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Brunswick Racing have entered the inaugural Hankook 24H race at Silverstone..

Brunswick will be running the James Thorpe BMW 1 series on the first weekend of April (April 1-3, 2016).
After the success of winning their class in 2012 and finishing second in class in 2013 in the Britcar 24Hr, Brunswick have a history of success in this event and are hoping to put in a strong performance. This will be tough though as this is an international endurance race for touring cars. Now part of the 24H SERIES and the Touring Car Endurance Series powered by Hankook, the new format for the event ensures an international grid and increased prestige. Over 70 teams have already signed up to race in what will most likely become a real endurance racing classic.

Brunswick Racing to support Revival Race Shop Fun Cup Beetle.

Brunswick Racing have once again been asked to support the Revival Race Shop Fun Cup Beetle in the Spa 25hr race on July 11th.
After the success last year with a diesel version of the Fun Cup Beetle, revival are contesting the race in a petrol 'Evo 3' version of the popular race car.
The team line up will again be British GT star Phil Keen, along side James Thorpe and Sean McInerney.
Last year saw the team leading their class and in a superb 7th position overall before misfortune with 30 minutes to go saw the team drop to second in class.

If you wish to see how the team fair and join in the fun of this highly competitive race, you can can follow the race at http://www.vwfuncup.eu/default.aspx. We are car number 286.

You can watch a short video of Sean talking about the VW Fun Cup race by clicking here. This has been dubbed I'm afraid but it gives you an idea and you can see the car in action, albeit briefly.

Happy New Year to all.

Happy New Year from all at Brunswick Motorsport!
So its back to work for most people, we start off 2015 preparing 2 cars to enter the Silverstone 24hr race that is being held in April. You can see the provisional entry list by clicking on the link below.
http://www.britcar24hr.co.uk/home/provisional-entry-list/

Amongst all this we are building another engine for the Alfa Giulietta that ran so well with Emanuele Pirro at Goodwood, and the BMW 2002 of James Thorpe gets some attention as well.

Busy times!

Brunswick support Rory Penttinen at Donington Park.

Recent Brunswick activity has seen the team supporting the very talented Rory Penttinen at Donington Park in his first visit to the circuit.
Rory drove GT3 and GT4 spec Aston Martin Vantages and came close to equalling lap record pace in the GT3, Rory then improved on that by beating the current lap record time in the GT4 in only 25 laps!

Emanuele Pirro takes 2nd place at the Goodwood Revival.

Emanuele Pirro took a fantastic 2nd place at the recent Goodwood Revival meeting in the 1959 Geoff Gordon Alfa Romeo Giuliette Ti.
A new engine, built by Dave Ashford at Brunswick Racing, was installed and tuned to give peak performance for the 'historic' Alfa.

Geoff Gordon's Alfa.

Competing in the St Mary's Trophy, Emanuele qualified in 5th for part 1 of the race and after a superb dice with Anthony Reid in a 1959 Jaguar Mk1, finished a fantastic 2nd, just 1.3 seconds behind.

In part 2 of the race, Geoff piloted his car to a highly creditable 13th in qualifying and 10th in the race.

The combined result for both parts of the race meant that the 'boys' finished a fantastic 5th overall.

Brunswick visit local school.

Brunswick Motorsport took an E46 M3 race car to Hartford Junior School in Huntingdon today to support them with their Book Week about transport and in particular - vehicles.

Each class got around 20 minutes with the car and everyone was very excited to have a look around the vehicle.
Some of the lucky children even got to sit inside the car and have their pictures taken by the teachers!

Brunswick Motorsport are proud to support a local school and look forward to other opportunities to help the local school community.

That's all for 2013.

Brunswick Racing have completed their 2013 season and are now looking forward to 2014. If you need anything from an engine refresh to a brand new build, contact us so that we can discuss what we can offer you.
If you are interested in participating in a 24hr race or want us to run your car at an event, please call Dave and we can discuss your needs.
Whatever your requirements or queries, please call us and we can discuss and advice you of your best options.

15th September 2013 - Brunswick at the Barcelona 24hr Race.

