Here is the latest news from some of EBC’s assisted automotive racers who are looking forward to racing with EBC Yellowstuff in their next Championship Rounds:
This month’s feature includes race reports from Adam Elder and Alex Buley:
Adam Elder – Season Update
Adam Elder’s season continued with some excellent results when he competed in Round Three of the Fueltopia Barrel Sprint which took place at Rockingham Motor Speedway on 29th July 2017, then in Round Four at Santa Pod Raceway on 5th August 2017. He’s also been attending other drift racing demo events with EBC Yellowstuff brake pads on the front of his drift car and Ultimax2™ brake pads on the rear.
Here is his latest race report:
The past few months have been busy with Adam showing off the car at various demos including Coventry MotoFest, the one time of year that the streets of Coventry close down and motorsport takes over for the weekend.
Adam took part in multiple displays each day with the huge crowds loving his burnouts.
The Fueltopia Barrel Sprint cChampionship is going well, a win at Rockingham and then another at Santa Pod during the Ultimate Street Car Show have helped Adam take a commanding lead of the Championship.
During the Ultimate Street Car show Adam would also take first place in the Formula G Shootout and the European Burnout Championship event. A great weekend with a set of trophies to match.
In Formula G, Adam finished in second at Round Four after a very close battle in the final. This result has helped him stay toward the top of the table with a chance at taking the Championship in the last few rounds of the season.
EBC are pleased to introduce Buley Racing to our existing team of automotive racers. 19 year old Alex Buley is a full time student at Wiltshire College of Motorsport and a self made racing driver. He’s currently looking forward to racing in Round Four of the Castle Combe Racing Club Hot Hatch Series which will be taking place on Monday 28th August 2017 with his newly fitted Yellowstuff brake pads.
Here is Alex’s season results so far:
Round One – Monday 17th April
Alex came 5th in the Castle Combe Hot Hatch Challenge which was a great acheivement as it was his first ever race/grid start and only the 3rd time he’d ever driven his Citroën Saxo car after only two “test” sessions.
Alex commented oN Facebook:
Such an amazing day racing and an unforgettable experience. The new Hot Hatch Series is certainly a brilliant category.
The Hot Hatch series was split up into 4 classes; Class A, Class B, Class C and Class D. In qualifying, I managed 6th in my Class and 19th overall on the grid, set a lap time of 1:24.0 (just 0.3s from the guy in front).
Race time arrived and we were led out onto our “formation lap”, one lap to get ready, warm up our tyres, brakes etc… and then the marshals led us onto our dedicated grid positions.
Starting in 19th, I had a packed grid in front of me. 23 cars in total all squeezed together, with the majority of them belonging to highly established racing teams/people who obviously had spent a fair whack on their cars.
The five second board was shown, the red lights lit, then extinguished. And the race had commenced.
After a hectic start, I managed to climb from 19th to 13th overall and 5th in my class. The car was incredible, it may not be the most expensive, pristine or have the best racing equipment, but it certainly did me proud and gave me the confidence to push it. I managed a fastest lap time of 1:23.287
Nearly a whole second faster than my qualification time.
This was my first ever race/grid start and only the 3rd time I’d ever driven the car after 2 very very brief “test” sessions.
Unfortunately there is no video footage of the race as the Go Pro captured photos at 0.5s intervals. So no video. There’s always the next race though.
Massive massive thanks to everyone who supported and helped. YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHO YOU ARE!! Couldn’t have done it without you. The day ran amazingly well.
To say I’m happy is such an understatement. Boyhood dream come true.
Round Two – Monday 1st May 2017
During Race Two Alex set a fastest lap time in the qualification round and came 5th in the class.
Alex Commented on Facebook:
Race number two was an absolute success! In the morning, before Qualifying, we managed to FINALLY get some decent MSA standard numbers on the car. The car flew through scrutineering no problems at all! As qualifying loomed, I was first in line, leading the pack out! I set a fastest time of 1:23.074 and 5th in class.
During the 5 HOURS between qualifying and the race, the weather became completely unpredictable, however, that didn’t stop loads of fantastic spectators coming to have a look at the cars, have the opportunity to sit in them and have loads of photos taken.
Race time was approximately 5pm and again, the grid was packed, but a smooth start from all competitors (I think).
