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Ollie Jackson joins Speedworks for 2013 BTCC season

BTCC Toyota Avensis

Former AmD Tuning racer, Ollie Jackson, has joined Speedworks Motorsport for the 2013 British Touring Car Championship season. Ollie will compete in one of Speedworks’ four NGTC spec Toyota Avensis machines, alongside Dave Newsham and Avensis-driving independents, Dynojet Racing’s Frank Wrathall, and Ciceley Racing’s Adam Morgan.

The 28-year-old Norfolk-based driver, who raced a S2000 specification Golf in the BTCC in 2012, enjoyed his first test of a ‘next generation’ touring car at the BTCC’s media day at Donington Park, yesterday.

“I had resigned myself to doing some club racing this season because we were struggling to raise the budget for the BTCC.” said Ollie. “But then the Speedworks offer came along at the last minute and here we are… It’s funny how things work out.

“I have never so much as sat in an NGTC car before today, so it’s going to be a bit of a steep learning curve. I’m delighted to be in the Toyota with Speedworks – the guys have a great reputation – and it’s great not only to be back in the BTCC and in a front-running NGTC car, but also to be with such a great team. Read the rest of this entry »

Toyota BTCC racers rebuilt for Oulton

Dynojet Racing Toyota AvensisThere may have been a month’s pause in the hectic race schedule of the British Touring Car Championship but there has been little rest for Toyota’s independent teams as they prepare for Sunday’s (5 June) meeting at Oulton Park.

Both Cheshire-based Speedworks Motorsport and Lancashire team Dynojet Racing have performed major rebuilds on their Avensis BTCC cars since their last outings, and both squads are hoping that the fruits of their labour will result in good outings at their home circuit of Oulton Park.

There have been major revisions to the steering systems of the cars, both of which were introduced to racing only at the beginning of April, as well as detailed works to the chassis set-up, aimed at improving handling. Frank Wrathall’s Dynojet Racing Toyota has also undergone engine enhancements to improve reliability. Read the rest of this entry »

Speedworks Corvette joins British GT grid

Speedworks OPC Corvette drawing

Speedworks Motorsport and drivers Piers Johnson and Ron Johnson are to campaign a Corvette in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, it has been confirmed today. The Corvette will be making its British GT debut after considerable success in the FIA GT3 European Championship, and Speedworks, last season’s G4 champion team, will be stepping up to GT3 for the first time.

The 560bhp V8 Corvette, sponsored by Oilfield Production Consultants, will be joining a host of new and exciting machinery on the grid, with the Ferrari 458 Italia and Mercedes-Benz SLS joining the fray for the first time alongside the Audi R8 LMS, Porsche 911 GT3R, Ascari KZR1, Ferrari 430 Scuderia and other GT3 exotica.

Piers Johnson, a former saloon-racing champion and Le Mans campaigner, believes his return to the sharp end of the British GT with Christian Dick’s Speedworks team is set to be a successful one: “We did a couple of events with Speedworks last year and I asked Christian what he’d choose if he had the option to buy a GT3 car. He said the Corvette. We wanted to be different, we liked the option and it’s within our budget. It’s worked well in Europe and hopefully it’ll work well here and be competitive with the new cars out there.

Piers Johnson’s driving partner Ron, no relation, started his track career in the Caterham Academy and progressed through Caterham Superlights and R400s to British GT last year with a Speedworks-run Ginetta G50.

Speedworks, which will also field a Toyota Avensis in the British Touring Car Championship this season, expects delivery of its Corvette next month and hopes to begin testing in good time for the opening round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Oulton Park on Easter Monday (25 Apr).