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Steele victorious on Brands Hatch return

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Kent racer Aaron Steele used his home track knowledge to full advantage this weekend (16 / 17 May) as he took two wins and a second place finish in the F3 Cup at Brands Hatch.

The sun was shining for the third race weekend of the series as it headed to Kent and Steele was keen to get racing again.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been to Brands Hatch; I’d forgotten how much I really enjoy the circuit, it was helped by the beautiful weather we’ve enjoyed over the last couple of days, I’m not sure if we were at Brands Hatch or Barcelona” admitted Steele.

Practice went well for Steele and took two pole positions in qualifying, “I was very pleased to walk away from Qualifying with two poles, it can’t get much better. I was surprised at the gap however, a mere 4 tenths covering the top 4, with only a tenth in my pocket to second place.” said Steele.

On both of the previous two race weekend’s Steele has experienced issues with clutch problems and was wary of the problem reoccurring once again at Brands Hatch.

“After all the clutch issues of Oulton Park and Donington Park I was cautious in heating up the rear tyres going to the grid – which ultimately was my downfall getting off the line. It meant in race 1 that I dropped into P2 with too much wheelspin by the time we reached paddock. I tried throughout the race to close the gap and got back on Louis Hamilton-Smith’s gearbox, but I just couldn’t fine that gap, not that I didn’t look a few times! Something the commentators really enjoyed, apparently the most entertaining spectacular battle of the day!”

For the following races Steele changed his tactics and headed out to the grid with tyres fully heated.

“Going into race 2 and 3 I knew it would be all about the start, getting off the line, leading after turn 1. Learning I needed a lot more tyre temperature and the clutch could take it from the first race, I really lit up the tyres before the start. 

“Both races I got off the line well and settled into a rhythm, building up a few seconds advantage. But in race 3 there was a safety car 5 minutes before the end, wiping out my advantage, luckily at the restart I got away well and managed to build up a nice cushion to finish the race, completing my second win of the day.”

The weekend’s results means that Steele is now 21 points clear in the drivers championship and admitted he was happy with the new tyres, but believes that the hard work put in to his fitness ultimately helped him succeed.

“With hardly any rest points and these new Pirelli tyres that are super grippy, the weekend was really an endurance as much as three sprint races. I think my high levels of fitness helped me succeed over the weekend where others fell behind, partly helped by my recent Tough Mudder 10 mile gruelling event I managed to complete!”

The series heads overseas for the next round as the F3 Cup racers take on the mighty Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on 26/27/28 June.

“Next time out, we’re off to Spa, one of the most amazing circuits in the world. I can hardly wait – but in the mean time, I’m off to the gym to help my advantage even more” Steele added.

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Steele set for F3 Cup Return

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2012 Sunoco 200 Challenge winner Aaron Steele is set to return to the F3 Cup for the final race of the season at Snetterton on 25/26 October.

Steele dominated the F3 Cup in 2011 to take the grand prize in the Sunoco 200 Challenge which saw him head to Daytona, USA to take part in the support race for the Rolex24 race in 2012.

Racing a Mugen F307 and reunited with the team that run him in 2011 Steele is keen to get back out on track.

“I’m looking forward to the weekend, it’ll be the first time I’ve raced in about 2 years! Particularly I’m looking forward to working with the Grays who ran me in such a successful 2011 campaign. I’ll be driving the Mugen F307 that Lee Morgan has raced all year. He unfortunately couldn’t make the last round, at which point I got the call and offer to step in.”

Steele last raced in 2012 when he took two podium places behind Alex Lynn (who is on the verge of securing the GP3 title this year) at Spa Franchorchamps.

“I’m sure the first time I exit the pits next Friday it’ll be an eye opener, I have no doubt however after the test day I’ll be up to speed.” said Steele.

“The main aim for the weekend is podiums, with anything more being a bonus. Who knows what’s going to happen?! Particularly with the weather!”

“I’m hoping that this might lead to a drive next season, with or without a roof, it’s just what I need to get things kicking off.”

