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 www.bmwracedays.co.uk or contact Paul McErlean at firstname.lastname@example.org