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Bennetts British Superbikes season launch

Bennetts British Superbikes gave a taster of the season ahead at the recent final test day ahead of the opening round at Silverstone this  weekend.

All eyes were on ex Moto GP rider Scott Redding as he prepared to make his BSB debut on the Be Wiser Ducati. However it was Jason O’Halloran who topped the combined timings at a cold and in the morning, wet Silverstone. Sitting just behind him in the timings was former team mate Dan Linfoot on the Santander Salt TAG Yamaha.

Scott Redding stayed in the top ten just ahead of Glenn Irwin.

With the weather set to be warm and dry across the Bank Holiday weekend, Silverstone should be in for a treat in the first major event of the season.

Combined test times:

  1. 22 Jason O’HALLORAN – McAMS Yamaha
  2. 4 Dan LINFOOT – Santander Salt TAG Yamaha
  3. 25 Josh BROOKES – Be Wiser Ducati
  4. 12 Luke MOSSEY – OMG Racing Suzuki
  5. 81 Luke STAPLEFORD – Buildbase Suzuki
  6. 18 Andrew IRWIN – Honda Racing
  7. 10 Josh ELLIOTT – OMG Racing Suzuki
  8. 95 Tarran MACKENZIE – McAMS Yamaha
  9. 6 Xavi FORÉS – Honda Racing
  10. 45 Scott REDDING – Be Wiser Ducati
  11. 83 Danny BUCHAN – FS-3 Racing Kawasaki
  12. 2 Glenn IRWIN – Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki
  13. 28 Bradley RAY – Buildbase Suzuki
  14. 46 Tommy BRIDEWELL – Oxford Racing
  15. 61 Ben CURRIE – Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki
  16. 71 Claudio CORTI – Team WD-40
  17. 59 Matt TRUELOVE – Raceways Yamaha
  18. 8 Shaun WINFIELD – Santander Salt TAG Yamaha
  19. 20 Sylvain BARRIER  – Brixx Ducati
  20. 40 Martin JESSOPP – Ridersmotorcycles.com
  21. 7 Ryan VICKERS – RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki
  22. 89 Fraser ROGERS – Gearlink Kawasaki
  23. 23 David ALLINGHAM – EHA Yamaha
  24. 37 James HILLIER – Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki
  25. 5 Dean HARRISON – Silicone Engineering Racing
  26. 40 Joe FRANCIS – Lloyd & Jones Bowker Motorrad
  27. 90 Sam COVENTRY – Team 64
  28. 17 Gary JOHNSON – RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki
  29. 74 Dean HIPWELL – CDH Racing
  30. 11 Conor CUMMINS  – Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles 

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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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Linus Lundqvist takes 2018 BRDC British F3 Championship title

Double R Racings Linus Lundqvist claimed the Championship title this weekend at Silverstone. The young Swede took the win in the first race after starting on pole, and with it the 2018 Championship. He also finishes the season taking the Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup and the Sunoco Whelen Challenge, which will see him compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January next year.

Nicolai Kjaergaard finished second in the championship standings with Kush Maini just behind him in third place.

Lundqvist dominated the race finishing three seconds ahead of second place Tom Gamble, while Billy Monger finished in third place, his fourth podium place this year.

Monger had a scrap for third place throughout the race with Manuel Maldonado, Monger crossing the line just over half a second ahead of Maldonado, although Fortec driver Maldonado was handed a one second penalty post race, being deemed to have gained an unfair advantage, but the penalty made no difference, still finishing ahead of fifth place Ayrton Simmons.

Simmons who moved to BRDC British F3 from F4 in July, has enjoyed the progression to the pace of the Tatuus-Cosworth car, taking his seat with Chris Dittman Racing without any prior testing in the car, his first race in F3 being at Spa Francorchamps in the summer. The youngster from Epping who finished second in the F4 championship standings this year, told us that there will not be a return to F4, and although he has yet to confirm his plans for next year, he has impressed no end with the Chris Dittman team. Simmons loves single seater racing and makes no bones about his desire to progress to Formula One.

