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James PeaceA busy week ended with James Peace testing the brand new for 2012, Formula Ford EcoBoost car at Silverstone National Circuit with experienced team JTR.

Incredibly for his local track, James has never driven the National Circuit at Silverstone before, but again showed his true pace matching the times of other drivers that have had several days in the new car.

Team Principle Nick Tandy commented, “James took to the new EcoBoost car extremely well, he clearly knows what he is doing behind the wheel of a race car. I believe Formula Ford would benefit from a driver like James as much as he would benefit from racing in the series himself.”

Like any grassroots driver in these economic times, James is still seeking budget to compete in this years championship, but with the exposure that Formula Ford generates, it is a great opportunity for businesses to get involved in this exciting new format of the championship.

James can be contacted via twitter @JamesPeaceRace or through his website info@jamespeace.net

James PeaceJames Peace took another step forward in his career by putting in a high class performance at the Henry Surtees Foundation Trophy this week. The charity event organised by John Surtees OBE was a “Who’s Who” of British Motorsport talent. With the likes of Scott Malvern, Oliver Rowland, Alex Simms, Harry Ticknell, Oliver Webb, Jack Harvey, Josh Webster, Jody Fannin & Jake Dennis to name but a few, the competition was going to be tough.

Peace’s pace on equal equipment shone through. During the free practice sessions, Peace’s name rarely exited the top three and MSA Academy Coordinator Greg Symes commented on the consistency of the times Peace was able to post.

During qualifying however, a cracked manifold put paid to a front row start for the pre-final. Despite the low starting position, Peace once again showed his capability, cutting through the elite field finishing a credible 9th setting the third fastest time of the race in the process. “That was fun!” said a delighted Peace.

Unfortunately Peace was the victim of an over ambitious move early in the A Final. Peace had made a cracking start from 9th and was running 4th when, in the second hairpin, a kart mounted the back of his and removed his exhaust. Peace had to retire to the pits for repairs. “It’s been a great honour to race in this event. I have shown just how good I can be with similar equipment against this level of opposition.” enthused Peace.

“This event has reignited my winter training programme, and I can’t wait to get back into the car for further preparations for 2012. I have secured some of the budget required for my assault on the Intersteps 2012 Championship, and today has proven to me that I can mix it with the best!”

Selected lap times from the Pre A Final – Henry Surtees Trophy 2011

DRIVER

TIME

Previous Notable Results / Information

Riki Christodoulou

45.57

Formula 3 Driver

Alexander Simms

45.7

4th Formula 3 Euroseries 2010

James Peace

45.72

5th Intersteps Championship 2011 / Super 1 Junior TKM Champion 2010

Jordan Chamberlain

45.77

European KF2 Champion 2009 / Second World Karting Champs 2010

Oliver Rowland

45.78

Vice Champion Formula Renault 2.0 2011

Adam Christodoulou

45.78

Formula Renault 2.0 Champion 2008 / Star Mazda Champion 2009

Ashley Hand

45.89

Junior Max FKS Champion 2010 / Junior Max Kartmasters Champion 2009

Jody Fannin

45.92

Second Ginetta GT Supercup G50 2011

Josh Webster

45.95

Second Renault BARC 2011 / Winter Renault BARC Champion 2010

Scott Malvern

45.99

British Formula Ford Champion 2011 / Formula Ford Festival Winner 2011

Edward Brand

46.07

Rotax Max, 3rd International Open, Junior Rotax Super 1 Champion 2009

Jack Harvey

46.15

Second Formula BMW Europe 2010, Asian-Pacific Champion KF2 2008

Jake Dennis

46.29

Intersteps Champion 2011 / FK3 Super 1 Champion 2010 / CIK-FIA U18 World Karting Champion 2010

James PeaceFormula BMW InterSteps star James Peace has been selected to represent the MSA Academy at the prestigious Henry Surtees Trophy. James used to watch Henry drive around home kart tracks Rissington and Shenington, and jumped at the chance to support the event. “Getting support to do Motorsport is exceptionally difficult, so an opportunity like this is a perfect chance to give something back to organisations and charities.”

Having shown recent form in the InterSteps Championship, taking 11 podiums from 18 finishes which included 2 wins, 2 poles, 3 fastest laps, 2 second places and 7 third places, the MSA selected James to drive for the Academy Team. It was at Buckmore Park last year that James sealed the Junior TKM British Championship, in which he dominated the season, taking 8 podiums from 12 races and 4 wins.

The Henry Surtees Trophy, organised by former F1 world champion John Surtees, raises awareness for the Henry Surtees Foundation annually, but also gives British drivers the opportunity to race against the very best in British Motorsport, and James will feel right at home, racing alongside established singe seater drivers Oliver Webb and Harry Tincknell in the MSA team.

James PeaceThe event on Thursday 20th October will be the first time James has driven a Kart competitively since his step up to single seaters at the start of the year.

“I cannot wait to drive a kart again, it seems like forever and I would not pick a better track to race than Buckmore, it’s quite possibly the best track I have ever raced at and I have fond memories!”

James Continued, “Not only is this a great charity event, but it is an opportunity for me to network with contacts and discuss options for 2012, so I would like to thank Greg Symes and the MSA Academy for giving me this opportunity and making this possible”.

James PeaceJames Peace finished a strong year in the Intersteps Championship claiming 2 wins, 11 podiums, 2 pole positions and 3 fastest laps, but even considering this fantastic set of results, his future is far from certain.

Unlike many of his competitors for the 2011 championship, Peace had only 2 days testing before the season started. “That put me on the back foot for a while”, said James.

Peace knows that in order to be competitive, a rigorous winter programme of testing and training is required whilst at the same time he needs to raise funding for next year. “I am capable of more than I achieved this year and I am looking for funding to show that. My wins at Thruxton weren’t just wins, I dominated that meeting and I intend to do that all next year”, vowed Peace.

Motaworld are keen to retain the services of the 17 year old Oxfordshire driver, but with interest in the series being so high it might be difficult to hold a seat open for Peace. “We are looking at running a 3 or possibly 4 car team next year, so there are options. James is a consistent front runner and his technical ability is top drawer”, stated team principle Alan Waite.

Peace’s budget plight is nothing new in motorsport, however with his results from this year and support from the MSA through the MSA Academy he is a recognised talent that should be supported. “2012 is going to be tough, with focus on a large athletics event taking the limelight, motorsport and its associated industry will have to work harder to gain the column inches it requires, what better way to do that by associating your products or services with a young up and coming talent?”, said James’ manager.

For enquiries please contact info@jamespeace.net

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.