropped.

The first round of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB takes place on the BTCC support package at Brands Hatch on 7th/8th April.

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Creventic 24H Silverstone: Red Camel-Jordans.nl takes the win

The 24H Series rolled into Silverstone last weekend for the first major event of the season. The newly resurface circuit combined with some wet and foggy weather throughout the race offered some challenges to the small grid of TCR entries. The first part of the race ran alongside the last part of the debut 12H race for GT’s and Prototypes, puting the three categories of car together on track for the first time in the Creventic series.

It was an outright win for Netherlands team Red Camel-Jordans.nl in their SEAT LCR. Konstantins Kalko and Ivo and Rik Breukers managed to cross the finish line on Sunday morning more than 5 mins ahead of the SEAT Leon of Team Bleekemolen, last years winners. While in third place was the SEAT LCR of LMS Racing. Confirming SEAT’s dominance in the championship.

The race got off to a good start for the low grid of fifteen entries but the changeable conditions and fresh surface meant there were multiple instances of cars spinning off track throughout, two entries that dropped out early on were the Volkswagen Golf of Motorsport Developpement,

completing just 36 laps before it became evident they wouldn’t be able to complete the rest of the 24 hours. While Team Hyundai Denmark had to pull out after the seven hour mark when a lack of spare parts sadly brought their race to an end.

There were many incidents for the pit teams to deal with including a complete engine change for Honda factory team Synchro, in a repeat of similar circumstances in last years race.

The Swindon based team were joined by British Touring Cars champion Matt Neal, but despite their incredible efforts a second bout of engine problems meant Synchro had to withdraw from the race almost 22 and a half hours in.

Also beset with engine problems was the Excelr8 Motorsport Mini JCW driven by Max Bladon, Rob Smith, Ricky Coomber, Szeto Wing Shun and Clement Tong. Requiring a full engine change and five hours in the pits the team however did manage to complete the race finishing last.

While the Excelr8 Motorsport Audi RS3,co driven by 12hr ROFGO Racing entrant Stuart Hall, also encountered problems in the form of electrical faults but managed to finish in eleventh place.

As fog rolled across the circuit at 2am the race was suspended, not resuming until 6.45am and the final thirteen entries pushed on to the 10.30 am finish.

The next round takes place at Navarra April 20th to 22nd

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24H Series 12H Silverstone: The European endurance race debuts in UK

As the 24H Series made its return to Silverstone, making its debut was the 12H Silverstone which saw prototypes and GT’s running on the famous circuit with the race split across Friday and Saturday. As the overlap of the 12h and 24H race took place on Saturday, Protos, GT’s and TCR’s were running together for the first time.

The Proto class saw a low entry of 3 cars, including the only entry in the CN class, CN of Krafft Racing and two Ginetta G57’s of Simpson Motorsport. There was drama for that team when damage to one of their chassis’s in practice on Thursday meant a new chassis was shipped overnight from Ginetta’s Yorkshire HQ.

Both Ginetta’s suffered a few problems across the 12 hour race including a puncture and power issues but the #4 G57 crossed the line first in the class and overall, taking Simpson Motorsport to the top of the podium.

The GT winner was the ROFGO Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 of Roald Goethe, Stuart Hall and Daniel Brown who adapted to the wet weather conditions that blighted the newly resurfaced Silverstone across the weekend. Despite a crash early on with PROSport Performances Mercedes that resulted in a broken diffuser for the British team,

the trio put in a stunning performance putting them top of the podium with Forch Racing’s Porsche 991 of Zeljko Drmic, Patrick Eisemann and Robert Lukas taking second place. Third place went to Grasser Racing Team’s Rolf Ineichen, Mark Ineichen, Franck Perera and British GT contestant Phil Keen in the Lamborghini Huracan.

 

Bohemia Energy with Scuderia Praha had to be content with finishing fifth overall with their Ferrari 488. Jiri Pisarik Josef Kral and Matteo Malucelli put in a sterling effort, finishing the first 5 hour stint of the race on Friday in the lead and continued to do so when the race resumed for the final 7 hours on Saturday,

however an accident which resulted in some considerable damage to the body work of the car meant time was lost and with post race penalties added, the unfortunate team missed out after running a highly competitive race initially.

