Porsche Carrera Cup GB set as support for Silverstone WEC Weekend

The one make series announced today that its blue-riband rounds would be held on FIA WEC weekend, 30th August-1st September, that being the launch of the 2019/20 WEC Super Season.

Originally pencilled in for Barcelona alongside the European Le Mans series, the change to WEC Silverstone is the first time Porsche Carrera Cup GB has supported WEC since 2016, with format and timings yet to be confirmed. The rest of the fourteen rounds held over seven weekends will continue to be as support to BTCC on the TOCA package, the calendar is as follows:

Brands Hatch-Indy circuit             Rounds 1&2   5-7 April

Donington Park                                     Rounds 3&4   25-28 April

Croft                                                             Rounds 5&6   14-16 June

Oulton Park                                             Rounds 7&8    28-30 June

Thruxton                                                    Rounds 9&10  16-18 August

Silverstone-Grand Prix circuit       Rounds 11&12 30 August–1 September

Silverstone-National circuit              Rounds 13&14 27-29 September

Brands Hatch-Grand Prix circuit    Rounds 15&16 11-13 October

 

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Spotlight on off season fun at Mallory Park

The off season can seem a long drag when you spend most of your weekends trackside from March to October, but there are one or two events that are welcome little gems in the cold winter months, one such being the VSCC’s Pomeroy Trophy that takes place this weekend at Silverstone, their first event of the year, and another is the Plum Pudding Races at Leicestershire’s Mallory Park, which took place on Boxing Day, giving a great day of on track action and a chance to blow off the Christmas cobwebs during the festive period. The event draws large crowds, enjoying some fantastic motorbike, sports car and saloon car racing.


Mallory Park is a great little circuit for spectators due to the compactness, low fencing and a feel of being close to the action. The 2018 event, was the 44th year of the fun event, putting 2 wheeled and 4 wheeled racing together. In the past sidecar racing was also included, but with low entries in the last few years, it’s sadly dropped off of the timetable.

Some of the cars on track included an eclectic array of cars from Ariel Atoms and Caterhams to an MG Midget and MGB.

While in the motorcycle races entries ranged from a Honda 125 to 1000cc Yamaha’s and Kawasaki’s. But fun is the order of the day with many riders competing while wearing Christmas themed fancy dress and a great atmosphere in the paddock adding to Mallory Parks deserved reputation as the “friendly circuit”.

Mallory Park at not even a mile and a half long is one of the shortest circuits in the UK, but is also beloved by spectators, drivers and riders alike. Originally what is now the circuit was part of the estate of Kirkby Hall, after the last occupant died the estate was sold on and as with many circuits in Britain it began life as a military base, being RAF Kirkby Mallory, a Standby Landing Ground until it’s closure in 1947. Thereafter the Hall was demolished in the early fifties with only the stable block and coach house remaining, which now partly form the circuits offices. In the late 1940’s a pony trotting track was formed in the 300 acres, and after the sale of the estate in 1953 the new owner planned to use the trotting track for horse racing. However the collapse of the Kirkby Mallory Racing Association, who were responsible for the running of the track, led to it being hired out to a number of different motorcycle and sidecar racing clubs. The first tarmaced track was constructed in 1956, after the estate changed hands again. The first test of the circuit being driven by Grand Prix driver Bob Gerard in a Cooper-Bristol Formula Two car and Maurice Cann on a Moto Guzzi. The track continued to flourish and maintain its popularity throughout the sixties but by the early seventies Mallory Parks future was under threat when the estate was again put up for sale. The circuit eventually came into the hands of Chris Meek in 1982 and reopened in 1983. Mallory Park continues to be used for racing, testing and track day events and is one of the favourite small circuits in the UK.

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The VSCC’s Pomeroy Trophy returns to Silverstone this weekend

The VSCC’s Pomeroy Trophy takes place at Silverstone this weekend, bringing one of the most unique motorsport tests back to the Northamptonshire circuit.

Tests include braking, handling and acceleration as well as the infamous suitcase test, where entrants are required to carry two standard sized suitcases. Cars range from some fantastic pre war models, just a few of this years entrants include a Vauxhall 30-98 OE Velox 1924, a 1934 Aston Martin Mark IIL, a 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider and a 2017 Citroen C1.

New this year is the side by side event of the Toyota GB’s Parallel Pomeroy Trophy, the trophy or ParaPom as it has been dubbed is open to any model or age Toyota. Using similar tests as those in the Pomeroy Trophy and the same judges, the ParaPom looks set to be quite a draw for Toyota clubs and entrants keen to get on track in a one of a kind event.

The Pomeroy really is a must see event for any vintage car enthusiast and great way to shake off the pre season blues at Silverstone. The Pomeroy Trophy takes place this Saturday 16th February and is free for spectators, gates open at 8am.

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Look ahead to 2019 season in some of our British Championships.

We return from our winter break, with a look at what the 2019 season has in store across a number of British Championships.

In British GT it looks to be another thriller of a season with a number of exciting announcements ahead of next months media day season launch at Donington. Phil Keen will be joined by Adam Balon aboard one of Barwell Motorsports two new Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo’s. Balon has for the last two seasons raced in GT4 on board the Track-club McLaren, while Keen has just been confirmed as a factory driver for Lamborghini.

Keen has been partnered for the last few years in British GT by Jon Minshaw who now says goodbye to British GT and continues racing on an international level. Barwells second Huracan will be driven again by the pairing of Sam De Haan and Jonny Cocker.

