Countdown to Full Power Launch!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 11-03-2016

Just 2 weeks until we host our 2nd Full Power Launch for the V8UK Club on Sunday, 3rd April from 9am until 1pm. Last year we had a ball! The convoy that we ran from our facilities was 1 1/2 miles long from nose to tail through beautiful, winding countryside. The number and range of cars that arrived was spectacular and again this year we will have our own exotic range of race and road cars on display. New this year will be the dyno run to test the most (and least!) powerful cars for those that have booked a slot. Please check with V8UK if you would like to book depending on availability.
There will be a number of awards for competitions; favourite car etc.
Bacon and sausage rolls, burgers etc. will be available to purchase on site.Refreshments will be complimentary. Accuweather predicts a dry and sunny day, just like last year so fingers crossed. We look forward to welcoming you on the 3rd April!

Directions:
Topcats Racing
Endurance House
1020, Westcott Venture Park
Westcott
Nr. Aylesbury
Bucks. HP18 0XB / 0NP – Location depends on your SatNav system as some will take you to other places nearby. Please check on Google maps for location before you set off. (A41 between Aylesbury and Bicester).

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that we are located on a private estate with CCTV covering the road infrastructure throughout. Please respect the speed limits and driving etiquette required. Tyre marks from donuts in other businesses car parks are hard to explain on Monday morning! Good feedback means that we can continue to host here. Thank you.

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Invitation to V8 Vantage Owners – Experience the Supercharged Version!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 09-03-2016

maxresdefaultTopcats Racing are pleased to announce an Aston Martin V8 Vantage owners exclusive event at their custom built 10,000sq.ft workshop facility near Aylesbury, Bucks on SATURDAY, 25TH JUNE, 2016 from 10am until 2pm. The event will showcase GMR’s superb water injected supercharger which has been designed and developed to transform the power of 4.3L 380BHP and 4.7L 420BHP V8 Vantage engines to a staggering 583BHP and 600BHP respectively!

We will have GMR supercharged V8 Vantages available for demonstration runs on the day. Engineers and staff from both Topcats Racing and GMR will be on hand during the event to explain the system in detail and answer any questions.

All visitors are invited to enjoy complimentary refreshments and bacon rolls from our mezzanine café as well as a look around our facilities and range of sports and race cars that we have on display.

If you don’t currently own an Aston Martin V8 Vantage but are genuinely interested in future ownership, please feel free to join us.

If you would like to view and have a demonstration of the GMR Supercharged V8 Vantage but are unable to attend the event, we can arrange an appointment for you either at Topcats Racing or nearer to home.

Note: Entrance to our facilities is via a 24hr site security gate. Parking is on private land and, therefore, unrestricted and free of charge. Please contact any of the following for a windscreen pass that will allow you immediate access into the park:

 

Topcats Racing:                                 Tel: 01296 655109 / Email: info@topcatsracing.com

Organising AMOC Area Reps:

Area 10 Rep: Geoffrey Dische:   Tel: 01895 633449 / Email: area10@amoc.org

Area 4 Rep: Andrew Fawkes:      Tel: 01275 332920 / Email: area4@amoc.org

 

All AMOC areas are welcome.

 

Topcats Racing is located at:

 

Endurance House

1020, Westcott Venture Park

Westcott

Nr. Aylesbury

HP18 0XB / 0NP (Depending on your SatNav)

Please do not solely depend on your SatNav and check location on Google maps first as some systems take you to other places nearby. One of the quirks of a former top-secret MOD base!

 

GMR and Topcats Racing look forward to welcoming you to an enjoyable, social and exciting event!

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Topcats Racing and GMR join forces to power up the V8 Vantage world.

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main, Service and Upgrades News | Posted on 23-02-2016

maxresdefaultTopcats Racing are delighted to announce that they have been appointed official regional distributors and installers for GMR 600 Aston Martin V8 Superchargers. Topcats Racing are ideally, centrally located to serve Aston Martin owners across the Home Counties, London, Oxon, Northants, Warks, West Midlands and the North. Just 10 miles from both junctions 8a and 9 of the M40 and only 40 minutes from the Aston Martin factory at Gaydon.

GMR DiagnosticAs a team who are passionate about achieving real performance for race cars and customers road going cars alike, Topcats Racing are very excited to be able to supply Aston Martin V8 owners with a truly dramatic performance boost to their current driving experience.
Topcats Racing are the UK’s leading Chevrolet LS engine conversion specialists for TVR road cars. Transforming their otherwise fragile reliability and lack of power into a reliable, low maintenance and ferociously fast car reflects our ethos that we only offer products that make a real difference to the performance of a car and realise its full potential in a cost effective way. We approached GMR because their ethos is exactly the same as ours.

