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Nathan MorcomNathan Morcom is officially the fastest man around Mt Panorama!

A record-shattering pole position and a dominant win in the second race at Mt Panorama have given Nathan Morcom a flying start in this year’s Australian Formula 3 Drivers’ Championship.

Driving the CSR/Rondo/DPO/Racer Inc. Dallara F307-Mercedes, the 20 year-old Sydneysider claimed the prime starting position for the first of two races with a sensational 2min 03.2396sec. qualifying lap on Saturday morning. At an average speed of 181.5km/h, it was the fastest officially recorded lap around the legendary 6.213km public road circuit on the outskirts of Bathurst, in western NSW.

(Jenson Button and Craig Lowndes drove sub-2 minute laps in a McLaren Formula 1 car in 2011, but their times weren’t recognised officially because it was a private demonstration and not a race meeting.)

Morcom sliced a massive 1.3791 seconds from the previous mark, set in 2012 by Queenslander Chris Gilmour. However, Gilmour’s outright record stands because Morcom’s time wasn’t set during a race.

Unfortunately a startline gear selection problem prevented Morcom from capitalising on his pole position in Saturday’s first race. He was engulfed by the leading pack, but before he could begin to claw his way through the field, Queensland driver Hayden Cooper crashed at The Dipper on the third lap, bringing out the Safety Car.

By the time Cooper’s damaged car had been removed, there was only time for a one-lap dash to the chequered flag. Morcom was unable improve his position after Ben Gersekowski forced him wide in a braking duel for The Chase corner. The race stewards subsequently disqualified Gersekowski for his actions, elevating the CSR/Rondo/DPO/Racer Inc. driver to fourth place.

But Morcom was untouchable in the second race, held on a wet track after a short rain shower just before the start. From second starting position, he drove around the outside of reigning champion James Winslow at Griffin’s Bend on the second lap, and quickly established a gap over the rest of the field.

He was more than six seconds ahead when Jon Collins crashed heavily at Griffin’s on lap six, again slowing the field behind the Safety Car.

With insufficient time for track workers to clear the track within the 30-minute time limit, the race finished under the full-course caution with eight of the 13 laps completed, giving Morcom his maiden Formula 3 race win. However, because less than 75 percent of the scheduled distance had been completed, only half the usual points were awarded under the championship rules.

After the opening round of the championship, Morcom is in second place on 21 points, 6.5 behind Winslow. The second round of the Australian Formula 3 Drivers’ Championship is next weekend (April 5-7) at the Symmons Pains circuit in central Tasmania.

NATHAN MORCOM QUOTES

Qualifying

“I got caught up with some slower drivers early in the session, but it was a short session so I let them go to get a clear lap.

“The pole lap was a good one, but on my next lap I was going two tenths faster and then I was held up at The Cutting.”

Race 1

“When the starting lights came on I must have pulled the gearshift a bit too hard, because it double-shifted from neutral into second. So I was slow away.

“I caught up to Ben Gersekowski, but then the Safety Car came out for Hayden Cooper’s accident. After that, there was only one racing lap left.

“We were fighting over third place because James Winslow had pushed Steel Guiliana off the track going up Mountain Straight.

“Ben blocked me going up the mountain and across the top, and when I couldn’t get past him into Forrest’s Elbow I got a tow down Con-Rod Straight.

“I was on his outside as we braked for The Chase, but he pushed me off the edge of the track. I had two wheels on the dirt, and thought that I wouldn’t be able to make it around the corner, but somehow I got it back.

“By the time I got going again, Jack LeBrocq had gone through into fourth, but at least I received a couple more points after Ben was disqualified.”

Race 2

“There was a rain shower just before we went onto the grid. There wasn’t much at the bottom of the circuit, but apparently it was heavier across the top. So the race was declared ‘wet’, and we all changed from slicks to wet weather tyres.

“I spent the first lap looking for a place to get past James Winslow. We were both sliding around a fair bit, especially through The Dipper, but my car was a lot faster than his through the corners.

