31/12/12 - 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
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.
After a couple of seasons getting to grips with the Dallara
Malcolm Scott took a well deserved Mono 2000 Championship title. He
had six wins in 11 outings, effectively sealing the title with an
excellent race one win at the Brands Hatch GP meeting and had
another good win in the dry race at Spa.
Robbie Watts proffered a very strong challenge early on in his
very impressive Lola Dome F3 car, taking three wins from the first
four races, but then ran into engine problems at the Silverstone
National round. These seemed to sap momentum, possibly abetted by
the fact that Robbie was also competing in the F3 Cup and 750 MC's
F4 championship. Eventually he seemed to focus on the latter and
did have the satisfaction of taking the F4 title, while having to
settle for third on the Mono 2000 Championship podium.
Second place was very well taken by Tony Bishop, who continued
to show real application and improvement throughout the season.
With Tristan Cliffe moving with great success on to the F3 Cup,
where he has won the Cup Class Championship title, Tony gained the
use of Tristan's Omicron-developed 2011 title winning Mono car. He
produced a stream of solid results in the first half of the season,
leading up to an outstanding race win on the challenging Snetterton
300 circuit, taking the place from Malcolm Scott by 0.6 seconds -
one to remember. He then went on to win again at Oulton.
Mono Classic 2000 was led for the first half of the year by Jim
Timms in his Formula Ireland based car. He had a very quick and
consistent set of outings up to the half-season point, but then two
very fast rivals overwhelmed him. Still, third place in such a
competitive Championship is certainly not a result to be sniffed
After a frustrating start to the year at Brands Hatch, Chris
Anstruther in the unique Bowman produced a remarkable season which
in almost any other year would have netted him the title, but Jim
Blockley simply looked like a man on a mission. Jim went extremely
quickly in his familiar RT3, which shed quite a bit of weight
during the season on its way to nine wins from 11 starts, not
including a brace of wins in both the wet and dry at Spa. It would
have been 10 Championship race wins but Jim incurred the official
wrath when he forgot to go to parc ferme after one of the
Silverstone races. As it was he was blindingly quick at most venues
and netted no less than six new lap records and a brace of outright
wins at Cadwell where even the Dallaras couldn't stay with him.
Two other people scored class wins during the year. Jared Wood
did very well to pull his Vauxhall onto the top step at Brands, and
Lee Cunningham also took the very nice Edginton Racing Van Diemen
to a win at the Brands GP meeting - although he didn't stay with
the flying Blockley Ralt in the second race.
Mono 1800 was numerically almost as strong as Mono Classic 2000,
and at the start looked like being a major duel between Ewen
Sergison in the AVIT Swift and Jeremy Timms in the Bragg Mygale.
However they both suffered as a result of lapping accidents early
on in the year, and the steam went out of the duel when Jeremy
decided to focus more on a campaign in the F3 Cup. By then Paul
Britten has established a championship lead in his very smart
be-winged Van Diemen, which he only eventually relinquished to
title winner Ewen Sergison when Paul wasn't able to take part in
the final Cadwell event. That being said Ewen thoroughly deserved
his title, it was a hard season with several really serious rivals
Nigel Davers took his third Mono 1600 title in the Team Fern
Racing trusty Van Diemen. He did have a number of dramas on the way
including the car catching fire and eventually the engine blowing
up right at the last gasp. He was therefore a bit lucky to again
hold off David Parkinson's challenge in his equally trusty Reynard.
In general Dave couldn't quite get on terms with Nigel in the
races, but his consistency meant that by the end of the year Nigel
only had to slip up once for Dave to snatch the prize. Only just
behind these two experienced campaigners came Mat Jordan, in Team
Fern Racing Vauxhall Junior. Mat really got to grips with the
season from the outset, and when Nigel had a problem it was Mat
that usually took the win instead - he was another driver to claim
an excellent brace of wins on Brands Hatch GP circuit.
MotoMono is arguably the most difficult-to-predict class in
current Monoposto racing, and at the start of the season any one of
five drivers could nave been reasonably expected to take the title.
Marc Fortune started out as the man in form and blitzed wins in the
first three rounds in his tweaked Jedi, only to falter and then
lose momentum completely. Adrian Wright in the new GEM AW3 then
came to the fore, but spent most of the peak summer events fending
off a really determined challenge from Jason Timms' Speads.
