Racing in the UK

Dyce Haulage firm announced new Motocross team sponsorship

Dyce Carriers have announced that they’re going to be sponsoring Motocross star, Shaun Simpson’s latest venture, as he embarks on running and managing and his own team for the primary time.

Having been racing since childhood, Shaun Simpson became Scottish Motocross champion at just the age of 13 and participated in his first world championship just one day after finishing his final exams at the age of 16. He then became a three-time British Champion and has won four Grand Prix, also as representing Great Britain within the Motocross of countries.

After a problem series involving his bike caused his setbacks, Shaun decided that the simplest approach for moving forward was to strike out on his own and develop a team that raced his own way. In spite of his enthusiasm and determination to forge his path, the frightening task was finding the sponsorship for a replacement team.

Joining Shaun during a new partnership, managing directors of Dyce Carriers, Jason and Candie Moir, who also are passionate motocross fans, have stepped in to supply Shaun with the support he must strike out on his own.

Growing up, both Candie and Jason were fans of Shaun’s father, seasoned Moto-Cross Grand Prix racer, Willie Simpson. Back in 2012, they started personally sponsoring Shaun and since then became close friends, as they took holiday’s following Shaun round the international race circuit and bonding over the usually intense and visceral experiences that Moto-Cross can bring.

Setting out on this new prospect, Shaun said “I’m really excited to run my very own team and obtain back to what it’s all about, fixing the work, racing hard, and getting around the track within the fastest time possible”

“The support that Jason and Candie have given me has been incredible, without people like them, who are hooked into the game, none of this is able to be possible.”

Jason added that motocross had always been his passion, so they were very happy to help Shaun make his dream become true.

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Thompson signs for Trade Price Cars Racing

Bobby Thompson has signed for Trade Price Cars Racing for the 2020 Kwik Fit British phaeton Championship season.

The 23-year-old from Hornchurch is the first driver who confirmed with the team for what is going to be its second season in Britain’s premier racing series, with the second part of a replacement line-up to be announced in due course.

Trade Price Cars Racing will once more field a pair of Audi S3s next year on the rear of a shocking 2019 season that included a fine win at Knockhill, and ended with the team sitting fourth within the Independent Teams’ Championship.

As with many young drivers, Thompson started his career in karting before taking the step into auto racing, initially within the Ford Fiesta Championship before two meetings in British Formula Ford in 2014, where he picked up six top-10 finishes in six starts.

With a long-term ambition to undertake and make it into touring cars, Thompson reverted back to tin tops for 2015 with an entry into the Volkswagen Racing Cup, securing his maiden win at Snetterton on the way to 10th within the championship standings.

Improving to fifth place overall 12 months later, Thompson then became the person to hammer in the highly-competitive series in 2017 as he stormed to the championship title in impressive fashion, taking six wins and only failing to form stage fourfold all season.

That opened the door for a dream enter the BTCC and in two seasons within the series so far , he has shown his pace with variety of top 10 finishes at the wheel of a VW CC, including sixth place at the 2019 season opener at Brands Hatch.

Now at the wheel of the Trade Price Cars Racing Audi – arguably one among the foremost improved cars on the grid in 2019 – Thompson will hope to regularly challenge for top 10 finishes, together with his ultimate goal being to fight for a primary podium and to launch a bid for the Jack Sears Trophy, hospitable drivers who have yet to secure a top-three finish within the series.

Following a planned pre-season testing programme, Thompson will make his Trade Price Cars Racing debut when the 2020 campaign kicks off at Donington Park on the weekend of March 28/29.

British Grand Prix

Things You Might not Have Known about British Grand Prix

Memorable Moments:

  • 1994: Michael Schumacher disobeyed the rules and ignored a five-second penalty
  • 1987: Nigel Mansell’s finest hour as he overtook team-mate Nelson Piquet with just two laps remaining
  • 1960: Graham Hill lost the Grand Prix just five laps from winning with brake failure
  • 1950: f1 was born at Silverstone where Giuseppe Farina, an Italian racer, was victorious

The British Grand Prix is one of the f1 calendar’s oldest races and the UK is home (either in full or part) to eight of the competing teams including Williams, Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren, Lotus, and Force India. The British Grand Prix has never failed in providing drama for spectators who can get their hands on tickets to the coveted F1 race at Silverstone Circuit.

As any F1 racing fans knows, nothing beats the amazing atmosphere that can only be found as the British Grand Prix comes home to Silverstone. This reaches fever-pitch everytime when there is a Brit in the racing line-up.

Silverstone circuit also provides some wonderful racing opportunities for both driver and spectator as well. The track used to be a former World War II aerodrome, it is fast and a quick lap time requires finesse and bravery from the racing drivers. Many of them consider the corners at Silverstone circuit to be some of the best in Formula One, especially at the start of the race.

Over the three race days, Silverstone circuit always attracts a bigger crowd of grand prix racing fans than any other race in the f1 calendar. Because race days are always busy so it is wise to get to Silverstone as soon as possible. If you have a Grandstand seat, you can afford to arrive later but if you have to stand, the flag-mad fans tend to set up very early, particularly around the Luffield part of the circuit.

About British Grand Prix 2020:

When: Friday 10th – Sunday 12th July, 2020

Where: Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, NN12 8TN

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British motorsport in 2019 headlines

Although Formula 1, the World Rally Championship, and the British Touring Car Championship take the sport’s limelight, they account for only 40 of the 30,000 competition licence holders in the UK. Competitive motorsport alomost takes place every weekend of the year.

In fact, the 2019 season of motorsport has been a mixed affair with external pressures heavily weighing on the sport and the ability of the participants to commit their time and money to it remaining a key factor. The groundswell of opinion against noise, safety, fossil fuels, litigation concerns, a shortage of volunteer officials, and even Brexit uncertainty have somehow impacted the sport.

However, motorsport continues to deliver excitement and enjoyment to thousands of people. The year 2019 has provided several delighting success stories right across the sport.

In racing, proper low-cost competition has thrived. The new Citroën C1 Challenge at Silverstone broke all records with a total of 100 cars and 500 drivers for a 24-hour marathon. Dozens of novices appeared in the near-standard cars with an awful lot of damaged cars after 24 hours. Unluckily, a second round-the-clock marathon that was planned for Anglesey in September had to be binned because of a dire shortage of marshals.

Meanwhile, the Classic Sports Car Club get a strong pace with its winning formula of longer races to cover just about any car. The CSCC was flying when the traditional racing clubs such as the British Racing and Sports Car Club or the British Automobile Racing Club were feeling the pinch.

Away from racing, national-level forest rallying also had an average year when the cost of competing reached at an alarming rate. The recent Roger Albert Clark Rally pointed out that many crews are now searching for a longer-distance adventure than the traditional 45-stage-mile events in one day.

The real rallying expansion was in the growing number of special stages that ran on closed public roads. There are six events that have been run since the relevant mainland laws of the UK were changed and competitors have queued up in order to tackle special stage rallying in the lanes.

The motorsport events had another strong season in both hillclimbs and sprints. The big venues such as Prescott and Shelsley Walsh frequently draw overflowing entries and a lot of them come from newcomers. Competitive timed motorsport doesn’t come any accessible or cheaper than this.