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2016 season review

Posted under Race Reports on December 19th, 2016 by Calum Lockie / 1 Comments

2016 season review

I’ve had two amazing seasons in 2014 and 2015 winning the British Dunlop Endurance Championship overall each year with David Mason in his fabulous class 2 Ferrari 458 Challenge GTC and winning the Continental Trophy Series in Sean and Laura Danaher's stunning 1938 Maserati 6CM Grand Prix car. I also raced an Aston Martin GT3 in the famous Rolex 24 hours at Daytona in Florida with the North American works team TRG, two different Jaguar XK120s and Simon Orebi Gann's lovely Le Mans bodied Morgan SLR in which we came second in the Championship. A tall order to get anywhere near this in 2016.....

 

And another great year it was!!

 

David upgraded to a Ferrari 458 GT3 car and we set about winning the Championship for the third time in a row. Alas, the season started poorly but after a hard fightback in both the Britcar Endurance and Britcar GT and Production Championships we emerged with second place in the former and another Championship win in the latter. Highlights were certainly pole and fastest laps at Oulton Park and Silverstone and various wins and podiums throughout the season.

 

The Continental Trophy Series had sadly come to an end in 2015 so the focus was to win the two most important races for the Maserati 6CM in the Pre War season. These were the Nuvolari Trophy at the Donington Historic Festival and The Goodwood Trophy at the mind blowing Goodwood Revival.

 

First up was The Nuvolari Trophy and a hard fought pole position for the first race. In the race it was wringing wet and, carrying a small problem, second place was gratefully received. However the main event was the next day and storming away from second place on the grid the lead grew while the others fought amongst themselves. However, soon I was lapping the tail enders and this was losing me time. The chasers were gaining and this was nearly my undoing. On the second last lap a backmarker held me up and the second placed car dragged past me on the Pit Straight. However I outbraked him 3 corners later and held on for a fantastic win, the first time it had been won by a Maserati.

 

The second important race was at the Goodwood Revival. Last year I had qualified on pole but, at a power and torque disadvantage to the 2 litre ERAs I had to settle for second place, still a great result at Goodwood. This year the battle for pole was won again. Off the line I made his best race start ever and shot into the lead. And so it stayed till the chequered flag!! A winner at Goodwood and the first time a non ERA had won the Goodwood Trophy for a decade.

 

New for 2016 was racing with Julian Thomas in his fantastic low drag, light weight E Type Jaguar. We were competing in the Jaguar Classic Challenge and started the season in fine style at Donington with pole, fastest lap and win. And so the season progressed with 4 out of 5 wins in the series including a top level win at Le Mans for Julian driving solo to take us to the Championship win. We also contested the Spa 6 Hours and another two 2 hour races.

 

I also raced the Morgan SLR in a one off at Spa in Belgium. It was terrible weather but the nimble SLR took everything in its stride and a second place podium was a great result.

 

While the main focus at the Silverstone Classic was the E Type Jaguar, I also stepped into Mike Norman Smith's great fun BMW 2002ti historic touring car. Class pole and racing with Mike Luck, another great second place podium was very welcome.

 

And so the season draws to a close. Now I’m looking forward to racing next year. Season seats in the Ferrari, the E Type and the Maserati 6CM are already confirmed and no doubt some other offers will be along shortly.

 

My other activities include running a track day company Gold Track with my partner Melindi. We’ve just reached the end of our 21st season. We run about 35 events across the UK and at Spa in Belgium. These events are highly popular with participants in road and race cars whether self owned or hired for the day. A typical Silverstone GP track day would see around 95 cars of all sorts enjoying non-competitive track driving fun with safety considerations foremost. Corporate days are a frequent addition to these days enabling guests to experience the thrill of fast lapping on track.

 

I also have a very busy race and track day driver coaching business. Pupils of all levels of experience are catered for and I can supply one of my two well-known Porsche 968 Club Sport track day cars if the driver has no suitable car themselves. These cars are famous for good handling and feedback while remaining easy to drive. They have also proved highly reliable and are run solely on Motul products. I use Racelogic's Video VBox data and film gathering system to aid understanding and give the driver a record of the days activities.

 

All in all I spend over 150 days a year on track and am very proud to be an ambassador for Motul and many other well-known motor sport and non motor sport names, among them Brian James Trailers, Dunlop Tyres, Video VBox, Grand Prix Racewear, MacConnal Mason Art Galleries, Powerflex suspension bushes, Complete Environmental Solutions, Walero race underwear, Porsche Centre Silverstone, Mission Motorsport, Dodo Juice car detailing products, REIS Insurance Services and Quaife Gearboxes and Differentials.

 

And finally a huge thank you to David Mason, Sean and Laura Danaher, Julian Thomas, Simon Orebi-Gann and Mike Norman-Smith for the opportunities and fun in 2016. Here's to another great season in 2017.

 

The 2016 season results table.

