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‘Phenomenal’ Triple Eight Crew Work Following High speed MG Crash At Thruxton

High speed MG Crash At Thruxton

Last weekend’s BTCC race saw plenty of unexpected ‘turns’ and some big developments in the leaders board. For one driver, this race proved to be more dramatic than the others – RCIB Racing sponsored Daniel Lloyd experienced a High speed MG Crash At Thruxton that almost ended his round. However, an absolutely incredible performance by the Triple Eight mechanical crew, meant that Lloyd was able to be back in his car within 90 minutes of the accident taking place. A representative from MG RCIB Insurance Racing had this to say:

“As a result of contact with another competitor, Daniel’s MG was forced off the circuit at the highest speed corner and into a crash barrier. The barrier took over an hour to repair, but that was nothing compared to the damage on the car! After an impact in excess of 130mph, the damage to the car was severe and it was touch and go as to whether or not the car could be repaired. The Triple Eight crew examined the entire vehicle with minute detail, all the while being obsessed with safety. If the car was damaged to the extent where it would be unsafe to repair it and send it out for the next race, it would not have been repaired.”

A decision had to be made whether the staff are good enough, and whether the equipment carried by the team on site are also extensive enough to repair the car. In total, just under 90 minutes were available to totally rebuild the car and it was clearly a phenomenal effort from the whole crew that made Lloyd’s third race possible.

“The chassis suffered severe damage which was welded up on site by the teams fabricator. Both front and rear sub-frames were also replaced. The engine and gearbox were all removed and replaced with our spares, after an impact that great the team took no chances on reusing the engine that was involved in the crash.There are few teams in the paddock with the resources and experience to repair a car that fast and so badly damaged. Luckily, Triple Eight have an amazing crew of lads with buckets of experience. This was simply seen as a challenge, and one that they smashed out the ball park!””

Chief mechanic of Triple Eight, Paul Hartley describes the chaos of the repair:

“I knew from what I had seen on TV that it was bad. Before the car even got back to the garage, I had every part I knew we needed laid out on the floor ready to go. I’ve been with Triple Eight the whole time they’ve raced the MG’s and I have never had to repair one that badly damaged before. The whole crew were amazing, both Number ones were flat out on the car and somehow between us, it rolled out for race 3!”

Lloyd finished with ‘not classified’, however, he is extremely pleased with an amazing effort from the entire team and is now simply looking forward to getting back on track.

 

 

 

BTCC 2017 is Coming!

It seems like an age since the end of last year’s British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), but at the time of writing this, the start of the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship is just days away. And nature is almost perfectly timed, for once, as the weather even seems to have suddenly made the jump from Winter to Spring, just in time for the opening weekend at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, in Kent.

Last season, rather ironically, the Championship was decided in the very last race, also at Brands Hatch. As that final race commenced, a theoretical number of 8 drivers could have walked away with that season’s crown. In the end, it was 2015 Championship winner, Gordon Sheddon who again claimed the crown. Word on the street for this season, even before a wheel has been turned in anger, is that we could be in for an even closer season finale than ever before.

Of all the drivers and/or cars that RCIB Insurance Racing are sponsoring in 2017, all eyes will surely be on young Aiden Moffat as again returns to the series to show his fearless skills in his Laser Tools Racing Mercedes. At just 20 years old, Aiden is again one of the youngest drivers on the grid and he still retains the title of the youngest ever driver to have started in BTCC (at age 16). During testing, Aiden’s track skills looked no less sharp than drivers nearly twice his age and he won’t suffer fools gladly; his competitive nature is immediately obvious when you speak to him, or his proud father.

The MG RCIB Insurance Racing team is this year made up from the experience of the highly likeable Árón Taylor-Smith and 24 year old Daniel Lloyd who first graced BTCC’s hallowed tarmac in 2010. The Tripe Eight Racing managed MG 6 GT’s have had slight issues in testing but issues seem to have been sorted in readiness to the season opener and the partnership of the two drivers will surely be one that will be scrutinised all season by race fans and rivals.

The 3rd team involvement is with the flamboyant Team HARD who are putting 3 cars on track this season. In a clever move, each of the VW CC cars is slightly different in its colouring, enabling the three drivers to be easily recognised from the stands. The 3 drivers for this year are Michael Epps, Will Burns, and Jake Hill who each bring experience from a range of track disciplines including the GT4 Championship Series. The VW Passat CC derived cars are highly respected and gives Team HARD a new exciting edge for this season.

No matter who ultimately wins in 2017, we’re fairly sure it’s going to be a season of thrills and spills. We can’t wait.