All-action TOCA support championships star at Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch provided the backdrop to a thrilling two days of TOCA support championship action this past weekend (May 6/7) as four categories served up an abundance of edge-of-the-seat entertainment on the Indy circuit.

Taking centre stage alongside the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at the Kent venue, a bumper trackside crowd – as well as many more watching on ITV4 – were treated to a feast of thrills and spills in contrasting weather conditions. 

One of the undoubted highlights of the weekend proved to be debut of the Legends Cars Elite Cup with JLM; however it wasn’t to be without its fair share of drama as both Saturday and Sunday’s grand finals were hampered by multi-car accidents. 

In the remaining races that did take place, Jack Parker – who was filling in for the injured John Mickel – blasted his way to a brace of wins whilst there were also victories for Will Gibson, Miles Rudman and Robert Barrable. 

Three new faces stood on the top step of the podium in the ROKiT F4 British Championship certified by FIA over the course of the weekend however that didn’t stop Louis Sharp from extending his advantage in the points standings. 

The weekend’s opening contest – which took place in damp conditions – saw Kenato Le capitalise on a frantic front-running battle to score victory before Dion Gowda came to the fore to win a much drier race two on Sunday, inheriting the win from Deagen Fairclough who was penalised for gaining an unfair advantage.

Fortec Motorsport’s James Higgins then produced a commanding lights-to-flag victory in the weekend’s third and final contest to vault himself into second in the standings and more importantly, title contention.

Spoils were shared in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB as Robert de Haan and James Kellett claimed a win apiece on Sunday. 

In what is proving to be a sensational rookie campaign, Richardson Racing’s de Haan reigned supreme in a pulsating opener and then had looked to have repeated the feat in race two before he was hit with a post-race penalty, which gave Kellett a maiden win in the one-make series.

Rounding out the weekend’s support race action were three high-octane races from the Vertu Motors MINI CHALLENGE JCW, won by Dan Zelos and Will Orton. 

EXCELR8 Motorsport’s Zelos didn’t put a wheel wrong in Saturday’s opener to master the wet conditions and take victory. However, he could do nothing to stop Orton the following day as the Hybrid Tune driver produced a virtuoso display out front to take a brace of race wins.

To view the full classification of results from all TOCA support sessions at Brands Hatch, CLICK HERE.

Both the Hagerty Radical Cup UK and Porsche Sprint Challenge GB will feature alongside the ROKiT F4 British Championship certified by FIA and Vertu Motors MINI CHALLENGE JCW when the BTCC support bill competes next at Snetterton 300 on May 20/21.

Legends Cars Elite Cup ready to make BTCC support bill bow

Legends Cars are poised to kick off an exciting new era this weekend (May 6/7) as the hotly-anticipated Legends Cars Elite Cup with JLM debuts on the support bill of the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch – with a grid of well over 30 entrants already confirmed.

Set to deliver the same unmissable, full-throttle action that the sister Legends Cars Championship has produced for almost three decades, the Elite Cup is set to put the 5/8 scale series in front of its biggest-ever audience in Kent this weekend.

In addition to competing – three times on Saturday and a further three times on Sunday – in front of tens of thousands of spectators, the Elite Cup will also benefit from amazing exposure via ITV4 with some of the day two action set to be broadcast on live television.

Announced more than five months ago, the series will take centre stage alongside the BTCC – the UK’s premier motorsport series – at three race meetings over the course of the 2023; starting this weekend at Brands Hatch before moving on to Croft and Knockhill in the coming months.

Headlining the entry, which currently sits at 33 registrations, includes multiple champion Miles Rudman, current Legends Cars Championship points leader Will Gibson and Jack Parker – who is stepping in to replace the sidelined John Mickel.

Other notable names to look out for amidst the stacked grid is Mark Higgins, Andy Bird, Chris Needham, Matt Isherwood, Marcus Pett and Mike Schlup, among many others.

“After months of preparing and planning here we are, the start of the all-new Legends Cars Elite Cup with JLM,” said Phil Cooper, Legends Cars Elite Cup Owner.

“It’s a landmark moment in the long history of Legends Cars here in the UK, to be part of the BTCC package is absolutely incredible and I know I speak for the drivers and teams as well when I say we’re all looking forward to putting on a first class show for the fans at home and trackside.

