The small Yorkshire town of Garforth is a fairly unremarkable place. Once a thriving mining community, its proximity to the northern arterial network has long-since seen it merge into yet another commuter suburb of Leeds’ sprawling metropolis.
It’s a measure of the strength of Honda Team Dynamics, that within the space of a few hours, Gordon Shedden was back out and ready for Saturday qualifying after his car burst into flames during the first practice session for this weekend’s British Touring Car Championship round at Snetterton.
Young people today don’t know what they’re missing. When I were a lad (well perhaps a bit older than a lad) we watched 500bhp Ford Sierra Cosworth’s battle it out with E30 M3s and even the occasional R32 Nissan GT-R. That was touring car racing.
MG Motor has caught the imagination of more than just Auto China visitors today, with its new MG Icon Concept. Fans on the car maker’s Facebook page are already pledging their support to buy their own Icon, should MG decide to bring it to production.
Toby Moody has been confirmed as ITV Sport’s new Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race commentator.
Honda have announced today that the all-new Civic will race in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), possibly entering the series in 2012 in a selection of races to be agreed with the FIA.
MG Motor UK will join the BTCC grid this year with its MG6 GT model – built to the Next Generation Touring (NGT) Car regulations by one of the BTCC’s most successful constructors, Triple Eight Race Engineering.
“How do you solve a problem like Maria?” … A question that may not instantly be burning on the lips of every motorsport enthusiast, but one, all the same, that requires consideration.
Honda Racing Team has produced four short documentary films on its participation in the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Each film will focus on what drives the Honda Racing Team to achieve success in one of Britain’s biggest and most exciting race series. The first documentary, produced by leading short film label, Future Shorts, will be released in late August, ahead of Rounds 19-21 of the BTCC at Knockhill.
It’s a sad day for those of us who’ve followed Tim’s career, initially in British Touring Cars and then for the past 7 years in the UK’s Porsche Carrera Cup, to hear that he’s chosen to step down from racing in the UK’s fastest single-make championship. Tim is one of those unique drivers – a Bear of a man but with the deft touch of watch maker – he could muscle a 911 GT3 Cup around a track extracting every ounce of its potential, whilst keeping something in reserve for the latter stages of a race when worn tyres were hampering his competitors. He will be sorely missed.
The following article was produced by Kevin Mc Glone of Red Square Images, a part-time photographer and full-time car enthusiast whose passion for motorsport takes him all over Europe in pursuit of the perfect shot. He’s got a particular knack for capturing the vibe from endurance racing, so look out for him snapping away at next month’s Le Mans 24 Hours and the N24.
This weekend saw the opening three races of the new 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season, and fans discovered that in the 5-month hiatus since last season the competition had lost none of its close-fought rivalry, or its thrills and (plenty) of spills.