BARC’ing Mad Podcast: Episode 7 – September 8th 2023

Episode 7 of the British Automobile Racing Club’s new-for-2023 podcast, BARC’ing Mad, is now live and available to listen to.

In partnership with BP Fleet Solutions UK, the fortnightly podcast – which is hosted by Alan Hyde and Ian Waterhouse – is packed with full-throttle news, reviews and captivating interviews.

The series’ seventh episode sees Motorsport News Editor Matt James return to discuss the biggest topics from motorsport in the UK and around the world before the top two in the ROKiT F4 British Championship – Louis Sharp and Will Macintyre – preview their fledgling careers and the prospect of a thrilling title showdown next month.

BARC’ing Mad is available to listen to across all popular podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

You can also watch each episode via the Club’s official YouTube channel.

Wallace Menzies clinches historic fourth consecutive British Hillclimb title

Wallace Menzies continued his reign in the Motorsport UK British Hillclimb Championship presented by Avon Tyres this year after wrapping up a fourth consecutive title at Prescott at the start of the month (September 2/3).

Having been the benchmark in the prestigious series over the course of the last three seasons, the Gould GR59M driver third and fourth place run-off finishes at the Gloucestershire venue to clinch the coveted crown with a round to spare. 

Menzies’ championship triumph also saw him join a very elite club too as he became the first person since Ken Wharton in 1951 to 1954 to win the title four years on the bounce. 

Commenting on his title success, Menzies said: “You can’t win the Championship in a weekend, but you can definitely lose it in a weekend. We had to hang onto Scott’s shirt tails these last two weekends, just to make sure. 

“To win one British Hillclimb Championship title was amazing and fantastic; so this will take some time to sink in.”

The British Hillclimb Championship now moves onto its final round, which takes place at Loton Park in Shropshire, over the weekend of the 23/24 September. 

Date and venue confirmed for BARC Championship Awards Evening

The British Automobile Racing Club is delighted to announce that its annual Championship Awards Evening will take place on Saturday 3rd February 2024 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon.

On what is always one of the biggest prize-giving nights of the year, race suits and overalls will be swapped for black ties and ball gowns as the great and good of UK motorsport come together for what should be an unforgettable evening.

Celebrating a momentous 2023 season, the star-studded evening will include a three-course dinner alongside the customary trophy presentations and live entertainment.

Tickets for the Club’s ‘Big Night Out’ will be on sale shortly, with more information set to follow in due course. 

Caterham celebrates 50th Anniversary in style at Donington Park

Caterham Cars marked its Golden Anniversary in spectacular style this past weekend (September 2/3) as the iconic British sports car manufacturer staged its 50th Festival at Donington Park. 

Celebrating five decades of the world-famous marque at the Leicestershire venue, the two-day event was packed with blockbuster racing, parades and paddock displays; which included the latest Caterham Cars range of UK models and its very own heritage timeline.

Ahead of its eagerly-anticipated appearance on the British Touring Car Championship support bill at Silverstone later this month, the Avon Tyres Caterham Seven UK Championship had everyone captivated as they served up three frenetic races on the National layout.

Aaron Head proved to be the cream of the crop as he charged to a hat-trick of victories; all of them coming by the slender margin of less than one second as Stephen Lyall and Lewis Thompson kept him within touching distance throughout.

Hugo Bush snared a brace of race wins in the Motul Caterham Seven 310R Championship however his chances of clinching a hat-trick like Head were thwarted as Taylor O’Flanagan reigned supreme in race two.

The Mission Motorsport Caterham 270R Championship saw Freddie Chiddicks bring the curtain down on what has been a mesmerising campaign for himself by adding to more wins to his season tally.

Chiddicks utilised all of his pace and experience to hold off the chasing pack in races one and three to emerge victorious. Marc Jones came out on top of a pulsating battle with Ben Timmons to triumph in an entertaining second contest.

