New Drivers, First Race, and First Signatures

Together with Midland Classic Restorations we have been helping four newly licened racing drivers achieve their goal of going racing, with a plan ultimetely to enter the Le Mans Classic in 2011. To do this they have acquired a 1932 Citroen which is a recreation of an original car that competed at Le Mans. Their Car was prepared for and entered he 2010 Le ans Classic, and is currently being refreshed. We hope to have that car out in some VSCC races soon.

The main hurdle faced by Paul,Mike, Gary and Martin is some race finishes to get their licences up to the correct Grade, and also to learn some race craft

To gain this experience they have also purchased an FIA appendix K MG-A, and are Hiring a Sebring Sprite from Midland Classic Restorations.

Black Cat Racing and MCR have been preparing and running the cars together with providing instruction to the drivers.

So far we have had two very successful Test Days at Silverstone and Brands Hatch.

Last weekend was our first race together, and we are happy to report that both cars came back intact, and the drivers had some signatures on their licences to go with their beaming smiles.

Our next race with them is at Donington Park at the end of May, and we are aiming to start moving up the order a little.

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Britcar Silverstone

After a hectic day at Silverstone on Thursday we returned there on the Saturday to see the first round of the Britcar Championship. It was great to see the Glynnsport Sagaris doing well with Danny Winstanley and Steve Glynn at the wheel, and its performance was encouraging for our drive in the car at Spa.   The MJC Ferrari would come out on top at the end of the 3 hours.

The Seat “Sex Drive” competition winners were also out in the race, and managed to keep out of the way of the much faster competition, earning the respect of many of the other drivers.

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Silverstone Testing

Our first test of the year, at Silverstone on the new version of the southern circuit was also the first time with new drivers Paul,Mike,Gary and Martin in their MGA and the MCR Sebring Sprite. a very interesting and rewarding day running the cars and instructing together with Dominic from MCR.

It was very rewarding to see the Guys progressing throught the day, and the driving improving. The cars also held up very well.

One more test day is scheduled before their first race in May.

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Tasmin Engine Trial Fit

With the 12v engine removed, the newly built 220bhp 24v Cosworth Engine has been lowered onto the engine mounts for its first trial Fit.

TVR TAsmin with 24v Cosworth Engine

As you can see it goes in quite neatly. With the basic engine block being the same as the original engine, the same engine mounts, bell housing and gearbox can be used.

The next step is to get the exhaust manifolds made, before we can look at the wiring and ecu.

We also have a new light steel flywheel to add to the engine and a twin plate paddle clutch.

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Spa Francorchamps 2011

Black Cat Racing will be entering the

Sports, Saloon and GT one hour challenge

on 1st and 2nd October 2011

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Tasmin Testing

We took the Tasmin to a newley resurfaced mallory Park to test some suspension changes and different wheels with moulded slicks.

The car felt great and handled well, so we’re headed in the right directionThe Test was cut short though by an not entirely unexpected head gasket failure.

Not a big issue as we were still running the old 12v engine and have a brand new 24v engine waiting to go in.

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Hopefully the last date change

There has been a slight adjustment to the dates, with the Rockingham Race moving a week earlier to 20/21st August.

The provisional Calendar is now

  • Snetterton         29/30 may
  • Brands Hatch    11/12 june
  • Donnington       23/24 july
  • Rockingham      20/21       August
  • Oulton  Park     15        October
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2011 Provisional dates Change

The first round at silverstone has been replaced with a race at snetterton a week later ( Great my daughters Birthday)

The provisional Calendar is now

  • Snetterton         29/30 may
  • Brands Hatch    11/12 june
  • Donnington       23/24 july
  • Rockingham      28       August
  • Oulton  Park     15        October
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GT Drive offer For Graham

Black Cat racing’s lead Driver GrahamWalden has been offered a very good deal on Racing a GT Sagaris at both Donnington and Spa Francorchamps in 2011. The hunt for sponsorship to make this a reality now begins.

The Team are very Keen to secure Grahams services and experience with a result in Spa Francorchamps being the main Focus. The Donnington  round being treated more as a  familiarisation race for Graham and the team.

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2011 TVR Challenge Race Dates

Dunlop TVR  Challenge
Events 2011 Dates DH Venue
1 May 21 May 22 DH Silverstone – National
2 June 11 June 12 DH Brands Hatch
3 July 23 July 24 DH Donington Park
4 August 27 28-Aug DH Rockingham
5 October 15 DH Oulton Park

These are provisonal and may be subject to change

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