32 SEPTEMBER 28 2011 motorsport-news.co.uk
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SPORTING SCENE ROUND-UP
Electrics turned off Westfield’s new electric car was unable to run at Loton Park last weekend due to commitments to the EV Cup. “We are really gutted we could not run at Loton,” said former British Sprint champion Nick Algar, who was set to drive the machine at Loton. “We knew there would be a chance that the car was needed for the EV Cup, but we will try to get it out at another hill soon.”
Dawson goes uphill Former sprint champion Roy Dawson will compete in selected hillclimb events next year. Dawson, who will pilot his old DJ Firehawk, will be doing Northern and Scottish hillclimb events as well as Scottish sprints.
Rallycross goes retro There will be a rallycross track day at Lydden on October 16 for the Rallycross Retro initiative. Those with cars suitable for the class, which will cater for classic and historics, are welcome to attend the day. Drivers will get to try the circuit in a non-competitive environment. Ameeting will take place during the day giving the drivers interested in taking part in 2012, the chance to have an input in the planned series.
Welsh juniors will be able to tackle eight-round series
Photos: Duncan Wild
SERIES WANTS YOUNGSTERS Juniors to get their own multi-discipline competition
Godfrey heads to Europe for 2012 Julian Godfrey is laying plans to tackle a season of European championship events with his Super1600 Fiesta in 2012 after recently securing the MSABritish Rallycross Championship. Godfrey has already raced in the Super1600 category this year, winning in Belgian round of the ERCatMaasmechelen. He says his Ford Fiesta is now fully competitive. He hopes to extend his programme in 2012. “The running cost [in Super1600] is muchmoremanageable so it’s an ideal way for me to race in Europe and possibly expand my business,” said Godfrey.
By James Bass A new motorsport initiative aimed at young drivers will be introduced in Wales next year in order to help bring more juniors into the sport.
The All-Rounder Junior Challenge will be run by the Welsh Association of Motor Clubs in conjunction with the GoMotorsport scheme, which is aimed at opening up the sport to the public.
The junior challenge is aimed at drivers aged between 16 and 21. It is the first all-rounder initiative aimed at young drivers to be run in Wales.
The series will consist of eight rounds comprising autotests, sprints, hillclimbs and road rallies. There will be two of each on the calendar. Drivers will be able to use any normal road going car and will only require a helmet and race overalls to take part. This is aimed at keeping the series costeffective.
“It has been a tough couple of years for the sport and we now need to work hard to get young drivers competing,” said Paul Loveridge, chairman of the Welsh Association of Motor Clubs and creator of the series. “I wanted a cost-effective way to get youngsters competing so by using road going cars we are opening it up to a huge market.
“There are a variety of challenges on offer for the drivers, with each class offering something different. If we can get this off the ground then there is huge potential in the future elsewhere in the UK.” GoMotorsport is working with Loveridge to create the series, and will be helping to promote the championship next year. “The disciplines we are offering do not require specialist machinery which opens up the market to a lot more competitors,” said Ryland James, the GoMotorsport regional development officer. “It is a great idea to help promote grassroots motorsport and we hope we can get some momentum in the next few months.”
The championship is planned to start next March.
“I hope to continue with the Supercar in the British championship too, so I’m working out all the details now.”
New rules mean drag strips are shorter... All four rounds of next year’s FIA European Drag Racing Championship will run to a shorter distance for the Top Fuel class following a recent ruling by the FIA.
Currently two of the four events, Santa Pod in Northampton and the Hockenheimring in Germany, have traditional quarter mile strips. The other rounds in Sweden and Finland feature 1000ft strips, 320ft shorter than the British venue.
From next year drivers in Top Fuel will all compete on 1000ft strips in order to avoid confusion for spectators and to bring more consistency into the championship. “It’s not acceptable for the championship to be inconsistent,” said promoter Keith Bartlett. “Most of the teams in Top Fuel in Europe buy their engines and parts from the US, where all the tune ups are based on 1000ft. It makes sense to switch.”
Bradbury plans an improved BriSCA F2 shale assault next year
BriSCA F2 ace Chris Bradbury will build a new shale car over the winter in order to boost his challenge for the National Points title next year. Bradbury, who has been a top contender for the crown this year, narrowly missed out on the top spot after a season-long battle with Gordon Moodie. Bradbury has garnered a reputation as a rising star in stock car racing and reckons that his new car could help him challenge for the title next year.
“I have done well in the car this year but there are a lot of improvements I can make,” said Bradbury.
“The handling could be sharper and the frame itself could be better so these are things I will be working on over the winter months.”
Hansen cautious with developments on new rallycross Citroën
Multiple European Rallycross champion Kenneth Hansen will continue the development of his Citroën DS3 Supercar by racing in the final round of the ERC this weekend at Sosnova in the Czech Republic. Hansen was third in the Swedish round of the championship on the car’s debut in July but has not raced it since. “We’ve done some testing with the car and worked on areas that we thought needed development after the Swedish race,” said Hansen. “Doing an event in the car now is a bit risky because we don’t really have enough spares. It’s okay for me because I’m just using the event as a test session, but it wouldn’t be fair
Kenneth Hansen wants to build up the pace of the DS3 gradually to ask [regular team drivers] Liam Doran or Timur Timerzyanov to race it when they are chasing championship points.” Hansen expects his team to make the switch from the Citroën C4 to the DS3 in time for the start of next year’s European Rallycross Championship in which he expects to field two of the new cars.