“We believe our style of racing is tailor-made for the fans of the BTCC, and so a perfect fit for the touring car weekends, and we’re delighted to have this opportunity as part of the biggest motor racing package in the country. 

“I’m very confident we’ll have a good number of new Legends Cars fans by the end of the weekend at Brands!”

BARC delivers Cadwell Park cracker of a weekend

The British Automobile Racing Club enjoyed a bumper two days of wheel-to-wheel entertainment at Cadwell Park this past weekend (April 15/16) as a further seven championships lifted the curtain on their 2023 campaigns. 

On what was the first of two visits to the popular Lincolnshire venue this year – the second coming in late July – the Club staged no less than 23 races across Saturday and Sunday, with each of them putting fans on the edge of their seats.

Renowned for producing its fair share of full-throttle thrills, one of the weekend’s headline acts came in the shape of the 5/8 scale pocket rockets that make up the Legends Cars Championship with MRF Tyres.

Serving up six breathtaking races, last year’s series runner-up Will Gibson kicked off proceedings with victory in the opener before Andy Bird and Marcus Pett chalked up two wins apiece. Matthew Isherwood then concluded the action with a win in the finale.

The Junior Saloon Car Championship blasted into life for another season with a 26-car grid of 14 to 17-year-old racers all eager to kick-start their burgeoning motorsport careers.

Boasting an entry list of both second-year drivers and rookies, the one-make category delivered a pair of blockbuster encounters, with the spoils being shared between Oskar Dix and Daire Flock.

In the North West Centre’s CNC Heads Sports/Saloon Car Championship, Andrew Southcott enjoyed a winning start to the new season by comfortabley romping to a brace of victories.

At the wheel of his MG Midget Lenham, Southcott topped the times in qualifying and then didn’t look back when the lights went out; leading home the duo of Roddie Paterson and reigning champion Jamie Cryer by sizeable margins in both races.

Kris Tovey made a flying start to the Championship as he opened his account for the year with two superlative wins. Despite missing out on pole position in qualifying, Tovey made no mistake in the races as he powered clear of the opposition.

Behind him, defending champion David O’Keeffe, Nick Crispin and Lucas Proietti all scored podiums – setting up an exciting remainder of the season.

Novice racers beginning their journey’s in the sport put on a show across two Adrian Flux Insurance Caterham Academy races. Adam Kene narrowly pipped Matt Kirland in the White race before Callum McIntyre triumphed in the Green bout.

Cadwell Park also marked the dawn of a new era for the Track Attack Race Club as they ran under the BARC banner for the first time in its illustrious history. Encompassing all saloons, coupes and sports cars, the budget-conscious category kicked off the year with Andrew Neal guiding his Peugeot 106 to back-to-back race wins.

Another new championship to debut over the course of the weekend was the MINI CHALLENGE Clubsport with Airtec Motorsport; a one-make series designed to provide a first step on the racing ladder for entry level club racers.

Stephen Berry, Zac Blackwell and Freddy Hewitt proved to be the cream of the crop across the weekend’s three contests however despite their best efforts, Blackwell and Hewitt couldn’t stop Berry from taking a clean sweep of victories. 

miniRounding out the weekend’s bumper programme were four frenetic contests from the British Superkart Racing Club, all of which were won by the dominant Matt Robinson.

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

JLM Lubricants align with Legends Cars Elite Cup

The Legends Cars Elite Cup has been given a welcome boost with the confirmation that JLM Lubricants will sponsor the category’s television coverage and become the exclusive race fuel cleansing additive supplier.

Launched this year, the Elite Cup will form part of three high-profile British Touring Car Championship events during the 2023 season – at Brands Hatch, Croft and Knockhill. 

As a part of featuring on the BTCC support package, the Elite Cup will benefit from incredible live exposure on ITV4 and the website. 

Launched in 2010, JLM Lubricants has become synonymous for designing, developing and manufacturing a vast range of premium products which include fuel additives and technical lubricants which are used around the world.

The agreements have been brokered by long-standing Legends competitor Mike Schlup, the UK distributor for JLM Lubricants through his Kalimex Ltd business. 

Phil Cooper, Legends Cars Elite Cup with JLM Owner, said: “It’s fantastic news to have the support of JLM Lubricants as our television sponsor for the Legends Cars Elite Cup with JLM and also as our new race fuel additive supplier. 

It’s going to be an incredible year for Legends Cars racing in the UK, to appear at three BTCC events with our new Elite Cup and have the benefit of first-class live television on ITV4 really is something very special indeed.

“I’m extremely grateful to Mike Schlup for his hard work in putting together this deal with JLM, Mike has been an integral part of the Legends family for many years and, along with his very talented son Oli, will be part of not only the Elite Cup, but also the Legends Cars Championship with MRF Tyres. We can’t wait to get the racing underway!”

“I’m a massive fan of the Legends Cars so supporting these racers will enable us to really go all out and amplify the profile of the JLM brand in the UK,” added Mike Sclup, Kalimex Managing Director. It’s a partnership that complements our brand values too, given JLM products are all about pushing the limits of performance and delivering the best results.

“We know that our customer base of technicians and motorists will be happy to see the JLM brand in action, supporting British motorsport. I’m also proud to announce that JLM additives will be used as part of the official Legends Cars race fuel blend to help reduce harmful emissions and protect the race engines.

“We’re really taking the JLM brand into the heart of the audience by raising awareness of the brand and what it stands for. Motorists and mechanics alike can give their vehicles a race ready treat with a comprehensive range of JLM additives including Emissions Reduction Treatments and GDI cleaners, plus world class leading diesel and DPF cleaning products. 

“JLM’s range of trade trusted products help to reduce emissions and improve performance which can only be a good thing.”

UK Legends confirms first 20 drivers for dual season

The Legends Cars National Championship has announced its first batch of entries for what is shaping up to be one of the biggest seasons in the series’ illustrious history.

This year will see fans witness not only the Legends Cars National Championship with MRF Tyres but also the the brand-new Legends Cars Elite Cup – which will support the British Touring Car Championship.

Headlining the entry for both categories are last year’s Vice-Champion Will Gibson and five-time champion John Mickel, who finished the 2022 campaign in third place overall.

Joining them will be Marcus Pett – who ended last season in fourth place – as well as Rookie Cup champion Ben Higgins, who will embark on his sophomore year in the popular series. His chief challengers from last year Oli Schlup and Luke Simmons will also join him on the grid.

Schlup’s father Mike, a very familiar face in Legends Cars over many years, is also confirmed for the main championship and the Elite Cup as is race winner Nick Bridgeman and fellow category regular Nathan Anthony, the latter of course piloting his ever-popular Se-Van.

Charlie Budd will look to build on his impressive second year in the series whilst former Grand Prix Midget National and World Champion Daniel Pooley is set for his second Legends season.

Other notable entries so far include James Newbery, former Rookie title winner Andy Bird, Matt Isherwood and racing brothers Kieran Beaty and Mark Beaty. In terms of early ‘Team Car’ entries, Chris Need and Gareth Sheridan will once again share their No.99 machine whilst Florian Robin and Eduardo Gago will also share driving duties.

Phil Cooper, Legends Cars Championship Owner, said: “We’re all incredibly excited for the 2023 season and delighted to announce the first 20 drivers for the coming year’s racing. It’s great so many drivers are committing to both the 24-race Legends Cars Championship with MRF Tyres and the new Legends Cars Elite Cup which will be contested over 18 races at three of the UK’s biggest race meetings, alongside the BTCC.

“With Will [Gibson], John [Mickel] and Marcus [Pett], three of our top four from last season, all confirmed, we know the quality of action will be as spectacular as ever. As always, the strength in depth of Legends Cars racing – added to the unpredictability of the action with our fantastic and very unique format – means 2023 is going to be another incredible year.”

The opening rounds of the Legends Cars National Championship with MRF Tyres will take place at Cadwell Park on April 15/16 whilst the Legends Cars Elite Cup will begin at Brands Hatch on May 6/7.

Legends Cars Championship set for exciting evolution in 2023

The Legends Cars Championship is poised for an exciting 2023 season following confirmation that there will be two standalone championships for next season – covering a planned eight events.

Headed by the highlight three-weekend support slot alongside the British Touring Car Championship, the 5/8 scale series will also be racing as part of a separate five event championship which itself features some outstanding race meetings.

The six round championship will appear alongside the BTCC at Brands Hatch Indy on May 6/7 and Croft on July 29/30 before culminating north of the border at Knockhill on August 12/13.

In the second Legends Championship campaign, Cadwell Park will provide the backdrop for the curtain-raiser before trips to Brands Hatch Indy and a yet to be confirmed destination in September. The championship will then conclude at Snetterton and Brands Hatch Indy.

