Archive for September 2011
British Touring Car Championship leader Gordon Shedden is to swap his Honda for a Ferrari this weekend (24/25 September) to compete in the British GT Championship at Donington Park. The 32-year-old Scotsman will join the Rosso Verde team for the longest race of the season, partnering Hector Lester at the wheel of a new Ferrari 458 Italia.
Meanwhile James Nash, who scored his maiden BTCC race victory last weekend, will also make his British GT debut at Donington, driving a GT4 Lotus.
Shedden will be deputising for Lester’s regular team-mate, Allan Simonsen, who is racing elsewhere. It will be Gordon’s maiden appearance in British GT, but not his first sports car outing: he was one of the CRS Racing team which finished fourth in the GT2 class of the Spa 24 Hours in 2008. Read the rest of this entry »
Over 138,000 motor sport enthusiasts flocked to last weekend’s Goodwood Revival (16-18 September) to join in the fun and celebrations at the world’s largest historic motor race meeting, which has been deemed by most to be the best yet.
For classic motorsports enthusiasts the Goodwood Revival is firmly established as a ‘must attend’ event, with visitors travelling from around the world. The vast majority of the spectators came dressed in their finest 1940s, 1950s and 1960s fashions, with tweed jackets and pleated skirts abounding in the early autumn sunshine, and occasional rain. Read the rest of this entry »
This weekend’s (24/25 September) trio of races on the Donington Park Grand Prix circuit will be crucial to the fortunes of Kevin Magnussen, William Buller, Carlos Huertas, Jazeman Jaafar and Rupert Svendsen-Cook, as they bid not only to decide which of them will finish second and third in the championship, but also who will join Nasr as recipients of an end-of-year testing prize. Nasr and two colleagues will enjoy a free half-day test in a World Series by Renault car at the Spanish MotorLand Aragón circuit on 28 November.
Just three points separates Carlin driver Magnussen and Fortec Motorsport racer Buller in second and third places currently, with Carlin trio Huertas, Jaafar and Svendsen-Cook close behind and bidding to make up ground. Read the rest of this entry »
Next season’s calendar will again include ten ‘rounds’, each featuring three races. The provisional dates are:
31 March-1 April – Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent
28-29 April – Thruxton, Hampshire
9-10 June – Oulton Park (Island), Cheshire
23-24 June – Croft, North Yorkshire
11-12 August – Snetterton (300), Norfolk
25-26 August – Knockhill, Fife
22-23 September – Rockingham, Northamptonshire
6-7 October – Silverstone, Northamptonshire
20-21 October – Brands Hatch (Grand Prix), Kent
The date of the Donington Park event is yet to be announced, but will not impact the start or finish dates of the 2012 season. BTCC organiser, TOCA, is hoping to be in a position to announce that calendar date within the next three weeks.
The sixth round of this year’s British Rally Championship, International Rally Yorkshire, takes place on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th September and sees competitors return to a gravel surface five months after the Pirelli Rally at the end of April, which was followed by the asphalt roads of rounds four and five in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The visit to the North Yorkshire Moors by the UK’s premier rally series has been a regular feature in the BRC calendar for many years and, with just this and one more of this season’s seven rounds remaining, the event could well prove significant in the outcome of the Championship.
The man currently leading the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship charge is David Bogie who, together with co-driver Kevin Rae, has taken his Mitsubishi Evolution to three wins out of the five rounds so far and finished on the podium in the other two. Although enjoying a commanding lead of 14 points, the two Scots know that it’s not over until it’s over – especially as there are 20 points up for grabs for whoever wins this event. Read the rest of this entry »
The GoMobileUK Tech-Speed team secured its third podium finish of the British Touring Car Championship season on a strong weekend of racing at Rockingham. The team also picked up its first Independent victory of the 2011 campaign.
After a difficult weekend a fortnight earlier at Knockhill, the Rockingham weekend marked the best of the season for the team, with Paul O’Neill finishing inside the top seven in all three races and coming close to taking a double podium.
The weekend started well for Paul when he put his Chevrolet Cruze on the front row of the grid in qualifying, taking second on the times behind defending champion Jason Plato. A slightly slow getaway when the lights went out allowed Rob Austin’s Audi to get ahead on the long run round the oval to the turn two hairpin, although contact with the Audi further round the opening lap saw Paul move back into second place. Read the rest of this entry »
The country’s biggest Rallycross meeting for many years takes place later this year, and the Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire has been chosen to host the prestigious British Rallycross Grand Prix on Sunday 6th November.
The event will mark a return of Rallycross to the region after a two year absence, and will feature some of the very best drivers from Europe taking on their British and Irish counterparts around the fast and spectacular half gravel, half tarmac Croft track, which has undergone extensive work since it was last used.
In addition to the Grand Prix on the Sunday, Saturday will see the final round of the Quaife MSA British Rallycross Championship which will see all the titles decided, and with a very strong local contingent in with a shout, expect the partisan crowd to be vocal in their support as a taster for the following day’s action. Read the rest of this entry »
Frank Wrathall and his Dynojet Racing Toyota Avensis enjoyed another successful BTCC outing yesterday, claiming two podium results at Rockingham, a best-yet second place finish and a new circuit lap record for good measure.
It was in race one that Wrathall secured a new BTCC lap record for the 1.94-mile Northamptonshire speedway on his way to third place. Coming on top of the two scored in Scotland, it was a hat-trick of podiums.
The 24-year-old from Lancashire started seventh and made up ground on the opening lap after a tardy getaway. “It was a bad start – too many revs and too much wheelspin off the line; where I was starting from was a bit damp and I struggled a bit because of that. My plan had been to hold station at the start and to keep it tight. It worked out that I just had to get stuck in and get involved, take my chances…” said Frank. Read the rest of this entry »