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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Bad Luck at Silverstone

After a month’s break the team were back in action at the legendry Silverstone circuit. Round 10 of the Formula 4 Championship took in the 1.6 mile National circuit which features famous corners such as Copse, Luffield and Maggots, which also feature on the Grand Prix circuit.

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Upon arrival at the circuit the team set about constructing the work area within the garage, going through the mechanical component checks and walking the circuit. Despite the gloomy, miserable weather the team were in high spirits and were pleased to be back at Silverstone after the Renault World Series event the weekend before.

By Saturday morning the weather had improved dramatically, and the team made their final preparations before scrutineering and the morning qualifying session.

Qualifying again saw a 20 minute dash for Tim to try and learn the final new circuit of the season and to try and gain that perfect lap time.

Shortly after 11:00am, 16 cars rolled out onto the circuit which was bathed in glorious sunshine. Tim again quickly adjusted himself to the circuit and was setting a consistent pace in the top 10. After lap 9, all other runners had passed the pit wall and with the stopwatch still running, Tim was nowhere to be seen.

The team feared the worst. Luckily other competitors had seen Tim and said he had just stopped out on track.

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Shortly after the session a tow truck appeared with Tim and the car and as he climbed out of the car from his helmet he uttered the words ‘engine failure’.

The minute the car arrived back in the garage all the engineering team sprung into action to try and rectify the problem of what turned out to be a seized engine. After hours of work the team had unseized the engine and got it firing but time had run out and sadly the engine was not sounding its normal self with a possible timing issue and right up until the F4 grid was forming, the team slaved over the car to try and get it out for the race.

 

Sadly SMU Motorsport had to pull out of the race as the engine problem transpired to be terminal.

Quotes From The Weekend:

Chief Engineer - Harley Gasson

‘The engine came back with strong signs that it had been running very hot, most likely due to a lean fuel mixture, which at the moment we believe to be related to a timing issue. We worked extremely hard to get the engine running again, and utilised the full knowledge and skills of our team members to do so. Sadly the engine was not running properly and with such limited time we couldn’t change engines in time for the race. However this has been an immensely positive experience in that we have all learnt a lot this weekend and the teamwork has been excellent. I’m very proud of the whole team and I am sure we can work together in the forthcoming weeks up to Pembrey and get the car running perfectly again.’

Head of Data Acquisition - Brian Fenton

‘After Tim got back, everyone made great efforts in the attempts to try resurrect the engine in the hope of making the race, thanks also go to other competitors for their assistance. Alas, we ran out of time and even though we managed to unseize the engine and get it running, we think the timing belt slipped a tooth and we weren’t in a position to correct that. Luckily lecturers Alastair Clarke & David Campion were en route to pick up a spare engine as all of this was unfolding. This week will see a big push to get the replacement engine installed and running as well as finding out how much damage has been done to the current unit’.

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Head Of Management and Operations  Ben Buesnel concludes the weekend.

‘Although the team did not make the race, the whole team worked exceptionally well together. We were very disappointment to travel all that way and to not contest the race but again SMU Motorsport showed its major strength of excellent team work and commitment and the team can be proud of their efforts from the weekend.

We now plan to be back bigger and better for our home round at Pembrey on the 24th & 25th of September.’