“I liked racing in the wet when I was in go-karts, so it didn’t worry me.

“At the start of lap two I followed James into Hell Corner, got a tow from him up Mountain Straight, and pulled out to pass him on the outside into Griffin’s Bend.

“I was about half a car-length ahead going into the corner, but he gave me racing room, which put me on the inside line for The Cutting.

“He had a go back at me under brakes but I held him out, and across the top I was able to pull out a gap.

“After a few laps I saw in my mirrors that I was about halfway down Con-Rod Straight when the others came out of Forrest’s Elbow, so I tried to maintain that distance every lap.

“I could have gone faster, but the conditions were very tricky and you don’t get a second chance to make a mistake at this circuit.

“Thanks to Ian Richards and his R-Tek Motorsports for a great car, and to my sponsors CSR, Rondo, DPO and Racer Inc. for their support.”

IAN RICHARDS (R-TEK Motorsport) QUOTES

“We already knew Nathan from when he drove one of our cars at the Eastern Creek F3 Championship round in 2010. And we had the set-up data from 2012, when James Winslow won in the same car that Nathan drove this year.

“The only problem we had all weekend was when the gearshift wouldn’t do flat upchanges during Friday practice. It was something in the software – other teams had the same problem – but the electronics wizards soon had it fixed.

“Nathan can drive as fast as anyone out there. Our data showed that there was a bit more time left in his pole lap, and he was going faster on his next lap but he got held up.

“All in all it was a great performance – almost 10/10.”

RESULTS*

AUSTRALIAN FORMULA 3 DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUND 1

Race 1 – 8 laps (49.7km)

1. James Winslow (Dallara F307-Mercedes) 24min. 16.5119sec.

2. John Magro (Dallara F307-Mercedes) 24min. 17.6996sec.

3. Jack LeBrocq (Dallara F307-Mercedes) 24min. 20.0903sec.

4. Nathan Morcom (Dallara F307-Mercedes) 24min. 20.7358sec.

Race 2 – 8 laps (49.7km)

1. Nathan Morcom (Dallara F307-Mercedes) 25min. 08.4900sec.

2. James Winslow (Dallara F307-Mercedes) 25min. 09.1039sec.

3. Nick Foster (Mygale M08-Mercedes) 25min. 09.7687sec.

POINTSCORE AFTER ROUND 1*

1. James Winslow 27.5

2. Nathan Morcom 21.0

3. John Magro 19.0

* Subject to official confirmation

Photo by mpix.

Ahmad Al HarthyAvon Tyres British GT Championship debutant Ahmad Al Harthy delivered an impressive account of himself during the first qualifying session of the 2013 season at Oulton Park International Circuit on Saturday, 30th March, to secure a top three grid slot for the opening race of the year.

Embarking on his maiden season of endurance racing competition, the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Pro-Am 1 Class Champion made a strong start at the wheel of his Oman Air Motorbase-run Porsche 997 GT3R and lapped the 2.7-mile Cheshire track with a best time of 1m37.338 seconds (99.55mph).

Delivering his quickest effort on the final lap of the opening 15-minute qualifying session, the Omani 31-year-old ended the run third fastest and little more than 0.2 seconds shy of a sensational debut pole position from a bumper grid of 32 cars.

“We had some very, very difficult sessions but we kept working on the set-up throughout and I’m happy with how things progressed”, said Ahmad, “To get P3 on the last lap of my qualifying run was a very solid effort and I’m pleased with it to start my first weekend in British GT.

“Endurance racing is entirely new to us, the important thing is to learn as much as we can each and every weekend and make positive steps forward. Personally, I’m happy with how I performed today and I’m really looking forward to the races on Monday.”

In the second qualifying session, determining the grid for round two, Ahmad’s team-mate Michael Caine – the reigning British GT Champion – took the wheel and had to settle for 19th on the grid with ballast in the car, as a result of winning last year’s title, hampering his charge.

