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Brands Hatch PTCT Race Report 2012

Brands Hatch :: :: May 12th and 13th

Luke Caudle took his first win of the season in his Excelr8 Motorsport Seat Leon, but a clutch problem robbed him of his second success of the weekend. Joe Girling’s Courtenay Sport Astra picked up the pieces and made it a double win in the third and final race.

QUALIFYING ::

Girling’s Astra edged out the Excelr8 Seat’s of Duckman and Caudle to secure pole for Saturday’s race, with Caudle heading the second row, from Maurice Hayden’s Renault Megane. Hayden having lost part of the session due to a wiring problem.

Antony Williams’ Megane had Steve Johnson’s Astra sharing row three and Sarah Franklin’s Abarth was solo on row four initially, after Keith Issatt withdrew his Volvo C30. “It wasn’t worth racing it until we have sorted a few problems out,” he said.

Stewart Calder had qualified his Astra out of session, but joined the back of the grid too.

RACE ONE ::

Girling had the lead from the start as Duckman and Caudle started an early duel for second, leaving Hayden in fourth relatively solo by the end of the first lap.

Johnson soon started to consolidate fifth too, which left Williams chasing Calder for sixth, followed by unopposed class B runner Franklin.

“I could see that Luke was all over Gary, which did me a favour of course,” said Girling. But on lap eight Caudle finally broke the deadlock, “I had a bad start and was fourth, I got Maurice at Druids on the first lap and then did the same with Gary around the outside,” Caudle explained. A lap later an indentical move gave him the lead and left Girling trying to defend second. “That was three overtakes, all indentical,” he said proudly.

“I knew once Luke got past Gary I would be in trouble and I was,” admitted Girling. He managed to keep Duckman at bay for one lap before running wide at Graham Hill Bend.”I had been in the worst position, wanting to attack Joe but defend from Luke,” Duckman replied.

Caudle continued to increase his lead over the remaining distance and took his first win in the championship by over three seconds, with Duckman taking second by a similar margin from Girling.

Fourth place remained in Hayden’s hands from the opening lap, “I could see them in front and I could see them behind, but couldn’t close the gap,” he said. Johnson had been fairly lonely in fifth until the closing laps when Calder closed in. “I had stayed with Maurice for a while, but my lack of circuit knowledge and cooking the tyres allowed Stewart to catch me. He tried a few moves at Paddock, but I held the inside,” he said.

Calder’s challenge faltered on the final laps when his car was overheating severely, which lost him sixth to Williams on the last lap. “I had the original diff in still, but it felt good and we are getting as much as we can out of the car,” said the Excelr8 chief. Franklin also survived, albeit two laps down.

Result: 1 Luke Caudle (Seat Leon) 23 laps in 20m 34.437s (81.02mph); 2 Gary Duckman (Seat Leon) +3.371s; 3 Joe Girling (Vauxhall Astra VXR) +4.180s; 4 Maurice Hayden (Renault Megane); 5 Steve Johnson (Vauxhall Astra VXR); 6 Antony Williams (Renault Megane); 7 Stewart Calder (Vauxhall Astra VXR); 8 Sarah Franklin (Fiat Abarth); no other starters. Fastest Lap: Caudle 52.777s (82.39mph).

RACE TWO ::

With Caudle taking up pole, he had the early advantage into Paddock and was able to maximise his position when Duckman spun on the exit. “I have to admit when I saw Gary spin, I thought brilliant,” Caudle admitted. “I had to spin or hit Luke, so I came off the throttle as I would have understeered into him. Then I was forced to pit as I had buckled a wheel,” Duckman explained.

Hayden was second, from Girling, Johnson, Calder, Williams and Franklin, but as they crossed the line to finish lap two, Girling nosed ahead of Hayden as they both tried to stay in touch with Caudle.

For a while Hayden stayed close in third, but then a wrong gear at Graham Hill Bend allowed to Johnson to pass. “I was in fourth,” Hayden admitted. “I thought that had happened as it seemed far too easy,” added Johnson.

Back at the front Girling had started to mount a challenge for the lead, but Caudle responded by increasing his advantage. “I still couldn’t catch him, although I was good in the corners,” said Girling.

But on the 19th of what became a 23 lap race, Caudle suddenly peeled off at Graham Hill Bend, “the clutch had gone,” he said. A pipe had come off and caused the breakage of the clutch spring, but it put him out of the race and handed victory to Girling. “It was shame for Luke, I would have rather beaten him properly,” said Girling.

