30/12/12 - MotorSport Vision Racing enjoyed a landmark season
in 2012 hosting more events than ever before packed full of
thrills, spills and dramatic title battles.
From March to November MSVR hosted 34 race meetings with is 20
core championships/series at the UK's premier circuits alongside
trips to Anglesey and Belgium's notorious Spa Francorchamps
circuit. A number of prestigious events featured on the 2012
calendar including rounds of the British F3 & GT Championships,
FIA Formula Two Championship and DTM.
Despite a challenging economic climate, club racing showed it
is in good health as MSVR enjoyed another season of thrilling
racing. Here we look back on some of the talking points.
The popular Formula Ford series never fails to disappoint and
this year James Beckett's Champion of Brands belonged to one
driver. Josh Barnett was the star of the season as he won three of
the four races conquering both the Brands Hatch Indy and the Grand
As ever Formula Ford racing produced some tantalising scraps
none more so than the battle between Joey Foster and Adrian
Campfield at round three in June. Former Walter Hayes winner
Campfield and ex- Formula Festival champion Foster swapped places
for the lead on several occasions before Foster made a decisive
move on the last lap to take the win. But it was Barnett who ended
the year with the title of Champion of Brands as he streaked to a
comfortable victory at the final round in August.
Club MSV Trackday Trophy/Club MSV Team
This season proved to be another year of growth for the Club MSV
Trackday Trophy and Team Trophy as they welcomed even more novice
drivers to the world of motorsport.
In 2012 the Trackday Trophy held five meetings while the Team
Trophy grew to seven events, held at Brands Hatch, Snetterton 300,
Cadwell Park, Donington Park and Anglesey.
The race format which enforces teams to make mandatory pit stop
worked brilliantly to provide plenty of battles and intrigue
throughout the races.
Jason Dzenis' win in his very first race at Brands Hatch was one
of the many highlights in the Trackday Trophy. He then went on to
pick up another win at Silverstone. The battle for victory at
Cadwell Park was thriller too with Mark Nenadic just holding off
Richard Preece and James Reed by a slim margin. The closest margin
of victory came at the final round at Brands Hatch when Henry
Curtis took the chequered flag from Chris Hoey and Darren Langeveld
by less than a second.
The BMW M3 seemed to be the car to have in the Team Trophy as
James Britton and the duo of Alistair Stenhouse and Stephen Darbey
claimed four wins out of the seven meetings. Britton and
Darbey/Stenhouse were the drivers to beat at the start of the
season as they battled hard at the sharp end. There was plenty of
action right the way through the field as the Team Trophy welcomed
an eclectic group of cars and drivers.
Cadwell Park saw the BMW stranglehold broken as the Ginetta G40
R of Michael Simpson and Ian Parsons produced an impressive drive
to take the win. Steve Smee was the star of the double header at
Anglesey in his Honda Integra before the Uren twins rounded out the
season with victory at Brands Hatch in November.
The F3 Cup breathed new life into the UK national single seater
scene in 2012 and it proved to be a season to remember for Chris
After receiving championship status from the MSA and allowing
2007 spec cars to enter, the championship welcomed 42 drivers in
all, including future F1 prospects Antonio Felix Da Costa and Alex
Lynn. But the story of the season was the championship battle
between Dittmann, Tristan Cliffe and Gino Ussi which provided
plenty of thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing. The championship saw
cars constructed from 1980-2007 compete in three classes; Cup
(2002-2007), Trophy (1997-2001) and Masters (1980-1996).
A wet Oulton Park opened the new era for the MSVR-run F3 Cup
culminating in a double win for ex-British GT4 champion Jamie
Stanley. Despite increased competition, 2011 regulars Mark Harrison
and Chris Needham claimed Class victories to start their campaigns
on a high.
Torrential rain plagued the following round at Donington Park
but it failed to worry former British Formula Ford race winner
Linton Stutely, as he took the spoils on his debut. He would score
another double at Snetterton 300 in June and become a real
contender in the Trophy Class. However, the championship was
starting to take shape with Cliffe enjoying a double class victory
and Ussi picking up podium finishes.
Sunshine at Silverstone National in May gave the huge 25 car
grid a new variable to deal with. The meeting proved to be the
closest fight of the season and Dittmann's victory in race one sent
a message to his rivals. The 23-year-old followed the result up
with a second behind 2011 F3 Cup race winner Louis Hamilton-Smith
in race two. Meanwhile Cliffe and Ussi's consistency marked them
out as early title contenders.
The halfway point of the season saw several guest drivers
dominate at the front beginning with British F3 star Alex Lynn
recording a double win at Spa Francorchamps in both wet and dry
conditions. This meeting saw the title swing in the direction of
Cliffe as Dittmann suffered a puncture, inflicted by Ussi, which
forced him into retirement. Two fourth place finishes certainly
boosted Cliffe's title hopes.
