NEWSLETTER FOR BRITISH MOTOR SPORT
WRGB attracts record entries Pages 2-3
4 NEWS Brits win kart world titles on home soil at PFI
NEWS Bambino kart race trial a success
NEWS Team UK drivers win top titles in race and rally
DAYINSURE WALES RALLY GB SECURES RECORD INTERNATIONAL ENTRY The UK’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) has attracted a record number of international entries, with 77 cars representing 22 nations registered for next week’s event (26-29 October). It is the biggest international field since the rally moved to North Wales in 2013 and is headlined by 14 of the latest WRC cars. Crews are coming from as far afield as New Zealand, Japan, South Africa and Argentina to contest the Rally of Legends, which features 21 stages totalling 187.5 miles. Adding to the anticipation, Kris Meeke will arrive at his home event on the back of his latest WRC victory in Spain (6-8 October). The WRC title also remains undecided, with M-Sport’s Sébastien Ogier still locked in a battle with Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville and fellow M-Sport driver Ott Tänak. All three were on the podium in Wales last year, and if Ogier wins again it will be a record fifth Wales Rally GB victory for the Frenchman. “Rallying is truly in a great place at the moment both nationally and internationally,” said Ben Taylor, managing director of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB. “Here at home we have a revitalised MSA British Rally Championship nurturing the next generation of young talent, while globally the new-look WRC is really
bringing the crowds back with its latest generation of more exciting cars plus a truly captivating title fight. “The sport is buzzing and it’s no surprise that our advance ticket sales are significantly up on recent years. We are expecting a bumper crowd for what’s going to be an incredibly exciting – and perhaps defining – Dayinsure Wales Rally GB.” Amateur crews with nationally-registered machinery have been allowed to join the main event for the first time and as a result, the entry list boasts the return of Subaru Imprezas, Mitsubishi Lancer Evos and even a pair of Ford Escort Mk2s. Entries for the accompanying WRGB National Rally, which shadows the main event, have also closed with a 160-car capacity entry. For more information, follow @WalesRallyGB or visit www.walesrallygb.com.
“The new-look WRC is really bringing the crowds back. The sport is buzzing and it’s no surprise that our advance ticket sales are significantly up” MSA Extra / October 2017
news in brief
STEM TENT RETURNS TO DEESIDE SERVICE PARK The ‘Big Bang’ Industry Awareness initiative will return to Dayinsure Wales Rally GB’s Deeside service park to inspire over 1,500 students studying key STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.
Exhibitors will include Airbus, Comtek, JCB, the RAF, Tata and Toyota. Dare To Be Different, the campaign established by Susie Wolff and the MSA to connect, celebrate and inspire women in motorsport, will also be there.
Ken Skates, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Infrastructure, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to get young people interested in the subjects they need to become a par
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PATTERSON AND KEIRLE WIN KART WORLD TITLES ON HOME SOIL “I’m a bit speechless and overwhelmed!. To come out on top on home soil was amazing" Dexter Patteron
The best of British karting shone through at PF International (24 September) as Dexter Patterson and Danny Keirle were crowned the CIK-FIA OK-Junior and OK World Champions after stunning drives on home soil.
Patterson, aged 14 from Glasgow, led a British podium lockout in the OK-Junior final, leading home Chris Lulham and Harry Thompson. Then Kent’s Keirle, 20, dominated the OK final to secure a British double, despite it being his debut in the senior class.
MSA Extra / October 2017
News twitter feed Jean Todt@JeanTodt Oct 12 Many thanks to Michael Fassbender who joins our #3500LIVES #RoadSafety @fia campaign. Rob Drew @Sonic_Roberto Oct 6 New marshal card and sticker in the post, thanks @MSAUK Marshal @ThanksMarshal Sep 28 The @MSAUK are having a bake sale today to support the @macmillancoffee morning. We still always say #thanksmarshal! #coffeemorning Seb Morris @SebMorris31 Sep 27 Can’t thank this man enough @AndyMeyrick and the @MSAAcademy @MSAUK, look how far we’ve come #DrivingTalentForwards
“I’m a bit speechless and overwhelmed!” said Patterson after the race. “It’s been a difficult year but we had good speed this weekend. At the start of the race I managed to get out in front and then me and my team-mate broke away from the pack and were able to hold on until the checkered flag. To come out on top on home soil was amazing.” Keirle added: “Words can’t describe how I feel about winning the world title! It’s crazy and I just want to thank everybody who’s helped get me here. This was my first international race and it’s gone better than I could have imagined so I just want to carry on now and see how far I can go.” Patterson and Keirle were part of a strong British contingent that included eight karters who won free ‘golden ticket’ entries through their participation in the MSA British Championships: James Lingard, Oliver Clarke, Alex Eades, Ben Wooldridge, Guy Cunnington and Kieran Long. www.msauk.org
Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said the success of the whole event proved yet again the strength of UK karting. “Trent Valley Kart Club and in particular Paul Fletcher deserve every accolade for the enormous amount of work and commitment that they have shown in bringing the world championships to PFI, which has been an outstanding success,” he said. “The MSA is enormously proud of the fact that so many of our competitors were taking part at the pinnacle of karting, including eight prize winners from the MSA British Championships. And of course we are so delighted for our two new world champions, Dexter and Danny.”