On the same lap as Caudle’s demise, Johnson lost out to an aggressive attack from Hayden into Paddock, which damaged the Astra’s rear wheel and took the mirror off. “He caught me again when my tyres started to go off, so it’s a battle scarred third now,” said Johnson. “Brilliant start, I was in the wrong gear when Steve got me so when I had the chance to get him back I had to go for it,” Hayden replied.

Williams came home a fairly solitary fourth, the brake pedal went after eight laps and I had to let them come back, but learned a lot,” he said. With Calder having retired early, Franklin was fifth, which secured her pole for the finale, and Duckman sixth. “We had worked six hours on the car, a new headgasket and it lasted four laps, before the red light was on and coolant was on the rear tyres,” Calder concluded.

Result: 1 Girling 23 laps in 20m 37.412s (80.82mph); 2 Hayden +19.330s; 3 Johnson; 4 Williams; 5 Franklin; 6 Duckman; no other finishers. Fastest Lap: Girling 52.944s (82.12mph).

RACE THREE ::

The reverse grid didn’t last long, but it gave Williams and Hayden their moments of glory. Williams led the way until Surtees on the second lap, when Hayden took charge, with Girling, Duckman and Caudle all following him through before the exit of Clark Curve.

Hayden held his lead as Girling had his hands full with Duckman and Caudle, but by the end of lap four it was a four car train for the lead. Caudle had nosed ahead of Duckman through Clearways, but Duckman responded immediately and went back in front on the inside of Paddock.

With Girling again given respite as the Seats fought among themselves, he was able to concentrate on his own lead challenge. It was side by side through Graham Hill Bend on lap eight, but Hayden held it on the exit, as Duckman and Caudle took McLaren side by side but still held station on the exit too. “I had been at 90 degrees through Paddock on the first lap and held them off as long as I could, just keeping it tight and making them find their own way by,” said Hayden.

Girling finally made it by as they past the pits to complete lap 10, with Duckman following at Paddock lap later, and Caudle third into Surtees. “I just drove it into the ground. It was win or break it, but I was cautious at Paddock, as I remembered my crash there last year,” said Girling.

Although Duckman closed in for the lead he finally made his move on the last lap, but went wide at Graham Hill Bend. “It was a good race but I could do nothing more. Joe was very defensive, but excellent,” said Duckman.

So Girling made it win number two for the weekend with 0.781secs in hand over Duckman, with Caudle a distant third. “I just hadn’t got the front end grip, we altered the rear but I think we did it too much and it was hard to get the power down,” Caudle explained.

Once he had been forced to give way, Hayden ran solo to fourth and Johnson held fifth from lap 12, after taking Williams through Surtees. Franklin once again completed the finishers. “I think Antony and I stuck with them as long as we could see them, but the tyres went again and I understeered through Clearways,” Johnson explained. “It had been good to lead and see nothing in front, maybe I should have stayed on it more,” Williams added.

Result: 1 Girling 23 laps in 20m38.210s (80.77mph); 2 Duckman +0.781s; 3 Caudle +0.350s; 4 Hayden; 5 Johnson; 6 Williams; 7 Franklin; no other starters. Fastest Lap: Duckman 52.879s (82.23mph).

Published by Peter Scherer for BARC Dunlop Production Touring Car Trophy, May 13, 2012.

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Production Touring Cars Gallery – Oulton Park 2012


From Oulton Park 2012 Production Touring Cars, posted by Mark Courtenay Sport Watts on 3/25/2012 (48 items)

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Dates for the coverage of the Britcar 24 Hour Race have been scheduled on Motors TV Channel 413 for the following dates and times:

Monday 31 October 2011 @ 18:45
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Ryan McLeod’s Racer Industries team from Australia brought their Holden Astra 2.0  Turbo over to the UK for the Brit Car 24 Hour Race 2011 held at Silverstone 30 September – 2 October.

The car based upon the 3 door Astra Z20LEL has had a complete engine rebuild and runs a Garrett Turbo set up with Motec engine management. A full roll cage, race seat and harnesses, coilover suspension, uprated brakes and Team Dynamics wheels complete the package.

