BMW Race Days and BRSCC announce 2016 partnership

November 13th, 2015

It has been announced by both parties today that the hugely successful BMW Compact Cup Championship will be racing under the British Racing & Sports Car Club for the 2016 season. The Race Calendar has also been released and it shows that all BMW Compact Cup meetings will be single day events at some of the UK’s most iconic circuits.

Date Circuit Rounds
10 – Apr Brands Indy 1 & 2
15 – May Rockingham Int 3 & 4 
12 – Jun Snetterton 300 5 & 6
17 – Jul Castle Combe 7 & 8
28 – Aug Donington Nat 9 & 10
17 – Sep Oulton Park Int 11 & 12
16 – Oct Silverstone Int 13 & 14


Commenting on this news, Paul McErlean, owner of BMW Race Days and Championship Coordinator of the BMW Compact Cup said “This is an exciting time for our Championship. We’ve grown our grids rapidly over the past few years, and instead of sitting on our laurels and hoping it continued in the same vein we took the decision to move the Championship to the BRSCC to refresh our offer and add new challenges for our competitors. We feel that the timing of this move is absolutely right for our racers, our sponsors and for the profile of our Championship. It wasn’t the easiest of decisions to move away from 750 Motor Club as they’ve played an important part in the successful development of the formula. I thank 750MC for all of their support in the past, however now is about looking forward to working with the BRSCC to further develop the Championship. Not only have the BRSCC have come up with a great looking race calendar for us, we are delighted to say that the new partnership allows us to provide our drivers with a discount on race entry fee’s compared to previous years, our drivers are already looking forward to this new chapter”

BRSCC-logo-250wCommenting on behalf of the BRSCC, Competitions Manager Dominic Ostrowski was equally enthusiastic. ”We are proud that the BMW Compact Cup Championship has chosen the BRSCC for the next stage of their development. Over the last few seasons it has proven to be a very professional and well supported series and it will be a welcome addition to our portfolio. We look forward to working with Paul, his team and competitors next season.”

With maximum grids and some of the closest and most competitive club racing available, it’s clearly a partnership that is intent on not just maintaining the status quo, but to pushing the already successful Championship to new levels!

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GAZ Shocks Compact Cup Fires Up For its Most Competitive Season

March 19th, 2015


Just ten days remain in the calendar until the first meeting and two rounds of the 2015 GAZ Shocks BMW Compact Cup, to be held at Donington Park on March 29th.

After two years of MSA championship status, the Compact Cup enters 2015 still building on its momentum of operating as the largest and most competitive tin-top club racing formula in Europe. As well as seasoned regulars making a return to the highly competitive racing, 15 new registered drivers will join the swelling English grids.

These include both novice racers and seasoned drivers, with notable additions including Ian Jones running out of the RAW Motorsport camp and Joe Wiggin with McAttack Racing.

Along with more than 35 registered drivers for the Cup’s sister Scottish series operating from its Knockhill base, this brings the total number of registered drivers and cars up to more than 90.

Previous champion Steve Roberts will be making a return to the 2015 English Compact Cup, along with formers contenders including David Drinkwater and Alex Dew. Together, they help to form a grid of multiple race and championship winners from countless different disciplines who have been drawn to the Compact Cup for its blend of affordable but closely matched racing and well-organised infrastructure.

As well as two visits to the home of organisers The 750 Motor Club at Donington Park, the English championship is also set to visit new circuits in 2015, with a trip up to Croft in the North East and Oulton Park in the North West. Combined with seasoned favourites such as Brands Hatch, Snetterton and Silverstone, the calendar is set to provide both spectacularly close racing as well as nationwide coverage. Fans unable to attend will once again be able to catch up with the action from every round on both Motors TV and Premier Sports.

The BMW E36 318ti Compacts follow much the same tightly regulated formula as before, however for 2015 drivers are set to run on a new Nankang NS-2R control tyre. With comprehensive testing having matched the rubber with new Eibach control springs fitted with the Gaz dampers, the new setup is designed to appeal to the more experienced driver without intimidating the novice.

