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Porsche 911 RSR (911), Porsche GT Team: Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy, Frederic Makowiecki

Porsche on the podium at Daytona after strong team effort.
The Porsche GT Team was rewarded for a strong performance with a place on the podium at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Under difficult conditions on the Daytona International Speedway (USA), the two Porsche 911 RSR racers achieved positions three and five. The ca. 510 hp sports cars from Weissach had clearly dominated the first half of the long-distance classic. However, heavy rain, numerous caution phases, interruptions and incidents threw the two factory cars in the legendary Brumos design into a rainy game of chance in the final hours. The new Porsche 911 GT3 R achieved eighth place at its race debut.

Porsche 911 RSR (912), Porsche GT Team: Earl Bamber, Mathieu Jaminet, Laurens Vanthoor

Heading into the race on Saturday afternoon (local time) in dry conditions, Nick Tandy (Great Britain) made perfect use of his pole position, with the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR holding the lead over many laps. His French teammates Patrick Pilet and Frédéric Makowiecki retained the top spot into the night. Torrential rain early on Sunday morning proved to be a watershed moment in a perfect race. With deep water on the track, the 911 of the polesitter fell back into fifth place.
The sister car shared by Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Mathieu Jaminet (France) experienced bad luck early on in the race. The repairs to a defect in the front splitter mounting threw the trio in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR back by four laps. Thanks to a flawless drive and perfect strategy, the gap was quickly closed so that both factory cars were back amongst the frontrunners. The No. 912 vehicle was relegated to fourth place in arguably the worst conditions in the 57-year history of the endurance classic, but was classified third when a penalty was handed to a competitor when the race was finally stopped after 24 hours and 50 minutes. 

Porsche 911 GT3 R (73), Park Place Motorsports: Patrick Lindsey, Patrick Long, Matt Campbell, Nicholas Boulle

In the GTD class, the new Porsche 911 GT3 R run by the Park Place Motorsports customer team achieved eighth place. After several setbacks, works driver Patrick Long (USA), Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (Australia) as well as the two American racing drivers Patrick Lindsey and Nicholas Boulle repeatedly fought their way up the order. Over long stretches, the team from Texas and its experienced drivers underlined the immense potential of the new GT3 car from Weissach and led the race in the final stages. However, the interruption immediately after a pit stop foiled the tactics and thus the chance of a victory. 

Daytona: Rolex 24 at Daytona on January, 27, 2019, (Photo by Juergen Tap)


Bad luck also plagued the customer teams Black Swan Racing and Pfaff Motorsports, with accidents throwing their ca. 500 hp vehicles into retirement. The squads from the USA and Canada managed to match the pace of the frontrunners and were at times on course for a podium spot. A technical defect threw the Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by NGT Motorsport out of contention early in the race.

Porsche 911 GT3 R (9), PFAFF Racing: Scott Hargrove, Zacharie Robichon, Lars Kern, Dennis Olsen

FINLAY ROBINSON JOINS RENAULT UK CLIO CUP GRID WITH WESTBOURNE MOTORSPORT

After several years impressing at club-level motor sport, Finlay Robinson (Harrogate) will progress to the Renault UK Clio Cup grid in 2019 with the Westbourne Motorsport team.

Finlay, aged 18, will join the already confirmed Ben Colburn (Worthing) in the multiple race-winning squad’s line up.

Westbourne is also looking to add to its numbers before the season starts at Brands Hatch in early April – last year it was often the team to beat with driver James Dorlin winning an unrivalled six of the season’s 18 rounds and challenging strongly for the title…

Finlay has previously been a podium finisher/winner in Junior Saloon Cars and the Michelin Clio Cup Series in Westbourne-run cars.

Now though comes the step up to the UK Clio Cup which races at the British Touring Car Championship’s high profile events. As a result it receives vast levels exposure – the action is broadcast live on ITV4 and trackside crowds average 38,000 people per event.

His debut season in the UK Clio Cup will be backed by Vantage Motor Group, Aston Barclay Vehicle Remarketing and GardX. In addition to the main championship he will be eligible for the Graduates Cup for younger drivers in their first full season.



