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Monthly Archives: May 2014

severn14 (7)The weather looked after us better in 2014 than it did in 2013 and with a bumper entry, plus vantage points for us on 4 of the 8 stages, it proved to be a good days motorsport. Nick Elliott & Dave Price (Escort MkII) looked fast every time we saw them so their victory came as no surprise to us but they only took the win by 13 seconds from Richard Hill & Steffan Evans (Escort MkII). Of the 4 times we saw Elliott he was fastest on 3 of those stages, the only 3 he won, but with 5 crews setting fastest stage times it just goes to show how competitive this championship really is. Ben Llewellin & Paul Williams (Escort MkII) completed the podium a further 9 seconds back on their WWRS championship debut in the Historic category. Read More »

AUTO - ELMS 4 HOURS OF IMOLA 2014They finished third in the 4 Hours of Imola in the European Le Mans Series Championship and Nelson Panciatici and his Signatech-Alpine team hold third place in the provisional standings. This weekend they are at Le Mans 24 Hours’ Test Day for the whole team to focus on fine-tuning the Alpine A 450 b because, even though defending their ELMS title is their main objective, Le Mans 24 Hours is nevertheless the main event! Read More »

The fifth annual Motorsport at the Palace – in association with the Ancaster Group – proved a huge success, with over 5,000 spectators passing through the gates, despite Monday’s inclement weather. Indeed, the rain served only to demonstrate how popular this two-day sprint has become, among both enthusiasts and local residents, who came together to enjoy two wonderful days of motorsport-themed family fun.

Motorsport at the Palace 2014 raised over £3,500 for local charity St Christopher’s Hospice, and spectators were treated to some thrilling on-track action. Gary Thomas, driving a Force PT, smashed the course record on Sunday, with a time of 32.58 seconds, while Justin Andrews claimed Fastest Time of the Day on Monday, with a time of 31.19 (on a shortened course, resulting from the poor weather). Read More »

Kim Baker 	Paul Heath 	Renault TwingoMSA British Rally Championship newcomer Kim Baker will head to the Scottish Borders this weekend as she tackles the second round of the Twingo Renaultsport UK R1 Trophy, the Jim Clark Rally. As only her second event in the driver’s seat on a BRC round, the Jim Clark Rally is widely acclaimed as one of the toughest in the seven event calendar and Baker will need to acclimatise quickly to the Twingo’s handling if she is to reach the finish ramp in Kelso at the end of the tough two day event. Read More »

Dunlop intelligent– After 125 years at the forefront of innovation, Dunlop commissions futurology report as part of the Dunlop Future Race Car Challenge  to explore  the future of motorsports in the next 125 years
– Report states that  polymer gels, graphene flakes and electronically controlled materials may be some of the components used in the tyres of the future
– With the collaboration and expert opinions of GreenGT, BAE Systems, Flybrid Automotive (now part of Torotrak Group) and Imperial College London, the Dunlop Future Race Car Challenge is encouraging fans to design the powertrain, aerodynamics, tyres and brakes of the race car of the future
– Join in now on Facebook: http://www.dunlopfutureracecarchallenge.com Read More »

– Osian Pryce leads the field ahead of round two of the CRT
– 18 stages of the Jim Clark Rally promises excitement and drama for Scottish rally fans
– Closed tarmac surfaces could be a major challenge in wet conditions

Osian Pryce leads the field away from the border town of Duns this Friday night for the Jim Clark Rally. The 21 year old from Machynlleth, in Wales, has good form on closed road tarmac surfaces having won last year’s Rally NI event, as well as the first round of the 2014 MSA British Rally Championship.

Two days of closed road competition is what the Jim Clark Rally is all about. Starting at 7pm on Friday night, the crews will tackle eight stages. Read More »

A truly diverse mix of British roads is on offer on the Jim Clark Rally, ranging from the opening blast through Duns town centre, to two-lane white-line B roads and tricky moorland stages.

By the time the crews in the MSA British Rally Championship reach the start line for this weekend’s Jim Clark Rally, they will already have driven these stages and should know what is in store for round two of the 2014 series.

Their low speed reconnaissance allows driver and co-driver to note the corners, crests, compressions and curbs on this event, unique in mainland UK to use closed public asphalt roads. But when they arrive at rally speed on Friday evening, the bumps and bends look distinctly different with an extra 100 miles per hour in some cases. Read More »

BTCC alcoholIn a UK first the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship has introduced mandatory breath-testing, on every day at every BTCC event, to ensure that all competing drivers and senior championship officials are free from the effects of any alcohol in their system.

Whilst BTCC drivers and officials are highly unlikely to risk their safety and those around them by consuming alcohol immediately prior to or during a race weekend, even moderate drinking the night before an event may leave some residual alcohol in a person’s system, impairing both their safety and performance. Read More »

– Special anniversary grand prix and Maserati parades
– Blue riband races for classic GT and sportscars
– Fuel-filled fun for all the family

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Nicky Grist, in partnership with RAVENOL high performance motorsport lubricants, is laying down the gauntlet to all rally drivers to see who is the best national rally driver in the UK. The RAVENOL Nicky Grist Challenge is a one day shoot out to be held on the Nicky Grist Stages on the 12th July, with any entrant into the rally in any class getting the opportunity to prove their ability.

The overall winner will receive up to eight paid rally entries in to the 2015 BTRDA Rally Series, with up to £3000 of RAVENOL products to ensure their car is perfectly lubricated for each rally event.

Nicky Grist said: “There is nothing else like this in Britain at the moment for rally drivers and it will be an intensely exciting one-day, all-in, shoot-out over some of the best stages on offer in Britain. RAVENOL coming forward as the prize giver has been immense, giving all drivers a really fantastic prize to aim for. But most of all we will be able to name the best national rally driver in the UK.” Read More »