Oulton Park – another history making day in the Puma Cup

We came, we saw, we conquered – should be the motto of the Puma Cup. In our supportive way the Ford Racing UK Puma Cup car contributed to the record breaking grid turnout of 11 cars. The BRSCC run event went smoothly and the Puma Cup cars ran alongside the XR Challenge.

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2016 has been a learning curve in Puma Cup and the improving pace of car 132 was and is due to Ian Scruton who fettled and on many occasions drove the car for Ford Racing UK. We have been very pleased to have had some guest drivers out. GT racer James Holder came out at the first Oulton Park races (in May) and then drives by Motorsport News race editor Rob Ladbrook and Hamish Brandon at Donington saw the car put through its paces. The other rounds saw our development/regular driver Ian Scruton share some endurance drives with Mike Hooper. Our Puma race car has been reliable and resilient which is perhaps no surprise for those who have been racing for a couple of seasons. The great aspect is the readily availability of cars and spares that are out in the market place.

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The approaching 2017 has given us food for thought as we now have several sets of drivers wishing to compete with us. Do we build one or two additional cars to keep up with demand? We have two donor cars ready to convert and work will start on the first of these in a couple of weeks.

Our next event is to support Lydden Hill race circuit with a publicity day at the circuit on 5th November. Hopefully no fireworks on track? We have some interested drivers coming along to sample the race car.

Cadwell Park – Historic day for Puma Cup

Cadwell Park – History in the making for Puma Cup

Ford Racing UK was proud to be a part of this historic day at Cadwell Park on Saturday 17th September where the Classic & Sports Car Club event would see the very first stand alone dedicated Puma Cup Series race. In all senses the day had been superb and seen the Puma Cup endurance race of 40 minutes and the 15 minute sprint race. Including the 30 minute qualifying period the CSCC gave Puma Cup some 95 Minutes of track time for an inclusive cost of £395. Compared with other ‘premier’ race clubs, this is probably the best value around. Thank you CSCC.

The Puma Cup has continued to enjoy bigger grids over previous seasons and this year has seen a near growth figure of 50%.

The outlook for us at Ford Racing UK is to rent our existing car and then either race or rent our second car out as well. If the call is as great as we anticipate then the third and fourth cars will be in the pipeline. The 2017 season is looking more promising by the month and it seems that the Series will see up to 20 Puma Cup cars out for next season.

We enjoyed our time at Cadwell Park and would like to thank our sponsors and fellow competitors for being so helpful and friendly. See you on October 8th at Oulton Park when we go head to head with the BRSCC XR Challenge in a double header day at the Cheshire track.



Ford Racing UK's Puma Cup Car carrying Motorsport News and Autosport backing.

Ford Racing UK’s Puma Cup car carrying Motorsport News and Autosport backing.