Even so, hopes are high in the Oman Air Motorbase camp of a solid start to the 2013 season when the first two 60-minute races of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship take place on Monday, 1st April, at the picturesque track.

“I know both races will be extremely tough, we have quite a lot of ballast on the car but we’ll do our best to overcome that and deliver two strong performances”, added Ahmad, “This year is such a big learning curve for me, to have started it well in our first qualifying session is very pleasing.”

The Oman Air, Oman Ministry of Sports Affairs, Oman Ministry of Tourism, Nawras, National Bank of Oman and Muscat Eye Laser Centre-backed driver will be back on track at 10.55 (UK time) on Monday, 1st April, for round one of the season. Round two is scheduled to follow at 14.55.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

OAK RacingThe teams entered in the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship arrived at the Paul Ricard HTTT circuit in the south of France for a 2-day official test session (29-30 March) in view of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship.

OAK Racing brought along three Morgan-Nissan LM P2s (#24, #35 and #45), all of which are entered for the first three rounds of the World Endurance Championship. Overall, the damp weather provided difficult conditions for the twenty or so cars that turned up, and they did not manage to run through as many options as they would have wished. On the other hand, the weather gave the drivers the opportunity to race in fluctuating conditions before the start of the season with rain, a drying track and finally a dry layout. The sun put in an appearance on the final afternoon and this helped the French team to progress and prepare for the first race of the season. OAK Racing had a trouble-free test with no technical problems which, allied to the Morgan-Nissans’ pace, means that the team is tackling the first round of the championship, the 6 Hours of Silverstone, on April 14 in the best possible conditions.

During the first day Olivier Pla and Alex Brundle in #24 set the second-quickest time in the LM P2 category with a lap of 1m48.828s, only 0.3sec off the #25 Delta-ADR Oreca-Nissan. During the nighttime practice Pla topped the timesheets, although many teams including OAK Racing decided to cut short the session because of fog.

On Saturday morning Brundle set the quickest lap in LM P2 with a 1m48.070s to finish just in front of the #49 Pecom Racing Oreca-Nissan. In the afternoon #35 in the hands of Bertrand Baguette, Martin Plowman and Ricardo Gonzalez went even quicker to clinch the fastest time of the test thanks to a lap of 1m47.398s. That was followed by #24 in second with a 1m47.589s.

Sébastien Philippe, OAK Racing Team Principal: “We’ve had a very productive two days, maybe more so for the drivers than for the team as we were unable to validate as many technical options as we would have liked due to the weather conditions. In #24 Alex and Olivier tested various technical set-ups and they had a good run. In #35 the driver line-up’s learning the ropes and getting to know one another: there’s a good ambience between them and they exchanged a lot of information. I’m pleasantly surprised by #45: Jean-Marc Merlin doesn’t have much experience, but he adapted to the circuit very quickly like Philippe Mondolot who comes from VdeV, and who got to grips with the car in almost no time even if it was his first real outing in the Morgan. The times were pretty good and very consistent so we can look forward to Silverstone in a confident frame of mind.”

Alex Brundle, #24 Morgan-Nissan LM P2: “This test has been a positive one for us. Obviously every time we have been on tyres with representative mileage we have been very close to the pace or the pace, which is fantastic. I feel very at home in the car now thanks to the testing we have done. The sister car appears to be very competitive which is good for our own data and the analysis of the balance and the driving for the two cars. It is nice to get up and running, the car’s livery looks great this year and there is a happy team around us!”

Martin Plowman, #35 Morgan-Nissan LM P2: “It was a good two days’ testing. The conditions were not perfect with the weather changing so much but it is good experience for Silverstone because more than likely it will be bad there too. I do not think we were too focused on the performance of the lap times here. Everybody is doing something different so it is not a true test of speed. I think overall we ended the second day quite happy with the feeling of the car, which is the most important thing and gelling as a team. I am sure Silverstone will be exciting to see where we truly are.”

