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Chris DymondGT and sports car ace Chris Dymond takes an impressive 2nd place on karting return nearly 10 years after he left the sport.

Dymond’s return to karting also marked his debut outside of the traditional 100cc classes in which he competed for 12 years throughout the UK and Europe.

For this one off event Dymond competed in the 250 National class which use a motorcycle engine and gearbox. Known as “super karts” these machines are capable of reaching speeds exceeding 150mph and will out accelerate a Formula 1 car to 100mph!

Competing with the Jade karts team for the weekend, an outfit run by the father of Dymond’s team mate during his championship winning 2010 season in the Radical UK cup, Dymond was quickly up to speed, finishing 2nd and 3rd in the heat races proceeding the final.

Dymond lined up in second place on the grid for the final with team mate and multiple British champion Ross Allen third. A poor start by Dymond saw him drop right down the order as the pack headed to the first corner. However Dymond embarked on an incredible come back drive and by lap 4 of the 12lap final was already back into the top three and catching the second placed kart, five laps from end Dymond was up to second but leader Allen was some 8 seconds ahead leaving Dymond to bring the kart home in an impressive 2nd place on his debut.

“This was something I’ve always wanted to do, watching them was always impressive but driving them is something else! I didn’t really know what to expect, I knew they’d be fast but the sensation when you put your foot down is just incredible and it just keeps going! I’ve had a great time this weekend to come away with a trophy is nice but the performance was great especially having been away for so long. I think I oiled up at the start and it just bogged down but carving back through the pack was really fun. Big thanks to Mark (Allen) for the opportunity, we’ve spoken about doing this for a while since I raced with Ross in the Radical in fact, and when the chance came up I jumped at it” Commented Dymond after the race.

You can follow Chris via Twitter and Facebook.
Twitter: @C_Dymondracing
Facebook: www.facebook.com/chrisdymondmotorsport
For latest news www.CHRISDYMOND.co.uk

Photo by Pixelero

Chris DymondSports psychology specialists, AlphaSport Psychology have renewed their successful partnership with Chris Dymond.

Dymond started working with AlphaSport late in 2008, during Dymond’s first season in the FIA GT3 European championship and has enjoyed numerous successes during the partnership, including a class win in the Blancpain Endurance series and winning the 2010 Radical UK cup championship.

“I’ve always been fascinated with the power of the mind, when I was studying at university in Loughborough part of the course was sports psychology and I could see the benefits if applied to racing.

I’ve known Gavin and Phil a long, long time (since before I started racing actually). When Gavin founded AlphaSport we started working together using visualization and mind management exercises, I saw results straight away and haven’t looked back, and now use those skills daily”

As part of the renewed partnership AlphaSport branding will appear on Dymond’s visor strip throughout the 2013 season.

Gavin Gough- Founder of AlphaSport Psychology commented “Chris is a racer who understands the need for mind management skills and one with whom I have worked successfully in the past and I look forward to working with him again as his career goes forward to more wins”

In addition to working with individual drivers and riders AlphaSport Psychology has been part of the hugely successful Nissan GT Academy, working in partnership with Silverstone Circuit, Playstation and Nissan offering support to finalists and winners of the competition such as Lucas Ordonez and Jann Mardenborough.

More information can be found at www.alphasportpsychology.co.uk
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Twitter: @C_Dymondracing
Facebook: www.facebook.com/chrisdymondmotorsport
For latest news www.CHRISDYMOND.co.uk

Chris DymondMultiple championship winning racing driver Chris Dymond announces Muscle finesse sponsorship.

www.musclefinesse.com are one of the UK’s leading sports supplement, clothing & equipment superstores and will provide Dymond with the vital supplements needed to stay hydrated and focused whilst racing and training.

“Remaining properly hydrated whilst racing is critical, especially in sports cars where cockpit temperatures can climb over 60c even on a cool day. The correct hydration can make all the difference, loosing just 2% of your body weight through sweat can cause up to a 20% drop in concentration and performance, when travelling at over 170mph that’s not good!” Dymond stated.

“It’s fantastic to have Muscle finesse come on board as a partner, to operate at the maximum performance level its vital to have the right support and to supply your body with the right nutrients at the right time. The advice and product knowledge I receive from the team at Muscle finesse is exactly what I need to perform at 100% in and out of the car.” Enthused Dymond

Muscle finesse are one of the UK’s leading sports supplement, clothing & equipment superstores. Operating from a large 24,000sq ft warehouse, they supply over 1000 gyms, shops and ecommerce companies with all of their sports supplements and this huge buying powers means they can offer over 6000 products direct to you at rock-bottom prices.

