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Race of Remembrance 1000km – track-club Victory and Class 1-2

In pretty shocking conditions at Anglesey even by Novembers usually fairly harsh standards the track-club run Lotus Exige V6 Cup R of Bob Drummond, Rob Myers and Adam McKay took a convincing victory in the 9 hour endurance race that is set to become one of the club calendars classic races.

With a full 45 car grid on the Anglesey International Circuit and a 3 hour night race into parc ferme followed by a 9am restart and the unique pause for the moving Remembrance Sunday service this really was a special race.

track-club ran in class F, the top class for professional and semi professional entries which was evident with the presence of some high level professional drivers including ex Touring Car ace Tom Onslow-Cole in the KPM Golf which won last year and current Touring car ace Jack Goff in the SW Lotus run Exige.

With two Exige V6 Cup R entries and the quick Lotus 2-Eleven being handed over from father to son (Ken Savage bowed out of Lotus Cup UK this year and the car will be raced by son Ryan in 2016) there was always likely to be a track-club car on the podium and this years stand out Lotus Cup UK Discover Alex Reed soon put the marker down with a dominant pole position.

Sadly, this wasn’t to be his race and a flawless 2015 run with zero retirements and a trophy at every round came to a halt courtesy of the worlds slowest fire service with a drive belt failing and taking out an oil line causing a fire just 100 yards from the pit entry.

Snapping on his heels in any case were the Golf, the Honda factory run Civic and the SW Lotus not to mention subsequent star of the race Scottish Formula Ford Champion Adam McKay.

McKay was in the other track-club V6 Cup R alongside new driver Bob Drummond competing in only his second race and former Elise Trophy driver Rob Myers.

Left right  -Rob Myers, Bob Drummond, Adam McKay.  Behind the stunning navy blue number 63 Lotus Exige V6 Cup R
Left right -Rob Myers, Bob Drummond, Adam McKay. Behind the stunning navy blue number 63 Lotus Exige V6 Cup R

Despite a strong challenge from the Savage 2-Eleven and the other class F entries the pace advantage of the V6 was able to overcome the fuel disadvantage that the car had by making clever use of the safety car periods to minimise the downside of the thirsty V6 engine and the normal 55 minute running time was stretched by the wet weather conditions that at times were horrific and ultimately led to the race being declared run around 45 minutes before it should have ended by which time the number 63 Exige had built a 3 lap lead.  All three drivers played their part with strong stints from each in the dark and a stunning group of laps from Adam when the race restarted to reel in the 2-Eleven and take the overall lead which the team then never lost.

Ken and Ryan Savage finished 4th overall and 2nd in the Lotus Cup Class which was a great achievement for Ryan who was racing his 2016 mount for the Lotus Cup UK Championship.  In shocking conditions and managing a supercharger issue for the last three hours Ryan put in a near 2 hour stint in horrific conditions in the open top Lotus.

We should not forget the reason behind this race and why we were all there please take a moment to visit these sites and find a way to support the racing and reason behind the racing.  Yes, we won the race, one of our cars paid a fairly high price for trying but it’s nothing like the price that some of the guys on the grid paid doing their job for their country.  It was an honour to be with them for this weekend.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them………………




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New Winners & Championship Runners Up in 2015

Following multiple championship titles it was always going to be difficult to maintain the momentum but 2015 saw track-club drivers take the runner up slot in the Overall Lotus Cup UK Supersport Championship (Ken Savage), the Lotus Cup UK Exige Cup (Alex Reed) and the Lotus Cup UK Production Championship (Stuart Ratcliff & Anthony Dunn).

The final round at Snetterton wasn’t without success however as it brought one of the most popular victories in the history of the series when Seth Walpole took not only his first podium but a first overall victory holding up multiple race winner Craig Denman to take a stunning win in the second Elise Trophy race.

track-club drivers Seth Walpole (top step) and Craig Denman (2nd)
track-club drivers Seth Walpole (top step) and Craig Denman (2nd)

Seth’s win was long overdue and his results have steadily improved since switching to a later spec Lotus Elise 111R.  There was literally a queue of drivers and crew waiting to congratulate one of the most popular drivers in the paddock as he brought the car back into the parc ferme.

Seth and the track-club run Lotus Elise 111R
Seth and the track-club run Lotus Elise 111R
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track-powertrain Engine for World RallyCross

The FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) will add a new name and new manufacturer to the World Championship: former WRC driver Gigi Galli and Kia Rio.  Both Galli and the all-new Kia Rio Supercar will compete at the upcoming World RX of Italy (16-18 October).  track-groups engine division has provided the horsepower!!

The successful rally driver from Livigno, who competed in last year’s World RX of Italy, has decided to take one step further in 2015 and compete in a new car.  Galli – who narrowly missed out on a spot in last year’s Italy RX final – has created his own RX team starting the project with a brand new Kia Rio Supercar, the first of its kind in RX.

gigi_rx_1track-group have built the bespoke engine for the car and provided technical and engine support for the project through their track-powertrain division which builds competition engines for a wide range of motorsport competitors worldwide.

Despite a relatively short lead time the team at track-powertrain designed and commissioned bespoke engine parts and assembled the engine to meet the teams tight schedule.

Less than 12 months after his first World RX experience, Galli is now ready for his new adventure thanks to the support of his Italian partners.  Giovanni Bernacchini, Galli’s co-driver from his rallying days, will join Galli as a key member of his new team.

“I am delighted to be back in World RX,” explained Galli, who competed in a total of 66 WRC events and scored two podiums. “My supporters have been pushing for this to happen and my endless passion for racing has made this happen.  I am especially excited about creating a brand new team and car plus I am excited to also have Giovanni [Bernacchini] by my side.  We will introduce ourselves at the Italian World RX round at Franciacorta next month.  Our aim is not to win, it would be foolish to think we could do that straightaway – we simply want to demonstrate how hard we have worked so far.”



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Alex Reed Wins at Silverstone – heads a track-club 1-2-3

Alex Reed took victory in the 7th round of Lotus Cup UK on the Silverstone GP Circuit on Saturday 12th September.  He converted his third consecutive pole position in the track-club run Lotus Exige V6 Cup R to a dominant victory surviving a first corner drama all around him and taking fastest lap along the way.

Left to right - runner up Adam Knight, winner Alex Reed and third place Marcus Jewell - track-club 1-2-3
Left to right – runner up Adam Knight, winner Alex Reed and third place Marcus Jewell – track-club 1-2-3

Reed won from Adam Knight also in an Exige V6 and Marcus Jewell in the Lotus 2-Eleven completing a track-club 1-2-3.

Championship leader Ken Savage was 4th surviving initial contact with Adam Gore and Adam Knight and doing a solid job with a compromised car suffering side panel damage and restricted air flow.

Reed who is hoping to graduate to GT racing in 2016 dominated the weekend timing his pole run in changing conditions perfectly and managing a tyre issue towards the end of the race.  He was delighted with his result.  track-club’s Stephen Docherty commented “Alex seems to be driving better every time he gets in a car at the moment.  He’s very focused, takes his driving seriously and is probably now the quickest driver on the grid.  This is his first season full seasons racing and there’s a lot more to come from him”.

The series now moves on to the final round at Snetterton in October where the championship title will be decided.

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track-group Lead 2015 Lotus Cup UK Championships


Ken Savage runs a track-club built & run Lotus 2-Eleven and currently leads the Lotus Cup UK Championship.
Ken Savage runs a track-club built & run Lotus 2-Eleven and currently leads the Lotus Cup UK Championship.

track-club drivers are currently leading both the Lotus Cup UK Supersport Championship and Lotus Cup UK Production Championship in a strong year for the team.   track-club drivers have won the overall title twice with Steve Train in 2012 and Adam Knight in 2014 – the team aren’t taking anything for granted however and whilst they lead the championship in 2015 there are three races remaining and every championship to date has gone down to the last race – often the last few laps of the last race!!

After a stunning 1-2-3-4 at Spa Francorchamps headed by a race win for the 2014 Champion Adam Knight the championship lead remains with Ken Savage in the newly built for 2015 Lotus 2-eleven.  Knights victory is thesecond overall win for track-club drivers this year following the Donington victory for championship rival Alex Reed.

Adam Knights Lotus Exige V6 Cup R - the 2014 Champion
Adam Knights Lotus Exige V6 Cup R – the 2014 Champion

In the Production Championship track-clubs Stuart Ratcliff in his third season with the team leads along with co-driver Anthony Dunn in their Lotus Elise 111R.

Ratcliff & Dunn have had to fight hard for their points with a start from the pit lane enforced at Oulton Park and a fight through the field after contact early on at Spa where they were also compromised by the timing of the safety car.

