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Wexford, Ireland 28/08/2012

Nigel Colfer wins rd4 of the European Drift Allstars Championship, Constanta, Romania

The NCDrifting team travelled to Romania for the 4th round of the Drift Allstars Championship which took place in Constanta, Romania on the 19th of July. The team were hoping to improve on Nigels position of 3rd in the Championship after having some issue’s with the car at rd3 of the championship in Ireland.

From the beginning of practice Nigel was laying down some amazing runs proving to the locals that he was one to watch for the weekend!

The night before the main event the cars travelled through the main streets of Constanta in an amazing prade grabbing attention and bringing the streets to a standstill.

Nigel qualified in 3rd position and as the darkness fell over the port of Constanta Nigel put on his game face for the twin battles. The irishmans speciality.

First up was Martin Richards in the pure performance, Altenzo tyres Toyota Soarer. With 2 solid runs against the English driver, Nigel advanced into the Semi Finals to face Spains Lluis Lopez.

The Spanish driver took Nigel to a one more time, but couldn’t keep with the consistency and speed of the Irishman and Nigel would advance into the final against the championship leader and fellow Irishman Alan Sinnott in the Nexen tyres S14.

The Nexen tyres were no match for Nigel’s Marangoni’s and could not compete with Nigel’s pace throughout the course handing Nigel his first win of the 2012 championship and putting him right in contention for the Championship with 2 rounds remaining.

After the event Nigel had this to say, “This means a lot, we’ve been unlucky with some car issues at the start of the year but now we have the car working 110% we are defiantly in contention for the championship. Our sponsors have been a vital part of the team and car being so competitive this year and this win was for each and every one  of those companies and people  that have shown faith in both me and the team. Romania has some amazing fans, these are as big a part of this win as anything else, they drove me to perform and it worked. Thank you for the amazing support and hopefully we can continue this success for the remainder of the year! ”



Festival Of Speed - Newtownards

Quick Introduction first of all, My names Bob and I'm the REO for Nothern Ireland.  Ive been meaning to post these pictures for a few weeks now, but finally they are here.

One of the biggest motorsport events returned to Newtownards Air Field again this year for Drift and Drag entertainment.  Some awesome fast and sideways cars (and bikes) out on the day.  including an Evo which I'm told is 996bhp.  It certainly moved like it.

Just a few snaps for now, Ill add more later



Fueltopia Barrel Sprint

Hi all

Just thought id let everyone know about sundays (19th) antics !

Myself and my team mate joey took part in the 5th round of the Fueltopia Barrel Sprint at Santa Pod http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=2H1Fmo5eIkI

There were 24 entrants with the top 16 going through to the knockout stages

I was driving my 200sx s14a(green wheels) and joey driving his (yellow wheels)

All morning was practise and with temperatures running into the high 30s we were fast running out of tires i had managed to get the 4th fastest time and Joey was 12th not bad on part worn 16s !!

After dinner it was qualifying so with 20 minutes remaining we choose to swap onto our 18s to try and get some better traction it worked and after 3 runs and the time up i had qualified 8th and Joey 6th .. there is a twist in all this though! Stephen "Baggsy" Biagioni (Team Japspeed and super pro BDC driver ) was sharing my car and he managed to qualify 7th but in the top 16 draw were up against each other in the same car !!

Baggsy opted for Joeys car in our battle and we pulled upto the line, it was close but yeah you guessed it he beat me by one and a half seconds ...i put it down to him having a welded diff and not a lack of talent on my part .... so he was through !! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkDCW1vwdhs

Joey stepped up and won his battle comfortably and was up against Baggsy in the next round !!

Baggsy back in my car and Joey in his they squared up and after the obligotory doughnuts, the flag dropped and they were off ....well Baggsy was but a car faliure meant Joey limped off and Baggsy show boated his way into the semis !! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlIbCYmgC7k ( sorry about the quality )

So the semis came and baggsy narrowly lost so was into the 3rd place battle which he lost (:P) .....but WAIT ....the other guy hit a barrel so incurred a penalty of 2seconds which meant he got a 3rd place and a spot on the podium !!!!

He then went on to sign the trophy and donate it to doris the drifter awwww

Over all it was a fantastic day and run extremely well !!! i would recommend it to anyone !!

Our next competition is Gymkhana Grid at trax up against the big boys ....wish us luck !!!



Hello guys REO from the worcestershire/glocs area

better late then never i supose hi my names Dale
a little bit about me i own and run www.midzmodified.com the uks biggest SHOW car site we have won it all done it all seen it all traveling all over europe in the process 
i also own www.challenge-R.com which is a company currently set up for bmw mini parts from carbon bits to bumpers ect ect 

so as you can see i am very heavliy involved in the scene i also have my baby which is a audi a3 8p which has gone through major changes recently going from a little 1.6 to a fire breathing 2.0tfsi and the whole car has changed since it went on cover of max power a couple of years ago 



i cant really show much more away but i have had the whole front end converted into a TT ;) the boys @ xquisite automotive are doing me proud

and a quick little pic of the demo car for challenge-R not complete yet but gettin there 


and while im at it this is what i used to race with my dad for a couple of years 




Introduction from Tim @ Fourinstance/UK-MKIVS

Hi guys, i'm Tim and i'm your South London REO!

As a big fan of SFS and their products, i'm delighted and honoured to take up this role, and hopefully help with keeping you all up to date with new products, events, and suchlike!

I'm a diehard VAG fanboy, particularly the MKIV Golf/Bora platform (because i lack imagination, like a solid car that'll take a bit of abuse, and critically, love the PD diesels).

My weapon of choice is a previously 130BHP Bora TDI, which nowadays (and with no small part to SFS' help) runs closer to 230BHP.


I run/help run a number of meets in and around London, including KrispyKreme New-Malden, Newlands Corner, West-End-Dubs at Earls Court, and the HOMEgrown  meet over in Beaconsfield. For VAG meet news, come find me on Facebook!

I'm usually found tinkering in my engine bay at these meets, proudly wearing the SFS logo, so if you need anything, please come and find me!

Also, a quick SFS event coming up, we've got a rolling-road day going at Surrey Rolling Road  scheduled for the 8th of September. To get involved, come hit us up on the UK-MKIVS forum , and get your name down!

For now, peace out, and speak to you all soon!



Ryan/Ramair Filters LTD - South Central REO

Good Afternoon Everyone,
Well an introduction is needed so here goes... My name is Ryan and I am part of the team @ Ramair Filters. We manufacture air filters for the Automotive and Motorsport sectors, Im 23 and over the past 5 years I've managed to own 27 cars, currently I'm heavily into my VAG scene which will hopefully be appreciated with the predominantly Japanese based enthusiasts we've already heard from on here. 
I have just recently sold my pride and joy which was a completely stripped MK4 Golf 1.8T running around 220bhp with the help from a few modifications (pictures to follow)... I now have gone down the low and slow route with my newest purchase which is a MK2 Golf Gti (again pictures to follow).

I attend a few events around my REO area and will be covering the events with my photographer friend so expect some cool shots! I also got to quite a few race meets on Ramair's behalf to see our products in action the most recent was the FIA Formula 2 & 3 championship round at Brand Hatch. 

Next event on my calender which I'll be attending is Trax so will hopefully see the rest of the REO's there for our little BBQ! 

Hopefully this is enough of an introduction and stay tuned to this site for some of the events going on in the South Central region! 

Over and out! 

Ryan Davies @ Ramair Filters LTD    



Introduction from TrackWeapon Ltd.

Hello everyone, I'm Chris and I'm the REO for North Scotland and I'm based in Edinburgh. I'm the director of TrackWeapon Ltd. I've Been really busy setting up the company and also working full time for a large automotive company. In between all that recently I visited Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium for the 24 Hours of Spa and it was truly epic. Add to that a quick swing by the Nurburgring and you get one amazing holiday. Now that I'm back from holidays I'll be getting involved with more regional events in Scotland. I spend a lot of my weekends at Knockhill either on trackdays or spectating and taking photos. 

TrackWeapon will soon be fully operational as an online retailer of performance car parts. Our moto is "Street car, track car - same car" and we aim to supply parts that let you have a street legal and track functional car in one. More updates on this soon.

One thing I knew from the start was that if a car is going to be track weapon it needs to be reliable and heat management is a big part of this. That's why we contacted SFS Performance hoses and are very pleased to be part of their network and very thankful for all their support so far.

Thanks

Chris

trackweapon@gmail.com



Volkswagen Northwest 2012

Hi folks,

Been a while since i've updated this so thought i'd start with Volkswagen Northwest. This is an annual show held at Tatton Park. Admission is usually around £7 and kids go free so it's a cheap family day out :)

There are Club Stands, Trade Stands, Concourse Areas, an area for "For sale cars", childrens amusements, food & drink and much much more on the day!

The range of VW's is pretty impressive too, from golden oldies to brand newies!

I've added a few pictures which i think do the talking :)

TTFN

Kyle!



Drift Allstars European Series Round 3-Ireland

After many years in the running Drift Allstars would hold its very first Irish event. Round 3 THE INVASION Ireland would also see an amazing turnout from drivers with nearly 50 drivers entered and over 35 drivers entering for the Irish driver search on the Saturday. This would be a great way to find the talent and see the very best drivers from Ireland go through to Sundays events.

On Saturday it was quite evident a few drivers stood out and would be a force to be reckoned with at the driver search. All 2012 Drift Allstars Irish points scoring drivers were pre-qualified for the Sunday meaning the best 16 would go through to Sunday.

Richard Bradley stood out on the Saturday driver search with some great wall rubbing lines followed closely by Rob Barnet and 2009 Irish Champion Mike Deane. With 16 drivers going through to the main event there would be 30 drivers competing for the final 16.

With changeable weather conditions over both days it was the weather that caught out a few drivers .Spanish champions Lluis Lopez caught the wall very hard and had to do overnight repairs to make sure his new Nexen Tire Nissan S14 was ready in time. Drift Grand Prix Romania winner Brenden Stone would go out with engine issues also

From the start of qualifying it was evident James Deane wanted the win after going through his longest non-winning streak in the series. Qualifying points would be taken from the super lap. James would take P1. Damien Mulvey would make a return to the series after his exit at round 1 with a mechanical problem and would blitz the course taking P2. Richard Bradley again laid down the run of his life taking P3 after upsetting so many big guns on Saturday.

Dan Chapman would struggle again in the LBD Achilles Tire V8, Nigel Colfer would break a hub and have to change car for the qualifying and Juha Rintanen would spin out on his run. Alan Sinnot would also run into issues and qualify a lowly 11th meaning all championship contenders all had their fair share of problems.

TOP 16 Battles James Deane, Mike Deane would take easy wins over there rivals. Notable battles were Nigel Colfer fighting for the championship in a borrowed car. His title plans would remain in tack after defeating Dan Chapman in the LBD Achilles tires car

16 year old sensation Duane Mckeever would defeat Martin Richards in the Altenzo tires/Pure Performance car after a hard fought battle between the two. Second in the championship Alan Sinnot had to fight hard but would beat Barry Hennessey sending him through to the final 8 Championship leader Juha Rintanen would push hard again and defeat ex Irish champion Damien Mulvey in a very tight battle.

Newly licensed drivers Diarmuid O Connell and Richard Bradley would also progress to the final 8 after showing great form in the battles beating Brian Egan and Alan Farrell.

Great 8 James Deane Vs Nigel Colfer

First up was James Deane in the Falken Tire Mazda RX7 against Nigel Colfer in the Marangoni Tire S13. Both close 2011 Championship rivals. Nigel borrowed a car after breaking a hub in practice was in damage limitation mode and just had no answer to Deans speed and lines. Top 8 was good enough for Nigel to keep his championship hopes alive and Deane marched on to the final 4.

Mike Deane Vs Diarmuid O Sullivan

Local heros Mike Deane 2009 Irish champion against young gun Diarmuid O Sullivan would prove another close battle. Diarmuids day would end after running wide on the wet line and having a huge shunt with the wall. Mike Deane would march on to the final 4 making an all family affair in the semi-final.

Juha Rinatanen VS Duane Mckeever

Finnish Champion Juha Rintanen would face up against Europe’s brightest talent 16 year old Duane Mckeever. Both running 600hp 6 cylinder Nissans. Both drivers having a very scrappy run in the first leg.