Use Discount Code: DRIVER10 to receive an additional 10% off your order when you spend £20 or more.

For more information about muscle finesse visit: www.musclefinesse.com

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Twitter: @C_Dymondracing
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For latest news www.CHRISDYMOND.co.uk

Photo by Tom Dymond.

Chris Dymond Enigma BikesSports car ace Chris Dymond and British high performance bicycle builder Enigma have joined forces.

Enigma will provide Dymond with cycles for use whilst training and may incorporate some competition. Enigma bikes based near Eastbourne, Sussex produce premium hand built cycle frames from titanium, offering outstanding performance and light weight.

“To have a bike manufacture offer their support is fantastic, I’ve been cycling as training for a few years now and the endurance side is the most important part of my regime. The fit is perfect with motorsport, Enigma’s bike’s share many core values with race cars, from aerodynamics to weight saving and of course engineering excellence, with both types machine utilising about 90% the same materials titanium and carbon fibre.” Dymond enthused.

“The bike will certainly turn heads, we took one to Brands Hatch at the end of last year on a track day and everyone stopped talking about the cars on the track, it was about the bike for the rest of day. So in the paddock it’ll defiantly create a buzz.”

“We are very pleased to be supporting Chris for the 2013 racing season. In common with Porsche, Enigma bikes are precision made and finished to an exceptional level so there is a certain symmetry to our association. We hope that the bike helps Chris to achieve his fitness goals for the forthcoming race season” Jim Walker Managing director Enigma bikes

Dymond will ride one of Enigmas Effusion models designed to be a fast sportive or race bike, combining 3AL 2.5V titanium alloy main triangle with a high-modulus 3k carbon monocoque wishbone seat stay. The front forks our Enigmas own Electron full-carbon monocoque model with a 43mm rake. Shimano 6700 Ultegra state of the art group set. Running on Mavic Cosmic Carbone SL aerodynamic wheels.
Dymond who is currently finalising plans for a full season assault on the Porsche Carrera cup GB hope to announce is his plans for 2013 soon.

For more information about Enigma bikes visit www.enigmabikes.com

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Twitter: @C_Dymondracing
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For latest news www.CHRISDYMOND.co.uk

Photo by Mark Reilly – Enigma bikes.

Chris DymondTingewick based sports car ace Chris Dymond will miss this weekend’s Porsche Carrera Cup GB races at Oulton Park, Cheshire due to budgetary constraints.

Dymond, who currently sits 10th in the Carrera cup points standings, despite having already missed a round due to illness, will now focus on selected races for the remainder of the 2012 season.

“Of course it’s disappointing but owing to budgetary constraints in these difficult commercial times we’re having to review our programme for the year. As a consequence I’ll not race in the Carrera Cup rounds at Oulton Park in June. My focus now will be on selected events this year and aiming at a full programme with Parr in the Carrera Cup in 2013.”

Paul Robe Parr Motorsport principal commented “We want Chris back in the car as soon as possible; he showed real progress at Thruxton in difficult conditions. We understand his constraints and will continue to work with him to develop his position in the Carrera Cup.”
“I’d like to thank all my sponsors for the year so far, epically the Parr Business Partner Club for getting me to this point, I hope it’ll be only a temporary set back in my campaign and that we’ll be back fighting for podiums again at Croft.”

Dymond is now aiming to be back on track for rounds 9&10 of the Porsche Carrera cup GB championship at Croft, North Yorkshire over the weekend 23rd and 24th of June.

You can follow Chris via Twitter and Facebook.
Twitter: @C_Dymondracing
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Dymond/97560217811
For latest news www.CHRISDYMOND.co.uk

Photo by Tom Dymond.

Chris DymondParr business partner club driver Chris Dymond will be attending The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club (TiPEC) annual event held at Hatton Country World, Warwickshire on Sunday 27th May.

Dymond will appear with his 2012 Porsche Carrera cup GB race car which is run and prepared by Parr motorsport, and will be on hand throughout the day signing autographs and posing for photos.

Entrance to the show is FREE and will feature something for everyone including, Trade Stands, Auto-Jumble, Concourse Competition, Cars for Sale Area, Porsche only Parking, Car Club Displays, Show ring with demo’s and interviews as well as Live music.