GMR have earned themselves great accolade from the Aston Martin community and the motoring press having already installed 14 superchargers to customers cars as well as their own V8 Vantage demonstrator, used daily and covering 85k miles since its installation.

GMR Engine bayBefore explaining how the system works, it is important to divulge the enormity of the performance upgrade that is being delivered. That way, we are sure we will already have you hooked.
The 4.3L V8 Vantage offers its owner a ‘comparatively’ stingy 380bhp. Once the GMR 600 super charger is installed and mapped you can wave your supercar pals goodbye with a whopping 583BHP at 7250rpm and 445lbs ft at 3500rpm. Compare that to the V12 Vantage S which has a mere 12lbs ft more but only achieved at 5750rpm! We haven’t even touched on the subject of the 4.7L V8 Vantage brandishing 600+BHP with the same conversion!

Even more astonishing is the superb linear delivery of power through the careful development of their mapping. Around double the torque pins you hard to the back of the seat. You can wring out the max from each gear if you enjoy the drama of wheel spins and smoking tyres or just short shift to a higher gear and let the torque whisk you to the upper echelons of the speedo, unflustered.

There are a few upgrades on the market for Aston Martin V8 Vantage owners but they only offer minimal improvement to performance with the costs exceeding the benefits. So how have GMR achieved it?

The supercharger is the very latest Eaton TVS used in the Jaguar F-Type S Coupe. GMR has developed it’s own ‘Geyser’ water injection system, doing away with the need for an intercooler thus improving efficiency, producing more power for less boost and reducing piston pressure and wear on the engine.

It’s an ingenious concept with several years of development by GMR’s MD, Graham Heane, an extremely talented engineer with an aircraft engineering background. Water is injected into the intake manifold as a fine mist at over 100psi of pressure. As it changes to a vapour it absorbs heat, lowering the temperature in the manifold and also reduces cylinder temperature. This improves the dynamics of the ‘flame front’ so that the fuel/air mixture ignites in a more efficient way and gives the pistons a less violent ‘shove’.

The engine can be run much leaner under load because fuel isn’t being pumped in to reduce in-cylinder temperature. Its water injection system is much more efficient than an intercooler and allows for exceptionally low boost pressure of only 6.5psi, further improving efficiency and longevity.
A good test is to put your hand on the intake manifold after a long run and remarkably, you will find it cool to the touch. Given all these factors, fuel consumption is significantly improved by approximately 20%.
The water is housed in a beautifully crafted 5.3 litre carbon fibre tank. To neatly tie up a complete package, the aesthetics of the installation look like they are Aston Martin factory finished.
If you still need one final nudge, read the fantastic reviews from respected motoring journalists, Jethro Bovingdon’s front cover feature of Vantage Magazine here: Vantage Magazine-June, 2014 GMR Supercharger

and Matt Saunders report in Autocar Magazine here: Autocar Magazine – GMR Supercharger V8 Vantage

Further technical details can be found at GMR Superchargers
Please contact us on 01296 655109 or email info@topcatsracing.com and we would be delighted to offer you a demonstration drive by appointment.

Complete cost for the drive-in /drive-out supercharger installation is £15,000.00 +VAT with a 50% deposit required at the time of order. 6-8 week lead time before commencement of installation.

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More reasons to order your Limited Edition TVR at no extra cost before the order book closes!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 22-01-2016

tvwwebnewNow that we have entered the realms of 2016, the launch of the new TVR is tantalisingly close.

Whilst detailing of the car continues, the latest rendering of the new car looks excitingly true to its word that TVR’s unmistakable DNA will live on.

TVR lover’s hearts will have skipped a beat to receive much longed for news from TVR HQ just before Christmas with further positive news that will undoubtedly be provocative for potential new owners.

Followers and enthusiasts will already know the confirmed construction methods, utilising Gordon Murrays revolutionary i-Stream technology which offers incredible strength and rigidity whilst also extremely lightweight. This makes for a car that will benefit from less wear and tear on components thus reducing running costs, greater performance and fuel economy.

TVR are going another step further though. Whilst the order book remains open for customers even before final details of the car have been announced, and yes there is a certain amount of faith but no risk to buyers deposits involved, TVR have confirmed that those who do place their order before the order book closes will receive their car with the iStream Carbon variant that will be even lighter and stronger and at no extra cost. All customers who place their order before the closing date get the up-spec’d car.