In the Vertex Caterham Roadsport Championship, Rob Kennerley clinched a pair of wins whilst Henry Speeks and Nick Highton each claimed victory in the respective White and Green races of the Adrian Flux Insurance Caterham Academy.

The Caterham Academy also held an additional bout – its coveted Autumn Trophy – which saw Jonathan Emery triumph, leading home Henry Morris and Arif Hanif to take the chequered flag.

Joining in on the celebrations under the flight path of East Midlands airport was the Morphmy Caterham Graduates Championship; which staged the penultimate rounds of its season.

Ben Wheatley continued what has been a year to remember by bagging two more wins in the Sigma 135 class whilst Will Stillwell and James McCall snared a win apiece in the amalgamated Sigma 150 and Sigmax bouts.

Concluding the weekend’s track action were two races from the CSCC Gold Arts Magnificent Sevens, which saw Stephen Nuttall and Christian Pittard lead a bumper grid to score one victory each.

To view the full classification of results from Caterham’s 50th Festival, CLICK HERE.

BARC TV: What’s On This Weekend – September 2/3

The British Automobile Racing Club join Caterham at Donington Park this weekend for two days of racing, parades and celebrations as the world-famous manufacturer celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

Below is all the information you’ll need to know to keep up-to-date with all the action that is being broadcast:


Saturday 2nd September // 14:00 – WATCH HERE

Sunday 3rd September // 09:00 – WATCH HERE

To find out more information about this weekend’s race meeting, CLICK HERE.

BARC partners with The Lifestyle Card

The British Automobile Racing Club has partnered with The Lifestyle Card to offer members access to 5,000+ discounts, locally, nationally & online.

We are gifting all BARC members a FREE Lifestyle membership as a “thank you” from the British Automobile Racing Club. The Lifestyle Card is a multi-award-winning loyalty card with discounts covering all aspects of your lifestyle.

Once you’re on the Lifestyle Card website, you simply need to click ‘Claim Your Membership’, proceed to checkout and complete your ‘Billing Details’ (no bank details required); it will state £0.00 at checkout. There’s no need to download an app, save the website as a bookmark to any mobile device for quick and easy on-the-go access.

It’s effortless to access offers and discounts. Show your digital card to the participating businesses to receive your discount. Once logged into your account, you can view hidden promo codes and links for online deals and offers.

The Lifestyle Card provides members instant access to over 5,000 discounts across all aspects of their lifestyle. With thousands of deals covering local, independent, national, and online businesses, plenty of opportunities exist to save money.

The BARC Lifestyle card not only offers members the ability to access great savings, it promotes & supports businesses of all sizes and encourages people to put money back into their local community.

So, to save money on shopping, days out and experiences, trades, pet services, professional services, gyms, eating out, health & wellbeing, golf, hair & beauty, theme parks & attractions and luxury brands, sign up for your FREE BARC lifestyle card HERE!

ROKiT British F4 announces two-day 2024 Driver Test in October

The ROKiT F4 British Championship certified by FIA has announced a dedicated 2024 Driver Test to be held at Snetterton Circuit on 26-27 October, for drivers looking to enter the 2024 season.

The two-day event provides drivers the opportunity to sample British F4’s Generation 2 Tatuus chassis and build up test mileage around the Norfolk track’s 2.96-mile ‘300’ layout.

All of the championship’s leading teams have committed their attendance, allowing plentiful networking opportunities and first-hand insight, providing the next generation motorsport stars of the future with all the tools to plan their off season, in order maximise success of their 2024 season.

Drivers wishing to participate in the two-day test can contact teams currently registered to compete in the championship by clicking here.

Eve Lake-Grange, ROKiT British F4 Championship Manager said, “Creating opportunities and pathways into British F4 is a core part of the championship proposition.

“Last year, we ran this Driver Test for prospective 2023 season drivers and were overwhelmed for the demand it generated from drivers eager to understand first-hand about British F4 and the role it plays in delivering talent right up to Formula 1. The test offers potential 2024 season drivers the opportunity to get to grips with the latest generation British F4 car and meet each of the teams involved, all of whom are renowned for their success in the discipline.”

