2020 Season Review: Carbon8 Hyundai Coupe Cup

Championship titles may not have been on offer but the spoils of race wins was more than enough to spark a fire in the Carbon8 Hyundai Coupe Cup this past season, with Mark Dicken ending the year as the most successful competitor.

Roaring into life several years ago, the Coupe Cup has made a name for itself a budget conscious, single-make category for first and second generation two-lite Hyundai Coupe machines.

Continuing to grow in stature each year, 2020 presented a unique campaign for the series but it underlined its popularity by producing mammoth grids and enthralling races, sometimes sharing the track with the Uncle Luke’s BARC Saloon Series.

Kicking off proceedings at Snetterton with a record-breaking 25-car grid, Dicken reigned supreme in both encounters around the Norfolk venue’s 300 layout, edging out Alex Cursely each time.

Mallory Park provided the next step on the calendar and it would see the roles reversed at the front of the field as Cursely this time came to the fore with a double-winning performance of his own.

Dicken cemented his status as the man to beat at Oulton Park, bringing the curtain down on a shortened yet memorable campaign by chalking up his third win of the year.

BARC produces plenty of thrills during Halloween race day at Oulton Park

The British Automobile Racing Club made it a Halloween to remember at Oulton Park this past Saturday (October 31) as it served up a thrilling day of racing.

Organised and run by the Club’s North West Centre, four championships descended on the Cheshire venue to battle challenging weather conditions as they capped off their 2020 campaigns.

In the Junior Saloon Car Championship, Alex Solley prevented Lewis Saunders from wrapping up the title after he produced a virtuoso performance by taking two wins. Saunders will now have to wait until this coming weekend (November 7/8) at Brands Hatch before getting a chance to make history.

Coming off the back of a sensational double-winning drive at Silverstone, Solley took centre stage and subsequently had an answer for every question that was asked of him across both races to close the gap in the standings and set up an intriguing title showdown.

The CNC Heads Sports/Saloon Car Championship – the flagship series of the Club’s North West Centre – didn’t disappoint either as a mighty 36-car grid went wheel-to-wheel across two pulsating contests.

Former champion Paul Rose underlined his credentials in the multi-class series in the opening encounter as he powered his Saker RAPX S1-500 to victory by less than a second over Paul Woolfitt.

Woolfitt and his trusty Lotus Exige would then come to the fore in race two as he stretched his legs on the opposition to build up a 15-second margin at the chequered flag, as well as lapping all the way up to fifth place.

Mark Dicken was the driver to beat in the Carbon8 Hyundai Coupe Cup, dominating the categories only race at the picturesque track to beat Alex Cursley by more than ten seconds.

Rounding out the Saturday action were three breathtaking contests from the British Superkarts Championship. Liam Morley, Lee Harpham and Tom Rushforth reigned supreme over the course of the day to share the spoils.

To view the full classification of results from all sessions, click here.

Oulton Park set for BARC tricks and treats this Halloween

Oulton Park is set for an abundance of tricks and treats this coming Saturday (October 31) as the British Automobile Racing Club aims to make it a Halloween to remember.

Organised and run by the Club’s North West Centre, the one-day meeting will see three of the Club’s championships take centre stage at the Cheshire venue for what will be a pivotal event on the 2020 schedule.

Titles will be decided in the CNC Heads Sports/Saloon Car Championship, the North West Centre’s flagship category, as they stage two contests around the challenging XX-mile Island layout.

Having raced at Cadwell Park, Donington Park and Oulton Park, the multi-class series which is home to an eclectic mixture of machinery of all shapes and sizes will put on one final show for those in attendance.

Leading the way in the overall standings is Jamie Cryer, who holds a 17-point advantage over the chasing duo of Guy Carter and Garry Wardle, both of whom are tied on points.

The Junior Saloon Car Championship has proven to be a smash-hit this year and Lewis Saunders finds himself in the box seat to become the first two-time champion in the series.

Entering the season as the hot favourite, the 2018 title winner underlined his superiority by winning the first ten races on the bounce, putting him within touching distance of the crown.