The new format saw the 2018 GT and Proto European Championship kick off ahead of the Navarra round in April. Weather conditions in Europe ahead of the Silverstone round  may have been a contributing factor to the low numbers entered into the British round and on track conditions certainly set drivers many challenges but it’s hoped that the series will continue to attract drivers to the annual Silverstone event.

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TCR UK Touring Car Championship Test Day at Silverstone

We joined the new championship at their recent testing day ahead of the season launch at Silverstone on Easter weekend.

The newly launched British series joins other TCR Touring Car Championships regionally, nationally and internationally under the TCR banner, this means the same cars can be used through those championships as well as the FIA World Touring Car Cup. This concept gives a lot of scope to a driver wishing to compete, it also for instance, allows a team to rent their car to other drivers across those championships when not competing with it themselves. This makes the UK series an attractive proposition as it means cost such as buying a TCR car can be recouped relatively quickly. The championship also aims to be a springboard for up and coming driver talent.

There were just a few TCR UK cars out on track as the media day was postponed until the end of the month due in part to a clash with the Geneva Motorshow, however this didn’t stop the likes of Maximum Motorsports Stewart Lines, who has left BTCC to join TCR UK. Also out in a SEAT Leon was Carl Swift.

The former Civic Cup champion is the first entrant in the TCR UK’s DSG Trophy open to drivers who have DSG transmission, the prize being a €20,000 sequential gearbox upgrade.

Finlay Crocker and Ollie Taylor hit the circuit in their Honda Civics, Taylor clocking up the fastest times of the day on the damp track. Lewis Kent in his Hyundai i30 N was the fastest in the second test session, meanwhile Josh Price suffered engine problems in his Honda Civic and had to abandon the test early on.

Sean Walkinshaw, son of former European Touring Car Champion was also testing, achieving the second fastest time overall.

There were a few cars from the support race package also testing, including in Formula Ford 2017 Walter Hayes Trophy winner Michael Moyers. Competing in the Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup and out on track were Darelle Wilson and Dennis Strandberg, the former British GT driver.

Joining them was Strandbergs Maximum Motorsport team mate Tim Docker.

 

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The VSCC Pomeroy Trophy Competition 2018 kicks off the new season at Silverstone

We joined the Vintage Sports Car Club at the Pomeroy Trophy Competition as the historic car club kicked off the racing season at Silverstone with the popular event.

The competition open to pre and post war vehicles uses a unique format of tests to decide upon the ultimate touring car. The tests include a time trial as well as tests for acceleration, braking and handling. Along with surely one of the most unique tests in the world, the ability to carry two standard VSCC suit cases.

Taking the Pomeroy Trophy itself was Simon Smith in his 1964 Lotus Elan, completing the test with a total of 424.16 points.

The Densham Trophy, which is awarded to the best Pre-War car that didn’t take the Pomeroy Trophy, was won by Simon Blakeney-Edwards in his 1929 Frazer Nash Super Sports, while the Pomeroy Edwardian Trophy, awarded to the best eligible Edwardian or car fitted with two-wheeled brakes, was taken by Andrew Howe-Davies in a 1911 Scat Racer. Runners up in 1st Class included a Ford Cortina and Mini Cooper.

The event attracted a packed grid of varied cars from a Frazer Nash TT Replica to a Ferrari 212 to a Peerless GT1.

Not to be left out were newer vehicles such as a Porsche Boxster, Maserati Gran Tourismo and the new Toyota Yaris GRMN. The limited edition Yaris which had been the subject of a promotional filming the day before was out on track alongside the

Toyota Corona Deluxe, one of Toyotas Heritage Fleet, read about the Toyota Yaris GRMN here http://www.finishlinesports.net/2018/02/28/toyota-gazoo-racing-inspired-toyota-yaris-grmn-vscc-event-silverstone/

The VSCC which has been in existence since 1934 welcomes Pre and Post war cars on a competitive as well as social level, with many events held throughout the year, the VSCC is a hugely popular motoring club, with many opportunities for members to get involved in many aspects of motorsport.

The VSCC Pomeroy Trophy Competition 2018 Gallery:

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