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By robcox, Apr 29 2017 05:33PM

Clouds filled the sky as Matthew Wilson lined up on pole position for race two with Team Hard new comer Chris Milford for company alongside. Lights out, and the grid darted into turn one, a fantastic start by Paul Taylor saw him trailing the leading car of Chris Milford into the Deene hairpin. Milford missed his braking running wide off the track almost colliding with the tyres on the outside of the corner. A fast charging Tim Docker having started the race from sixteenth had made an impressive eight places before the end of lap one.


Taylor led with Dole close behind entering the second lap, Ben Wallace was lingering not far behind in third setting the fastest opening lap. Nick Beaumont close behind Ben sitting in fourth position had series new comer Kyle Owen-Bradshaw behind who had also made a terrific start gaining three positions.


Heading onto lap four Wallace was looking fast out of the chicane, cutting to the inside along the straight car 88 was able to pull past Dole into the banked first corner snatching second place before quickly getting on terms with leader Paul Taylor. The top three bunch together, Dole not settling for third position took a wide line into Tarzan getting alongside Wallace, who in turn pressured Taylor heading to the Brooke Chicane. A small lock up from Taylor saw him dart to the grass, backing up Wallace in the process. Dole capitalising on the situation undercut them both to take the lead onto the straight, with Wallace managing to recover his second position.


The battle was far from over as a lap later saw Wallace try a move around the outside of Dole for the race lead, but not having the run to pull it off. Dole led the field onto lap 9, the top three all brawling for the podium positions. Taylor closing in saw Wallace take to the grass in a similar fashion to car 1 a few laps prior, demoting him to fourth. The time ticked down as the cars enter the final lap. Wallace began applying pressure to the back end of Beaumont, forcing Nick to defend into the Chicane.


Coming onto the straight Wallace used the momentum to pull alongside edging across the line by a nose to claim the final step on the podium. The chequered dropped with Kenan Dole taking the victory and Paul Taylor sealing the deal in second place. Martyn Culley had a faultless race bringing home his second Class win of the Day.


“Everyone was struggling for grip out there, I knew that if I let the front two fight, and didn’t use up my tyres, that later on in the race I could attack. Taylor ran wide and I was able to pounce and snatch the lead, I defended hard from Ben behind but just did enough to secure the win, I must say a huge thank you to Team Hard, the car ran faultlessly” Commented Class A race winner Kenan Dole.


“It was a relatively easy race, I got a cracking start, pulled a gap from my Dad, allowed the Class A cars go and just cruised, I didn’t need to push and just maintained the gap and brought it home. Its been a prefect weekend for us with two first and second finishes for Goblin Racing” Commented Class B winner Martyn Culley




By robcox, Apr 29 2017 03:29PM

The sun broke through the clouds to greet the drivers lining up on the grid ready for the inaugural race of the 2017 season. The lights went out and two blinding starts saw a duo of Audi TT’s lead the way heading towards the Deene hairpin. Dole manged to get up the inside of Owen Walton before jumping onto the brakes, locking up and making contact with the leading Audi of Simon Walton who in turn spun round colliding with Owen. Unfortunately, both Audi’s had substantial race ending damage, taking a slow lap back to the pits before retiring.


The dust settled and Paul Taylor emerged in the lead with new comer to the series Brayden Fletcher following in second heading into Yentwood. Cold rear tyres threw Fletcher into a spin with a recovering Dole darting to grass in avoidance. The Class B battle saw Chrisite Doran leading the way in sixth overall before being ran onto the grass and demoted into second with Martyn Culley taking the lead exiting the Deene hairpin.


The cars flashed past the lighting gantry and onto the second lap, a trio of Team Hard cars began squabbling for the final position on the podium with Ben Wallace leading the charge. Pulling away from the trio, Wallace began applying pressure on JWB’s Nick Beaumont before snatching the position on lap 4 into the brook chicane.


Taylor still out in front, managed to pull a three second gap back to Wallace who set the fastest lap of the race charge last year’s champion down. Christie Doran began closing in on Martyn Culley for Class B position further down the order. Taylor led the field onto the lap 7 with Wallace now close enough to attempt a move. Closing in, the Team Hard driver dove to the outside of Taylor at Tarzan attempting to get a run along school straight but was unsuccessful.


