Oakfields’ Ex-PTG BMW
Ian Donaldson started the first 50 minute Open race at Brands Hatch
last Saturday (November 20) – in a very interesting machine.
his purchase of this car (from Japan) many months ago – here
– since when, the M3 has had a lot of attention paid to it.
#2, a 2000 year car, raced by PTG originally. It was sold to a guy
called Hashimoto in Japan in 2002, and Schnitzer did some upgrades
to it before it went to race in the JGTC, in 2003. I bought it in
January of this year.
“Dave Lampitt at
SpecFab has since stripped it back to bare metal, so this is really
more like the car’s shakedown. It was only finished at 5am
on Friday morning.”
had a puncture in qualifying, plus a slight alternator problem,
then in the first part of the race in the afternoon, “it knocked
a tooth off the pinion. They’re changing the diff. now,”
he said, between races.
Donaldson, his son Andrew,
and Guy Povey all got out in the second 50 minute race, “and
now we know how good it is,” said Donaldson Snr. “We
began on the same settings it had when it arrived from Japan, and
all we’ve done is move the rollbars one click back and front.
It’s very good over the bumps, very comfortable. I was going
away from the Ferrari before the diff. trouble.”
2005 plans for
the car? “We’ll be doing some endurance racing with
it – myself with both of my sons (Andrew and Mark) and other
races with Guy Povey and myself driving.”