“The ROKiT British F4 2024 season starts here, and I am very excited to see the next cohort of talent embark on their single seater journeys.”

Ash Sutton, Tom Ingram & Rory Butcher triumph on BTCC’s return to Donington Park GP

The battle for supremacy in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship saw more twists and turns play out this past weekend (August 26/27) as Ash Sutton, Tom Ingram and Rory Butcher charged to victory at Donington Park. 

Entering the business end of the 2023 season, the UK’s premier motorsport series took centre stage on the Leicestershire venue’s GP layout for the first time in more than two decades – and the frenetic tin top action that followed didn’t disappoint. 

With every point proving to be crucial in deciding the destiny of this year’s title, qualifying on Saturday afternoon saw an almighty battle for pole position take place; with Sutton ultimately claiming bragging rights.

In what proved to be a ding-dong battle between the series’ leading title contenders, Sutton and Ingram spent a majority of the session trading fastest times before the NAPA Racing UK stamped his authority on proceedings to clinch his fifth pole of the year.

Had it not been for a slight lock-up on his final flying lap, Ingram could have clinched top spot however he settled for second ahead of Ricky Collard, Colin Turkington and Aron Taylor-Smith – who completed the top five.

Sutton made history in a wet opening encounter as he charged to an impressive ninth victory of the season, which in-turn saw him set a new record for the most wins in a single season in the current NGTC era.

Despite dropping to third on the opening lap, the Ford Focus driver took just two laps to power back into the lead and once out front, he paced the opposition to comfortably triumph ahead of a charging Jake Hill and Ingram. 

Reigning champion Ingram showed that he won’t be giving up his title without a fight however as he produced a battling performance to score victory in race two. 

Blasting away from third, the Hyundai driver wasted no time in muscling his way past Hill and then set off in pursuit of Sutton, making a brilliant pass on the run down to the Old Hairpin a few laps later.

Despite coming under pressure from Sutton in the subsequent laps, the 2022 champion got his head down and soon stretched his advantage to cruise to the top step of the podium. Behind, Sutton fended off the advances of Hill to clinch second.

Race three saw Toyota Gazoo Racing UK’s Butcher claim his first win of the season after long-time race leader Dan Lloyd endured heartbreak on the final lap, when a driveshaft snapped and sent him spinning out of contention.

Pole-sitter Lloyd had dealt with everything that was thrown at him in the reverse grid bout however with half a lap remaining, the Team HARD driver spun wildly into the gravel on the approach to McLean’s.

Lloyd’s despair was Butcher’s elation as he claimed a much-needed victory ahead of CarStore Power Maxed Racing’s Taylor-Smith – who was back on the podium for the first time in seven years – and Team BMW’s Adam Morgan.

Heading into the penultimate event of the season at the end of September, Sutton holds a 42-point advantage at the top of the Drivers’ Championship ahead of Ingram, with Hill, Turkington and Dan Cammish round out the top five. 

NAPA Racing UK continue their march at the summit of the Teams’ Championship, whilst BMW narrowly edge Ford in the battle for the Manufacturers’/Constructors’ title. 

Josh Cook and One Motorsport with Starline Racing remain close to retaining their respective Independent Drivers’ and Independent Teams’ crowns, whilst Andrew Watson sets the pace in the ultra-competitive Jack Sears Trophy. 

To view the full classification of results from all BTCC sessions at Donington Park, CLICK HERE.

The penultimate event of the 2023 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship will see Rounds 25, 26 & 27 play out around the Home of British Motor Racing, Silverstone, on September 23/24.

Title battles heat up on TOCA support bill at Donington Park GP

Donington Park provided a fitting backdrop for an unmissable feast of entertainment on the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship support bill this past weekend (August 26/27) as four championships wrote the latest chapter in their respective season-long stories. 

