BARC - The British Automobile Racing Club Audio News and Interviews


2021 Audio News and Interviews from the British Automobile Racing Club / BARC First formed in 1912 as The Cyclecar Club, today the British Automobile Racing Club organises races at almost every venue in Britain, including meetings at Anglesey, Brands Hatch, Cadwell Park, Castle Combe, Croft, Donington Park, Knockhill, Lydden Hill, Oulton Park, Pembrey, Rockingham, Silverstone, Snetterton, and of course the BARC’s home circuit, Thruxton.
Ben Taylor - BARC Group CEO - September UpdateStuart Oliver - British Truck Racing ClubJames Bailey - Sports Prototype Cup Championship Coordinator - 3rd June 2021Phil Davies - Pembrey Circuit Manager - 2nd June 2021Jim Baynam - MG Owners Club - 17th May 2021
After a long wait it was good to be at Mallory on Saturday for the first meeting of the 2021 season. Everyone was in good spirits although for some of you that initial state of euphoria didn't last too long !!.The entry was boosted by race debuts for Carl Bate (MGBGT), Anthony Bate (Maestro), Mathieu Dore (MGBGT), Jack Woodcock (ZR) and Tim Grigsby (TF) and a welcome return for Chris Pollard. It's never easy to recruit new drivers but it is vital to our long term success that we get new blood on the grid and to get five enthusiastic new drivers is fantastic.  Mark Grant ran out of time to get his ZR ready for Mallory but came along to the meeting and plans to make his debut at Castle Combe.The meeting went well, and we are not aware of any bangs or scrapes and everyone seemed to enjoy the day.  We know that all of our new and returning guys enjoyed themselves and went home happy. Wasn't it great to see a Maestro back on the grid.Some drivers don't like Mallory. Of course we respect their views but we think it's a decent little track and rewards drivers who are quick, precise – and brave !!.  Whilst the triple header format makes it a busy day a good number of you have said that you like it and whilst we wouldn't consider it at other circuits we think it works well for Mallory although we accept that it is tough on the likes of Dave Mellor, Will Sharpe and Paul Wisbey who had various mechanical problems and came away with zero points.The entry of 22 cars soon dropped to 21 when Paul Wisbey was forced to withdraw with a broken steering column before even getting out for the Practice session.  Dave Mellor's bad luck continued and after taking pole position with a lap that was 0.5 secs under the lap record his day was over and he was putting the ZR back on the trailer with a broken crank. This further reduced the entry 20 cars.In addition to that, Adrian Olsson had a head gasket fail in Practice and missed the Qualifying session so had to start all three races from the back of the grid.  Steve Darbey also had a cylinder head problem in Race 1 and despite the best efforts of Kev Bull and Mark it wasn't possible to repair it so he didn't make it onto the grid for Races 2 and 3.In Classic class, Nick Webster's fuel pump failed up on the first lap of qualifying, we fitted a new one in time for Race 1 but he had to start all three races from the back of the grid.  Will Sharpe had a diff fail in Race 1, he charged back home to collect a spare and made it onto the grid for Race 3 and was going really well until being forced to retire yet again with a clutch problem. A disappointing day for Team Sharpe.As is always the case with broken cars, everyone mucked in to get them repaired and if at all possible back out on track. It's good to see that the spirit of MGOC racing is alive and well.Congratulations go to Steve McDermid who took all three overall and Class Z wins. Simon Kendrick took the Class F win in Race 1 but Mark took the honours in Races 2 and 3.Malcolm Hill took the Classic class win in Race 1 but Dave Amphlett took the honours in Races 2 and 3. The only new lap record was in Class Z where Steve took .002secs off Stuart Philps's 2016 lap record.The outstanding performance of the day was from Jack Woodcock who qualified his ZR on the third row of the grid and went on to take very impressive 2nd places in Races 1 and 3 and a 3rd place in Race 2.  Well done Jack.