There were two further races due to run on the Sunday, however very wet weather conditions meant that after completing just a few laps under the safety car, the red flag fell as the weather worsened and just a few hours later the rest of the MSVR meeting was cancelled, bringing a damp end to the BRDC British F3 2018 season.



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ELMS Silverstone: G-Drive Racing take 3rd Consecutive Win

The European Le Mans Series 4hrs of Silverstone saw G-Drive Racing take their third win in a row. The Oreca 07 driven by Roman Rusinov, Andrea Pizzitola and Jean-Eric Vergne, a fan favourite, took a comfortable lead over the #24 Racing Engineering Oreca by the second hour and never looked back.

LMP3 saw the #3 United Autosports Ligier of Anthony Wells, Garret Grist and Matthew Bell take the class win fractions of a second ahead of the #7 Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen of Colin Noble, Alex Kapadia and Christian Stubbe Olsen.

There was a twist to the end to the race in LMGTE when the first over the line #66 JMW Motorsport driven by Miguel Molina was handed a 10 second penalty for exceeding track limits, however with a 10.126 lead over second in class #88 Proton Competition meant that the #66 Ferrari kept the win by just 0.126 of a second.

G-Drive Racing continue to lead the championship with two rounds left to go.

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750 Motor Club Silverstone Round thrills

750 Motor Club headed to Silverstone last weekend with some great racing on the bill in front of some enthusiastic motorsport fans.

Race One was the Porsche Club Championship 25 minute race, the first of two for the championship on the Saturday. The win went to Mark McAleer in his Porsche 996 in an eventful race that saw championship leader Mark Sumpter, and third in the standings, Chris Dyer out of the race on the first corner. Simon Clark suffered gear box issues which saw him eventually finish in fourteenth place.

However Sumpter and Dyer were back for race two on the front of the grid, and Clark returned but only able to use his Cayman in fourth gear which didn’t stop him finishing the race in eighth place, but the win this time went to Paragon Porsche’s Sumpter with McAleer in second place and Dyer in third place.  Moving into the final round at Brands Hatch on September 2nd/3rd Sumpter leads the Championship table in Class 1, just 1 point ahead of Jonathan Evans who leads in Class 2.

The Aim Technologies Bikesports Championship caters for motorbike engine powered sportscars and non-current Radical models. The grid was made up almost entirely of Radicals with just one Spire among the pack. Joe Stables dominated across the weekend in his Radical SR3, winning all three races and consistently clocking the fastest laps. The 19 year old comes from a racing family and has competed in BRDC Formula 4.

Fielding two races across the weekend was the Heritage Parts Centre Formula Vee Championship, the single seater formula has been in existence for more than 50 years and attracts a huge grid of competitors and a large variety of marques. But it was Craig Pollard of Bears GAC who finished first in both races, the second race by just a whisker ahead of second place Daniel Hands

One of the most affordable championships is the RGB Sports 1000, four stroke motorbike engines powering a variety of two seater sports cars. RGB Sports 1000 is an understandably popular championship.

The first race of the weekend for the Championship saw Paul Smith in his Mittell MC-35 take a dominant win, with Mittell’s completing the rest of the line up on the podium courtesy of Christopher “Chippy” Wesemael in second place and Daniel Larner in third.

Race Two found Wesemael take his first win in the championship with a dominant 35 second lead, in a race with some incredibly close racing.

There was some fantastic track action courtesy of Classic Stock Hatch and the Hot Hatch Championship. In the Classic Stock Hatches Matt Rozier took the win in both races in his Peugeot 2015 GTi, while in the Hot Hatches Ben Rushworth took the win in the first race on Sunday, with the second win going to Steve Sawley.

The Cartek Club Enduro Championship is a great way to get into low cost endurance racing.