Brunswick Racing had mixed fortunes at the Barcelona 24hr race over the weekend of the 7th of September. Fielding an experienced driver line-up of Mark Griffiths, Matt McFadden, Nikolay Zhuravlev and Rory Penttinen, hopes were high for a podium finish in the highly competitive A5 class using the Mark Griffiths production BMW E46 M3.
Qualifying went well with just a small issue with the power steering which the experienced Brunswick team repaired efficiently after qualifying had finished.

The weather forecast for the 12 noon start on Saturday indicated that rain was expected and this duly arrived 2 hours before the race was due to start. With wets fitted the car lined up on the grid for the traditional pre-race pit walk. With a drying but still wet track, team manager Dave Ashford made the call to change to slicks for the race start. What an inspired move this turned out to be as after 6 laps all of the other cars that had remained on wets, (90% of the grid) had to call into the pits to change to slicks tyres.

From this point on, the race was uneventful with the slick Brunswick team executing re-fueling, tyre and driver changes with their usual efficiency.
By midnight the Brunswick M3 had moved up to second in class and was slowly reeling in the lead class car.

Unfortunately fortunes were about to change when Nikolay had contact with another car which caused front suspension damage. The team performed superbly in replacing the broken components and getting Nik back out again in 20 minutes. Sadly this unforeseen pit stop had caused the BMW to drop down to 4th in class but still within striking distance of the 2nd and 3rd in class cars.

At around 4 'o' clock in the morning the car entered the pits for a driver change. As re-fueling is in the pit entrance the driver pulled into the re-fueling area and did the mandatory process of turning off the engine while re-fueling took place. When re-fueling was completed however, the car refused to start resulting in the team pushing the car back to the pit box.
The fault was diagnosed as a fuel pump failure.
As the car had just been re-fueled it was impossible to remove the fuel pump as the fuel tank was full. The team needed to pump fuel out of the tank so that the pump could be changed. Because of the strict rules regarding pumping fuel in the pit box, permission was needed from race control. With no officials immediately available to agree to the Brunswick request, time was being lost to our class rivals. When officials were finally contacted, they granted permission for fuel to be pumped providing fire marshals were in attendance. Again it took time for fire marshals to attend due to other incidents on the circuit. When finally all officials were happy for the fuel pumping to begin, the Brunswick team were able to pump out the fuel and remove the faulty fuel pump. A repair was made and finally the car was allowed to resume the race.
Unfortunately all of the above issues resulted in a loss of 5 and a half hours.

With no chance of any class result, only pride was left for the Brunswick team and drivers and the car once again ran faultlessly for the last 2 hours with Rory setting the fastest lap of 2'06.415. This was quite an achievement in a production BMW E46 M3 and also considering that all the class rivals were highly modified BMW CSL's etc. running splitters, spoilers, diffusers, perspex windows and highly modified engines.

Special mention must be made for our 4 fantastic drivers who had to battle through qualifying with faulty power assisted steering and at times, severe weather conditions.
During the race Matt Mcfadden had to drive through an horrendous down pour which he coped with admirably and posted some very quick times. Nik and Mark performed to their usual high standard, posting consistently quick lap times and our latest recruit to our driver line up, Rory, showed what a great asset he is to any team, posting the teams quickest time in the last 2 hours of the race.
Although the overall result was a disappointment, Brunswick kept up their strong record of finishing 24 hr races with a fantastic performance from the drivers and the rest of the team.

Brunswick M3 and team along with the Synchro team and their Honda. Civic.

Our 4 fantastic drivers.
From left to right - Nikolay Zhuravlev, Mark Griffiths, Rory Penttinen and Matt McFadden.

Heading for the pot of gold? Alas it was not to be.

 

 

During the early stages of the race, Matt McFadden and Mark Griffiths had to deal with atrocious conditions.

 

 

 

 

15th July 2013 - Brunswick Confirm Driver Line Up For The Barcelona 24hr Race.