“Words can’t describe how I feel about winning the world title!” Danny Keirle
Daniel Cammish @ DanCammish Sep 26 Thanks to @MSAUK for the great article in the latest MSA Magazine. Had some good feedback so hopefully people enjoy reading it. TrentValleyKartClub @ TVKCpfi Sep 25 One amazing day. Complete lock out in Juniors -all three podium positions to Brits. Dexter and Danny worthy World Champions. Andrew Coley @Andrew_Coley Sep 21 Thanks to the everyone in the @MSAUK Licencing department for their assistance while I was away @LatviaRX; super quick service as always! Team Mini #8 @ team_mini_8 Sep 17 Racing wouldn’t be possible without these guys @MSAUK @MINIChallengeUK @DoningtonParkUK Joe winslade @Winslade1 Sep 17 Good invterview in @MSAUK magazine @DanCammish helped my train journey out
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BAMBINO KART RACE TRIAL PROVES GREAT SUCCESS MSA Bambino kart racing for competitors as young as seven could be introduced from 2018 after a trial race at Buckmore Park proved successful. Eden Spanswick won the 10-lap observed race by just over six seconds from Jack Cunningham, while Mason Bishop completed the podium. The entire field of 13 drivers finished the race on the same lap.
Cheryl Lynch, MSA Kart Executive, said: “The young drivers and their parents all seemed to enjoy a brilliant day at Buckmore Park. The racing was superb, the atmosphere was one of great camaraderie and we will now evaluate the possibility of introducing an MSA Bambino race championship for 2018. We would like to thank Steve Holman and Martin Bean for their support in hosting the race.”
Zip Kart’s Dan Parker, the event coordinator, added: “I was delighted with the outcome of the trial race at Buckmore Park . All of the drivers did a fantastic job and the historic event produced thrilling close and fair racing all day. I would like to thank the MSA and Buckmore Park for all their assistance in making the event such a huge success.” The Buckmore Park meeting also featured the season finale of the existing MSA Bambino Kart Championship, which runs to a time trial format. The MSA congratulates Archie Clark on winning the 2017 title.
AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL DISCOUNT FOR MSA MEMBERS discount on tickets to the two trade days at Birmingham’s NEC on 11-12 January.
The MSA has teamed up with Autosport International once again to offer members an exclusive £5
To claim the discount, CLICK HERE and then follow the link to complete the registration form, inserting your MSA licence number when promoted. The offer is limited to one ticket per MSA licence holder; if purchasing multiple tickets, all licence numbers must be inserted.
The MSA will return to Autosport International with a stand in the usual location, just inside the main entrance. As always, staff from the governing body will on hand throughout the event to handle queries on licensing, sporting, technical and other matters. More details will be confirmed in due course.
MSA Extra / October 2017
Congratulations to MSA Team UK member Lando Norris who sealed the FIA European Formula 3 Championship at Hockenheimring
Lando Norris FIA European Formula 3 Champion 2017 www.msauk.org
FINAL CALL FOR VOLUNTEER AND CLUB AWARD ENTRIES The motorsport community has until the end of the month (31 October) to nominate candidates for the JLT MSA Volunteer and Club of the Year awards. The Volunteer of the Year awards recognise excellence and commitment across several categories:
Steward / Clerk of the Course Technical Official (Scrutineer, Timekeeper etc.) Marshal Medical / Rescue / Recovery / Safety Other, for example non-licensed club officials, committee members or unsung heroes.
A winner will be declared in each category and the best overall entry will be named the JLT MSA Volunteer of the Year. MSA-recognised Regional Associations, Clubs and Groups can submit nominations. Each winner will receive a trophy at the MSA Night of Champions at the Royal Automobile Club in January 2018.
The Club of the Year accolade focuses on the wide range of grassroots motorsport activity providing opportunities for members to compete, volunteer and socialise throughout the year. Clubs can nominate themselves and are encouraged to do so no matter how big or small their contribution to the sport. The winning club will receive a cheque and a trophy at the MSA Night of Champions. The second- and third-placed clubs will also receive trophies and cash awards. Entries close on 31 October. Go Motorsport’s Regional Development Officers (RDOs) are available if necessary to help nominators complete their forms. Nomination forms and guidance documents for all the awards can be found HERE. MSA Extra / October 2017
News awards Autosport reporter Jack Benyon (l) is the reigning Young Journalist of the Year
PRIZES ON OFFER TO YOUNG JOURNALISTS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS Entries for the MSA Young Journalist and Photographer of the Year awards close on 6 November, with members of the motorsport media aged 30 and under encouraged to enter for a chance to win £1000 and a trophy at the Night of Champions.
required to submit a minimum of three published articles or five photographs from 2016. Outlets can be specialist or general, national or regional, and online or offline. Application forms are available HERE.
