Student Motorsport Intends To Keep UK At The Pinnacle of Motorsport Development (17.01.17)

JP Latham, founder of StudentMotorsport.com, is on a mission. He wants to keep the UK at the forefront of global motorsport and he sees the education and development of young, aspiring racing professionals as vital to ensuring that race teams have the resources they need for success in the future.

JP, as he is known, spoke to EnduranceAndGT.co.uk editor Andy Lloyd at Autosport International 2017. JP has good reason to believe he is perfectly positioned to help the next generation of engineers, technicians, mechanics and media professionals – he’s been involved in motor racing, from the perspective of enthusiast, team member, student and teacher for most of his adult life.

”I’m a fan of motorsport and I have a great passion for it because it’s such an exciting and rewarding industry. That’s why I want to help the next generation, because of my background.”

He is well qualified to provide that help. JP studied motorsport at two Further Education colleges and within Higher Education.

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Front Runner TV To Screen Live 24H SERIES From Dubai (11.01.17)

Front Runner TV, the free-to-air sports channel launched in the UK in 2016, will screen live action from the opening round of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook.

With commentary provided by the Radiolemans.com team, coverage of the 24H DUBAI will commence on Friday January 13 at 09:30 with a pre-race show which will include coverage of the opening laps. Five hours of further coverage starts at midday with the final hours of the race and the podium ceremony covered from 2.00am on Saturday January 14.

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track-club Announces GT4 Entry In 2017 British GT Championship (11.01.17)

Huntingdon-based track-club, part of track-group, has announced that it will contest the 2017 British GT Championship with its new McLaren 570S GT4. Adam Balon and Adam Mackay will form the driver line-up.

This will be track-club’s first full-season entry into the premier national GT racing championship, having previously entered its Lotus Evora GT4 at Spa-Francorchamps in 2015.

Although Adam Balon and Adam Mackay have not been team-mates in the same car before, they have competed against each other as part of the same team in the Lotus Cup UK in 2016, a factor that Team Principal Stephen Docherty believes will be significant this season.

“As a team they work well together,” said Docherty. “”They spent the season competing against each other in a Lotus but, within the same team, from the outset they were sharing data and working on finding pace.”

Adam Mckay has been part of the Ecurie Ecosse Young Driver Programme and is the reigning Lotus Cup Supersport champion.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to race with Adam in 2017”, said Mckay. “Adam and I competed against each other in Lotus Cup UK last season and alongside each other at the Creventic Silverstone 24 Hours in April, so we’ve build a strong and understanding relationship over the course of 2016.”

Team Principal Stephen Docherty said, “Adam Mackay is, I believe, a really exciting prospect. As a team we have had a lot of talented drivers to work with us and he’s as good as anyone I’ve seen.”

“Adam Balon is a very disciplined driver intelligent driver who rarely makes mistakes that compromise the car,” continued Docherty. “The additional level of competition that the British GT Championship brings will really motivate him to continue his development and I think he’ll be one of the top amateurs in GT4.”

The British GT Championship season opens at Oulton Park on April 15 – 17 with the Media Day to be held on March 28 at Snetterton.

LMP3 Cup Championship Announces Henderson Insurance Brokers As New Title Sponsor (09.01.17)

Bute Motorsport, organiser of the LMP3 Cup Championship, has announced a partnership with Henderson Insurance Brokers who will become title sponsor of the new-for-2017 prototype championship.

Bute Motorsport had previously announced on Friday January 6 that it had reached agreement on a three-year deal with the Automobile Club de L’Ouest (A.C.O.) to be the exclusive LMP3 championship in the UK.

The Monday January 9 announcement of a new title sponsor means that the championship will be known as the ‘Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup Championship’.

“I’m thrilled to be expanding our motorsport activities by supporting the brand-new LMP3 Cup Championship,” said Founder and CEO of Henderson Insurance Brokers, Joe Henderson. “The LMP3 class has grown rapidly over the last few years and to be involved with the first ACO-sanctioned LMP3 championship is great.”

