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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Great Result at Snetterton

The team headed to Snetterton determined to finish both races and to be amongst the mid-field of the pack. Brand new tyres from Avon had arrived earlier in the week and were fitted in the hope that they would give the car more grip, therefore making us more competitive.The gear ratios were also set to give us optimum speed on the long straights of the circuit.

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The event had an excellent turn out for F4 with 17 entires, 13 of which were class A. This double-header event saw us race on both the saturday and sunday, with one qualifying session on saturday morning, and sunday's race starting with a reverse grid of saturday's race results.

 Qualifying was the first time Tim had ever driven around the fast Snetterton 200 circuit and  as he began to learn the circuit his lap times significantly reduced. The tyres looked like they were beginning to work, and after 20 minutes Tim had qualified with a solid 9th place.

Race 1 got underway later in the afternoon in dry conditions, which looked set to last.
Tim got off the line well, but found himself on the slower part of the track, and unable to gain position through the first corner. Instead he dropped down to 11th place.

From 11th he had a good battle with Paul Young in his number 33 car, a motorcycle engined Revelation. For a few laps they were side by side down the pit straight, until Tim made a great move down the inside of the tight final corner to gain the position. Young then took the place back off Tim on the straight, but Tim soon took it back on the same corner again. Tim made his way through the pack and ended up in another exciting duel with car number 83 of Paul Presgraves in his Van Diemen. Presgraves eventually spun, allowing Tim to get away and hunt down the next car in the field.  He was catching him quickly, and soon found himself in the slipstream, when suddenly their engine blew up, completely blinding Tim, whose quick change of direction avoided what would have been a very fast impact.

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A couple of retirements at the front of the pack saw us gain some places and we came over the line to finish in an excellent fifth place. This then got promoted to fourth, following post race scrutineering, in which fourth place driver Ben Cater in his Van Diemen was disqualified for failing the minimum ride height check.

The top eight reverse grid system meant that Tim would start 4th for the second race. This was changed to third as another driver opted to start futher back down the field.

Tim had a great start and took  the lead early in the lap. After leading most of the lap, the faster cars of the championship leaders overtook, putting Tim further down the field. Nevertheless he drove a consistent solid race, to finish a worthy sixth place, only slightly behind Paul Presgraves in fifth.

Chief Engineer Harley Gasson talks about the result and the car's development:

" The results at the weekend were fantastic for us. It is especially good considering it is our first ever season, and the fact we're operating on a significantly smaller budget than some of the leaders. The new tyres have definitely brought us into contention with the mid-field pack, giving us a few valuable seconds. We got the gear ratios spot on this time for the long straights, but will have to remember to change them for the next event at Silverstone's National Circuit! I am proud of the team for preparing a reliable, quicker car - which also sticks solidly to the rules and regulations set out by the MSA and 750 motor club. This is a great boost to the team and the university itself. Hopefully we can continue to deliver good results for the remainder of the season."

The team's next race is at Silverstone National Circuit on the 27th August. The team will also be at the Renault World Series at Silverstone on the 20/21st August, where they will have a stand, displaying the car and giving a number of presentations throughout the weekend. The event itself is free, and more information can be found at  http://www.worldseriesbyrenault.fr/en/calendar/silverstone/Pages/Default.aspx

 

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