Established in 2002, the awards are designed to encourage the new generation of reporters and photographers working within UK motorsport. An expert panel will consider the applications, and each winner will receive a trophy and a cheque for £1,000 at the MSA’s Night of Champions ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club in January. Candidates must have been aged 30 or under on 1 January 2017. They must be able to demonstrate published work involving UK motorsport and are www.msauk.org
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Oscar Piastri: British F4 vice-champion after a stellar season with Arden, which saw him qualify on pole seven times – more than any other driver – and stand on the podium in half of all races, including the top step on six occasions. This 16-year-old from Down Under was deemed to have shown the most promise and improvement during the season to win the Joe Tandy Memorial Award and scooped the Drivers’ Choice Award, as voted for by his peers. We hear from the Aussie who has wasted no time making his mark in the world of single-seaters. Apart from driving a British F4 car, what is your favourite buzz? Piastri (r) with Nick Tandy and the Joe Tandy Memorial Award
I enjoy going to theme parks to ride rollercoasters. They get my adrenaline pumping.
Who is your favourite driver? It’s got to be my fellow Aussie, Daniel Ricciardo. Hopefully we can share a ‘shoey’ on the podium in Formula 1 in the future!
MSA Extra / October 2017
News What’s your favourite film? Talladega Nights.
If you could have a superpower what would it be?
Teleportation so that I don’t have to spend a whole day on an airplane to get back to Australia. I could celebrate winning trophies on the podium and then immediately take myself back home for a party.
What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked?
Piastri’s season included six wins and seven poles for the Arden squad
What’s your favourite track?
Brands Hatch GP. The first sector is part of the Indy circuit, but out the back it’s the combination of high speed corners, the barriers being so close and not being able to test on it prior to the race weekend which makes it so special.
Define yourself as a driver in three words? Consistent, determined and calculated.
What is the worst purchase you have ever made?
On a school trip we stopped at a service station and at the time fidget spinners were taking the world by storm. I decided to buy one because I was so bored, but it’s the worst three pounds I have ever spent because it broke 10 minutes after I bought it.
I had someone ask me at one of the rounds this year, ‘Do you have lucky underpants?’ I think they were an overexcited fan and to answer the question, no I don’t.
What’s the most important thing in life?
To enjoy whatever you do. You only get one life so you should make the most of it.
If you could own one Ford road car what would it be? The new Ford GT.
What should everyone try once in their lifetime?
Other than driving a race car, it should be getting a good driver to drive you around a race track in a very fast car.
What are you afraid of?
Obviously not rollercoasters! When I’m back home in Australia, walking through the tall grass can be pretty scary, especially when you know what could be lurking in it. Snakes!
LATEST DECISIONS FROM MOTOR SPORTS COUNCIL The latest regulation changes approved by the Motor Sports Council include amendments to section (J) reflect the fact that Competition Car Log Books (CCLBs) are being replaced by Vehicle Passports. Section (K) changes introduce a control sticker for Frontal Head Restraints (FHRs) in the same way as for helmets, to enable scrutineers to remove labels from damaged or non-compliant devices. Additionally, FIA fire extinguisher regulations have been adopted with effect from 2019. In section (B) there are new definitions for Historic and Non-Historic vehicles, to allow newly manufacturer cars built to an historic specification to take advantage of the same period exemptions as genuine original models. This is a select summary of the latest regulation changes. For all these changes and more in detail, please CLICK HERE.
Vnuk: ACT NOW! Many MSA members will be aware of Vnuk, a 2014 European Court judgement that threatens the future of all UK motorsport. The Court ruled that the requirement for compulsory insurance should cover any use of a vehicle, so long as that use is consistent with the normal function of the vehicle. This would require all competition cars in motorsport to have compulsory third party insurance. In responding to the Vnuk issue, the MSA has been working with a wide range of groups including the
Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), which is now calling on the motorsport community to respond to a European Commission consultation by 20 October. To view the MIAâ€™s call to action, please CLICK HERE. The MSA has previously responded to a UK Government consultation on Vnuk. To view the MSAâ€™s response to that consultation, CLICK HERE.