Phil Cooper, Legends Cars Championship Owner, said: “We’re delighted to be able to reveal our calendar for 2023, the September race meeting should be confirmed in due course, and obviously very excited to officially announce the plan to run as two distinct championships for the new season. 

“With the three race meetings alongside the BTCC next year, it made absolute sense to us for those to be a standalone six-round Legends Championship.

“Now, we can also confirm what will be either a nine or 10 round Legends Cars Championship across five other events which will comprise some of the big race meetings our competitors have come to expect, the American Speedfest and the season finale with the Trucks. 

“It’s great to be returning to race at Cadwell with BARC for the first two rounds and we’re excited to be racing with MSVR at Snetterton as well. All in all we feel we have a fantastic offering next year for drivers, teams and, of course, the race fans!”

2023 Legends Cars ‘BTCC’ Championship Calendar:
Rounds 1 & 2 – Brands Hatch Indy – May 6/7
Rounds 3 & 4 – Croft – July 29/30
Rounds 5 & 6 – Knockhill – August 12/13

2023 Legends Cars Championship Calendar:

Cadwell Park – April 15/16
Brands Hatch Indy – June 17/18
TBC – September
Snetterton – October 7/8
Brands Hatch Indy – November 4/5

BARC makes a splash as titles are decided at Brands Hatch

The British Automobile Racing Club took centre stage at Brands Hatch this past weekend (November 5/6) for an action-packed two days of wet racing which culminated in champions being crowned across a number of different championships.

In front of a sell-out trackside crowd, fireworks flew both on and off the Indy circuit as title battles went down to the wire in what were at times challenging conditions.

Headlining the action were five colossal contests from the British Truck Racing Championship, where everything was very much all to play for across both Division 1 and Division 2. 

As has been the case for the past six years, the destiny of the Division 1 title went the way of Ryan Smith. Proving to be the cream of the crop in the series’ premier class, the MAN Truck driver converted his healthy points advantage into championship glory. 

Pole position in qualifying was followed up by three commanding victories, all of which were enough to secure him the coveted title. Wins also fell the way of hometown hero Steven Powell and Craig Reid – who concluded his maiden season in the category with a first win. 

The battle for supremacy in Division 2 went down to the wire as Luke Garrett narrowly pipped Brad Smith to the title. In what was a captivating back-and-forth duel for the top prize, two wins and a third proved to be enough for Garrett to recapture the title he last won in 2019.

Smith would secure a win of his own in the finale however that, along with a handful of other strong results, still wasn’t sufficient for him to overhaul Garrett. Arguably one of the standout performers during the weekend was Jock Borthwick, who mastered the wet conditions to perfection to clinch pole position and two commanding race wins. 

The Legends Cars National Championship saw one of its closest-ever finishes as Miles Rudman successfully retained his title to be crowned a three-time champion. 

Bringing the curtain down on a mesmerising battle, Britain’s much-loved 5/8 scale racing machines had fans on the edge-of-their-seats as Rudman and Will Gibson went wheel-to-wheel for the title. 

Despite enduring a rollercoaster time at the Kent track, victory and two further podium finishes proved to be the difference for Rudman to triumph. Gibson managed to score an emphatic hat-trick of wins whilst Rickie Leggatt and Ryan McLeish also ascended to the top step of the podium over the course of the weekend.

Third and tenth place finishes proved to be enough for Reece Jones to clinch the Pickup Truck Racing Championship for the first time. Entering the weekend sitting second in the standings, the absence of outgoing champion George Turiccki meant that Jones was in the box seat ahead of Sunday’s two races. 

Producing two measured drivers, Jones shadowed Matt Simpson and Mark Willis to the chequered flag in race one before banking enough points in race two to wrap things up. Simpson – who has made sporadic appearances during the course of the year – scored victory in both bouts. 

Nelson King capped off a superb year in the Quaife MINI CHALLENGE Trophy by wrapping up the overall title with a double win. Judging the wet conditions to perfection, the Graves Motorsport chalked up his 10th and 11th victories of the season in commanding style. 

King nearly made it clean sweep too after narrowly missing out on victory in race three. With the championship in the bag, the new champion finished just over half a second behind Lee Pearce, who scooped the final win of the campaign on Sunday afternoon.

