Friday, 26 August 2016

Busy action from BRSCC at Donington Park this weekend

Close racing is expected from Avon Tyres National Formula Ford 1600s - © Race and Rally World

A frantic race schedule of 21 races from the British Racing and Sports Car Club (BRSCC) will provide plenty of entertainment at Donington Park this weekend (27-28 August), with cars in action ranging from single seaters to open top coupes, sports cars and saloons.

Single seater drama will come from the Avon Tyres National Formula Ford 1600 Championship and the BRSCC Formula Jedi Championship. Formula Ford racing was once the key proving ground for Formula One stars of the future, and still attracts a good number of young hopefuls today. This weekend's action will see cars split into two categories, with races for machines built befre 1989 and those made from 1990. A total of 42 FF1600s are entered.

Meanwhile, Formula Jedi sees motorcycle engined cars with front and rear wings go against one another in often thrilling racing. These cars are extremely rapid and hold lap records at some venues, capable of speeds of over 150mph.

Scores of open-topped sports cars will compete in the Mazda MX-5 Championship and Supercup races. These series have always attracted big grids thanks to their budget-friendly regulations and ultra-close racing.

More sports cars are set to entertain in the Toyo Tires Porsche Championship, which will feature a strong line-up of Boxsters and 924s, while an Italian flavour will be provided by the BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship featuring 147 GTA and 156 models.

Sports prototypes will go wheel to wheel in the Excool OSS Championship, which includes seven different classes, therefore ensuring a grid of huge variety from a series which welcomes almost any sports prototype car.

The racing line-up is completed by the BMW Race Days Compact Cup series, with a field full of saloon cars from this legendary German manufacturer set to entertain on Sunday.

Adult tickets are available upon arrival at the circuit for  £ 17 per day or  £ 30 for the full weekend. For more information, visit

Galloway Hills Rally opens doors to a flood of entries



The official launch of the Galloway Hills Rally

Pictured are:
Barbara Armstrong - Sponsor and Chairwoman of Solway Car Club (co-promoting club) (left)
Kirsty Riddick – Rally Organising Committee (second from left)
Councillor Colin Smyth - D&G Events Champion (third from left)
Norman Gowans - Rally Organising Committee (right)      Photo Credit:  Angus McDougal

Final round of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship proves popular with competitors

Regulations for the 2016 Galloway Hills Rally have opened this week and organisers have already seen a surge of interest from eager competitors who are keen to sample the popular stages surrounding the Castle Douglas rally base on Saturday 10th September.  Sponsored by The Armstrong Group, the event has attracted the attention of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship and will be the final round of the series, further bolstering the now traditional final loose surface event of the season in the Dumfries and Galloway forests.

Jock Armstrong from Castle Douglas and Paula Swinscoe in their Subaru Impreza.
Runners up on the 2015 Galloway Hills Rally and 2016 event sponsor 
Photo Credit: Frank Love – Race and Rally Photography

The event offers a compact route of six stages across 44 stage miles which are all located to the north-west of Castle Douglas. The Kirroughtree Visitor Centre will play host to the event service area which was first used in 2015, thanks to assistance from Forestry Commission Scotland.  Rally HQ, pre event checks and Scrutiny will all be held in Castle Douglas on Friday 9th September and competitors will leave the start line in the town at 9.00am on Saturday 10th. Crews will arrive back at the finish at around 2.30pm and the format has been created by the organisers to encourage competitors from across the UK to enter the popular event.  There will be plenty of opportunity for spectators to catch the action in the stage and more information on specific locations will be available soon.

Organised by Solway, Machars and East Ayrshire Car Clubs, the popular one-day gravel event has once again been awarded a prestigious £9000 grant from the Dumfries and Galloway Council Major Events Strategic Fund, allowing organisers to offer free ferry crossings from Ireland for a vehicle, car trailer and three people with event partners Stena Line.  This successful incentive in 2015 brought a significant number of competitors across the Irish Sea and organisers of this year’s event are anticipating another bumper entry from Northern and Southern Ireland.

Councillor Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Events Champion said, “After the excitement of the Tour of Britain in Castle Douglas, fast following in its slipstream is the Galloway Hills Rally. The Rally provides a wonderful, accessible opportunity to get out and see superb live sport in the Stewartry. There will be some great vantage points for spectators, as the Scottish Rally Championship 2016 goes right to the wire.”

Michael Riddick, Clerk of the Course for the event is anticipating one of the best rallies of the season in the region. “As if the title fight for the Scottish Rally Championship isn’t enough of a draw for competitors and fans to the area, the fantastic offer for Irish competitors thanks to Dumfries and Galloway Council will ensure the Galloway Hills is one of the best in the rally calendar” he says. “It’s always been a popular event but enabling a high calibre of competitors from across the Irish Sea to contest the rally means we really do have a fantastic event on offer for all”.