Juha had the edge in the second run where he pulled enough distance to have a heavy advantage and took the win going through to the final 4.

Alan Sinnot Vs Richard Bradley

The final battle would be 2011 Irish champion Alan Sinnot against newcomer Richard Bradley No1 driver from the Saturday driver search. Both drivers would have a very close first run but in the second run Bradley while chasing Sinnot would shut off with a mechanical problem and finish his weekend.

Final 4 Mike Deane Vs James Deane

Not often do you get brothers battling in drifting but these ex Irish champions always go at it the hardest. James would have the edge on speed and lines, Mike would try to attack on the second run but the advantage was too much from James in both runs and James got the nod advancing to his first final of the 2012 season.

Alan Sinnot Vs Juha Rintanen

This battle would closely decide the already very tight championship. Sinnot would lead the first battle but a correction/ straighten by Rintanen while following, would give Sinnot a huge advantage. Juha would lay down the run of his life showing great speed and angle but it was not enough and Sinnot would progress to his second final of the season.

Third Place play off Juha Rintanen Vs Mike Deane

Juha would again show us why he is one of the best drivers in Europe right now laying down a flawless run against Mike and his speed /angle was too much for Mike and further sealing Juha’s third podium of the season.

Final James Deane Vs Alan Sinnot

These two have gone to battle so much it has been untrue. A Falken Vs Nexen Battle. Both ex Irish champions and James being the defending 2011 Drift Allstars champion everything was to play for. James was on top form all weekend and with qualifying first really was the man on a mission. The first battle James led and edged a small advantage over Alan. In the second leg Deane pushed hard and was just too much shadowing Sinnot around the whole track giving him a clear advantage.

After such a close battle James Deane would take the win and later said “I went into Round 3 of Drift Allstars with a go hard or go home attitude! I pushed as hard as possible all weekend and it paid off. Huge thanks to all my sponsors and supporters for being behind me all the way. I’m delighted!“ Next Stop for the tour is the first mainland european leg at Constansa Port,Romania August 18-19th.

In the Tire Battle it would be NEXEN again who climb back on top after Alans second place finish.

ABOUT Drift Allstars Europe

Entering its fourth season, Drift All-stars is recognized as the best professional drifting championship in the Europe. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges each driver’s driving ability and vehicle control. Drift All-stars provides a Championship for professional drifters to compete in several events/demonstrations across Europe for the coveted Drift All-stars European Series. Drift All-stars has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme attracting fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life and establishes itself as the national focal point for the Sport. For a race schedule and ticket information, visit: www.driftallstars.com



South Scotland REO

Hi Guys,

Thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce myself, I’m shaz and REO for south of Scotland but based in Kilmarnock. As like the others I got this position through the Facebook competition so really have you lot to thank for spending your time voting (even if it did require a lot of moaning in peoples ears).

As for my cars, some of you may already know my retro mk3 supra and r33 gtst Skyline which is now fully kitted out with SFS hoses so will be at most events.

I have been attending shows and meets throughout the country so some of you may already know me. If not I look forward to meeting you at future shows, meets and rolling roads. Events already planned are Total Jap car at Knockhill on the 19th August and a Rolling Road Day on the 22nd September, so pop along and say hi.

Shaz



Scottish Car Show 2012

The Scottish Car Show - Sunday, 15th of July 2012

Over 15,000 visitors descended on The Royal Highland Centre for 2012’s Scottish Car Show

This year the show broke all records with more visitors, more cars (over 1,300) and more owners clubs involved than ever before!

For 2012 the show organisers shook things upincluding double the live action with European Drift Champion Mark Luney and his 900bhp Supra and his drift shows while motorcycle stunt rider Kevin Carmichael performed death defying stunts. Furthermore the Drift was in the second live action arena with 15 cars taking passengers for some sideways action round the track.

Indoors was packed with cars, displays and traders! This year the Top 50 had everything from Cadillac to JUN tuned Nissan GTR.

Families were also looked after with loads of activities for kids of all ages including a petting zoo, magician, fairground attractions, face painting, magic shows and a robot entertainer. To top it all off the Amy rolled in with its massive tanks on display.

With 2012 being a huge success the organisers are already planning on making 2013 even better!

Here is a link to some of the pics from the day.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shazsupra/sets/72157630773789894/



Up and down weekend for Reeves and Hawes

Schleiz, Germany was the latest stop for Tim Reeves and Ashley Hawes in their quest to win the 2012 World Sidecar Championship and it proved to be an up and down weekend for the duo with victory in Saturday's race offset by a collision and DNF in Sunday's second encounter.

After qualifying in fifth place, well within touch of pole position men Ben and Tom Birchall, two close races were again expected with less than a second separating the top six but rainfall before the first race added a new dimension to proceedings. However, it mattered little to Tim and Ashley and with a super start and first corner, they grabbed the lead of the 11-lap race, something they wouldn't relinquish. Reading his pit board, Tim was able to control the gap to second placed Jorg Steinhausen/Gregory Cluze and any time the German-French pairing closed up, he was able to pull away almost immediately eventually taking the chequered flag 1.6s clear for his third win of the season.
 

The victory increased his lead in the Championship to 19 points but that was wiped out as soon as Sunday's 22-lap race got underway. Tim and Ashley made another great start and with some bumping and barging at the first corner, they opted for the outside line to stay out of trouble - or so they thought. Further back in the pack, Josef Moser/Dan Evanson had left their braking a little too late and, after hitting the back of the Birchalls, they hit Tim side on and punted him out of the race. Ashley was knocked clean out of the outfit, luckily escaping with bumps and bruises whilst the LCR also emerged relatively unscathed.

However, with Pekka Paivarinta/Adolf Hanni winning the race, they've now joined Tim on 120 points at the top of the Championship table and with the Birchalls and Steinhausen equal in third on 114 points, just six points split the leading four crews with just three races to go.

Speaking later, Tim said: "The weekend was really good - and then it was really bad! Moser must have been doing 20-30mph more than what I was doing and he practically came out of nowhere. I got a great start but couldn't find any room so went for the outside line and it was working until, out of the corner of my eye, I saw him come flying up the inside. He went straight into the side of Ash and we were out straightaway so it was very, very disappointing especially with Pekka going on to win. It's made the Championship very tight!"

"Prior to that, everything had gone perfect. Fifth in qualifying was spot-on and I didn't want to keep throwing tyres on so was more than happy with our pace. I got a great start in the first race and just went up the inside of everyone at the first corner! Steiny wasn't too far behind but I was able to control the race from the front and just kept my eye on my pit board. It enabled us to extend our lead further but that, of course, has now disappeared. It would have been nice to have still had a good cushion going into the last two rounds but, on the plus side, the bike's flying and I'm really happy with how I'm driving so I'm confident of some more wins."

"It's a case of winner takes all now and whoever can win races and be the most consistent will win the World Championship. We're heading to Assen now for the Gamma Race Day meeting where we'll get some decent testing done and then head to Oschersleben all raring to go. The team did a great job again this weekend so big thanks to everyone involved especially Ash, the Haith family, H&S Contractors and everyone at Dave Hudspeth Carpets."


The next round of the Championship sees Tim and Ashley return to Germany with the Oschersleben circuit hosting two races on the weekend of August 10-11.



Kyle - Northwest REO

Well hello there Guys & Gals..

I'm Kyle, the bald spotty bloke, appointed by the good folk at SFS to be the Regional Events Organiser for the northwest of England.

I got here by winning a vote on Facebook, i entered the competition late due to being on holiday and was a little gutted to say the least thinking I'd never win so i spent quite a few hours maybe even days of my life  mithering and bugging people to vote for me :) and here i am.

In my role as REO i am to attend Shows, meets, cruises etc in the Northwest and basically spread the SFS name. (now i have an excuse when the missus tries to put her foot down) and also organise events such as RR Days. Being a petrol head this isn't such a bad role eh? 

Although im more of a VAG man myself I have a massive interest in all "scenes" of the automotive/motorsport world.

I've added a few progress pictures (more to follow) of my motor, commonly known as "Ze Golfy Beast". I have several SFS products on her including Braided brake lines, Boost Pipework and a Gorgeous carbon fibre engine cover.

I will be attending Trax in September so come and say Hello :)

TTFN

Kyle!

(AKA - Minogue)



UK Street Cars Rolling Road Day & Charity Bikini Car Wash for Meningitis UK @ RGS Motorsport

Saturday 21st July 2012

A great start to the day as the sun was out, we travelled upto RGS Motorsport in Wellingborough for this double event.

10.00am and the cars started to turn up filling the car park very quickly, the promo girls had donned their bikinis and meningitis T-shirts ready for a hard days work cleaning the cars. There was a good range of vehicles at the event giving everyone lots to look at.

RGS then began the dyno runs for all that had signed up, a little slow at first as no one wanted to be the first but it then picked up and the battle commenced. The cars were first taken into the workshop and weighed on corner weights before being driven into the dyno room.
Whilst this was taking place the UK Street Cars Promo girls along with Richard Halfday Photography began their part of the event cleaning all the cars that had purposly not been washed.

As the day went on more people and cars arrived the dyno got busier and so did the car wash, the poor girls battled on in the heat and did a great job making sure the cars were clean.

Later on in the afternoon trophies started to get awarded for :-

Best I.C.E, Best Paint, Best Engine Bay, Car of the Day & Outright Power.

The winners were

Best I.C.E:-  Paul Studd Seat Cupra
Best Paint:- Jake Vickers Ford Fiesta
Best Engine:- Michael Lewis Nissan 200sx S14a
Outright Power:- Robert Greensmith Nissan R33 Skyline GTs-T ( 417hp)

Car of the Day:- Vauxhall Astra Coupe 888 Ltd Edition

The day came to a close around 18.30 and what a great day it was.

Big thanks to all those that attended, well done to the UKSC promo girls for their hard work in the hot weather, congrats to all the winners and Big thanks to Brian at RGS Motorsport.

In total UKSC managed to raise £126.26 for the Meningitis charity.

Now for some pics of the day :)



Rico Rally 2012

Hi  guys little bit about me im jake im the REO for the west midlands area....

I drive a 200sx S14a all sfs'ed up !!!

Im a massive show whore and love a good road trip ive recently completed my 3rd european trip in the last few weeks called the RICO RALLY that took in 5 countries in 6 days over 2500 miles !!! ill upload a few pics soon and links to videos that include a fair few burnouts and doughnuts and dancing pensioners (dont ask) !!

Next years rally is already organised so i urge all petrol heads to sign up ...ill be at trax on the SFS stand so come say hi ..might even have a cheeky discount code for all inolved !!!



Introducing Nick Rees South Wales REO

Well i have been around here for a while now and an introduction is long overdue, Now the web boffin has woven his magic memory stick. I have the interweb powerz to create these wonderful little snippets of joy for all of you to peruse at your pleasure...Granted none of them will be to the high standards of E.L.James and his 50 shades BUT bear with me as my car is some times as dirty as his wonderful modern day razzle.

Anyway..... Im the appointed South Wales area REO for SFS. I was instated after many weeks of hassling everyone i know (and many more that i don't know) to vote for me, This was in what seemed to be a never ending Face Book competition.

Now im in the regional driving seat so to speak... Im tasked with getting to as many events as possible within my area and spreading the SFS brand to as wider audience as possible, no mean feat with the fantastic summer weather we have been having since erm well the dawn of time it feels like...

I have added a few shots of the car that won me the position i now find myself in. Although im currently frantically working away at it in an effort to get it back together. 

After a little coming together with a corner marker at Blyton Park Driving Centre last weekend, Its wearing a few battle scars that need to be removed for another local event occurring next weekend.... Nothing like a deadline to make you work quicker ehy....

More on Blyton Park later this month and also more on the upcoming shows.

Nick (The Greek) Rees peace out.



Singleton Park Swansea 2012

This annual show is a highly popular event among car enthusiasts and the general public alike. It is held in Singleton Park Swansea and attracts well over 1,000 exhibits including examples of veteran, vintage and classic cars, lorries and buses, stationary engines, tractors, military vehicles, motor bikes, pedal cycles, fire engines, traction engines and a large auto jumble. But it's not all about vehicles as there is a full entertainment programme including live music, face painting, hot and cold food stalls and a fun fair. This is a popular day out for all the family that always attracts large crowds.

It has a growing interest with the local modified car scene and the welcome we get as outsiders to the general exhibits is fantastic, most of the interest is from the classic/vintage owners that are amazed at the modern developments in engines/and general availability of parts, and the time/money spent on our cars.


Anyway attendance this year was not the greatest due to the abysmal weather leading upto the event BUT as luck would have it the day it's self was pretty good in comparison, took a few shots between showers so hope you like.

Nick Rees South Wales REO.

Singleton Park Swansea 2012


Nigel Colfer Podiums at Drift Allstars European Championship Rd2, London

Drift Allstars Rd2 took place this past weekend (24th July) in Wimbledon Stadium, London England. Following some testing and car set up time after finishing 5th at Round1 the NCDrifting team we're confident of the cars performance and competitiveness going into Round 2. After some feedback from Nigel following the first round the suspension was sent back to suspension sponsors KW, Germany to fine tune their competition 2 way coilovers and following some alignment changes the car was working how it should and Nigel instantly felt more confident behind the wheel of the NCDrifting/Marangoni Tyre Nissan 180sx.

In London this confidence seemed apparent right from practice where Nigel was running the perfect qualifying line right from the start and resulted in a 2nd place qualifying position. With so many past champions from all across Europe and beyond it really shows how competitive the team are in 2012.

Nigel battled past both Sean Spetiri (Malta) and Matt Chiapa (UK) in the top 16 and top 8 respectively before coming up against 2011 Irish Prodrift Champion Alan Sinnott in the Semi final. Alan had won round 1 in Birmingham and had also just beaten the 2011 Drift Allstars Champion James Deane in the Top8, but Alan was no match for the Marangoni Tyres and Colfer's aggressive driving with Nigel taking a relatively straight forward win and moved onto the Final.

Juha Rintanen (Finland) in the Achilles Tyre Nissan s14 had moved along to the final on the other side of the draw and would face off against Colfer in the final. Nigel led first and pulled a small advantage over the Fin, leaving him sitting on the start line but in the 2nd run a small mistake from Colfer meant that the tides were turned and Juha took the win.

Following the second place finish Nigel had this to say, "Finally, its great to be back on the podium, we haven't been here since we won in Malta last year and we've missed it, the team worked hard to get the car to the position its at now and its making all the hard off season work pay off. The car feels great, such an improvement over round 1 and I feel the only way is up from here. The next round is back home in Punchestown, Ireland and we're really looking forward to being in front of the home crowd and hopefully we can get one spot higher on the podium."



Following the 2nd place in London, Nigel now lies 3rd in the drivers championship. Round 3 takes place in Punchestown, Dublin, Ireland on the 28th/29th of July.



Nick Crowe Racing - British F2 Sidecar Championship

Tim Reeves vows to 'dig deep' for second Sure Sidecar outing at 2012 TT
Three-times Sidecar World Champion Tim Reeves will dig deep and give it his best shot when racing resumes at the 2012 Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy.

His hopes of taking victory in the opening Sure Sidecar race on Saturday were dashed when mechanical problems forced him out on the opening lap.

Despite the set back, he is determined to challenge for top honours in the second Sure Sidecar TT, scheduled for Wednesday.

After setting the second fastest lap of practice at 112.808mph, with new passenger Dan Sayle, hopes were high going into the three-lap race and although they were lying in 3rd at the first timing point, their race was soon over as they were forced to retire.

Practice week had started steadily for Reeves and Dipash Chauhan with a lap of 110.748mph during Monday night's session, but Dips was later forced to admit defeat in his battle to return to competitive racing at the TT after sustaining a broken leg in a short circuit crash in May 2011.

As a result, Reeves drafted in 7-times TT winner Dan Sayle who agreed to come out of sidecar retirement to join Team NCR/Dave Hudspeth Carpets. The partnership immediately gelled and the duo posted a lap of 112.808mph during Tuesday evening's session, which turned out to be the second fastest of the week behind Dave Molyneux/Patrick Farrance.

A breakdown during Friday's final practice session wasn't ideal preparation and left the team with work to do.

Great work by the team saw the LCR Honda ready in time for the race and as the outfits passed through Glen Helen for the first time, the outfit was lying 3rd, 2.5 seconds down on Molyneux/Farrance and 1s down on Ben and Tom Birchall.

However, when they went through the Sulby speed trap at 54.8mph, it was clear all was not well and their race ended soon after and they stopped at Sulby village.

Reeves said:

"It's been a tough week to say the least. After the first couple of practice sessions, Dips had to admit defeat and we were all gutted for him after all the work he's put in, but there was no shame in it and fair play to him for standing up and making the decision in the best interests of the team."

"Dan had obviously decided to retire from passengering last year, but he was in the solo paddock so we approached him and he jumped on board in time for Tuesday. We put in a solid lap and then made a few adjustments to the chassis, but had gone in the direction so ended up going slower."

"We decided to go back to what we knew for Friday, but then had some trouble with the valves and only got as far as the Wagon and Horses before we had to stop so it wasn't ideal preparation.”

He added:

"We were all ready for the race though and were determined to do well, but, although we were in contention at Glen Helen, I could tell the bike wasn't right. After the problems the night before, we discussed what the best strategy was and the plan was to take it steady on the first lap and then go for it after that, but, sadly, we never got that far."

"The more the lap continued, the worse the problem got and with more valve trouble we had no choice other than to pull in.

"It's a massive disappointment for the whole team and we've got a lot of work to do between now and Wednesday, but we'll dig deep to make sure we're on the line and give it our best shot when the flag drops.

Sweet 16 for Moly in second 2012 Sure Sidecar TT race
Dave Molyneux took his 16th TT win when he won the second Sure Sidecar race after he and Patrick Farrance overhauled Tim Reeves/Dan Sayle at the start of the third lap. It was the fifth time the Manxman had completed a Sidecar double at the TT.

Reeves/Sayle flew out of the traps but, ultimately, had to accept second best to the third most successful TT competitor of all time whilst Ben and Tom Birchall took their second podium of the week in third.

With weather on the Island far from favourable, a number of delays meant it was 4.25pm when the race did get underway with drivers warned of damp patches all around the course and the possibility of rain over the Mountain. Lack of adhesion flags were also on display.

It was Molyneux and Farrance who led through Glen Helen for the first time but it was close with the Birchalls just 1.1s behind and Reeves and Sayle only a further 0.6s adrift. Molyneux was some 13mph slower that the Birchalls through the Sulby speed trap and, indeed, the lead had changed hands as they went through Ballaugh. By Ramsey, the Birchalls were leading Molyneux by over three seconds but it had all changed again at the end of the lap and it was Reeves/Sayle who were in front with an opening lap of 111.692mph.

Molyneux/Farrance were still in second but the Birchalls had dropped to third with just over nine seconds separating the trio whilst Conrad Harrison/Mike Aylott, Gary Bryan/Jamie Winn and Dougie Wright/Martin Hull completed the top six.

On the second lap, Molyneux/Farrance were again slower through Sulby but this time it was only 7mph and throughout the 37.73 miles, they were eating into the lead held by Reeves/Sayle. The gap had almost been halved to 3.5s as they swept through Ramsey and it was now seemingly a two horse race with the Birchalls now 13.5s behind the race leaders.

At the Bungalow there was only 1.45s between the front two outfits and as they flashed across the line to start their final lap, there was barely anything to separate them as Reeves continued to lead albeit by the reduced margin of 0.82s. The duo had both lapped in excess of 113mph with the race hotting up whilst the Birchalls still held onto third from Harrison/Aylott, the latter lapping slightly quicker to close to within 11s of a podium place. Bryan/Winn and Wright/Hull remained in fifth and sixth.

At Glen Helen for the final time, the fight back by Molyneux/Farrance continued as they hit the front once more, having turned their deficit to Reeves/Sayle into a 1.75s advantage. As the lap progressed, it was clear they were finding a good rhythm with Molyneux using all his experience and after leading by seven seconds at Ballaugh, it was almost 11 seconds as they rounded Ramsey Hairpin for the final time.

Molyneux/Farrance weren’t to be denied and they duly completed their double with their eventual winning margin a commanding 17.11s. The Birchalls and Harrison/Aylott circulated in close formation for the second half of the race but whilst the former held onto their podium position, the latter dropped out on the final drop down the Mountain. That promoted Bryan/Winn and Wright/Hull up to fourth and fifth with the top ten completed by Greg Lambert/Jason Crowe, Rob Handcock/Ken Edwards, Tony Baker/Fiona Baker-Milligan, Karl Bennett/Lee Cain and Frank Lelias/Charlie Richardson.

No joy for Reeves in opening Sidecar TT race
Tim Reeves’ hopes of taking victory in Saturday’s F2 Sidecar TT race were dashed when mechanical problems forced him out on the opening lap. After setting the second fastest lap of practice of 112.808mph, with new passenger Dan Sayle, hopes were high going into the three-lap race and although they were lying in third at the first timing point, their race was soon over and they were forced to retire.

Practice week had started steadily for Tim and Dipash Chauhan with a lap of 110.748mph during Monday night’s practice session but Dips was later forced to admit defeat in his battle to return to competitive racing at the TT after sustaining a broken leg in a short circuit crash in May 2011. As a result, Tim drafted in 7-times TT winner Dan Sayle who, despite contesting the solo races, agreed to come out of sidecar retirement to join Team NCR/Dave Hudspeth Carpets. The partnership immediately gelled and the duo posted a lap of 112.808mph during Tuesday evening’s session, which turned out to be the second fastest of the week behind Dave Molyneux/Patrick Farrance. However, a breakdown during Friday’s final practice session wasn’t ideal preparation and left the team with work to do.

Great work by the team saw the LCR Honda ready in time for the race and as the outfits passed through Glen Helen for the first time, Tim and Dan were lying in third place, 2.5s down on Molyneux/Farrance and 1s down on Ben and Tom Birchall. However, when they went through the Sulby speed trap at 54.8mph, it was clear all was not well and their race ended soon after and they stopped at Sulby village.

Speaking later, a disappointed Tim said; "It’s been a tough week to say the least. After the first couple of practice sessions, Dips had to admit defeat and we were all gutted for him after all the work he’s put in but there was no shame in it and fair play to him for standing up and making the decision in the best interests of the team. Dan had obviosuly decided to retire from passengering last year but he was in the solo paddock so we approached him and he jumped on board in time for Tuesday. We put in a solid lap and then made a few adjustments to the chassis but had gone in the direction so ended up going slower. We decided to go back to what we knew for Friday but then had some trouble with the valves and only got as far as the Wagon and Horses before we had to stop so it wasn’t ideal preparation."

"We were all ready for the race though and were determined to do well but although we were in contention at Glen Helen, I could tell the bike wasn’t right. After the problems the night before, we discussed what the best strategy was and the plan was to take it steady on the first lap and then go for it after that but, sadly, we never got that far. The more the lap continued, the worse the problem got and with more valve trouble we had no choice other than to pull in. It’s a massive disappointment for the whole team and we’ve got a lot of work to do between now and Wednesday but we'll dig deep to make sure we’re on the line and give it our best shot when the flag drops."



Nick Crowe Racing - British F1 Sidecar Championship

Full Croatia report, courtesy of Mark 'Wally' Walters - Race One (10 laps)
As the lights went out it was Kurt Hock and Enrico Becker Hock Racing, LCR, Suzuki who got the hole shot under the blazing sun, right with them though was Pekka Paivarinta and Adolf Hanni, Team Suzuki Finland, LCR, Suzuki, Ben and Tom Birchall, Mitchells of Mansfield, LCR, Yamaha then Tim Reeves and Ashley Hawes, “The Relocator” LCR Suzuki. There was a small gap to the next group which was led by Jorg Steinhausen and Gregory Cluze, Steinhausen Racing Team, LCR, BMW who were side by side with Markus Schlosser and Thomas Hofer, Team Schlosser, LCR, Suzuki, right behind them was Josef Moser and Daniel Evenson, Team Tirol, LCR Suzuki, and right with them was Michael Grabmuller and Manfred Wechselberger, Delta Racing, LCR Kawasaki.

By lap two Reeves and Hawes had passed Hock and Becker bringing with them the Birchall Brothers who had got passed Paivarinta and Hanni, this put Hock back to fourth. Steinhausen and Cluze managed to get passed Schlosser and Hofer and started to reel in Hock and Becker, Hock started to get tyre problems which let Steinhausen get by, but as they were getting to grips with the race they too had a problem first losing water then power but they managed to cross the line in fifth place. The battle at the front had moved to the Birchall Brothers and Paivarinta as Reeves and Hawes started to pull away from the pursuing teams, however with the battle raging for second spot, this let Schlosser catch and make it a three way battle for the second place spot, as they all fought amongst themselves Reeves and Hawes pulled away and they were to take the chequered flag by nearly 10 seconds. The following teams fought hard for their places but with tyre problems affecting all of them it was hard going.

In the end it was an overjoyed Markus Schlosser and Thomas Hofer who crossed the line in second place. Closely followed by Paivarinta and Hanni and the Birchall Brothers Ben and Tom with them. Following Steinhausen over the line was Kurt Hock and Enrico Becker for sixth spot.

Slovenian driver Janez Remse and his passenger Jamie Biggs, Remse Racing, LCR Yamaha, lost power to their machine, and DNF the race

Full Croatia report, courtesy of Mark 'Wally' Walters - Race Two (18 laps)
Air temperature was 36 degrees and track temperature was 54 degrees, this was not going to stop 19 sidecar teams race for the top spot in the 18 lap race.

As the teams took their place on the grid the lights went out and it was Markus Schlosser and Thomas Hofer, Team Schlosser, LCR Suzuki who were first into turn one, Tim Reeves and Ashley Hawes “The Relocator” LCR, Suzuki right with them, then was Kurt Hock and Enrico Becker, Hock Racing, LCR, Suzuki, a small gap then Josef Moser and Daniel Evenson, Team Tirol, LCR, Suzuki followed by Ben and Tom Birchall, Mitchells of Mansfield, LCR, Yamaha, Pekka Paivarinta and Adolf Hanni, Team Suzuki Finland, LCR, Suzuki, then Michael Grabmuller and Manfred Wechselberger, Delta Racing, LCR Kawasaki.

On lap one Reeves and Hawes got by Schlosser and Hofer and the places were to stay like this till lap three when Hock and Becker were staying with the two in front, and even starting to catch, they had to pull off track with electrical problems, Hock saying it was the best thing to do as he thought to dangerous to continue. This let Moser and Evinson through to third. Meanwhile Jorg Steinhausen and Gregory Cluze, Steinhausen Racing, LCR, BMW started to move up the field passing Grabmuller, the Birchall Brothers who had been passed by Paivarinta, Steinhausen battled with Paivarinta then got the better of him and slotted into fourth, he then started to make good time on Moser who was starting to get tyre problems. Meanwhile the two teams at the front were starting to pull away from the chasing pack, but Reeves was able to keep in front of Schlosser and he would keep a safe gap for the rest of the race till the chequered flag. Steinhausen got by Moser and started to try and close the gap on the two front teams, but they were able to keep a safe cushion between themselves and Steinhausen. Paivarinta and Hanni followed by the Birchall Brothers got by Moser and Evenson who were starting to have big tyre problems, but Paivarinta and the Birchall’s too were starting to have tyre problems. Grabmuller and Wechselberger stayed in seventh place till the flag.

As the flag came out it was Reeves and Hawes with a total time of 29:14.898 second was Schlosser and Hofer who had the fastest lap time of 1:35.854. Third were Steinhausen and Cluze, Fourth was Paivarinta and Hanni, fifth were the Birchall Brothers, sixth Moser and Evenson, seventh were Grabmuller and Wechselberger.

Janez Remse and Jamie Biggs, Remse Racing, LCR, Yamaha once again had electrical problems leaving them with a DNF. “ It has been a bad weekend for us, as this is our home track and we wanted to do well for our supporters” said Janez.

Jean-Louis Hergott and Josse Stephane, France Quest Racing Team F.O.R.T. RSR, BMW were also a DNF

Double Tops for Reeves and Hawes
As the teams took their place on the grid the lights went out and it was Markus Schlosser and Thomas Hofer, Team Schlosser, LCR Suzuki who were first into turn one, Tim Reeves and Ashley Hawes “The Relocator” LCR, Suzuki right with them, then was Kurt Hock and Enrico Becker, Hock Racing, LCR, Suzuki, a small gap then Josef Moser and Daniel Evenson, Team Tirol, LCR, Suzuki followed by Ben and Tom Birchall, Mitchells of Mansfield, LCR, Yamaha, Pekka Paivarinta and Adolf Hanni, Team Suzuki Finland, LCR, Suzuki, then Michael Grabmuller and Manfred Wechselberger, Delta Racing, LCR Kawasaki.

On lap one Reeves and Hawes got by Schlosser and Hofer and the places were to stay like this till lap three when Hock and Becker were staying with the two in front, and even starting to catch, they had to pull off track with electrical problems, Hock saying it was the best thing to do as he thought to dangerous to continue. This let Moser and Evinson through to third. Meanwhile Jorg Steinhausen and Gregory Cluze, Steinhausen Racing, LCR, BMW started to move up the field passing Grabmuller, the Birchall Brothers who had been passed by Paivarinta, Steinhausen battled with Paivarinta then got the better of him and slotted into fourth, he then started to make good time on Moser who was starting to get tyre problems. Meanwhile the two teams at the front were starting to pull away from the chasing pack, but Reeves was able to keep in front of Schlosser and he would keep a safe gap for the rest of the race till the chequered flag. Steinhausen got by Moser and started to try and close the gap on the two front teams, but they were able to keep a safe cushion between themselves and Steinhausen. Paivarinta and Hanni followed by the Birchall Brothers got by Moser and Evenson who were starting to have big tyre problems, but Paivarinta and the Birchall’s too were starting to have tyre problems. Grabmuller and Wechselberger stayed in seventh place till the flag.

As the flag came out it was Reeves and Hawes with a total time of 29:14.898 second was Schlosser and Hofer who had the fastest lap time of 1:35.854. Third were Steinhausen and Cluze, Fourth was Paivarinta and Hanni, fifth were the Birchall Brothers, sixth Moser and Evenson, seventh were Grabmuller and Wechselberger.



The British Drift Championship 2012 Round 2: Norfolk Arena, UK

Following a month of successful demonstrations and touring across Germany, issues unfortunately plague the team at the second round of the 2012 British Drift Championship. Current British Drift Champion Matt Carter was forced to make the difficult decision to retire the car early to prevent further damage after several issues arose during morning practice. Paul Cheshire in the popular 2JZ G35 Skyline unfortunately failed to qualify, the small oval track not suited to the high power Nissan. Alan Green however continued his success from round one, qualifying in seventh position in the top-flight Super Pro class, but bowing out in the Top 16 to eventual second place finisher Paul Smith.

A busy month of touring and demoing in Germany saw the team and cars feeling a bit worse for the wear before the second round of the 2012 championship. The team were incredibly well received in Germany as always, with three consecutive demos at the Bodensee Tuning World, Nurburgring N24 and Hockenheim Drift Challenge in front of a cumulative 300,000 European race and tuning fans over the three events. After returning to the UK the cars were checked over at the workshop, however there wasn't sufficient time for testing before the event began.

Current champion Matt Carter's weekend was short lived, just a few laps into practice an intermittent misfired reared it's head. After a thorough check over of the car in the pits no diagnosis could be made, however back out on track the misfire returned. After managing to drive through the problem Matt's luck went from bad to worse and the gearbox thrust bearing collapsed towards the end of practice, leaving insufficient time to carry out repairs.

With Norfolk Arena being the smallest and most technical track in the calendar the 700bhp Falken G35 piloted by Paul Cheshire was proving to be handful. After getting to grips with the circuit in practice and putting in some consistent runs Paul stepped up for qualification. Unfortunately pressure got the best of him and he failed to make the Top 16 in the Pro class. Paul used the rest of the weekend to get as much track time as possibile, entertaining the crowd during Saturday's pre-competition practice sessions.

It fell to Alan Green to represent Team Falken going into Saturday's main event. A successful qualification run saw him snag seventh place in the Super Pro class. A great result considering the standard of competition at this top level! Alan was paired against Paul Smith in the Top 16 for Saturday's main event. In the first run Alan lead well, driving with speed and agression and building up a gap between him and Smith in pursuit. In the second run Smith was judge to be closer to the judged line and so the judges asked for them to be ran one more time. A mirror of the first runs ensued, however in the second run Alan was judged to have straightened marginally and so Smith progressed into the Top 8. Nevertheless in Alan's second event in the new car the proof is there that the chassis and driver combo has the ability to be incredibly competitive at the top flight.



Modified Live At Knockhill

Modified Live is a full on day for any level of petrolhead. I don’t like the phrase “something for everyone” but this time...yeah. Club and trade stands, Pickup Truck Racing, Honda Civic Cup, Time Attack Round 2 and the European Drift Championship.

I arrived just in time to hear the end of a round of drifting, so I set my sights on the paddock to get some snaps of the awesome array of cars on show.

Then moved on to the impressive Club stands all with a great turnout!

For me though, the day was about action, so after the pickups had finished their round, the Time Attack folks came out to play. 2 classes were run Club and Pro, and the Pro stuff was noticeably faster and more dramatic, take the Team Militek GTR for example.

Gavin Renshaws Evo was also a stand out car as one of the fastest going, pretty hard to get pictures of it at any straight of Knockhill. Aside from these two in the Pro class there was equally cool and favourable cars in the club class, I took a shine to this blue FN2 Civic Type R... and this Porsche 993 Turbo, not the most common sight for Time Attack. Something about the Time Attack Championship really appeals to me, I can see an attempt at a One Hit Wonder (OHW) in the near future.

Then we got some action from the Civic Cup, the cars are so close in terms of performance that it takes a stand out amount of driving skill and track knowledge to gain places. The leader of this race and skill and knowledge in bucket loads apparently, pulling well ahead of every other car by a big jump each lap. We clocked his split time at over 18 seconds at one point.

Then some more pickup racing, interesting to watch but not so much photo so here’s another paddock picture of some typical Time Attack aero. European Drift Championships was one of the big pulls of the day for me. Semi finals were settled quite quickly but the finals were going one more time 3 times or more! 3 tyre changes for one competitor! You can see why though, it was seriously close competiton battles for all positions: 3rd and 4th and 1st and 2nd.

In the end the BC Racing S15 took the win. Consistent, stylish and close following (above) bagged it.

Time Attack came out for their finals after this, which ended with a pretty mega crash right in front of us from the Eurospec Time Attack Team CRX leaving 1:25 on the clock. No pictures myself but here's one from my friend Martin Woods (have a look at his photos, really nice stuff!) According to their Twitter feed, car isn’t that bad and they’re taking it to another level with the rebuild, slicks and dry sump have been mentioned, great stuff!

Chris
TrackWeapon



TrackScotland Track Day at Knockhill 10th March

Writing this up slightly later than expected but looking through the pictures I snapped on the day all the days events quickly come flooding back.

The trackday had already been re-scheduled due to bad weather back in February so we were itching to get out on track to test out the strut brace on the Celica and more importantly the engine on the Civtegra.

There was a great selection of cars that turned up for the day, a lot of them on trailers or in the back of trucks/vans. It was a pretty daunting arriving to a sea of very professional looking cars/teams.

Things like this Civic sporting a genuine BTCC rear wing and this very tidy (and very slidy) Escort.

Cars joining us on track included various Skylines, R33 and R32 as well as a R35 GT-R, 2 e46 BMW M3 CSLs, a selection of Evos, some of the Scottish MINI racers, a variety of Peugeots such as 306 GTI-6 and a track-prep 106 known as Hulk. VW Corrado, a fair few Starlets, some MX-5s, a turbo CRX, a Silvia Spec-S and a Caterham R400. There's probably some I missed there but the pictures should do those represented justice.

Needless to say the pit was busy all day.

Unfortunately the day for us had a bit of a black cloud over it, there were concerns with the Civtegra over-fuelling in the rev range, a possible slow puncture and a mysterious habit of it drinking coolant in the days leading up to the 10th. The day came and indeed the Civtegra had problems, the brakes despite being sourced from a V6 MG-ZS were still not quite enough to pull it up at the end of the pit straight!

Entering into the first downhill turn too fast the car almost rolled and ended up at track side having smashed the new front splitter in to and taken a tyre off the rim. A lucky escape is the general feeling towards this. It limped back up the hill on 3 tyres and was parked up for the rest of the track day. It completed only 5 laps which is a real shame. So there was a lot of stress and struggle to get the car off track which took some time.

So back to the remainder of the day, it was a fast day with a lot of big power or well prepped cars on track but I didn't feel like I had to move over much and got some good laps in! Still need to build my confidence and I hope that some fresh brakes (mines are scored and corroded slightly at the moment) will help with this.

The strut brace did help with turn in and keeping the car more level, less understeer through faster corners. Celica still rolls about a bit and the thought of coilovers hovers around me constantly.

Looking forward to the next day, have bought some new brakes for the Celica and no doubt the Civtegra will be back and stronger than ever.

Thanks for reading

Chris
TrackWeapon



Triple score for AmDtuning.com at tricky Thruxton

The AmDtuning.com team secured a hat-trick of points finishes on a challenging weekend of racing for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton.

Race day saw the Hampshire circuit battered by high winds and heavy rain, leaving the West Thurrock-based team to battle against the elements with its turbo-powered VW Golf.

Attleborough-based driver Ollie Jackson went into the weekend eager to bounce back from a tough weekend at Donington Park, and he secured 13th on the grid in what would prove to be the only session where dry tyres were the order of the day.

Despite visibility issues in the opening race, Ollie showed the pace of the Golf by posting the sixth quickest lap en-route to twelfth, where he then started race two.

Ollie was again on the pace in the second race of the weekend but his chances of a top ten result to match his speed were hampered by the fact he found himself boxed up behind the Honda of Jeff Smith. An off-track excursion across the grass then led to a quick pitstop before Ollie rejoined the circuit to cross the line in 15th and score the final point.

Ahead of race three, conditions seemed to be improving, leading to Ollie and the team electing to go with a combination of slick tyres on the front and wets on the rear of the Golf. Sadly, as the field completed the green flag lap before the start, the heavens opened and Ollie had no option but to pit at the end of lap one to fit wet tyres all round.

While that dropped him right to the back of the field, Ollie battled back into 15th to take his third points finish of the day, leaving him 18th in the championship and 14th amongst the independents.

"We were up against it in the conditions and it's a bit of a shame that we had such good race pace and didn't quite get the results to match it," he said. "Sadly when you are stuck behind a car that is quick in a straight line, it can be difficult to make a move stick even though we had more pace in the corners. The decision to go with the mix of slicks and wets seemed to be the right call in race three when we started the green flag lap but then it chucked it down and I had no option to pit. It was right to take the gamble though and we finished where we started, so we didn't lose anything by doing it.

"The race pace is the big positive that I can take away from the weekend, and I've also been able to learn a lot about driving a front-wheel drive car in those kind of conditions. They were the first real laps I'd had in the wet and they will also help with my car control in the dry. There are a lot of positives for us to take away."

Team boss Shaun Hollamby said he was pleased with more points for the team, even though there was some disappointment that the top ten pace displayed by Ollie wasn't reflected in the final results.

"After the disappointment of Donington, we've picked up three solid finishes and have shown good race pace in all three races," he said. "We took a gamble in race three which didn't pay off, but we had nothing to lose with where we were on the grid. It's been a steep learning curve for us with the conditions and we've tried a few things to see what what worked and what didn't.

"It's slightly disappointing that the pace Ollie showed hasn't been converted into some top ten finishes but there are plenty of positives to take away from the weekend and the fact we showed top ten pace is definitely one of them. Oulton Park is next, which should suit the Golf, and there are a few things we plan to look at in the month before then to get more from the car."



The British Drift Championship 2012 Round 1: Teesside Autodrome, UK

Challenging conditions at the 2012 British Drift Championship opening round put Team Falken's skills to the test. Pro class contender Paul Cheshire and 2011 Super Pro class overall champion Matt Carter suffered early exits from the competition, having failed to qualify after dropping a wheel off track in torrential conditions. Super Pro class contender Alan Green makes it as far as the Top 16 in his newly built 180sx.

A busy off-season saw all three of the Team Falken cars arrive at later than scheduled due to last minute tuning. Two of the 2011 cars have undergone extensive changes since last season and Alan's car is an all new chassis.

Paul Cheshire's Nissan Skyline G35 has undergone extensive weight-saving measures since it's last outing. The Toyota-powered Nissan has now been re-tuned to over 670bhp thanks to ceramic coating from Zircotec and parts from SFS Performance, HEL Performance and Pipercross Air Filters. The car now also boasts complete fibreglass one-piece front and rear sections, shaving some much-needed pounds off the total weight! Paul has also taken the off season to transform the car's cooling system, moving the radiator to the back of the chassis to improve weight distribution. Time restrictions meant that there was no time left for testing and Paul was straight into qualifying with the new setup. To make matters worse the heavens opened and the car received it's first wet-weather (and hail storm) test run during qualifying, unfortunately placing Paul outside of the Top 16. Paul made the most of the track time over the weekend to fully test the new setup and looks to head into round two in a competitive position.

2011 Champion Matt Carter also chose to take the off-season to improve on his Nissan Silvia S14.5. The car now sports the same rear-mounted radiator solution and ceramic coating as the G35 as well as an all-new turbo courtesy of CR Turbos and full wide-body conversion from EP Racing and Falken-coloured Rota Force Drift wheels. The result is now over 500bhp and 500lb/ft on tap! Matt went out and qualified on usual high form, however he unfortunately dropped a wheel off track during his run, and was heavily penalised by the judges, leaving him just outside of the qualification quota. Nevertheless after some vital track-time the off-season transformations to the car are a success and Matt will return at round two to defend his title.

Super pro driver Alan Green took the brave decision to change his 2011 car for something more competitive. His previous Nissan Silvia S14 had seen many years of competition and was suffering the consquences of old age as a result. The new chassis is a Nissan 180sx S13 which Alan has tuned to over 450bhp. A full bodykit was applied before the traditional Falken Motorsport colours were applied along with a set of Rota Wheels. In practice and qualifying Alan gelled with the new chassis right away and was looking very strong. He managed to qualify in 11th position in the top Super Pro class, much to the team's delight. A pairing against 8th place qualifier and eventual 2nd place podium Steve Moore saw Alan put up a good fight, but unfortunately the judges ruled in Moore's favour and an early exit for Team Falken. Some much needed early points on the table for Alan nonetheless and it's all still to play for at this stage of the season.

From here all three cars are being prepared for shipping to Germany for demonstration events at Bodensee Tuning Show, the world famous Nurburgring N24 event and an International Drift Series event at Hockenheim, exposing the team to over 250,000 European motorsports fans over the next three weeks.



Top ten the target as AmDtuning.com heads for Thruxton

The AmDtuning.com team will hope for a return to form this weekend when it heads to Thruxton for the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

The West Thurrock-based team enjoyed a solid start to the 2012 campaign at Brands Hatch with two points finishes, but then hit trouble at Donington Park a fortnight ago, where it was forced to withdraw from the weekend after the opening race due to an engine issue with its turbo-powered Volkswagen Golf.

After that disappointment, the team will now aim to bounce back in style at the quickest circuit on the BTCC calendar – a circuit where it enjoyed its best weekend of the season last year with two top ten finishes.

Attleborough-based driver Ollie Jackson has previous experience of driving the AmDtuning.com VW at the high-speed Hampshire circuit having taken part in a successful test at the venue back in February while preparing for his first full season in the BTCC.

With more time behind the wheel of the car since then, and with the issues that halted his weekend at Donington having now been resolved, Ollie heads to Thruxton in confident mood as he looks to take steps back up the championship standings.

"I'm really looking forward to Thruxton," he said. "The team is well prepared and we have sorted the problems we faced at Donington, so the car should be in perfect condition. I tested the car at Thruxton before the season started which will be beneficial for me, but the conditions are likely to be different when we return this weekend so we'll still have some work to do on set-up when we get into practice.

"It looks like it might be wet which means it will be a bit of learning curve for me, especially at a high-speed circuit like Thruxton, but my aim remains to break into the top ten and that is what I'm going for this weekend."

Team boss Shaun Hollamby revealed that work to remap the engine following Donington Park had led to the team uncovering a number of improvements that should help improve performance during the weekend ahead.

With the Golf having run well at Thruxton previously, and with Ollie's test seeing him close to the race pace displayed by former AmDtuning.com driver Tom Onslow-Cole during last season's meeting, Hollamby insisted that top tens are a realistic aim for the third meeting of the campaign.

"We spent two and half days testing the engine on the dyno after Donington Park to make sure that everything is working as it should do," he said. "The problem we had was the difference between a very worn old engine that had done a full season and a brand new engine. If we'd kept running the new one as it was, we risked damage that would have prevented us racing at Thruxton. Instead, we've got the engine sorted and found some improvements that set us well for this weekend.

"After the disappointment we suffered last time out, I expect to see us knocking on the door of the top ten this time around and I see no reason why that won't be the case. Thruxton was our best weekend of the season last year and with the changes we have made to the car since then, I'm feeling confident. Ollie set some encouraging times when we tested there before the season started, and if we can replicate the kind of pace we showed in the opening rounds at Brands Hatch, I think we'll be on for a good weekend."



AmDtuning.com chasing more points at Donington Park

The AmDtuning.com team will aim to secure more championship points when the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to Donington Park this weekend for the second round of the season.

The West Thurrock-based team has fond memories of the East Midlands circuit having picked up its maiden BTCC top ten finish at the venue last year, with its turbo-powered VW Golf taking its best result to date with seventh place in the second race of the weekend.

Already this season, the team has secured two points finishes in three races, with Attleborough-based driver Ollie Jackson having taken 13th and eighth place finishes at Brands Hatch before he was caught out by oil on the circuit in the final race and was forced to retire from while running inside the top six.

Ollie goes into the weekend sitting just two points away from a place inside the top ten in the championship standings and having impressed throughout his first weekend at the wheel of the AmDtuning.com Volkswagen, he will now hope to fight towards the top ten again in his second outing with the team.

"We had a test at Donington Park before the season started which went well, and I'm feeling good about the weekend," he said. "I think we showed a good level of performance at Brands Hatch even though I feel I could have done better in qualifying, and the aim is to be pushing towards the top ten again.

"I don't feel the same amount of pressure as I did going to Brands Hatch and am more at ease with the car now I have a race meeting under my belt; I just need to be consistent throughout the weekend and make sure I qualify better so we can push on for points. The Golf showed good pace at Donington last year and having found more grip and improved the high-speed handling since then, I think we're on for a good weekend."

The accident in the final race at Brands Hatch, which saw the Golf hit by a number of other cars that had also gone off on the oil dropped by Mat Jackson's Ford Focus, has led to plenty of work back at the AmDtuning.com base over the past week.

With the car now fully repaired, team boss Shaun Hollamby said he was optimistic that the level of performance shown at Brands Hatch can be maintained this weekend despite the differing nature of the circuit.

"The car was more heavily damaged than we thought after the accident but its been on the jig and the guys at Legend Vehicle Solutions managed to turn the bodywork round quickly for us before the Easter weekend, so we're more of less ready and raring to go for Donington," he said. "Brands Hatch was a good start for us and the race pace in particular was good. Ollie did a good job and without the accident in race three, I genuinely think we'd have been on for a top six finish.

"Now we have to try and more forwards from where we were at Brands Hatch and Donington is a circuit where we have gone well for the past two seasons. It's a circuit where people say it is all about power, but you also need a car that handles well and that is one of the strengths of the Golf. Having worked on both the chassis and the engine to get more speed out of the car, which we showed at Brands Hatch, I feel top ten finishes are achievable this weekend and I have a good feeling about our chances."



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Strong start for AmDtuning.com at Brands Hatch

The AmDtuning.com team made a solid start to its 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season with a top ten result and two points finishes on home soil at Brands Hatch.

The West Thurrock-based team went into the season-opener keen to build on the encouraging performance shown during pre-season testing with its turbo-powered Volkswagen Golf with newly-signed driver – Attleborough-based Ollie Jackson – looking to finish inside the BTCC points for the first time.

Having performed solidly in Saturday's two practice sessions, Ollie qualified 16th on the grid, just 1.1 seconds away from pole position around the tight and twisty 1.2 mile circuit. Making forward progress when the opening race got underway, he crossed the line in 13th place having set a best lap time just 0.6 seconds down on race winner Rob Collard.

Under the revised scoring system in place in the BTCC this season, Ollie also scored his first points in the series in the process.

Race two saw another impressive performance from the AmDtuning.com Golf as Ollie worked his way into the top ten to secure a fine eighth place finish; which then resulted in him being drawn on pole for the final race of the weekend.

Aware of the need to stay out of trouble at the start, Ollie slipped back to fourth on the opening lap but was keeping pace with the cars ahead until the Ford of Mat Jackson dropped fluid on the run-up to Druids on lap three.

Unable to stop the car when he hit the brakes, Ollie slid off into the gravel and although he managed to keep the car out of the barriers, he was then collected by two of his rivals who went off at the same time. The resultant damage prevented him from taking the restart after the race was red-flagged.

Despite that, Ollie ends the weekend twelfth in the championship standings and tenth amongst the independent drivers.

"It's a bit gutting it ended as it did, but overall it was a good weekend," he said. "We should really have been in the top ten in qualifying but I just didn't get the lap in. I made progress in race one and to then get my first top ten finish in race two was a great result.

"From pole, I didn't expect to stay at the front in race three but I felt we could have finished in the top five or six. I was keeping pace with the guys ahead but then when I touched the brakes on the way up to Druids, I was a complete passenger. I kept it out of the barriers and could have taken the restart but other cars followed me into the gravel and that was what did the damage.

"We've scored points in two of the races and shown what the car can do, so now we have to just push for more at Donington Park."

Although sharing the disappointment of race three, team boss Shaun Hollamby was also pleased with a weekend that ends with AmDtuning.com sitting ninth in the HiQ Teams' Championship and eighth in the Independents' Team Trophy.

"We've ended the weekend with a lot of damage but overall we can be happy with the performance we have shown," he said. "We've had good pace in the car and there is still a load more to come. We've scored points and picked up a top ten finish, and the accident in race three is just one of those things that unfortunately happens. We've got two weeks to repair the damage and come back fighting next time out.

"The whole team has been buzzing this weekend, and Chris Tweed and the boys have done a fantastic job on improving the Golf over the winter. We wanted more reliability and more straight-line speed and have shown both, so I think we can hope for plenty more points from this little Golf as the season goes on."



Testing Concludes For www.pbmuk.net Teams

The Paul Bird Motorsport Team has concluded their pre-season testing programme and are now looking to the season commencing in both MotoGP and British Superbikes.

Following their recent Spanish tests, both PBMUK Aprilia rider James Ellison in MotoGP and Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki BSB riders Shane Byrne and Stuart Easton have all made good progress aboard their respective machinery.

Ellison, from Kendal, had to overcome some major chatter issues on the CRT-specification Aprilia RSV at Jerez over the weekend where a huge crowd turned out to witness the final MotoGP test. Working with his new team, the Cumbrian reported that good progress had been made and is now looking forward to the season opener in Qatar on April 8.

Meanwhile, double BSB champion Byrne from Sittingbourne, and Hawick rider Easton were in action at the official tests at Brands Hatch and Snetterton last week where they continued progress with the Kawasaki ZX-10Rs which will see them challenging for honours in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.

Both riders were concentrating more on their machine set-ups than actual lap times and further work is planned on the MoTeC ignition system later this week prior to the opening round at Brands Hatch over Easter.

Paul Bird: "I flew out to Jerez to see how James was getting on and to see how things were gelling with the new team. Despite some major chatter problems which nearly knocked his teeth out, the team did well and there were no major issues or crashes which was important as we are still awaiting some parts for the bike from Aprilia. We still have some work to do but now it's all about the first race in Qatar so we will get a better picture of where we are then. The BSB team still has some work to do on the MoTeC systems we are using this year so we may have a run out at Knockhill later this week but both Stuart and Shakey are making solid progress and will be good to go for Brands Hatch."



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2012 ACU/FSRA BRITISH F2 SIDECAR CHAMPIONSHIP

ROUND ONE - SNETTERTON 300 - 17-18 MARCH
Tim Reeves and Dipash Chauhan (Hudspeth/Crowe Racing LCR Honda) scored an emphatic double win at the opening round of the 2012 ACU backed British Championship. Taking the lead on the opening lap of both races, they were never challenged and indeed in Sunday’s race, they won by over 20 seconds.

Reeves had qualified in pole followed by Ian and Carl Bell (Ian Bell M/cs LCR Yamaha), Frank Lelias and Mike Aylott (L&W Construction LCR Suzuki) and Conrad Harrison and Lee Patterson (Printing Roller Services Shelbourne Honda). Bell led off the line in Saturday’s opener, held in appalling conditions with the spray from the incessant rain causing huge problems. Reeves soon took the lead with Gary Bryan and Gary Partridge (Drury Engineering Baker Honda) in third followed by Lelias and Harrison with Dougie Wright and Martin Hull (Eddy Wright M/cs LCR Honda) in sixth. Lelias took third from Bryan on the second lap with the rain affecting lap times to the tune of twenty seconds.

The race was red-flagged on lap four when the leading two F2 Cup teams, Pete Alton and Keith Brotherton (OTC Racing Baker Yamaha) and Nick Dukes and William Moralee (Komatsu Forest/Dynocentre BLR Suzuki) had a coming together. All four competitors and both outfits survived to face another day but their racing this weekend was over. A five lap part two saw Bell again lead off the line but a slide at Brundle saw them relegated to fifth behind Reeves, Lelias, Bryan and Harrison. Bell got past Harrison and Bryan on lap two and Lelias a lap later but Reeves was already three seconds clear. Both Wright and Dave Atkinson and Phil Knapton (D.E.O’Reilly LCR Suzuki) retired, unable to see clearly in the worsening conditions. Dave Wallis and Simon Dawson (Team Petpals LCR Honda) were sixth ahead of a superb battle between Roy Hanks and Kevin Perry (Dorwingear Ltd Molyneux Suzuki) and Tony Baker and Fiona Baker-Milligan (Team Cumbria Express Baker Suzuki). Miles Bennett and Shelley Smithies (Mad Cow Racing Shelbourne Honda) were ninth while the leading F2 Cup team, Mark Saunders and Simon Briggs (Keyworth Garage Windle Suzuki) were an impressive tenth.

Reeves took the win, six seconds clear on aggregate from Bell, Lelias, Harrison and Bryan. Wallis was slowing enabling the Hanks-Baker duel to decide sixth. Although Baker got past on the last lap, Hanks took it on aggregate time. Bennett and Wallis were eighth and ninth with a surprised but delighted Saunders and Briggs 10th and taking the Cup honours. Howard Baker and Mike Killingsworth (Conmed UK Shelbourne Honda), Tony Thirkell and Nigel Barlow (TT Motorsport MR Equipe Honda) were next up with Russ and Rod Pearce (Pearce Racing LCR Suzuki), Dave Lillie and Ben Chandler (Ian Bell M/cs Molyneux Yamaha) and Paul Bateman and Neil Gregory (Cestrian Signs Windle Suzuki) completing the points scorers. John Saunders and Shaun Parker (Stapletons Tyres Shelbourne Honda) and Steve Hicks and P.J. McLaverty (Pete Minion Racing MR Equipe Suzuki) were the remaining finishers after Manxmen Darren Hope and Paul Bumfrey (unsponsored LCR Honda) retired on the penultimate lap.

Sunday saw a bitterly cold wind blowing across the open Snetterton track but thankfully no rain. Reeves soon took up where he’d finished on Saturday, establishing a comfortable lead within the first lap. Again, Bell spun on the second lap, Bryan and Lelias getting past. Harrison was fifth, with Hanks, Wright, Bennett, Atkinson and Dean Lindley and Leon Fitzpatrick (Pegasus Externals LCR Suzuki) completing the top ten. Hanks soon joined Lillie and Bateman on the retirements list soon to be followed by Wright and Mark Saunders –passenger Briggs injuring his arm ‘on manoeuvres’! Bell, who had been hounding Lelias to regain third eventually got past starting the sixth lap but Bryan was two seconds clear in second with leader Reeves out of sight. Howard Baker and Thirkell were now in the leading ten following the retirements.

Reeves almost-lonely ride took him to the ‘double’ with a 23.6 second advantage, Bryan clear in second ahead of Bell, Lelias and Harrison. Atkinson and Bennett finished in 6th and 7th but the unfortunate Lindley, the leading Cup driver, retired from 8th on the last lap with a fuel problem, as in ‘total lack of’!. Howard Baker, Thirkell and Tony Baker completed the top ten. With Lindley’s demise, Pearce was the leading Cup driver from fellow Cup competitors John Saunders, Hope and Dean Nicholls and Anne Garnish (QEH Lumley Kawasaki), some consolation for missing the opening race when their outfit developed problems in qualifying.

After the two opening races, Reeves has a maximum 50 points ahead of Bell on 36 and Bryan on 31. In the Cup, Pearce leads with 45 from John Saunders on 27 and Mark Saunders with 25. The next round is at Oulton Park on Saturday 28th April.

Photos from John Mushet and Derek Donsworth – many thanks!

John Newton
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Jon Railton - Successful Start to the Season!



SFS Performance at Trax 2011

After an overcast start the rain started but it wasn't enough to deter the crowds and dampen the spirits. The show was full as was the SFS Performance, we were run off our feet all morning with only the drifting at 1pm giving us anytime for a break. With nearly 400 sqm and 11 show cars the stand was certainly drawing the crowds and some great comments about our new Carbon Fibre range. We would like to say a big thanks to everyone that came to see us and a special mention to all the drivers for bringing their cars and giving us such a great display of modified metal!



Kawasaki Hope For German Success

The Kawasaki Superbike Racing Team returns to action after a five week summer break when the Nurburgring hosts the tenth round of the World Superbike Championship this forthcoming weekend.

Both Joan Lascorz and Tom Sykes will be hoping for a good performance at Germany's most evocative and famous circuit, located in the Eifel Mountains in the north west of the country, especially after the disappointment of Silverstone last time out.

It was back at the Paul Bird Motorsport team's home round that Yorkshireman Sykes was injured during qualifying and didn't race and Spanish rider Lascorz was forced out of the second race after a clash with another rider so both riders are keen to address the situation for the Penrith based team.

Sykes is returning to action following a chipped bone in his right ankle. He rates himself ready to race at the 5.137km long circuit in Germany, having had a month off from race action while working to get back to full fitness whereas Lascorz took part in a British Superbike Championship round at Brands Hatch after the Silverstone weekend.

So far this season, Lascorz has scored two top five placings in his rookie WSB campaign and Sykes won the Superpole contest at Misano, then only just missed out on a podium finish by one place at the same venue. Currently Lascorz is 11th in the championship standings while Tom is only 15 points from a top ten spot in 14th place.

Third official Kawasaki rider Chris Vermeulen is still working on recovering full strength in his injured left elbow and will miss the German race.

Joan Lascorz: "It was interesting to race at Brands Hatch in the BSB series recently but finding the right bike set-up was a little more difficult compared to some other circuits. It was a very intense circuit and I think it was good preparation for the Nurburgring race which we come to this weekend. It gave me the chance to practice more on the bike and feel good so we will see how things go in Germany as this will be my first time there on a Superbike. But I think if we can have a good practice we can make good results."

Tom Sykes: "My ankle is getting stronger all the time so I will be ready for Germany. The Nurburgring is definitely one of my favourite circuits as it is quite unique in some ways. It goes up and down a lot, it is quite flowing and I like those sections where the corners roll into each other. A lot of the track takes quite a bit of courage in some ways and the circuit in general lends itself to my style of riding a bit more than some. I hope I can pick up where we left off before my injury at Silverstone."

Paul Bird, Team Owner: "Things certainly didn't go our way at Silverstone so I'm really hoping we can get that bit of a break and a little luck this weekend which we have been so desperately short of this season. With Joan's lack of experience around the track and Tom coming back after injury, it's going to be a challenging weekend but hopefully both riders can put on a good show and we can get the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R well up the leaderboard where it rightfully belongs."

Meanwhile, Ulsterman Keith Farmer will make his foreign debut at the German round of the World Superbike Championship when he rides a Paul Bird Motorsport-prepared Kawasaki ZX-10R in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup.

The former Supermoto champion from Clogher raced at Silverstone and came home an impressive 16th on his World Championship debut; beating many established riders in his first ever race on a 1000cc Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Farmer is managed by PBM and has impressed on his debut season in road racing whereby he currently leads the Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship by a healthy 36 points.

The opening race gets underway on Sunday 4th September at 12.00 CET with race two at 15.30 CET and British viewers can catch the action live on British Eurosport.

For further information on the Kawasaki Racing Team visit www.kawasaki-racingteam.eu



Byford for AmD Milltek Golf

AmD Milltek Racing.com has named Martin Byford as its new driver for the remainder of the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.

Byford, from Colchester, will make his BTCC debut in the outfit's VW Golf at his home circuit of Snetterton in just over four weeks' time (6-7 August) with sponsorship from personal backer Eurocell as well as team partners AmD, Milltek and Tesco Momentum 99.

The 39-year-old has an excellent reputation in the BTCC's supporting categories. He was a front-runner in the Renault Clio Cup as long ago as 2002 and won the crown in 2007. He was also a title protagonist in the SEAT Cupra series.

Byford told btcc.net: "Firstly, a big thanks to all those sponsors for putting their faith in me. It's the opportunity I was looking for some years ago when I was scrapping in Clios and SEATs. When the chance to drive his Golf came up I put everything into making it work – it's been well documented he had a lot of enquiries so to be 'the chosen one' is good for the confidence!"

The Essex racer believes he'll fit in well with the BTCC's bumper-to-bumper action after a decade of competition in saloons. He also arrives with good technical know-how having won the British Formula 3 class B title back in 1995. He also proved more than a match for Tom Onslow-Cole when, after several years out, he returned to race in the Clio Cup in 2006. It was Onslow-Cole of course who raced the Golf during the first half of this season before leaving to join Team Aon.

AmD team principal Shaun Hollamby, who raced the car as a one-off at Croft last month, added: "I'm really pleased with our choice. We had massive interest from potential replacements for Tom and then it really came down to a shortlist of four. Martin ticked all the boxes for me – he's no nonsense and just a thoroughly decent and easy bloke to work with which is exactly what we want in our team.

"His CV speaks for itself and bear in mind I had the Golf up to 12th place in one of the races at Croft and he's much better than I am! Seriously, he perhaps should have got his chance in the BTCC a few years ago. We're delighted he's making his debut with us."

Byford for AmD Milltek Golf


PBM Look To Continue Form at Brno

The Kawasaki Superbike Racing Team heads for the Czech Republic this forthcoming weekend aiming to replicate their strong showing at Aragon last month when round eight of the World Superbike Championship takes place at Brno.

Last time out aboard the Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10Rs at the Spanish track, Joan Lascorz celebrated the first race meeting at his home circuit with a seventh and a fifth place, his best combined points score of the season so far, whereas British rider Tom Sykes, who started from fifth place on the grid, took fifth position in race one before sliding off in the second race. Aussie Chris Vermeulen also scored 12th in race one before battling to 14th and more important points in race two.

With all three riders now fit, Yorkshireman Sykes is best placed in 13th in the series, the two races will provide a stern test for the team once again as they go in search of their first podiums of the season. Sykes only managed an 11th place finish at the corresponding World Superbike race last year although Lascorz came within a tenth of a second of winning the World Supersport race the same day.

Paul Bird, Team Owner: "Hopefully we have turned the corner with a solid performance at Aragon and we can now continue this forward for the rest of the season. We showed we had good pace earlier in the season but things didn't work out for us for a few rounds but I feel we have made good progress recently. Both Tom and Joan are now pushing each other and I feel a podium is just around the corner and with another home race at Silverstone coming up after this round, we need to be challenging at the front from now on."



AmD Milltek Racing.com buoyed by Croft display

The AmD Milltek Racing.com team enjoyed a solid weekend at Croft as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship reached the half way-point with its annual trip to the North East.

The West Thurrock-based team made the long trip north with team principal Shaun Hollamby returning to action at the wheel of its Volkswagen Golf for the first time since the 2010 season finale.

After a brief test at Brands Hatch prior to the weekend, Croft marked Shaun's first opportunity to race the VW since it underwent drastic changes over the winter, which included the fitting of a new turbo-charged engine.

Following mixed conditions in practice, Shaun qualified 21st on the grid for the opening race of the weekend but was quickly making progress when the lights went out to get the first race underway. In tricky wet, but drying conditions, Shaun had taken the Golf up to twelfth place before being tipped into a spin by James Nash, which dropped him back down the order. Shaun was however able to recover to take the flag in 17th place.

Shaun once again made quick progress through the field in the second race to run in 13th place before slipping back to 17th after running off track at the opening corner while avoiding an incident for another car. By the end of the race however, Shaun was able to climb back up to 13th, which would be his starting position for the final race.

Despite a number of quick cars starting behind him after early problems, Shaun was able to fight with the pack throughout the final race of the weekend, with the highlight being a battle for position with the Chevrolet of defending champion Jason Plato. Finishing the race in 15th place despite contact late on with Paul O'Neill, Shaun posted his quickest ever BTCC lap around the Croft circuit to end the weekend – and his time behind the wheel of the Golf – on a high.

With a six week break before the next round of the season at Snetterton, Shaun and the AmD Milltek Racing.com team will now evaluate a number of possible options in regard to who will be at the wheel of the Volkswagen for the remainder of the campaign.

"Race three was the first proper race I feel I've had in the BTCC as I was able to fight with people on track and I wasn't just running around towards the back," he said. "Earlier in the day, Nash fired me off in the first race and then in race two, I went off in sympathy when Frank Wrathall had a problem and was suddenly slow in front of me. I think some of the boys tried to push me around on track today but I wasn't having any of it and even though I didn't manage to get into the points like I hoped to, I feel I can go away from Croft with my head held high.

"However, now the weekend is at an end, that is my time behind the wheel done. I'm happy with how the weekend has gone and I feel I've done myself justice, but now its time for us to look at the options and choose another driver for the future and the get the Golf regularly in the Top 10."


Acting team manager Rhea Beauchamp, who stepped in for the weekend to allow Shaun to focus on his on-track role, was also full of praise for the performance of the AmD Milltek Racing.com team throughout the weekend.

"Shaun has done brilliantly this weekend, especially when you consider the pressure he was under getting back behind the wheel at short notice," she said. "The whole team has worked hard and three solid finishes are a good result for them and for the sponsors who continue to support the team. I've thoroughly enjoyed being part of the AmD Milltek Racing.com team for the weekend and I think Shaun has gone out on a high."

AmD Milltek Racing.com buoyed by Croft display


High Fives for Kawasaki at Aragon

The Kawasaki Superbike Racing Team recorded their strongest finish of the season when round seven of the World Superbike Championship took place at Aragon in Spain at the weekend.

Aboard the Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10Rs, Joan Lascorz celebrated the first race meeting at his home circuit with a seventh and a fifth place, his best combined points score of the season so far, whereas British rider Tom Sykes, who started from fifth place on the grid, took fifth position in race one before sliding off in the second race.

Aussie Chris Vermeulen also found his first race meeting at the impressive new facility of Motorland Aragon a game of two contrasting halves. He scored 12th in race one despite losing many places in the early laps before battling to 14th and more important points in race two.

In the championship going into the next round at Brno in three weeks' time, Sykes is 13th, Lascorz 14th and only three points behind, with Vermeulen holding 19th.

Tom Sykes: "Again there are some positives in that I have been in the top five all weekend. In race one, I came home fifth and in race two I went down but we were still racing in a good position. We came away with good levels of performance during a dry weekend which is another big positive. We will do the test in Aragon now to be ready for the Brno race and we have a lot to test. Brno is a fantastic circuit that I love and hopefully the new Ninja ZX-10R will work well there as well."

Joan Lascorz: "I was fifth in race two and it was the same position I took at Donington but I was much closer to the top positions here. We had some laps of testing before but not many so this was really a new circuit for me in qualifying, so we did a good job. My crew chief gave me a good setting for the second race, and persuaded me not to go for the softer rear tyre, so I used the same B tyre in each race. It was a good decision in race two. We were only five seconds from the podium in race two, and it was not only me, Tom was also very fast this weekend."

Chris Vermeulen: "In race one, I got quite a good start but then was boxed in on the first lap and I actually went back to last place. But I passed quite a few of them and our pace was quite good in the middle of the race, the same as that of the fifth to seventh place guys. I managed to get up to 12th in the last couple of laps but in race two our set-up and tyre choice was exactly the same and didn't work as well in the hot conditions."

Paul Bird: "That's the second weekend running we have had a couple of decent results so it feels at long last like we are making progress. All of the riders rode well and the team did a great job so it's important we kick on from here and continue this momentum into Brno next month."



Season's Best for Sykes at Misano

Yorkshireman Tom Sykes and the Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R took a season best for rider and manufacturer with fourth place in race one at round six of the World Superbike Championship held at Misano in Italy.

As well as Sykes securing his first pole position of the year, the Kawasaki Superbike Racing Team had reason for even more celebration with Spaniard Joan Lascorz taking a ninth place finish and Australia's Chris Vermeulen being placed 14th in his comeback weekend, taking his first points of the year.

In the second race, Lascorz was top Kawasaki finisher in ninth place again with Vermeulen impressing into tenth. Sykes, who had been in line for a second good finish of the day in the first halted race, found the early laps of the restart difficult and he eventually fell, but remounted to finish 14th and take important points.

Tom Sykes: "We have come away from one of our least favourite circuits with a pole position and a fourth place. In race one I was feeling good and in race two, I dropped a couple of positions but I felt I had the pace to get them back easily. Then the race was stopped, I do not know why because as it turned out there was no oil or anything down, certainly nothing to stop the race. In the restart of race two, I got batting with a couple of guys and that put me out of my rhythm. I tried turning just a little bit tighter to go inside Xaus at turn three and unfortunately ran over the white line inside the track and that took the front away but I remounted and got two points. We were a lot stronger in race one for fourth and we have to be happy with the way things went this weekend, with a Superpole win and a good top four finish."

Joan Lascorz: "It was a strange race day but it gave me some points and two top ten placings so there are some positive things to take away from here. I fitted a soft tyre for race two and I had a better feeling and I could push more. Overall we have some positives so we know what is now possible."

Chris Vermeulen: "Obviously it was hard to jump back into the thick of it this weekend and we had three races, not two. I am a little bit sore now but we managed to finish both races in the points and with a little bit of luck, got into the top ten in race two. In race one, we had a little issue with the set-up because I was struggling to get a good feeling from the front of the bike but we were able to improve that in race two. We are still learning but we are improving all the time."

Paul Bird, Team Owner: "This is more like it and to see Tom on pole was very pleasing. Tom rode well to finish fourth and I was pleased with his strategy in passing Eugene Laverty on the last lap and he was unlucky t

Season's Best for Sykes at Misano


Hollamby Back in the Driving Seat!

Team principal Shaun Hollamby looks set to race his AmD Milltek Racing.com outfit's VW Golf in Croft's round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (Sun 19 June).

Hollamby says he's been inundated with calls from drivers wanting to replace Tom Onslow-Cole who left the team at Oulton Park last weekend.

"We must have had at least 45 serious individual enquiries – I have been quite astonished," Hollamby told btcc.net. "However, we want to get this right so instead of jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire we've decided on a known quantity for Croft – me!"

Orpington's Hollamby, who raced the Golf in its debut BTCC season of 2010, will test at his squad's home circuit of Brands Hatch tomorrow – the car is now a much more competitive machine after being fitted with a turbocharged engine for the 2011 season. Prior to his departure Onslow-Cole had raced it to three top ten finishes and qualified it sixth fastest at Thruxton.

Hollamby added: "We will see how I get on at Croft and then decide on the next course of action during the lengthy mid-season break. With Croft being so close we decided to holdfire with a final decision on who will be driving the AmD Milltek VW Golf until we can properly evaluate all the driver options, of which I am only one.

I will test at Brands Hatch on Thursday this week and unless I have personally lost a second a lap since last year I will race the car at Croft. My target at Croft is to beat Toms average qualifying result (15th) and race finishing position (12th).

My ideal driver would be a young up and coming driver who had a massive budget who I can sign to a 10 year contract but he or she didn't call! A number of names from the recent BTCC past are being considered but also some younger guys who maybe deserve the break.

"I would like to say a big 'thank you' to all our sponsors but especially Phil Millington from Milltek and Christian Osborne from Tesco Momentum 99, without whose support the last few days would have been much harder!"

Hollamby Back in the Driving Seat!


SFS support official Kawasaki World Superbike Team

SFS are pleased to announce their continued support of the official Kawasaki World Superbike team. SFS are providing their continued support to Paul Bird Motorsport who run and maintain the World Superbike team for Kawasaki. SFS have provided support to the team since 2006. The race bikes run with SFS hoses and reliability is key for the team in this punishing environment and our hoses are more than up to the job to keep these winning bikes on the track. Stuart Bland the Team Co-ordinator feels the using SFS is invaluable because SFS hoses are far more durable than the oem hoses easier to keep clean and when maintaining the bike are far easier to remove as the oem type tend to bond themselves to the pipes.

Top Six For Sykes At Miller
After a couple of rounds in the doldrums, the Kawasaki Superbike Racing Team bounced back in round five of the World Superbike Championship which took place at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City in the United States.

Yorkshireman Tom Sykes moved from the third row to sixth place in race one on a day when great progress was made by his fellow Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R rider Joan Lascorz.

In race one Sykes continued his strong performance from the first dry qualifying session on Saturday, taking sixth position at the end of the 21 lap race, despite making a less than ideal start. Starting from tenth on the grid, he dropped back initially but was soon battling his way up the order and was rewarded with his best finish of the year so far.

Spaniard Lascorz rode well in race one from a starting position of 17th to claim points in 14th place, despite losing grip from mid-race distance onwards, he hung on to score two points for the Penrith-based Paul Bird Motorsport Team.

In the second race Sykes was unlucky to get boxed in after a much better start and had to battle hard to take tenth place and some more very welcome points. Lascorz was in much better shape in race two and finished 12th meaning Tom is now 13th in the championship with Joan in 15th going into the next round at Misano on June 12th.

Tom Sykes: "Sixth in race one was a positive result and a real improvement on last year's efforts here. We were strong at the end of the race and set my best lap time three laps from the end. In the second race we did not make any real set-up changes and I had a lot better launch in race two but unfortunately I got boxed in on turn one. The whole race was faster than race one but I ended up in a bit of a dice with Jonathan Rea and that allowed Ayrton Badovini to catch and pass me. I am confident we can go away and make more progress and I really want to thank all the team and Kawasaki. We worked together even tighter as a team and that showed through the weekend."

Joan Lascorz: "I think I just need to keep understanding the bike a bit better to make the most of its potential. The second race set-up was better. I used the same rear tyre in each race but different front tyres to make different settings and race two was much better. I think if I had had a better grid position and made good starts we could have been inside the middle of the top ten, maybe."

SFS support official Kawasaki World Superbike Team


New Robot Production

For those of you that haven't visited our homepage for a while we now have a video of our new robot production system. This is an industry first and can produce hoses to a much higher exterior finish. This means SFS Hoses will have a better finish than other hoses on the market, check out the video today!!

New Robot Production


More Reasons to choose SFS

Unlike other manufacturers we only use premium grade silicone rubber through-out the hose, and do not use cheaper compounds on the inside to cut costs. All hoses meet or exceed SAEJ20R1 Class A. To ensure that SFS hoses keep their vibrant colours, and do not fade over time, we use the most expensive pigments available. We manufacture all our hoses in our factory in Luton, ensuring we have total control of all aspects of quality. Some competitors are selling Chinese or Indian made hoses branded with their own logos. These might be cheap but are not produced to the strict quality we work to.

More Reasons to choose SFS


Show Season is here

Well after a winter in the garage the show cars are out of hibernation. Many fans will be putting the finishing touches to their cars and polishing them to within an inch of their lives. The season always creeps up on everyone and so we always get a rush of orders that people want yesterday. This year promises to be packed with shows so keep an eye out for the SFS team at one near you.

Show Season is here


An Old New Face at SFS

Well after a 15 month sabatical an old face has returned to SFS! Anthony deCaux rejoins us as Sales Manager and brings 12 years experience of silicone hose and 20 years of tuning and building cars! So expect to see a lot more of SFS at shows and our regular newsletter to keep you up to date with all that is going on at SFS.

An Old New Face at SFS


Double Whammy for SFS Performance

After four years of development, SFS Performance finally released hoses manufactured on our unique and revolutionary automated system, in two continents! To showcase our world-leading capabilities we simultaneously exhibited at the SEMA show in Las Vegas and the Professional Motorsport World Expo in Cologne, Germany.

Exhibiting at two exhibitions on two different continents is expensive, but we are so confidant that our products are now far superior to any other hoses produced world wide, that we felt it was important to present our new hoses to the global market. We were in-undated with positive comments on our quality, and we are very proud to be manufacturing a world class product in the UK.

The long development process was embarked upon, so that we could ensure that SFS Performance could continue to deliver the best quality hoses and give the best service to our customers. We were aware that low quality, cheap, Chinese and Indian imports were coming in to the market, and we had to address the price differential. Our customers still want to buy quality products, made from premium materials, so we knew we had to reduce manufacturing costs. Some of our competitors have decided to produce gimmicky products, or sell the cheap imports, but at SFS Performance we have concentrated on the most important thing – manufacturing excellence.

Not every hose can be manufactured with our new system, but for the ones that can there are the following benefits:

  • Un-surpassed quality
  • Lower prices
  • Shorter lead times.
  • Consistent quality time after time
  • Eight-fold increase in capacity
Our customers will be able to increase their hose sales by supplying better quality products at lower prices than companies selling other brands.

More Reasons to choose SFS Performance

Unlike other manufacturers we only use premium grade silicone rubber through-out the hose, and do not use cheaper compounds on the inside to cut costs.

All hoses meet or exceed SAEJ20R1 Class A.

To ensure that SFS hoses keep their vibrant colours, and to help prevent fade, we use the most expensive pigments available.

We manufacture all our hoses in our factory in Luton, ensuring we have total control of all aspects of quality. Some competitors are selling Chinese or Indian made hoses branded with their own logos. These might be cheap but are not produced to the strict quality that we work to. SFS Performance has ISO9001: 2008 accreditation.



Quality Achievement

SFS Performance is commited to improving the quality of its products and services, and this is something we work on continually. So we are proud to announce that SFS is now fully ISO 9001:2008 accredited. This ensures that we follow procedures fully, which in turn means that you an expect a much better service from us overall.

Bigger Range

We have continued to increase the range of products we offer and have over 340 kits available for cars and over 180 kits in our motorcycle range! Our latest editions include kits for the Peugeot 207 Turbo, Nissan Fairlady Z34, Suzuki Swift, Subaru Impreza new shape and VAG PD150's. Our new bike kits include Ducati 749, Honda CB1000R, Kawasaki KLX250, KTM SX65, LC8, Suzuki RMZ250, GSXR1300 and Yamaha R1.

Forthcoming News

We have spent the last 4 years working on a new production system; this will be a Worldwide industry 1st and will allow us to produce high quality products at very competitive prices with using the new production system will be cheaper than equivalent products manufactued by all other branded UK manufacturers. We will be sending out new pricing very soon.



THS170 For VAG Dyno Results

Another performance increase with SFS Performance products, the last product we tested was the AH07/12 for the TT/S3/Leon Cupra-R inlet hose which gave a 5bhp/5ftlb increase. This time we took a 2.0 TFSi Golf running a Revo remap and did 3 power runs then fitted out THS170 kit, then did three more runs to get a consistent before and after power figure. As you can see from the attached graph the kit gave a 10bhp/5ftlb increase overall!

Audi | VW | SEAT

Unlike our competitors we continue to develop products that replace and improve inlet and turbo pipe work rather than just copy OEM ones. We aim for them not only to look good but increase performance by altering flow paths and increasing diameters. Our next VAG dyno result will be for our popular PD150 hose kits…..

THS170 For VAG Dyno Results


SFS Help Karen Phillips To A Flying Start!

Karen Phillips has begun her season in the Nippon Challenge and Subaru Cup with two podiums in two races in her SFS-equiped production specification Subaru Impreza WRX!

You can keep track of her performance in the race series through www.karenphillips.co.uk or in Japanese Performance magazine, who will be covering the series.

All the best to Karen throughout the season!



New Car and Bike Kits

We are continuing to expand our hose kit range and have added many new kits this to cater for Ford Fiesta and MK4 Golf drivers. Available to order now are coolant kits for the Ford Fiesta Zetec-S and the Ford Puma. We also have the first ever coolant kit available for the VW Golf R32 and PD150 boost, an industry 1st!

Not content with the new kits above we have been busy developing new kits for Japanese cars. Kits for the new Civic K20A Civic type-R coolant / induction EVO X boost / coolant another industry first!! We have also developed some new kits for our Scandinavian friends so available now are new kits for the Saab 9000 and Volvo T5's. This brings our total number of car kits to over 300!

Not forgetting our extensive range of kits for bikes, we have been busy inresing this range to over to over 125 kits for MotoX, Road and Quad bikes. Our bikes. Our latest additions include kits for Aprillia, Beta, Honda CBR, Kawasaki ZX6RR, KTM 450 EXCR, Sherco, Triumph and Yamaha R1 / R6.



Golf Mk4 PD130

We are continuing to expandour hose kit range and have added the only boost kit available for Diesel powered Golfs. The kits fits the PD130 powerplant and removes the OEM plastic carrier pipe and comes with machined alloy end fittings. A must for any chipped or modified car! Order your THS169 kit today these are in stock now!!

Golf Mk4 PD130


TFSi Golf/TT/Octavia

Available to order now are coolant and turbo kits for all 2.0TFSi cars. The turbo has been designed with performance in mind and are not just merely copies of the original hoses like other versions available. The kit contains two hoses that replace the assemblies between the turbo and intercooler and the intercooler to throttle body. We've worked with VW Racing to bring you the best solution available. The turbo outlet hose comes complete with alloy fittings which have a larger bore than the OEM parts, combined with a hi flow design that removes the restrictive cast aluminium discharge pipe you can sure of maximum air flow. The intercooler outlet hose again comes with a larger bore alloy fitting and also removes the restrictive OEM piece which is made of plastic. The hose has 60mm internal diameter to ensure maximum air flow. The kit is a must for any "chipped" or highly modified car. The kit is an easy DIY fit in around an hour and is not just a hose kit or a hi-flow turbo discharge kit or even discharge kit or even a hi-flow intercooler pipe conversion kit but is ALL 3 IN 1, saving over £250.00 compared to the other parts alone!! Order your THS170 kit today!



Stock Parts

In between satisfying demand for our products we have been busy making more parts so we can carry stock. We are pleased to announce that we now carry most of the motorsport range of parts on the shelf for immediate shipping. But not just in BLUE, we have RED and BLACK as well!!

Stock Parts


4X4 / SUV Kits

We are continuing to expand our hose kit range and have added some new kits this month to cater for 4x4 / SUV drivers. Available to order now are coolant and turbo kits for the 200/300 Tdi Land Rover Discovery as well as coolant kits for Chevy 4.3/4.8/5.3/6.0/8.1 Ltr engined trucks.

4X4 / SUV Kits


Prodrive P2

SFS Performance was proud to be asked to be an official technical partner to Prodrive for their P2 project. P2 was the idea of Prodrive chairman and chief executive, David Richards. He said “What we created is P2, a unique two-seater sports car, which has gone from concept to reality in just nine months and which is the perfect manifestation of what happens when our inspirational ideas combine with our innovative approach.”

Prodrive P2

AH07/12/13

Turbo inlet hose for the Audi S3, 225 TT and Seat Leon Cupra-R. The hose has been specially designed as an improvement over all the other versions currently on the market. The hose has a 16% larger bore than it's competitors allowing greater airflow with proven increases in both Bhp and torque. It's also wire re-inforced to prevent collapse. Audi S3 with re-map, high flow cat and exhaust. Power gain was 4.8bhp and 5.7lbft, power run by West Tuning.


CSK100D/138D/141D

Cold side dump valve relocation kit for the Audi S3, 225 TT and Seat Leon Cupra-R. Unlike other kits there is no need to cut your original hoses. It comes complete with a replacement throttle body hose, clips, connectors, vacuum tube and a blanking plug. We can also provide a choice of dump valve if required.

CSK100D/138D/141D

 
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