RJ Valentine Forms Industry Alliance To Make Racing As Safe As Possible (27.09.18)

Richard ‘RJ’ Valentine, a professional race-car driver for more than 30 years with over 478 starts, including 120 races in the Trans-Am Series and owner of Impact Safety Systems, has launched an alliance of motorsport professionals with the objective of making racing as safe as possible and protect lives by reducing damage, injuries, concussions and casualties for drivers at all levels.

Named ‘Racing Safety United’, RSU currently comprises 27 members but is growing rapidly with the intention of forming a ‘dynamic force campaigning toward a unified safety goal.’

Members include Ian James, driver for Team Panoz Racing in the GTS class of the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge, Darren Law, team owner and program manager of Sonoma-based Flying Lizard Motorsports and Dr. Preston C. Calvert, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Assistant Professor, owner of Calvert Dynamics and driver in the Pirelli World Challenge.

The initial focus of RSU will be on track safety and the need for improvements at road courses and speedways across the US, with the initial objective of raising awareness over old circuit walling which has been identified as the cause of many injuries and fatalities.

A further priority is to identify ways of minimising racing-related Traumatic Brain Injuries.

The RSU alliance recognises that motorsport will always involve risk. In a recent statement, the RSU alliance said:

“Racing will continue to be inherently dangerous despite safety advancements but every participant has an obligation to do what they can to eliminate unnecessary risk and preventable harm. RSU represents and outlet for safety activists and all are welcome to join. The greater the number of voices, the better the industry will hear and the more drivers will survive.”

More information about Racing Safety United can be found here.

Victory For Minshaw And Keen. Haigh And Adam Take British GT GT3 Drivers Title (23.09.18)

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Victory in the final round of the 2018 British GT Championship went to the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 driven by Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen, finishing 29.584 seconds ahead on adjusted time from the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage piloted Mark Farmer and Nicki Thiim after the TF Sport crew were handed a 30-second post-race penalty in the dying seconds of the two-hour race.

The podium positions were completed by the #116 ERC Sport Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Lee Mowle and Yelmer Buurman, who finished 20.288 seconds behind the #11 car, again on adjusted time.

Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam, teammates in the #75 Optimum Motorsport Aston Martin, finished in fourth place, earning the 18 points and the GT3 Drivers Championship title by 18.5 points over Minshaw and Keen. History was made at Donington Park with Flick Haigh becoming the first female driver to win a GT3 title in the UK’s premier GT championship.

Jonny Adam was delighted to take his third GT3 drivers title but was quick to say that it had not been an easy race.

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Barwell Motorsport Locks Out Front Row For British GT Final Round At Donington (22.09.18)

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Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen, currently lying second in the GT3 Drivers Standings, qualified the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 on pole position for September 23’s final race of the 2018 British GT Championship.

Lining up alongside Minshaw and Keen will be the sister #69 Lamborghini driven by Sam De Haan and Jonny Cocker. Completing the top three, and the quickest of the Aston Martin V12 Vantages, was the #47 Jetstream Motorsport entry driven by Graham Davidson and Maxime Martin, the Belgian driver returning to the UK’s premier GT championship after a horrific incident at Brands Hatch in the previous round.

Minshaw set the pace in the first qualifying session, setting a 1.42.180 which was over 1.2 seconds quicker than the #47 Jetstream Motorsport Aston Martin with Graham Davidson at the wheel. Phil Keen consolidated on Minshaw’s work with a 1.39.292, the quickest time of the GT3 Pro qualifying session to produce a cumulative time of 3:21.472, 1.609 seconds quicker than De Haan and Cocker.

GT3 drivers standings leader Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam finished fourth overall after Haigh lapped in 1:44.620 and Adam put in a 1:40.255 to produce a cumulative lap time of 3:24.875.

The session began in damp and greasy conditions, allowing the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghinis to show their dominance on a track with marginal grip.

Phil Keen was delighted at pole position but not surprised, given the pace of Jon Minshaw in the wet.

“Jon drives very well in the wet,” said Keen. “He knows the circuit and the car very well. The Lamborghini is very good in the wet, the engine’s in the right place and we have good traction around here so I didn’t expect to be on pole by that much but at Rockingham we were on pole by even more so I’m not surprised but I am surprised!”

With championship leaders Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam qualifying in fourth place, Phil Keen believes it bodes well for a competitive race.

“If it’s dry tomorrow then they will be quick but it’s by no means over. We’ll just get our heads down, see what we can do and pray for a bit more rain half way through the race.”