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Ben Taylor - BARC Group CEO - 9th May 2021Pat Blakeney - Operations Manager Thruxton - 9th May 2021Jason Plato BTCC 600th Race -  Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing - Thruxton 9th May 2021Jon Winter -  Carbon8 Hyundai Coupe Cup with Toyo Tires - Championship Co ordinatorAlan Gow - BTCC Chief Executive - Launch Day Silverstone 2021
The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship is primed and ready for another memorable year after officially launching its 2021 season at Silverstone today (April 22), announcing a capacity 29-car entry list.After an unprecedented yet entertaining 2020 campaign, which ended with Ashley Sutton clinching the Drivers’ crown for a second time, Britain’s premier motorsport series is set to return with a bumper grid and to its traditional ten round, 30-race format.Kicking the season off behind closed doors at Thruxton next month, the series will then head to Snetterton, Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Knockhill before making a second visit to Thruxton. Visits to Croft, Silverstone and Donington Park will follow before the traditional finale at back at Brands Hatch in late October.Donning the mantel of defending champion and running the famed number one on his Infiniti Q50, Sutton sticks with Laser Tools Racing for the new season as he bids to retain his titles in both the overall championship and Independents’. Aiden Moffat and Carl Boardley will partner Sutton at the rear-wheel-drive squad.West Surrey Racing and Team BMW proved to be the closest challengers to Sutton last year and the reigning Teams’ & Manufacturer champions have swelled to three cars once again with Colin Turkington, Tom Oliphant and Stephen Jelley tasked with piloting the 330i M Sport to glory.It is an all-new line-up at Halfords Racing with Cataclean however with Dan Cammish returning to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB and Matt Neal taking a step back from driving duties. Whilst one three-time champion steps back, another returns in the shape of Gordon Shedden as the Scotsman rejoins Team Dynamics to partner Daniel Rowbottom.Another driver to make a popular return to this grid after a year on the sidelines is Jason Plato. Electing to sit out 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the double champion is back at Power Maxed Car Care Racing in the Vauxhall Astra and gunning to tally his 100th victory in the series. Daniel Lloyd, a race-winner in the BTCC, gets a full-time drive to partner Plato.Toyota Gazoo Racing UK steps up its BTCC programme this year as it expands to two cars. Rory Butcher fills the void left by Tom Ingram in the Speedworks Motorsport-run Corolla and he is joined by Sam Smelt, who last competed in the series in 2018.Ingram’s departure from Toyota sparked a frenzy during the off-season and the former Independents’ champion has found a new home at Excelr8 Trade Price Cars. Armed with the Hyundai i30N, Ingram has his tail in the air and is hungry for success. He’s joined at the four-strong squad by Chris Smiley, Jack Butel and former British GT champion Rick Parfitt Jnr.Elsewhere, Ciceley Motorsport have acquired the services of Tom Chilton to partner Adam Morgan and they have parted ways with the Mercedes Benz A-Class. In its place are a pair of West Surrey Racing-built BMW 330i M Sport’s and hopes are high for the Car Gods-backed outfit.BTC Racing are another to have high hopes for the season ahead and with good reason as Josh Cook has remained with the team to drive their Honda Civic Type R. Michael Crees, Jack sears Trophy champion last year, has also inked a new deal to stay whilst Jade Edwards will get a full-season after debuting at Silverstone in 2020.Motorbase Performance and MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square are another two teams to have joined forces over the winter to field a quartet of Ford Focus’, and they will run as Manufacturer/Construtors entrants. Sam Osborne and Andy Neate will run out of the Motorbase side of the garage whilst Jake Hill and Ollie Jackson will do the same for MB Motorsport.
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Claire Hedley - The Britcar Endurance championship 2021Stuart Caie - Classic Touring Car Championship - Silverstone
https://classictouringcars.com/The British Automobile Racing Club delivered a spectacular two days of track action around the Home of British Motor Racing, Silverstone, this past weekend (April 24/25) which was headlined by the Britcar Endurance Championship and Classic Touring Car Racing Club. Watched online by more than 140,000 people on the Club’s YouTube channel and by an additional 45,000 on the Club’s official Facebook page, the meeting proved to be one to remember. The Britcar Endurance Championship delivered plenty of unmissable moments over the course of both days, especially in the Endurance class. On a weekend which saw the Praga category make its bow and make its presence known towards the sharp end of the field, nothing could stop the Lamborghini Huracan pairing of John Seale and Jamie Stanley from winning both encounters.On Sunday, Britcar’s Trophy category took centre stage with a record entry to kick off its sophomore season. Whilst wheel-to-wheel action took place throughout the field, Woodrow Motorsport dominated proceedings out front as the BMW 1 Series duo of Simon Baker and Kevin Clarke powered their way to victory in both 50-minute races.Variety was the spice of life in the Classic Touring Car Racing Club as the biggest grid in their 45-year history took to the Northamptonshire venue, providing plenty of thrills and spills along the way.Richard Wood showcased that Aussie power couldn’t be matched as he drove his Holden Commodore to two wins in the combined Edmundson Electrical Classic/Historic Thunder Saloons and Blue Oval Saloon Series races whilst AJ Owen did the same in the Laser Tools Racing Pre ’03 Touring Cars and Simply Serviced Pre ’03 Touring Cars.Elsewhere, Peter Smith piloted his Ford Lotus Cortina to an impressive double in the Poultec Classic Race Engines Pre ’66 Touring Cars. Tom Robinson rounded out the list of winners by clinching victory in both Shell Oils Pre ’83 Touring Cars & JEC Saloon & GT bouts.The Mini 7 Racing Club undoubtedly had plenty of people on the edge of their seats as they watched at home as they served up a feast of entertainment across both the Miglia and Se7en classes.In the Miglia category, Endaf Owens survived a last corner move from Andrew Jordan to emerge victorious after an eight-car race-long battle for the lead. Race two would see a similar story however this time it would be Nick Padmore that managed to hold off former BTCC champion Jordan to win.Things were just as close throughout the field in the Se7en class however Joe Thompson was the driver that reigned supreme, claiming a brace of race wins.Rounding off the weekend’s track action were a pair of pulsating races from the Maximum Networks Volkswagen Racing Cup incorporating Goodyear Touring Car Trophy and TCR UK.Max Hart claimed the plaudits in race one as he drove his Hyundai i30 N TCR to victory by more than two seconds, setting his stall out as credible contender for the rest of the season. Lewis Kent would strike back in race two as he opened his account for the year with a measured drive to pip Hart.
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