I never gave up. A few times i didn't think i was going to make it. but i never quit
The Birkett Relay was held in chilly conditions at the Silverstone Circuit, the weather took a turn for the worst not long after the race started with heavy rain leading to a dramatic ending to the 68th running..Many thanks to Ashley Bryant of Bryant photography for supplying the photos, more can be found here..
Birkett Relay Roundup -
The 68th Holland ‘Holly’ Birkett Relay Race, in association with Grove & Dean Motorsport Insurance.
After a frenetic six hour outing that saw gradually worsening conditions, it was the E46 BMW M3-based squad ‘Red Rascals’ who took the coveted handicap title in 2018, with drivers Chris Lovett, Russell Clarke, Kenny Coleman, Kevin Dengate, Jamie Ingram and Reece Jones also picking up the Highest Placed BMW Team Award.
Alongside, the battle for the scratch victory was one of the most closely contested of the recent Birkett era, where team Cupra Racing (Shayne Deegan, Lee Deegan, Carl Swift, Stewart Lines) fended off the sports-racing cars to storm to a mighty victory on the road - a first outright Birkett win for a front-wheel-drive team - with a margin of little more than two car lengths in their TCR Seats, from the Radical squad Breakell Racing Heroes.
‘Mostly Rusty Two Seaters’ (Gareth Baxter, Neil Stratton, Adam Lockwood, Dave Hemingway, Neil Iceton) finished second on overall handicap, whilst Area Motorsport’s Honda Civic lineup (Mark Grice, Rob Baker, Martin Dalzell, Daniel Hobson) took the Class A Handicap victory, ahead of rival EP3 Civic squad ‘Mostly Northern’ (Lewis Rose, Daniel Reason, Jason Ballantyne, David Vincent).
Routec Racing maintained their run of Birkett awards to take the Class B victory on handicap with ‘330 Flyers’ Martin Roche, Bill Reddrop and Darren Ball, whilst team ‘Norfolk Enchants’ (Dan Taylor, Steve Cunniffe, Dave Roberts, James Roberts, Carl Readshaw, Tony Rodgers) placed second in B.
Team Brit clinched the Class C handicap win with Warren McKinley, James Hill, Ellis Hadley, Jon-Allan Butterworth, James Russell and Martin Gibson, ahead of rival FunCup team ‘JPR FunCup Boys’ (Chris Weatherill, Paul Turner, Andy Bicknell).
Podium Preparation won Class D with Andrew Stacey, Chris Bailan and Andrew John Peck, with Ginetta team ‘Want2Race Motorsport GT’ taking second in D with Ben Hyland, Mike Jarvis and Adrian Campbell-Smith.
Rushworth Set For A Busy 2019
Class A Hot Hatch Champion Ben Rushworth, is set for busy 2019 racing in not only one championship but four! Ben is set to debut in the VW cup with Joyce Designs in a mighty VW Polo. Ben will be racing on the support package of the British GT, this is a great move for Ben and I can't wait to see how he does. Not only will Ben be racing the Polo, he's not going to leave his Integra in the garage, he's planning to race and retain his title in the 750MC Hot Hatch championship, on top of this he's bringing his championship winning MG Metro out of retirement. The fourth car he will drive next year will be some outings in the Chevron which he drove with great speed this year. Ben still needs sponsorship to support his VW Polo campaign, I aim to get to a round next year to see support him, you can catch all the action from his various championships via his vlogs on his youtube channel. If any businesses or sponsors are out there, this would be a great opportunity to get your business noticed by thousands of people.
Driver Of The Month December - Lee Deegan
Driver Of The Month - Lee Deegan
Congratulations to Lee Deegan for winning the final 2018 driver of the month award. Lee has enjoyed a successful campaign racing in the BMW car club winning multiple races along the way. Lee joined forces for the Birkett relay with Area motorsport driving their TCR Seat. Lee was joined by TCR regulars Stewart Lines and Carl Swift and Shayne Deegan who was making a return to racing after a couple of years. Starting in sixth place the teams aim was to become the first FWD car to win the Birkett outright. The team got off to a good start, the weather remained dry for a short period of time, with the rain beginning to fall they brought Shayne Deegan in and Stewart Lines went out on wets. Lee loves driving in the wet conditions so on his stint he done an incredible two hour stint with laps times quicker then expected which ultimately led them to race victory. He kept his concentration up and his lap times consistent, meaning when Stewart Lines crossed the finish line they were victorious by just 0.5secs! Well done Lee we look forward to seeing whats to come in 2019. Lee is hoping to compete in the Britcar endurance series next year, this would be fantastic to see but he needs all the support and sponsorship he can get!
2019 Calendar is coming together
The calendars for each formulae are starting to land on facebook, looks a nice variety of tracks and looking forward to seeing some of the new formulae on offer next year.
2018 Best Of Album
It will be out soon, in the meantime there is the SJN Advent Calendar providing a new photo every day until Christmas day of the 2018 season.
New feature for 2019
Alongside driver of the month there will be a new feature of photo of the month, watch this space!
Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year
Lastly I wish you all a great Christmas. 2018 has certainly been a great year, travelling round the UK to the greatest circuits, the weather was very extreme this year either freezing cold and very wet or boiling hot! The racing was close and action packed (a little to close to me sometimes!) Thank you once again for your continued support with all the lovely likes, comments and shares along the way, never would of thought my Facebook page would reach over 1000 likes this year.
See you all in 2019!