Doran ran wide out of turn one and collided with the wall, coming to a stop before the Deene hairpin causing a race ending red flag. Due to this the results go back one lap seeing Paul Taylor take the victory, closely followed by Volkswagen Cup racer Ben Wallace in second. Third was JWB team owner Nick Beaumont concluding the top three. Class B saw Martyn Culley take first place honours with his team mate and father Barrie Culley finishing second place, Tony taylor completes the top three line up in class

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“I’m delighted with the win, I was able to capitalise the incident into the dean hairpin and pull a gap and kept my nose clean. I saw that Wallace was charging fast from behind, if it hadn’t of been red flagged it would have been tight at the end” commented Class A victor Paul Taylor.


“It was an absolutely chaotic start after all the incidents at the hairpin, I latched onto the back of Christie and started applying pressure. A lap later she was ran wide exiting deene and I was able to get past and pull a gap. Class A cars got in-between us but I kept an eye on her in my mirrors to take the win” commented Class B winner Martyn Culley.




By robcox, Apr 26 2017 04:14PM

Callum Jenkins steps up to the VAG Trophy this season with Team HARD. The 17 year old Scarborough racer has competed in a Citroen Saxo VTR in the Junior Saloon Car Championship for the last two seasons and now has his eyes set on a senior championship in what looks to be a very exciting move.


A committed and ambitious driver, he has focused his desire to move up through the ranks with his eyes firmly set on competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and British Touring Car Championship.


Callum has driven at Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Donington Park during his rise through the ranks and has been mentored by former BTCC driver and McLaren Chief Instructor, Danny Buxton.


Danny Buxton had this to say about Callum:


“Having worked with Callum for the last few years, I am delighted but not surprised at the level he is now operating at. It's been a fantastic few years working with him, he has so much natural talent - but I felt he just needed the right coaching approach and methods to bring the speed and performance out properly. He is a rising star of British motorsport that is for sure. Watch this space”!


Callum’s new team boss Tony Gilham also commented on his new signing:


“We originally met Callum during our scholarship programme just over a year ago now. It was very clear to us then that Callum had a massive amount of potential and made it to the later stages of the competition. He has a natural ability that has already shone through and we have had amazing feedback from Paul O'Neill from his test day’s pre-season. We are very much looking forward to working with Callum throughout 2017 and helping with his development as an all-round racing driver”.

Callum is very excited about the season ahead and with the support of the team, his family and sponsors he is hoping to gain valuable experience in the VAG Trophy to catapult him on to bigger things.


"To have the opportunity to compete in the VAG trophy with Team-HARD is a dream come true. After the last couple of years competing in the Junior Saloon Car Championship I am looking forward to putting the race craft I have learned to the test against other, more experienced racing drivers in a senior championship with a much quicker car than I have driven before. Experience notwithstanding, I intend to challenge for the championship win with a strong and highly-reputable team behind me. Beyond this year I aspire to compete in top tier motorsport and, with Team-HARD running in both BTCC and British GT Championship, I will be working to procure the partnerships necessary to progress with the team to get to that level. Back in March I had my first test session in the car at Brands Hatch - I quickly felt comfortable and it was an amazing experience to get to grips with a new handling dynamic, and the increased speed was great fun. I really can't wait for the first race of the season at Rockingham Speedway, a circuit that holds sentimental value due to being the venue I had my first race back in 2015"


We took Callum to one side and asked him a few questions:


What is your favourite circuit and why?

"Knockhill - the incline and the camber provide a challenge that many other circuits don't and the amount of speed that can be taken through the corners, even in the wet, is amazing"


Who is/was your racing idol?

"Max Verstappen - he has achieved phenomenal success in a short period of time and his committed racing style is great to watch and learn from"


Who would you regard as your toughest opponent?

"I always aim to surpass my teammates because we have the same assets so it is truly a test of ability"


What is the best race you have been involved in?

"Silverstone, October 2016, as a race had to be restarted, technical difficulties meant that I had to start from the pit lane. In a reduced race time of ten minutes I got from 22nd to 10th, although not a podium I had to really dig deep."


Is there a race or series you have not competed in, that you would like to or had wanted to?

