Mallory Park saw the 360 Motorsport Club run on Sunday 4th June and witnessed the Ford Racing UK Puma Cup car driven by Dai Davies take it’s maiden podium with a fine 3rd place behind Ben Eacock and Simon Phillips. The weather held fair as the 23 cars got away and faced a fifteen minute sprint race to the Chequered Flag. Eacott was out for his first time this season and soon showed that his winning ways were still there. Simon Phillips was also out for the first Puma Cup race event and he kept Eacock honest and fended off the hard charging Davies. In all, a cracking race.
The 2018 season is already being planned for by Ford Racing UK and the latest news is for a race series for the current model Fiesta ST Eco-boost cars. The turbo powered Fiestas will have a surfeit of power and will certainly give many other makes a good run for their money. A set of draft proposal/regs , may be seen here. At present the format of racing will be considered and potential customers will have input and will be listened to asto their wishes and needs. Discussions will be held with potential race clubs (CSCC, BARC, MSVR etc) to host race events and a decision where to place the series will the be made. All commercial and IPR are retained by Ford Racing UK.
The organisers of the 2016 Veteran Car Run turned to Kevin Shortis and Ford Racing UK to again run the Burgess Hill final timekeeping post on the event. On post from 08.30 to 15.30, the timekeeping team clocked competitors as they drove past the timekeeping spot. Another huge entry of officially entered Veteran cars on the route were also joined by many older but not veteran cars to add to the occasion. A bright sunny but chilly day made the many spectators glad of a welcoming hot drink from the nearby Café Makora. Already the organisers have asked the Ford Racing UK team to look at returning for 2017.
Sat 5th November 2016
A great day out with the Lydden Hill theme day – Car Boom. As far as Ford Racing UK was concerned the 4 x 15 min track sessions at £30 the lot was a no brainer!
Ford Racing UK took a race and road car to the event and had a great time. A bit chilly but some fine displays of other motorsport attractions which included several Daniels Motorsport Fiestas.
New leads and contacts were made at the circuit and we were proud to have been invited to participate. Looking forward to the next event. Thank you Lydden Hill.
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Donington Park 04 September 2016
The Ford Racing UK Puma had guest drivers out for this meeting. Rob Ladbrook (deputy editor MotorsportNews) and Hamish Brandon (Panda Monium Racing) a leading Scottish Mini Racer. The Friday testing showed some good pace and on the Sunday morning qualifying this intrepid duo took the Ford Racing UK Puma to its highest ever grid spot. 3rd in class. The race saw an unfortunate contact which meant that Rob had to limp round to the pits. Some hard work was put in to try and get the car back out and Hamish took to the fray once more only to subsequently retire the car as it had a deformed back axle which saw the car crabbing. However, both drivers were efflusive in their praise for the Puma Cup Series, the Puma race car and the brilliant way the Classic Sports Car Club ran the meeting. They managed to keep ahead of timetable both days in what was a busy programme. Well done to all involved especially Ian Scruton who ran the car for the team.
The Puma Cup cars run on Dunlop Control tyres, GAZ suspension and Superchips ECU upgrade. The Puma Cup is sponsored and supported by Nextec.
Ford Racing UK Puma out at Anglesey
Ford Racing UK today announced that the forthcoming BRSCC meeting but run by BARC will see the Ford Racing UK Ford Puma out with two drivers to share the weekend driving duties. It has yet to be decided who will take which race of the three race event. The Ford Racing UK car is proving a hit for hire, and now has a line up of drivers expressing interest in the remaining rounds. The Ford Racing UK Puma Cup race car is prepared and run for us by Ian Scruton/Foundation Racing (see www.foundationracing.ms )
Ford Racing UK Puma Cup car in action.
Another good display of cars and drivers. 10 drivers made the trip to the glorious Cheshire circuit and the Saturday weather was great – overall. The three session day was spread out for comfortable racing as the Puma Cup joined their Ford XR cousins for this race day. The feedback from the XR Challenge drivers was more than positive with many friendships being made between the two sets of drivers. It seems that our pristine Puma Cup cars were admired and treated with respect on track. The times were not too far apart given that our cars were much heavier.
During qualifying our Puma Cup cars were quick and on pace from the off. Entertainment was brought to the crowds by a huge spin by Ross Morris as he exited Old Hall Corner. It (the spin) was skilfully collected by Ross and he continued as he was passed by Jamie Clare.
In the racing, the continued pace of Ben Eacock was evident, but in qualifying he had to give best for the pole man James Clare. Race 1 saw a good scrap between Colin Tester and Ben Eacock with the latter claiming the win and third going to Marcus Carniel. In Race 2, the Tester speed saw him leading for a few laps before he slipped back and thus Ben Eacock got the Chequered Flag acknowledgement and the win with Carniel second and Ross Morris third.
Our own Puma Cup car was hired out to a budding GT4 driver who was looking to urgently add to his Nat B signature list before the upgrade to Int C in order to race his Aston Martin GT4 for real.
The car ran faultlessly under the engineering/mechanic team of Ian Scruton and Mike Hooper. Other driver clients have now come forward and they are taken with Puma Cup and wish to look at hiring Puma Cup cars for some sensible mini-endurance racing with the Classic Sports Car Club.
Puma Cup ready for Silverstone on 30 April.
Another good entry of Puma Cup cars will be seen out on the CSCC run Silverstone event this coming weekend.
Heartening to note that at least four new potential drivers have been in contact and are coming to look at probably the most cost effective one make racing.
Once again the CSCC has begun the season with a record grid for the club at Snetterton on the 9th and 10th of April 2016, with 334 entries and a total of 443 drivers! Conditions couldn’t have been more different across the weekend, with heavy rain on Saturday and sunshine on Sunday. Given the awful conditions, large grids and drivers reawakening after the winter off season it was exceptional that we are unaware of any car to car contact and no driving standard complaints or judicials. Well done CSCC drivers!
11 April 2016
The first event of 2016 – The Puma Cup arrives – Snetteron 300 10 April 2016
Everyone agreed the 2016 Puma Cup got off to a tremendous start with over a dozen drivers racing at Snetterton. Congratulations to the CSCC for a brilliantly organised weekend and for keeping the event ahead of time. A record entry of over 340 cars were fielded and compared with previous events there was actually a goodish crowd of spectators.
The race went well and many of us learned some valuable skills. 40 minutes is a long time in racing but the drivers to watch were the three who came home in the podium places. So, a well done to Luke Johnson (1st), Ross Morris (2nd), who had been at the front until the very last lap, and Ben Eacock with a stunning character drive from the back to take 3rd. Endurance racing is really exciting, witnessed by the fact the race winners margin over second was just a mere 0.443 of one second.
Drives are still available and new cars and drivers are planning to be at Silverstone on 30th April. If you want to race Puma Cup is the best way to go.