Jacques Nicolet, #45 Morgan-Nissan LM P2: “We’ve had two very encouraging days’ testing. Our driver line-up gelled very quickly and everybody immediately hit it off! Jean-Marc Merlin and Philippe Mondolot both know how to combine speed, safety and consistency and were on the pace despite the tricky track conditions – rain, cold, fog and sun! Overall, it was a faultless performance and that bodes well for the Le Mans 24 Hours. Personally speaking I got back in the groove and was able to maintain a good rhythm. I felt good in the car and very much at home with the new driver line-up.”

Photo by Philippe Laurenson/DPPI

Formula Gulf 1000Nick Canal has been crowned 2012/13 Formula Gulf 1000 Champion after taking two safe finishes in Rounds 13 & 14 of this extremely competitive single seater series. But it was Malaysian drivers Rahul Mayer and Weiron Tan who took the top step of the podium in rounds 13 & 14 respectively.

Running in parallel to the official Championship was a second competition, the GulfSport Trophy. This was also decided in the very last race when Natasha Seatter picked up yet another 2nd place finish which gave her a 2 point lead over Rahul Mayer to pick up the prestigious GulfSport Trophy.

Round 13 was notable for the poor start that Caterham F1 Academy driver Wei Ron Tan made which left him a huge amount of work to do after spinning at the first turn after contact with Saeed Bintouq. The race was won by Mayer, followed by Seatter and Tan.

Round 14 saw Wei Ron Tan get the holeshot from the second row to go on to win the race from Seatter who got past pole man Mayer to take second place. Rahul Mayer finished 3rd.

At the awards ceremony it was announced that Natasha Seatter has been offered a professional drive in the Asia Porsche Carrera Cup series, Wei Ron Tan is moving up to Formula Renault in the UK, and Rahul Mayer is about to start in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship. A fourth Formula Gulf 1000 driver is expected to announce a significant move in the next week when the sponsorship deal is finalized.

As a professionally run driver development series this is a great achievement for GulfSport Racing who run the FG1000 series and provides a strong inventive for new drivers looking to take up single seater racing in the UAE. GulfSport Racing’s team principal said “We are extremely grateful to the parents and sponsors for supporting these very talented young drivers. I have no doubt we will see them making successful racing careers and its been a pleasure to help them on their way. We now look forward to training the next batch of the region’s best racers.”

Dörr MotorsportThe Dörr Motorsport team from Germany is now complete and ready for the first race in the FIA GT Series in Nogaro, France. The two German drivers Arne Hoffmeister and “Paul Green” will compete in their McLaren MP4 12C GT3 #17 in the Gentlemen Trophy rating. Niclas Kentenich (DEU) and Daniel Keilwitz (DEU) in car #16 intend to score points in the strong Pro Cup rating.

The drivers will get their first chance to race their GT3 car on the track on Friday. A two-hour first free practice session is scheduled for the afternoon. The team and the drivers will use that time to optimise the McLarens and to make themselves familiar with the racetrack. There will be another two-hour practice session on Saturday morning before the first real trial, the qualifying in the afternoon, when the start positions for the one-hour qualifying race on Sunday will be determined. The results from that race will determine the start positions for the one-hour championship race on Monday.

Team Manager Uwe Isert: “We worked very hard in order to be able to take part in the FIA GT series. Now we are here with two cars. And we will see how the weekend goes. At the moment I cannot say where we stand, we will know more after the start of the free practice sessions. Our first goal is for the drivers to make themselves familiar with the car and the track. Our second goal is for both McLarens to finish the race on Monday.”

Team Principal Rainer Dörr is looking forward to the first event of the new FIA GT series: “After a great many races at the Nordschleife we will now compete on an international level, in the new series of Stephane Ratel (founder and CEO of S.R.O.). The McLaren MP4 12C GT3 is definitely a great car, which has previously competed successfully in GT series all over the world. We are a young team in the GT series and we will have a lot to learn. Therefore, we cannot set ourselves ambitious goals for the race in Nogaro. We do not know yet what our competitors have to offer.

