Month: September 2017

Warren Scott Takes British RX Podium at Pembrey

Warren Scott

Those who are familiar with the British Touring Car Championship and the British Rallycross are probably aware of who Warren Scott is. The 45 year old racing driver from Hertfordshire is mostly famous for his successes in the British Superbike Championship and BTCC. As well as that, he is the Team BMR’s boss, which this year has impressed many with its young driver’s Ashley Sutton’s success at the BTCC and has predicted him as the most likely to win the overall championship.

Scott’s move to the British RX, with the sponsorship from RCIB Insurance Racing, proved to be a great success, and although with some misfortunes, he has managed to win podiums and keep his head held high. His most recent performance at Pembrey has proved that he has some true showmanship. Below Scott discusses the event:  

“I had a brilliant weekend at Pembrey despite the terrible weather. It was the first time I had driven the car in wet conditions so with only three test laps allowed on Saturday I found myself in the deep end going into Q1. I was a bit over ambitious going into the first lap and had both a spin and a detour off track into the tyre wall, once I found where the limit was I really started to enjoy the wet conditions and finished 4th, Q2 I won , Q3 unfortunately I had to retire from the race due to mechanical issues.

Although it was a tough decision I pulled out from the final of Round 7 so that my team mate (Nathan Heathcote) could take my place as he didn’t qualify for the final due to mechanical problems earlier in the day and he has a real chance of winning the championship where as I could only have managed 3rd come the end of the season.

Day 2, we had absolutely torrential rain , I was learning all the time, going through how I could improve with my spotter, Liam Doran and the team, I was feeling more and more confident in the rain, although I still needed to find time in the dirt section, Q1 I was 3rd, Q2 I was 3rd, Q3 I was 2nd and in the final I made a few mistakes in the dirt section but still managed to hold on to 3rd place overall.

I am having a great time in this car, with a great team (LD Motorsport) and team mates, we have one more round to go at Croft  before the winter test programme starts.”

Catch Warren Scott at Croft on the 21st of October for the penultimate Round 9 of the British Rallycross Championship

 

Tregurtha and Middleton Collect Titles at Donington Park 2017 British GT Decider

2017 British GT

The Grand Prix of the 2017 British GT season took place in Donington Park this weekend. Forever determined PMW Expo Racing/Optimum Motorsport’s racing veterans Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson have become the race champions, bringing home their first British GT4 victory of the season.

However, the names on everyone’s lips are those of HHC Motorsport’ Will Tregurtha ad Stuart Middleton, the two young drivers, took home two major prizes, this year’s Drivers’ and Teams’ crowns. Showing great performances throughout the year and lingering in the top spots throughout the competition, the duo have also made history by becoming the youngest drivers ever to win a British GT title. Between each other they add up to 35 years and 160 days, this is just 160 days below the 2015 title holders Jamie Chadwick and Ross Gunn who added up to 35 years and 320 days.

The two 17 year olds headed to Donington Park with a very comfortable 25 point lead over their greatest rivals, Lanan Racing’s David Pittard and Alex Reed. However, the latter two had an unfortunate end to their efforts in the early stages of the two hour enduro, allowing the rookies to keep their advantage and confirm their title. Century Motorsport’s Jacob Mathiassen and Niall Murray showed some great performance and completed the podium after starting 13th.

The second place in the final race of the 2017 British GT was enough to reward Tregurtha and Middleton with their third title in a form of this year’s Silver Cup crown. Johnson and Robinson’s victorious last performance handed them the Pro-Am championship award.

Not all teams had the same amount of luck, it was an unfortunate day for UltraTek Racing who saw both its cars retire. Although their impressive efforts in repairing and rebuilding Tim Eakin and Kelvin Fletcher’s Nissan 370Z throughout the night, following a hefty shunt in qualifying, earned them the PMW Expo Team of the Weekend Award.

The British GT Championship will return for the start of its 26th campaign on Easter Bank Holiday Weekend – that’s March 31-April 2 – next year at Oulton Park .

Sutton Remains on Top Following Penultimate 2017 BTCC Racing Stage Success

Penultimate 2017 BTCC

Weekend of the 16th and 17th of September marked the penultimate 2017 BTCC racing stage at the Northamptonshire based Silverstone Circuit. With rounds 25, 26 and 27 complete, only 12 days are now left until the Brand Hatch season finale. Such crucial stage of the championship was unsurprisingly full of twists and turns and some unexpected podium takers, seeing all three rounds being won by three different contenders.

Ashley Sutton and Colin Turkington, standing in P1 and P2 with 338 and 328 points respectively, have a ten point difference between each other and still hold the best chances at winning the BTC Championship. However, Silverstone didn’t disappoint when presenting its spectators with a thrilling performance, three superb drivers, Tom Ingram, Jack Goff and Matt Neal managed to take top podium stands.

Speedworks Motorsport’s Ingram, who took an early lead over the pole-sitting Goff in the opening lap, was the first P1 taker and claimed his fourth victory of the season. Goff kept good pace throughout and ended the race in second place after an accident led to red flags being raised, ending the encounter prematurely. Adam Morgan, just over 1.7s behind, grabbed an impressive third place finish and completed the first race podium line up.

It was a harsh touch between Chris Smiley’s Chevrolet and Aron Taylor-Smith’s MG on the run down to Maggotts on lap 14 that led to a knock-on effect and a pile up behind. Rob Collard was caught up in the scuffle, leading to his BMW sliding uncontrollably across the grass, before returning to the track across the circuit at Becketts. Will Burns had then slammed into Collard’s car, resulting in the race being cut short and the duo being taken to the hospital for precautionary checks. Burns suffered rib injuries, however, was discharged the same day along with Collard. The two drivers did not return to compete in further rounds.

Race two saw the Honda Civic Type R driving Goff take the lead from his previous race contender, Ingram, in lap 3, and after an impressive and well-praised performance, finish in first with an almost 5s advantage over the second place winner, Ingram. This was Goff’s first victory for Eurotech Racing.

Championship leader Ash Sutton, scraping for a podium win coming up to Race 2’s chequered flags made a move on rival, Team BMW’s Colin Turkington. Turkington moved into defensive mode, as Sutton poked his Subaru down the inside into Luffield, struggling to hang on, he lost his lead allowing Sutton to take P3. However, following a post-race review by the Stewards, Sutton was penalised for the ‘unfair’ move, losing his podium place to Turkington as a result. Due to this being the young driver’s third penalty strike of the season, he was forced to start the round from the back of the grid.

Halfords Yuasa Racing’s triple BTCC champion Matt Neal, after some impressive efforts, won the final round, making this his 61st BTCC victory. Power Maxed Racing’s Rob Huff was awarded second place, while BTC Norlin Racing’s Dave Newsham successfully took third.

Silverstone arguably left Sutton with the most to celebrate. Second in the championship’s standings, Turkington and his BMW got involved in a melee of someone else’s incident, which ended his weekend on a low point. Shedden who faced trouble early on in the event and missed two races, also struggled to gain points to take him closer to the leader’s position. Although, all is not lost, with 67 points still up for grabs at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix, we are yet to find out who the clear podium winners will be!

Rounds 28, 29 and 30 of the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will take place at Brands Hatch on 30 September/1 October. Be sure to tune into ITV4 for live viewing.