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.

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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 www.bmwracedays.co.uk or email Paul McErlean at info@bmwracedays.co.uk

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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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 bmwracedays.co.uk 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 bmwracedays.co.uk 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 www.bmwracedays.co.uk or email Paul McErlean at info@bmwracedays.co.uk

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

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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 www.bmwracedays.co.uk or email Paul McErlean at info@bmwracedays.co.uk

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.

Silverstone International Circuit Race Report 2013

September 2nd, 2013

The season’s journey continues; summer is beginning to break and with that it seems fitting we head to the circuit in the UK synonymous with the rain! This time out we head to Silverstone for rounds nine and ten of the Marangoni GAZ Shocks Compact Cup.

Sunday morning and preparations are underway in the paddock. Rain had been falling from early on, conditions were looking to be unsettled for qualifying and decisions between the choice of wet or dry tyre was being discussed for the first time in 2013. With the hour upon them the rain ceased and although it remained grey the track was beginning to dry but remained slippery none the less and all would take the dry tyre out for the International layout of the oldest racetrack in the UK.

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SMRC race meeting Knockhill 11th August 2013

August 15th, 2013

Race Report

Looking along a line of 15 stunning BMW Compact Cup race cars in the sunshine of the Knockhill paddock, it was difficult to believe that this was only the 5th ever race meeting of our brand new Championship. There is certainly no let up in the momentum and the BMW teams showed the whole Scottish motorsport community that they really mean business. With cars currently racing and with those being  built, it’s likely that 2014 will see grids of well over 20 cars!

Within the 15 car line up we gave a warm Scottish welcome to two racers from the Gaz Shocks / Marangoni Tyres BMW Compact Cup English series. Stratton Mackay and Bryce Greenwood had both made the trip North to help support their Scottish counterparts (quite literally in Stratton’s case as he definitely got married in a kilt!), and it added a new dimension to the whole weekend. Neither of them had raced at Knockhill before, but in Saturday testing both had shown themselves to be very quick and capable. We also welcomed another Scottish newcomer in Steven Dailly who’s white car was absolutely stunningly prepared. His Dad Paul admitted that he had spent most of his recent life in his workshop so that the car would be ready for this meeting…. and what a top job he and his team had done!

It was quite an emotional sight for everyone involved in the project this year as the BMW’s rolled out of the holding area and onto the circuit for qualifying. The record number of cars seemed to add a higher level of concentration than ever before, and everyone was taking things seriously. It might well just be “club racing”, but every single driver would be feeling exactly the same excitement and emotions that any F1 or BTCC racer will vouch for.

Stratton Mackay sadly didn’t manage to make qualifying, as even after a late night working on the car his team couldn’t cure some overheating issues that had plagued him in testing the day before. A disaster also struck Paul Mac as one of his wheels had been left loose after a last minute tyre change and he had to pit almost as soon as he had gone out.

Alan Kirkaldy struggled to get a good run without traffic for a few laps, but as normal he pinned an absolute stunner of a lap in a time of 1.04.523. Bryce Greenwood (who was entered as a non points scoring guest driver due to a small technical difference with his car) wasn’t far behind with a 1.04.629.  The other two stars of the show were Billy Campbell who qualified in 3rd and newcomer Steven Dailly in 4th. After an inconsistent start to his season, Billy has just clicked with his car and showed that he has the natural ability to mix it with the front runners. Steven also showed that he has real talent and gave some of the more regular racers a bit of a scare. Christie Doran has also found yet another new injection of pace, and once again topped her own personal best lap times with almost a 2 second improvement!

Race one – The crowd at Knockhill was huge after the circuit marketing team had struck a web deal for discounted entry tickets, and all of them were lining the circuit after the lunchbreak in anticipation of the BMW race.

Alan Kirkaldy and Bryce Greenwood managed to keep their front row positions off the start, with a hard charging Billy Campbell close behind. Greg Graham made yet another trade mark start and managed to move from 7th to 4th before the chicane. Unfortunately for Paul Mac, at the start of lap 2 Scott Adams locked up under braking for Macintyres and tagged Pauls back wheel. This sent Paul into the gravel which caused a safety car to be deployed until has car was towed to a safe place. Scott managed to continue, but with a bent steering arm he was well off the pace.

As the safety car pulled off and the racing commenced, the top 4 stretched a bit of a gap leaving a great close battle between those behind. Garry Muir, Stephen Russell, Steven Dailly, Findlay Adams, Mark Souter, Stephen Emslie and Graeme Gordon spent a couple of laps jostling for position before Steven Dailly managed to make a break for it and tried to get caught up with the leaders. With all of the cars being so equal in performance, the racing was close and exciting, but in line with the whole ethic of the series, it was also very clean and fair with absolutely no bumping or door handle rubbing.

Unfortunately for Stephen Russell, he had to retire on lap 6 due to some overheating gremlins that had been plaguing him all weekend.