I am pleased with the media coverage for the FIA GT series. All championship races will be broadcast live by RTL Nitro, with RTL showing highlights of the GT races right before the Formula 1 broadcasts. This is great for both our sponsors and our McLaren branch office in Frankfurt where we sell the street versions of the McLarens. We are the only McLaren retailer in the world who also manages a race-team.”

Schedule for Nogaro (FRA):

Friday, 29 March 2013
3:10 – 4:30 p.m. Free Practice Session

Saturday, 30 March 2013
10:05 – 11:25 a.m. Free Practice Session

Sunday, 31 March 2013
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Qualifying Race

Monday, 01 April 2013
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Championship Race (live on RTL Nitro)

Lotus teams up with Czech manufacturing company Praga and becomes Lotus Praga LMP2 in the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship.

The team will enter the series with two Lotus Praga T128 LMP2, powered by Praga engines. The whole project was developed jointly by Kodewa, Lotus, Gravity Charouz Racing and Praga, where the legendary Czech company Praga has a big appetite for success in other motorsport discipline. In recent years they have become the leading producer of go karts and besides excellent results in many national and international championships, they clearly demonstrated their position by winning the world champion title in the KZ1 class.

Lotus Praga LMP2 also signs Jan Charouz for FIA World Endurance Championship. The 25 year-old race driver from Prague (CZE) completes the line-up for car #32 and will race alongside German Thomas Holzer and Austrian Dominik Kraihamer.

Between 2010 and 2012, Charouz was official test and reserve driver for Lotus F1 Team. The Czech participated six times in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans and won the Le Mans Series in 2009 with the Aston Martin LMP1 works team.

Charouz already competed for Lotus in the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship and has proved that he is a talented driver. Together with his team mates in car #32, James Rossiter and Kevin Weeda, he started from LMP2 Pole Position into the 6 Hours of Shanghai.

Lotus bids welcome to Praga and Jan Charouz and is pleased about working with them throughout the whole season.

The 2013 FIA World Championship will be the second season for Lotus in endurance racing. The team will contest with two new Lotus T128 sports cars in the legendary black and gold colours. The squad will contest with a strong line-up, having former Formula One drivers, experienced and talented endurance racers in their own ranks.

The new season starts with the 6 Hours of Silverstone on Sunday, 14th April 2013.

Matty Graham - Oulton ParkNewly signed BRDC Formula 4 Championship driver Matty Graham and the SWR team made a positive start to pre-season testing with a successful outing at Cheshire’s Oulton Park this week – the teenage karting graduate making a strong impression during his first run on slick tyres in the F4 car.

In bitterly cold conditions on Wednesday, 27th March, the 16-year-old enjoyed a trouble-free test as the team mainly focused on enabling the former CIK-FIA Under 18 World Karting Champion to learn as much as he could about the MSV F4-013 chassis.

With it being the first time Graham had ever run on slick rubber in the SWR car too, the Chipping Norton squad elected to pay a lot of attention to the Yokohama tyres in order to gain as good an understanding as possible ahead of its next test outing following the Easter break.

“Matty did a good job at Oulton, particularly when you take into account the cold weather which made getting heat into the tyres a big challenge”, said team owner Sean Walkinshaw, “The main aim of the day was to enable him to get used to the car, understand what it was doing and to get to grips with the slicks. He quickly got down to consistent lap times, which was very encouraging.

“We’ve got a strong pre-season testing schedule in place over the next four weeks, where we’ll be continuing Matty’s preparations and evaluating several other drivers as we look to complete our 2013 line-up.”

SWR’s next outing will come on Wednesday, 3rd April, and Thursday, 4th April, at Pembrey in South Wales where Graham will be joined by multiple Autosport Young Guns (latterly the InterSteps Championship) race winner Max Cornelius.