Keep up to date with the latest from Aaron at:

  • http://www.facebook.com/AaronSteeleRacing
  • http://twitter.com/Steelius

Motorsport Champions take to the Stage at Silverstone MotorSport UK 2012

Motor sport champions from across the country head to Silverstone on 3-4 November for the Silverstone MotorSport UK show, a Who’s Who of exhibitors from the world of national motorsport, exciting ‘live’ elements and the inaugural Spirit of Motorsport Awards.

Silverstone MotorSport UK will feature a live stage presented by theCheckeredFlag.co.uk and Motors TV headed up by 2012 champions including Michael Meadows (Porsche Carrera Cup GB),Jack Goff (Clio Cup), James Walker (VW Racing Cup), Charlie Robertson (Ginetta Jr), Henry Gilbert (Mini Challenge) and British GT frontrunner Zoe Wenham, who finished second in the GT4 class.

They will be joined by BTCC racer and Team-HARD boss Tony Gilham, Ginetta GT Supercup frontrunner Tom Ingram, upcoming Clio Cup star Josh Files, 2009 Clio Cup champion and GT racer Phil Glew, Aaron Scott who has been busy in both British GT and Britcar.

There is also an international flavour as European Formula 3 star Emil Bernstoff joins the line up with Oliver Webb who was been racing in the American Indycar feeder series in 2012 and Freddy Nordstrom who has been racing the in the NASCAR endorsed Euro Racecar series showing some of the talent that has come up through the ranks of UK motor sport.

Rising stars Max Coates (Ginetta GT Supercup), Ollie Chadwick(Ginetta Jr), Jade Edwards (Ma5da MX5 Cup) and Laura Tillet(Formula BARC) also feature on the stellar line up.

Martin Capenhurst comments “We are absolutely thrilled to have such a line up of talented drivers coming to SMUK this year from every spectrum of motorsport. For all aspiring motor racing drivers, this is a fantastic opportunity to hear their experiences first hand and really understand what it takes to compete and build a career in motorsport.”

theCheckeredFlag.co.uk Editor-in-Chief Vince Pettit added: “The selection of drivers on the main stage give a brilliant representation of motor sport in the UK and will bring visitors a great insight in to career development as a competitor.”

Silverstone MotorSport UK will also play host to more than 100 companies from the world of motorsport. Exhibitors include some of the UK’s largest motor sport championships and key suppliers, and the event will see the announcement of the first Spirit of Motorsport Awards winners, who will share a £10,000 prize fund, courtesy of high performance oil and lubricant manufacturer RAVENOL.
Keep up with the latest show news online at www.motorsportshow.co.ukwww.twitter.com/SMUKshow and
www.facebook.com/SilverstoneMotorsportUk.

All Motor Racing Club members benefit from a 33% reduction on the admission charge (just £10 instead of the standard on-the-door ticket price of £15) on production of their MSA Licence or club membership.

Parking for all show visitors is FREE.

Zoe Wenham Secures Second Place In British GT Championship

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18-year-old racer Zoe Wenham secured second place in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship GT4 class in the scorching heat at Silverstone with one race still left on the calendar.

A challenging weekend saw time lost on the Saturday with overheating problems in her Ginetta G50 as Silverstone basked in a late summer heatwave, hard work from the Century Motorsport team saw the car repaired and ready to go for the three hour endurance race.

While main championship rivals Team WFR took the race victory and the championship Tewkesbury-based Wenham battled hard with her teammate Dom Evans to secure a strong finish in the high attrition race.

“The race at Silverstone was slightly disappointing as we should have been on the pace of the front in qualifying.” said Wenham. “Although I secured second place I had hoped to do it in more style – at least with a podium – but it just wasn’t to be. We did our utmost to try and put ourselves in a good position but struggled more than we had thought with tyre degredation. All in all it was a great experience but would have been nice to come away with a trophy.”

A consistent season of improving performances has seen Wenham come on leaps and bounds through the season as she made her debut in sportscars after a brief flirt with the SaxMax championship and the VW Racing Cup since passing her ARDS test at just age 13 in 2008.