The Championship is open to production sports and saloon cars, and with a packed, varied grid fielding a variety of marques affording excellent endurance competition. Saturdays 2 hour race found Luke Sedzikowski on the top step of the podium and taking  the Class A win in his E92 M3. While second place went to Darren Ball also in the E92, third place going to Martin James in the Honda Civic Type R. A particularly good place for James who had earlier suffered damage causing him to pit early and was dropped to the back of the field.

Meanwhile in Class B Matt Faizey took the spoils in his Porsche 968, and the Invitational Class winners were Martin Duffy and Andrew Armstrong in their relay BMW M3’s completing in eighth place overall.

On Sunday Paul Cook in his BMW E46, took two for two in the Tegiwa M3 Cup + MTEC Brakes 330 Challenge, while the Gala Performance Toyota MR2 Championship races were both signed, sealed and delivered by Shaun Traynor.

The next 750 Motor Club race weekend takes place at Donington Park on September 1st and 2nd.

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WEC Weekend starts at Silverstone with 2019/20 Calendar announcement.

WEC makes its much anticipated return to Silverstone this weekend with all eyes on Toyota after their historic win at Le Mans in June and the announcement this week that Toyota driver Fernando Alonso will be departing from McLaren and F1 at the end of the season.

Along with the excitement of the best endurance series in the word being back on British soil, WEC released their provisional 2019/20 calendar this morning , revealing that visits to São Paulo and Bahrain are re introduced alongside Silverstone, Fuji, Shanghai, Sebring, Spa and Le Mans. The calendar which was drawn up taking into account fan feedback sees a September visit to Silverstone in 2019 but Le Mans as expected retains its June date, the backbone of the FIA series. The provisional Calendar, which is subject to  approval by the FIA World Motor Sport Council, is as follows:

01 September 2019        4 Hours of Silverstone (Great Britain)

13 October 2019             6 Hours of Fuji (Japan)

17 November 2019         4 Hours of Shanghai (China)

14 December 2019         8 Hours of Bahrain (Bahrain)

01 February 2020           6 Hours of São Paulo (Brazil)

xx March 2020                1000 Miles of Sebring (8 hours) (USA) –To be confirmed 

03 May 2020                   6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)

13-14 June 2020             24 Hours of Le Mans (France)


With the two month break since Le Mans over, WEC fans can look forward to a packed weekend of on track action, including the return of Jenson Button to Silverstone for the first time since his last full season in F1 in 2016. Qualifying for WEC gets underway tomorrow afternoon and the 6 hr of Silverstone begins at 12.00 on Sunday.


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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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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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The Toyota Gazoo Racing inspired Toyota Yaris GRMN, at VSCC event Silverstone

Out on track at the Vintage Sports Car Club Pomeroy Trophy Competition was the brand new Toyota Yaris GRMN. The very limited edition Yaris has been launched to celebrate the return of Toyota Gazoo to the FIA World Rally Championship in 2017.

The new model which has a limited run of 400 for European customers saw most of them snapped up within 72 hours of the online reservation opening. The Yaris GRMN boasts over 200bhp and takes 6.4 seconds to reach 62mph and the top speed is electronically limited to 143mph . The supercharged engine which is manufactured in the UK was developed with Lotus, with the final build and installation of the 1,798cc 2ZR-FE engine carried out by Toyota Motor Manufacturing France.
The styling of the Yaris GRMN feature the red, white and black of Toyota Gazoo’s Racing colours and includes bespoke sports seats, a smaller steering wheel modified from the GT86 coupe and many details echoing it’s rally car counterpart. Each of the cars is assembled by a dedicated technical team alongside the standard Yaris production line.

Also competing was one of Toyota’s Heritage Fleet the, 1966 Toyota Corona Deluxe.

The car is a significant part of the Toyota story as it was one of the first models to be embraced by the West, actually being named Imported Car of The Year in the US in 1969 and became the first single model to sell over a million units in Japan.

Driving the Toyota Yaris GRMN at Silverstone were Patrick Mortell and Richard Seymour, with Alric Kitson behind the wheel of the Corona.

Mortell and Seymour were both awarded 3rd Class honours.