 

Ferrari 458 GT3

 

GT and Production Championship: Champions Class 1

 

4 poles

2 fastest laps

4 wins (class and overall)

7 podiums

 

Britcar Endurance Championship: Second Class 1

 

3 poles

2 fastest laps

5 podiums

 

Maserati 6CM Grand Prix car:

 

Winner Nuvolari Trophy (first Maserati to claim Trophy)

Winner Goodwood Trophy (fi​rst non ERA win for a decade)

 

2 poles

2 wins

3 podiums

 

​Low Drag Light Weight​  E Type Jaguar:

 

​Jaguar ​Classic Challenge Champions

 

3 poles

3 fastest laps

3 wins

​4​  podiums

 

GT & Sportscar Cup

 

Podium​ in P2

 

Morgan SLR:

 

Spa 1.5 hour race

 

Podium in P2

 

BMW 2002ti Classic Touring Car:

 

Pole

Podium in P2

 

In all:

 

2 Championships

13 poles

7 fastest laps

9 wins

​21​ podiums

 

 

 

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MSA British Dunlop Endurance Championship - Brands Hatch Finals November 12 2016

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MSA British Dunlop Endurance Championship

Brands Hatch Finals November 12 2016

 

Two weeks after Portimao we headed for Brands Hatch for the Britcar Endurance and Britcar GT and Production Championship finals. Driving David Mason's fabulous Ferrari 458 GT3 round the Indy circuit was going to be interesting!!

 

Testing on Friday went well in the dry although cold weather. With it being so cold we were struggling to get temperature into the front tyres. With some adjustments the temperatures gradually rose over a stint of 10 or 15 laps. By the end of the day we felt we had a good car for the races. This time it was a packed programme but starting quite late each morning.

 

The drivers briefing at 1100 on Saturday was briskly followed by qualifying for the 50 minute GT and Production Championship finals. The weather had turned bad with massive spray and not much grip. Blasting round we qualified P2 on a 54 second lap in the wet!! I was really looking forward to trying the car in the dry, forecast for Sunday.

 

Next up was the night driving familiarisation session and David spent the session wisely getting used to the dark for his first night race appearance in the GT3. And within 20 minutes we were off to the grid for the first race start. Blasting off the front row we slotted into second place and let the laps unfold to the pit stop at 28 minutes. David jumped in and shot off into the dark to bring the car home for a great P2 after an enjoyable stint.

 

Sunday started wet but was drying slowly. The question was would it be dry enough for slicks? We had a plan and for the first part of qualifying it was working well. David completed his qualifying without incident and I jumped in to see where we could get to. Initially P1 was on the board but as it dried we struggled more and more with the front end and at the end of the session it was P3. A good enough place to start a 3 hour race!!

 

The race was scheduled for a 1525 start and we were informed we would have 2 pace laps before we were released to race. However the Audi managed to spin into the gravel on the first lap and the whole thing was delayed while it was rescued. Finally the lights went out and I shot into the lead. However the Ferrari takes a little more time to get temperature into its tyres compared to other cars. This pays back later in races as it also uses them less hard,  but I slid wide at Paddock and down to P2! Working the tyres as hard as I dared I stayed in second and then started to close the gap to P1. After a few laps I was right on his tail but superior power was going to make this hard. And not long after he pitted so we were back in the lead!

 

And so the race progressed with low 46 second laps in the dark. A safety car period triggered a pit stop for fuel and then a second for more fuel and a change over to David. He got a few laps under safety car to settle down and then it was off for a mammoth 72 minute stint. Circulating consistently, David drove a great stint to hand over to me for the last 35 minutes. I stayed on his tyres as it was now so cold to go onto cold tyres would have compromised performance severely. We were also out of sequence compared to the rest so I had great fun chasing down cars and having some great tussles. And so the the finish, with an excellent P4 against a very strong field.

A cracking final race week end with David and I finishing P2 in Class/ P5 overall in Britcar Endurance and P1 in class and P3 overall in GT and Production Championships. A huge that you to David Mason for putting me in then car and the whole FF Corse team for all their hard work over the year.

 

Can't wait for 2017!!

 

Tags: BritCar, Calum Lockie, Ferrari, McConnal Mason Gallery

 
Algarave Historic Festival Portimao

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Algarave Historic Festival

Portimao October 29/30 2016

 

Racing with Julian Thomas in his stunning low drag light weight E Type Jaguar at Portimao was a prospect with much joy! We set off a bit early to make the most of the trip and enjoy some great seafood and warm sunshine.

 

It was quite a spread out programme but we weren't complaining as it gave us time to chill out as well. So Thursday testing was upon us and we were quickly into the groove and setting great times. Pole 2 years before (last year was wet) was a 2.09.1 and we were already under that. Little did we know at that point the year before had seen pole at a 2.07.9. Some work to do then.

 

Friday gave us just one 30 minute session and Julian used that to good effect and lowered the times again.

Saturday, still dry and warm, was qualifying day. Julian went first and set a blistering 2.07.4 for provisional pole. I took over and was purple in sector 1 and 2. Unfortunately traffic intervened and the lap was lost. Never mind, we were sitting on pole by over a second!!

 

The 2 hour race was due to start at 1000 and Julian duly led off on the warm up lap. Always cautious at the start, he was pulling away by the start of lap 3 and the gap grew and grew. This was looking good! And then disaster struck! Coming out of the hairpin, 40 minutes in and 5 minutes before then start of my stint, a drive shaft sheared and despite an heroic effort by Julian to get the car back to the pits we were out of the race.

 

A great disappointment but nevertheless a great week end in Portimao. Next year!!

Tags: Algarave Historic Festival, Calum Lockie, Jaguar, Portimao

 

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