“My debut year in GT’s has been absolutely amazing, the cars are out of this world and a pleasure to drive especially against so many well respected drivers in the motorsport world. I could only have dreamed of 2nd place at the start of the year and it has become a reality so a huge thanks goes to everyone involved: Century Motorsport, Supagard, FadalCNC, CapMedia and my family!”

“My confidence improved throughout the season and I can only hope that budget will come together for next year and I can win the championship.” added Wenham.

Century Motorsport team principal Nathan Freke has been impressed with Wenham’s progress throughout the year: “Zoe started the year quite nervous and not fully believing her capability but with time in the car she has flourished and has become a great little GT driver proving she can mix it with the top drivers in the class. ”

“She’s got a very level head on her and her style is very easy on the car, which for GT driving is essential. I’m so pleased for her to secure second in the championship this season. Its a fantastic achievement for someone with her experience and I hope she capitalises on this and carries the momentum through into next year.”

“It’s been a joy to have her in the team and hope the relationship is a long term one.” added Freke.

High resolution photos available on request – please contact vince@blackeaglemedia.co.uk

About the Avon Tyres British GT Championship:

The 2012 Avon Tyres British GT championship showcases the most prestigious and stylish sportscar grid of any national motorsport championship. The 2012 season will visit six UK venues with one international event held at Germany’s infamous Nurburging GP circuit, during the N24 weekend.

For further information please visit: http://www.britishgt.com/ Press images of the championship can be downloaded from: http://www.britishgt.com/gallery.php

Photo credit: Marc Waller

Dave Newsham Takes Team ES Racing To Victory

12 August 2012 will be a day etched in Luton-based Team ES Racing history as Dave Newsham took his and the teams’ maiden victory in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton.

The weekend didn’t start ideally for Newsham when he retired from the first practice session early with radiator problems, but he soon made up for lost time as he qualified third place just 0.054 seconds from pole position.

Race one saw Newsham drive a strong race to finish fourth only to be disqualified after stewards deemed the car to be underweight after a miscalculation with fuel.

Newsham had it all to do again in the second race as he started from last on the grid, his steady pace saw him move up through the field to finish a strong eighth place, securing second place on the grid for the final race of the day as 9 was drawn for the reverse grid.

After initially losing out to the BMW of Tom Onslow-Cole at the start Newsham pushed hard to build the pace and take back his second place by the end of the first lap. His pace would prove relentless as he found a gap to pass Lea wood in to the hairpin for the top spot, from that moment Newsham never looked back.

“I thought we might be able to do something like this this weekend if everything went in to place. We had great pace in qualifying and practice, no testing in between the last race, it’s just awesome isn’t it.” commented Newsham after the race.

Team mate and team principal Chris James suffered a disappointing weekend that involved delaminated tyres in qualifying, broken driveshafts and a number of collisions where James was hit from behind. Despite his own disappointment James was delighted at the performance of Newsham to take his team the top spot of the podium.

“We always believed we could do it but believing and it turning in to reality is two different things. What an up and down weekend for the whole team with Dave being disqualified in the first race and three DNF’s from myself we ended the weekend as a BTCC race winning team” said James. “The team have turned out a quality car and with Dave in the driving seat the whole package comes together.”

Team mananger Andrew Dean added “Well done to all at Team ES racing after another ‘character building’ weekend – under sometimes trying circumstances Dave and the team got the result that we knew we were capable of at the media day back in March.”

Press enquiries please contact Vince Pettit – pr@blackeaglemedia.co.uk

You can follow the team on twitter at @teamESracing and Dave Newsham at @newshamracing. The team are also on facebook at www.facebook.com/teamESracing.

The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) was formed in 1958 and is Britain’s most popular motor racing spectacle. Its race season comprises ten events at top circuits across the UK. It is contested by professional racing drivers in competition versions of every day road cars, giving it tremendous public appeal. Some 366,000 watch the BTCC trackside each year. It is also receives widespread UK TV exposure on the ITV network with all ten race events broadcast live on ITV4, ITV4 HD and www.itv.com

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