Binks to use Euro run to boost British pace
British Rallycross Championship contender David Binks will race in this weekend’s European championship finale in the Czech Republic.
Binks’ sponsor has added the Czech event in place of the axed British championship round at Mallory Park. “We wanted a run before the BRC finale at Croft,” said Binks. “I haven’t been to the Czech track before but team boss Andreas Eriksson says that the Fiesta goes well there.”
Binks’ move to the OMSE team last month is aimed at preparing the Geordie for a move to the European championship. The outline plan is for a full campaign in the UK in 2012 combined with selected European outings.
Sprint winner Algar set on a hill switch
Former British Sprint champion Nick Algar says he will compete in selected British hillclimbs next year. Algar, who clinched the 2010 British Sprint crown, will be acquiring a new car over the winter months. The Northumberland-based driver says an outing at Harewood could be a possibility.
“I have enjoyed hillclimbs but don’t want to contest a full championship,” said Algar. “Being able to choose events suits me. I have plans to buy an interesting car, one that has not been seen on hills before, so that could make things exciting. Harewood will be a definite climb to do on my list, but it all depends on what I can manage.”
MSA British Hillclimb Championship:Loton Park By Eddie Walder
SOrganiser: Hagley & District Light Car Club When: September 24/25 Where: Loton Park, Shropshire Championship: Nicholson McLaren MSA British Hillclimb Championship Starters: 146
cott Moran set the only outright hill record of the year at Loton Park last weekend at an event where bad weather made the less powerful machines very competitive. As the morning qualification runs took place in variable wet conditions Scott Moran took an early decision not to run so that he would not get in the way of the competition for second overall between his father and Trevor Willis. This proved unnecessary: Willis pushed too hard in his qualifier with two visits to the grassy margins, failing to make the first shoot-out. Moran Sr took full advantage as the track began to dry a little and stormed to the best wet time of the day for ten points that just about sealed his second place in the 2011 points. As the track dried in the afternoon 2011 champion Scott Moran qualified for the last run-off of the year with the best time of the day. That meant hewould run last so he put in his best effort of the year
Kew overhauls Polley for a final triumph National Hot Rods: Ipswich By Graham Brown
Organiser: Spedeworth When: September 24 Where: Foxhall International Raceway, Ipswich Championship: National Hot Rod World Series Starters: 33
There were only two winners from the four races in Ipswich last weekend with Jason Kew and Phil Spinks taking the spoils. Colin Smith had taken a heat win but was stripped of victory after failing a post-race weight check. Kew started on the front row in heat one where hewas able to relieve Ralph Sanders of his early lead and go on to take victory by half a lap.
In the second heat Smith built a huge lead in his BMWZ4before being brought up short by a yellow flag period. This was thrown as a result of Gavin Taber, Dick Hillard and Jack Blood having a coming together. Smith took upwhere he left off at the restart to take the victory. Heat three proved much harder work for the BMW pilot. He had to pass Sanders and also hold off Spinks, and survive another caution for an incident involving Mark Paffey and Carl Waller-Barrett. Spinks nearly got the jump on the restart too, although he couldn’t actually make it past. But he was to be the chief beneficiary of Smith’s problems in the scrutineering bay, when his exclusion twice promoted Spinks.
The final always looked like it might be aKewvs Spinks showdown, but that reckoned without the intervention of a couple of others, notably Polley, who leapt into the lead. Polley built a huge lead and seemed in command. However, that all changed once Kew, Terry Hunn and Spinks all found away through shortly before Sanders retirement. With Kewnowonacharge and Polley encountering backmarkers, the gap came down fast, Kew took the lead on the back stretch. Hunn also overtook Polley. Results Heat one: 1 Jason Kew (Vauxhall Tigra); 2 Ralph Sanders (Vauxhall Tigra); 3 Jack Blood (Vauxhall Tigra); 4 Terry Hunn (Vauxhall Tigra); 5 James O’Shea (Peugeot 206cc); 6 Dick Hillard (Vauxhall Tigra); 7 Matt Simpson (Vauxhall Tigra); 8 Carl Waller-Barrett (Peugeot 206cc). Heat two: 1 Phil Spinks (Vauxhall Tigra); 2 David Polley (Vauxhall Tigra); 3 Kym Weaver (Vauxhall Tigra); 4 Willie Hardie (Vauxhall Tigra); 5 Chris Haird (Vauxhall Tigra); 6 Mark Paffey (Vauxhall Tigra); 7 Colin Gomm (Peugeot 206); 8 Gavin Murray (Vauxhall Tigra). Heat three: 1 Spinks; 2 Kew; 3 Weaver; 4 Scott Bourne (Peugeot 206cc); 5 Haird; 6 Simpson; 7 Sanders; 8 Lee Pepper (Peugeot 206). Final: 1 Kew; 2 T Hunn; 3 Spinks; 4 Polley; 5 Gavin Taber (Vauxhall Tigra); 6 Hardie; 7 Simpson; 8 Murray; 9 Malcolm Blackman (Peugeot 206cc); 10 Weaver.