MSA Extra / October 2017
Nathalie McGloin MSA Extra columnist asks, ‘How relevant is gender?’ we all must manage the adrenaline, the testosterone, the decision-making processes that evaluate the risk verses reward when it comes to driving on ‘the edge’.
t’s very obvious when I turn up to a race weekend that the chances of seeing another female competitor are slim. Men currently dominate the motorsport arena, there is no getting away from this fact. Aside from the stereotypical prejudices, how relevant is my gender as I’m hurtling down the Hanger Straight at 140mph? In my opinion, the answer to that question is: not at all. My disability is far more relevant than which gender box I tick when I’m filling out my MSA competition licence application form. My spinal injury dictates that I race with hand controls; the fact that I am female does not dictate how I drive. Do hormones come into the equation? No. The fact that I am hot-headed is down to my personality and plenty of male drivers have a similar disposition to my own. Male or female,
And what of testosterone? Does the fact that I lack masculinity mean that I somehow lack bravery too? Maybe you should consider that question as I approach Paddock Hill Bend at nearly 130mph, despite having crashed there twice before. Racing is about being in control on the edge and striving to make calculated gains that will put you on the top step of that podium. You can’t be a ‘woman’ about it no more than you can be a ‘man’ about it. You just have to be a racing driver about it. The views expressed by the individual contributors are not necessarily those of the MSA.
“Racing is about being in control on the edge and striving to make calculated gains that will put you on the top step of that podium. You can’t be a ‘woman’ about it no more than you can be a ‘man’ about it” www.msauk.org
So why is the percentage of female drivers so very small when it comes to the motorsport community? A general lack of successful female visibility in the sport doesn’t help the matter, something that Dare To Be Different is trying to address. In time this will change. In the meantime, let any videos of Michèle Mouton taking blind crests flat in fifth reassure you that gender is completely irrelevant when it comes to driving ability. If you need any more proof, come and watch the British Women Racing Drivers Club’s female drivers race at Silverstone on 5 November – we’ll show you how it’s done!
Technical Updates, clarifications and advice
FRONTAL HEAD RESTRAINT (FHR) GUIDANCE Competitors may be interested to see FHR guidance documents handed out at scrutineer seminars, which are available on the MSA website. These documents can be found on the ‘Technical: Car’ page of the Resource Centre, or by CLICKING HERE.
FRONTAL HEAD RESTRAINT MSA APPROVAL STICKERS The latest regulation changes approved by Motor Sport Council (see page 12) include the introduction of an approval sticker for Frontal Head Restraint (FHR) devices. This label will provide the same function as the existing MSA helmet stickers and will be applied to the FHR following a detailed inspection confirming suitable condition and compliance with the regulations. Competitors are advised that scrutineers will remove the sticker if the FHR is found to be damaged or not in compliance with the regulations, or if it is involved in a significant accident – in much the same way as with the helmet sticker. The sticker is made of the same material as the helmet sticker, so if removed it will void and cannot be reapplied. Stickers are available directly from scrutineers at a cost of £2.50 – the same as helmet stickers.
FIA SEAT HOMOLOGATIONS Last month’s MSA Extra detailed a seat that had had its FIA homologation withdrawn. The MSA Technical Department wishes to take the opportunity to remind competitors that details of all FIA 8855-1999 standard seats that have had their homologations withdrawn are contained in FIA Technical List number 12, which can be accessed on the FIA website by CLICKING HERE.
CADET FRONT FAIRINGS The latest regulation changes include one in section (U) concerning front fairings in the Cadet class. It is confirmed that from 2018, all Cadet karts will be required to run a dismountable front fairing, as already implemented in Junior and Senior karting. It is currently intended that this will be the existing CIKFIA dismountable front fairing mounting block, although options for bespoke systems specific to the smaller-sized karts are being explored. The MSA intends to publish further details before the end of the year. This does not apply to Bambino karts.
HOW NOT TO DRY YOUR HELMET An MSA scrutineer came across the helmet shown in the image while at an overseas event. The photo shows the helmet’s foam, which is charred and melted. The explanation given was that the helmet had got wet and the competitor tried to dry it out; unfortunately, they decided to use a heat gun. The subsequent damage will have considerably affected the helmet’s ability to perform in an incident.
MSA Extra / October 2017
Volunteers News and updates from the orange army
M-SPORT TOUR FOR MSA PRIZE WINNERS The latest winners of the MSA’s monthly marshals prize draw will enjoy an exclusive private tour of WRC team M-Sport’s facility in Cumbria. Roger Thorley, 62, is an Experienced grade marshal who has been volunteering for over 10 years on events such as the Mull Rally and Wales Rally GB. As well as marshalling in the stages Thorley has manned passage controls, start lines and flying finishes.
Alan Page @Alanpage190 Oct 11 Marshals briefing ahead of the @JerseyRally #msauk #rallyfuture #thanksmarshal
This month’s second winner, Rahmatullah Khan, started volunteering just one year ago, when his college support lecturer suggested marshalling as a great way to get involved in motorsport. Khan joined Chelmsford Motor Club and now marshals on all of their events.
HELMET AUCTION RAISES MONEY FOR MARSHALS A long-time marshal added former British GT Champion Derek Johnston’s signed helmet to her collection of motorsport memorabilia after winning a BMMC auction in aid of the orange army. Susan Watson was a Marshal for over 15 years, volunteering not only in Britain but also in South Africa and France. She has marshalled at top-level circuit race as well as rallies, hill climbs and two-wheel events. She has also been a Rescue Crew member. All those taking part in the auction were asked to donate £5 towards UK marshals. “I donated as I know how important it is for marshals to have the best equipment available and wanted to still do my bit to help,” said Watson.