The show will open at 10am and run till 5pm with events taking place throughout the day.

For directions to Hatton country world please follow: http://www.hattonworld.com/farmvillage/contact/location.html

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Photo by Tom Dymond

Chris DymondParr Business Partner Club backed driver Chris Dymond made a strong return to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB in rounds 5&6 of the championship at Thruxton, Hampshire over the weekend (28th &29th April).

Dymond driving for the Parr Motorsport team made his intentions known from the start. With no Friday testing immediately prior to the weekend, the 30 minute qualifying on Saturday afternoon was the drivers first time on track.

With a wet and greasy but drying track, conditions were difficult for all, initially opting for wets, Dymond after only a handful of laps pitted.

“The circuit was drying quite fast with all the cars on wets and the strong wind, the wets were ruined, but it wasn’t quite dry enough to try slicks, so we waited.”

Dymond sat for nearly fifteen minutes whilst track conditions improved, then with just under 6 minutes to go Paul Robe (Parr team owner) gave the call and Dymond was sent out.

“Whilst sat there I honestly wondered if this was the right call as spits of rain were still appearing on my screen. But full credit to Paul (Robe) he called it perfectly, I went out knowing I’d only have one maybe two laps to get the tyres up to temperature and set the time, the complex was still pretty wet but mostly dry or big dry patches everywhere else, my favourite track conditions, I worked the tyres hard and the lap came together. It was a bit of a shame that my second flying lap was cut with a yellow flag but I’m very pleased with the performance!”

Dymond’s single lap on the slicks placed him 4th on the grid for Sundays 1st race, round 5 of the championship. Sunday morning saw a significant change in weather, as forecasts proved to be correct. Torrential rain and strong winds flooded and rocked the Hampshire circuit.

Due the circuit having significant amounts of standing water around its entire length, round 5 of the championship was started single file under the safety car giving the drivers the chance to see the state of the circuit before they tackled it at full racing speeds.
Starting 4th Dymond made a strong start holding position through the opening 3 laps, before being passed and moving to 6th having damaged his front splitter on lap 5.

“I made a good start and was right on the tail of the top 3, visibility was appalling, there was so much water and the wind caused the spray kicked up by the cars to basically form a wall of water, at times it was pretty touch and go. I think I lost my splitter when I was right up behind Ben (Barker) early on going into the chicane, I literally couldn’t see a thing, he was maybe 1 car length ahead I knew by instinct the chicane was close so I pulled right and hit the brakes but was about 3 or 4 car lengths shy of where I thought I was and slowed a bit too much so when I hit the kerb it damaged the splitter causing a lot of under steer till the end of the race”
Dymond wasn’t alone in losing his front splitter both Dan Lloyd (running 5th) and the race leader at the time Richard Plant had lost their splitters in the same way.

“There were people’s splitters littering the circuit at the chicane and complex, and I could see I was starting to catch both Dan (Lloyd) and Richard Plant with about 10 laps to go, I was catching quite fast and got to Dan’s (Lloyd) bumper at the complex but the rain was coming down hard again and out the back of the circuit I just couldn’t see, so as a result couldn’t try for a move!”

As the race moved into its final stages the torrential rain had returned and even though the cars were running on wet tyres with full wet setups aquaplaning was becoming more frequent as the standing water built up once more.

On the final lap Dymond was holding sixth place having dropped back slightly from Lloyd due to visibility.

“I came through turn one and the car kicked out; because it was so wet I couldn’t really tell if it was a puncture from all the debris or the standing water causing aquaplaning, I kept on it and as I came out the complex everything was fine but as I turned into the left hander at Noble the car kicked once and then again it happened so fast it has to have been standing water before I knew it I was on the grass, luckily I gathered it up and rejoined but by then 2 cars had slipped by.”

Dymond recovered to cross the line in 7th place after the car of Glen Geddie was given a time penalty for cutting the chicane.

“That was a tough race, throughout visibility was dire and at the end when the standing water came back the track was very unpredictable, I’m pleased though it was my first time driving this car in the wet and took a few laps to figure out but the pace was good once I’d worked it out and even with the broken splitter I could catch cars or pull away from cars with splitters intact. There’s a chance the 2nd race will be dry so I’m looking forward to that, we showed yesterday in qualifying we can run in the top 4 if the track is dry but I guess we’ll have to see what the weather does.”