With the business end of the 2023 campaign rapidly drawing into sight, the legendary Grand Prix layout of the Leicestershire venue was the battleground for a pulsating two days of wheel-to-wheel action, all in front of a bumper trackside crowd.

Louis Sharp and Will Macintyre will head into the final round of the ROKiT F4 British Championship certified by FIA separated by just a single point following an action-packed penultimate meeting of the season.

On what proved to be a pivotal weekend for the single-seater series, Rodin Carlin’s Sharp kicked off proceedings with a commanding victory in the opening encounter before Dion Gowda triumphed in the the re-run Snetterton race from earlier in the year.

Deagen Fairclough underlined his credentials as being somewhat of a wet-weather specialist as he charged to victory in the reverse grid bout before Gabriel Still concluded a busy outing for the series by claiming his first-ever win of the campaign. 

Sharp and Macintyre will now head into the season finale – which takes place at Brands Hatch GP in early October – split by a single point and with it all to play for in the battle to be crowned the series’ next champion.

The Vertu Motors MINI CHALLENGE Trophy saw further twists and turns play out as Tom Ovenden maintained his advantage at the summit of the standings by charging onto the top step of the podium.

The tin top series was packed with frenetic door-to-door action as expected, with Alex Solley kicking things off with a superb win in race one before Nathan Edwards then claimed an emotional maiden victory in race two.

Ovenden – who had been in the mix from the get-go – started on the front row of the reverse grid contest and wasted no time in powering into a lead that he would ultimately hold until the red flag came out late on.

Adam Smalley edged closer to clinching the coveted Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain as he chalked up his third victory of the season in supreme style. 

The Duckhams Yuasa Racing with Team Parker driver – who is also the Porsche GB Junior driver – could do nothing to stop James Kellett from triumphing in the opening bout but was wheel-perfect in race two as he led home Will Martin and Kellett.

Concluding the action under the flightpath of East Midlands airport was a trio of races from the Porsche Sprint Challenge Great Britain, which made a triumphant return to the support bill after missing Knockhill. 

Century Motorsport’s Will Jenkins clinched pole position in a dry-to-wet qualifying and he made no mistake converting it into victory as he held off a charging Joe Warhurst in the weekend’s opening encounter.

Marc Warren then strengthened his position at the summit of the Amateur Category as he claimed an impressive pair of outright victories in his Raceway Motorsport machine.

To view the full classification of results from all sessions at Donington Park, CLICK HERE.

The Home of British Motor Racing, Silverstone, provides the penultimate stop on the calendar for the TOCA package on September 23/24, with the Avon Tyres Caterham Seven UK Championship poised to join the fray for a one-off appearance. 

Classic 2CV Racing Club concludes 2023 season in all weathers at Snetterton

The Classic 2CV Racing Club concluded its 2023 season in action-packed style this past weekend (August 25-27) with yet another memorable Citroen 2CV 24-Hour Race around the Snetterton 200 circuit. 

Renowned for being one of the most coveted events on the national motorsport calendar every year, this year’s edition of the day-long contest had everyone on the edge of their seats as the team of Slarky Malarky reigned supreme.

Pretty much every conceivable weather condition battered the circuit over the course of the race but that didn’t stop the squad of Neil Slark, Ian Slark, Alec Graham and Ryan Taylor from triumphing in superlative style.

At the wheel of their Mini Grande, the quartet qualified in fifth for the prestigious encounter but produced a masterful performance when the lights went out.

Leading the way on a handful of occasions in the early running, the team established a footing at the end of the tenth hour and from there they wouldn’t be unseated from top spot.

Completing a total of 734 laps, the Slarky Malarky foursome finished four laps clear of their nearest rivals – Misfits – to clinch a famous victory.

Leading the way in the 2CV ranks was the KT Racing trio of Kris Tovey, Peter Rundle and Louis Tyson; who served up a mesmerising drive to clinch third place overall.

