Here is the latest news from some of EBC’s assisted automotive racers:
This month’s feature includes race reports from Randy Merritt – Mongo Racing, Peter Burchill – Vulcan Racing, ‘Odi’ Bakchis, Lewis Dean Impreza Motorsport, The Huntingdonshire Regional College Race Team, and Mark Stahl:
Photo Credit: James Pitt
Peter Burchill – Vulcan Racing
Peter Burchill and the Vulcan Racing Team had a great weekend of racing at the Cockershoot Cup which took place at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on 16th – 18th June 2017. Peter’s MG V6 engine saloon car was equipped with EBC Bluestuff NDX brake pads.
Here is their latest race report:
MG Live Silverstone – Two days of sunshine and great racing for Vulcan Racing
Peter Burchill enjoyed some great racing in the MG Live event on the historic F1 Circuit at Silverstone on 17th – 18th June 2017. Hot sunshine, great racing and some cracking results. The team also guested in the Northwest’s Cockershoot Cup Championship for the weekend.
During Saturday’s racing Peter started in sixth and finished in the same position, however the highlight was on Sunday when Peter started in eighth and finished in third.
Peter Burchill said:
As ever I would like to thank you for your ongoing support this season.
Great result at MG Live P8 to P3, what a finish to a great weekend in the Cockershoot Cup on the Grand Prix Circuit.
Mongo Racing’s Randy Merritt has been competing in the Laughlin Desert Classic which took place on 11th – 14th May 2017 at Laughlin, Nevada.
Here is Randy’s race news:
Randy Merritt and Jake Larson, who make up the Mongo Racing Team, took the desert by storm in the 2017 Laughlin Desert Classic.
Driving an EBC Yellowstuff brake pad equipped Class 7200 Race Truck, they achieved a flawless victory.
Competing against twenty three other racers in the Group-B BITD Class and benefiting with over twenty-four years of off-road racing experience, Randy and Jake managed to cross the finish line in first place with an impressive two minute and seven seconds lead.
It feels great to win again, we’ve worked hard for the past year and lately bad luck had bit us, but not today.
Aurimas ‘Odi’ Bakchis
Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis gained a stunning victory at round four of the Formula Drift Championship, which took place at the Wall Stadium in New Jersey on 3rd June 2017. Odi was racing a drift adapted Mustang for the first time ever, equipped with Yellowstuff brake pads and GD Sports disc rotors.
Here is Odi’s full race report of the event:
During practice the studs broke on one wheel, sending the car to a harsh crash onto the steep 30 degree bank of Wall Stadium. This landing compromised the engine and Bakchis did not have time to address the mechanical issues prior to qualifying. Bakchis qualified 15th with the compromised setup and decided to forego his second qualifying run to instead swap the motor prior to tandem competition on Saturday.
After completing the engine swap at 3:00 am, Bakchis and the team rested briefly only to be greeted by rain on the track on Saturday morning. The track dried prior to the Top 32 competition, where Bakchis advanced against fellow driver Piotr Wiecek.
Top 16 competition continued the non-stop action for Bakchis. After advancing against Ryan Tuerck in Top 16, a protest was filed against the win and Bakchis drove two more times against Tuerck to ultimately be awarded the win for a second time. This set Bakchis against Fredric Aasbo, where Bakchis faced yet another one-more-time call.
Bakchis exhibited his driving precision through exceptional proximity again and again on track and made his way to the finals against Michael Essa. After an aggressive follow run against Essa, Bakchis led for the final lap of the evening. This lap also proved to be the final one for Bakchis’ second motor of the weekend.
Bakchis secured the win at Wall Stadium and gave the viewers quite a show with his extreme and consistent following technique on track. He battled both on an off track by driving against top drivers, facing an overturned call through a protest, multiple one-more-time calls, broken wheel studs, and a late night engine swap.
This event challenged me as a driver and in so many other ways. I didn’t know how to keep going, but I did again and again.
This win currently places Bakchis in 5th overall in the series championship.
Lewis Dean Motorsport – Subaru Impreza
Shaun and Sarah Fudge owner/drivers of the Lewis Dean Motorsport Subaru Impreza WRX returned to Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb on Sunday 28th May then again on 17th – 18th June 2017.
Here are the race results:
EBC Subaru Impreza 1st & 2nd in Class Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship
This brake combination just got better and better as the day progressed instilling confidence in the drivers with each run.
This is definitely the recommended set up for fast road or hillclimbs.
The team continued with their consistent success this weekend with Shaun taking a 1st in Class moving him up in the Championship table and Sarah taking 2nd in class beating her own personal best time in the process.