The inaugural BRDC Formula 4 Championship – which will benefit from television coverage on ITV4, ITV4 HD and Motors TV – will be contested over 24 races. Silverstone in Northamptonshire will host the opening three rounds over the weekend 27th/28th April.

Seb Morris - HillspeedHillspeed will expand to running three cars in the brand new BRDC Formula 4 Championship it is confirmed today, Thursday, 28th March, following the surprise announcement of a deal with multiple car racing champion Seb Morris.

Reuniting with the Hathersage team which steered him to the 2010 Ginetta Junior Winter Series and 2011 Ginetta Junior Championship titles, the 17-year-old Welsh racer will undoubtedly be a genuine threat for the inaugural BRDC F4 crown. He joins Jersey-based Struan Moore, his former team-mate at Hillspeed in Ginetta Junior, and Malaysia’s Rahul Raj Mayer.

Widely regarded as one of the UK’s premier talents, Morris was all set to compete in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC) this season but a change in plans has led to his return to British shores for a tilt at his fourth car racing success in as many years – having also won the Protyre Formula Renault Winter Series in 2012.

“This is fantastic news for Hillspeed”, said team principal Richard Ollerenshaw, “We didn’t set-out to become a three-car team in our first season in BRDC Formula 4 but when the opportunity to renew our working relationship with Seb presented itself, it was too good a chance to miss.

“We obviously enjoyed a lot of success together in Ginetta Junior and having seen how competitive Seb was in Protyre Formula Renault last year, I’m very confident he will be a major title contender in F4 and a very realistic prospect for podiums and wins every weekend.”

Ollerenshaw added: “Seb and Struan obviously know each other from Ginetta Junior, so we’re delighted they’ll be working together as team-mates again this year. Together with Rahul, who is a very exciting prospect himself, I feel we have a very well balanced and competitive young team.”

Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in Northamptonshire will host the opening three rounds of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship season on 27th/28th April. Before then, Hillspeed and the other F4 teams will convene at Snetterton, in Norfolk, for the official pre-season test on Tuesday, 23rd April.

Commenting on the season ahead, Morris said: “I really am looking forward to competing in BRDC Formula 4 this year and delivering as many wins as I can for the guys at Hillspeed. With TV coverage on ITV4 and Motors TV and backing from the BRDC, Jonathan Palmer [Chief Executive of MotorSport Vision] has created a very exciting championship package.”

Seb MorrisMultiple motor racing champion Seb Morris will continue to compete on UK soil in 2013 after today, Thursday, 28th March, confirming a switch to the brand new BRDC Formula 4 Championship – a late change from his original plans to race in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup this year.

Balancing a number of factors in recent weeks, not least a heavily compromised pre-season testing schedule, the 17-year-old from Marford, in close consultation with his management team, has taken the decision to move into F4.

While remaining very much part of the Fortec Motorsports ‘family’, with whom he was due to race in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, the British Racing Drivers’ Club Rising Star will now be reunited with the Hillspeed squad – which took him to two Ginetta Junior crowns – for his Formula 4 title challenge.

Outlining the situation, Seb’s manager Andy Meyrick commented: “With Seb’s A-Level and MSA Academy course commitments, together with a delay in the receipt of confirmed overseas sponsorship, it became apparent our preparations for the 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC campaign were compromised and not to the level we would deem appropriate to challenge for the title.

“We will now mount a challenge for the F4 Championship instead, which we consider to be a very meaningful and competitive BRDC backed category, with the Hillspeed team.”

Seb is relishing the prospect of reuniting with the Richard Ollerenshaw-led Hillspeed squad which helped him become the youngest ever winner of the Ginetta Junior Winter Series in 2010 – aged just 14 – before going on to claim the main 2011 Ginetta Junior Championship title.

He will also continue his association with driver coach Matt Shawyer who has been a key part of the Ginetta Ambassador’s car racing career since day one. Added to the aforementioned Ginetta Junior titles, the pair will be aiming for a fourth successive championship victory together having also won the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Winter Series crown with Fortec.

“I really am looking forward to competing in BRDC Formula 4 this year and delivering as many wins as I can for Ginetta, who I will be proudly representing, and the guys at Hillspeed”, Seb commented, “With TV coverage on ITV4 and Motors TV and backing from the BRDC, Jonathan Palmer [Chief Executive of MotorSport Vision] has created a very exciting championship package.

“I want to thank Richard Dutton [Fortec owner], and his team, for all they have done for me and to also confirm I am looking forward to embarking on a concerted test programme with Fortec to fully prepare for a European campaign of some sort in 2014. This may also entail some European races later this year dependent on my, and the team’s, commitments.”

The Cosworth-powered MSV F4-013 chassis which Seb will pilot this year will be resplendent in the famous orange colour scheme of Ginetta Cars. His first test outing is scheduled to take place in the next few weeks.

Rounds one, two and three of the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship will take place on 27th/28th April at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in Northamptonshire. The 24-race season will conclude over the weekend 28th/29th September at Donington Park GP Circuit in Leicestershire.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

FiskenGregor Fisken takes to the grid for the season-opening British GT Championship event at Oulton Park this Easter Weekend (1 April) with his colours firmly nailed to the mast thanks to a striking Fiskens ‘art car’ livery inspired by his family’s Frazer Red tartan.

Experienced modern and historic racer Gregor returns to the ultra-competitive series this year alongside team-mate Richard Westbrook aboard a Trackspeed-run Porsche 997 GT3-R. A race winner with the team in 2011, he will now hope to collect further silverware in his eye-catching new design.

The livery follows in a tradition of aesthetically unique racing Porsches that includes the stunning ‘psychedelic’ 917s – an example of which Fiskens had the privilege to sell (see below, left) – and the infamous ‘Pink Pig’ 917 that competed at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1971.

Indeed, Fiskens enjoy a strong relationship with the Stuttgart firm both on the circuit and in the showroom. Gregor has campaigned Porsches at Le Mans as well as in British GT, while several highly significant examples have passed through the company’s Kensington Mews, including an iconic Gulf-liveried 917.

Having already sold both an exceptionally original 1973 Porsche 911 2.8 RSR and a Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911 2.7 RS in 2013, the newest arrival at the showroom is a much sought-after first series 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 RS Touring finished in its very cool original ‘Light Yellow’ colour scheme. For more information, click here.

As for the freshly painted Fiskens Porsche, all that remains is for it to receive a suitable nickname to carry into battle. Suggestions both serious and tongue-in-cheek (the Tartan Terror has emerged as an early front-runner) will be very welcome as Gregor and Richard prepare for the season ahead.

Gregor Fisken: “It’s great to finally take the covers off our new livery and to have the chance to earn a place among the great Porsche art cars. It’s a lot of fun to do something different while also paying tribute to Fiskens’ Scottish heritage and our company colours. I’ve always been a fan of the art car concept, so when the idea came up to run one I was immediately on board. The result is very striking and should give my competitors a real scare when they see it looming in their mirrors!

“Ultimately I hope that the Fiskens car will not only distinguish itself on-track but also leave a lasting impression on spectators, as it’s the fans who can keep alive the memory of an iconic livery long after a car has run its final race.”

For further images of the Fiskens Art Car Porsche, click here.

Mallory Park
As some of you may know, Mallory Park Circuit is having problems with local residents objecting to noise levels and the company that runs it saying they cannot continue in business if they are limited to the number of uses a year that the County Council intends to impose upon them. If they cannot use Mallory as a race circuit then sale for housing is the likely outcome. If you would like to support the venue, we suggest you sign this Government e-petition – if it gets to the magic 100,000 signatures it will have to be debated in parliament. Please click here to view the petition.

You can also follow @FiskensCars on Twitter.