Masters Historic Festival – Brands Hatch

Photo gallery from the Masters Historic Festival held on the iconic Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. Featuring Pre-66 Touring Cars, Grand Prix Masters, World Sports Car Masters, Sports Racing Masters, Interserie Revival, Gentlemen Drivers and a few bonus photos from the Formula One demonstration runs.

British F3/GT – Snetterton 300

British F3/GT Snetterton

British F3/GT Snetterton

2011 is looking like a very good year for the British GT Championship, the grid is larger with a number of new cars racing for the first time. A single Mercedes AMG SLS GT3, a pair of Audi R8 GT3s, several Ferrari 458s join the ever present Porsche 911 GT3Rs, Ginettas, Aston Martin DBRS9s and Ferrari 430s in the GT3 class. The GT4 class features KTM X Bows, Ginettas and Lotus Evoras. The GTC class is represented by a single Chevron GR8. With a healthy entry in the British F3 Championship and he other supporting classes it’s a very strong package. Photo galleries from GT, F3, Ginetta Challenge, Formula Ford, Volkswagen Racing Cup and Caterham R300 Championship are now online.

Club Racing – Brands Hatch

Galleries from the recent 750 Motorclub (featuring Toyota MR2 Challenge, Morgan Challenge, SAXMAX Championship, Formula 4 Championship, Stock Hatch and Locost) and MSVR (featuring Quaife Intermarque League, VAG Trophy, Mono, Tip Top Challenge, Production BMW, SEMSEC and the Champion of Brands) held on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit are now available.

BTCC 2011 – Round One

BTCC 2011 - Brands Hatch

Photo gallery for the first round of the British Touring Car Championship 2011 from Brands Hatch is now available, separate galleries for BTCC, Formula Renault, Renault Clio Cup, Porsche Carrera Cup, Ginetta GT Supercup and Ginetta Junior now available.

BTCC – The Revolution will be Televised

NGTC Toyota Avensis Demonstrator

This year is an important one for the British Touring Car Championship, 2011 ushers in the biggest set of rule changes since the series switched over to a 2 litre formula at the end of the Sierra Cosworth era. In a move that shadows the FIAs World Engine initiative BTCC is switching to 2l turbo charged engines. There are dispensations to allow the current Super 2000 based cars to continue for another 2 years but with increasing penalties. The Next Generation Touring Car rules have been introduced by TOCA to reduce the cost of entering the series and ensure it’s long term future. The rules cover engine, drivetrain, suspension and electronics the aim being that a kit of parts can be fitted to any qualifying body shell.

All the signs are good with a record entry for the current season (the highest since the early 90s heyday) with several new models of car appearing, if the on track action lives up to 2010 then 2011 should be a vintage year. You didn’t have to be an expert in body language to realise how disappointed Matt Neal was to concede the championship to Jason Plato, expect the two veterans to be at the front this year. Plato is back with Silverline Chevrolet and the Cruze should be very strong. Ford have chosen the BTCC to show their new Global Focus touring car platform and in the hands of Tom Chilton it should be a contender.

2010 BTCC Champ - Jason Plato

The season gets underway this weekend at Brands Hatch on the Indy circuit. While no one driver will be able to deliver a knockout blow at the 1st race weekend. By Sunday evening we should have a better understanding of how the early part of the season will pan out. TOCAs Alan Gow is sure to keep an eye on things and tweak the regulations as he sees fit to keep the racing on a knife edge. The same strong supporting package is back as well with the new 3.8 litre Porsche Carrera Cup car and the new Ginetta GT car making their debuts. Add in Nicholas Hamilton the brother of a Formula One champion Lewis in the Renault Clio Cup and you have a very interesting weekend.

The revolution starts on Saturday 2nd April 2011.

Delphi British Truck Racing Championship 2011

A gallery of images from the first round of the 2011 Delphi British Truck Racing Championship is now online featuring trucks, pickups, legends, Dunlop Motorsport News Saloons, Classic Formula Ford and BARC Clubmans Cup.

This is SNETTERTON! (300)

After an intense period of activity over winter Snetterton hosted it’s first race meeting after it’s facelift, the MSVR Season Starter. The new circuit boasts a number of layouts, the largest being the 2.99 mile 300 layout that features a technical infield section.

Trackday Trophy - Hamilton

Along with the new layout come a host of new corner names Montreal, Palmer, Agostini, Hamilton, Williams, Brundle, Nelson and Murray’s. The start leads into an unchanged Riches leading into the 180 degree Montreal, a short straight follows into the left hander Palmer and another straight. Agostini is another 180 degree corner, the short straight that follows leads into the quick left hander (Hamilton) that is very quickly followed by the double right at Oggies. A short blast and a right at Williams then takes cars onto the back straight now renamed the Bentley Straight what follows is unchanged until you arrive at the sight of the old Russell chicane. Russell has been replaced by Murray’s and is now two distinct corners. The changes present a challenge for both driver and photographer but the early signs are certainly good and once all of the work is complete Snetterton will be one of the best circuits in the country. The MSVR Season Starter featured the opening rounds of the MSV Trackday Trophy, Lotus on Track Elise Trophy, Lotus UK Cup, Project 8 Racing Saloons, MSV F3 Trophy, Production BMW Trophy and Mono Championships.

MSV F3 Trophy

A gallery of photos taken during Saturday 19th March are now online click on the following links for Elise Trophy, MSV Trackday Trophy, Racing Saloons, Lotus Cup and MSV F3 Trophy.

Best of 2010 – Part 2

Part two of my favourite photos of 2010: A few champions, a flaming Aston and some night racing.

Best of 2010 – Part 1

Part one of my favourite photos of 2010: some Historic racing, BTCC, WTCC, Formula 2 and even a bit of Neurburgring Touristenfahrten.

Formula Vee Festival

Photos from the 2010 Formula Vee Festival from Brands Hatch now online. Click the a link for Formula Vee, Club MSV Trackday Trophy, Sports 2000 or Heritage Grand Touring Car Challenge photos.