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Round 5/6 Silverstone 2014
Since Rockingham the THMR team have been busy repairing the car. Both the damage on the rear of the car and a new drive shaft from the crash in race 1 has now been repaired. A vast number of developments have been completed on the race car, along with a number of upgrades in key areas. The developments are coming thick and fast!
In addition to this the car has been on the rolling road, completing a full test programme, which delivered some excellent results. Trevor Humphrey, Technical Director commented, “obviously we had to repair the damage sustained to the car from Rockingham, which actually was greater than we first thought. The new upgrades and developments show some positive signs and certainly keep progressing. We are looking forward to Silverstone, where all these elements will hopefully push us forward.”
Matt Hamilton has taken part in a Triathlon at the British Sprint Champs and is now eager to get back behind the wheel at Silverstone. Matt said, “As much as the Rockingham result wasn’t where we wanted to finish, the racing was good fun and overall the car felt good. Silverstone is nearly here and we have all been working extremely hard to prepare for this.”
The race team leave later this week to arrive at Silverstone for set up and also to complete final preparations for the race weekend. Qualifying is late afternoon on Saturday 31st May, with race 1 at 10:35am on Sunday.
Race Weekend Outlook:
The weather forecast looks good, but as always with the British weather this can change many times before we get there. We are hoping for dry races, as it is much more fun for all the fans. The circuit is a mixture of fast turns and straights, with only a few slow corners, so set up on the car will be finely tuned for this. Steve Parkinson, Racing Director commented, “we have had quite a break between Rockingham and Silverstone, which has helped with the work we have had to do repairing the car and completing the upgrades we had planned. Silverstone is a great circuit and one the fans really enjoy watching as it is a real driver’s circuit, fast and furious, so the racing is usually very close and exciting. The team are keen to get there, welcoming a number of our Partners for what we hope will be a great weekend.”
SILVERSTONE 2013: Pole position was taken by Phillip House in 2013, with a lap of 2:25.565, Phillip followed up with a fastest lap in race 1 of 2:26.321. The race was won by Aaron Mason.
Race 2: The race was won by Aaron MasonIn, setting the fastest lap with a time of 2:27.494
The end of Second World War had left Britain with no major race track but an abundance of airfields. One of these surplus airfields was located outside the village of Silverstone and being roughly in the middle of England was seen as an ideal location, to bring back international motor racing to Britain.
By 1948 The Royal Automobile Club arranged a 1 year lease with the Air Ministry in the spirit of optimism and possibility that characterised the time. An ex-farmer, James Wilson Brown, was employed by the RAC and given just two months to turn the site from a wartime airfield and farm into a race track for the first RAC International Grand Prix.
On the 2nd October 1948, with hay bales and ropes protecting the piggery and the crops in the middle of the circuit, and canvas barriers stopping the drivers from being distracted by cars coming the other way, an estimated 100,000 people flocked to see Luigi Villoresi beat a field of 22 others in his Maserati. Silverstone racing history had started.
Today there are 4 circuits at Silverstone, The Grand Prix circuit, The International circuit, The National circuit and the Stowe circuit. The Volkswagen Racing Cup takes place on The Grand Prix Circuit – also used for the British Touring Car Championship, MotoGP and the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
on board with Matt Hamilton @ Rockingham
2014 Championship Driver Standings:
1 James GREENWAY Scirocco R
2 David SUTTON Scirocco R
3 Aaron MASON Scirocco R
4 Stewart LINES Scirocco R
5 Josh CAYGILL Scirocco R
6 James WALKER Golf GTI
7 Stefan DI RESTA Scirocco R
8 Lucas ORROCK Scirocco R
9 Tom BARLEY Golf GTI
10 Joe FULBROOK Golf GTI
11 David FAIRBROTHER Scirocco R
12 Philip HOUSE Scirocco R
13 Jack WALKER-TULLY Scirocco R
14 Sam MORGAN Golf GTI 48
15 Richard WALKER Golf GTI
16 Chris PANAYIOTOU Scirocco R
17 Simon RUDD Golf GTI
18 George WHITE Scirocco R
19 Matt HAMILTON Golf GTI
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