Furthermore, the cost effective tyres are limited in quantity per driver to ensure that the championship remains competitive for all involved. All control tyres are supplied with PIN-logged microchips, which are scanned at scrutineering to ensure that no driver uses more than 16 tyres throughout the whole 14 race season; an unprecedented and very welcome technological advancement in club level racing.

Speaking of the new developments, Championship Co-ordinator Paul McErlean said: “We’ve invested a huge amount to enhance the whole package for 2015, and we’re expecting to see closer racing at a reduced running cost for competitors. We are also really excited to see how it rolls out, particularly as no team or driver has any great advantage with the change of springs and tyres for this year.”

For information please see or contact Paul McErlean at

Voyce cements 2014 BMW Championship victory

October 10th, 2014

The final rounds of the Safety Devices Gaz Shocks Compact Cup took place at Donington Park and with a massive 44 cars competing, the group system was needed with three races over the day with each driver racing twice.

3 Race 1

Stuart Voyce, who was provisionally crowned the 2014 champion at Silverstone, took two race victories to confirm his title. Steve Roberts was also a winner as double BTCC race winner Paul O’Neill made his debut in the series.

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Paul O’Neill to Race in the Compact Cup Season Finale

October 1st, 2014

Paul O'Neill- BTCC star turned presenter to try his hand at the largest club championship in Europe

- Races to take place at Donington Park for the final two rounds of 750MC’s Compact Cup

Club race fans are set to receive an extra degree of entertainment on Sunday 5th October, when former BTCC driver and current TV presenter Paul O’Neill takes to the track in the Safety Devices | GAZ Shocks Compact Cup.

The former Touring Car ace is set to join the action for the final meeting and two rounds of the 2014 Compact Cup run under the 750 Motor Club at Donington Park. Speaking of his upcoming debut in the hotly contested BMW championship, O’Neill said, “I’ve heard good things about the Compact Cup, and the massive grids are the main thing that attracted me to join in.”

O’Neill joins the 44-strong grid as a very experienced racer, having competed in the British Touring Car Championship across a ten year period, as well as various other formulae from British GT to the Porsche Carrera Cup. The field he will be joining in the Safety Devices | GAZ Shocks Compact Cup comprises a healthy spread of experience, from novices through to ex-Formula Ford, Clio Cup and GT racers.

The championship uses the BMW E36 318ti as base cars, which run with tightly controlled modifications to ensure that costs are kept to a minimum; a key factor of the Compact Cup’s success. O’Neill said of his support for club motorsport, “Club racing is equally as important to me as the top tiers because everybody needs to cut their teeth and learn together before hitting the big time. I’m expecting it to be difficult to break into the top 10 with the Compacts though!”

Spectators attending the 750 Motor Club’s Donington Park meeting on Saturday 4th October will also be treated to a BTCC name on the bill, when current eBay Motors driver Nick Foster is to compete in the Roadsport Series using the same race-prepped BMW Compact as O’Neill.

Day tickets are available on the gate for £15 or £25 for the weekend (children under 13 go free with a paying adult), and track action starts at 9am on both days.

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For further information please go to or email Paul McErlean at

Notes to editors

- The Safety Devices | GAZ Shock Compact Cup is the largest club racing Championship in Europe, with 80+ registered drivers and an entry average of 41 cars in the 2014 season to date

- Donington Park (National circuit) on October 5th marks the final meeting of the 2014 Compact Cup, and races are scheduled for 12:00pm, 3:35pm and 5:20pm (subject to change)

Trackday at Castle Combe Circuit – June 13th

May 8th, 2014


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Get some pre-event testing on Friday the 13th of June 2014, before the Combe race meeting on the 14th.

There will be a maximum of 20 cars on circuit at any time with each booking receiving 1 x 20 minute session every hour throughout the day, all for just £225!