The Lewis Dean Motorsport Team will return to Gurston Down in June with the trusty EBC shod Subaru and will be hoping that this years’ run of success continues.
Lewis Dean Motorsport would like to thank EBC Brakes for their ongoing support and praise them for their excellent brakes.
Mark Stahl – The NORRA Mexican 1000
Mark Stahl once again competed in the 50th Norra Mexican 1000 desert racing event which ran from 21st – 27th April 2017. Equipped with EBC truck brakes in his Chenowth 1000 vehicle, Mark had all the high performance stopping power he needed to cope with the dry sandy conditions of the hot Baja desert in Mexico.
Here is a brief report:
Mark raced his three times Baja 1000 winning Chenowth 1000 in the Legends Era category and managed to win the race yet again!
Here is Mark’s story from the 50th anniversary of the NORRA Mexican 1000:
This years’ event got started with a celebratory parade from the Tijuana Bullring to Ensenada just like it did 50 years ago. I had the honor of driving my 3 time Baja 1000 winning Chenowth 1000 in the parade.
Huntingdonshire Regional College Historic Race Team
Huntingdonshire Regional College have been having a mixed season but have been gaining steady results with their EBC Brakes equipped 1972 Lotus Europa Twin Cam.
Huntingdonshire Regional College race team report follows:
Silverstone Historic Festival – 20th to 21st May 2017
An inspired tyre choice combined with a rousing race through the field saw Howard Payne secure Huntingdonshire Regional College’s first trophy of the season at the prestigious Silverstone Historic Festival.
I was just glad to get to see the chequered flag as it’s been a tough season up to now beamed Payne afterwards. Having marshalled at Silverstone I knew that after the first downpour there was a good chance of a second storm rolling in and decided on wet weather tyres, which proved correct.
With the majority of the field on the dry weather tyre choice Payne was full of confidence before the start of the race even though he lined up in 17th place on the 35 car grid.
Qualifying had seen race car owner and driver Payne speedily vacate the 1972 Lotus Europa Twin Cam.
I thought it had caught fire, so got out as quickly as possible Fortunately the marshals told me it was just steam and not smoke.
The student crewed race team had been busily upgrading the cooling system prior to the Silverstone event but decided to leave one joint as original.
Team leader Lewis Beales said:
We worked on the principle of ‘if it’s not broke don’t fix it’ but it did break.
The team set about replacing the joint and refilling the engine with coolant and also replaced the front pulley oil seal in the paddock. Upon restarting the engine it was found not to be charging which was traced to a blown fuse, quickly fixed, plus the fitting of wet weather tyres to the car.
The race got under way with Payne moving up from grid 17 to eighth place on the opening lap then he quickly hunted down the two cars ahead but with the leading quintet out of reach Payne ensured that he saw the chequered flag for the first time this season.
Beales commented on the performance:
A trophy for second in class and the most points scored with the Lotus was a just reward for all the hard work the students have put into the car. We couldn’t do it without them.
Thanks for all your support
Motorsport Course Leader
Historic Sports Car Club 70’s Roadsports Championship, Cadwell Park – 17th to 18th June 2017
An excellent weekend at Cadwell Park saw the Huntingdonshire Regional College Historic Race Team return home delighted to have secured sixth and seventh places in the latest races on the Historic Sports Car Club 70’s Roadsports Championship.
Lotus Europa owner and racer driver Howard Payne said moments before the water pump sprung a leak.:
Delighted with the weekend’s results and the progress we have made with the car.
The students crewed race team was buoyed up after claiming sixth place at the previous round with Payne securing seventh place, after qualifying, on the starting grid for the opening event at the picturesque Lincolnshire circuit.
Payne again struggled with getting the Lotus off the line at the start of race one, with a recalcitrant second gear, which lost him three places before the opening corner. Undeterred Payne set about improving his position and steadily worked his way up the race order to finish in sixth place, from a field of 27.
Payne said, as the student crewed team set about modifying the gear linkage while carrying out its post and pre-race checks before next contest:
I worked hard for that
Race two was held early on Sunday morning with Payne making a much improved start with second gear now obtainable in the ‘heat of battle’.
I lost out to a much more powerful MGB V8 at the start and then followed him around for the entire race.
I tried to use the back markers late in the race to gain an advantage but it back fired a bit and I lost a little ground.
Finishing seventh, at the tail of a group fighting for third place, wasn’t a bad result to end the weekend with.
However the team’s buoyant mood quickly changed when a short time after the race the water pump sprung a leak which may well stop the team from contesting the next round in the series at Brands Hatch.
The sweet taste of success quickly followed by the bitter tang of disappointment is the norm when running a Lotus.
A pragmatic race team leader Lewis Beales commented:
At least we got another two races under our belts.