Monday, 20 February 2017

BCCC return for Bartletts Racing

Weymouth-based Bartletts Racing will return to the Britpart MSA BCCC in 2017 and they'll use their Bartletts 3M 206 for the first time since 2013. 

The car will be driven by Ian Bartlett and brother Gary will navigate. Following an accident at the end of the 2013 season the team embarked on an extensive programme of modifications to the 206, including a lot of work to lighten the car.

"It's been a hard slog," said Ian. "We've done a lot of modifications and, finally, the work is almost complete. It just needs a bit of testing now! I'm looking forward to competing in the BCCC again".

For pictures of the rebuild please visit the Bartlett Racing Facebook page.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

X3 Racing announce BCCC campaign

The newly formed X3 Racing team have announced their plans for 2017, including fielding cars in the Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship.

The team, based in Silsden in Yorkshire, will be backed by Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) who are a world leader in the design, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of motorised recreational and utility vehicles. They will race the new Can-Am Maverick X3 in an association that is part of the team's strategic investment and development plan, which aims to create new jobs and opportunities in Silsden and the surrounding area.

The Can-Am Maverick X3 vehicle to be driven during the season will comply with FIA regulations. It is powered by the 154 HP turbocharged and intercooled Rotax® ACE engine that has been developed by BRP’s engineers to provide the vehicle with high-end power no matter what the terrain.

Adam Evans, founder of X3 Racing, commented: "The team’s drivers will be myself and Simon Adams. We have a vast amount of experience racing two, four, six and eight wheeled vehicles including riding in the Dakar rally so we’re confident our expertise will assist us in winning races with the Can-Am Maverick X3. We are also looking forward to promoting the capabilities of BRP’s Can-Am vehicles to a wide-ranging audience that attend the events and see our exploits on a variety of social media platforms.”

Paul Wood, BRP Commercial Manager UK and Ireland, added: “The Can-Am Maverick X3 is a high-performance vehicle and the association with X3 Racing is a significant platform to highlight the vehicle’s power and performance in some of the toughest terrains and races. As a brand, we look forward to cheering on the vehicle that will driven by two talented and experienced drivers throughout the season and, fingers crossed, it will be the star of the show.”

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Yamaha announce the Yamaha Driver of the Year

To reflect the expansion of Yamaha YXZ1000 cars racing in the UK, Yamaha have created the Yamaha Driver of the Year award. This award will be presented to the Yamaha driver with the most points scored throughout the season when competing in any of the UK’s recognised off road championships.

John Thorne, Team Principal of Yamaha’s factory racing operation, Thorney Motorsport explains:

“As a central part to the Yamaha ethos of supporting our drivers and teams, the Yamaha Driver of the Year award is designed to recognise a drivers skill at the wheel of the YXZ1000. Multiple race championships are included reflecting the sheer number of YXZ1000 cars now racing in multiple series across the UK.”

The Yamaha Driver of the Year Award is free to enter and will collate points scored by all Yamaha drivers competing in the following championships:

Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship;
All Wheel Drive Championship;
SxS Enduro Championship;
SxS Short Court Championship;
Northern Off Road Championship.

Other championships can be added subject to suitable criteria being met.

As several race series are included, points are awarded on class position on a weighted scale, for example a 2nd place in a class of three is worth less points than 2nd place in a class of 10 so it reflects both the skill of the driver and the relative performance within the series the driver competes in. There is no charge to enter but drivers must register their details to be included.

There will be awards for the top three drivers at the end of the 2017 season with the top prize being a pair of VIP passes as the guest of Yamaha for the MotoGP race in 2018 at Silverstone. Thorne continues;

“The top prize really is unique, as a guest of the Yamaha MotoGP team the winners will be given unprecedented access to the team and riders and really is something that cannot be bought and so reflects the importance Yamaha are placing on supporting their drivers.”

To register for the Yamaha Driver of the Year drivers need to contact Thorney Motorsport.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Multiple Yamaha YXZ1000Rs to enter BCCC

2016 saw the launch of the Yamaha YXZ1000R and the success of the two cars that raced in the British Cross Country Championship has led to a flood of new entries, with 8 Yamahas now confirmed for the 2017 season.

As well as Neil Davey returning to the series in a new car, there are 7 other new entrants, all campaigning in the YXZ1000R, representing one of the largest classes in the championship.

To reflect the increase in Yamahas in the championship Thorney Motorsport, the official Yamaha Factory team, will change its role away from running a works car to one of support for the new drivers and owners. John Thorne, owner of Thorney Motorsport confirms: “Central to our plans for Yamaha racing in the UK was to immediately offer support for our customers as the car gained traction as a viable competitive car. The success of the car in the BCCC and other championships has been such that we have accelerated these plans to launch the Yamaha Customer Racing program a mere 14 months after the cars first arrived in the UK.”

The Yamaha Customer Racing program is open to anyone racing a Yamaha YXZ1000 in the UK and offers a variety of support from discounted spares to full factory race support. Thorne continues: “It doesn’t matter who built the car or what team runs it, our role is to help all Yamaha owners and drivers in whatever capacity they need, putting a YXZ1000 on the top of the podium is the aim, pure and simple.”

The launch of the Yamaha Customer Racing program means that Thorne will no longer be competing full time in the BCCC himself but he will continue to develop the YXZ1000R car in a variety of other championships and events.

“I can't really say its a shame that I will no longer be competing full time in the BCCC, this was the plan we developed with Yamaha, we all want a bit of glory but the Yamaha ethos is to help and support all their customers and the Yamaha Customer Racing program is the essence of that and it would be impractical to support other racers whilst racing myself.”

The Yamaha Customer Racing program will see the works operation attending each BCCC round across the UK with full parts support and technical support for those drivers needing it which will mean that teams wont have to carry extensive spares with them to each race. 

Thorne concludes: “2017 is looking to be a busy year for us, as well as the Yamaha Customer Racing program, which extends to other championships, we are also continuing to develop the car for wider forms of racing. New FIA fuel tanks and increases in power are under development which, when complete, will be available to buy from any Yamaha dealer so this is just the beginning of the Yamaha YXZ1000R program."