Race Calendar

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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 2012

End of Season Report 2012 

After a successful first season in the Formula 4 Championship, the SMU Motorsport team returned with a season of mixed fortunes. Together with the addition of new team members both in management and engineering, the team began development work and testing in the autumn months in preparation for the 2012 campaign. The supporters’ wing and bodywork  space accommodated new sponsors who provided finance and support to the team, without whom the campaign would not have been possible.

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 This propelled the team into the 2012 season, with setup optimisation at Silverstone improving lap times by 1 second.  Tim had a strong opening race finishing in 7th position, however on the straights the car was hitting the rev limiter too early. Back in the garage the engineering team set to work optimising the gear ratios after correlating the data from the car’s data logger. The hard worked paid off on Sunday with Tim setting a new personal best lap time. However in the second race the differential failed putting the team out of the race.

 Upon returning to the SMU Workshop the engineers were able to replace the differential ahead of the third and fourth rounds of the season held at Brands Hatch.

The conditions at Brands Hatch were poor, with Tim qualifying 10th on a wet track. However in the first race the team was presented with a major issue when Tim had a collision on track resulting in front end damage that the team were unable to repair away from their workshop.

Back in Swansea the team worked extremely well, focusing all attention on repairing the car for the next race.  The car was repaired with a new front nose and wing being constructed, giving a different but still competitive setup ahead of the next two rounds at Cadwell Park.

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The weather at Cadwell was contrary to that at Brands Hatch, luckily for the team who had decided to camp at the Lincolnshire track. The two day event started well for the team with Tim starting the first race in 9th position and finishing 6th. However during Sunday’s qualifying the car experienced an engine problem that put them out of the session, qualifying in 7th position for the afternoon’s race.  The team managed to repair the problem using parts from the spare engine and finished the race in 7th position. Everyone was pleased with the weekend’s result feeling their hard work had paid off.

 The team worked hard back in the workshop developing the new high nose cone to be run with the rear wing that had been used previously in the 2012 season.

 The changes were in place for rounds 7 and 8 at Donington Park, the first of two weekends the team would spend at the track over the season. Once again the weather was poor and the track was too wet to run slick tyres. In the only practice session of the day Tim qualified 8th for the first race and 9th for the second based on his best and second best lap times. The track had dried in time for the first race of the day and Tim had a great start gaining a position in the first lap. However a gear selection issue resulted in Tim losing pace down the straights finishing the race in 9th position. The engineers checked the car over between the two races, but were unable to make any changes due to a lack of time. However Tim gained a position during the second race finishing in 8th position, another good result for SMU Motorsport.

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 Sadly, the weekend was the final racing event for five of the founding team members who had finished their degree programmes. Senior member of the team, Dr Alastair Clarke also bid farewell to the 
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m at the weekend taking up a lecturing position at Cardiff University. The team would like to wish the guys all the best in their future careers and thank them for all their support!

 During the two month break from racing, the gear selection issue was resolved ahead of the second event at Donington at the beginning of September. Once again the event was run on a single day, with Tim qualifying 7th for both of the races.  Unfortunately the first race was red flagged 5 minutes in and when it was restarted the car failed to restart on the grid due to an electrical issue. The team experienced better luck in the second race finishing in 7th position.

 At the beginning of October the team headed to Snetterton for the final two rounds of the 2012 season. The weather at the Norfolk Circuit was poor, with heavy fog delaying the timetable for the day. The practice session was run behind the safety car and qualifying positions were determined from the Championship positions,    resulting in Tim qualifying 8th for both races. The fog soon cleared and Tim had a good start to the race, but soon started to experience severe over steer in the corners and lost two positions after spinning on the second lap. The race continued and Tim started to catch the 9th place driver, however stability issues continued with the car snatching sideways through the back straight. The problem was causing a safety issue and Tim pulled off on the 7th lap. Once the car was returned to the garage it became clear that the bolts on the engine mount had sheared resulting in the engine coming away from the tub. The team were  unable to run in the second race of the day.

formula 4_4SMU Motorsport picked up 74 points in the 2012 championship finishing in 10th position, a two place  improvement on the 2011 season. The team were pleased with the result and have all really enjoyed the  season.

 Since returning to Swansea the team has grown in size having recruited many new first year students in both the Engineering and Management teams. The engineering team have begun to strip down the car, a project that will last throughout the winter months, with the aim of testing at Pembrey at the beginning of 2013.

 SMU – Formula 4 Championship team would like to thank everyone for their continued support over the 2012 season. Without you this would not be possible and your help has provided every team member with valuable experience that will follow them through their careers.

 

 

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