Potential buyers who have not yet committed and are not just looking from the heart but towards future values must surely be giving this more serious consideration.

The punchline, Christmas has been and gone and we are well into the new year. Time will fly almost as fast as the car and TVR have announced that by mid 2016 they will be confirming the location of their new factory, body styling and pricing. This will be the point too at which they will confirm a closing date for the ‘no extra cost’ LE car. Once closed, order confirmations and queue positions will be given to the buyers.

To learn more about iStream Technology

To learn more about iStream Carbon

tvwwebnewIf you are ready to place your order or have any questions, please contact us on 01296 655109 or email info@topcatsracing.com.
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Come and join us for some of the most exciting car club events this year!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 19-01-2016

We are very pleased to announce our association with the following clubs and organisations and will be hosting an exciting calendar of events for them at our workshop facility this year.

Sunday, 3rd April V8UK Full Power Launch
Overview: We hosted this event for the first time last year and the turnout was overwhelming! As part of the event a convoy was organised, starting from our workshop. From top to tail it measured over 1.5 miles long! The range of cars that attend are vast and eclectic to say the least with hot rods, TVR’s, Camaro’s, Corvettes, Mustangs, pick-ups and everything in between. This year again we will hold rev-offs and some competitions. New for this year, we will have a mobile dyno to see who will be king of the horsepower….you can bet it will be huge!! Please contact Ralph (ralph@v8uk.com)or Andy (andy@v8uk.com) if you would like to book your car into the dyno competition.
Go to: www.V8UK.com

Saturday, 14th May Corvette Club UK
Overview: We are hosting an event for the club for the first time having established a great customer base with Corvette owners over the last few years. We are well renowned with the Corvette power plant and will have completed our 25th conversion into a TVR road car this month. A number of our Corvette powered machines will be on display as well as some of our customer cars. All Corvette Car Club members are welcome from across the country. If you would like to attend but are not yet a member please contact Mark Eaton on 07542 897905. For further details about the event please contact Thames Valley RO, Alan Lewis on 07887 508021. Go to: www.corvetteclub.org.uk

Saturday, 18th June Supercar Driver – The Supercar Owners Club
Overview: Our first time hosting this event, we are pleased to be included this year into the clubs highly exclusive calendar of events. The event is open to members of the club only. Please check out their qualifying car list to see if your car is eligible in order to become a member. Go to: http://www.supercar-driver.com

Saturday, 9th July Big Bad Wedgefest
Overview: This event has been going since 2004! The greatest wedges of them all, SEAC’s, 400SE’s, 350i’s, 280i’s from our greatest British bulldog, TVR! Still a huge following for these cars, we look forward to seeing the largest gathering of Wedges this year! All TVR’s are of course welcome! For more details, please contact Mark Webb on 07758 131705 or email: tvrmark@outlook.com

Sunday, 28th August Pistonheads Sunday Service
Overview: We are pleased to host this event for the 2nd year running. Pistonheads are the world’s biggest online motoring magazine. Their ‘Sunday Service’ calendar of events have an enormous following from owners of all types of sports and performance cars. You need to be a member and it is free to join but you must book your slot to be able to attend. Places to our event were limited to 300 cars last year and it was fully booked within a day! Keep your eyes peeled for the release and get your name down quick! Go to: www.pistonheads.com

Saturday, 24th September TVR Noughties
A brand new event launching this year for the later model ‘T’ car TVR’s incl. Sagaris, T350, Tamora and Tuscan. Organised by the TVRCC Bucks, Herts, Beds and Surrey region but open to all TVR owners from across the country and promoted by TVRCC as a whole. There will be an exciting range of activities and displays incl. dyno runs, trade stands, competitions etc. The day will be part of a weekend package incl. overnight hotel stay. If you would like further information, please contact TVRCC Regional Organiser, Alex Gray on: alex_gray255@yahoo.com

All of the events will have food and refreshments.

We look forward to welcoming you to our events this year!

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Chevrolet LS conversion No.25 under way!

Posted by | Posted in Conversions, Latest News | Posted on 26-11-2015

LS3 engineToday we have started on our latest Chevrolet LS engine conversion. It will be our 25th conversion for a TVR. The client has opted for an LS3 engine with Tremec T56 Magnum 6 speed gearbox which makes a big difference to fuel economy.
With our engineers only returning yesterday from racing at Sebring in America, the engine has already been removed and all the major components are ready to be installed. The client has already sold the outgoing Speed Six engine and gearbox which of course is offset against the cost of the conversion.