Bidding to ensure Saunders doesn’t wrap up the crown are a host of drivers, one of which is Alex Solley who ended Saunders’ winning streak last time out at Silverstone. Throw into the mix the likes of Charlie Hand, Benjamin Greenhill and Molly Dodd and you can see why the day’s two races will prove most intriguing.

Further tin top thrills and spills will come in the shape of the Carbon8 Hyundai Coupe Cup. The budget conscious, single-make series has boasted bumper grids this year and has seen some of the closest wheel-to-wheel action around.

Notable names to look out for include Wayne Rockett, Alex Cursley, Mark Dicken, Kevin Smiles and James Goodwin.

Alongside the cars, the British Superkarts Championship will be in action clocking frenetic speeds mere inches from the tarmac.

To find out more information on this weekend’s event, such as the timetable and entry list, click here.

BARC serves up sensational Sunday of racing at Mallory Park

Mallory Park played host to a memorable day of British Automobile Racing Club track action this past Sunday (October 11) as four championships served up a feast of entertainment.

Visiting the Leicestershire venue for the final time this season, the Club crowned a champion in one category and saw the battle for supremacy intensify across a host of others.

The 2CV Parts.com Classic Racing Championship brought the curtain down on its short three-round campaign in style, serving up two pulsating races around the challenging 1.35-mile circuit.

Alec Graham pieced together a consistent race day to wrap up the 2020 crown whilst outgoing champion Pete Sparrow underlined his credentials as one of the great racers to compete in the series as he topped the rostrum in each contest.

In the Kumho BMW Championship, James Card claimed a commanding double win to further strengthen his title challenge. Piloting his trusty E46 M3, Card showcased sensational pace to get the better of Jason West in both bouts.

Sharing the grid with the Kumho BMW Championship over the course of the day was the Uncle Luke’s BARC Saloons Series. At the wheel of his monstrous Ford Escort RS2000, Paul Nevill emerged as the driver to beat in the category to triumph in his class twice.

Alex Cursley proved too much for the opposition in the Carbon8 Hyundai Coupe Cup as he powered his way to an impressive brace of victories. Cursely narrowly edged out Kevin Smiles in the opening encounter before repeating the feat in race two, this time ahead of Mark Dickens.

Capping off the day’s action at Mallory Park were two races from the Historic F3 Championship, both of which were won by Ian Bankhurst.

To view the full classification of results from Sunday’s race day, click here.

BARC heads back to Mallory Park for Sunday spectacular

The British Automobile Racing Club will make its second and final visit to Mallory Park of the 2020 campaign this coming Sunday (October 11), with four championships all keen to make their mark in front of what is expected to be a bumper crowd.

Serving up a feast of entertainment at the Leicestershire venue back in late August, further thrills and spills are expected to have fans on the edge of their seats once more.

Headlining the day’s action will be two races from the 2CV Parts.com Classic Racing Championship. Bringing the curtain down on its season, the much-loved one-make series will take centre stage for its title-decider.

Coming off the back of events at Cadwell Park and Snetterton, Alec Graham finds himself in the box seat to be crowned champion however things are far from guaranteed. Holding a 12-point advantage at the standings summit, Graham will be keen to wrap up the title as quickly as possible.

Aiming to overhaul Graham’s slender advantage is Sandro Proietti and when you throw into the mix the likes of former champion Lien Davies, Nick Crispin, Mick Storey and Luca Proietti, the fight for supremacy could go in any direction.

Steeped in a rich history, the Kumho BMW Championship has dazzled down the years and the multi-class category will look to continue doing just that this weekend as it resumes its 2020 campaign.

Open to all manner of models that have been built by the Bavarian manufacturer, the Kumho BMW contingent have delivered a string of sensational wheel-to-wheel battles this year already; with the likes of James Card, Niall Bradley and Brad Sheehan will undoubtedly be in the mix.

Sunday will also see the Kumho BMW Championship joined by the BARC Saloon Series, as the two join forces to form one bumper grid.

Elsewhere, the Hyundai Coupe Cup has once again proven to be a smash-hit this year. Roaring into life a few years ago, the Coupe Cup is a budget conscious, single-make category for first and second generation two-lite Hyundai Coupe machines.

