For 2014 we are following nine competitors as they progress through the season.
Successfully defending their title in 2013 in the UK FunCup series, Racelogic MD Julian Thomas, along with regular co-drivers Nigel Greensall and Joachim Ritter, are once again looking very strong for the 2014 season. However Julian is not complacent: “This season there’s a minimum pit stop time, and the cars are 10kg lighter, but there is also what I’m calling the “anti Julian Thomas” regulation which sees each driver being weighed so that accurate ballast is added to each car.”
“We also expect Team O Brien, and Team Honeywell who finished strongly in 2013, to chase us all the way. Sheradize UK are a team to look out for, as I have heard that they have been doing a lot of testing and they are already a very strong team. If Nimbus Data have more mechanical luck this year, then they will also be very strong competition.”
The season opener is at Oulton Park on 12th April, along with rounds at Brands, Snetterton, and Anglesey. With the largest grid ever assembled, as ever the paddock will be friendly and the racing very close.
Paul Wilson and Leonard Motorsport
The 2012 Caterham R300 champion took a break from racing in 2013 to concentrate on instruction. At least, that was what he intended, but he ended up racing a Fortec-prepped Mercedes SLS in nothing less than the VLN. Having got a taste for GT3, he is now teamed up with Stuart Leonard – himself an R300 race winner, and a serious young talent – in a factory-backed Aston Martin V12 Vantage. “It’s a fantastic opportunity, a dream really. Stuart and I are both on a steep learning curve but the two tests we’ve had so far at Portimao and Paul Ricard have shown that we are making vast improvements and that we’re on the pace. The car is just incredible.”
Paul Wilson in instructing mode for DPR Motorsport, with whom he won the 2012 Caterham R300 championship
Not one to miss out on heaping praise where it’s due, he adds: “Video VBOX, as usual, is playing a huge part in our progression – and this time we’re logging a whole range of additional CAN data as well. The AM guys keep peering over our shoulders and find it hard to believe how quickly we can work out where we can make improvements. We are delighted to have a partnership with Racelogic for 2014.” Thank you Paul, as ever.
Steve Liquorish and Team Parker Racing
Another driver who has made large strides in his motorsport ambitions, Steve bought his Video VBOX in 2011, just as he graduated from racing Minis into a 2010 Porsche Cup car. In 2014 he’s in a brand new 991 and competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup.
Says Steve: “It’s a real weapon, this. So much taughter than my 2010 car, stops and goes brilliantly. I love it.” Steve’s car is being run by Team Parker Racing, based just outside of Leicester, and they’ll be helping us to reverse-engineer the CAN identifiers from the new model, which features a raft of changes from the 996/997.
Our Autosport 2014 competition winner, Martyn races a stunning 1972 Porsche 911 in the UK Classic Hill Climb championship which takes in the iconic courses at Shelsley Walsh, Prescott, Harewood House, Loton, and Wiscombe. Winning the VBOX HD was perfect timing: “I didn’t race last year, what with a very busy time at work and getting the car rebuilt. For 2014 I’ve made some upgrades and it’s now running in 2.7 RS spec, but I know that the competition is going to be even greater since I won the championship in 2011, so this prize is a superb boost!”
Martyn’s enthusiasm is infectious, and we can’t wait to see some of the footage that he’ll be capturing through the season on some of the fabulous courses at which he competes.
Robyn is the Racelogic Production Supervisor, and ably partnered by her husband Andrew who also competes, she races in the British Autograss championship. If you’ve never been to an Autograss meeting, put it on your schedule for this summer – it is quite insane and some of the best racing you’ll ever see.
“This year we’ve upgraded Andrew’s Class 8 to a Class 10, so it now runs two Honda FireBlade engines. But I’m more excited about our lovely new motorhome, which is big enough to accommodate us and our dogs!”
Don’t let this comment mislead you: she is a fierce competitor in the saloon class and last year achieved third place in the Ladies National Autograss final.
The very best of luck for 2014 Robyn!
An early adopter of VBOX Sport on two wheels, Dan had a bit of a mixed year in the 2013 Triumph Triple Challenge, starting well but fading mid season largely through setup problems that were only sorted out as the championship was coming to a close. For 2014 he’s in UK Superstock, which is a significant step up with the bike being a 1000cc inline four instead of the 675cc triple he raced last year – a big hike in power.
His dad Vince, who acts as his mechanic, coach, cook, PR rep, and data engineer, told us: “Vince found the VBOX Sport really useful last year, but the bike just wasn’t up to scratch even with the advantage the data logging gave us. This year he’s looking great, and the bike is working well. We’ve been using the VBOX Sport in testing and it has really helped him.”
The VBOX Sport – the most versatile GPS data logger we’ve ever made, and perfect for use on a motorbike.
Tommy Chan and Grid Motorsport
Our VBOX Motorsport dealer for China and Hong Kong, Tommy races in the Clio Cup China – winning the championship in 2013 – and is one of the series organisers and instructors of the Ferrari 458 Challenge Asia Pacific.
Tommy advocates the use of Video VBOX and VBOX HD to everyone he meets in the paddock and as a result now frequently coaches those running at the back of the grid – a very even handed approach!
Tommy’s scene designs for the post-processed graphics in VBOX HD are stunning
Journalist and TV producer Alistair is competing in the Caterham Tracksport championship. He’s using a Video VBOX Waterproof and will be including data and video in articles for the Sunday Times throughout the season. An experienced campaigner, Alistair as raced – and won – in a whole raft of different cars and this year is using his knowledge and experience to help those just starting on the motor sport ladder.
Alistair is delighted to be putting the Video VBOX to good use: “I’m sure it’ll prove hugely beneficial to both the features and my performance!”
Our VBOX Motorsport dealer in Scotland, Hamish had good seasons in the Scottish Mini Cup in 2011 and 2012, before moving into the UK Mini Challenge last year where he finished a creditable 2nd in the overall championship.
Hamish runs Panda Racing in the Borders of Scotland and has been using Video VBOX for the last couple of seasons, and this year aims to go one better in his second season in the Mini Challenge.