Unfortunately for Jason, just when Adrian seemed to be in trouble,
Jason was unable to take advantage. Behind these two in the final
standings always lurked the JKS of Geoff Fern, which was the only
Hayabusa-engined car running this year. Geoff was always a factor
and really came good at the end of the season with Championship
wins at Cadwell, and then a win also at the Castle Combe
non-Championship race. The popular Dan Clowes took three wins on
his visits to the championship, and also took victory at Spa.
Champions Malcolm Scott
(2000) Jim Blockley (Classic) Ewen Sergison (1800) Nigel Davers
(1600) Adrian Wright (Moto Mono)
The Marangoni Tyres Production BMW Championship in association
with Kwik Fit once again enjoyed another strong year. However, the
story of the year was the duel for the title between Mike Tovey and
Former Renault Clio Cup champion Winrow and reigning champion
Tovey have provided one of club racing's great rivalries this
season. Such has been the pairs' dominance this season only Stuart
Waite at Brands Hatch broke their stranglehold of the top
step of the podium, with Winrow and Tovey winning 16 of the 17
races in 2012.
The season began at Brands Hatch Indy with Winrow winning two of
the three races as 2011 champion Tovey struggled to find form.
However, he bounced back with a victory in race one at Silversotne
GP and a second place behind Winrow in race two. The results were
the start of things to come as an epic duel evolved.
Tovey took the upper hand in the next meeting on the Silverstone
National with a double triumph. Winrow could only pick up a
solitary podium.Tovey held the championship lead after the visit to
Snetterton on July 1 after recording another double and it seemed
Winrow was starting to fall away. But once again Winrow came back
to the fore with a double win at Oulton Park on July 21. With Tovey
suffering a retirement in race two, the championship was back in
The technical Brands Hatch GP circuit saw Winrow claim another
double and Tovey's seventh place in race one cost him dearly. He
did end the weekend with a second place finish but once again the
power had shifted.
Cadwell Park hosted the penultimate meeting of the season and
two epic battles unfolded. race one saw the pair swap places for
the lead countless times but in the end Winrow just took the win
with a move on the final lap. Tovey hit back with victory in race
two but Winrow's third ensured Tovey would need to win both races
at the final round to retain his title.
Tovey gave everything at October's Donington Park finale but he
was unable to stop Winrow form securing a double win and the
championship crown. While the title race dominated the headlines,
there were plenty of scraps up and down a truly bumper field in
Project Eight Racing
An array of classic saloons populated the Project Eight Racing
Saloons in 2012 providing plenty of entertaining scraps up and down
The year began at Brands Hatch and the BMW continued to be the
car to beat with Mike Dugdale and Robert Sadler sharing the spoils.
Dugdale tasted sweet success at Silverstone GP as he took the flag
in front of a 50 car field.
Dugdale's run of wins ended at Silverstone National but it was
another BMW, that of Peter Seldon who triumphed in both races. The
following round at the Snetterton 300 circuit saw Dugdale return
the fore with an impressive double victory, before winning race one
at Oulton Park.
However, Oulton Park saw a new name reach the top step as yet
another BMW driver Karl Cattliff finally got the better of Dugdale
to earn a hard fought win. The BMW stranglehold eventually came to
an end at Brands Hatch GP in August when the stunningly prepared
Ford Sierra Cosworth of Colin Tester won both races.
Cadwell Park saw another Dugdale versus Cattliff battle which
had become a familiar sight in 2012. On this occasion the honours
were shared with Dugdale and Cattliff each claiming a victory.
The season was brought to an end with a blast around Donington
Park and with Dugdale's absence it was Peter Seldon who secured the
final two wins of the season.
The SuperSeries was a new series aimed at uniting Europe's elite
Formula Ford racers and certainly enjoyed its fair share of
The campaign began with a trip to Ireland's Kirkistown circuit
and a Ireland's elite certainly turned out in force with Adrian
Pollock taking the win. Joey Foster went head-to-head with Adrian
Campfield on the Brands Hatch GP circuit in round two. After a
truly epic battle, it was Foster who took the victory.
Foster continued his run of success by winning round three at
Mallory Park. However, the last round went to Josh Barnett
following his impressive drive on the Brands Hatch GP circuit.
Foster ended the year with a success as he was awarded the
Cunningham Cup for his SuperSeries displays.
The SuperSeries is set to be bigger and better in 2013.
The Speed EuroSeries 2012 campaign was all about one man, that
being Italian Ivan Bellarosa.