The VSCC Pomeroy Trophy Competition is a series of marked tests, which range from being able to fit two standard VSCC sized suitcases in a competitors car, to braking, acceleration and speed tests. Despite being held by the Vintage Sports Car Club, the Competition is open to all roadworthy cars. The VSCC has been in existence since 1934, originally a motoring club for competing in pre-war cars, the social aspect is equally important and the age range of cars has also expanded, with a wide array of vehicles to be seen at any of the varied events run by the club, which range from rallies, to hill climbs to track days.

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Britcar Into The Night at Walter Hayes

Joining the Walter Hayes Trophy for the first time on the support race package was the Britcar Endurance Championship, the series which sees marques from Ferraris to VW Golfs competing in a combined 50 minute sprint and 2 hour endurance race, completed its penultimate round at Silverstone as dusk fell on the Walter Hayes Trophy weekend.

The sprint category was won by Richard Neary in the Mercedes AMG GT3, that will be familiar to followers of British GT, Neary proved to be more than a match for Calum Lockie in the FF Corse Ferrari 488 and the RAW Motorsports Radical which did have an 8 second lead on Neary but there was no stopping the stunning Mercedes.

Crossing the line second in the sprint category was the Lockie/David Mason Ferrari 488 with Dave Benett and Marcus Fothergill in the Bespoke Racing Porsche 997 taking third place.

While in the endurance category the win went to Witt Gamski and Ross Wylie in the Ferrari 458 crossing the line just ahead of Rob Wheldon in the Radical RXC who had to make up for an earlier loss of time when Stefano Leaney pushed impressively hard, earning himself Britcar Driver of the Day award,  but ran out of fuel and had to go into the reserve tank, costing the RAW Motorsport duo a few seconds after stopping on track.

Finishing in third place was Tom Barley and Adam Hatfield in the Team Hard Ginetta G55.

The final round of the Championship takes place at next weekends Into The Night races at Brands Hatch with the Championship titles wide open, Gamski and Wylie leading the standings by just one point.

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Formula Ford: Walter Hayes Trophy 2017

It was a fantastic weekend of close racing at Silverstone for the final race of the HSCC calendar, the Walter Hayes Trophy. With large grids of Formula Fords, Closed Wheel races, including the British Women’s Racing Drivers Club and for the first time a Britcar into the night endurance race.

Lifting the Walter Hayes Trophy for the first time in his career in Formula Ford was an emotional Michael Moyers, who crossed the finish line just ahead of Josh Fisher in a superb display of  close, hard fought racing.

After an extremely wet qualifying session on Saturday morning, which saw more than its fair share of incidents there was success in the afternoons races for Matt Round-Garrido, Ross Martin, Joey Foster, Keith Donegan, Michael Moyers and Josh Foster.

Meanwhile last years champion Niall Murray tangled with Keith Donegan after a fierce battle between Murray and the front sitters, Donegan was set to take the win but a 3.3 second time penalty was given to him putting Jonathan Kotyk on the top step of the podium and Murray in second place.  

BRDC British F3 driver and former British GT GT4 champion Jamie Chadwick competed across the weekend, finishing third in Race 3 encountered a problem with positioning on the grid in the Grand Final, but eventually finished in 25th place.

The conditions although colder and breezier were much drier on Sunday for the Grand Final race. Moyers who started in third place took an early lead and after making a move on Josh Fisher in the closing lap crossed the finish line just fractions of a second ahead of Fisher with James Raven in third place.

There was a large group of retirees in the race including Cameron Jackson, Thomas McArthur and David McArthur who were caught up in the carnage behind a spin involving Jonathan Kotyk and Stuart Gough. While in the closing laps, Matthew Cowley, Jack Wolfenden, Oliver White, Joshua Smith, Ross Martin and Joey Fisher also bowed out.

Moyers who was overcome by the win has had a lengthy career in Formula Ford and has been with Kevin Mills Racing for the last 6 years, at last striking the winning formula in the teams Spectrum 011C.

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