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After the championship finals last year we took in the HSCC International Trophy, thankfully on the dry day of racing. The already packed schedule had been bolstered by an extra race from the Saturday and with the track dry, the drivers could unleash the full power of their historic cars. The schedule had a few stand out races with the Guards Trophy race as the centrepiece. Andrew Kirkaldy & Sandy Watson took their Chevron B8 to victory in that race and Kirkaldy took a solo win in the Pre ’80 Endurance race in Watson’s Chevron B19, another race to delight the senses. Read More »

The threat of rain during the 3 hour race failed to amount to more than just a few drops at Silverstone, but the racing was exciting enough without the weather mixing things up. With two safety car periods early on the field never really got spread out until the final hour of racing. Andrea Caldarelli / Christian Engelhart / Mirko Bortolotti (GRT Grasser Racing Team – Lamborghini Huracan GT3) took victory by less than half a second from Jimmy Eriksson / Maximilian Buhk / Franck Perera (Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport – Mercedes-AMG GT3) after leading early on. Completing the podium were Michael Meadows / Edoardo Mortara / Raffaele Marciello (AKKA ASP – Mercedes-AMG GT3) only 3 seconds behind the winners. Read More »

The 2017 WEC season started at Silverstone with victory for Anthony Davidson/Sebastien Buemi/Kazuki Nakajima (Toyota TS050 Hybrid). They only took the lead in the final 15 minutes of the race after a tight battle throughout the six hour race with the Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard/Earl Bamber/Brendon Hartley. Completing the podium were Neel Jani/Nick Tandy/Andre Lotterer (Porsche 919 Hybrid). In the classes LMP2 was won by Ho-Pin Tung/Oliver Jarvis/Thomas Laurent (Jackie Chan DC Racing – Oreca/Gibson), GTE Pro went to Andy Priaulx/Harry Tincknell/Pipo Derani (Ford Chip Ganassi – Ford GT) and GTE Am was won by Weng Sun Mok/Keita Sawa/Matt Griffin (Clearwater Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE). Read More »

After missing the ELMS race in 2016 we were back at Silverstone for the full weekend and the 4 hour race proved to be dramatic to the end. Will Owen/Hugo de Saedeleer/Filipe Albuquerque (United Autosports – Ligier/Gibson) took a last gasp victory from Memo Rojas/Ryo Hirakawa/Leo Roussel (G-Drive Racing – Oreca/Gibson) who were struggling on old tyres at the end of the race. Dennis Andersen/Anders Fjordbach (High Class Racing – Dallara/Gibson) completed the podium. In LMP3 John Falb/Sean Rayhall (United Autosports – Ligier/Nissan) took victory with the GTE victory going to Salih Yoluc/Euan Hankey/Nicki Thiim (TF Sport – Aston Martin Vantage V8).

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feature-cars-14Now in its 15th year we made the early season trip to Race Retro, at Stoneleigh. Once again there were the usual displays throughout the 3 main halls with circuit racing and rallying well represented. The auto jumble and rally car parce ferme take up hall 4 with the separate auction area packed full of exotic road cars and an interesting spectrum of competition cars. The main stand out feature this year was the legends paddock with superb F1 cars from Jim Clark, James Hunt and Keke Rosberg and the stunning Le Mans winning Bentley of 2003. Read More »

cotswoldclouds17-109Another weekend and another trial seems to be the way 2017 is going. We returned to the Cotswold Clouds for the 3rd time and took in Crooked Mustard and Badger’s Wood. Dean Partington (DP Wasp) made up for his disappointment on the Clee Hills by taking victory, with a score of just 11 points, (only losing marks on 2 hills). Aaron Haizelden was 2nd overall in his class 5 Reliant Scimitar SS. Joint 3rd overall were Duncan Stephens (class 7) and Craig Allen (class 4).

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cleehills17-40It was a largely dry day but the ground was incredibly slippery for the two tests we watched at, Flounders Folly and Strefford Wood. At Flounders there were two stand out performances; Dean Partington & Sam Phillips were simply the best on 4 wheels in their Wasp and Glenn Morgan (GasGas) was one of very few riders who cleared the section but it was his balance and speed that stood out. At the gloopy Strefford cars faired better with most of the class 8’s clearing the section, but it required lots of power to do so. The bikes struggled but Spike Stewart took his GasGas the furthest up the section. Read More »

btrdasporting17-137Josh Veale won the Reis Motorsport Insurance BTRDA Sporting trials Gold Star for the second time in three years at his home site in Crewkerne Somerset, while Nick Speed won the Silver Star for second tier of drivers similar repeating his success of two years ago, like Veale. In the Gold Star Simon Gracey with young son passengering was the nearest challenger but a poor second round damaged his hopes of a maiden Gold Star finishing fourteen points behind in the end. Reigning double British champion Roland Uglow had a terrible first round that saw him down in fifteenth place, but then was best for the rest of the day to climb upto third overall with Laura Wilks passengering. Read More »

plumpudding17-13It was a superb start to the year down in Hampshire as we took in our first Historic Sporting Trial. A few miles South of Petersfield was the venue for 6 tests amongst mature woodland, with a mixture of vehicles from the 1960’s up to 1974. In the Historic class Ian Wright & Steve Jones (Cannon) won by 14 points from David & Lesley-Ann Methley (Cannon), meanwhile the post Historic class, (and overall victory), went to Steve Courts & Dave Oliver (Facksimile) by just a single point from Mark & Paul Howse (Facksimile). All in all another excellent days motor sport. Read More »

gloster16-1John Fack became the ninth different winner of the year at the round of the Sporting trial season at the Gloster. Fack hadn’t won for two years since winning the British championship and ended the year with an overall win, which his identical twin Jerome started with. A heavy overnight frost made for extremely treacherous conditions and a high scoring day with Fack and Roland Uglow leading the way finishing just seven marks apart. Reigning BTRDA Gold Star champion Ian Veale completed the podium a further eleven behind. Read More »