Having already completed the Dubai 24 hour race in January this year, the car had undergone a few changes and ran at Barcelona a week ealier unfortuantely suffering an engine bay fire due to overheating wiring. The team of 5 drivers  for Britcar consisted of  McLeod, Walshn Camilleri, Kaye and Joe Girling, well known to us from the Production Toring Car Championship.

The Astra was prepared in Australia and is fitted with several key components supplied to the team by Courtenay Sport including a Courtenay Sport Astra VXR Full Height Intercooler, Courtenay Sport Cast Exhaust Manifold for GT turbo, Courtenay Klasen High Flow Inlet Manifold, Courtenay High Fow Plenum, Race Cera-Metallic Clutch, Billet Steel Flywheel, Astra VXR Enlarged Water Radiator, additional brake cooling ducts and Courtenay Sport Silicone Hoses.

After an eventful 24 hours racing, the car finished P11 out of 57; Congratulations Guys.

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Racer Industires Astra

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2011 Dunlop Production Touring Car Champions

Race Winning, Track Proven, Road Friendly
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Courtenay Sport along with Adrian Churchill have become the 2011 Dunlop Production Touring Car Champions taking the title in a modified Vauxhall Astra VXR.

The success comes after a very competitive final weekend’s racing at Croft, where the team finished the season with 3 podiums; a 3rd, 2nd and a Race Win, to round off the season. Adrian Churchill was said to be ‘Delighted’ as he took the championship with one race to go, ultimately winning by a clear 32 points.

After winning the 2010 title in only the company’s first full season of race support, the Courtenay Sport backed Astra VXR wearing number one for the 2011 season, retained the title, completing a successful title defence in a very competitive field, with back to back title wins. Reliability and consistency has been the key to the 2011 season with the Astra VXR. finishing every single race. Courtenay Sport’s MD Jon Shield added ‘We’ve been pushed hard this season, right up to the final round, and this year’s brilliant result reflects all the hard work put in by the whole team’.

Courtenay Sport would like to thank all the team sponsors for their support during 2011, including KW Suspension, Turbo Technics, Recaro, Piper Exhausts and Churchill Motors who all share our success. Additionally thanks must go to the whole team for all their efforts and hard work during the season and to our many supporters.

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“Production Touring Car Trophy – Snetterton. Sunday 8th May 2011″

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Qualifying :: ::

It was competitive throughout the 20 minute session at a dry but slightly cloudy Snetterton but at least the pre 10am start meant temperatures weren’t too high.

Having had a good Friday practise, Adrian Churchill with no ballast on board was lapping in the 1:21’s and on lap 5 of a total of 6 put together a 1:20.922 to take pole.

2nd to 6th was very hard fought with places constantly changing. Kevin George in our sister Astra had second for most of the session but slipped to 6th by just 0.005 sec with 3 tenths covering 2nd to 6th.

Kevin came into the pits to allow his tyres to cool and with 2 minutes of qualifying left went out for one final lap, and found 4 tenths extra posting a 1:21.950, the only other car to get into the 1 minute 21’s.

A great start to the weekend.

Qualifying Results Snetterton

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Saturday 26th March marked the start of the new Production Touring Car Trophy (PTCT) with the opening rounds at Silverstone Circuit, using the new full GP circuit.

After some positive pre-season testing the field was assembled for qualification, with Adrian’s car now wearing Number 1. New 2011 rules have allowed for changed to be made to suspension bushes (if required) along with the introduction of slick tyres to improve grip still further over the previous Direzza tyres.

With qualification under way, the full GP circuit is a long long lap, however the top 6 cars all put their fastest qualifying times in on lap 3; the pole time was 2:24.290 set by car number 1 some 2.66 seconds ahead of Carnaby’s Astra VXR, Cook’s Megane was 3rd, Bensley’s Astra VXR 4th and Gary Duckman’s Seat completed the top 5.

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The start of the race season is fast approaching (the first round is in 5 weeks time!) as this delivery pallet shows!

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A few of you may be aware that we have acquired another race car for the forthcoming season. The car is a former Triple 8 Race Engineering prepared Astra VXR Chassis No 001, that previously ran in the Dunlop Sport Maxx Production Cup.

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Welcome…..

Courtenay Sport Astra VXR Race Car

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Welcome to Courtenay Sport’s new blog. This blog will serve as an additional resource alongside our main website to keep everyone updated on what we are up to on a daily basis. We hope you enjoy it.

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