Race Calendar

2016 Race Calender 

 

April 23/24th - Silverstone Int.

May 30th - Oulton Park Endurance

June 11/12th - Thrxuton

July 3rd - Donington Park

July 17th - Castle Coombe

August 6/7th - Snetterton 300

August 27/28th - Brands Hatch GP Endurance

October 22/23rd - Brands Hatch Indy (FFF)

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 End of Season Report

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 From pink to podiums, the first year as UWTSD Team MCR has been eventful. We have had the expected teething problems for the new project and hope to continue with our success in 2015.

 The Team started out as the former Formula Renault team, the Renault was handed over to another group of students as we embarked on a new challenge. This was the first year the UWTSD MCR has raced and the team have enjoyed and learned a lot in a season.

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 The MCR started its life as a race car in a very bright shade of pink, to the dismay of some of the team; we made the decision to have the MCR re-vinyled in the university colours with a big unveil at The Autosport International Show. We had several test sessions at Pembrey with Tim Tudor at the wheel as well as the introduction of our second driver, university lecturer Roger Dowden who would be joining us on our endurance races. 

 The Team started the season at Silverstone race circuit, this was the first race for the MCR and we were holding good pace, however this was where our first issue made an appearance, during the race Tim had to pull off the track due to a rear hub failure, this would be a recurring issue for the following few races.

53062981-20140510 104734_9208 Our next round at Brands Hatch was also our first endurance round meaning we were joined by Roger Dowden, we held good pace during the endurance and we had a smooth driver change when Roger took over. We then learnt that the car had lost brakes and was stuck in gear making Roger Dowden’s first race in the car a bit of a challenge. It was then back to the workshop for the team and the long wait before our next round at Oulton Park.

 Oulton Park was our double header, we suffered a puncture in our first race meaning we were at the back of the Duratec grid for the second race. Our second race was where we had a bit more luck with Tim making a fantastic start and overtaking 3 competitors by the first corner, we dropped back down to 12th but finished 4th in Duratec Class A giving us our best result so far. 

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 After Oulton the races were very close together with only a 2 week turn around before Donington. During qualifying the team found that the gear ratios were too long and the engineers got to work ready for the race the following day. Tim once again made a great start overtaking 2 competitors, putting us up to 8th place, Tim then lost places after spinning and eventually had to retire the car after a drive shaft failure, we were subsequently unable to enter the second race.

 After another quick turnaround the team were headed not too far away to Pembrey for our home race and second endurance race, meaning the return of Roger Dowden. We had testing in the morning for both Tim and Roger and they were both happy with the car. We were in for an eventful weekend. In our sprint race we qualified 13th on the grid and 6th in class, and once again Tim had a great start overtaking 4 competitors by the first corner, the race was red flagged and we restarted 6th on the grid. After the restart we were incredibly happy to see that we had finished 4th overall which is our best result of 2014. Our endurance race on the Sunday was also not one to miss, we started 8th on the grid and Roger went out first. As the team stood on the pit wall eagerly awaiting the UWTSD MCR to come round the last corner 2 competitors in front of us had contact down the main straight, there was bodywork coming from all directions narrowly missing Roger, after the yellow flags and track clearance we were in 17th place.

P3 finish We had trouble with connecting to TSL Timing making it difficult for us to tell how we were doing. When Roger came in for the driver change we were in 14th place and after Tim’s stint in the car we ended up finishing in 11th place. We did hope for a better result, but at that point the tyres had worn down to the canvas. However, when the team went over to the prize giving for the championship, we were shocked and delighted to see that we had in fact finished 3rd in class!


 Once again after another quick turnaround the team were off to Thruxton for our first race event at the circuit. It was the first time Tim had raced the track. We qualified 11th and 6th in class for the race. As the race started we waited to see how we would fare at the circuit, as Tim came into sight we noticed that Tim had had contact with another competitor leaving us with front bodywork damage. Tim continued the race and we finished 6th in class. We were due to enter the second Sports 2000 race which was a non-championship round however upon return to the paddock we found further issues and decided against going back out. 

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 As you may have seen Thruxton was the team’s last race of the season. We were unable to attend the last round of the season at the Brands Hatch Formula Ford Festival due to unforeseen circumstances out of the team’s control.

 


We would like to thank all of our Sponsors and Supporters from this season as we couldn’t have done it without you. We would also like to say thank you once again to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David who continue to give us the opportunity to go racing and get industry experience alongside our studies. Despite all of the issues we have faced it has been a year of learning and we did not expect to be on the podium in our first year! We intend on continuing our success in 2015.

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