For round 6 of the championship later in the afternoon, the sky had cleared and the track was drying, presenting teams with a difficult decision of what tyres to run!?

Dymond opted for slicks as did the whole of field.

“It was really touch and go with what tyres to use, it looked like it did before qualifying yesterday and from that we knew wets wouldn’t last the distance so we choose slicks.”

The race was started from a normal standing start and with the track wet several cars spun the rear tyres, Dymond made a good start and immediately picked up several positions from his 9th starting spot.

“I made a good start and jumped a few places on the opening lap, the track was definitely not dry but we were all banking on it drying quickly, everyone was pretty cautious and struggling to find grip. I’d driven clean round the outside of several cars and found myself trying to do the same to Ben (Barker).”

Dymond was running in 7th place and applying pressure to those in front throughout the opening laps.

“I was really able to capitalise on people being quite tentative, especially as out the back of the circuit the rain started to fall again.”
With the rain starting to fall again just as in race 1 the circuit began to be littered with debris as the track conditions became perilously slippery with all the cars still running on slick tyres.

“We’d all managed to just about get some temperature into our tyres when the rain came down, it was so slippery all of a sudden at the chicane the road was covered in splitters I had no choice but to drive over them and doing that took mine off.”

Dymond was losing about 2/3 seconds a lap to the cars in front once he lost the splitter and that allowed cars behind to close the gap too.
As the race progressed the rain began to fall harder but at times would stop completely. During the final ten laps the rain was constant and Dymond was battling hard with Richard Plant.

“Every lap was different it was pretty hairy at times, Richard (Plant) caught me pretty quick once I lost the front especially through the fast stuff but seemed to struggle getting the power down so I could keep him behind but all the way it was really close, as we went on to the final lap he was right there, as we approached the chicane I was still ahead but on the exit I guess it was a bit wetter than before I got back to the throttle and the rear wheels just lit up it was a real drag race to the line as we crossed the line we were neck and neck I couldn’t tell if he was ahead or not it was so close.”

Dymond lost out to Plant by 0.010 of a second as the pair crossed the line to finish 9th.

“I thought the first race was hard work, but that was unreal! This circuit with slicks in the rain, driving these cars was definitely a challenge to say the least! But a real testament to the level of driver there is in this series, Richard (Plant) and I battled hard lap after lap but never once touched even though we were sliding all over the place!”

“It’s been a good weekend, I’ve shown to everyone the pace we’re capable of now, it’s a very encouraging platform to build strongly off now for the rest of year. Looking forward to Oulton Park in 6 weeks time now!”

Rounds 7 & 8 of the Porsche Carrera cup GB will take place at the historic Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire over the weekend of June 9th and 10th
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Twitter: @C_Dymondracing
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Dymond/97560217811

Photo by Tom Dymond.

Chris DymondParr Business Partner Club backed driver Chris Dymond will return to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB this weekend (28th-29th April) for rounds 5-6 of the championship at Thruxton, Hampshire.

Dymond will return to the cockpit of his Parr Motorsport run car, having been forced to miss the Donington Park rounds of the championship due to an ear infection. “I’ve been itching to get back into the car since straight after race 2 at Brands finished. Naturally being forced to watch Donington from the sidelines was a bitter disappointment, but on the flip side it has meant I’ve had that extra time to prepare for Thruxton over everyone else; I’m really fired up!”

Thruxton is the UK’s fastest circuit with average speeds approaching 120mph around the 2.35mile circuit and presents a unique challenge for drivers with its high speed sweeping curves and limited testing time at the venue. “It’s a great circuit, there’s nothing else like it anywhere in the world, and it’s essentially the same as it was 40 years ago. It is a bit of an anomaly as we only get to come maybe once a year when we race, as testing is so limited. Because of that I’ve been spending a lot of time working in simulators getting in as many laps as possible which is so important especially as we go straight into qualifying on Saturday. I really think I will have an edge on everyone there.”

After a successful debut weekend in the opening rounds of the championship at Brands Hatch, Kent, Dymond is aiming to build on that performance.

“The second race at Brands is where we are, fighting through from a tough qualifying session to finish 6th was a great performance and now for the rest of year I’m going to build on that with sights firmly set on podiums and race wins!”

Track action for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB starts on Saturday with qualifying taking place at 14.40.

Both races take place on Sunday with round 5 at 10 a.m. and round 6 starting at 1500.

