Can we go racing yet! 42 days and counting
This has to be the worst part of the winter, with Christmas well and truly over now comes the painful wait for the season to start..
Registration has opened
With registration open, this means the season is nearly upon us!
I'm pretty much sorted on which events I will be attending:
- Donington ( March)
- Brands Hatch (April)
- Silverstone (May)
- Croft (May)
- Pembrey (June)
- Cadwell (July)
- Silverstone (August)
- Snetterton 300 & 200 (October)
Looks like you all had a great time at the awards ceremony, some of you may even of noticed a picture I tweeted in! For pictures from the awards, take a look at Jonathan Elsey's album:
Meet the driver - Marcus Ward
For the first Meet the Driver of 2018, we asked Marcus Ward - Classic Stock Hatch Driver 10 questions:
Where and when did I start racing?
Well I have wanted to race for as long as I can remember. My dad was a rally driver and so my brothers and I grew up on the Motorsport scene which inevitably turned us into petrol heads and my first taste of Motorsport, as with many other drivers was a trip to the local arrive and drive kart track. I was hooked... however, karting was too expensive to start competing properly and so sadly it never happened. It wasn't until 2012 when my brother Ben bought a car to race in CSH (classic stock hatch) that we really got into real (some will laugh) Motorsport. 4Ward Motorsport was formed and I was hooked again. I could see that this was a real possibility for me financially so I bit the bullet and built my XR2i from scratch in 2014 in preparation for the 2015 season. I was extremely nervous and rather too protective of my shiny red car heading into the first round at Brands hatch. I had an amazingly enjoyable weekend and the car didn't get a scratch. Two top tens in my first race weekend meant I was pretty chuffed and my season only got better. I was lucky enough to gain a number of podiums and win the Novice championship for 2015.
What's your favourite race track?
Again it's difficult to choose as generally the circuits you have most success will obviously stand out as a favourite. Silverstone has always been the circuit I perform best at and as it's my local track (less than 3 hours drive) I guess I'd have to say that's my choice in both National and International layouts.
Do I have any pre race superstitions?
Nope. I hate the thought of getting to the grid and then panicking that I haven't got my lucky pants on and so for that reason, I don't have any.
What are your hopes for 2018?
Well in all honesty I would just like to have a consistent season with no issues. I've always had a few niggles that caused failures or huge lack of pace so I'd like to put all that behind me if possible. I will also be racing in the Club Enduro championship for a round or 2 in a Civic and I'm really looking forward to that.
A random fact yourself?
I used to have an 80's mullet
What is my most memorable moment of 2017?
The stand out memory for me though is an obvious choice and it was the weekend of the Brands hatch rounds. Anthony Reid (BTCC legend) came to show us all how to do it in a car borrowed from the Rozier family and to cut a long story short, I managed to beat him. It was amazing to prove that the guys in CSH are actually very fast and extremely competitive.
For the full article click below to check out Marcus Wards other answers!
James Gahagan is our next driver of the month - if you would like to feature get in touch!
BMW Car Club launch series for 2018
The BMW Car Club GB will be launching a racing series for 2018. The BMW Carclub GB is the official BMW club in the UK, The club used to have its own race championship up until 1999 so they have decided to relaunch it in 2018 with the aim of encouraging enjoyable club racing for all BMW owners without excessive costs.
There will be 2 M based classes, a class for 6 cylinder non M cars, and 4 cylinder cars and the BMWcup control class for 325ti compacts. Plenty of variety will been seen across the races. The club aims to reduce costs with entry fees but also a wide choice of tyres and negotiated deals helps make the entrants racing cheaper although we acknowledge its never going to be cheap.
There has been a large amount of interest following the Autosport show, lets hope the grids will be big this year and championship status will surely follow. The club have plans to attract spectators with tickets offers, TV and much more. For more information please look at the Facebook page : BMWCCR or the club website www.bmwcarclubgb.co.uk or call Neil on 07767688233
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Albone in for an in’Spire’ing 2018..
Reigning RGB champion Billy Albone will return in 2018 in a newly built Spire sports car in the hope of retaining the championship. With Scott Mittell not contesting a full season as they develop the bikesports Mittell, it will be interesting to see who will challenge Billy this year.
Not only will Billy be busy contesting RGB, he has also set up a driver development programme ‘ Albone Racing’ where he is going back to his roots in karting. The aim is to establish Albone Racing into karting, with the plan being to have a hospitality tent at the RGB races this year to find sponsorship, the end goal is to put a full RGB team together in 2019 to help drivers find there feet and continue in their racing careers.
He’s already working with a few drivers from karting, we wish Billy success in this new venture check out his facebook page to follow the progress of Albone Racing
Ben Rushworth starts opinion track review series
Ben has started to do track reviews, the first car he was trying out was a Area motorsport built Honda Civic, needless to say the British weather decided to descend on Donington.. With temperatures close to 0c and a soaking wet track things didn't quite go to plan!
Be sure to check out more of Bens vlogs from last year.. looking forward to seeing more this year!
K-Tec Clio 182 Championship in 60secs
I love the Clio 182s, it has to the closest racing in any championship.. sometimes a bit too close! Its a great series to start in, competing against top drivers. I'm looking forward to seeing 4 rounds of the championship this year..
JG racing have selected their colours for their Clio 182.. We are looking forward to seeing the new livery very soon...
Remember to check out the website for news and features.. Also the latest galleries from the races I go to..
If anyone would like to feature SJN Photography on there car please get in touch for stickers
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