Brunswick Racing have confirmed their driver line up for the Barcelona 24hr race. Running the proven BMW E46 M3 owned by Mark Griffiths, Brunswick will be entering the experienced line up of Mark Griffiths, Matt McFadden, Nikolay Zhuravlev and Rory Penttinen. Please re-visit here nearer race date where we will give you more information about our entry. i.e. Class entered, race number, box number and latest news.

10th June 2013 - Brunswick to Run Two Cars in the 360 6hr Endurance Meeting.

Brunswick Racing will be running the James Thorpe BMW 130 and the Honda Civic belonging to Kevin Hancock and Leigh Smart.

10th May 2013 - Successful first race for the Brunswick built 1971 BMW 2002.

The Brunswick Racing built 1971 BMW 2002 had its first outing of 2013 racing season at the Donington Historic Festival on the 4th of May.
Brunswick were running 2 cars in the "HTCC for 1966-85 Touring Cars with 70s Celebration" race.
The 1971 BMW 2002 owned and driven by James Thorpe and the Aston Martin DBS V8 co-owned and driven by Kevin Hancook and Leigh Smart.

In perfect conditions, the BMW excelled and James duly put the car on class pole and a very creditable 13th place on the grid.
The Aston struggled on it's control tyres against it's 'slick shod' opposition, but still qualified a creditable 3rd in class.

The race started with the Brunswick team having to make the difficult decision of whether to go for wets or slicks for the BMW 2002 after a brief heavy shower just before the race was due to start.
With a drying line just beginning to show it was decided to go for the slicks while the Aston had to settle for its control tyre.

No real issues were encountered by either car in the race and with the usual slick driver change pit stop by the Brunswick crew, both cars and drivers gave a spirited performance.

The BMW finished a superb 8th overall and first in class by 30 seconds.
The Aston Martin cruised home 17th overall and 4th in class against its slick shod opponents.

The results can be accessed by clicking here.

Below are a couple of pictures from the meeting courtesy of Robert Glenn Borowik.

15th March 2013 - First test for the Brunswick built 1971 BMW 2002.

BMW 2002 The Brunswick Racing built 1971 BMW 2002 had its first outing of 2013 after a winter rebuild. The car had been stripped down from its previous 'Turbo' kit configuration and rebuilt to Group 2 'pigs cheeks' specification.
The car has also been upgraded with new shocks' and springs.

The cars owner, James Thorpe, is looking to compete in the 70s Celebrations' of the Masters Historic Racing series.

The car ran faultlessly through 2 days of testing and James is looking forward to the new season as soon as the car is homoligated.

23rd September 2012 - Britcar Silverstone 24hr report

After a successful outing in 2011 at the Britcar24hr race, the team returned once more with the Brunswick built BMW E46 M3 owned by Mark Griffiths which finished 1st in class at last year’s event.
The car’s VLN specification had remained largely unaltered (production spec with limited modifications from standard) and again using the proven Intrax suspension and Dunlop tyres, the car was freshly prepared by the Brunswick team for the challenging round-the-clock event. Other small developments were made to the car for the race, notably to the lighting, and also a new exhaust system to comply with the new-for-2012 static noise emission regulations imposed for the Britcar 24hr event.

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The experienced driver line-up of Willie Green, David Forsbrey and Bill Kirkpatrick remained alongside Mark Griffiths and the drivers immediately reported a good feeling with the car through free practice, posting the fourth quickest time in Class 4 and quickly improving to third in Class during Qualifying and a credible 19th position overall.
Unfortunately a number of cars received black flags during the session and other teams were also notified after Daytime Qualifying that their cars were either close to, or over the drive by noise limit.
All cars were being studiously monitored around the circuit in accordance with the event regulations and all teams were fore warned that the noise limit would be strictly enforced during the race and Black flags would be issued if necessary. The experienced endurance team, headed by David Ashford, took the brave decision to remove and re-engineer the entire exhaust system between the mandatory qualifying sessions, to ensure there would be no falling foul of the strict noise regulation during the running of the event. The experienced team duly completed the work in time for Night Qualifying, which all drivers completed successfully with no issues.

A bright sunny day accompanied the start of the Britcar24hr, with Mark Griffiths taking the start and moving through the pack and up a position to hand the car over 2nd in class after the first stint.


