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.
Photo: BritishGT.com / Jakob Ebrey Photography.
Wakefield-based Optimum Motorsport has announced that it has won its appeal against a decision taken during the opening round of the 2018 British GT Championship at Oulton Park.
A 30-second post-race had penalty had been applied, dropping the driving duo of Flick Haigh and Jonny Adan from fourth at the chequered flag to ninth.
Team Principal Shaun Goff was delighted at the news.
“I’m very happy at the decision,” said Shaun Goff. “We never accepted this incident was anything other than a racing accident. We’re delighted with the outcome and now we can look forward to a strong showing at Donington where we stand a good chance of taking the championship honours.”
The decision means that the Haigh and Adam enter the final round of the 2018 British GT Championship with a 27.5-point advantage over Jon Minshaw and Phil keen. Nothing less than a victory for the crew of the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 will now be sufficient for a shot at the drivers title.
Round 9 of British GT Championship takes place at Donington Park on September 23.
Photo: BritishGT.com / Jakob Ebrey Photography
The #75 Optimum Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage of Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam took its second victory of the 2018 British GT Championship season after Jonny Adam passed the #69 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3, driven by Johnny Cocker in the car he shares with Sam De Haan, for the lead with five minutes to go.
Cocker went on to finish second behind Adam, just under five seconds behind, with the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin, with Nicky him at the wheel in the car he shares with Mark Farmer, completing the podium positions, 10.273 seconds back.
Victory in the GT4 category, earning them their first podium finish of the season, went to the #501 Balfe Motorsport McLaren 570S GT4 driven by Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson with the #42 Century Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 driven by Ben Tuck and Ben Green taking second place, and the win in the GT4 Silver category, after a highly entertaining battle over the closing laps of the two-hour race. The #53 UltraTek Racing Team RJN took the final podium position of the GT4 class with Martin Plowman crossing the line just .166 seconds behind the #42 entry.
Continue reading Win For Optimum Motorsport’s Haigh And Adam – Balfe Motorsport’s Johnson And Robinson Take Victory In GT4 (05.08.18)
Photo: Paren Raval
Ben Wallace, driver of the #88 Team HARD Ginetta G55, enjoyed his best weekend of the season so far with a solid seventh place finish in class and making up eleven places on his qualifying position for Round Seven of the 2018 British GT Championship.
Driving for the first time in 2018 with Alex Reed, Southport-based Ben Wallace was very pleased with how the new driving partnership developed over the course of the Silverstone weekend,
“It was the first time I had met Alex and we got on very well,” said Ben. “He has a lot of experience both race-wise and testing so I felt he was the ideal person for me to gain experience from. As this was the first time I had raced on the Silverstone GP circuit, Alex’s experience and advice helped me a lot.”
Continue reading “It Was Our Best Weekend Of The Season So Far” – Ben Wallace Enjoys Positive Outing At Silverstone (12.06.18)
Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, is a hugely photogenic track, coloured, as it is, with the red and blue run-off areas. Here is a small selection of some of the excellent images taken by Paren Raval (@ParenRaval) of this afternoon’s four-hour test session for the 2018 European Le Mans Series grid.
A selection of images by @ParenRaval from the European Le Mans Series Test Days set-up at Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet.