Archive for ‘ August, 2015 ’

Courtenay Trio Excells at Thunder Road

For the third year in a row Courtenay Sport powered cars have come away victorious from Thunder Road, which this year was held on Saturday 8th August at the former RAF Woodbridge airbase.

The Thunder Road event is aimed at Performance VAUXHALL road going cars including all VXR models and is only open to road legal, taxed, tested and insured road vehicles. The competition comprises of 5 x 1 Mile Speed runs along the the 2 mile runway with the highest Terminal Speed at the 1 mile mark to count.

Congratulations to Andy Carr and Ben Gibson, who took first and second place in Class B for cars between 1601-2000cc and Tim Crane who won Class B for cars up to 1600cc. All three cars have been mapped by Courtenay Sport.

Andy driving his Courtenay Sport mapped Garrett equipped (GTx3076R) Astra G GSi 2.0 Turbo achieved a top speed of 173.86mph to win the class, beating the 2014 winning time for Class B.

Ben’s Courtenay Sport mapped Zafira B VXR with Garrett GT2871HTA turbo took second place at an extremely respectable top speed of 160.26mph; not bad for a 7 seat bus!

2015 was the third year that a Courtenay Sport car has won Class B. 2014 saw Rob Dennis run his Courtenay Sport mapped Garrett Turbo quipped Astra G across the line at 171.59mph, and 2013 the outright Class B winner was Wayne Townsend’s Courtenay Sport Astra H VXR.

Tim Crane was the winner of Class A, for vehicles up to 1600cc. His Stage 4 Corsa D VXR Sprint crossed the timing line at 138.73mph.

To show what an achievement Andy’s ‘almost’ 174mph top speed actually was, he would have also won Class C (2001-2800cc) and Class D (2801cc and above). It would have also placed the Astra in 4th place in Class E (for cars above 2800cc Turbo or Supercharged).

Overall 173.86mph placed Andy 4th overall (only loosing out to a couple of Monaros and a VXR8!), and Ben’s 160.26mph saw him 12th overall.

Thunder Road 2015

Thunder Road 2015 Andy Carr’s Astra GSi

Thunder Road 2015

Thunder Road 2015 Class B Winner

Thunder Road 2015

Thunder Road 2015 Class B Winner

Thunder Road 2015

Thunder Road 2015 Ben Gibson’s Zafira VXR

Thunder Road 2015

Thunder Road 2015 Tim Crane’s Corsa VXR

Thunder Road 2015

Thunder Road 2015 Ben’s Trophy and Engine

New Astra for the Racetrack

Rüsselsheim…. Opel is expanding its activities in customer touring car racing. Based on the new Astra, which will celebrate its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) this September (2015), the motorsports division of the Rüsselsheim-based carmaker is developing a touring car in accordance with the current regulations of the TCR series for national and international customer racing.

The TCR series, inaugurated in 2015, is based on a three-pillar concept that includes national and continental championships along with the global TCR International Series – all of which have exactly the same technical regulations. Therefore, a TCR vehicle can be used worldwide without undergoing any technical modifications. The two-liter turbo-charged engines have an output of 330 hp and maximum torque of 410 Nm.

“Touring car racing has always been an important part of Opel. The philosophy of the new TCR series corresponds to our idea of customer racing. We want to give ambitious privately owned teams a platform for exciting sport at reasonable costs,” said Opel Group CMO Tina Müller.

The Opel Astra TCR is currently under development and the technical specifications will be announced at a later date. Testing of the new customer sports touring car is set to start in October.

Opel Motorsport Astra K

Opel Motorsport Astra K

Opel Motorsport Astra K

Opel Motorsport Astra K

Astra H VXR Garrett Mapping

Another Astra H VXR in for mapping that has had a Garrett installation fitted to it. V Band Cast Manifold, Garrett GT2871HTA Motorsport Spec Turbocharger with metal bearing cage, Tial External Wastegate, AEM Dryflow Filter, 90mm AFM, 630cc Injectors, Aeromotive Fuel Pump, 80mm Inlet Pipe, 3″ Courtenay Klasen Downpipe, 3″ Courtenay Piper Exhaust System and CSRacing Full Height Front Mounted Intercooler.

Astra H VXR Garrett Mapping Session

Astra H VXR Garrett Mapping Session

The Courtenay Sport Blog

%d bloggers like this: