Press Conference

MSVR club racing in 2012

This week MotorSport Vision’s racing division, MSVR, held their media day at Kent circuit Brands Hatch. MSVR was created in 2006 and has been successful in organising race events for many various championships and series. Last year MSVR held its first media day and following that success, decided on holding another. Former F1 driver and MSV chairman Jonathan Palmer took to the mic and presented the event. Palmer spoke that club level motorsport is the life blood of motor racing in the UK and stated how impressed he was by the demand of club racers to continue racing despite tough economic times. While MSVR has enjoyed an impressive few years Palmer insisted the organisation would not rest on its laurels, emphasising that club racers are looking for value for money and a professional setup to be involved with. Speaking candidly, he admitted that big international events often cost circuits money and that grass roots racing is where the money is.

Following words from Jonathan Palmer, MSVR’s Race Operations Manager David Scott took to the mic followed by representatives from a number of MSVR run series.

David was joined by Aaron Steele, Mark Bailey (F3 Cup Team Owner) and Anders Hildebrand (Sunoco) to talk about the MSV F3 Cup. For 2012, the F3 Cup gains Championship status. Last year, Aaron Steele won 14 out of the 18 races. This success saw him awarded a Formula Two test drive and winner of the Sunoco GRAND-AM 200 Challenge. Steele did the F2 test at Barcelona in December and did well in the test, hitting laptimes amongst the full time runners – on a circuit he hadn’t driven previously. Both Steele and Hildebrand spoke of the GRAND-AM 200 Challenge, a prize given to Steele for him to compete in the Daytona 24hours. Anders stating “last year was a spectacular season and Aaron made it look easy to win the challenge, this year won’t be as easy!” Reigning Monoposto champion Tristan Cliffe has made the move to the F3 Cup, and will be running a Dallara F307 that won the European F3 Open championship last year.

The Monoposto series was represented by Simon Davey and Dax Ward, with James Beckett talking for the Champion of Brands. Richard Short spoke for the Lotus Elise Trophy, Lotus Cup UK and Lotus Cup Europe.

Phil Boland, Competition Manager for the GT Cup series announced details for the series, a series which grew last year and this year looks to be even better. Current British GT champion Jim Geddie will be competing in the series and Boland admitted he had been in talks with McLaren with regard to the Woking based outfit running some of their new GT cars in the GT Cup.

Radical founder Phil Abbott announced that the Radical European Masters series will join the MSVR portfolio for 2012 and talked about the Radical UK Cup and Radical Clubman’s Cup. It was good to hear some positive news about British manufacturing as Abbott stated that 80% of the company’s products are sold abroad. BSB rider John Reynolds was also namedropped by Abbott and Reynolds provided passenger rides in a Radical later in the day.

John Wilcocks represented the Production BMW Championship and announced a new partnership with Marangoni Tyres and KwikFit. Wilcocks also represented the Project 8 Racing Saloons and John Hillon spoke on the Mk2 Golf GTI, VAG Trophy, and Mk4 Golf TDI GTI Challenge.

Following the success of the Trackday Trophy and Team Trophy, Club MSV’s Alex Baker spoke of the new Bike Trackday Trophy. More information on the series can be read here. For 2012 the Team Trophy will be running additional races as Silverstone joins the calendar. A special two hour endurance race will be held at Anglesey in September.

The Aston Martin Owners’ Club (AMOC) has joined up with MSVR, with MSVR staff attending circuits to run the races for the historic name. AMOC hope to reinvigorate the marque’s club racing scene – a scene which in recent years has dwindled in numbers. 2013 marks 100 years of Aston Martin and hopefully 2012 will build up to the centenary year with added numbers, close racing and a greater reputation.

Previously held at Snetterton, the Lotus Festival event will be held at Brands Hatch on the 18 & 19 August. Celebrating this move, a Lotus 101 (Lotus’ 1989 F1 car) ran at the Kent circuit on the media day. Seeing the Lotus on track was a hark back to yesteryear. Classic F1 noise.

Links

  • MSVR (link)
  • MSV F3 Cup (link)
  • Monoposto (link)
  • Lotus Elise Trophy (link)
  • Lotus Cup UK (link)
  • Lotus Cup Europe (link)
  • GT Cup (link)
  • Radical Clubman’s Cup (link)
  • Radical UK Cup (link)
  • Radical European Masters (link)
  • Production BMW Championship (link)
  • Project 8 Racing Saloons (link)
  • Mk2 Golf GTI Championship (link)
  • VAG Trophy & Mk4 Golf GTI TDI Challenge (link)
  • Trackday Trophy (link)
  • Team Trophy (link)
  • AMOC (link)
  • Mini Challenge (link)

Photo credit: Jakob Ebrey

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