Up To Speed: 1 – 2 April
Three British championships headline a bumper programme of national motorsport in the UK this weekend, with the next chapter in the British Autotest and Endurance championships alongside an Anglesey curtain-raiser for the British Sprint Championship.
That, plus a ground-breaking first-ever event for the all-new GB4 Championship at Snetterton. Here’s all you need to get up to speed this weekend:
British Endurance Championship – Oulton Park
After the British Endurance Championship enjoyed a successful start to a new era for endurance racing in the UK, the category heads north to Cheshire, and Oulton Park, this weekend for the second stop on the 2022 calendar.
Lee Frost and Lucky Khera lead the way in the standings after a dominant victory at Silverstone, the pair steering their Lamborghini Huracan GT3 to an eventual one-lap winning margin over nearest rivals Gleb Stapanovs and Steve Tomkinson (Aston Martin Vulcan).
A bumper thirty-car grid will take to the 2.69-mile International loop, with support action from the ‘pocket rocket’ Legends, Saloon Cars and the Praga Cup.
Watch live coverage of all the action on Saturday here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zidVNCU9R64
British Sprint Championship – Anglesey
After a slight delay, the British Sprint Championship kicks off this weekend with a visit to North Wales, and Anglesey Circuit.
The event format for Sprint racing is simple; each round comprises, practice, qualification and two ‘Run Offs’, with the fastest twelve runners in qualifying competing in each. The fastest time recorded in each Run Off receives twenty five points, reducing by one point for each subsequent slower competitor down to 1 point for the 25th qualifier. Bonus points are awarded to competitors who finish the timed and ‘Run Off’ runs with a new record for their particular class of car.
The 2022 calendar will now comprise ten events across the UK visiting the likes of Castle Combe, Blyton Park, Knockhill and many of the nation’s other premier venues.
Coverage can be followed via the website: http://www.britishsprint.org/default.asp
British Autotest Championship – Herefordshire Motor Club
Round two of the British Autotest Championship takes place at Herefordshire Motor Club this weekend, after an exciting first round in which Richard Pinkey claimed first place ahead of David Mosey and John Moffatt.
Reigning champion Alistair Moffatt will continue his push in defence of the title after finishing fourth at the season opener.
Results can be found on the Motorsport UK British Autotest Championship Facebook Page.
GB4 Championship – Snetterton
Snetterton sets the scene for the inaugural round of the GB4 Championship, the latest initiative in single seaters launched by Jonathan Palmer’s MSV Group.
The category, which utilises the ‘first-generation’ Tatuus Formula 4 car, has a 14-strong entry list for the trip to Norfolk, including former W Series racer Megan Gilkes, Formula Ford front-runner Alex Walker and Ginetta Junior graduate Jack Sherwood.
Each of GB4’s 24 races this season will be live-streamed online, as well as pre-race build up, post-race analysis and interviews from the presenting team of Jon Jackson and commentator Lewis McGlade.