Also returning to British GT is Nicki Thiim who will continue his partnership alongside Mark Farmer at TF Sport aboard the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage,

the teams other Vantage will be driven by Graham Davidson and current British GT champ Jonny Adam. The team will also enter two GT4 cars with upcoming drivers Tom Canning, Rory Collingbourne, Patrick Kibble and Josh Price.

Balfe Motorsport bring the new McLaren 720S GT3 to the Championship, with Shaun Balfe and McLaren factory driver Rob Bell returning for a second season together, fielding the first ever GT model designed and built in-house by McLaren Customer Racing at their Surrey base.

Making a much anticipated return to British GT is Team ABBA Racing, with team owner Richard Neary partnering with Adam Christodoulou at every round other than the June Donington round, when the date clashes with Christodoulou’s appearance at the Nurburgring 24 Hours.

A new addition to the British GT roster is Multimatic Motorsports GT4 Ford Mustangs. Seb Priaulx, Scott Maxwell, Billy Johnson and a yet to be announced driver will be helming the cars, developed by Multimatic which earned Ford the manufacturer’s title in 2018’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

Century Motorsport expands its stable of BMW’s with the addition of the M6 GT3 to be driven by reigning GT4 Champion Jack Mitchell who returns to the team alongside Adrian Willmott. The team also return with two BMW’s in GT4, with the pairing of Angus Fender and Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke. The second pairing is yet to be announced,

While Team Parker Racing will return with the new Bentley Continental GT3 but are yet to confirm driver pairings after the departure of Rick Parfitt Jnr at the end of last season.

There will be a treat in store for Porsche fans when WPI Motorsport bring the new 911 GT3 Cup to the Championship with Michael Igoe and Adam Wilcox taking driving duties.

 

BTCC has a new title sponsor for 2019 with Kwik Fit on board, Goodyear Dunlop continue to supply the competition tyres, meanwhile Trade Price Cars Racing joins the championship with two Audi S3’s, one to be driven by Jake Hill, that had previously been entered by AmD. AmD bought Eurotech’s Honda Civics after the outfit made the announcement after last season that they would be withdrawing from the championship, leaving Jack Goff so far without a drive for 2019. Sam Tordoff and Rory Butcher take the Honda Civic Type R’s into the series with Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance. Tom Oliphant makes the switch to West Surrey Racing in his second BTCC season, while Daniel Rowbottom in his maiden BTCC campaign, takes the vacant seat at Cicely Motorsport alongside Adam Morgan.

BRDC British F3 competitor Billy Monger was honoured at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards, receiving the Helen Rollason award, recognising outstanding achievement in the face of adversity. The teenager who returned to racing in F3 a year after his life changing accident at Donington Park, has drawn support from around the world and his inspirational journey continues to gain him fans who look forward to seeing where this coming season will take the Carlin driver who has yet to confirm his plans for 2019.

Current champion Linus Lundqvist started the new year competing in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona after winning the Sunoco Whelen Challenge in 2018. The Swede took the wheel of Precision Performance Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan, a challenging, wet race that was eventually red flagged with less than two hours on the clock due to the poor conditions. However Lundqvist put in a sterling performance alongside Milos Pavlovic, Don Yount and
Steve Dunn, eventually finishing 20th in class.

Meanwhile confirmed to join the championship this year is Hampus Ericsson, brother of Marcus Ericsson. Hampus has previously competed in F4 before moving into British F3 for the final two rounds last year, achieving a podium place in only his second race at Donington Park. The Double R Racing driver looks set to impress in 2019. Hillspeed’s Sasakorn Chaimongkol will return for a second season after a very successful maiden season, while making his debut in BRDC British F3 is reigning British F4 champion Kiern Jewiss who joins Douglas Motorsport, with whom he has previously competed in the Ginetta Junior Championship, being crowned the Rookie Champion in 2017. As ever with BRDC British F3, 2019 looks to be an exciting season.

 

TCR UK enters its second season with a calendar that takes in a round at Spa-Francorchamps, the competitive series aims to continue to grow, having got off to a solid start in 2018. Some changes for 2019 include a revision of race and qualifying formats to bring it in line with the other worldwide TCR UK series, there will also be a drop in the entry fee as well as the introduction of a new class, the TCR UK Cup, in the hope of including drivers participating on an amateur footing. The series opens at Snetterton on April 21st.

 

The Britcar Endurance Championship sees many returning drivers including Marcus Fothergill and Dave Benett, Ash Woodman and Martin Byford, while Sam Neary joins his father Richard Neary, competing in most rounds, behind the wheel of fan favourite, the Team ABBA BMW M3.

Last years championship winner Sarah Moore will partner newcomer Moh Ritson behind the wheel of Tockwith Motorsport’s Ginetta G50. The pairing of David Mason OBE and Ross Wylie will be running one of FF Corse’s Ferrari 488 Challenge’s, a force to be reckoned with when the series return on 30th March at Silverstone.

 

The GT Cup Championship returns on 13th-14th April at Donington Park with the addition of a pair of new cars in the shape of a Mclaren 570GT4 to be driven by Steve Ruston and John Whitehouse and the Ferrari 488 of Ross Wylie and David Mason who will also be competing in the series.

 

With just a small taste of what is in store for some of our home championships, the 2019 season looks set to be a thriller.

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