After a very eventful weekend with the Bullitt Racing McLaren GT4 at Misano in Italy it’s home time. Due to contact in the first race we needed to change a lot of the panels at the front and rear of the car, and some front steering parts, but also straighten the exhaust as it was off center and no spare available, luckily the McLaren support truck was available and we had spares available for the other parts that was needed. We managed to get the car back together for the second race, there was contact again but the car finished the race and next race will be Brands Hatch.
Well we were asked by one of the MRDC to look after there golf this year, but due to lack of entries he went and brought an Hyundai Accent copa car, and the first time he drove it (first time on slicks also)
So on the weekend of the 25/26th of march we headed up to Guadix for the first race of the season. We tested hard on the 25th so he could learn what the car would do, and also to understand the difference in handling a car running slicks is compared to the normal track day semi slicks he was used to. He managed a 2nd place in the first race, we only managed 5th in the second race due to contact made. The car behaved faultless but there is a list of jobs needed as is always with a new car.
We will be assisting with the Marbella racing drivers club when they take on the copa golf, andalucia in 2017, this is 6 round of racing starting at Guadix on the 26th of march.
So to welcome in the new year (towards the end of last year) we got a new tow car, the BMW x5 e70, only issue was there was no towbar on the car.
So today on new years day we have started to fit the tow bar (the car got it for christmas) now getting the bumper offers fun. That was worked out via various youtube videos being watched.
The only part left now is to code it, so that the car knows its there, and then it can commence its tow duties.
For the 2015 Championship we will again be sponsored by Kumho Tyres, and we thank them for their support.
The main news is that we are going slicks & wet tyres for Class A cars, compound K80 for slicks and K21 compound for Wets. We hope to entice lot more new cars into Class A. Class B, C & 318s will remain on the treaded tyres. Again the classes will be split so Class A racing on their own with Class B, C & D 318is in the other race. The races will all happen over the same weekend and all the races will be double headers, 4 BMWs races in the weekend!! It seem to have worked really well this year and hope to see more new faces joining.
The other news is that the BMW Racing Drivers Club have booked a stand at the Autosport show in January, in the Clubmans Pavilion. We hope to see you at the show!
Looks like we will be at Silverstone on this Sunday (27th April) supporting Ian Henderson in his e46, 330i auto, where he will be racing with the MSR team trophy, if you are around drop in and say hi, the aim this time is for Ian to finish the race, without car complications.
Well it was an interesting weekend at Rockingham helping the Butler Motorsports maintained cars (two class A and one class B cars). Friday started well with me picking up 3 genuine BTCC spoilers for the new 1 series cars that are due to debut at Snetterton next month, including a genuine WSR spoiler mounting bracket, but when I got to Rockingham one of the A class cars had broken a suspension bolt, so the driver was unable to finish testing and was off to get a replacement, the other class A car then went on to allow the clutch release bearing to break down, so I drove to Silverstone to pick up a new release bearing, and have the clutch plate spring replaced at the same time. The team got this back into the car by the time we left Rockingham for the night.
Qualifying was uneventful with the two class A cars getting a 2nd and 3rd position on the grid and the class B car getting pole.
The actual races were all on the sunday, so we prepared the cars saturday night ready for the sundays races. The class B/C/D cars were out first and our pole sitter did a blinding job of finishing first, but when in parc ferme complained that the clutch was feeling bad, so deja vu and I was off again to Silverstone to get another clutch assembly, and the team proceeded to put the car back together when I returned and we had about 5 seconds to spare, but the car was out again.
During my trip to Silverstone the class A race was run, and our cars finished 2nd and 3rd and had an enjoyable race.
Due to the new clutch the class B car jumped the start (and received a 10 second penalty that we needed to make up in the race, so with this information we were on the pit wall telling the driver to get a move on, and in the end we managed to get back the whole 10 seconds and actually win the race, so good result there.
The final race was the class A cars, it did look like rain so they were sent out with a wet setup but the rain never appeared, so their cars were a little more of a handful in the dry than the drivers would of liked, but they finished with the 2nd and 3rd preserved.
Next race is at Snetterton probably on the 300, on the 10th/11th May, see you there.
Drivers registered for 2014 Kumho championship
With the tyres we purchased in the BMWRDC charity auction that’s a very large part of the 2014 seasons purchases done. Still need to put the car back together though.