Rounding out the weekend’s track action were three sensational bouts from the Mini 7 Racing Club Winter Championship where Jeff Smith and Rupert Deeth enjoyed a share of the spoils.

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

Legends Cars Championship secure three-event BTCC support slot for 2023

The Legends Cars Championship is poised to embark on a ground-breaking new era next year after confirming it has secured a spot on the British Touring Car Championship support bill for 2023. 

Britain’s renowned 5/8 scale pocket rockets will stage six rounds across three of the BTCC’s high-profile events, taking centre stage in front of the biggest motor racing audience in the UK.

Appearing at Brands Hatch on May 6/7, the fast-paced one-make series will then run at back-to-back race meetings during mid-season – firstly at Croft on July 29/30 before moving on to Knockhill on August 12/13.

Phil Cooper, Legends Cars Championship Owner, said: “Announcements don’t come any bigger than this in the world of Legends Cars racing, we are absolutely elated with the developments for 2023 which will undoubtedly take our category onto another level. We’ve been working hard for some time on the plans which we’re now able to confirm. 

“The opportunity to run alongside the British Touring Car Championship at three events next year, six rounds of Legends racing, is incredible and something I know our drivers and teams are going to make the most of. For a very long time people have said to us we ought to be racing with the BTCC – next year I am delighted to say we will be!”

Alan Gow, BTCC Chief Executive, added: “Legends Cars provides incredibly entertaining racing with their short, sharp, action-packed format. So, I’m sure they will very quickly prove to be a huge hit with our spectators and TV audiences when they appear at our Brands (Indy), Croft and Knockhill events.”

Further news in regard to the fuller 2023 Legends Cars Championship season will be announced in due course. 

BARC championships delivers spectacular Snetterton show

The British Automobile Racing Club produced a blockbuster two days of wheel-to-wheel entertainment at Snetterton this past weekend (September 17/18), with six different categories writing the latest chapter in their 2022 campaigns.

On what proved to be a weekend to remember on the 300 layout of the Norfolk venue, a bumper crowd flocked trackside to witness a sensational 26-race programme where the battle for supremacy had everyone on the edge of their seats. 

Whilst the on-track action took centre stage, the event also saw competitors, officials and spectators come together to pay their respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on September 8. 

Two minute silences were impeccably observed across both Saturday and Sunday, with all competing cars and trucks running tributes as well as officials and marshals wearing black armbands. 

There were twists and turns in the British Truck Racing Championship as the fight to be crowned champion intensified, with five colossal contests marking the start of the title run-in.

Division 1 saw Stuart Oliver make serious inroads towards the summit of the standings as he claimed a hat-trick of wins. Bouncing back from a heavy crash at Donington Park, the Volvo VNL driver dominated races one and two before then charging to victory in race five.

Championship leader Ryan Smith endured a rollercoaster weekend as he took to the track in a brand-new truck, having only had six days to build and prepare it; victory in race four would be his reward before he non-scored in the final bout. The remaining race fell the way of Richard Collett, who scored a popular first win of the season.

In Division 2, Luke Garrett endured his own mechanical dramas but still managed to score a pair of wins whilst Brad Smith, John Bowler and Jock Borthwick also visited the top step of the podium.

Miles Rudman and Will Gibson were the big winners in the Legends Cars National Championship as they each triumphed twice. Gibson was the driver to beat on Saturday before series leader Rudman came to the fore the following day – with the second of his two wins being his 50th in the one-make series. 

Matthew Isherwood chalked up his second-ever victory in Saturday’s final whilst Sunday’s finale fell the way of multiple champion John Mickel, who used all of his experience to pip Gibson on the run to the chequered flag. 

Variety was the spice of life when it came to the Classic Touring Car Racing Club as some of the most iconic tin tops from down the years took centre stage across eight unmissable races.

James Ibbotson claimed a dominant double in the Poultec Race Engines Pre 66 Touring Cars, with Stephen Primett repeating the feat in the Shell Oils Pre 83 Touring Cars. James Everard and Robert Crisell meanwhile shared the spoils in the amalgamated Laser Tools Pre 93 and Burty Haulage Pre 03 Touring Car bouts. 

In the combined Edmundson Electrical Classic & Historic Thunder, Burton Power Blue Oval Saloons Series and Berkshire Jags Jaguar Challenge races, Jason Davies was imperious as he guided his Ford Sierra Cosworth to two impressive victories. 