BMMC @BMMC_UK Oct 10 Happy birthday to former @BMMC_UK President the great Murray Walker, he is 94 today, all the best from the #orangearmy #ThanksMarshal Coupe Cup Official @RaceCoupeCup Oct 8 Thank you marshals & officials who have kept us on the straight & narrow @SilverstoneUK today. #ThanksMarshal @BARC_Marshal @OfficialBARCHQ BMMC @BMMC_UK Oct 3 Congratulations to our @BMMC_UK competition winner Susan Watson @DerekJohnston41 @BritishGT @OfficialTFSport #thanksmarshal #orangearmy Kilo One-nine @kilo1nine Oct 1 Hats off to all the #orangearmy @Brands_Hatch so far this weekend @DunlopBTCC for some very quick clear ups. #ThanksMarshal MSA @MSAUK Sep 21 We’re forever grateful to all 10,000 of our motorsport volunteers without whom UK m’sport wouldn’t exist. #WorldGratitudeDay #ThanksMarshal
MSA Extra / October 2017
PROFILE: HANSEL CRASTO Trainee Scrutineer
How would you define the role How can we encourage of a Scrutineer/what do you other younger people to get do on an average event day? involved? As an F1 technical scrutineer, the set-up days consist of safety scrutineering to make sure all teams comply with the FIA regulations.
How did you first get involved in motorsport?
During race weekends two scrutineers are posted in each team’s garage (I was with Haas) and are required to make notes of all technical operations performed on the cars and mediate between the teams and the FIA for any changes or concerns.
I stumbled across a start-up rally school while on a solo road trip between two cities in India. I signed up immediately and worked there full-time for a year! Fast forward a few years and today I am based in the UK working at McLaren GT as a Customer Support Engineer.
Tyres are scanned during sessions and on the grid before the race. A scrutineer plays a serious role as it is his/her responsibility to ensure that all vehicles are safe and legal to race.
Why did you want to get involved/become a Scrutineer?
The training is very informative and supportive. More than the in-depth material the training connects new volunteers with experienced scrutineers who work as mentors as the new recruits build up their expertise. As they say, experience is the best teacher!
I’ve always wanted to be more than just a spectator. I wanted to get closer to the cars, understand the different industry functions and ultimately develop a career in motorsport. Scrutineering provided me with the best opportunity to gain hands-on technical experience and network with some of the sport’s most renowned technical minds. The highlight of my scrutineering experience was definitely the Formula 1 technical scrutineering role at the 2017 British GP!
By bringing volunteers closer to the action like how it used to be in the early days. While keeping safety in mind it’s important for volunteers to be able to connect and communicate with their heroes, teams and the cars. If anyone wants to understand racing cars (and bikes) better, or is interested in meeting their heroes and sharing ideas, I would definitely recommend volunteering in motorsport. Volunteer marshals also help keep events safe and without them no event would be possible.
How did you find the MSA’s training?
Why should others get involved/volunteer in motorsport?
It’s a highly rewarding experience to meet like-minded individuals who share the same passion and discuss ideas, projects, and opportunities. The industry needs young enthusiasts to bring in their originality, enthusiasm, and spark to rejuvenate the volunteering community in motorsport.
more information Do you or someone you know want to get started as a volunteer marshal or official? If so, why not visit the MSA website at: www.msauk.org/Get-Started/Volunteering www.msauk.org
Latest results across the different types of motor sport goverened by the MSA
PRESTONE MSA BRITISH RALLY CHAMPIONHIP Irishman Keith Cronin and co-driver Mikie Galvin were crowned Prestone MSA British Rally Champions after a gruelling three days of action on the 138.com Rally Isle of Man. Provisional championship standings 1 Keith Cronin – 129 points 2 Fredrik Ahlin – 128 3 Matt Edwards – 94
MINTEX MSA BRITISH HISTORIC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP McGRADY INSURANCE MSA NORTHERN IRELAND RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Desi Henry and Liam Moynihan powered their Skoda Fabia R5 to victory on Omagh Motor Club’s Bushwhacker Rally by almost half a minute.
Jason Pritchard and Phil Clarke won the title for the third year in a row another a winner-takes-all showdown on the Trackrod Historic Cup.
Results 1 Desi Henry / Liam Moynihan (Škoda Fabia R5) 37m45.0s 2 Jonathan Greer / Kirsty Riddick (Citroën DS3 R5) +0:27s 3 Jock Armstrong / Graham Henderson (Subaru Impreza) +0:31s
Provisional championship standings 1 Jason Pritchard/Phil Clarke – 206 points 2 Nick Elliott/Dave Price – 200 3 Rudi Lancaster/Guy Weaver – 167
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MSA BRITISH DRAG RACING CHAMPIONSHIP
MAXXIS MSA ENGLISH RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
Already assured of the championship, Andy Robinson concluded the year with a Pro Mod masterclass, delivering the quickest series of runs ever achieved by a British racer.