Elise 111R of Stuart Ratcliff and Anthony Dunn
Elise 111R of Stuart Ratcliff and Anthony Dunn

With three 60 minute races remaining and a dropped score to be taken into account both championships are very tight.  The next round is at Brands Hatch on the Grand Prix circuit as part of the Lotus Festival on the 15th & 16th July.  Given that there is a British GT4 test for the Supersport Winner and a Lotus Cup Supersport Test for the Production winner all the competitors are highly motivated to maintain reliability and results.

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track-group to offer finance options on motorsport components

track-group Ltd has successfully achieved FCA compliance and teamed up with Pay4Later and Close Brothers to be able to offer retail finance on its range of motorsport parts.  We believe this is the first time that customers will be able to spread the cost of the race engine over the course of a season or even longer.engine4

Engines, electronics and safety equipment are getting ever more expensive even at club level and with high end video and data systems, engine control and other electronics representing a significant investment for competitors over several years of racing we think that this will be a significant benefit to customers who want to invest in quality.

track-group see many customers who understand that putting the right quality component on a car can have significant benefits in terms of both performance and reliability but often drivers are forced to compromise due to budget restrictions which in turn compromises performance an d reliability.  If we can help spread the costs of these items and low or sometimes non existent interest rates it will allow drivers with more modest budgets to compete on a more level playing field with the big spenders in a series.

track-group represent a number of premium motorsport brands and we focus on only supplying what we use on our own vehicles – these premium brands can be a difficult to justify luxury for some customers who compromise their reliability and performance according to budget.  track-group can help avoid those compromises.

As well as premium brands like Racelogic and ATL track-group will also offer their own engine and gearbox build services and even bespoke wiring loom and electronic systems design.Video VBOX Lite 2 camera option

Premium motorsport brands looking for quality and pro-active dealer support can also contact track-group MD Stephen Docherty via if they think their brand can benefit from an association with track-group.

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Track day tips #1 – Your first time on circuit.

Ralph Hosier is a professional chartered automotive engineer, many of your will be familiar with his writing from the likes of Evo and Octane magazines, Ralph has very kindly written an article for those of you who are thinking about getting out on track.

Exhilaration seeps from the track, the sounds, the smells and the spectacle all conspire to grab you by the heart. The fact is that you would have to go a long way to beat the sheer enjoyment of driving at full chat round one of our many splendid race circuits, so it is probably quite high up on your list of things to do. Track day veterans will tell you there are a few secrets to success, some of which might sound surprising if you are new the scene.

The great thing about track days is that they are not a race. In fact racing is strictly prohibited, the idea is that everyone can go as fast as they feel happy with and enjoy the day. Corners are where the fun happens, you are entitled to handle the corner in any way you can without being hassled by faster cars. So overtaking is only allowed on the straights, it is quite common for faster cars to hold back on the straight to give themselves some space in front so they can then take the corner flat out without risk of encountering a slower car.

Many people worry that they are in some way ‘not good enough’ or that their car isn’t ‘fast enough’, this is normal and nothing to worry about. Because there is no minimum speed, no racing, nothing to compete against except your own fear, you could turn up in a bog standard diesel family hatchback and still have a great day.

Of course one excellent way of removing car performance anxiety is to hire a ready prepared track day car from track-group; these are great cars that are properly prepared for reliability and exhilaration in equal measure. Hiring a car removes most of the worry and leaves you free to concentrate on developing your driving, or just simply having fun. Of course track-group can also prepare, deliver and support your own track or race car but we’ll continue as if you are driving your own pride and joy!!

The big day.

As the nerves build before your first track day you might find that you get bombarded with conflicting advice, so just to add to the confusion here is some more:

  1. You will need to feel comfortable, so wear comfy cloths. Shoes are very important pieces of equipment, ideally they should have soft soles so you can feel the pedals, but the most important thing is that they must be tight enough to give you accurate control but not so tight that they hurt after an hour or so. Thick soles such as trainers should be avoided.
  2. You do NOT need a stop watch, you will not be taking lap times, this is not a competition and racing against the clock leads to accidents and a level of self-imposed stress that can ruin a fun day.
  3. If you are using your own car then service it before hand, belts (including cam belt where fitted), oil, coolant, gearbox and diff oil as well as brake fluid should all be fresh and at the right level. Depending on the car it may be best to run the oil level towards the low mark on the dip stick to prevent oil pull over, or towards the top end if the engine is prone to surge where the oil in the sump sloshes away from the pick-up pipe. Again check for advice on your particular model. Either way check the oil level after each run, consumption will be higher than for normal road use, take spare oil. Obviously if you are hiring a car from someone like track-group then a support technician will take care of this for you.
  4. Keep an eye on the temp gauge and if it starts creeping up then ease off and investigate the cause in the pits. But only look at the gauges when safe to do so on the straights. Don’t look at the speedo, it won’t help. Do look at the rev counter and avoid the red line, preserve the engine.
  5. It is vital to do a cool down lap before coming in (High gear, low speed and don’t touch the brakes) to lose the stored heat in the engine, exhaust and brakes. Never put the hand brake on, once the brakes are hot it warps the disc and can bond on quite resolutely.
  6. After a run has been completed open the bonnet and let the heat out, all the metalwork will be hot and will soak into fuel lines and electrics whilst parked up. Whilst there check everything is still attached and not leaking.
  7. Keep checking your tyre pressures, you will be pushing your tyres harder than you ever could on the road so the right pressure is vital.
  8. Don’t take loads of spare parts, whatever spares you take you won’t need, whatever spares you need you won’t have. Best not worry about it. But do take fluids.
  9. Take drink, a hat and sun glasses, tracks are strangely drying places, keep hydrated otherwise your concentration will fade faster than your brakes.
  10. The first few laps will be a bit bewildering, most people feel lost. This is normal and nothing to worry about. Your first few laps should be used to get familiar with the layout of the circuit. Just take it easy and build your speed gradually, you have all day and after lunch you will be much faster.
  11. Chat with the other participants, find someone with a bit more experience and get them to sit in. But bear in mind that anyone who says they are experienced are often deluded; the best guides are the quiet ones who don’t boast. Better still pay for some proper tuition, again track-group can help here.
  12. After lunch pick someone who has a car that should in theory be as fast as yours, follow them and try to keep up, don’t worry if you can’t.
  13. Keep a safe distance from other cars, particularly braking for corners. Build a bit of space by hanging back on the straights so you can safely go flat out through the corners, where the fun is located.
  14. When you spin off, stay calm. Stop for a few seconds and collect your thoughts. Follow the marshal’s directions, check all around for other traffic and indicate when you re-join the track. Your tyres will be full of mud so don’t go too fast and stay off the racing line until they clear, it will sound like a hail storm as the grit is thrown into your wheel arches but don’t let this concern you.
  15. Take pictures. Lots of pictures. Take friends who are good with cameras. Video is even better but you must get permission from the circuit and also from the event organizers first.
  16. Enjoy yourself. Don t push too hard, there will be other track days and the chances are on the first outing you will find niggling faults on the car anyway, preserve the car and yourself. Remember this is not a race, it is not a test, and it is not a test of your honour.
  17. When packing up to go home take a few moments to make sure you have everything you came with. Check the car is safe for the road if you are driving it home, check the tyres for damage and make sure the tyre pressures are right. Check the fluids again and if you taped up your lights remember to take it off!
  18. On the way home keep your speed down, nothing you learn on the track is appropriate for road use! You will have become accustomed to going very fast, your road speed may creep up on you without you realizing.

After your first track day you will probably be hooked, ideas for improvement to both yourself and the car will start pouring in and you will find it impossible to talk about anything else.

You’ll see signs about the track saying ‘motorsport is dangerous’, but what they don’t warn you about is that it is also highly addictive. If you start down this route the chances are your life will never be the same again. Go on, book a session right now!

Good luck.


Ralph Hosier is a professional chartered automotive engineer; he works with major car companies developing experimental and prototype performance cars. He builds and races his own cars in a variety of disciplines. Ralph has written for a number of magazines and web sites including Evo, Octane, Racing & Waiting, PPC, Full Throttle, Max Power, Practical Classics and Land Rover Monthly. He is a member of the Institute of the Motor Industry, the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Guild of Motoring Writers. So he really should know better, if you spot any errors bother him and not us at his web site

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track-club win the 2012 Lotus Cup UK Supersport Championship

Steve Train running a track-club motorsport prepared and run Lotus 2-Eleven took the Overall Lotus Cup UK Championship with a stunning drive at Snetterton overcoming being pushed off the track and into the wall by another driver. At one point Steve was last on the road after being pushed off but a determined (and perhaps a little angry) drive combined with excellent pit work saw him fight back into the class lead.

The race topped of an outstanding season where Steve was one of only two drivers who’s car completed every race but the dropped score championship rules meant that whilst other drivers dropped zero scores Steve would have to ‘throw away’ 21 points.


Championship rival Simon Deacon retired with gearbox failure early in the race leaving the title straight fight between Steve, Tom Chatterway and Glen Sherwood.