Notable names to look out for at Mallory Park across the categories two encounters include  Alex Cursley, Wayne Rockett, Mark Dicken and Kevin Smiles – to name but a few.

Rounding out the day’s action will be a pair of races from the Historic F3 Championship.

To view more information on Sunday’s race day at Mallory Park, including where to follow live timing and to view the event timetable, click here.

BARC publishes COVID-19 guidelines for Competitors and Officials

With the restart to racing in the UK now well underway the British Automobile Racing Club has updated its guidelines on how events will be run for both Competitors and Officials.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is necessary to adjust some of our practices and procedures in order to satisfy the requirements laid down by the government and most importantly to provide the safest environment possible for everyone involved.

In line with the guidance provided by Motorsport UK, the BARC will operate their race meetings as follows:-

BARC Competitors Guidance – CLICK HERE

BARC Officials Guidance – CLICK HERE

These guidelines have been put in place with the well-being of staff, competitors, officials and all potential visitors to our venues and events remaining at the forefront of our considerations at all times.

As it stands, all race meetings and events remain provisional and subject to change in accordance with the latest directives from the UK government.

To view the remaining post-lockdown 2021 events schedule, head to https://www.barc.net/events/.

Snetterton primed for 2CV Racing 24-hour spectacle

The 2CV Parts.com Classic Racing Championship will headline the British Automobile Racing Club’s late summer visit to Snetterton this coming weekend (August 28/29/30) for its yearly 24-hour race.

In what is one of the standout events on the Club motorsport calendar, the Norfolk venue will play host to a blockbuster three days of track action with several other categories all in action too.

Traditionally run as the series finale for the much-loved single-make championship, revisions to the 2020 calendar due to the coronavirus pandemic has meant that the annual 24-hour encounter will serve as the second event of a condensed schedule.

Roaring into life at Cadwell Park at the start of July, Alec Graham and Luca Proietti shared the spoils across two frenetic encounters but that was only half the story of what proved to be an enthralling spectacle.

Boasting a bumper entry list of not only competitors in the UK series but also in mainland Europe, this weekend’s 24-hour race is set to have pulses racing from start to finish and its anybody’s to win.

Prior to the 2CV Racing Championship taking centre stage at Snetterton, several other BARC categories will continue their campaigns including the Caterham Graduates Championship.

Serving up plenty of entertainment already this year, the one-make series is bigger and better than ever this year and is renowned for producing exhilarating wheel-to-wheel action. Notable names to keep an eye on over the course of the weekend include Andrew Whitton, Kevin Barrett and Barry White – amongst a host of others.

The Kumho BMW Championship will be back in action as well, with two races scheduled to take place. Home to all manner of models that have been produced by the Bavarian manufacturer, rear-wheel-drive rules the roost and is a sight to behold across all classes.

James Card emerged as the man to beat at the Brands Hatch curtain-raiser and the E36 M3 driver will be hard to beat once again, however a host of contenders will undoubtedly not make it easy for Card to remain unbeaten.

Further tin top thrills and spills will be provided by the Hyundai Coupe Cup and BARC Saloon Series – both of which will amalgamate together to form one grid. Providing a low-cost means of going racing, each series has enjoyed great success in recent years and that trend will surely continue into this weekend.

Rounding out the action around the 200 layout of Snetterton will be a handful of races from the British Superkarts Championship.

To find out more information on this weekend’s race meeting at Snetterton, including links to live timing and the event timetable, click here.

BARC announces revised provisional 2020 calendar for remainder of the year

The British Automobile Racing Club can today (June 22) reveal its revised provisional calendar for the remainder 2020; kicking off on July 4/5 and running right the way through until November 22.

Following on from the suspension of UK motorsport in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Club has worked tirelessly to put together a calendar with the dates available that will suit each individual championship.

Unfortunately, both the British Hillclimb Championship and BARC Connaught Speed Championship have elected to cancel their 2020 campaigns, with the focus now on 2021.

To view the full revised list of 2020 British Automobile Racing Club race meetings, CLICK HERE.

All dates remain provisional and subject to change in line with the current and ever-evolving government guidelines. Spectators are currently not permitted to attend events at this moment in time.