Stephen Petch and Michael Wilkinson confirmed their 2017 MSA English Rally Championship title with an excellent performance on the Trackrod Forest Stages.
Provisional championship standings 1 Andy Robinson – 550 points 2 Bobby Wallace – 406 3 Andy Wright – 362
Provisional championship standings 1 Stephen Petch – 139 points 2 Pat Naylor – 125 3 Callum Black – 113
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F4 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP CERTIFIED BY FIA - POWERED BY FORD ECOBOOST
BRITISH GT CHAMPIONSHIP
BRDC BRITISH F3 CHAMPIONSHIP
Jamie Caroline secured the 2017 British F4 title at Brands Hatch to cap a spectacular season.
Ben Hingeley, Jordan Cane and Enaam Ahmed shared the wins in the season finale at Doningto Park.
Rick Parfitt Jnr and MSA Team UK’s Seb Morris claimed their maiden British GT titles at Donington Park, while Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam signed off in style by winning the twohour enduro.
Provisional championship standings 1 Jamie Caroline – 442 points 2 Oscar Piastri – 376.5 3 Logan Sargeant – 356
Provisional championship standings 1 Enaam Ahmed – 654 points 2 James Pull – 490 3 Ben Hingeley – 444
Provisional championship standings 1 Rick Parfitt – 200 points = Seb Morris – 200 3 Jon Minshaw – 167
AVON TYRES/TTC GROUP MSA BRITISH HILL CLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP Scott Moran dominated qualifying for each round and in round 33 sped to victory by a margin of half a second over 2017 Championelect Trevor Willis.
DUNLOP MSA BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP Ashley Sutton won the 2017 BTCC after a dramatic day at Brands Hatch, while Aiden Moffat, Colin Turkington and Rob Austin shared the race wins.
Provisional championship standings 1 Ashley Sutton – 372 points 2 Colin Turkington – 351 3 Tom Ingram – 311
Provisional championship standings 1 Trevor Willis – 232 points 2 Wallace Menzies – 205 3 Spedding – 184
Archie Clark sealed the MSA Bambino Kart Championship title with a second place finish in the final at Larkhall.
Multiple Champion Julian Godfrey and rising star Nathan Heathcote each claimed a victory at the penultimate weekend of the championship.
Provisional championship standings 1 Archie Clark – 566 points 2 Zak Drummond – 499 3 Freddie Housley – 497
Provisional championship standings 1 Julian Godfrey – 170 points 2 Nathan Heathcote – 160 2 Oliver Bennett – 156
Gordon Welsh Photos
MSA BAMBINO KART CHAMPIONSHIP
TOYO TIRES MSA BRITISH RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
MSA BRITISH SPORTING TRIALS CHAMPIONSHIP Twelve months after his inaugural overall victory, Richard Sharp won the Pete Fear sporting trial after a tie-break with John Fack. Provisional championship standings 1 Richard Sharp – 117 points 2 Simon Kingsley – 116 3 Andy Wilks – 113
Keith Cronin and Mikie Galvin MSA British Rally Champions 2017
Jason Pritchard and Phil Clarke MSA British Historic Rally Champions 2017 20
MSA Extra / October 2017
Championship Updates congratulations
Ashley Sutton MSA British Touring Car Champion 2017
Jamie Caroline British F4 Champion 2017 www.msauk.org
Archie Clarke MSA Bambino Kart Champion 2017
Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jnr British GT Champions 2017 22
MSA Extra / October 2017
Championship Updates congratulations
Andy Robinson MSA British Drag Racing Champion 2017
Stephen Petch MSA English Rally Champion 2017 www.msauk.org
Academy Equipping the UK’s most promising young drivers
MSA ACADEMY HAILS MORRIS’S BRITISH GT TITLE SUCCESS
The MSA Academy congratulates its Team UK star Seb Morris on being crowned the 2017 British GT Champion in the season finale at Donington Park (24 September). Twenty-one-year-old Morris and Team Parker Racing team-mate Rick Parfitt Jnr sealed the title after a strong campaign that yielded three race wins at Rockingham, Silverstone and Brands Hatch aboard their M-Sport prepared Bentley. Welshman Morris has been part of Team UK, the pinnacle of the MSA Academy talent development pathway, since 2015. As a member of the national squad, he has access to a bespoke development programme
under his designated Performance Manager, Andy Meyrick, who is soon to be an MSA Level 4 Certified Coach. Morris said: “I’m truly ecstatic! We’ve all worked tirelessly both on and off the track, and the Team UK programme has helped me not only with my physical preparation but has also taught me how best to work with the people around me. I’ve then been able to pass that knowledge on to my team-mate Rick to help improve his own mental preparation, which has
meant we were able to win races and ultimately the championship.” There was further success for the MSA Academy at Donington Park as Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton won the British GT4 title. Tregurtha and Middleton, both 17, are members of the MSA Academy’s Squad – a group of drivers aged 14 to 24 hand-picked to benefit from knowledge and resources originally developed for AASE and Team UK.