The talented sporstcar racer was the dominant force in the SPEED
Euroseries securing 10 victories from the 12 races. The Wolf driver
was just simply unbeatable on the track enjoying victories at Paul
Ricard, Spa, Imola, Donington Park, Dijon and Barcelona. To add to
the achievement he managed to triumph over former F1 driver Enrique
Ivan suffered only one retirement during his highly successful
campaign which not only saw him lift the coveted SPEED Euroseries
title but win the Sunoco Daytona Challenge. As a result, Ivan has
won a place on the grid at the prestigious Rolex 24 Hours of
Daytona to be held in January 2013.
Champion Ivan Bellarossa
MSVR's championships and series will return to the UK's premier
circuits in 2013 once again with racing from March to November.
A thrilling four way shootout decided the destiny of the 2012
VAG Trophy bringing an end to another highly competitive year.
Paul Taylor, Martyn Walsh, Tony Taylor and Rob Allum emerged as
pretenders to the 2012 VAG Trophy throne The popular championship
for Volkswagen Audi Group cars has enjoyed one of its most
competitive seasons since its inception and this is how the year
Treacherous wet conditions welcomed the drivers for the opening
round of the season at Donington Park on 28/29 April, but this
failed to disrupt reigning champion Daniel Rose. The Seat Leon
driver produced two stunning drives from pole position to record an
impressive double win and the perfect way to start the defence of
his crown. Ken Lark, in his VW Corrado, and Joe McMillan shared
second spot in the two races, while Paul Taylor recorded two
thirds. Class B was claimed by Seat Ibiza driver Rob Allum in both
races, finishing ahead Tony Taylor in race one and David Jenkins in
Rose continued his excellent start to the season at the next
round held on the Silverstone National circuit (12/13 May) but he
faced a much tougher fight. Taylor surged into the lead at the
start of race one with Rose falling back to third. Despite his slow
start, Rose fought back to come through and take the flag from
Chris Levett and Lark. Taylor dropped back while McMillan and Tony
Absolom made contact ruling them out of the podium places. Taylor
made a similar start to race two but Rose once again managed to
haul him in and regain the lead. Despite being pushed all the way
by McMillan, Rose held on to record his fourth win of the season.
In Class B, Tony Taylor increased his title hopes with an
impressive double win.
July's visit to Cheshire's Oulton Park saw the VAG Trophy take a
significant twist as runaway title leader Rose suffered an engine
failure in qualifying which ended his weekend prematurely. McMillan
also incurred a mechanical failure which put him to the back of the
grid. With the fast Leon absent from the grid, the championship saw
Taylor in his MK5 Golf win race one with British truck racing star
Levett recording his first win in car racing. The results helped
propel Paul Taylor into the title race. Allum returned to the top
step in Class B enhancing his title aspirations in race one
following up with a second behind Martyn Walsh in race two.
The penultimate round at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit
(15/16 September) saw two new faces stand on the top step of the
podium and the title race took a further twist. Former British
Touring Car driver Liam McMillan showed his class as he won the
opening race from Paul Taylor and Joe McMillan. Liam McMillan
looked as though he had claimed a double victory only to be
disqualified from the results due to his Leon being underweight.
This gave Martyn Culley the win from Paul Taylor and Len Simpson.
Tony Taylor boosted his title hope with two Class B second places,
but the victories were shared by fellow title contenders Allum and
Whilst Liam McMillan led the field across the line in both
rounds nine and ten of the SuperPro VAG Trophy at Snetteton, it was
Paul Taylor who did exactly what he had to do during the two races
to ensure he emerged as 2012 Champion. But it was close, as he
finished his season just one point ahead of Class B Champion Martyn
With the same number of points allocated to the leading cars in
each class, it meant that going into the final round Paul Taylor
and his father Tony in Class A, plus Martyn Walsh and Rob Allum in
Class B, were all within a mathematical chance of claiming the
However, with Allum not able to make it to Snetterton and Tony
Taylor destined to have a difficult weekend and starting from the
back of the grid, it inevitably came down to a two-horse race. Not
only did the weekend see the official start of Winter as far as the
clocks going back on Saturday night was concerned, it was also the
coldest two days in recent weeks, with rain, sleet and hail all
adding interest to the proceedings. Using the longest configuration
of the Norfolk circuit at 2.97-miles, qualifying was to be a wet
and slippery affair, with visibility a real issue in the spray.
