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Pics from ’09 season

Two wins at the Rock


The next rounds were at Rockingham in Northants, its a great track and one I feel quite quick at, with no chance to test before the qually session it was gonna be down to focus….  After 5 laps a car dropped oil in the flat out turn 1 and destroyed the chance of any faster laps, however on lap three I had set a pole time which was over a second faster than P2, so my first pole of 2009, in our non aero car!!!

Race 1:  Great start from pole and led the race finishing with over 9 seconds in hand over P2.  Not really much else to say pole then won race 1, no challengers after the first corner and a great car.

Race 2: Pole position (P1) again and another solid drive producing a great double victory, happy days, unbeaten at the rock.


Cadwell Park


The above picture by kind permission of P Baumber.

Cadwell Park.

After arriving late in the evening to wind and rain we started early the next morning testing, pace was pretty good and the car felt strong so at lunchtime I decided to “park” the car under the awning and prep it for the next days racing rather than risk damage or destroy tyres any further as I was starting the season on old tyres from last year due to tyre budget not being in place.  Qually was ok but not great, putting me 3rd on the grid.  This is left at cadwell and upon race start the 2 cars infront were slow away, I saw a gap and kept the peddle down, however the gap was getting a little smaller and I clipped the car on the right, only a clip and kept going, after half a lap and holding 2nd the red flag waved and the race was halted, A huge accident on the start line had damaged 3 or 4 cars quite badly, after the restart one of the other drivers ran out of talent and caused another red flag, thus ending race 1 with no points for any driver. 

So on to race 2, same grid positions as race 1, slightly slower away trying to have a clean race and I slotted into 3rd, holding the very fast Cerbera of Mike Saunders behind me, this was proving quite hard with Mikes newly upgraded car(480bhp and 12″rims to our 417bhp 9″rims!!) It was only a matter of time as the back straight became more difficult to defend as my tyres were going off thru the corners giving me less speed on the exit.  Mike got thru and we ended up 4th.  To summerise, could have been worse, could have done better, roll on ROCKINGHAM….

2008 Photo’s from George Carter

All the photo’s below are by kind permission of George Carter.  Many thanks George, great shots.

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Anglessey Issues!!

Anglessey is a track in the far northern corner of Wales, I had never driven the circuit before but had been told it was a “Real goodun”.  We booked testing and looked forward to learning the track.  The weather was not great with strong winds and heavy showers, nevertheless we completed 4 test sessions with no real issues.

Race day 1…   Qually was not our best, the car felt a little unsettled in the corners and seemed to be struggling to put the power down on the tarmac, however, we managed second on the grid, seemed others were having the same problem. Race start was great and we led for the first half of the lap before Hockin squeezed thru, he was followed a couple of laps later by Cook and we had to settle in to third, keeping the faster AERO equipped cars honest, then break issues as the peddle squashed half way to the floor, luckily the gap between me (3rd) and 4th was pretty good and we managed to hold on to 3rd for a poduim.

Race 2 on sunday was a different story, the brakes were bled, suspension adjusted and driver full of lucozade.  Ready to go, start felt good right in the mix until 3 laps in the brake peddle went nearly to the floor, I am not allowed to type the actual reaction I had.  This was a massive problem, I had to tap the brake peddle on the exit of every corner to build enough pressure for the next bend, not a nice feeling when you are entering a corner at 100++ MPH and unsure of your brake!!  This ended in a nasty spin in the hairpin because of too much rear brake bias as the fronts had boiled, allowing the cars behind to catch up and then giving third away to a well driven car by Ben Wright.  This put us in 4th and I held on to that until the end.

To summerise, Anglessey is a great track that very hard on the car and driver, but I would go back tomorrow, hopefully without brake issues.


Tims car

Having just returned from a test drive in Tims very smart T350t i thought I would share some of the photo’s.

Tim is a supporter of our racing and can be found at most of the race meetings, his company TJF Transport Ltd are a sponsor of ours, helping in the transportation of the engine etc.

Many thanks to Tim and all at TJF Transport for the support this season.


We arrived at snett, managed to get a 50 min test session booked for that afternoon prior to race day, and got out on track, the engine felt very strong, however tha car was not turning in to corners well, with a fair bit of understeer!!  During that test I managed to “cook” the brakes, a pad was binding in the left front caliper and caused it to overheat, thus boiling the fluid.  Then an air lock in the radiator caused a cooling hose to blow, depositing the coolant on the paddock floor, what else can go wrong??

Having fixed these little problems, it was day 2 and out for qually, we managed 3rd on the grid and were very happy indeed.

Race day.  After 6 laps having some fantastic racing and holding on to third, with the very fast Mark Hockin just behind me, and Howard Bryan well behind him, i suffered brake fail whilst trying to brake for Russell Esses, travelling at about 125mph and finding that your brakes have become somewhat spongey is not a feeling I recomend. (video to follow)  After “kissing” the armco and watching the remaining laps from behind the armco, we found that the steering rack had been completely bent, enter Richard Wright of TEAM WRIGHT RACING, who lent us a new rack, Clive and I fitted, used a few cable ties to hold the bonnet down, and we were looking ready for race 2.

Starting at the back of the grid because of a DNF race 1 expectations were not high, however, we had a trouble free race and managed to secure a podium with a 3rd place.  Happy Days.


Having collected “THE  NEW CAR” from Holden Racing, and been out at a very cold Brands and silverstone for a few sessions behind the wheel, I began to look forward to the season ahead with regards to car prep.  So, the car went to Moore Racing just before christmas to have the engine and gear box removed, this done, i collected an “empty” car, the box went to Drenth to be measured so the sequential could be fitted correctly, and the engine went to Grantura Engineering in Blackpool to be refreshed!!!

 This is where it started to go wrong, Drenth, based in holland are a fantastic company, however, like all succesfull motorsport companys there is a bit of a delay around Jan/feb as everyone wants work done, I am told 75%of motorsport income for engineering companys is generated in the first three months of the year!!! Things were starting to get a little tight for time, the engine was back from Grantura, bright red paint job and looking great, we were still waiting for the sequential from Drenth, who also had our H pattern box.  Eventually, the box returned from holland, the car was returned to moore and all looked good for testing prior to Cadwell.  Just when we seemed to getting somewhere moore racing wrote off the Dodge Viper they run in testing at silverstone, this meant they unable to do any other work on our car. 

 The car went to Owen Developments of Oxford, to be run in on the rolling road and the ECU mapped, this took a little longer than expected.  When finally finished “on the rollers” it was ready for setup and testing, however, moore were having issues with “the viper” and our car could not be seen……………  This resulted in missing Cadwell Park (rounds 1&2) but fingers crossed for snetterton (rounds 3& 4).  Viper issues continued with moore and I began to wonder what was going on.  To cut a long story a little short, I collected our unfinished car, and with a lot of help from some very kind people, left the next day for Snetterton with a car that was un tested and not totally ready.  The theory being, use snett as a test, take it easy………

Welcome to the new Forge Racing website!

Lots and lots of hard work is currently going on preparing the new Tuscan for the track this week and come hell or high water we will be at the Dunlop Tuscan Challenge at Snetterton this weekend.

Meanwhile we have been busy on this brand new website! Lots has changed and you can now keep tabs on Forge Racing progress throughout the season by checking out the ‘reports from the track’ and all the latest images and videos in the gallery.