LONDON CONCOURS ANNOUNCES CLASSES FOR 2019

  • The London Concours has announced the seven classes that will host over 70 of the world’s great performance car icons this June
  • There will be a celebration of two ‘Great Marques’; this year Ferrari and Jaguar, encapsulating historic and modern legends from each
  • A class of ‘Icons’ will include the cars that have come to represent a generation, from the McLaren F1 to Citroen DS
  • London Concours will also pay tribute to great automotive innovators, the Outlaws and the manufacturers lost to time
  • Hosted at the Honourable Artillery Company HQ from 5-6 June, the London Concours is the capital’s finest automotive garden party
  • The London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet, has announced this year’s expertly curated car classes, including ‘The Great Marques’, ‘The Innovators’ and ‘The Icons’.

The capital’s leading automotive garden party returns to the idyllic lawns of the Honourable Artillery Company from 5-6 June, displaying more than 70 automotive greats in seven distinct classes:

Great Marques – Ferrari

Great Marques – Jaguar

The Icons

The Innovators

The Outlaws

Made in Germany

Lost Marques

The ‘Great Marques’ classes are a celebration of some of motoring’s most legendary brands. This year the honour falls to Ferrari and Jaguar; both of whom have a long list of automotive luminaries in their back catalogue – the Ferrari 250 GTO and Jaguar XKSS to name just two.

The Icons class is comprised of automotive models that came to represent their generation; think ‘90s and it’ll be the McLaren F1 or think ‘60s and it’ll be the Aston Martin DB5. Whether it’s through ripping up the rulebook, finding fame on the silver screen or being the poster car for a whole generation of buyers, each car in this class has established itself as a verified automotive icon.


ANGLIA AND CAPRI ANNIVERSARIES AT BEAULIEU’S SIMPLY FORD

Beaulieu’s Simply Ford will return on Sunday May 5th for a huge celebration of all things Ford, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Ford Anglia 105E and 50th anniversary of the popular Capri.

Anglia and Capri owners are invited to park their classics in special areas set aside at the heart of the show, as part of the diverse display of hundreds of Fords in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.

Simply Ford is the biggest in Beaulieu’s range of 10 Simply rallies and promises to be as unmissable as last year’s event, which attracted 3,000 enthusiasts and nearly 1,800 Fords.

The Ford Anglia stands out in the memory of many family motorists, as well as being a firm favourite with racing drivers and customisers over six decades. Event-goers will also be able to see the Anglias on show at Beaulieu, with the 1966 Anglia Super 1200 in the National Motor Museum and the famous ‘flying’ Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in On Screen Cars. For more details see the Ford page on the Beaulieu website at www.beaulieu.co.uk/ford.

In the double celebration display, Surrey Capri Club will show a collection of its members’ cars to mark the anniversary of the Capri – which enjoyed a production run spanning 18 years with its fastback shape and also graced the race tracks of Europe.


NISSAN TO MAKE SPECIAL GT-R CELEBRATING PARTNERSHIP WITH NAOMI OSAKA.

Nissan have announced in Japan of a special edition Nissan GT-R which has been launched to commemorate the company’s

Nissan plans to build up to 50 of the cars, with tailored specifications based on the Nissan GT-R Premium edition grade. The model will come with three body color options including Midnight Opal, Brilliant White Pearl and Meteor Flake Black Pearl.

Osaka, who joined Nissan as a brand ambassador shortly after becoming the first Japanese tennis player to win a women’s singles Grand Slam championship in September, helped match the color schemes for the special-edition GT-R. Three new color schemes have been developed for the commemorative model, and they can be combined with any of the body colors.

The car comes with LED high-mount stop lights on the dry carbon rear spoiler and a golden model-number plate in the engine room.

Nissan GT-R special edition interior

Santa Pod unveils new events for 2019

The Fast Show Reloaded

There is exciting new action on offer at Santa Pod Raceway in 2019. No fewer than six brand new events will be added to its already busy calendar.

The Springspeed Nationals is the first of the new line-up, to be held on the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May. If the name and date seem familiar, they offer a fond tip of the hat to Warwickshire’s recently closed Shakespeare County Raceway, where this national Sportsman event ran on that weekend for many years.

Another Sportsman event, the Green Light Nationals, joins the roster on 17th and 18th August, providing the nation’s finest Sportsman racers a chance to compete at the height of summer.

Fans of April’s The Fast Show can rejoice at the addition of The Fast Show Reloaded on Sunday 30th June. The show offers another opportunity to get vehicles of all shapes and sizes on to Santa Pod’s famed quarter-mile or on display in the Autoglym Show & Shine competition. It’s a fine excuse to get together with one’s automotive chums for another day of putting pedal to the metal or simply for chewing the fat surrounded by glittering machinery. To that end, club bookings are very much welcomed so expect to find displays catering for all vehicular tastes. In addition, there will be a line-up of high-calibre entertainment in the Live Action Arena and around the venue.

There’s also something fresh on the list for many marque-specific enthusiasts.

The famous Griffin comes to Santa Pod in the form of The Vauxhall Show (Sunday 28th April), welcoming everything from Corsas to Vivas to the dragstrip and the showground alike. While renowned for their reliability, affordability and even modify-ability(!?), Vauxhalls are a popular choice for everyone from new drivers to the current crop of everyday petrolheads. The dragstrip will be ready and waiting, so VXR owners should need no further encouragement to make the most of this opportunity to drop the clutch and test their vehicles’ performance in a safe and legal environment.

Five weeks later, German engineering takes the stage at Das Auto Show (Sunday 2nd June). German car manufacturers are extremely popular on the roads in the UK; whether you’re looking for an efficient hatchback, high-performance monster or simply a touch of class, the chances are you’ve at least thought about buying German. The modern line of performance vehicles makes them popular on the dragstrip too, with the likes of the BMW M series, Audi RS series, VW R and GTI series, and even Mercedes AMG series, all capable of recording some mightily impressive quarter-mile times. Then we have Porsche, a name which speaks for itself in the automotive world. We can’t wait to see which one of these Deutschmarque heavyweights winds up on top of the pile at the end of the weekend.

The third new marque-specific event spotlights the ever-popular blue oval when The Ford Show arrives on Sunday 7th July. Founded in 1903, FoMoCo has sent more than its fair share of products down the dragstrip during Santa Pod’s 53 operational years and they remain no less popular today in the National Championship ranks. Fords of all shapes and sizes can be found from entry level right up to Pro Modified, the pinnacle class of ‘doorslammer’ racing. The Ford Show, however, is not just for the drag racing and musclecar hardcore. There’s heavy emphasis on modern ‘hot hatches’ and performance models as well as on popular classics such as early Escorts, Capris and Cortinas, and everything in between. Use of the track is not only permitted but encouraged, as is entry into the Autoglym Show & Shine competition and club stand bookings.

See Santa Pod’s 2019 calendar and full details of these great new events at www.santapod.com

BMW action at Das Auto Show.

Ford Fiesta takes two titles.

Top Gear magazine and Parkers name Fiesta ST car of the year.

The Ford Fiesta has won three Car of the Year titles, two of them for the new Ford Fiesta ST. Top Gear magazine awarded the Fiesta ST its car of the year honour and Hot Hatch of the year, continuing the success of the previous Fiesta ST which won the same award in 2013.
Parkers also named the Fiesta ST as its car of the year at the 2019 Parkers New Car Awards



New John Cooper Works MINI cars available.

Available from March 2019 with increased standard specifications for the UK market are the MINI hatchback and MINI convertible.
The MINI John Cooper Works Hatch and MINI John Cooper Works Convertible are both equipped with the potent 2 litres four-cylinder engine which produces 231 HP with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology and has an official fuel consumption figure of 40.9 mpg with the 6-speed manual transmission and 45.6 mpg with the 8-speed Steptronic transmission. This gives the Hatch a 0-62 mph time of 6.3 seconds, while the Convertible covers the same distance in 6.6 seconds.


Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Aston Martin Valkyrie with AMR Track Performance Pack – Stirling Green and Lime livery.

The partnership between Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies created the Aston Martin Valkyrie, the ultimate expression of hypercar design, engineering and performance. Now the marque’s personalisation service ‘Q by Aston Martin’ is set to release an exclusive collection of additions to this road going hypercar. The 150 cars can now be further optimised with the AMR Track performance pack.

Aston Martin Valkyrie with AMR Track Performance Pack.

The pack’s track only components, which can be swopped with the existing road legal parts, will improve lap times by approximately 8%. It features a new aerodynamic front clam which delivers greater downforce and efficiency. A second set of all exterior body panels, lightweight titanium brakes, track-focused suspension, matte black magnesium performance wheels and carbon fibre aero disk set complete the modifications. Customers will be able to choose between three spectacular AMR livery designs or specify their own unique design.

Designer Specification – SPIRIT.

Q by Aston Martin – Designer Specification – MANTIS.
Q by Aston Martin – Designer Specification – ULTIMATE.

For owners who wish to keep their car on the road, there are four beautiful designer specification themes, featuring exclusive Valkyrie colours including Slipstream Green, Liquid Petroleum, Ethanol Silver and Maximum Orange. Alternatively, customers are invited to work with the Aston Martin Design team to refine their specifications, enhanced even further by ‘Q by Aston Martin’.

Q by Aston Martin – Designer Specification – ULTIMAT.

Formula E double podium for Audi E-Tron FE05.

In the second round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Marrakesh, Morocco, all four Audi e-tron FE05 cars finished in the points. Courtesy of customer team Envision Virgin Racing, Audi became the first manufacturer to achieve a double podium with the new generation of Formula E racing cars. Robin Frijns and Sam Bird from Envision Virgin Racing finished in 2nd and 3rd places. The factory cars of Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt finished in 7th and 10th place. The race was won by Jérôme d’Ambrosio for Mahindra.


Bruce McLaren’s winning Legacy remembered with a special 720S collection.

McLaren 720S Spa 68 Collection in front of the MTC.

McLaren Brussels has commissioned three McLaren 720S supercars in MSO bespoke Anniversary Orange to honour the McLaren team’s first Formula 1 Grand Prix victory at Spa, Belgium in 1968. Fifty years since Bruce McLaren recorded his team’s first win, at the 1968 Belgium Grand Prix, a three-car collection by McLaren Special Operations has been built to mark a milestone in McLaren history. The McLaren 720S Spa 68 Collection is painted in MSO bespoke Anniversary Orange, to echo the colour of the 1968 race car, and feature a silver outline of the 14km Spa-Francorchamps track used in 1968, ahead of the rear wheel arch. All three cars also have a dedication plaque with its unique number.

Spa circuit outline from 1968 circuit.

Headrests with Spa circuit outline and caption Spa 1968.

The Mini 60 Years Edition.

MINI is remembering the 60th anniversary of this famous British icon with the introduction of a limited edition model, celebrating the best of MINI. Just 500 examples of this Worldwide edition will be on sale in the UK. The cars will be finished in British Racing Green, with a black contrasting roof, exclusive 17 inch light alloy wheels and a unique interior.

The original 1959 Mini.

The British Motor Corporation (BMC) revealed the original Mini to the World on the 26th August 1959. It captured the imagination of the World and revolutionised the compact car.

Original interior in 1959, with central speedo and door pull cable to open door.

To kick start this anniversary year, MINI is introducing a limited run of just 500 cars for UK customers.

The MINI Cooper S 60 Years Edition will feature a new British Racing Green paint finish, with piano black exterior trim, black roof and exterior mirror caps and special anniversary design bonnet stripes.

The car will also be offered exclusively with automatic transmission and will do 0-62 mph in just 6.7 seconds. Every model in the UK will be sold with an additional set of MINI spotlights fitted to the front radiator grille and the 60 Years emblem completes the vehicle. They will be available from March 2019 at £29,990 OTR.


MEMORABLE RE-RUN OF SOUTH AMERICAN GRAND PRIX FLAGGED OFF BY FANGIO’S SON.

Five times World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio competed in the 1948 Grand Prix of South America, and it was 70 years later to the minute that his son Oscar recently flagged off the first contestant in the inaugural re-run of this ‘greatest ever road race’.

Organised by leading international classic car rally specialist Bespoke Rallies, this challenging 10,000km adventure began in Buenos Aires and finished in Cartagena almost a month later, having shadowed the original route as closely as possible through Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.

The winning car was the second oldest on the event, the 1929 Chrysler 75 of Andrew Davies and Paul Dilley who, despite tough opposition from the drivers of such much younger vehicles as a Triumph TR4 and pair of Ford Escort 2000s, led the event for much of the way, thanks to the notable regularity rally skills of its crew.

In 2nd place was the 1972 Porsche 911 of Gerd Buehler and Armin Gottfried Knuepfing;

3rd place, the splendid 1933 Lagonda M45 of Martin Egli, Thomas Kern and Marc Buhofer; and 4th, the 1938 Chevrolet Coupe of Daniel and Rabbia Schlatter – the very type of machine in which Fangio had contested the original event all those years before.


RALLYING WITH GROUP B ATTRACTS EX-WORKS AND WRC CHAMPS TO RACE RETRO, POWERED BY MOTOR SPORT 

Audi Quattro

This year’s Race Retro, powered by Motor Sport, has received a record number of entries for the Live Rally Stage, organised by Rallying with Group B (RWGB), with some amazing ex-works cars and motorsport legends celebrated. 

RWGB organiser Tim Foster said: “The quantity of entries for Race Retro this year has been amazing but the quality of the vehicles that enthusiasts will be able to see up close and in action is off the charts!”

Tickets are now on sale for Race Retro, powered by Motor Sport, February 22-24 2019 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, with free parking for all visitors. For the latest updates and ticket information, visit www.raceretro.com


The Cupra Ateca.

The Cupra brand was born from SEAT’s award-winning motorsport division and is the ultimate expression of uniqueness, sophistication and performance. CUPRA was launched as a standalone brand in February 2018 with the CUPRA Ateca, a high-performance SUV. It combines sportiness and practicality in a package with the highest performance of any SUV outside a premium manufacturer. It has 295 BHP and 400Nm of torque available from its 2-litre TSi petrol engine connected to a seven-speed DSG transmission linked to a 4Drive all-wheel-drive system. It has a top speed of 153 mph and a 0-62 mph time of 5.2 seconds.


McLaren 720S GT3 debut.

The new McLaren 720S GT3 made a stunning debut in the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi in December 2018. It came close to a tantalising first time out victory, lapping the entire field before suspension problems dropped the car back to 5th place in class and 8th overall. This is the first GT racer designed and built in-house by McLaren Automotive. The car, driven by Ben Barnicoat (GB), Álvaro Parente (PT) and Shane van Gisbergen (NZ), ran trouble free for ten hours. The race was split into two six-hour events and the McLaren finished the first half in 2nd place. From the start of the second event, the McLaren dominated until, with just two hours to go, a problem with the right front suspension forced van Gisbergen into the pits. Rapid work by the team saw Barnicoat back out after just 13 minutes in the pits. In the last ninety minutes, he closed on the rest of the field and finished 8th overall and 5th in the GT3 Pro Class.


New Renault Clio

The all-new Renault Clio will make its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show. This is the fifth generation of this automotive icon, with over 15 million cars sold since it was originally launched in 1990. It has become Groupe Renault’s best selling model worldwide. The new model inherits features from all the previous generations including technology found on higher-end vehicles like the Mégane and Espace. It has extremely high standards of spaciousness and comfort and ushers in a new era in terms of perceived quality. Finally, it inherits a strong design, one that inspired the entire Renault range.


Porsche will enter Formula E with Neel Jani

Experienced Swiss racer and works Porsche driver Neel Jani has been signed as the first driver for the works Porsche team in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship when they join the series for the sixth season of the fully electric racing series. Jani has been a works Porsche driver since 2013 and became FIA World Endurance Champion in 2016.


John Watson makes his Race Retro show debut this year.

John Watson. Photo courtesy of Race Retro.

Former Formula One driver John Watson won five Grands Prix during his career and was third in the 1982 World Championship. Born in Belfast, his F1 career started in 1972 but his first World Champion event wasn’t until the following year when he drove a Brabham-Ford BT37. Moving on to the Brabham BT42, he scored his first championship point in the 1974 Monaco Grand Prix. Drives with Team Surtees, Lotus and Penske followed. John’s first World Championship podium came in 1976 finishing 3rd in the French Grand Prix with a victory to follow in the Austrian Grand Prix driving the Penske. In 1979, Watson moved to McLaren where he gave them their first victory in over three years by winning the 1981 British Grand Prix and also securing the first victory for a carbon fibre composite monocoque F1 car, the McLaren MP4/1. His most successful year was 1982, when he finished third in the Drivers’ Championship, winning two Grands Prix before he retired from F1 at the end of the 1983 season. He then turning to sports car racing and partnered Stefan Bellof to victory in the Fuji 1000km and drove a Jaguar XJR-5 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans seven times over the course of his career between 1973 and 1990 and came second in the World Sports Car Championship in 1987.