Up to Speed: 19 – 21 August 2022

Friday 19 August 2022

The action steps up another gear this weekend as a number of British Championships, including Endurance, Truck Racing and Karting, all begin their respective title run ins.

That, plus rally action from Northern Ireland and a bumper programme of club events, in our latest edition of Up to Speed:

British Endurance Championship – Donington Park

With two rounds remaining, the battle to be crowned the inaugural British Endurance Champion is reaching fever pitch, with any number of crews still in the hunt heading to Donington Park this weekend.

With a maximum score of 64 points still on the table across the final two events, Chris Goddard, Charlie Hollings, and Bradley Ellis (RNR Performance Cars) arrive leading a top 12 covered by just 22 markers.

Three points adrift of the trio in second is the Rob Boston Racing pairing of Wayne Marrs and Tom Jackson. They were victorious on-board their Mercedes-AMG GT3 last time out around Silverstone’s Grand Prix circuit and will be hoping late-season momentum carries them to the title.

Carl Cavers and Lewis Plato were temporarily force to ‘downgrade’ to a GT4-spec Cayman during the middle of the campaign but remain third, and just a further two points back. Their Valluga Racing-run Ferrari 458 is at the head of a three-car battle, with just three points covering them, the T7 Motorsport Aston Martin and Team HARD’s Ginetta GT4.

Follow the action live on BARC TV here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWmhAisnmNY

British Truck Racing Championship – Donington Park

Donington Park also plays host the ‘big rigs’ this weekend as the titans of the British Truck Racing Championship roll into town.

The trip to the East Midlands for the now-annual ‘Convoy in the Park’ celebrations begins with Ryan Smith at the top of the Division One standings, the Daimler ace 33 points clear of nearest rival Stuart Oliver’s Volvo.

Simon Reid’s IVECO sits third, nine points ahead of the leading MAN racer in David Jenkins. In Division Two, Luke Garrett’s MAN holds a slender 13 point lead over fellow MAN competitor Jock Borthwick.

Also on the support bill this weekend is action from the ‘pocket rocket’ UK Legends, Praga Cup, Junior Saloon Car Championship and Pickups, among others.

Follow the action live on BARC TV here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWmhAisnmNY

Ulster Rally

Josh Moffett stands on the brink of a second Irish Tarmac Rally Championship title as the Monaghan racer arrives at the Modern Tyres Ulster Rally in the knowledge that victory in either Friday or Saturday’s legs will deliver him the coveted crown.

The Hyundai i20 R5 racer has taken four wins from seven highly competitive events so far in 2022, giving him a handy 32-point advantage over nearest rival Meirion Evans’ VW Polo R5.

Callum Devine and Alastair Fisher had both remained mathematically in contention, but the four-horse race for the title has been whittled down to just two, with both electing to miss the Northern Ireland Motor Club’s showpiece event this weekend.

The event will also play host to the title deciders for the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship’s Rally4, Modified and Historic titles, the Junior trophy having already been won by Ryan MacHugh in the last event at Cork.

Follow the action on the official event website: www.ulsterrally.co.uk

Wera Tools British Karting Championships – Whilton Mill Kart Club

Whilton Mill’s 1200-metre-long circuit plays host to the penultimate round of the Wera Tools British Karting Championships for a number of classes this weekend.

The Northamptonshire venue marks the second-to-last event of the season among the IAME Cadet, Junior X30 and Senior X30 runners, with the TKM Junior and Extreme categories also joining the bill for a bumper weekend of on-track action.

In IAME Cadet, Jesse Phillips retains a 20-point lead, with his Fusion Motorsport team occupying seven of the top eight positions in the championship. His nearest remaining challenger is Jorge Edgar, who finished just shy of the podium last time out at Rissington.

Leo Robinson’s triumph at Rissington, conversely, has kept him in the hunt for Junior X30 honours. Gabriel Stilp (Croc Promotion) leads by 21 points over Fionn McLaughlin, with the former off the podium last time out and in need of a return to the podium to keep the chasing pack at bay.

Sam Shaw arrives at Whilton having swept all before him at Rissington, including a clean sweep of the Heats, Pre-Final and Final, his best career result to-date in the BKC. Bart Harrison was only fourth in the previous event, but similar bad luck befell his nearest rivals, keeping him 19 points to the good out front in Senior X30.

Leon Frost’s enviable record in Junior TKM continues, with a single third place the only exception to a race-winning season. He will be out to extend his 37-point advantage over Olivia Jenkins this weekend. Chris Whitton’s story in TKM Extreme is largely the same, with a 39-point gap to Aaron Lask.

Riley Murro has enjoyed a maximum points haul in all bar one Bambino event thus far in 2022, but is still being pushed to the wire for championship honours by Chester Forkes, the pair split by just 12 points. Austin Oman is third, another two points shy.

Follow live action from across the weekend here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEGphoHIsdY

Around the Clubs

The UK’s thriving grassroots motorsport community continues to offer something for everyone this weekend.

For AutoSOLO enthusiasts, why not take a jaunt down to the Seighford Sizzler, organised by the Wolverhampton & South Staffs Car Club? Or down at Bovington, the British Army Motorsports Association is hosting the Saxon Express, an orienteering/point-to-point event.

For the first time in 30 years, the Isle of Man Stages will be held, although this event is non-spectator. Touring Assemblies continue to prove popular, with two such cases at Stafford Showground (MG Car Club) and Carlisle (Wigton Motor Club) this weekend.

This, and plenty more, on our Events calendar: https://www.motorsportuk.org/events/find-events/