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The Brunswick BMW then moved steadily into the class lead by the 4th hour of the race, having battled past the Toyota GB AE86 and the well-driven Seat Leon TDI run by the extremely experienced Red Camel racing team.
The Mark Griffiths entered car continued to lead the class though the 6 and 12 hour mark, followed by the Ivo Breukers entered Red Camel Seat-Leon, which continued to stay in touch for class honours. The ensuing battle between the two Class4 machines carried them both further up the overall race order and by the end of the 14th hour of racing, the two cars were lying in 6th and 7th places respectively with just one lap between them.
Through the many incidents, safety car periods and scheduled pit stops the Brunswick BMW continued to lead the class from the Seat, with the teams both performing routine brake changes at around the 19 hour mark and keeping each other honest throughout the night.
Dawn broke to an overcast day and after 21 hours of racing it began to rain.
Circuit conditions became increasingly difficult for the drivers, prompting several more incidents and safety car periods which resulted in the pack being bunched up each time. This resulted in the loss of much of the two-lap advantage that the BMW had built up over the Seat.
Soon after another safety car period, the BMW ran over some debris which damaged an oil line to the engine costing some 19 minutes while the team repaired the car in the pit lane. This was a double blow as a recent stop had just taken place and this caused the BMW to drop to 2nd in class behind the Red Camel run Seat.
On wet tyres and in testing conditions during the now heavy rain, the Brunswick drivers continued to fight back. However an inspired drive from Ivo Breukers in the Seat, who double-stinted the last outing, took the class honours forcing the Brunswick squad to settle for 2nd place in Class4 and 7th place overall. An extremely pleasing result and once again a credit to the drivers and the team.

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Left to right:   Mark Griffiths; William Green; Bill Kirkpatrick; David Ashford; David Forsbrey

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24th May 2012 -Mark Griffiths' Z4 crashes out of the ADAC Zurich Nurburgring 24hr

It was a sad end to race for the Brunswick run BMW Z4 in the ADAC Zurich 24 hr race on the 19th - 20th May.

After suffering an 'off' in qualifying the Brunswick team worked through the night to repair and make ready the Mark Griffiths BMW Z4 for the 40th running of the Nurburgring 24hr.

With lack of qualifying time due to the accident the team were expecting a strong run through the field at the start of the race.

This duly happened with Julian Perry starting the race and making up positions in the race and class. Mark Griffiths, Matt Mcfadden and Nikolay Zhuravlev all took up the mantle and the car continued to make progress through the field.

It was during Julian's next stint behind the wheel that things went sadly wrong. After suffering a front left puncture Julian was 'limping' back to the pits when he was hit from behind by a GT3 Porsche and a Seat Leon. This sadly left the car un-repairable but thankfully the drivers of all the cars were unhurt in the accident.

14th May 2012 -Mark Griffiths' Z4 enters the ADAC Zurich Nurburgring 24hr

The Brunswick Automotive built BMW Z4 belonging to Mark Griffiths has entered the ADAC Zurich 24hr race to be held at the Nurburgring on May the 17th to the 20th.

The driver line up of Mark griffiths, Juian Perry, Matt McFadden and Nikolay Zhuravlev are hoping to improve on Brunswick's 4th in class of last year.

If you wish to follow the team, the car number is 239 and can be followed here:-

http://www.24h-rennen.de/Official-Website.2.0.html?&L=1

 

10/11 - Mark Griffiths enters the 6th running of the Britcar 24 hour race

VictoryThe Brunswick Automotive built BMW E46 belonging to Mark Griffiths entered the 6th running of the Britcar 24 hour race last weekend. The car entered the very competitive class 4 of the race but with the car being built for the VLN series in Germany (production spec with very limited modifications from standard) it would be a tough ask to get a podium finish let alone a class victory, but victorious they were.

The driver line up of Mark Griffiths, Willie Green, David Forsbrey and Bill Kirkpatrick started day qualifying with only Mark having driven the car before so much of the session was taken up with the drivers learning the car and becoming familiar with the set up. They did manage to qualify the car in a very creditable 7th of 20 cars in their class and 39th overall. Night qualifying was just a case of getting all 4 drivers qualified and this they did without any mishaps.