MSA Extra / October 2017
FIA ERC/Gregory Lenormand/DPPI.
INGRAM CLAIMS EUROPEAN RALLY TITLE The MSA Academy congratulates Team UK’s Chris Ingram on being crowned the 2017 FIA European U27 Junior Rally Champion and ERC3 Champion on Rally Liepaja, the final round of the championship (8 September).
six years, first joining the AASE programme aged 16 in 2011. Now a member of the Team UK national squad, he has access to a bespoke development programme under his designated Performance Manager, James Wozencroft.
Twenty-three-year-old Ingram and MSA Academy co-driver Ross Whittock sealed the title after class wins at Azores Airlines Rallye, Rally Islas Canarias and Rally Liepaja aboard their Opel Adam R2.
Ingram said: “All of the hard work over the last four years in this class has paid off with this amazing title win. The MSA Academy has played a massive part in helping me achieve this success and I hope it will bring more opportunities in the near future and one day help me progress to the WRC. I would like to say a special thanks to
Ingram has been a part of the MSA Academy talent development pathway for
my performance coach James Wozencroft for his passion and support over the last years working with me on Team UK!” Twenty-six-year-old Whittock added: “What a great experience these last two rallies have been for me; I have learned so much. To help Chris win these titles is an amazing feeling. I cannot thank Chris and Opel enough for this opportunity.” Ingram’s success capped a stunning weekend for UK talent on the international stage. Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke scored his fifth FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) victory on the Rally de Catalunya, while 19-year-old George Russell took a step closer to F1 by being crowned the GP3 Series champion at Jerez in Spain.
ACADEMY ACHIEVES AT ASTON Members of the MSA Academy Squad programme visited Aston Martin head office in Gaydon last week to undergo further development and training . Race engineer Andy Miller delivered a general engineering session before offering bespoke engineering coaching relative to the different disciplines of the drivers present. Lead by coaches Adam Gould and James Wozencroft, the young athletes also toured the factory and met with David
King, President and Chief Special Operations Director of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. Squad member Sebastian Melrose enthused: “I feel like I’ve taken a lot from today and can’t wait to get back out on the circuit and put it into practice. This is my first year with the MSA Academy and already I feel that I have become a better driver both on and off the circuit.”
2017 ACADEMY CO-DRIVERS ANNOUNCED Seven promising young rally co-drivers have been selected for exclusive coaching on the 2017 MSA Academy development programme, led by Nicky Grist and Paul Spooner. The initiative aims to support the next generation of UK codrivers and help ensure that they remain the best in the
world. The latest seven selected are: Chris Sharpe-Simkiss (23) Harry Thomas (21) Jon Hawkins (25) Osian Wyn (22) Peredur Davies (24) Sinclair Young (26) Tom Murphy (19).
Grist said: “Choosing the final seven was not an easy task but we have a great group of upand-coming youngsters who will benefit massively from this unique experience to take them to the top of the sport. Both Paul and I are really looking forward to working with them, starting at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB.”
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GoMotorsport Developing club motorsport for people of all ages and backgrounds
bringing newcomers to the sport
South East RDO Andrew Actman reports on his recent visit to West Kent College. On 4 October Chris Judge – Chairman of Sevenoaks and District Motor Club – and I visited 18 motorsport students at West Kent College to speak about all aspects of motorsport. The students were enthused by video footage of autotests and sprints, with four class members immediately signing up to join the club. We took along a historic rally car and showed the students around, explaining the trip meters and stop watches. The presentation ended with students and teachers invited to attend Sevenoaks’ next event, an Autosolo at Brands Hatch.
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Go Motorsport bringing newcomers to the sport real impact is a longer term process which needs to be based upon some core building blocks, namely people, partnerships and coaching. People: clubs need the right people, with the right skills, in the right roles to make them sustainable and effective. Without good people, no development project will succeed.
Rory Bryant, National Development Manager for Scottish Motor Sports, explains recent club development work. Scottish Motor Sports represents a unique partnership between the governing bodies for two- and fourwheel motorsport in Scotland; the Motor Sports Association and the Scottish Auto Cycle Union. Having been successful in securing investment from sportscotland in early 2016 to develop the sport, we are now over a year into the implementation of our four year strategy. This may be surprising for readers but one year into the implementation of our strategy, we find it difficult to write about one club development success story. This is by no means to under sell our efforts, or the efforts
of our clubs. Indeed, there has been some fantastic work carried out this year which has seen our sport exposed to new audiences. For example, our partnership with the Ignition Festival in Glasgow saw Scottish Sporting Car Club provide over 450 people with a passenger ride experience, which – alongside our activities on our information stand – has seen over 25 people (that we know of) attend follow up events and sign up to clubs across the country. This activity is of course positive but arguably the return for the sport is not that significant. While we’re learning all the time, we think delivering
Partnerships: clubs need strong partnerships be it with local authorities, colleges or universities to enable them to effectively promote themselves to new audiences. Coaching: If you join your local golf or tennis club, you will likely be offered coaching to enhance your experience no matter what level you play at. Whilst managing weight transfer, performing the perfect hand brake turn and understanding regulations has become second nature to many of us, it’s perhaps easy to forget that our sport is actually quite complex to the newcomer. Coaching is therefore important to make peoples entry into motorsport an enjoyable and – hopefully – lifelong experience. With this in mind, we’d like to signpost you to a case study on a club we have been working with over the past year, which we believe is underpinned by the development principles above. The club in question is actually a motorcycle club but the principles behind the development work could be applied to any club. The case study elaborates upon our work with the club which has seen us create a development plan to increase their membership from under 40 to over 350 people by 2021. In light of this, we have been successful in securing £18,000 investment for the club to employ a part time coach to support the delivery of this plan.
GoMo event spotlight
The recent RallyDay at Castle Combe Circuit saw various groups combine under the Go Motorsport flag to promote competing and volunteering. Here are a few highlights. Cheltenham Motor Club represented not only itself but club motor sport as a whole. The club spoke to show visitors about the various activities organised and supported by local clubs, including their special stage rally at Down Ampney. Club members brought various items to illustrate its activities including timing clocks for stage rallies and the various types of navigation that form part of road events. Marshalling was represented by the British Rally Marshals Club (BRMC) with visitors given the opportunity to sign-up to receive further information about how they can play a vital role in ensuring events can run as efficiently and safely as possible.
The work of rescue crews was highlighted by Southern Rescue Group and Hawk Rescue, who brought along their rescue unit and laid out their equipment to show how they provide a valuable service for competitors and others who may be involved in an incident. They also demonstrated an extrication from a rally car without utilising cutting equipment and a Vacuum Ked device, which immobilises and supports the casualty’s back by moulding to their body shape. Finally in the parc ferme area of the paddock Fern Motor Sport’s team of top 10 finishers in the BTRDA/MSA Autotest Championships put on a fantastic display of controlled precision driving before talking to their spectators and handing-out recruitment leaflets.
Go Motorsport’s local Regional Development Officer, Andrew Bisping, said: “One of the highlights for me was seeing everybody come together in a common spirit of promoting our sport for the benefit of everyone. Converting people from just watching to taking part as competitors or volunteers is what we were there for, so many thanks to everyone on the day for stepping forward to do this.”
“One of the highlights was seeing everybody come together in a common spirit of promoting our sport for the benefit of everyone”
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Go Motorsport club spotlight
CHELMSFORD MOTOR CLUB The Essex-based club recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. advanced with it’s plans for a closedroad stage rally in Essex, liaising with local councils and MSA, with the objective of running one of the first events under new legislation in England during 2018. Running so many events requires development of organising officials. We have actively promoted new organisers into the positions of responsibility and supported the development of the technical officials both inside the club and in co-operation with other clubs.” The club owns timing equipment and results services are used on many events across the country. Members also contribute to MSA Committees across the sport. Chelmsford Motor Club (CMC) focuses on grassroots rallying and has a long history of success in organising and running events such as the Britvic Rally, a BTRDA round in the 1970s, and the Famous Preston Rally which was first run in 1977. The club also ran one of the first Historic Rallies, The East Anglian Classic in 1994. CMC and other clubs in the area also have a very strong following in Targa Rallies which are regularly organised at various venues throughout the area. As its name implies, the club is based in Chelmsford, Essex, and actively supports the local regional associations in providing several key officials and championship coordinators. CMC is a founder member of the Anglian Motor Sports Club which is a consortium of East Anglian motor clubs which organise many Autotests, Autosolos and Targa Rallies.
CMC is proud to say that its membership has been increasing yearon-year for over a decade and is now approaching 600. The number has been boosted by crews from across the UK and even Ireland entering the club’s first multi-venue Targa Rally in September this year. CMC runs a winter series of 12 Car Rallies around the country lanes of Essex and Suffolk. Running from September to April, the events usually attract full entries of mostly inexperienced crews who benefit from the navigational tutorials and skills of some expert navigators. The club also runs navigational training evenings to help new competitors. Jim Bowie, club chairman, says: “Our stage rallies continue to be among the most successful in the region. As well as maintaining two annual stage rallies at Wethersfield Stages and Brands Hatch, the club is well
The www.chelmsfordmc.co.uk website is a well used resource that has evolved over the years as a promotional, planning and communication platform for members and competitors. The club likes to get the local community involved and has had a competition recently in a local school to design a Brands Hatch Stages Rally Plate. It also supports local charities, including The Essex and East Anglian Air Ambulance Service.
“The club is well advanced with it’s plans for a Closed Road Rally in Essex, liaising with local councils and MSA” 31
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Published on Oct 18, 2017