Britcar Open News Round-Up
Father and son pairing Patrick and Mark Charlton were back in the
Honda VTEC- powered Lotus Elise in the Britcar Open event last Saturday
– this the car that scored a podium finish in the British
GT Cup class last season.
now race in the British championship as the engine transplant means
the car isn’t legal and, it’s not powerful enough either,
but we’re looking at all sorts of options to get back,”
said Charlton the younger.
The family team is believed
to have considered options ranging from a supercharged engine, or
even the new Radical V8, through to a potential Lamborghini Gallardo
Cup (GT3) entry: the Italian marque though seems a non-starter.
to do GT2 but the key is budget. Dad and I are working really hard
to make it happen but we’ve no firm plans yet.”
that Team Wireless find a way back to the tracks in 2005.
and Tophats II
The news we relayed a fortnight ago of the marriage of Charlotte
Osborne and Warren Gilbert missed out one important detail of the
couple’s special day.
The blushing bride, replete
in her wedding dress, arrived at the church not in a vintage Rolls
Royce, but instead at the wheel of a full, race prepped TVR Tuscan
Challenge car - turning a few heads no doubt as she howled down
Woburn High Street, before sliding sideways to a halt, fashionably
late of course!
A surprise package
aboard the very same car at Brands Hatch were the Eclipse Motorsport
combination of Steve Hyde and John Griffiths, both getting involved
in some close racing in the 2 x 1 hour GT Open races – on
their way to sixth overall. As far as we know, neither has plans
to use the TVR for the same purpose as Charlotte Osborn - either
together, or separately!
Paul Cope ran his Venturi 400 GTR in the British GT Championship
as long ago as 1997. He and former England cricketer David Smith
were at Brands Hatch last Saturday, to race Giles Groombridge’s
Alfa 156 in the Britcar Night race – but they only covered
was listed as a possible entry for the first Britcar Open race at
Donington earlier this month, but the Renault V6 in that car is
“too expensive to repair and too unreliable. But I’m
thinking of having a Jaguar V8 fitted into it for next year.”
That would make an interesting (and reliable) machine.