After a season-long battle between Garry Pearson and local hero and event sponsor Jock Armstrong, the Scottish Rally Championship title is still wide open thanks to an inaugural win by John MacCrone at the recent Grampian Stages.  The title fight will now go down to the wire and will be decided at the Galloway Hills. Alongside regular SRC contenders, the event will welcome competitors from the Ecosse Challenge, a single make series for the Citroen C2, The Five of Clubs Rally Championship, Border Challenge and Motoscope Northern Historic Rally Championship.

Organisers are also encouraging entries from far and wide with some free entry incentives for mainland competitors, details of which will be released shortly.

For more information on the event, to enter online or to download the event regulations, please visit

Moritz Mueller-Crepon: Seventh race weekend ADAC Formula 4
 - Circuit Park Zandvoort

Photo credit ©Johan Van de Kerkhof

Moritz Mueller-Crepon experienced a difficult weekend at the 4.307-km track, set amongst the dunes of Zandvoort. The third race, in particular, was chaotic because of the rain.


Moritz Mueller-Crepon qualified eleventh in his group, starting from 22nd on the grid. 

Race 1

After qualifying did not go as planned, it was evident that the races would be difficult, as overtaking is almost impossible on the narrow Circuit Park Zandvoort. “It was easy to see that in the race, which is why I describe mine as unspectacular,” explained Mueller-Crepon. “It was the aim to keepout of trouble and finish the race, and I achieved that goal.”
The 19-year-old crossed the finish line in 20th place.

photo credit:  ©Moritz Müller-Crepon

Race 2

Moritz Mueller-Crepon started from 17th on the grid.

It was a similar situation in the second race of the weekend, with Mueller-Crepon faster than the drivers ahead of him, but the Van Amersfoort was unable to find a way past. He also found himself behind Simo Laaksonen (Motopark) for several laps. “Even though this race have been better than the first, I still was unable to overtake,” he stated. 

After Julian Hanses (Team Timo Scheider) ended his race in the gravel trap, the Safety Car was deployed. Ronald Dobmeier would return to the pits just before the end, with the remaining drivers having just one turn left to go. However, there were no changes in the running order at the chequered flag, with Mueller-Crepon finishing in 13th.

Race 3

Moritz Mueller-Crepon started 20th on the grid.

The third and last race of the ADAC Formula 4 weekend at Zandvoort was declared wet, meaning the field would be behind the Safety Car for two laps, before a flying start saw Mueller-Crepon make up two places. The Safety Car had to reappear after race leader Janneau Esmeijer (Team Timo Scheider) found his race end early in the gravel. Ronald Dobmeier retired in the pits once again on lap 6 and as the action resumed, Moritz closed in on Jenzer driver Fabio Scherer at turn two. “I was on the inside and tried to overtake, but Fabio closed the door, which was a racing incident,” explained the 19-year-old, who ended up with a flat tyre. A few corners later would see utter chaos break out, as two major accidents happened almost simultaneously, which also involved car number 25.

 The TV broadcast showed a heated discussion between both Moritz Mueller-Crepon and Luca Engstler. Having crashed earlier, it left the Van Amersfoort driver with a pulled muscle on his right hand. “That was not racing, and it is a big shame how things went,” concluded Mueller-Crepon. As a result, the race was red-flagged, with the Swiss driver ending up 17th.

Moritz Mueller-Crepon: 

“I wasn’t in a particularly good position after qualifying. However, we worked hard all weekend, which showed out on track during the races. We came to Zandvoort, determined to bring our bad run to an end, but unfortunately, we did not succeed, as far the results are concerned. It’s my aim at the last round in Hockenheim to finish in the points again, to help Van Amersfoort Racing to win the team championship.“

Manager Marlise Lienhard

“The second ADAC Formula 4 season is approaching its conclusion, and you can see the level of performance getting higher, with all of the top ten drivers reaching 95 percent of the lap times that are theoretically possible. Those drivers that are competing in the series for a second successive year, are in control of qualifying, which characterizes this sport. I observed that fighting loses a driver time, and the gap to the drivers out in front goes out of reach. This means that we are watching races with fast and talented youngsters, who are not able to improve their positions, due to the very high performance level between many equal drivers. On the one hand this characterizes the series which is very valuable, but the negative side is that individual drivers are put under so much pressure to perform. This has caused dangerous situations in the past, which has seen sport fade way into the background, and simply put, it was all about making up positions at any cost. In my opinion, the series, which is intended to be a support program, as an entry-level category, should change this aspect as soon as possible. “

The season finale of the 2016 German ADAC Formula 4 Championship takes place at the Hockenheimring between the 30th of September and the 2nd of October.