Nelson King closed in on securing the Quaife MINI CHALLENGE Trophy crown as he scored his ninth win of the season. The Graves Motorsport driver edged out Nicky Taylor to take a step closer to the title; wins also went the way of Tristen Ovenden and Charlie Mann. 

Steve McDermid was perfection personified in the Lancaster Insurance MG Owners Club Championship as he added two more wins to his impressive 2022 tally. The MG ZR racer led home Jack Woodcock in two action-packed races – the second of which ended prematurely – to move closer to retaining his title. 

Bringing the curtain down on the weekend were two enthralling contests from the Pickup Truck Racing Championship. On what was a pivotal outing for the series, Dale Gent charged to victory in race one before Reece Jones reigned supreme in a pulsating race two, edging out points leader George Turiccki. 

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

BARC enjoys weekend to remember at blockbuster Convoy in the Park

Donington Park provided the backdrop for a blockbuster two days of track action this past weekend (August 20/21) as the British Automobile Racing Club took centre stage at Convoy of the Park.

On what proved to be a weekend to remember, thousands of fans flocked to the Leicestershire venue for a festival of all things trucking – with seven championships arguably stealing the show on-track.

Headlining was five blockbuster contests from the British Truck Racing Championship, where there was action aplenty across both Division’s 1 & 2. In Division 1, reigning champion Ryan Smith scored a brace of wins whilst there were further victories for Simon Reid, David Jenkins and Michael Oliver. 

Four different drivers also triumphed in Division 2 with former double title winner Luke Garrett leading the way with a commanding pair of wins. John Powell, Brad Smith and Adam Bint also tasted success as they topped the podium in the remaining three bouts.

The British Endurance Championship enjoyed a starring role on Saturday afternoon with a two-hour contest and it was the Rob Boston Racing pairing of Tom Jackson and Wayne Marrs that ultimately stole the show in their Mercedes GT3.

After blasting to pole position in qualifying, the duo then produced a commanding performance in the series’ penultimate event of the season to win by almost a full lap ahead of Huge Cook Racing and RaceLab. 

Will Gibson bagged a hat-trick of wins in the Legends Cars National Championship to close the gap to Miles Rudman in the standings. Gibson paired raw pace with consistency over the course of both days to become the most successful driver in the series of 2022 to-date.

Rudman made sure he limited the damage to his chief title rival with a double of his own whilst Stephen Whitelegg chalked up the remaining victory that was up for grabs.

Jimmy Broadbent and Gordie Mutch took a step closer to lifting the Praga Cup title as they claimed a superb win in the first of the weekend’s two 60-minute contests.

Broadbent arguably delivered one of the moments of the event as he charged from fifth to first in just a single lap. Sunday’s second race saw the duo of Charles Hall and Scott Mittell edge out the impressive Shane Kelly to win. 

The Junior Saloon Car Championship had its fair share of drama with just one of its two scheduled races being completed. A number of incidents in the opening encounter brought out a lengthy red flag stoppage before it was decided that racing would not resume. 

Race two would run to its scheduled distance later in the day with leading rookie Maximus Hall scoring a pivotal win to close the gap to series leader Harry Hickton. Daire Flock and CJ Morgan joined the Westbourne Motorsport driver on the rostrum.

Jon Woolfitt proved to be in a league of his own in the North West Centre’s flagship category, the CNC Heads Sports/Saloon Car Championship. At the wheel of his Spire GTR, Woolfitt didn’t put a wheel wrong to take a clean sweep; pole position and two race wins.

Bringing the curtain down on an entertaining two days at Donington Park was two races from the Pickup Truck Racing Championship. George Turiccki – who is looking to make it three consecutive titles in-a-row – maintained his march towards the crown with another dominant double. 

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

BARC basks in Pembrey sunshine to headline Convoy Cymru entertainment

The British Automobile Racing Club basked in the bright sunshine this past weekend (May 7/8) as a number of championships took centre stage at Pembrey Circuit for the inaugural running of Convoy Cymru.

Living up to its promise as being a festival of all things trucking, those that attended Convoy Cymru were able to see some of the best trucks in the country on display as well as soak up the atmosphere from the funfair, all-action arena, tractor pulling and much more.