Round 6 of the championship will be shown live on ITV4 and ITV4HD at 1500 with round 5 highlights due to be played during the day with time TBA.

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Twitter: @C_Dymondracing
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Dymond/97560217811

Photo by Tom Dymond

Chris DymondParr Business Partner Club backed driver Chris Dymond will be forced to sit out this weekend’s (14/15th April) third and fourth rounds of the Porsche Carrera cup GB at Donington Park due to an ear Infection.
Dymond based near Buckingham, showed strong pace in the opening rounds of the championship at Brands hatch with a stunning drive from 13th on the grid to finish 6th in round 2.

“Naturally it’s bitterly disappointing to be missing Donington, it’s a track I always go well at, and I was looking forward to driving the Porsche there.”

Dymond’s Infection prevents him from competing as the infection in his middle ear, and severely affects his balance, making driving impossible.

“I must have caught it swimming and my doctor agrees, I’m already part way through the course of antibiotics and should be back to normal well in time for Thruxton. All my attention now is focused on making sure when I get back into the seat at Thruxton I’m absolutely as prepared as I can be to make a real impression!”

Dymond will return to the Porsche Carrera cup GB for rounds 5&6 at Thruxton, Hampshire on the final weekend of April (28th and 29th).

You can follow Chris via Twitter and Facebook.
Twitter: @C_Dymondracing
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Dymond/97560217811

Photo by Tom Dymond

Chris DymondParr Business Partner Club backed driver Chris Dymond impressed on his debut in the Porsche Carrera cup GB at Brands Hatch, Kent over the weekend (31st March/1st April).

Dymond based near Buckingham, showed strong pace all weekend, despite a setback in qualifying being heavily blocked by another car on his qualifying run leaving him to start in 13th place for both races.

“Our qualifying position doesn’t reflect are true pace, I’d managed to get some clear air and thought I had enough space, but I guess the guy made a mistake as suddenly I was right with him. He couldn’t have been going for a time and I had my lights on to signal that I was, but he continued to weave and completely destroyed my lap, it’s frustrating!”

Dymond made a good start to race 1 and gained a few places in the opening laps and after a battle with Ollie Mortimer, Dymond passed the Scottish driver into Paddock hill bend and was now running in the top 10 and closing fast on the battling pair ahead.

“Mortimer was holding me up quite badly I could see he was struggling with his rear tyres but it’s very hard to pass in these cars on this circuit, I worked him quite hard and pressured him into a mistake out of Clearways and I was able to complete the move into Paddock hill. The two cars ahead were battling hard and I was catching them fast.”

A small mistake into clearways though would cost Dymond as he pushed to catch the cars ahead.

“I just it wrong on the brakes with the bumps and the car refused to select a gear so skated wide and through the gravel, which was unfortunate as I’d battled hard and such a small error cost a lot places.”

Dymond recovered to finish 13th after being able to pass several cars in the final few laps.

Race 2 on Sunday saw the sun back out and shining brightly, Dymond once again lined up 13th on the grid.

Capitalising on his good start Dymond was able to jump into the top 10 on the opening lap with a bold move around the outside of druids and passing 3 cars!

“Everyone was just queuing up on the inside to block each other, I knew if I did it right I could pick off a few at least, I had two cars cleared by mid corner and was side by side on the exit but I had the inside line for Graham Hill so I finished it on the brakes.”

Continuing to race hard and after the first safety car period on the opening lap for an accident further down the field Dymond was running 8th and pulling away from the cars behind with the leading group.

A late safety car closed the pack up for a final sprint to the flag. Positions all held till the finish but with the two cars directly ahead of Dymond each receiving a 5 second penalty for exceeding track limits, Dymond was running 6th which he held to the flag.

“I could see them running off lap after lap, whilst we all push the limits it was clear they’d be penalised, they were warned twice but choose to ignore it and as a result got stung! Once I heard they’d been given the penalty over the raceciver radio I was counting my gap to the furthest car and it stayed at three seconds for the remainder of the race so I knew it was fine. It’s been a mixed weekend but this result is what I knew we could do and its where we need to be so it can built on, it looks very promising for sure. ”

Dymond’s attention now turns to the Donington park race in two weeks time where rounds 3&4 of the championship will take place on the 14th and 15th of April.

You can follow Chris via Twitter and Facebook.
Twitter: @C_Dymondracing
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Dymond/97560217811

Photo by Tom Dymond.