During lap four, I made a DOUBLE overtake into Quarry corner… a little bit of late braking is always good. I was on for gaining ANOTHER place further on in the race however a yellow flag and MASSIVE OVERSTEER compromised this although I did have a good go on the final lap with one of the closest finishes I will probably ever experience.
I blitzed my qualifying time of 1:23.075 with a fastest race lap of 1:21.950. Proud of that race is an understatement. What an absolute thrill yet again!! And I was asked for my autograph.
Round Three – Monday 29th May 2017
So, after the past couple of stunning days we’ve had, my hopes were high for a dry, clear race day. The plans for this race were simple. Set new fastest laps, beat some of my unbeaten rivals and redeem some much needed series points. With some new tyres, all of this was undoubtedly achievable. I was feeling positive, pumped and ready to bring the thunder.
However, the thunder most definitely came! That apocalyptic thunderstorm from a few days ago completely shattered my plans. The prospect of a dry, clear race suddenly diminished. Sure enough, race day arrived and the sky looked appalling. Still though, the race must go on.
The car was sent for scrutineering at approx 09:00am ready for a 10:20am qualifying session. Fortunately it hadn’t rained yet and the track was still dry! The team decided to get the new tyres on for qualifying, this gave me a chance to scrub them in prior to the race and get maximum grip! New tyres fitted, we made our way down to the assembly point at around 10:00 am … nice and early … it was then we noticed something wasn’t quite right … ALL the cars were being sent out for qualifying 15 MINUTES EARLY!
I parked the car in the assembly point, engine running, scrambling around the car attempting to put my helmet, HANS device and gloves on as quickly as I could (btw… This is THE MOST DIFFICULT task to do whilst being fully harnessed into the car).
It was only after doing all of this and being completely anchored into the seat, I noticed BOTH my windows were fully open AND the fire extinguisher pin was still attached.
Fortunately, the team ran down and sorted it pretty quickly. In a panic and five minutess late, I was rushed onto the track, slowly gaining momentum and building the heat whilst 300 bhp rocket ships screamed past on their flying laps. But, I was on track … and there was only one thing to do. Time to see what these new tyres could do.
As the tyre temperature progressively built, the grip became greater and greater … THIS was going to be an EPIC qualifying session. I was feeling confident and absolutely gunned it! Foot planted to the floor, engine screaming then all of a sudden the steering wheel vibrates violently…. uh-oh.
Immediately, thoughts of impending doom entered my head. I didn’t particularly feel like crashing today, nor do I have the funds to fix the car if I do. So, with visions of sudden death in a huge fire ball, rolling end over end continuously in mass devastation … I backed off and went into the pits … Qualifying was over.
I placed 29th out of 31 cars. 3rd from last and it happened to be the BIGGEST grid yet. Balls. Then the day got worse. The rain arrived, and continued and continued to continue. Not only did I do bad in qualifying but it was now raining.
With the race at “15:35” we had a few hours to kill and spy the competition. During this, the wet weather tyre were installed on the car. So much for new slick, dry weather tyres, eh? Needless to say my hopes for fastest laps were DEFINITELY out of the question.
Race time arrived and we headed down to the assembly area EARLY this time, to make sure we had absolutely NO CHANCE of being late … only to find that the race was delayed by HALF AN HOUR! … are you serious?
Anyway, half an hour later, the entire grid was sent for the formation lap in unquestionably torrential conditions. Formation lap done, grid positions sorted and yep … I was most definitely at the back. Balls once again. The start lights were lit, engines revved and my confidence/positiveness was pretty much non existent.
The entire grid shoots off in a cloud of water spray, I was pretty much blind going into the first corner, still, that didn’t stop me hitting 7000 RPM and diving up the inside of two people for an easy position gain! The race was intense, standing water plagued the circuit, A LOT of brown trouser moments most certainly happened …
I was up there battling with the best of them, avoiding spins, crashes and standing water, I gained in total 13 places! Placing me 16th overall and 5th in my class, out of 31 competitors. Happy with that race is an understatement!
Needless to say the car hadn’t suffered with any problems throughout the race and performed flawlessly. That car is unbelievable!
Not only that, but my performance was recognised by Castle Combe themselves and in the latest news article, they have said … and I quote … “Alex Buley (Citroen Saxo) negotiated his way through nearly half of the order, making up a staggering thirteen positions, on his way from 29th to 16th and 5th in Class C.” What an exhilarating day. One I won’t forget.