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Donington Park GP – Catch up with all the action.

April 30th, 2014

WelcomeA slightly misty Donington Park hosted the first qualifying session of the season for the 2014 Safety Devices | Gaz Shocks BMW Compact Cup, which saw 45 BMW E36 318ti Compacts take to the circuit…. Read the full race report.

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BMW Compact Cup 2014 Championship Ready To Go!

March 24th, 2014

Thursday 20th March 2014donington

- 6 days until the first round of the hugely popular club racing championship

- Championship now boasts 64 registered drivers and 48 on track in Round One

The first round of the 2014 Safety Devices | Gaz Shocks Compact Cup is booked for Sunday 30th March, and this season looks set to be the biggest and most action-packed in the Cup’s four year history, as well as boasting one of the largest grids in club motorsport of the recent era.

With 64 cars registered in total and at least 15+ more in the build phase, the championship managed by looks set to attract records and headlines throughout 2014 in terms of entry numbers, spectators and extremely close racing action.

The Championship is once again supported by Motors TV, who will show each of the seven championship rounds in a 45 minute long program on the motorsport channel that’s recently been added to the UK’s Freeview network, in addition the 45 minute shows will also be shown on Premier Sports.

The Compact Cup has welcomed Safety Devices as a new joint title sponsor with Gaz Shocks, and all the Cup cars use their B034 roll cage and Gaz coilover suspension respectively. New for 2014 are mandatory spring rates in a continual quest to keep the focus on racing rather than budget, and tyres are once again from Marangoni.

The website has also received a refresh for 2014, introducing new driver profile pages, interactive communications and virtual grid lineups on top of the friendly forum for drivers and fans alike. As well as welcoming back 2013 Championship winner Steve Roberts, new competition in the 48-strong field includes a host of new drivers ranging from hugely experienced racers to novices.

Fans can watch the first two rounds at the 750 Motor Club meeting at Donington Park on Sunday March 30th, or catch up on the action on Motors TV.

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For further information please go to or email Paul McErlean at

Notes to editors

- Now in its fourth year, the, the Safety Devices | Gaz Shocks Compact Cup boasts constantly increasing grid sizes, with 64 drivers now registered for 2014.

- The Compact Cup boasts a sister Scottish series based at Knockhill, and both championships offer 14 rounds split across seven meetings to reduce travel costs.

- Safety Devices join Gaz Shocks as a title sponsor, along with support from Powerflex, Superchips, Maha, WD40, Klarius and PRG Trailers.

- The Compact Cup uses the affordable E36 generation BMW 318ti Compact as a rear-wheel-drive base car with strictly limited modifications.

- Championship status was achieved in 2013, with the first title recently awarded to Steve Roberts.

- Motors TV is again set to televise all rounds of the 2014 season.


Donington Park 2014 shakedown now complete.

March 6th, 2014

Marking the start of the season Safety Devices GAZ BMW Compact Cup Championship competitors visited Donington Park on Sunday the 2nd of March for pre-season testing around the 1.957 mile National Circuit ahead of the first round of the 2014 Championship campaign which begins in earnest on the Grand Prix Circuit on the 30th March.

Over 30 Compact Cup cars took to the tarmac for the four busy thirty-five minute sessions with many new and old faces shaking down their chargers for the season and blowing out the cobwebs from a long race-less winter. Steve Roberts, who heads into the 2014 season as reigning champion, took part in the day’s activity marking the benchmark, the drivers know who they have to beat this season, and he won’t make it easy for them!

Despite a wet, cold, slippery and at times rainy circuit throughout the day competitors had a successful time of it – whether they were shaking down their cars following the revised 2014 regulation changes or getting to grips with their car for the first time.

What also became clear throughout the day’s action was that the liveries for 2014 are going to be spectacular, something that the drivers will be looking to be showing off at the first round of the Championship which will be shown on Motors TV (also available on our website), as every round will be during the season.