Those wishing to enter a race meeting can do so via the BARC Competitor Entry System.

For those that do not have a Username to access the BARC Competitor Entry System or if you have a general enquiry, please contact BARC Competitors secretary David Wheadon via 01264 882209 or dwheadon@barc.net.

Guidelines for Competitors and Officials have also been published in relation to how BARC race meetings will operate moving forward. They can be viewed by heading to https://www.barc.net/barc-publishes-covid-19-guidelines-for-competitors-and-officials/ 

Tickets on sale for prestigious BARC Championship Awards Evening in February

Champions, marshals and officials are set to be honoured at the British Automobile Racing Club’s annual Championship Awards Evening on Saturday 8th February 2020, with the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth confirmed to once again host the prestigious event.

Celebrating the 2019 season in fine style, 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 another unforgettable night.

Whilst those who emerged victorious from their respective categories over the course of the season will take centre stage, several other ‘secret’ awards will be handed out during the evening as well – adding further excitement to the spectacle.

Hosted by Alan Hyde, the star-studded evening is set to include a three-course dinner and raffle in addition to the customary trophy presentation. Entertainment will come in the shape of popular cover band ‘The Torn Off Strips’.

Tickets for the BARC Championship Awards Evening are priced at £75.00 for BARC Members whilst £85.00 for Non-Members. Click HERE to view and complete the ticket booking form.

For more information regarding the event, please contact: Mandy Curley, BARC Ltd, Thruxton Circuit, Andover, Hants SP11 8PN | Tel: 01264 882202 (direct) | Fax: 01264 882233 | Email: mcurley@barc.net

A limited number of rooms have been allocated at Chesford Grange Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis at Double £112 per room and Single £98 per room.

Once allocation has gone, the full rate may be charged. To book and pre pay for your accommodation with the hotel’s central reservations line, contact 0845 074 0060 and quote ‘BARC event’.

BARC signs off 2019 season in spectacular style at Brands Hatch

The British Automobile Racing Club set pulses racing for one final time in 2019 this past weekend (November 9/10) as it brought the curtain down on a memorable year of track action at Brands Hatch, with several championships taking centre centre.

In what has been another action-packed season of top-draw motorsport from the Club’s categories, the famous Kent venue provided a fitting backdrop to end a pulsating campaign which began back in March.

Going wheel-to-wheel into the night, the Dunlop Endurance Championship had fans on the captivated from start-to-finish as a bumper grid of eye-catching cars went wheel-to-wheel around the challenging Indy circuit.

On its eagerly-anticipated debut, the Brabham B62 was a success straight out of the blocks as David Brabham and Will Powell stormed to victory in the opening encounter of the weekend. Mechanical issues would unfortunately cost them a chance of repeating the feat in race two.

Instead, spoils fell the way of Mike Moss and Ollie Hancock in their BMW 1M – the pair exerting their dominance to lap almost the entire field and take the chequered flag by more than 30 seconds in the end.

James Taylor took a clean sweep of victories to be crowned the Ginetta Junior Winters Series champion. Heading an ultra-competitive entry list of teenage racers, Taylor asserted his dominance across both days to lift the coveted title.

Powering his way to pole position on Saturday, the Elite Motorsport driver tallied a pair of race wins to hold the overnight lead in the points. On Sunday, two more wins were added to his record, guaranteeing him the highly sought after crown.

There were similar levels of dominance in the Carbon8 Hyundai Coupe Cup too as Wayne Rockett was perfection personified, taking a brace of wins. Having won ten of the 12 races that had been staged heading into the weekend, Rockett lived up to his mantel of being the driver to beat.

Setting an impressive time during qualifying, the multiple race-winner cemented his status as the most successful driver in the series for 2019 with a pair of spellbinding performances.

The Distrigo Parts Distribution Citroen C1 Challenge delivered two hours of enthralling action on Sunday, culminating in the MSAR Old Hat Motorsport duo of Daniel Bruce and Callum Hutchings taking victory by little over nine seconds.