Andy Thompson was the man who mastered the conditions better
than anyone else and securely planted his Seat Leon on pole for the
two races. Dave Carvell started alongside on both occasions and,
whilst Len Simpson in his Vento VR6 and
Champion elect Paul Taylor in his Mk4 Golf R32 occupied the
second row in race one, James Bark impressively qualified in P3 for
race two in his Class B Golf Mk2. But for potential front-runner
Joe McMillan, his track-time was to be a short-lived affair, after
planting his identical Seat Leon to that of his cousin in the wall
on the outside of Oggies early in the qualifying session.
Champion Paul Taylor
Radical UK Cup
After kicking off the season at the Norfolk venue back in March,
the sleek Radicals of the UK Cup have battled hard all over the
country providing another extremely competitive battle for
The season began at a cold Snetterton but it didn't take long
for the action to warm up on track with privateer entry Zac Chapman
taking the spoils in race one. Manhal Allos starred in race two
holding off Chapman for the win. The pair both successfully took on
reigning champions Stuart Moseley and Mark Smithson. The meeting
also saw former British Superbike champion John Reynolds make his
car racing debut alongside Phil Abbott.
April's visit to the Silverstone GP circuit saw Greg Hart
take a surprise win in race one profiting from problems for long
time race leader Allos, who slowed in the final laps. With his car
fixed, Allos went on to grab victory in race two giving him the
lead in the championship. The meeting also saw the return of 2010
F2 champion Dean Stoneman return to racing after successfully
recovering from cancer. He picked up two top five finishes in
The iconic Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium hosted the third
round on 5 May which saw the pairing of Ross Kaiser and Terrence
Woodward come to the fore, with a sensational double win in the
Snetterton winners Allos and Chapman returned to winning ways at
the Brands Hatch Indy circuit on 16/17 June, proving they had the
pace on which to build a successful championship campaign. The pair
continued their on track battle at Oulton Park on July 28 when a
final lap mistake from Allos handed Chapman the race one victory.
Smithson and Mosley picked up their first win of the season in race
two, while Allos added to his tally in fourth, but Chapman suffered
a rare retirement.
Allos stepped up his game for the next meeting at Brands Hatch
GP on 15/16 September dominating both races, while his closest
rival Chapman struggled with a fourth his best result of the
weekend. Chapman responded last time out at Donington Park (6/7
October) with a win and a third place closing the gap to Allos to
just four points.
However, a wet final two races of the year at Snetterton 300
were dominated by Tony Wells and James Littlejohn. The pair stormed
to victories finishing ahead of championship contenders Zac Chapman
and Manhal Allos. But it was fifth and a third in class for Colin
Noble which proved enough to snatch the title for 2012.
Champion: Colin Noble
Radical Clubman's Cup
The Radical Clubman's Cup has been too close to call in 2012 and
three drivers were in contention for the title at the final
This season has proved to be yet another strong year for the
Clubman's Cup attracting large grids and boasting thrilling racing
to boot. Three men have dominated the title race and this weekend
Bradley Smith, Mark Abbott and Matt Bell will continue their fight
for the coveted crown.
The spectacular Radical sportscars first breathed into life back
in March at Snetterton (10 March), and it proved to be a perfect
meeting for Clubman's Cup rookie Matt Bell, who breezed to an
impressive double victory. Mark Abbott was the star of the ProSport
Class securing two wins.
Donington Park was the next destination and Bell proved to be
unstoppable recording his third and fourth wins from as many races.
Mark Abbott lost ground in the Pro Sport class while Bradley Smith
picked up his first podium with a second in race two.
But Bell's 100 per cent winning start to the season came to an
end courtesy of two emphatic wins at Silverstone from Smith.
However, the championship took a twist at the next round at Brands
Hatch on 16/17 June when it was Martin Brooks' time to shine with a
double win enhancing his title bid. Bell and Smith boosted their
championship hopes with a podium each, but both missed out on
further progress after DNFs
Smith asserted his authority on the championship once again with
a double win as Oulton Park (July 28) but Bell and Abbott were hot
on his heels as they joined him on the podium. The unique challenge
of Cadwell Park (1 September) saw Bell return to the top step of
the podium with two wins while Smith lost ground picking up only
one podium with a second in race two. Abbott stepped up his title
charge with a Class win.
The Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit was the venue for the
penultimate round on (15/16 September) and it proved to be perfect
hunting ground for Smith, as two victories gave him a five point
lead in the championship. Bell followed him home on both occasions
but it has left the championship delicately poised.
In the end, the championship battle came down to Snetterton with
Smith, Bell and Abbott all in the mix. Smith stepped up to the
plate and he secured an impressive double win in tricky wet
conditions which were arguably his performances of the season. The
result gave him the title and jubilant scenes at the Norfolk