New Season – New Skills to Learn and Perfect

IMG_6326smThe Racing Car Show starts at the Birmingham NEC arena today, this can only mean one thing, its the start of the new season of motorsport and track action.  Over the last few years the show has lost some of its importance to the ‘business’ element of motorsport and track days with it seemingly being more about a ‘nice day out’ and a chance to catch up with old friends.  This has had an impact on the show itself as it seems to get steadily smaller each year as well.  Nonetheless, it is still seen as the traditional launching point for everything ‘track’ in the UK car based scene.

For those of us itching to get out on track though this does mean the trackday companies and circuits start filling their calendars with trackdays and test days.  A great way to keep on top of it all is to check out the fantastic Test and Trackday Diary on the Motorsport Ads website.  To take a look for yourself click HERE.

Needless to say, if anyone is interested in any of the dates for some track tuition, drop me a line and I’ll be happy to sort it out.  Now is the time to start thinking about what you want to improve in your track driving for the coming year and I’m sure I can help make it happen.  In the mean time don’t forget to subscribe to the Newsletter (by clicking the link in the menu above) to get some valuable hints, tips and insider knowledge on track driving.

The other event which kicks off the motorsport year is the Dubai 24hr.  This is traditionally on the same weekend as the Racing Car Show (another excellent bit of planning by both parties which is a good indicator of the theme of events throughout the year, why hold an event on a free weekend when you can compete for customers on a busy weekend instead?!?).  This event can be followed on their live timing on the website http://live.24hseries.com/.

There are  few friends of LTR taking part this year so we will be watching with great interest to see how they get on.  In class A6 Aaron Scott is driving in the Swiss Spirit of Race Ferrari 458 GT3, in the same class is the Team LNT factory Ginetta GT3 driven by friends Javier Morcillo and Paul White with Paul’s regular co-driver Adam Sharpe joining the line up which also includes Ginetta boss Lawrence Tomlinson and factory driver Michael Simpson.  In class 4A (there is a bewildering number of classes) is the Team Parker entry with Chris Jones, Ian Loggie and Jules Westward in their Porsche 997 Cup and in 8B is the Optimum Motorsport team lead by Lee Mowle and Joe Osborne in their Ginetta G50.  In 8C sees the Grove and Dean entry, run by Andy Hancock and with the driving talents of Ashley Woodman and Gavin Spencer in the mix in their Seat Supercopa and finally Alex Osborne and James May (not that one) are campaigning their Clio Cup under their APO Sport banner in class 4B.

Best of luck to you all, have a great race and keep it on the black stuff.