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Oxford Brookes University / JRM Group Partnership “To Support Young Engineers Of The Future”. (16.03.18)

JRM Group, founded in 2008 and based in Daventry, has announced that it had formed a partnership with Oxford Brookes, a leading motorsport university, to begin a ‘collaborative relationship’ to research, test and develop ideas for advancing capabilities within motorsport.

The focus of the partnership will be on electronics and the use of innovative advanced engineering techniques.

“Partnering with the University allows us both to support the young engineers of the future while we mutually benefit from combined research efforts surrounding advanced engineering that’s vital in keeping motorsport progressive at all levels,” said the Managing Director of JRM Group Ltd, Jason King. “We’re aiming to make this a fruitful exercise both for the students at Oxford Brookes in their education as well as for JRM in developing and testing new products and ideas needed for the industry.


Chrisina Jayne, Head of School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at Oxford Brookes, is excited at the opportunities the partnership will offer engineering students.

“To be able to work with the JRM team to investigate new projects and potentially be part of key product development that could help improve motorsport progression is fantastic for our students in supporting learning that’s relevant and applicable to the current, as well as the future motorsport industry,” said Chrisina Jayne.,

JRM and Oxford Brookes are now considering a number of projects for 2018.

Mercedes-AMG GT4 For Team Parker Racing / Jones / Malvern British GT Championship Campaign (14.02.18)

Nick Jones and Scott Malvern have announced that they will campaign a Mercedes-AMG GT4, to be run by Desford, Leicestershire-based Team Parker Racing in the GT4 class of the 2018 British GT Championship. Although their entry was confirmed by the time of the British GT Media Day at Donington Park, the identity of the car had, until now, remained unannounced.

After two seasons racing the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR, Jones and Malvern will be one of the first to enter the new-for-2018 Mercedes.

Malvern and Jones are confident that the Mercedes-AMG GT4 is the car of choice for the new season.

“Ever since I first started talking to Mercedes it’s clear the programme is just at another level,” said Jones. “This year is going to be exciting – easily the most exciting of our time in British GT so far, and Mercedes is going to give us a real chance to compete.”

“The car is a huge step forward,” continued Nick Jones, as he embarks on his third full season in the premier national GT championship. “We’ve been out testing it in Europe with the Black Falcon team, getting a grounding of it ahead of getting our own chassis this month. Team Parker has been with us every step of the way too, and that relationship will be important as they’re such a professional team.”

“Racing for me is about going out and having fun and having competitive machinery is key to that. Last year I felt I drove better than ever, but a lot of that progress was masked by the car’s outright pace. This year I think we can make a real step up the grid.”

Team-mate Scott Malvern is also looking forward to the new season.

“The Porsche last year proved quite tricky for the amateur driver whereas the Mercedes is accessible and has all of the technology to make it a real weapon in endurance racing.”

The 2018 British GT Championship gets underway over the Easter weekend – March 31 – April 2 – at Oulton Park.




Hargrove / Fuentes Take Second Wins In Incident-Filled Pirelli World Challenge GT R2 (11.03.18)

Scott Hargrove, driving the #96 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3, took his second victory of the weekend to win Round Two of the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge GT / GTA category in a race that was filled with incident and eventually red-flagged with ten minutes left to race.

Second in the GT class was the #26 Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R driven by Daniel Keilwitz. Taking the final podium position in the GT category was Daniel Morad, driving the #2 CRP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3

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Hargrove / Porsche Win On GT Debut In Pirelli World Challenge (11.03.18)


Young Canadian driver Scott Hargrove, driving the #96 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, won on his debut in the GT class of the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge, crossing the line 3.918 seconds ahead of Toni Vilander in the R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3.

Taking the final podium position in the class was Daniel Morad in the #2 CRP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3

The GTA class saw a win for Martin Fuentes in the #07 Squadra Corse Garage Italia Ferrari 488 GT3, 8.231 seconds ahead of Rodrigo Baptista in the K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3. Yuki Harata rounded out the podium positions in the GTA class in the Dream Racing Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3.

The opening round of the 2018 Challenge was marred with a first corner incident which saw multiple contacts. 2016 GT champion Alvaro Parente in the #9 K-Pax Racing Bentley Continental GT3, Spencer Pumpelly in the #00 TRG Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and the #19 TruSpeed Motorsports Audi R8 LMS, driven by Parker Chase, were all unable to continue following the incident.

The ensuing clearing of the track took 18 minutes during which the race was neutralised behind the safety car. At the re-start Daniel Morad in the #2 CRP Racing Mercedes took the lead ahead of Hargrove and Vilander. Hargrove, pushing hard, took the lead into T1 on lap 18.

Toni Vilander, in the #61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari, kept Hargrove honest throughout the race and set a new lap record of 1:12.059 in his attempt to take the lead. Hargrove held on to the lead up to the chequered flag, however, to take his first Pirelli World Challenge victory.

Hargrove was delighted at how race unfolded.

