TVR Sagaris for V8 Supercars
The EERC’s V8 Supercar Challenge goes ahead at Snetterton
on May 13/14, and Tim Hood is already race-proving his self-built
Sagaris in the Dunlop Tuscan Challenge – and, last weekend,
in Castle Combe Special GTs.
Tim has been
around for a few years – he was the TOCA Fiesta champion in
1995, at his third attempt, driving for Pete Daniels Motorsport
- and has been a mainstay in the Tuscan Challenge since 1997. Indeed,
his new Sagaris used his old Challenge machine as the donor. “It
was a shame to do it, but it was the only option - I can’t
afford to build a Sagaris from the ground up,” he rued.
Maybe not, but
it seems it’s just the power train that remains after a dramatic
reworking, as Tim explained; “It retains the TVR AJP V8 engine,
but we’ve fitted a sequential box, flat-floored it with the
and fitted bigger wheels, bigger brakes, and a bigger fuel tank,”
interjected fellow competitor Darren Dowling, himself a V8 Supercar
entrant (and now Britcar racer too) in his converted Tuscan Challenge
car with the novel hardtop, which incidentally, was built by Hood
– there’s a friendly rivalry between these TVR guys.
And has it got
a dry-break fuel system?
know, the filler system, the one you got for nothing,” winked
Yes, it has
then, which means it’s OK for Britcar, too.
sponsor since he started in Tuscans has been model railway company
Bachmann European PLC – strange bedfellows, it seems. “Maybe,”
said Tim, “but the managing director is a real race fan, and
comes to all the races.”
Prior to the
Combe meeting on the May Day bank holiday, Tim had experienced mixed
fortunes; “We went to Oulton Park last month, but had engine
problems in testing, so we just scraped into the second of the two
Tuscan races. I started from the back of the grid, and finished
was more successful, but not without its dramas. Starting from fourth
on the grid in the Special GT race, he initially ran third, but
had to give best to the small sports-prototypes around him, eventually
finishing fourth, and winning Class C, for “highly modified
saloon and sports cars”, but needing some repairs before the
late afternoon Tuscan Challenge race. “It’s spitting
oil out, so we’ve got to sort that out, plus, the clutch has
gone, and we’re changing it – I didn’t even realise
until the race ended.”
pole, Tim led from lights to flag, with mate Dowling’s Tuscan
trailing by under three seconds at the finish. Tim’s team
mate in the Jet Black Motorsport squad, Steve Glynn, came home a
respectable fifth in his Tuscan.
All three will
be at Snetterton for the inaugural V8 Supercars races. Things are
looking very, very good for a fabulous turn out for the first running
of the V8s.