Topcats narrowly miss out on wins in first Lamborghini Super Trofeo Race

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 25-05-2015

Lambo line upTopcats Racing and driver Neil Huggins narrowly missed out on a double win this weekend after Saturdays first race saw them make a fantastic climb up the leader board into P2 and chasing the lead car before the Lamborghini Super Trofeo cut out with just half a lap to the end of the race.

With two separate qualifying sessions for both races, Huggins really clicked with his new car in 2nd qualifying to secure P2 on the grid for race two.

After a less than perfect getaway from the green light in Sundays 50 minute Lamborghini Super Trofeo race and a cautious opening couple of laps because of unfamiliarity with cold tyres, Neil Huggins dropped to 5th in class with a big 100 metre gap to make up. As soon as Huggins was confident with the tyres he began to close in on the leading pack. Within 3 laps he had halved the gap and drizzle set in. Huggins really came alive whilst the competition started to fall back into… Neil’s clutches. Huggins managed to pass 3 of his Gallardo Lambo thru fencechallengers before his mandatory pitstop and by the time all the pitstops had played out Huggins was up into P2 and challenging for P1 and quickest on track. With 10 minutes remaining Huggins was making a concerted effort to overtake the class leader and made several attempts to get down the inside into the corners but the worsening wet weather conditions were making each attempt more precarious as all cars were still on slick tyres. A move into Copse to out brake his opponent cost him in the end and he spun into the gravel. It ended his chance of winning but was able to return to the track to finish the race. Despite the final result, Huggins has definitely been noticed and although this was to be a one off for the year with Blancpain, Huggins has unfinished business….

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

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Topcats Lamborghini Super Trofeo out with the big boys at Blancpain Series Silverstone this weekend!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 22-05-2015

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

Topcats Racing headed for Silverstone yesterday afternoon for the Blancpain Series with the Lamborghini Super Trofeo which takes place this weekend. It will be driver, Neil Huggins, maiden entry to the series with his new car. He has so far had one chance to learn the car in preparation for this big event by competing in the Britcar Trophy, collecting 2nd and 3rd overall. This will be a much greater challenge and we wish him fun and success this weekend!

First test session has started as this news is published and we will keep you posted this weekend!

Blancpain Series timetable attached: http://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/images/results/47/Blancpain%20Endurance%20Series%20-%20Silverstone%20-%20Detailed%20Timetable%20-Draft%201.pdf

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Topcats Racing host Pistonheads Sunday Service on May 31st!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News | Posted on 14-05-2015

20140629_135631 (2)We’ve been sitting on this news for months, busting to let everyone know that we have been chosen as a venue to host the hugely popular Pistonheads Sunday Service on 31st May! It’s a big undertaking as we now share the calendar with the likes of Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Porsche, Mercedes Benz World and Goodwood. No pressure then! Preparations for the event are underway……we’ll put on a great show! All 250 available places were taken within 3-4 hours of the event release going live and there are another 125 cars on the reserve list!

http://www.pistonheads.com/calendar/event.asp?i=57101

 

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Topcats sister Marcos Mantis’s make it home together with podium finishes for the Silverstone 24hr!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 29-04-2015

Two very battered Marcos's cross the line together

Two very battered Marcos’s cross the line together

Topcats Racing are equipped to deal with every eventuality for a 24hr race and it was just well. It was a test of the teams skills that while most teams would have packed up their tools, Topcats were rebuilding  crashed cars, engines and various components from the pit garage floor to get both cars to the finish line!

Right from the beginning, both Topcats Marcos Mantis cars were cursed with a swathe of punctures (5 in total) in the opening 2 hours of the race whilst all the other cars inexplicably got away scott free! This put both cars on the back foot with much work to try and regain their 7th and 8th place starting positions whilst still harbouring aspirations to finish in the top 3 overall.

Both cars had had diff rebuilds in preparation for the race but sometimes things are best left alone as a newly replaced bearing failed for car 17 driven by Joachim Bolting, Nigel Pike, Paul Black and Pat Gormley.

The team were well prepared though and a fresh diff was ready and waiting to be installed whilst the outgoing one was rebuilt straight away just in case! The lengthy stop dropped the team to the bottom of the leader board and would take several hours and into the night before they would start making significant ascent past the opposition.