Niall Bradley and Rod Birley were the winners of the weekend’s two CMMC Tin Tops & Amusetime Production Saloons races whilst Colin Peacock rounded the list of race winners, claiming a sensational hat-trick in the Dunlop Mini Se7en & Mini Miglia Championship.

To view the full classification of results from the weekend’s action at Brands Hatch, click here.

BARC to bring the curtain down on 2019 season at Brands Hatch

The British Automobile Racing Club is set to race into the night and into the off-season at Brands Hatch this weekend (November 9/10) as the famous Kent venue plays host to the final race meeting of 2019.

In what has been another blockbuster year for the Club – which has seen countless events at circuits around the country – the curtain will fall on the 2019 campaign in what is being predicted to be enthralling style.

Taking centre stage with two long-distance races around the Indy layout will be the Dunlop Endurance Championship. With the overall title still to be settled, the Ferrari 488 Challenge duo of Paul Bailey and Andy Schulz find themselves in the pound seat and on the cusp of the glory.

However, before they can savour the spoils of a season-long title challenge, the pair will have to fend off the advances of the chasing pack across two enthralling encounters that will continue into darkness.

Following what has been a historic year, the Distrigo Parts Distribution Citroen C1 Challenge will draw to a close for another year with a bumper entry list revved up for its two-hour finale.

After setting a new British record at Silverstone for the largest-ever starting grid back in April, the popular one-make series has proven to be a smash-hit once again – with more excitement destined to play out over the course of the weekend.

Wayne Rockett has been the cream of the crop in the Carbon8 Hyundai Coupe Cup this year, winning ten of the 12 scheduled races so far, and he is looking to add two more to his tally during the weekend.

Enjoying another action-packed year, an ultra-competitive grid has gone wheel-to-wheel from the get-go and expect a host of drivers to challenge Rockett all the way to the final lap of the season.

Ginetta will end its season on a high with its Junior Winter Series; the annual end-of-season spectacular that has become renowned as a proving ground for the stars of the following season.

With the last seven Winter Series champions having gone on to finish in the top two in the main championship the next year, the competition is fierce and this year’s entry list boasts a host of potential winners.

Amongst those to look out for include James Taylor, Josh Rattican, Joel Pearson, Bailey Voisin, Aston Millar and Ben Kasperczak – in addition to a host of others.

Rounding out the weekend’s on-track entertainment will be races from the Dunlop Winter Mini Challenge supported by Mini Spares and a string of Open Tin Top encounters.

To find out more information on this weekend’s race meeting, including the event timetable and live timing, click here.

Action-packed Anglesey race day sets pulses racing

The Caterham Graduates Championship and Carbon8 Hyundai Coupe Cup continued to head towards the climax of their respective 2019 campaigns this past Saturday (September 7) as the British Automobile Racing Club starred at Anglesey.

On what proved to be a scintillating day of on-track action around the picturesque Welsh venue, an exciting six-race schedule kept fans captivated from start-to-finish – with both categories taking centre stage.

Samuel Wilson extended his advantage in the Caterham Graduates Championship SigMax class as he powered his way to a brace of victories.

Starting from pole position in both encounters, Wilson converted his front row start into a pair of commanding performances – leading from lights-to-flag with relative ease whilst Stephen Clark and Jamie Winrow followed behind.

The amalgamated Classic / Mega / Sigma races saw a double-winning performance from Luke Balmforth, who like Wilson produced a near-perfect display to reigns supreme.

Barry White enjoyed a competitive showing as he clinched a pair of podium finishes whilst Andrew Johnson and Mark Roberts also travelled home with silverware.

Bringing a close to the day’s action was two races from the Carbon8 Hyundai Coupe Cup where Wayne Rockett and Mark Dicken emerged as the leading lights.

Having been the benchmark driver for a majority of the season, Rockett added yet another victory to his already impressive tally in race two, making him the most successful driver in the series for 2019.

Before Rockett clinched victory, Dicken made his mark on the one-make series as he swept his way to his first win of the season.

To view the full classification of results from all sessions at Anglesey, click here.

The Caterham Graduates Championship will bring the curtain down on its campaign at Cadwell Park on October 5/6 whilst the Carbon8 Hynudai Coupe Cup will also be in action on that same weekend.