At the front, Alan Kirkaldy was having a great battle with Bryce Greenwood. They were pretty much nose to tail for lap after lap, but the race experience of Alan Kirkaldy came into play and he didn’t give Bryce any opportunities to attempt a pass. In the end they finished only 1 second apart, with a fantastic first ever podium for Billy Campbell who took the fastest lap time after a stunning drive.

Race 1 BMW Result

1st (27) Alan Kirkaldy

Guest (66) Bryce Greenwood

2nd (15) Billy Campbell

3rd (10) Greg Graham

4th (84) Steven Dailly

5th (92) Garry Muir

6th (65) Mark Souter

7th (35) Findlay Adams

8th (38) Graeme Gordon

9th (34) Stephen Emslie

10th (64) Christie Doran

11th (82) Scott Adams

DNF (5) Paul McErlean

DNF (69) Stephen Russell

DNS (18) Stratton Mackay

Race two

Due to the amount of races that SMRC had impressively managed to fit into the one day, there was a long wait until the 2nd race. Throughout the afternoon the weather changed from bright sunshine, through to pouring rain…. nothing new for Knockhill then! Due to a technical glitch, Bryce Greenwood had decided not to start in race 2, but Paul Mac being the absolutely top bloke that he is, offered to lend Bryce his own car for the race. Although Bryce wasn’t 100% sure, he decided to race Paul’s car rather than miss out and have to head home early.

When the BMW’s were instructed to head to the pre-race holding area the sun was shining and everyone was on dry tyres and dry weather settings. The weather stayed this way until the cars headed onto track for the warm up lap, but as they lined up on the grid the heavens opened. With the conditions as they were the first corner could have been a disaster zone, but every driver played their part in keeping it clean and damage free.

Alan Kirkaldy again kept his position and managed to get away in the lead, but with Bryce close behind in the borrowed car of Paul. Greg Graham and Billy Campbell had a tussle for a couple of corners, but Billy wasn’t as keen on the wet conditions and settled in behind. Mark Souter on the other hand really came into his own and worked his way up behind Greg and into 4th, before pulling another good move on Bryce to take him into 3rd. On the exit of Clarks, Bryce got it a bit sideways which allowed Greg into 2nd place a few car lengths behind Alan Kirkaldy.

Behind Mark Souter, there was again a very tight battle between about 8 cars and once again everyone adhered to the clean racing ethos and kept it fair. Findlay Adams also seemed to enjoy the slippy conditions and he made up a couple of places to put himself in 4th. Garry Muir had set his car up for completely dry conditions and he struggled to keep any momentum, not helped by the fact he’s still on the same set of tyres he started the season on!

Stephen Emslie had the same issue, and his worn dry weather tyres gave him a tricky time of it as he tried to keep it on the black bit. He managed to give the watching crowd some fine entertainment as he caught various sideways moments throughout the race. Christie was also putting her recent skid pan training to good use as she fought hard to control her car. She then had a huge slide over Duffus which will look great on the telly, but stayed calm and managed to get back onto the circuit to collect more valuable points. Scott Adams also really struggled with the wet conditions but to be fair to him he’s hardly had any seat time in the car at all and the conditions were treacherous. He also managed to keep it all together and finished the race.

Up front, Greg Graham was nibbling away at the lead of Alan Kirkaldy and was trying everything to catch up. Alan’s race experience was keeping him smooth and well off the slippy kerbs, but to have any chance, Greg was having to risk a spin by using the kerbs. The tactic seemed to work as 2 laps from the end Greg made a move up the inside of the hairpin to sneak the lead. Again, due to the clean racing ethics of the BMW Compact Cup, Alan gave Greg fair racing room to make the move. On the final lap, Alan decided to go for it and also use more of the kerbs, and although he gained some ground it wasn’t enough to recover the situation. This left Greg with his first race win, Alan in a close 2nd and a great drive by Mark Souter to take his first ever podium in 3rd.

Race 2 BMW Result

1st (10) Greg Graham

2nd (27) Alan Kirkaldy

3rd (65) Mark Souter

4th (35) Findlay Adams

6th (84) Steven Dailly

Guest (5) Bryce Greenwood

7th (38) Graeme Gordon

8th (92) Garry Muir

9th (15) Billy Campbell

10th (69) Stephen Russell

11th (82) Scott Adams

12th (64) Christie Doran

13th (34) Stephen Emslie

DNS (5) Paul McErlean

DNS (18) Stratton Mackay

All in all a great showcase meeting for the Marangoni Tyres Scottish BMW Compact Cup! We had visitor entrants from the English series, another new local car and driver, and lot’s of clean, close and fair racing.

A final word from poor Stratton Mackay who along with his race crew travelled from just outside London to race with us at the weekend….. and due to mechanical issue he didn’t get on track.

“I can say that I have never been to a friendlier paddock and had such a good time while up against the wall!! Barring the bloody motorsport (mechanical issues) we had a great time. So with that in mind I’ll be back to enter your final round if that is ok???? Thanks again to all, you have a great championship there and a great group of people,

It’s how motorsport should be.

Stratton”