‘Tekkers’ from Topcats racer Gilbert in GT Cup Oulton Park

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 23-08-2016

GTCup_OultonPark-24861For motorsport enthusiasts and followers of our own racing exploits we can highly recommend viewing Motors TV’s coverage of the GT Cup race at Oulton Park in July. See the link below. Lamborghini Gallardo drivers, Neil Huggins and Jeff Wyatt were joined by Warren Gilbert in the teams Marcos Mantis GT car for the mid-season round.
Notwithstanding the catastrophic start for the lead Huracan and Ferrari cars that crashed at the first corner, claiming a handful of pursuing racers that couldn’t avoid the melee and debris and subsequent cancellation of race 1 for GT Cup, an enthralling race was enjoyed by drivers and spectators in the second race with much of that credited to Topcats race team Director Warren Gilbert.
He was locked in battle with the Bailey/Shultz Ferrari 458 almost from the start until Gilbert was able to force the Ferrari to run wide at Deer Leap and pass down the inside as the pitstop window was opening.
Effort exerted by the driver is translated through the car and it’s rather ‘on the edge’ stance.
Gilbert finished an incredible 5th overall, punching above his weight as usual against the modern machinery around him.  Both Gilbert and the Huggins/Wyatt duo in the Lamborghini came 2nd in their respective classes.
Our next round of GT Cup will be at Silverstone GP Circuit on 10/11th September. We welcome supporters of the team so if you would like tickets to come and watch the racing and wave the metaphorical Topcats flag, then be our guest!!
Please contact Charlotte Gilbert by email at charlotte@topcatsracing.com.
Enjoy the race here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCWZtSjTvBs&feature=youtu.be

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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.

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

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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Motorsport pundit &TV presenter Tony Jardine bags pole and win for Topcats in 2 hour Enduro

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 18-09-2012

Jardine/Knight win 360 2 hour enduro

Topcats Racing were thrilled when they signed Tony Jardine and co-driver, Trevor Knight for the 360 Motor Club 2 hour endurance race at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday.

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O’Neill and Huggins suckerpunch the competition and lead the championship!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 28-03-2012

Podium Top Step

O’Neill and Huggins left their Class 2 rivals crestfallen at the weekend as they picked up maximum points and an extra point for class fastest lap to take them into the overall lead of the championship at Silverstone at the weekend.

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Britcar rookies join Topcats driver squad regulars for Silverstone season opener

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 21-03-2012

Jones to drive No. 36 MarcosTopcats Racing are pleased to announce their three new drivers, who will join consummate drivers of the team, Owen O’Neill, Neil Huggins and Kyle Tilley for the season opener at Silverstone this Saturday, 24th March.

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We are the Champions!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 24-11-2011

Champions

Topcats Racing celebrated a spectacular race win at Brands Hatch this weekend and clinched the hotly contested Britcar Class 3 Championship as they crossed the finish line.

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Rising stars return from the land of the rising sun

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 30-08-2011

Last years 24hr squad

Topcats Racing are delighted to announce that their Japanese driver squad from last year’s Britcar 24hr race will be making a very welcome return to the team to challenge for the coveted title this year.

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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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