We are just hours away from the opening round of the 2014 Time Attack Championship!

The world-famous 1.64-mile Silverstone National circuit is the venue for our opening party, but who will be celebrating when the chequered flag drops?

Let’s have a look at the Lap Records and last year’s winning lap times, to get an idea of what the Time Attack Championship Class of 2014 should be aiming to beat. 

 

TA Club Challenge [ NA, FWD, RWD, 4WD]

Entry level / progressive category, open modifications/power
MSA driver licence level required : National B Non Race Speed Licence [ Join and pay on the day – no ARDS test ]
Tyres : Any brand – MSA Blue Book 1B list

Lap Records:

Club NA –  1:04.256 -TVR Tuscan – Jeff Milham – 2008

Club FWD – 1:08.242 – Fiat Coupe – Marco Haig – 2009

Club RWD – 1:03.433 – Toyota Supra JZA80 – Paul Whiffin – 2009

Club 4WD – 1:01.689 – Subaru Impreza – Kev Horsley – 2008

 2013 Winning Times:  N/A

It’s been a while since the Club Challenge has been to Silverstone National. They missed out last year when the Pros visited a very wet Silverstone, with Club Challenge drivers visiting Donington Park instead.  So this year we could see all new Club Challenge records, especially with the strength of this year’s Club Challenge classes. In particular, Marco Haig’s Club FWD record is at risk – 2013 Champion Marc Donnelly returns in his rapid Focus RS-powered Mk3 Ford Escort, and this time he has eleven rivals for the crown.

Also look out for Damien Bradley’s freshly wide-bodied Subaru Legacy in 4WD, and a trio of RX-7s that includes last year’s RWD Champion Umar Masood in his fire-breathing FD3S, up against newcomer Kevin Jones in his rare Noble M12 GTO3!

Driver Name                       Comp No.             Class                              Car

Damien Bradley22Club 4WDSubaru Legacy
Jason Bird400Club 4WDMitsubishi Evo 5
Eric Holmes79Club 4WDMitsubishi Evo
Mathew Webster83Club 4WDSubaru Impreza
Mark Flook800Club 4WDMitsubishi GTO
Andy Grady43Club 4WDSubaru Impreza
Dave Coe80Club 4WDSubaru Impreza
Jeff Alden19Club FWDVauxhall Astra
Neil Wrenn29Club FWDHonda Civic
Antonio Giovinazzo27Club FWDAlfa Romeo 155
Jonny Fletcher64Club FWDVauxhall Astra
Marc Donnelly76Club FWDFord Escort
Adrian Daniel31Club FWDVauxhall Astra Coupe
Matthew Straker30Club FWDVauxhall Astra
Daniel Clark92Club FWDVauxhall Astra
Stewart Summers97Club FWDCitroen Saxo
Darren Spooner13Club FWDPeugeot 205
Will Watson35Club FWDVauxhall Astra
Adam Jones25Club FWDHonda Civic Type-R
James Procter69Club N/AHonda Civic Type R
Mark Burnett28Club N/AHonda Civic EG6
Kai Barker86Club N/A – OHWFord Fiesta ST
Kevin Jones58Club RWDNoble M12 GTO3
Darren Johnson46Club RWD – OHWKTM Xbow
Umar Masood48Club RWDMaxda RX7
Neil Clark55Club RWDMaxda RX7
Lorence Charter44Club RWDMaxda RX7

 

TA Club Pro [ 2WD, 4WD ]
Serious modifications/power and low lap-times
MSA driver licence level required : National B Race or above [ ARDS test required ]
Tyres : Any brand – MSA Blue Book 1B list

Lap Records

Club Pro 2WD – 1:11.171 – Astra VXR – Bo Nielsen – 2013

Club Pro 4WD – 1:01.095 – Mitsubishi Evo 8 – Robin Duxbury – 2009

2013 Winning Times

Club Pro 2WD – 1:11.171 – Astra VXR – Bo Nielsen (wet)

Club Pro 4WD – 1:09.187 – Mistubishi Evo 9 GT – Brad Sheehan (wet)

Club Pro has a very different look this year. Four Evos dominate the class, with Jason Ogg’s “Hulk” the only other 4WD entrant. However, the Hulk does have a new trick up it’s sleeve in the form a new Samsonas sequential gearbox. Ronnie Amis has got out of the drivers-seat of his Sierra Cosworth and into a former BTCC VW Golf! It will be interesting to see how Ronnie’s lap times in the 2WD Golf compare to his 4WD class mates. We’re also looking forward to seeing the rivalry of Brad Sheehan and Andrew Barbour once more, and the pair are joined by newcomer Philip Reed with the backing of Ross Sport. Finally, it’s a big “welcome back'” to Russ Paton. He and his car have been rebuilt over the winter, following a big off at Brands Hatch last year.

Driver Name                       Comp No.             Class                              Car

Philip Reed66Club ProMitsubishi Evo 6
Jason Ogg10Club ProSubaru Impreza
Brad Sheehan62Club ProMitsubishi Evo 9 GT
Andrew Barbour88Club ProMitsubishi Evo 5
Russ Paton14Club ProMitsubishi Evo 6
Ronnie Amis71Club ProVW Golf

 

TA Pro
Superior modifications / power / aero– quicker lap-times than Club Pro
MSA driver licence level required : National B Race or above [ ARDS test required ]
Tyres : Any brand – Slick Racing Tyres

Lap Record

Pro – 57.989 – Subaru Impreza – Olly Clark – 2009

2013 Winning Time

Pro – 1:03.180 – Mitsubishi Evo 6 – Gareth Lloyd (wet)

A compact but varied field in Pro for 2014. From the Evo 9 that Rich Marshall has been working on all winter, to the former Group-B monster that is Mark Pollard’s Metro 6R4 and Scott Robson’s Subaru Impreza. Look out for 2013 Pro 2WD Champion Simon Deaton’s new livery on his Porsche too. Always pink.

Driver Name                       Comp No.             Class                              Car

Richard Marshall5ProMitsubishi Evo 9GT
Mark Pollard41ProMG Metro 6R4
Simon Deaton.00.ProPorsche 997
Scott Robson33ProSubaru Impreza

 

TA Pro Extreme [ all drive lines ]
Extreme modifications / power / aero – the quickest and fastest cars
MSA driver licence level required : National B Race or above [ ARDS test required ]
Tyres : Any brand – Slick Racing Tyres

No Lap Record or 2013 Winning Time

New for 2014 is the Pro Extreme class. The fewest restrictions of any class and the most extreme machines. Expect the quickest times we’ve ever seen in Time Attack!

Driver Name                       Comp No.             Class                              Car

Marcus Webster24Pro ExtremeNissan Skyline
Granville Taylor208Pro ExtremeVW Beetle
Andy Forest6Pro Extreme – OHWSubaru Impreza
Simon Norris9Pro ExtremeMitsubishi Evo
Olly Clark3Pro ExtremeSubaru Impreza

 

Silverstone National Circuit – Sunday 6th April

See you all there!

 

 

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