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 Sagaris body……….”

“.... 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?

“A what?” queried Tim.

“You know, the filler system, the one you got for nothing,” winked Dowling.

Yes, it has then, which means it’s OK for Britcar, too.

Tim’s 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 third.”

Castle Combe 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.”

Starting from 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.
Steve Wood


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