Grid walkabout

Grid walkabout

Meanwhile, drivers of sister car No.15, Paul Stephens, Gerry Taylor, Owen O’Neill and Neil Huggins were very much in the mix and about to take class lead and back up to 9th overall. Taylor was at the helm to enjoy the mornings first daylight hours. Having caught the Speedworks Aston Martin, he passed on the inside before the pit entry whilst the Aston was wide on the outside. The Aston Martin cut sharply across the track to make the pit entrance but hit Taylor hard shunting him nose first into the pit wall.

The whole front end of the car incl. suspension was destroyed as was the top end of the engine and it took 4 hours and 30 minutes to rebuild. This was a quicker option than installing a whole new engine that was sitting in a box at the back of the garage.  There was no question at all that the team would ensure both cars would cross the finish line and clinging on to the hope that there was still a chance of a class podium was enough motivation.

Grid girl

Grid girl

 

By now, Car 17 had moved into P2 in class behind the new V8 Marc Cars Australia.

A waiting game was all that was required for Car 15 in the end to steal P3 from the Marc Cars sister car which was taken out by its own stable mate on Sunday morning and had to retire. As that car gradually trickled down the leaderboard, Car 15 leapfrogged to take P3 in class on the last lap!

A fitting end to the race for the team was a formation finish for the sister Marcos cars as they crossed the finish line.

Team and drivers were delighted to have all 8 of its drivers on the podium to receive their trophies.

To view photo albums of the race please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/garyharman/sets/72157649848266284/with/17095245910/ and

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s5thghh7tyk1fi6/AACq5i9XbWJ8xpJgevlbHb5ka?dl=0 and

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b5sjfqylqx78qpx/AACsm-lmQwPKVEv26QsOebbra?oref=e&n=214520485#/

Report for the Trophy Race with Neil Huggins (Lamborghini Super Trofeo) and Steve Glynn (TVR Sagaris) to follow.

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Getting to the V8UK Full Power Launch this Sunday!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News | Posted on 07-04-2015

Topcats Site mapSunday and the V8UK Full Power Launch is fast coming upon us! To guide you to the workshop, here is a site map. Event opens at 9am. Some parking spaces will be reserved for our customer display cars in the car park but this will be marked out. Early birds get the remaining parking spaces. Additional parking will be available in CS Group’s car park and you will also be able to park along the long road in front of the workshop in single file in order to allow flow of traffic. Finally, please drive carefully once you are on site as it is privately owned. We look forward to seeing you then!

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Count Down to the Full Power Launch!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 31-03-2015

Convoy (2)As we near the V8UK Full Power Launch on Sunday 12th April, we can confirm that a fabulous 20 mile convoy route through the Buckinghamshire countryside, all with left hand turns only to keep the convoy together and some strategically placed people at the junctions to ensure a continuous flow from the Topcats workshop has been set. To record the occasion we will have not only a helicopter but also a drone to film the full length of the convoy before it sets off. We have a 1 1/2 mile avenue on a private estate to enable us to get all cars into formation. We will have a range of V8 products on display including engines on stands, upgrades and parts for your car. Photographer artist, Richard Duckham will be on hand to take photos of your pride and joy and work his magic to make it look truly spectacular. You will be able to purchase the images from a range of different formats incl. banners and canvases. Competitions and prizes will be awarded by the V8UK Club. A catering unit will be here to sell bacon rolls in the morning and fish and chips and burgers for lunch! Free tea and coffee until finishing time at about 2pm. Let’s see how long we can make this convoy! See you there!

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Sagaris Debuts with Topcats at Silverstone this Sunday

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main, Racing News | Posted on 28-03-2015

Steve's SagarisSteve Glynn will be racing his Sagaris GT car with Topcats Racing for the first time at Silverstone circuit tomorrow in the Britcar Trophy Championship with qualifying starting at 9.40am. There will be 2 x 45 minute races with the first race starting at 11.40pm and the second race at 5.15pm. The car has undergone major works over the Winter to prepare for a full season in the championship with sights set on the title. We will update tomorrow post qualifying and during the race. Please feel free to come and say hello if you are spectating! For more details re. the timetable please follow the link:
http://www.britcar24hr.co.uk/home/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Timetable-Silverstone-1st-round.pdf

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Come and enjoy the driving experience of a lifetime!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 19-03-2015

DSC_3548 A rare and unique opportunity to drive, unrestricted, in our hugely successful race cars on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit!

It has been almost 6 years since we ran our hugely successful programme of race car driving experiences (we ran them for 6 years – over 40 events!) which were unparalleled by any other driving experience available to those with just a road driving licence.