On a gloriously hot and sunny autumn afternoon the race got underway with Mark Griffiths taking the first stint and was soon moving through the field. This set the pattern for the whole of the 24 hour race with Willie, David and Bill also pushing the production car hard and continuing to move through the field.

By the 14 hour point the Brunswick Automotive car had moved into the lead of Class 4 and was facing a tough battle with the Mardi Gras Honda. Slick work by the well drilled pit crew enabled re-fueling, tyre and driver changes to take place in the least amount of time to help increase their lead over their main rivals.

The rest of the race was uneventful and by the end of the race the BMW had increased its class lead to 6 laps and up to a very creditable 7th place overall. This race victory was dedicated to our dear friend and team member Ian Barrowman who recently passed away. Before qualifying the team and Drivers held a minutes silence to mark our respect.

09/10 - 5th Anniversary running of the Dubai 24 Hour Race

Aston Martin VantageThe Brunswick Automotive Aston Martin Vantage completed the 5th Anniversary running of the Dubai 24 Hour Race in January. The GT4 specification car which was driven by Nikolay Zhuravlev, Rigo Meys, Mark Griffiths, Nick Gooch and Ian Barrowman eventually finished in 7th position in a hotly contested GT4 category. Young Russian driver Nikolay Zhuravlev put in a strong opening stint and had the car as high up as 5th place in class and was battling with Peter Kox in the factory Donkervoort, unfortunately early into the second stint the car was delayed due to damage sustained driving over the debris left by a crashed Japanese entered Porsche. This was the first of several delays resulting from minor incidents but the crew worked tirelessly throughout the night to keep the Aston running and ensure it crossed the line at the end of a grueling 24 hours.

2/10 - Endurance races at Silverstone and the Hungaroring

SilverstoneBrunswick Automotive enjoyed a busy start to October taking part in back to back endurance races at Silverstone and the Hungaroring. At Silverstone the team entered their BMW 130i in the 6 Hour Britcar 500 night race. Team regulars, Dominic Malone and Phiroze Bilimoria were joined for the race my Martin Parsons, who returned to the team after a season competing in the Belgian Touring Car Series. Having qualified in 2nd position in class, the BMW enjoyed a trouble free run throughout the 6 Hours which in spite of the changeable conditions and finished in an excellent 2nd place in class. The team then immediately set off for Budapest with the Aston Martin N24 for the second annual running of the Hungaroring 12 Hour Race. The Aston Martin was entered for Mark Griffiths, rapid young Russian driver, Nikolay Zhuravlev, James Baxter and Matthew West. In spite of being the only GT4 specification car present and faced with class opposition containing a number of GT3 cars, the Aston rose as high as 3rd in class before a late race driveshaft problem caused a small delay which dropped the car from podium contention. Next race for the team will be the 5th anniversary running of the Dubai 24 Hour Race in January 2010. (photos: www.dailysportscar.com & www.markrally.atw.hu).

17/08 - 2nd place finish in the 90 minute race

Gary HarmanHaving scored a 3rd place in class finish in his race debut in the Britcar series at Rockingham in May, Dominic Malone went one better last weekend at Castle Combe, when together with race instructor, Phiroze Bilimoria he scored a 2nd place finish in the 90 minute race. The pair will next race the team's BMW 130i in the Britcar 500 in October on Silverstone's GP circuit where the Anglo-Indian combination will be joined by the experienced endurance racer, Martin Parsons. The BMW is pictured below rounding Quarry corner during the race.

 

27/07 - Omnitel 1000km race in Lithuania

Having completed the 1 Hour Inter Series race at the Spa Summer Classic meeting with a 4th place in class finish, Brunswick Automotive continued their European tour by participating in the Omnitel 1000km race in Lithuania. Held on public highway near to the holiday resort of Palanga, the Omnitel 1000km race is the largest motorsport event in the Baltic and attracts around 100,000 spectators. The Brunswick BMW 130i was driven in the race by Nikolay Zhuravlev, Rigo Meys, Giles Groombridge and Martin Parsons. Having been delayed by an incident in the early laps, and a stop-go penalty for speeding in the refueling area, the car then proceeded to run faultlessly to complete the race in 18th position out of 44 finishers.

