Topcats Racing team driver Steve Glynn wins Britcar Trophy Championship 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.

GT

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

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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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New challenge in 2015 with Lamborghini Trofeo for Topcats racer Neil Huggins

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 11-02-2015

Super Trofeo car in  Sepang

Super Trofeo car in Sepang

Accomplished GT racer, Neil Huggins, has taken delivery of a Lamborghini LP560-4 Super Trofeo car from Dusseldorf, Germany to race competitively with the hope for some victories in 2015. A real enthusiast of the marque, Huggins is looking forward to the new challenge. The car will be run by Huggins long-time race partner, Topcats Racing, who have run the driver for many years in their Marcos Mantis GT car in Britcar, GT Cup and several European races as well as Huggins own 1965 TVR Grantura in HSCC.

Well renowned for his exceptional turn of pace on the UK endurance racing scene, Huggins should show well in his debut outing at Silverstone GP circuit in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo on 22-24th May.

LamborghiniHuggins intends to up the ante with his return to the GT Cup and Britcar too with the more technically advanced machine where he is already used to contesting at the head of the field.

Huggins will be putting plenty of miles under his belt in the meantime though with his ‘last hurrah’ in the Marcos Mantis GT car and looking for top honours in the Silverstone Britcar 24hr race from 24-26th April to start the season. The team have also recently announced that they will be running the Mosler MT900R for the 24hr spectacle and currently have drives available.

 

 

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Topcats to run Sagaris GT racer in 2015

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 26-11-2014

Di-vine!

Di-vine!

We are extremely pleased to welcome aboard GT Cup / Britcar / TVR Challenge racer, Steve Glynn and his fabulous TVR Sagaris GT car which will campaign in Britcar / GT Cup in 2015 with Topcats Racing. We would like to say thank you to Tim Hood (a genuinely great guy!) for the smooth handover. He has dedicated so many night time hours to get this car ready for races and support the car at races over the last few years. His business commitments (mallorycoatings.co.uk if you need a chassis powder coated!) are such that he can’t continue next year but we pleased that Steve has chosen us to take over.
We’ll keep you posted on the work we do on it over the winter. Currently LS3 powered but who knows!….

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Pre dawn collision ends 2012 Silverstone 24hr hopes

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Guys and gal

The team were excited to introduce three new drivers to their Class 2 entry in the Marcos Mantis for the 2012 Silverstone 24Hr Race. Ian Bankhurst, a successful and well practised 24hr racer. Carlos Arimon, a cool and controlled Spaniard with considerable experience and a competitor in last year’s Silverstone 24hr. The third driver and already very much at home in the team, SEAT Production Cup racer, Paul Black, was taking his overdue opportunity to step into GT racing and after much curiosity, to finally experience the Marcos for himself.

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Desert heat doesn’t stop the three amigos.

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No prizes in the fashion contest though

Britcar’s 3 hour endurance race at Snetterton on the 19th August tested the driver’s physical endurance to the maximum with outside temperatures topping 90 degrees.

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Winstanley punches above his weight but is KO’d by safety car.

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First cornerLast weekend’s 2 hour endurance race was set to be a real thriller after Winstanley astonishingly qualified 3rd in the Topcats Racing Class 2 Marcos Mantis No. 35 car overall behind the GT2 Ferrari of Bailey/Schultz and the Morcillo/Cintrano Mosler. The crowd would have undoubtedly been treated to a three way battle for the win; Schultz and Morcillo still put on quite a show in the remaining 20 minutes of the race.

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Smith/Mercer snatch last minute win in Production GTN

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 26-08-2011

Production Class 1 Winners

An impressive performance from Mick Mercer and Gary Smith in the Production class 1 category assured them another victory at the newly configured Snetterton 300 race circuit. The race was dominated by several safety car periods but the excitement could not be marred as the 2 tiers of the race, British Endurance and Production GTN combined, drew to a close.

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Harrison and O’Neill are Class 3 Kings of the Castle

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 28-07-2011

Harrison and O'Neill reign

Castle Combe provided the setting for a typically fraught and exciting race for spectators at the weekend. Combe is the 2nd fastest track in the UK and certainly the bumpiest and toughest on cars.

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