TVR Tuscan ChallengeAs a one off opportunity on Monday, 10th August, we will be offering a limited number of places to drive our TVR Tuscan Challenge race car and Caterham  R300 with fully qualified race instruction and no speed or rev restrictions. The TVR Tuscan Challenge car is equipped with dual control to allow the driver to fully explore the speed and handling of the cars. The cars are also equipped with radio comms between driver and instructor.

2011-11-19 10.36.17We will also bring our 600BHP Marcos Mantis GT car for fast lap rides with one of our resident racing drivers who races the car and knows how to peddle this car fast!

 

We are pleased to offer a full or half day experience to suit your budget.

 

Topcats Race Car Driving Experience

 

Full Day:  4 x 20 minute driving sessions, pre-drive sighting and demonstration lap with instructor and fast lap ride at the end of the day with one of our racing drivers. (2 in TVR / 2 in Caterham)

 

£725 incl. VAT

 

Half Day: 2 x 20 minute driving sessions and fast lap ride at the end of the day with one of our racing drivers. (1 in TVR / 1 in Caterham)

 

£375 incl. VAT

 

This option will be restricted by uptake of two drivers sharing a full day so if you have a friend who would like to share the day with you that would be great!

 

Two lap fast lap ride in the 600BHP Marcos Mantis GT car: £100 incl. VAT

 

Fireproof overalls and crash helmets are provided free of charge for the day.

 

Alternatively, you can vary your driving experience and book in your own car to drive on track for half a day and drive our race cars for the other half.

This combination will be restricted by uptake of two drivers taking both halves of the day so if you have a friend who would like to share the day with you that would be great!

 

Full Day discounted track fee to drive your own car on track: £419

Half Day discounted track fee to drive your own car on track: £215

 

If you just want to book your own car in for a full or half day experience why not choose to sit in for one of our fast lap rides in our 600BHP Marcos Mantis GT race car in between?

 

Our engineers will assist with customers own cars when possible if required but the race cars will have to take priority.

 

A special code will be given by Goldtrack for those booking their own cars in under the Topcats Racing umbrella to get their discounted track fee.

 

Payments for the Race Car Driving Experience will be payable to Topcats Racing (UK) Ltd.

 

Please contact Charlotte Gilbert to book or if you require more information on 01296 655109 or email: charlotte@topcatsracing.com.

 

As with all race car driving experiences and lap rides, all participants are required to sign an indeminity form with Goldtrack and Topcats Racing. For participants in the race car driving experience, the cars are insured with up to a £2000 excess payable by the participant driving in the event of damage to the car.

 

This event is subject to change or cancellation. If the event does need to be cancelled we will do this before payments are made to Goldtrack.

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Jem Marsh, 15th April, 1930 – 2nd March 2015

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 03-03-2015

Jem Marsh chequered flagTopcats Racing are very sad to report that Jem Marsh, co-founder of Marcos cars, died yesterday. Topcats Racing were privileged to have raced a number of cars that were created by him and still race 2 of his Marcos Mantis cars today. The team were also privileged to have met him on several occasions including when he waved the chequered flag as the Topacts Marcos Mantis cars crossed the line. The team are running both Marcos Mantis GT cars in the Britcar 24hr race on 25-26th April at Silverstone GP Circuit and will honour his memory with a memorial tribute displayed on each of the cars. RIP Jem. X

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Join Topcats Racing for a parade around the Silverstone GP circuit at Britcar 24HR!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News | Posted on 26-02-2015

Formation FinishTopcats Racing have been invited to get together a group of 20 TVR’s and Marcos’ to take part in a 2 lap parade around the Silverstone GP circuit at the Silverstone 24hr Race on Sunday 26th April. There will be many other groups participating, each headed by a pace car. If you would like to take part in this rare and exciting opportunity under the Topcats Racing banner the cost will be £20 per car plus entry fee. If you are interested, please contact me by PM and I can detail the cost benefits. Each driver will get a free Topcats Racing baseball cap.
We hope that you will be rooting for us as we will be running Steve Glynn in his TVR Sagaris which has undergone a major rebuild over the winter including the installation of an LS7 engine. He will be competing in the Britcar Trophy race alongside team mate Neil Huggins in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo car. Then for the main event, the 24hr Race, we will be running both Marcos Mantis GT cars and awaiting final confirmation to run the Mosler. A busy and exciting weekend!

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