28/06 - 3 Hour Britcar night race at Spa

3 Hour Britcar night raceBrunswick Automotive successfully completed the 3 Hour Britcar night race at Spa last weekend. The team's Aston Martin N24 driven by Mark Griffiths and Ian Barrowman finished the wet race in 21st position overall and 7th in class. The next outing for the team will be again at Spa Francorchamps this weekend when the Mazda RX7 of Giles Groombridge and Dave Ashford will compete in the Spa Summer Classic meeting. (Photo: Paul Cherry).

28/05 - 8th consecutive year in the Nurburgring 24 Hour Race

Nurburgring 24 Hour RaceBrunswick Automotive competed in the world renowned Nurburgring 24 Hour Race for the 8th consecutive year last weekend. The weekend started badly for the British BMW 130i and its all Australian crew of drivers consisting of Ric Shaw, Stephen Borness, Rob Rubis and Anthony Robson when the BMW was crashed in the rain during Thursday evenings wet qualifying session. Repairs were effected by the team overnight and Ric Shaw duly qualified the car in 143rd position on the grid.

Another minor crash on entry into the Karusell on the 4th lap of the race delayed the team in the early stages but the car ran strongly for the remainder of the race, with the only unscheduled stops being for a puncture and a quick repair to the rear suspension, which was a legacy of the BMW's earlier brush with the wall. After 24 Hours of racing the BMW crossed the line with Anthony Robson driving in 75th place overall and 7th in the SP5 category.

08/05 - Aston Martin N24 in Rounds 3 and 4 of the GT Cup Series

Aston Martin N24Brunswick Automotive Aston Martin N24 was back in action for Rounds 3 and 4 of the GT Cup Series, running with the A1 GP meeting on the full GP circuit. An eventful weekend finally saw Sarah bag a podium finish. A full grid of 40 cars qualified on Saturday morning for the double header; Sarah qualified 2nd in class sandwiched between the two rival 4.7 litre Aston Martins with a fastest lap of 1.40.4 lying 30th out of 40 starters.

Race 1 didn't exactly go to plan. Having made a superb start Sarah closed in on her class leader Will Goff and briefly took the lead in an exciting battle during the first few laps, but on lap 3 it all went wrong when car 58 made a lunge to get past up the inside at Clearways, tapping her into a spin. The manoeuvre left Sarah stalled in the middle of the track facing the rest of the oncoming field. She rejoined the back of the pack once they had passed - dead last - and gave chase. After two or three laps she caught the back of the field and made up several places to 5th in class only to get shunted by another class opponent going into Druids. The rear end impact caused the car to spin again, stalling mid track, facing the oncoming traffic. Sarah rejoined the back of the pack dead last once again but the damage from the second impact caused exhaust fumes and smoke to fill the car forcing her to pull off the circuit not more than half a lap later.

Thankfully, in the GT Cup, grid positions for Race 2 are determined from the 2nd fastest qualifying lap. Since Sarah put in two excellent laps during qualifying she moved further up the grid for the start of Race 2 and back into 2nd in class (26th out of 40 starters). Race 2 was shortened by two incidents which brought out the safety car for 3 laps and subsequently led to the race being red flagged. However Sarah maintained her position of 26th out of the 40 starters to finish 2nd in class and picked up her first cup of the season.

Meanwhile at Rockingham, the Brunswick Automotive BMW 130i made its race debut in the Britcar Production Championship. Racing newcomer, Dominic Malone was joined by former British GT racer and professional race instructor, Phiroze Bilimoria. Having qualified 17th on the grid, Bilimoria and Malone enjoyed a trouble free race, consistently improving their lap times to finish in an excellent 10th place overall and 3rd in Class 2. Shaun Hazlewood continued his dominance of Class C of the ARCA series taking yet another victory at Snetterton on Sunday the 3rd of May.

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