Tovey arrived at Snetterton in the pound seat of the 2CV title battle and his teams commanding performance – which saw them finish 17 laps ahead of the next 2CV outfit – saw him claim the 2023 championship crown.

That wasn’t to be the only action from the Norfolk venue however as the Junior Saloon Car Championship wrote the latest chapter of its campaign with two blockbuster races that were won by Daire Flock and Cameron Pratt-Thompson.

Entering the business end of the season, the one-make category saw a little over half a second split Flock and Pratt-Thompson in both races as they battled for supremacy; picking up crucial points in the title fight along the way. 

Rounding out the captivating on-track thrills and spills on the 1.984-mile layout were a pair of races from the always entertaining Track Attack Race Club. 

Boasting an ultra-competitive grid, Paul Roddison – who is a previous winner of the coveted BARC President’s Cup – finally opened his account for the season in the series as he chalked up two commanding victories in his Volkswagen Scirocco.

To view the full classification of results from all sessions at Snetterton, CLICK HERE.

Croft all set for new-look Historic Race Weekend and Show

The new-look Croft Historic Race Weekend and Show will take place at Croft Circuit next weekend (2/3 September) and as ever, the event will be one of the highlights on the social calendar in the region.

The popular meeting at North Yorkshire’s premier racetrack has been an established fixture on the calendar for over a decade in the guise of both the Croft Nostalgia and Croft Retro meeting, but for 2023, the organisers have planned something a bit special to incorporate classic cars and vintage vehicles from the 1950s up to the 1980s for the first time.

On track, a series of races from the Historic Sports Car Club will take place including Historic Touring Cars where spectators can also see the likes of Mini Coopers, Ford Anglias, Lotus Cortinas and Ford Mustangs in action for saloon cars that were in production before 1966.

The Aurora Trophy, featuring powerful Formula 5000 and Formula 3 single-seaters built and raced between 1967 and 1979, will also race twice over the two days whilst the 70s Roadsports Championship will see road-legal production sports cars produced in the 1970s and provides a varied field with Porsches, Datsuns and MGs among other marques.

Classes for Historic Formula 3, Classic Formula Ford, Historic Formula Ford/2000 and Superkarts will also feature over the weekend along with Scottish Classic Sports and Saloons and the Guards Trophy with Pre ’66 GT cars and Pre ’69 sports racing cars with an international pedigree competing over a mini-enduro format of 60 minutes on Sunday afternoon.

There will be a series of track parades taking place throughout Sunday morning whilst away from the circuit, there will be around 600 vintage vehicles and classic cars of all makes, shapes and sizes on display for fans to get up close to.

The whole event is geared around something for all the family to enjoy on Sunday with live music, dancing, and entertainment ranging from the 1950s to the 1980s as well as FREE fairground rides, all of which is included in the admission ticket. People are encouraged to dress in period costume with prizes for the best.

Qualifying will begin on Saturday morning at 9.30am with the first of nine races starting at 13.42 with a further nine races on Sunday commencing at 9.30am also. Adult admission prices are £16 for Saturday and £21 for Sunday. All accompanied children aged 15 and under go free with parking and paddock access also free.

For further details and tickets, please visit or call 01325 721815.

BARC’ing Mad Podcast: Episode 6 – August 25th 2023

Episode 6 of the British Automobile Racing Club’s new-for-2023 podcast, BARC’ing Mad, is now live and available to listen to.

In partnership with BP Fleet Solutions UK, the fortnightly podcast – which is hosted by Alan Hyde and Ian Waterhouse – is packed with full-throttle news, reviews and captivating interviews.

The series’ sixth episode sees the hosts discuss the latest news and results from around the BARC with Event Manager David Wheadon before then speaking to two-time British Touring Car Champion John Cleland in an interview that is simply not to be missed.

BARC’ing Mad is available to listen to across all popular podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

You can also watch each episode via the Club’s official YouTube channel.