Finally with such large numbers turning out just for the 750 Motor Club trackday at Donington Park, it is clear to see that the 2014 season is going to be the strongest and most competitive grid yet in the Championship’s short but very successful history.

Safety Devices to Exhibit with Free Prize Draw At Autosport International

January 8th, 2014

Leading safety equipment manufacturer to give away six-point FIA approved lightweight harness at NEC show competition

Promotional car on show with mandatory roll cage for BMW Compact Cup


Motorsport fans are to be given a budget-boosting opportunity at the Autosport International show this year, where safety equipment specialist Safety Devices will be giving away a free FIA approved six-point harness.

The Newmarket based company are proud to be exhibiting with The Compact Cup on the 750 Motor Club’s stand, and showgoers will be offered the chance to win a ‘Lightweight FIA-approved six-point harness’ worth more than £150.

Attendees will need to simply register their details, and they will also be entered into a second prize draw by the 750 Motor Club to win a GPS-enabled iSport2 in-car video camera worth more than £160. The competition’s first of two drawn winners will be able to choose between the prizes on offer.

As well as the competition, Safety Devices will also be exhibiting their own promotional 318ti Compact Cup car on the stand, which showcases the B034 multi-point bolt-in roll cage that is mandatory for the BMW championship and at the forefront of club motorsport safety equipment.

The Safety Devices Competition and BMW Compact Cup Car can be found on the 750 Motor Club’s stand: number 7130 in Hall 7.

BMW Compact Cup attracts new headline sponsor for 2014

December 16th, 2013

- A timely boost for popular and growing UK club race series

- Championship now titled ‘Safety Devices | Gaz Shocks Compact Cup’

Now entering its fourth season, the BMW Compact Cup is set to welcome on board Safety Devices as a title sponsor of the hotly contested club Championship, joining previous sponsor Gaz Shocks.

Widely regarded as the market leader in automotive rollover and safety products for automotive use, Safety Devices also produce and supply the B034 multi-point bolt-in roll cage that is a requirement for new competitors in the Compact Cup.

With direct involvement as a mandatory supplier and decades of expertise in motorsport from club to professional level, the arrangement with UK-based Safety Devices is welcomed on both sides of the partnership.

Aeron Lloyd, Chief Designer and General Manager at Safety Devices said of the recent agreement: “The partnership between Safety Devices and the BMW Compact Cup is one that is exciting on all levels. It offers close and affordable wheel-to-wheel racing, and along with my colleague Chris Platt I’m also pleased to have the opportunity to compete in the occasional race. As a company we strive to engineer high quality products, so look forward to supporting some fantastic track action with our roll cage inside every car on the grid.”

The Safety Devices | Gaz Shocks Compact Cup continues to gather pace going into 2014, as organisers The 750 Motor Club expect grids to swell for the first race of the season at Donington Park on March 30th. The 2013 season saw a total of 55 Championship registered drivers, and the 2014 format remains largely unchanged to focus on close and affordable racing.

Paul McErlean, Compact Cup Championship Director said: “We are absolutely delighted that Safety Devices have made such a commitment to support the Compact Cup for 2014, it’s a great testament to the Championship and for everybody involved on both sides.”

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For further information please go to or email Paul McErlean at

Notes to editors

- Established in 1972, Safety Devices are committed to providing automotive safety systems around the world, operating from their Newmarket base.

- Since its introduction in 2010, the Safety Devices | Gaz Shocks Compact Cup has increased year on year in grid size, and also boasts a sister Scottish series based at Knockhill.

- Safety Devices join Gaz Shocks as the title sponsor, along with further support from Ravenol, Powerflex, Superchips, Maha, WD40, Klarius and Pure D-Zign.

- The Compact Cup uses the E36 generation BMW 318ti Compact with strictly limited modifications, and drivers range from novices to experienced racers alike.

- Championship status was achieved in 2013, with the first title recently awarded to Steve Roberts.

- With close racing and exciting action, Motors TV is again set to televise all rounds of the 2014 season.