Steve’s race engineer Simon Wilkins kept the championship positions from Steve during the race and gave him minimal information over the radio despite the team knowing the actual positions as the race unfolded. In very slippery conditions Steve lapped consistently faster than the other 2-Elevens benefiting from a set up day the week prior to the championship decider.

track-group Director Stephen Docherty said that “Steve deserved the title, he’s worked hard on his driving both on and off track, Simon has done a great job making sure the car was competitive and reliable and the team have been fantastic all season.”

Steve himself thanked all of the track-club team acknowledging that it was a real team effort to take the title and emphasised that he will be back to defend his title in 2013.

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August 2012 – ATL Dry Break Refuelling for Lotus

track-group release new ATL Dry break refuelling systems for Lotus Elise, Exige and Lotus 2-Eleven.

In conjunction with Aero Tec Laboratories Ltd (ATL) track-group have developed a bespoke ‘plug & play’ system that is an easy fit for the popular Lotus track day and race cars. ATL’s record speaks for itself being a supplier of safety fuel bladder tanks to the motorsport market for over 40 years. Having exclusively supplied the entire Formula One grid for nearly two decades, ATL is now firmly established as the market leader and their systems are on every Formula 1, DTM and BTCC race cars.

The Lotus system is modular and can include a complete system comprising of ATL 70 litre safety cell, car mounted female dry break fitting and Staubli vent valve and a 28 litre refuelling bottle capable of dropping fuel into the car at over 4 litres per second.

The system can be used in conjunction with a normal filler system as well for those who want to refuel normally on some occasions.

This race proven system has already helped a number of drivers to impressive results in Lotus Cup UK including victories in the Lotus 2-Eleven class for Marcus Jewell and Steve Train.

The 2-Eleven system comprises of the same Staubli vent system with a bespoke aluminium panel supporting a 2” female dry break valve replacing the standard filler next with a one piece specially manufactured fluorosilicone lined hose.

Systems start from just £895 and they are available from track-group Ltd and



track-group are the leading track and race car hire organisation in the UK, their track-club motorsport arm and track-powertrain engine division bringing professional motorsport capability to the club and semi-professional race market. track-group specialise in Lotus and Aston Martin track and race preparation and they are proven race winners in every category of racing they have entered. track-group also represent a number of key motorsport brands including Performance Friction, Motul Oils, ATL refuelling equipment and HKS Performance parts as well as proving engine build and test services to the highest levels of motorsport. For information on track day or race car hire, engine and engine electronics services or track and race preparation and support visit or e-mail your enquiry to

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July 2012 – First Aston Martin GT4 win for track-club at Brands Hatch

Bolaji Odunsi took a great if unexpected victory in the track-club run Aston martin Vantage GT4 at a very wet Brands Hatch GP Circuit. A great qualifying performance in the dry put Bolaji P3 on the grid and looking forward to the 60 minute race the following day.

By the time the race came around the day had been mainly wet and despite a drying line in the preceding Formula 3 race the team opted to play safe and stick to wets for the start of the race with the knowledge that the pit window opened after 15 minutes.

This decision was justified by a downpour on the green flag lap and as the race started Bolaji slipped to P4 behind a car that he was clearly able to lap faster than but just couldn’t find a way past. This allowed the leader to open up a significant gap and Olivier Bouche in the lead #22 car did just that.

With Bolaji losing time to the leaders the team elected for an earlier stop that scheduled in the race plan which with the benefit of a timely safety car and problems for the second place car allowed Bolaji out into clear track just in front of the #7 car that he had previously been stuck behind. Now with a clear track Bolaji eased away and set about catching the not quick so quick Mantello who had taken over from Olivier Bouche in the Stratton #22 machine.

In a nail-biting race to the end Bolaji got within 0.5s of Mantello at the chequered flag but the Stratton Motorsport driver was cruelly stripped of the win by the stewards for an infringement when he made contact with another car when re-joining the track after a spin resulting in the race being awarded to Bolaji – not the way he wanted to win his first Aston Martin race but well deserved after an excellent drive!

track-group are the leading track and race car hire organisation in the UK, their track-club motorsport arm and track-powertrain engine division bringing professional motorsport capability to the club and semi-professional race market. track-group specialise in Lotus and Aston Martin track and race preparation and they are proven race winners in every category of racing they have entered. track-group also represent a number of key motorsport brands including Performance Friction, Motul Oils, ATL refuelling equipment and HKS Performance parts as well as proving engine build and test services to the highest levels of motorsport. For information on track day or race car hire, engine and engine electronics services or track and race preparation and support visit or e-mail your enquiry to