Last weekend we were back at Brands Hatch with Equipe Classic Racing although this time we were on the full Grand Prix circuit and the race was in support of the British GT championship. Dave Griffiths was racing his black Triumph TR4. Qualifying didn’t quite go to plan but he fought hard to make up a massive 12 places.
This weekend was the busiest one so far. First of all we had John Rhodes Mini Cooper at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with our Charles Rainford driving. Then we had David Griffiths at the Equipe GTS race at Donington Park in the Triumph TR4 and lastly David Moran was out at Brands Hatch with the CSCC in his Mk1 Lotus Cortina. Festival of Speed was massive and a lot of fun. Charles chipped away at his times going faster with every run. We opted to be in the timed competition so Charles could take part in the final shoot out on Sunday. He posted his quickest time of the weekend beating the Alan Mann Escort with a 62.3 seconds.
Dave Griffiths qualified well in the TR4 and with the new spec engine he knocked 2 seconds off of last years lap time. He was running 7th in the race and getting blocked for 6th. He made a dramatic move at the chicane but spun and dropped back down the order. David Moran entered both the Classic K and Swinging 60’s races in his Lotus Cortina. David and driving partner, John Hutchinson, qualified well for both but suffered some axle damage on track. They had to sit out the Swinging 60’s race to repair the axle but starting from 4th for the Classic K race they managed to finish 2nd overall and first in class.
The Triumph TR4, a classic British sports car and formidable competition machine. Solid build quality with great handling characteristics and a strong, reliable 2.2 litre 4 cylinder engine. This car has been a race car for a long time. It was brought to us in 2015 having been stored for many years. The car received a complete refresh, overhauling the suspension and brakes and bringing the car up to current levels of preparation with a new roll cage, new Cobra racing seats and harnesses, new fire extinguisher system, stack rev counter plus many more improvements. Since then the car has been developed further with adjustments to suspension and spring rates. The current owners have used the car regularly in CSCC Swinging 60’s, HSCC Historic Road Sports and HRDC Allstars. The car has proven to be very reliable with no major issues in the last two seasons. The car is finished in an Aston Martin green metallic which really suits the car. The wings are light weight aluminium but could be swapped for steel to easily qualify for an FIA HTP. This car is an ideal starting point for anyone who wants to get into racing historic sports and GT’s, reliable with huge potential. Fresh for 2018, this car is available to buy now and ready to race. For more information give us a call or send us an email.
We had a great weekend at Brands Hatch with a victory in the Equipe GTS group B race. Dave Griffiths qualified 8th in the Triumph TR4 on Saturday morning and made his way up to 4th in the first race Saturday afternoon. In race two on Sunday Dave started 4th and fought his way up to P1 after a long fight an MGB.