“In qualifying I clipped the wall just enough to collapse the front suspension but my mood had done a 360,” said the Tsawasson, BC resident. “I definitely had a feeling that we could have been on pole today. I’m thrilled with the win because the car is flawless. I was able to put the laps down when I needed them and I’m pretty excited for tomorrow (the second round). I don’t think there is much of a learning curve for me because I come from a sprint racing background. It’s not the same as a lot of these guys that come from endurance racing and it’s a shock (at how aggressive it is).”

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In the GTA class, Martin Fuentes, driving the #07 Squadra Corsa Garage Italia Ferrari F488 GT3, stood on the top step of the podium, after having started from the back of the class grid.

“I knew every start here at St Pete is hairy,” said the driver from Mexico City. “I knew I had to pay attention in the front and definitely St. Pete took its customers. I just watched, tried to find the gap, saw some crashing on the left and on the right. I saw the curve was clear and saw the other guy spinning so I just stomped on the gas to get through there and to get myself out of trouble. This is the time I’m driving (the Ferrari F488 GT3) with TR3 and I’m very excited.”

The #31 TR3 entry, driven by Daniel Mancinelli, was withdrawn ahead of qualifying following a dispute over additional ballast.

Round Two for the GT and GTA classes takes place on Sunday March 11 at 15:15 local time (20:15 GMT)

“We Have Exceeded Our Expectations” – British GT Championship Manager Benjamin Franassovici In Up-Beat Mood At Season Launch. (08.03.18)


British GT Championship Manager Benjamin Franassovici was in an up-beat mood at the launch of the 2018 Championship season, held at Donington Park on Thursday Match 8.

“We are very happy to reveal our final entry list.” Said Franassovici at a packed press conference held at the now-MSV owned venue. “Over the months we’ve been gradually revealing all our entries and we have exceeded our expectations. The quality of the GT3 and GT4 grid we have today is extremely easy to see. Last year and during the off-season we worked hard to build this grid and I thank my team for making this happen.”

“(The success) is also due to the trust of the teams,” said Franassovici. “They can see that the platform is stable. It’s been so for many years since 2010 and the grid has gradually increased in numbers, which was needed, and then in quality and then in diversity and then we continued to make sure that stability was there.”

Franassovici was quick to praise tyre partner Pirelli.

“In 2016 Pirelli came on board and this added value as it allowed the grid to go up a level again. It also helped us to make our BoP even more accurate. This is due to the hard work of all our teams around the world, with Pirelli Tyres, making and creating the BoP, which is world-renowned. So we are very pleased.”

“A couple of years ago people said that GT3 was dead and we have proved that this is not the case. The grid we have of 13 cars has exceeded our expectations. The quality of the cars, the pairings and the factory drivers has all been very pleasing. What we’ve achieved also in the past two years is public attendance. This has grown at all our tracks and this was seen at the Silverstone 500 which was a big success last year with large crowds and we will continue this push with Silverstone.”

“So we’re very happy,’” concluded the Championship Manager. “The entry list was released this morning. We’ve announced the remaining entries, which have been entered for a while. Before we took our break in December we had thirty paid entries, which is a sign that people believe in our platform and they are happy to sign up. Not many series can claim that so we are continuing to push in that direction.”

The 2018 British GT Championship opens at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2.

Thirteen Entries For 2018 British GT Championship GT3 Category (08.03.18)

The British GT Championship has revealed a capacity grid of 36 cars for the 2018 Championship with 13 cars entered in the premier GT3 category.

In the premier category, Team Parker Racing has entered two Bentley Continental GT3s, the #1 for the GT3 drivers champion Rick Parfitt Jnr and his new driving partner for the season, Ryan Ratcliffe and the #7 for Ian Loggie and Callum Macleod.

Teams champion Barwell Motorsport returns for the new season with a three-car line-up. The #2 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 will be driven by Leo Matchitski and Patrick Kujala, the #33 entry by drivers championship runners-up Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen and the #69 entry by Sam de Haan and Jonny Cocker.

TF Sport has welcomed Aston Martin factory drivers Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen to join established Am drivers Derek Johnston and Mark Farmer. Thiim will partner with Farmer in the #11 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 while Sorensen will join Johnston in the #17 car.

TF Sport will make up two of five Aston Martins on the GT3 grid in 2018. Jetstream Motorsport has entered the #47 car to be driven by Graham Davidson and Maxime Martin while Wakefield-based Optimum Motorsport returns to the GT3 category with Flick Haigh and double-GT3 champion Jonny Adam.

The fifth V12 Vantage GT3 on the grid will be the returning 2015 drivers champions Beechdean AMR with team owner Andrew Howard being joined by Darren Turner for the season.

Three manufacturers represent the final three entries in the premier category. RJN Motorsport announced on the Media Day that it would be joining the GT3 category with its #24 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 to be driven by Devon Modell and Struan Moore. Woking manufacturer McLaren is represented by a single entry, that of the #101 Balfe Motorsport car to be driven by team owner Shaun Balfe and McLaren development driver Rob Bell.

After Team ABBA by Rollcentre withdrew from the GT3 class at the end of 2017, one Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be on the grid for the season – that of the ERC Motorsport #116 entry to be driven by Lee Mowle and Yelmer Buurman.

The first round of the 2018 British GT Championship will be at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2.