Included in the cost of the conversion and all brand new are, LS engine and run kit, gearbox and bellhousing, clutch, ECU, braided Goodridge hoses throughout, alternator, starter motor, oil cooler and mapping. There are multiple other parts and fabrications included which would take too long to list here but please contact us if you would like to know more.
We DO NOT modify or cut into the chassis at all as it is very important to us to preserve the integrity of the car. This would also allow the owner to retro fit the Speed Six back into the car if wanted.
Converting to LS power frees the owner of 12k mile tappet servicing, potential engine failure, clutch finger failure, slave cylinder failure and left hand engine mount failure.

Colin Harts carThe conversion is what we term, ‘drive-in/drive-out’. Once the engine has been installed and mapped, the client collects his car and from then on only basic servicing at a fraction of the price is required compared to the servicing and running costs of the Speed Six.
For owners of the LS conversion, they no longer need to go through the ritual of engine warming before driving the car nor do they need to listen out for strange or different engine noises.
Owners can enjoy the huge and wonderful linear delivery of power that the LS engine offers up at the press of the throttle pedal. LS3 will deliver 460+BHP as standard with the LS7 giving 565+BHP. For the most demanding of our customers we have even completed a Lingenfelter LS9 conversion pushing out an incredible 753BHP! Conversely, the driver can enjoy the smoothness of the engine at cruising speed and for urban driving. With a 5 or six speed gearbox it is surprisingly fuel efficient.

New gearbox etc for LS3 ConversionMany of our customer LS conversions compete in hillclimbs, sprints and speed trials as well as events at Nurburgring, Spa, Isle of Man and most of Europe. Even with long distance journeys and hard competition driving, there have been no issues with reliability.
Bear in mind that four of our race cars are LS powered and have raced and finished 24 hour races every year as well as competing in full seasons of racing too! The engines have been proven and tested to the limit for the last 10 years. In fact, we ran the LS7 TVR Sagaris driven by Steve Glynn that won Britcar Trophy this year.
If you would like more information or would like to come and have a look at our latest conversion in progress, please contact Warren Gilbert on 07850 698700 or email: warren@topcatsracing.com

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TVR reveals full potency of its Cosworth engineered V8 for 2017 car launch!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 15-10-2015

TVR's Les Edgar (R) and John Chasey (L)

TVR’s Les Edgar (R) and John Chasey (L)

With orders of the new TVR totalling just short of 300, as of Monday this week, since TVR Manufacturing opened their order book in July this year, more exciting news has been released to confirm details of the 2017 cars power plant.

To further encourage potential owners who may be sitting on the fence awaiting more concrete information, the dyno tests for TVR’s new Cosworth engineered Ford Coyote V8 far exceeded expectations when its torque output forced the test equipment to shut down and had to be reconfigured. AUTOCARs news feature and footage from the dyno test can be viewed here:  http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/tvr-fires-v8-confirms-le-mans-2017-plans-exclusive-videos

With TVR’s scheduled release of its first road going cars to customers in mid 2017, it will surely be the UK automotive industries most significant moment in the past few years. If the general public haven’t already heard the news of our great British icon, TVR and its return, they will by then!

For the customer whose finger is still hovering over the ‘submit’ button, deposits are guaranteed if you pay by card. TVR are so confident too that if, when they release the images of the car, you don’t like it there is a no quibble return of your deposit. There is the added bonus too for TVR Car Club Members that they only need lay down £2500 deposit (half the normal £5000 deposit required).

Ready? Click on the link to join the others who can’t wait for 2017!! https://tvr.co.uk/deposit/topcats

HeritageTVR Network Performance logoTopcats Racing are TVR Network Members. Please contact us if  you would like any further information.

 

 

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A very busy Morning on the Ramps!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 13-10-2015

IMG_7954We had a fantastic morning on Saturday when we welcomed 40 TVR’s, Corvettes and other sports cars to our Morning on the Ramps event. The ramps where busy from 9am until lunchtime to give car owners the opportunity to get a good look at their cars from underneath and our engineers were able to offer advice on repairs and upgrades, answer any questions and locate any faults or issues with the car.
All owners who had there cars inspected received a comprehensive inspection report by email that they can now keep for their records.
Visitors were free to wander around our workshop and cars and enjoy breakfast and refreshments with other car owners and enthusiasts. We are pleased that our free Topcats Car Club membership was so well received and they will all go on to enjoy the many benefits of becoming a member.