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Pole position in the GT4 category went to the #42 Century Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 after Ben Green lapped in 1:47.796 in the first session and teammate Ben Tuck put in a 1.47.175 to set a cumulative time of 3:34.971, .270 seconds quicker than the #10 Equipe Verschuur McLaren 570S GT4 of Finlay Hutchison and Daniel McKay.

Third quickest in the GT4 category was the #72 Balfe Motorsport McLaren of Adam Balon and Ben Barnicoat who set a cumulative time of 3:35.495.

The lights go out for the final round of the 2018 British GT Championship at 13:35 on Sunday September 23.

TF Sport Quickest In FP1 At Donington (22.09.18)

Photo: The #47 Jetstream Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage (Photo: Andy Lloyd)

The #17 TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage went quickest in the opening practice for the final round of the 2018 British GT Championship when Marco Sorensen put in a 1:27.774 in the closing minutes of the one-hour session.

Second quickest in the GT3 class was the drivers championship-leading #75 Optimum Motorsport Aston Martin in which Jonny Adam, about to start his 90th race for the manufacturer, set 1:27.858 on penultimate lap.

Third quickest overall was the sister TF Sport Aston Martin, the #11 car, in which Nicki Thiim set a 1:27.997 on his final lap.

Quickest of the GT4 class was the #66 Team Parker Racing Ltd Aston Martin of Nick Jones and Scott Malvern which set a 1:35.908.

The drivers championship-leading GT4 entry of Dean Macdonald and Jack Mitchell was third quickest in the GT4 class with a 1:36.137.

“I Want To Finish The Season On A Massive High” – Team HARD’s Ben Wallace Looks Forward to British GT Championship Season Finale At Donington. (20.09.18)

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Southport-based Ben Wallace is approaching the final round of the 2018 British GT Championship determined to finish the season on a high note with a top ten result in the GT4 class.

Wallace, currently lying twelth in the GT4 Silver Drivers’ standings, will be racing alongside Graham Roberts for the two-hour season finale at Donington Park in the #88 Team HARD 2016-spec Ginetta G55 GT4.

Despite lacking some driver aids, Ben Wallace is looking forward to the challenge of the 4 km Leicestershire circuit.

“I’ve driven the Ginetta G55 GT4 at Donington for the 2018 Media Day but, for this round, I’ll be driving a 2016 car so we won’t have traction control and ABS and it will require a different driving style,” said Ben Wallace. ”It will be something to get used to as I won’t be able to brake as late as I would have with the 2017 car and I’ll have to be easier and more progressive with the power. It will be a challenge, for sure, but I’ll get used to it and overcome it.”

Ben will be carrying the logo of Diabetes UK on his Ginetta, as he has throughout the season, supporting the work of the leading UK charity for people affected by diabetes. Ben is proud to be a role model for aspiring professional athletes who work with diabetes.

“With any condition, nothing is impossible,” said Ben, who supported fund-raising for Diabetes UK at the Ormskirk Motorfest in August. “If you want to achieve something you can, no matter what the illness. Anything is possible.”

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Ben is targeting a strong finish at Donington Park on September 23.

“If we could get a top ten for this weekend I’ll be finishing on a massive high,” said Ben. “We’ve only had one top ten result this year so to get another would be amazing. I’m not sure the pace will be in the car to aim for the top five or a podium so realistically a top ten would be really good.”

Track action for the final round of the 2018 British GT Championship gets underway at 09:40 on Saturday September 22 with qualifying beginning at 15:45.

The lights go out for the two-hour race at 13:35 on Sunday September 23. Live timing can be found at www.tsl-livetiming.com throughout the weekend with qualifying and the race being live-streamed via the British GT Championship Facebook page.

ProTechnika To Test Brand New Mercedes-AMG GT4 At Donington (20.09.18)

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ProTechnika Motorsport Team Principal Anna Walewska has announced that the team will be presenting its brand new Mercedes-AMG GT4 at the final round of the 2018 British GT Championship at Donington Park on September 22 -23, ahead of preparations for 24 hour races that the now-University Of Bolton-based team intend to enter over the winter.

“It’s a very exciting time for ProTechnika,” said Anna Walewska. “Our purchase of a new Mercedes-AMG GT4 from HWA Mercedes has happened at the right time we hoped for, enabling us to test the car at the British GT Championship race  at Donington this weekend and it arrived in the UK yesterday.”

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“(It has been) an exceptional effort from the team and I’m looking forward to driving it with Tom Canning this weekend.”

ProTechnika Motorsport made its debut at the Spa round of the 2018  British GT Championship where Walewska and Canning finished second in the GT4 Pro-Am class.

Track action for the final round of the 2018 championship begins at 09:40 on Saturday September 22 with the lights going out for the two-hour race at 13.35 on Sunday September 23.