Headlining the weekend’s track action were five blockbuster contests from the British Truck Racing Championship. Coming off the back off a sensational season-opener at Brands Hatch last month, the heavyweight behemoths served up yet more entertainment.

Division 1 saw reigning champion Ryan Smith stamp his authority on the battle for the title as he stormed to four emphatic wins in his Damiler Truck. Simon Reid was the only driver that could stop the six-time title winner as he piloted his Iveco to the top step in race four, holding off the aforementioned Smith.

In Division 2, Saturday’s spoils were shared between Jock Borthwick and Luke Garrett before Garrett then added a further two wins to his tally on Sunday. Adam Bint was the other victor as he guided his Volvo White Aerodyne to a popular win for the first time this season.

From the titans of truck racing to the 5/8 scale pocket rockets of the Legends Cars National Championship, wheel-to-wheel action was around every turn of the challenging 1.45-mile layout.

Reigning champion Miles Rudman and John Mickel each walked away with a brace of wins whilst there was also a visit to the top step of the podium each for Will Gibson and Marcus Pett.

Elsewhere, the Pickup Truck Racing Championship put on a show with three pulsating bouts which were won by Michael Smith, Mark Willis and Dale Gent. 

Nelson King enjoyed a dream start to the new Quaife MINI CHALLENGE Trophy season as he claimed hat-trick of wins whilst David O’Keeffe was victorious in both Classic 2CV Racing Club contests. 

Rounding out the weekend’s track action were a pair of races from the Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship, where Rhys Lloyd and Damian Longotano took a win apiece. 

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

You can also re-watch all of the action from Saturday and Sunday by heading to the British Automobile Racing Club YouTube channel.

BARC championships serve up Easter extravaganza at Brands Hatch

The British Automobile Racing Club produced an Easter extravaganza of track at Brands Hatch this past weekend (April 16/17) as six championships took centre stage.

Basked in bright sunshine and with a bumper crowd in attendance at the Kent venue, the weekend was headlined by the British Truck Racing Championship – which was kicking off making its first appearance of 2022. 

Division 1 began with Ryan Smith underlining his dominance as the reigning six-time champion converted pole position into a dominant victory. That would be to be his only win however as David Jenkins bagged a brace and the duo of Stuart Oliver and Simon Reid also opened their accounts for the year.

In Division 2, John Powell got the best start of the seven competing drivers as he steered his DAF to a hat-trick of wins whilst the returning Luke Garrett and ultra-consistent Brad Smith also triumphed. 

From the titans of truck racing to the pocket rockets of the Legends Cars National Championship, where three drivers shared the spoils to stand on the top step of the podium.

Staging six pulsating races around the 1.2-mile Indy circuit over the course of the weekend, defending champion Miles Rudman kicked off proceedings with a sensational win before going on to podium a further five times.

Will Gibson was arguably the star of the show as he too made it a podium clean sweep, with four of them being victories. Multiple champion John Mickel was the other driver to emerge victorious during the weekend as he won Sunday’s finale. 

The Classic Touring Car Racing Club served up no less than eight races over the course of the weekend, each as captivating as the last. In the two Pre ’66 encounters, spoils were shared between Piers Grange and Alan Greenhalgh whilst Don Hughes won both amalgamated Pre ’03 and Jaguar Challenge contests. 

In the combined Pre ’83 and Pre ’83 Touring Cars races, Dave Griffin proved too much for the opposition as he won twice; Andrew Wilson would go on to do the same in the Classic Thunder and Blue Oval Saloon Series encounters.

George Turiccki enjoyed the perfect start to the defence of his Pickup Truck Racing Championship as he chalked up a pair of race wins. Setting the fastest times in both parts of qualifying, the defending two-time champion didn’t put a wheel wrong to triumph twice.

The Lancaster Insurance MG Owners Club Championship was another category that lifted the curtain on a new season, with a bumper grid producing some memorable wheel-to-wheel moments.

After reigning supreme last year, Steve McDermid picked up from where he left off as he powered his way to an impressive pair of race wins whilst Steve Darbey, William Sharpe, Fergus Campbell and Jack Woodcock all scored podiums. 

Rounding out the weekend’s track action were two races from the Kumho BMW Championship. Showcasing some of the most iconic models from the Bavarian marque, Niall Bradley piloted his E36 M3 to the top step of the rostrum.

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

Watch all of the action that was streamed live across both days on the BARC’s official YouTube channel HERE.