"Having competed in the British 24hr kart race twice, I have a real passion for endurance racing. I would love to one day race in the World Endurance Championship - especially to do Le Mans"


What is the best advice in racing you have been given?

"The race isn't won in the first corner, but get it right and you can make a few places from it"



By robcox, Feb 17 2017 05:57PM

The Maximumgroup.net VAG Trophy is delighted to announce its six round calendar, supporting the infamous British GT Championship. MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) launched its 2017 motor racing season at Brands Hatch this week with its traditional season launch event, at the event it was confirmed by Stewart Lines, VAG series director, that the series’ races will be held on the Saturdays of the British GT weekends pairing up on the same events as its sister championship the Milltek Volkswagen Racing Cup.


This season will bring a significant raise in the profile of the championship taking it to a national Motorsport stage, pairing up along side other well respected championships and sister championship the Volkswagen Racing Cup. This alteration allows competitors to compete in both championships with ease with them being on the separate days at the same events. Class B has been revamped with 270HP allowance and treaded tyres.


The season kicks off at Rockingham, joining the British GT after their inaugural round at Oulton Park. Norfolk's Snetterton 300 is next on the calendar before the series hops over the channel to the legendary Spa Francorchamps. The Championship then returns to Kent for back to back meetings at Brands Hatch, starting on the longer and much faster GP configuration, before close racing ensues on the small indy layout as the series features in the exciting German festival. The championship separates from the British GT to conclude at Oulton Park in late October.


“We’re elated for the Maximumgroup.net VAG Trophy to move up onto this very prestigious national stage along side it’s sister championship and the British GT. Following a very successful season last year, the series will be retained under the MSVR banner for the coming championship campaign.” Commented series director Stewart Lines.


The VAG always brings a diverse field of drivers and a colourful grid of old and new VAG Machinery. This season is certain to be no different, especially with new faces entering the championship and some fantastic cars, and an array of new partners, the stage is set for a fantastic year of VAG racing.


By robcox, Jan 20 2017 05:37PM

SCOTTISH racer Christie Doran wants to spearhead Slidesports Race Engineering’s assault on the VAG Trophy Class B in 2017.


The 21-year-old, from Falkirk, has agreed a deal to stay with the title-winning Stafford-based team after a strong finish to the 2016 season saw her grab three wins in her last five races.


Christie has made massive strides since becoming joining the series in 2014 – when she was the first female ever to win silverware with a third place in the MkIV Challenge at Oulton Park in just her second outing in the championship.


She followed that by signing for Sildesports and had a year learning the car and the UK tracks after a couple of years competing at Knockhill in Scotland.


But 2016 was her breakthrough year – hitting fastest laps in class and notching up 12 podiums and three wins on her way to third in the Class B Championship. Along with Amy Dziurzynski, she also made made British motorsport history as they were the first women ever to get a one-two finish in a mixed gender race, according to the British Women Racing Drivers’ Club.


Now she is wants to do even better and is delighted that she will get a power boost for 2017.

CHRISTIE SAYS: I was always keen to stay with Slidesports. They know how to win championships and their record in winning the VAG Trophy and VW Racing Cup speaks for itself.

They have done a great job in developing my racing and always give me a superb car.

I finished the season well. Now I want to hit the ground running and give the team the success they deserve. I have come a long way in the last two years, but there is still more to come.

I felt I was really getting to terms with the car in the final few races and series boss Stewart Lines has done a really good job with the regulations. I can’t wait to get started.

MARK SAYS: It is natural for us to continue the relationship because of the way she has progressed in the last two years. The last race of the year was indicative of where she is going — pole, two race wins and nearly beating my lap record at Castle Combe.

That proves that, in her own time and space, she can do it. We have put a lot of hard work in together and there is a lot of trust between us that would take a long time for anyone else to get.

The VAG Trophy will be a very tough championship this year. It is more cost-effective so will be more competitive. Class B will be very hard fought because of its affordability and will have a lot of drivers in there and that will push the level up.

But she should be looking at regular race wins, if not the championship this year.

More information on the Maximumgroup.net VAG Trophy at http://www.vagtrophyracing.co.uk/


For further information and interview opportunities, call Christie on +44 (0)7983888284 or email christie@christiedoranracing.com