FIA Formula Two driver Kourosh Khani secured double success at
Brands Hatch GP for Lanan Racing while Ussi stepped up his
challenge with two second place finishes. An uncharacteristic
mistake for Dittmann in race one saw the title battle take another
Rising star Sean Walkinshaw made his competitive F3 debut at
Anglesey and he didn't waste any time in showcasing his potential.
The 18-year-old scooped two convincing victories from a weekend to
forget for the title contenders. Dittmann suffered an engine
failure in Friday testing and both Ussi and Cliffe failed to make
the most of his absence. Young guns dominated the weekend with
Prajesh Shah and James Abbott securing their maiden podium
Despite the influx of guest drivers during the summer, the
championship battle ebbed and flowed. Retirements for Dittmann
allowed Cliffe to hold a slender 13.5 point lead heading into the
penultimate round. Three consecutive second place finishes hauled
Ussi into the title mix too.
However, Dittmann's double class win at Silverstone GP left him
in pole position to claim the title. But he was unable to
completely shake off Cliffe and Ussi who remained in contention for
glory. Guest drivers Khani and ex-British Formula 3 national
champion Jay Bridger grabbed the headlines with the former heading
a double one-two finish.
Despite almost stalling at the start, Dittmann came through to
win his class and take the title at the Snetterton 300 finale in
October. Red Bull F1 test driver Da Costa, who was preparing for
the Macau GP with Carlin, stormed to two race wins. A valiant
effort from Cliffe saw him finish just 3.5 points shy of the new
champion after recording two class victories. An eventful weekend
for Ussi forced him to settle for third in the championship.
The title for Dittmann will live long in his memory with this
being his first championship triumph in his motorsport career.
Elsewhere, Omicron Motorsport won the Teams' Championship courtesy
of consistent finishes from their drivers Cliffe and Tony Bishop.
MotorSport Vision Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer presented
Dittmann with his trophy while Trevor Carlin, head of the
successful Carlin racing team, was on hand to congratulate Omicron
Cliffe also picked up the honour of winning the Cup Class,
Dittmann claimed the Trophy Class and veteran Dave Karaskas topped
the Masters Class.
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Golf GTI Championship
The 2012 MK2 Golf GTI Championship has enjoyed yet another
successful season but it was Jamie Martin who shone the brightest
as he pipped Alex Harris to the coveted crown.
Donington Park in April (28/29) was the venue for the opening
round of 2012 and it proved to set the tone for the year ahead with
Martin dominating the two races to pick up an impressive double
win. Martin stormed to victory finishing comfortably ahead of Kevin
Glover and Darren Bedford in the two races. 'Bomber' Harris opened
his campaign with a Class 1 victory and a second place, with Tim
Cox claiming the top honours in race two.
The championship moved to the Silverstone National circuit a
month later (12/13 May) and a similar story unfolded. Martin
converted another pole position into a race win in the first
encounter opening up a two second lead on the first lap. Glover and
Harry Wright enjoyed a thrilling battle for the podium positions.
Martin repeated the feat in race two but was followed home by
Wright and John Mawdsley, who picked up his first podium of the
year. In Class 1 Harris dominated, following Martin in picking up
back-to-back double wins.
Martin and Harris' incredible run continued at Oulton Park on 21
July with the pair dominating the two races. Martin proved to be
untouchable as he pulled a out a second on each lap to take the
chequered flag at the Cheshire venue. Wright and Bedford extended
their run of podiums with a second in race one and race two
respectively. The meeting saw Colin Hays and Martyn Walsh record
their first trips to the rostrum in 2012. Meanwhile Harris was
pushed harder in Class 1 but he came out on top, beating reigning
champion Guy Stevens in the process. The meeting also saw the
arrival of former World Touring Car driver and BTCC racer Harry
Vaulkhard. The Newcastle racer ran solidly in the top
The unique challenge of Cadwell Park, known as the 'mini
Nurburgring' spelt the end of the run for the championship's top
two drivers. The championship leader seemed to be in cruise control
at the front of the pack in race one when clutch problems and the
introduction of the safety car helped produce one of the most
entertaining battles of the season. Glover and Josh Johnson joined
the scrap for the victory swapping places on several occasions
before Glover asserted himself at the front, taking the win by half
a second ahead of Johnson and Martin. Rachel Pearson edged Harris
to end his run of wins in Class 1 too. Martin didn't enter race two
which left Glover to pick up a double win ahead of Peter Milne and
Walsh. But normal service was resumed in Class 1 with Harris taking
the flag significantly closing the gap on title leader Martin.
Kent's iconic Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit played host to the
penultimate round of the season on 15/16 September and it was
Martin, who showed he is still the man to beat. He stormed to his
fourth double victory of the season with Vaulkhard and Walsh having
to settle for second and third spot. Harris made sure the title
will be decided at Snetterton with a win in race one, but he missed
the chance to take the lead after finishing behind John Major.
The title came down to the wire at a wet Snetterton 300 circuit
on October 27/28 with only three points splitting Martin and
Harris. But the battle was over after the first race as Martin
stormed to victory while Harris could only manage a fourth in
class, giving Martin the title. Mechanical problems saw Martin
retire from the final race which was won by James Bark.