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

 

Owing to the success of the event we will hold another one next year with date to be announced.
Pictures courtesy of Britcar reporter and photographer, Chris Valentine.

 

 

 

 

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

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3 great things going on at Topcats Racing that are sure to entice all car enthusiasts!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 07-10-2015

IMG_7951A Morning on the Ramps!

We are 3 days away from our Morning on the Ramps event at our custom built workshop at Westcott Venture Park, Westcott, Near Aylesbury this Saturday from 9am-1pm. We have a few slots remaining if you want us to put your car up on the ramp for an inspection with one of our engineers and it will give you the chance to ask advice if you have any concerns or plans for the car. If you enjoy doing some maintenance on the car yourself and are unsure on some of the how to’s, ask away!

Booking your car on the ramp is not obligatory, please come and see us if you just fancy a drive out, a bit of socialising and a wander around our workshop and cars on display!

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be in plentiful supply free of charge and delicious, hot bacon rolls will be available at £1.50 each.

 

Topcats Racing Car Club Membership

Our Topcats Racing Car Club key fob membership cards are now ready and will be available to guests attending our event on Saturday as well as all our existing customers. Membership is free and valid for life. Members will enjoy 10% discount on labour (usually £58+VAT per hour) if they book their car in for work before the end of March 2016 and will continue to receive the discount throughout 2016.*

Members will also receive exclusive offers and benefits varying from discounts on services to tickets to events.

 

Saturday DIY Ramps!

We are pleased to announce that we will be opening two DIY ramps on Saturday mornings, initially between 9am and 1pm. A calendar of dates will be set to fit in when the team are not away racing and customers will be able to book ramp time by the hour at £20 per hour including the use of tools. One of our engineers will be around to get the cars on the ramps and will remain in the background to ensure customers are OK. We will let you know when we are able to expand the service.

If you have questions regarding any of the above please do not hesitate to contact us on 01296 655109 or email charlotte@topcatsracing.com

Weather looks good for Saturday so should be a great turnout. See you there!

 

*Does not include our very competitive fixed price service menu, body repairs, MOT or LS engine conversions, however, these services, if booked before end of March, will entitle you to the 10% discount for future work. Our current labour rate is £58+VAT per hour. Labour rate will remain fixed until at least April 2016.

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Topcats Racing team driver Steve Glynn wins Britcar Trophy Championship 2015!

Posted by | Posted in Britcar Post Race Reports, Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 05-10-2015

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Britcar Trophy Champion Steve Glynn

Britcar Trophy Champion Steve Glynn

Topcats Racing are pleased to announce that their team driver Steve Glynn won the Britcar Trophy Championship at the final race of the season at Thruxton on Saturday in the TVR Sagaris.

Topcats Racing took over the running and preparation of the car before the start of this season with an overhaul and converting from LS3 to LS7 power ready to mount a serious challenge for the championship.

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Picture courtesy of Peter Blake

At the last race of the season , Glynn was on top form despite impending operations on damaged shoulder muscles! Wrestling a car with 500+hp and no power steering around Britain’s fastest and bumpiest circuit singled him out as this year’s deserving champion.

Podium for race 2

Podium for race 2

Glynn finished 5th overall in race one after suffering a tyre blow at 150mph putting paid to his chances of a win but an outright win in race two only served to prove his status.

Glynn will have revelled too in the fact that he beat his two Topcats Racing team owners Charlotte and Warren Gilbert sharing a car each with Jon Harrison and Rob Wilson respectively in their sister Marcos Mantis GT cars in the same class.

Duo, Gilbert and Harrison (car 54) failed to finish race one with a broken output shaft before Gilbert could to take over from Harrison.

Warren Gilbert leads

Warren Gilbert leads

Gilbert and Wilson in the sister car (60) were on point and finished second overall to the Class 1 Riley Daytona Prototype.

With Charlotte Gilbert starting race 2 from the back of the grid following race 1’s DNF, she made a great start managing to make her way back up to 3rd overall in time to hand over to Jon Harrison who maintained position to the chequered flag.

Warren Gilbert started from P2 on the grid behind the Riley, determined to pass the Riley for leading glory, maintained the lead for a lap and a half only to half spin at Noble, lose 3 places, regather and repass to catch back up with the Riley.

Wilson and Gilbert Race 1

Wilson and Gilbert Race 1

The Riley soon retired and Gilbert found himself leading the race as he pitted to hand over to Wilson. Wilson’s run didn’t last long as he too suffered a puncture dropping them down the board to finish 4th overall.

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