Bute Motorsport Director Chris Haynes said, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Joe and his team at Henderson Insurance Group with their experience and motorsport enthusiasm. It is clearly an exciting opportunity for the Championship and we look forward to working with them as an intregral partner.

Henderson Insurance has a long-standing association with motorsport, having previously sponsored motorcycle rider James Toseland as well as teams in the British GT Championship and Porsche Carrera Cup.

The Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup Championship is currently scheduled to be contested over six rounds with the opening round to be held at Donington Park on April 22 and 23.

Clearwater Racing Applies For Full-Season FIA WEC Entry (07.01.17)

Singapore-based Clearwater Racing has announced that it is applying for a full-season entry into the FIA World Endurance Championship in the LMGTE Am class.

Clearwater Racing is currently defending its GT title in the 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series with its Ferrari F488 GT3 driven by Team Principal Mok Weng Sun, Keita Sawa and Matt Griffin. As a result of winning the GT crown in the 2015/16 season, the team was invited to the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans where it finished 30th overall and fourth in class.

“We’ve been thinking about this for a while, but it’s a big commitment, financially as well as time wise,” said Team Principal Mok Weng Sun. “ I’ve been waving back and forth on the idea, and then this weekend I just had a good chat with the team and said ‘Let’s go do it’.”

“I was actually planning on retiring from racing after this season in the Asian Le Mans Series,” continued Mok Weng Sun. “I’ve been doing it for 11 years and I’ll be turning 50 next year, so I thought I’d wind it back. But the lure of being able to race in the premier GT championship in the World was just too much of a lure, and of course I want to go back to Le Mans, and so to have a guaranteed entry as well as the ability to race on the greatest circuits on the planet with top rated teams, I just said – Let’s go do it!”

Asian Le Mans Series Managing Director Cyrille Taesch Wahlen is delighted that Clearwater racing is moving up to the world stage.

“It’s great to see one of our teams taking the next step on the endurance racing ladder,” said Wahlen.” It goes to show that the Asian Le Mans Series is doing what it set out to do, which is to give teams the opportunity to work their way up to competing in a World Championship. We will of course miss them in our paddock, but we wish them the best of luck with their endeavour.”

The first round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship takes place at Silverstone on April 16.

Asian Le Mans Series Moves To Buriram For Round Three (05.01.17)

The 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series moves to  Buriram, Thailand for Round Three on January 7 and 8.

27 cars will take to the track for the 4 Hours of Buriram with four entries in the LMP2 class, nine in the LMP3 class, one CN entry, 12 GT cars and one GT Cup entry.

The full 27-car entry list can be found here.

Jackie Chan DC Racing goes to Thailand leading the LMP2 class with its #35 Nissan-powered ORECA 03R, driven by Ho-Pin Tung, Gustavo Menezes and Thomas Laurent. Algarve Pro Racing, with its pair of Ligier JS P2s, are second and third in the standings, with the #25 car, driven by Michael Munemann, Andrea Roda and Andrea Pizzitola on 32 points and the Judd-engined #24 entry, driven by Tacksung Kim, Jonathan Hirschi and Mark Patterson just two points further back.

The popular LMP3 class is currently led by the #26 Tockwith Motorsports Ligier JS P3 on 44 points with the #1 Jackie Chan DC Racing Ligier JS P3 only four points behind.

The GT class is equally close with the #5 DH Racing Ferrari F488 GT3, driven by Stephane Lemeret, Michele Rugolo and Matthieu Vaxiviere,  leading on 37 points, followed by the VS Racing #6 Lamborghini Huracán GT3, with the driver line-up of Kei Cozzolino, Yuhi Sekiguchi and Corey Lewis, in second place in the standings on 27 points.

Round Three of the 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series takes place at Buriram, Thailand with the 15 minute qualifying session for GT and GT Cup entries taking place on January 7 at 15:45 local time and for the LMP2, LMP3 and CN entries at 16:10. The lights go out for the start of the 4 Hours of Buriram at 12:15 local time on January 8.