How a racing driver puts a season together

This post is the second in my series of posts about how the world of motorsport works behind the scenes. The idea of this series of blog posts is to give you a bit of an insight in to the motorsport world away from the track, cameras and (occasional) glory.

For this post I went to see GT3 driver Julien Draper. Julien’s racing career started in Caterhams before moving to the G50 Cup and then on to GT racing in the G4 class and GT3. 2012 has seen Julien make the move to the Blancpain Endurance Series in one of the new McLaren MP4-12C GT3 cars prepared by Von Ryan Racing. Continue reading

How a race team puts a season together

Every motorsport fan has a favorite team, championship, car or driver and in the motorsport world this can change on a regular basis depending on who is running what, where, and with which drivers. In other team sports such as football, rugby or cricket the only thing that really changes are the players, the team itself keeps the same shirt, the same badge and plays at the same place (well for at least half the season). Motorsport doesn’t.

This blog post is the first of what I hope will be a series of posts looking at how a motorsport team puts a season together, how they prep for a race, what a motorsport teams workshop looks like and a look at the racing world from a mechanics point of view. My aim with these posts is to cast light on an area of motorsport that most fans don’t even think about let alone see. Continue reading

Brands Hatch – A Spectators Guide

This is my favorite circuit in the UK. Its two layouts always makes for great racing and great viewing for spectators.

Getting there is easy, located 20 minutes drive off junction 3 on the M25, when you come off this junction just follow the brown signs for Brand Hatch. Just be careful of the speed limit, its 50mph and as tempting as it is to put your foot down, don’t. Police regularly patrol this area and near the top of the hill there is a speed camera just where you don’t want it!

Parking for big events is clearly sign posted and marshals will be there to show you were to go, once parked just follow the crowds, noise and signs. For the smaller events, turn in to the main entrance and follow the road, once in the circuit there will be plenty of places to park.

Once in the circuit you will find yourself walking down Brabham Straight. Next to the straight  are grandstands and the main shops. It’s worth spending some time having a look in these merchandising stores to see some rare motorsport books, models, old and new team kit and some signed memorabilia such as Senna’s helmet. Continue reading

GT Championships Calendars 2012

With the motorsport world re-emerging after a long winter break I thought I would provide a run down of the main GT championships calendars so you won’t miss a race!

World Championships

World GT1

08/04/12 – Nogaro, France

22/04/12 – Zolder, Belgium

27/05/12 – Navarra, Spain Continue reading

The wonderful variety of GT3 racers

One of the things that I love about GT racing is the sheer variety of cars on offer for the discerning spectator to gork at. This blog post is going to look at what I believe to be the most varied category, GT3.

Over the last couple of years there have been some great additions to the stable of GT3 cars competing in championships such as Blancpain, British GT and Belcar, and this year we get to see some hotly anticipated cars racing a full season for the first time. Continue reading

Latest pictures of the new Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3

Some of you may have read my blog post on the first pictures of the new Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 in testing. One of my contacts in motorsport has sent me these photos as a follow up on that post.

Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 new photo

The all new Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 in it's Beechdean colours

The Pictures are of the new Aston Vantage V12 GT3. This is the test and development chassis ‘X3′ which Prodrive have sold to Andrew Howard to be ‘factory run’ in the British Continue reading

The Return of Ecurie Ecosse

Everyone loves to see famous names in motorsport, from Ferrari, Mclaren, to Lotus and the Mercedes Silver Arrows. Now it appears that Scotland’s famous team is dusting off the overalls and opening shop for the first time in almost 20 years.

Ecurie Ecosse have a fabulous history; double Le Mans winners in 1956 and 1957, C2 class winners of the World Sportscars Championship and Champions of the 1992 British Touring Cars Championship with Tim Harvey in their works Vauxhalls. Continue reading