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Champion motor racer Nathan Freke clocked up his second finish in the world famous Nurburgring 24 hour race in Germany. In addition to completing the gruelling race around the 13 mile Green Hell Nordschleife circuit the Jaguar XF24 took an unexpected class win after a near faultless run, ending up 92nd overall in front of more powerful and better funded cars in the 190 starters. Nathan drove the car for 8 out of the 24 hours registering the fastest lap in the car of the 3 drivers.

“I am ecstatic to have brought the car home in what is probably the most difficult of the 24 hr races on the calendar. The mix of cars means that you have to be concentrating a peak level all the time and as the circuit is so long you never really get to master it completely. Driving in the dark is particularly hard when the faster cars can be closing with speed differentials of 50 mph with their lights flashing. To finish is fantastic, to finish 92nd even better, and to win the class in the cars first 24 hour race is unbelievable. My thanks to my co drivers, Colin White, and Rob Carvell, and to Carvell Racing for doing a super job keeping the car going.”

Nathan FrekeMultiple British Champion racer Nathan Freke has concluded a deal to race a Jaguar XF 24 at the Nurburgring 24 Hour race held on the full Nordschleife circuit which is 13 miles in length. In terms of endurance racing the Nurburgring ranks 2nd behind Le Mans on the European scene and is unusual in that it allows 190 cars on the track at once. Nathan will be partnered by two other British drivers Colin White and Rob Carvell. After considering a number of offers to drive different cars Nathan decided that the unique Jaguar would be the best proposition in terms of car and team setup, Carvell Motorsport being very close to his own Century Motorsport business.

‘ I’m really excited about the 24 hour event. I’ve done it once before but it was in a slower car so I am excited to get in something more purposeful. The original plan was to use our own Ginetta but it was a lot of work to convert our car to GT4 spec and the deal with the Jaguar and Carvell Motorsport was very attractive. The prime objective is to finish the race and after that if a class win is possible then that would be a huge bonus’

Nathan will also be running a car in the British GT series at the same meeting so will have his work cut out to be team boss for Century Motorsport and drive in the most gruelling of 24 hour races.

Freke leads away from poleNathan Freke made a near-perfect start to the seventh event of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup season at Knockhill in Fife today, Saturday, 3rd September, by securing an excellent lights-to-flag win during round 18 – his fifth victory from the last nine race starts.

Although the first half of the season proved troublesome for theplayer.co.uk/Century Motorsport driver, over the last few race meetings Freke has been able to show the sort of pace and ability which took him to the Ginetta G50 Cup title – the forerunner to the GT Supercup – in 2009.

Edging out Tom Sharp by 0.143 seconds in qualifying to claim pole position, Freke got away well at the start to fend off the IDL driver and soaked up continued pressure from the former championship leader to take another richly deserved success.

On lap three, the Safety Car was deployed after a multi-car tangle at Leslie’s which accounted for the extremely unfortunate Fergus Walkinshaw, who starred in qualifying with a sensational third fastest time, and also resulted in pit visits for Lee Pattison and Josh Fielding.

Seeing off Sharp’s challenge at the re-start, Freke certainly didn’t have things all his own way as his pursuer piled on the pressure. The pole-sitter hardly put a wheel wrong though and didn’t offer up anything like an opportunity for Sharp to grasp.

“It went well, Tom did put a lot of pressure on me but it is difficult to overtake here”, said Freke, “I knew if I kept everything clean I could make his life hard but I did make a little mistake at Clark which did allow him to get right back onto me on one lap, but we got enough of a gap and controlled it.

“It’s the first race, brand new tyres, so you need to try and keep the car in line. If you start burning tyres up in the first race, by the time you get to the third race of the weekend you’re really going to be in trouble. The car was absolutely faultless and I’m really pleased with another win – we’re creeping up on them in the championship.”

Behind Sharp, points leader Carl Breeze was an ever-present threat and the top three proved to be very well matched in terms of pace. In the end, Sharp had the edge with a best time of 53.162 seconds (86.09mph) but he couldn’t quite carve open an opportunity to try and attack Freke.

“Carl was fast and he was behind me the whole time putting the pressure on”, said Sharp, “I think we had the edge on Nathan but in a race like that when someone is so close behind you, it’s a case of thinking if you want to try and attack and risk losing a few places. I tried that at Croft and it didn’t work so I learnt my lesson and held back on that one today! The car was really good, very fast.”

Yet another podium for Breeze, his 12th of the season, enabled him to maintain his position at the top of the driver standings but Sharp’s runner-up placing, added to the bonus point for fastest lap, mean the latter has closed to within 26 points of the Total Control Racing driver.

“Third is good points and the finish moves me up to the inside of the second row for tomorrow morning’s race so I’m quite happy with that”, commented Breeze, “To be fair, the three of us at the front were all running similar pace. In sector one I seemed to have more pace than them but then I lost out in sector two. We’ll make a few changes for tomorrow but it’s not been a bad day.”

The top three were able to break away from the rest, headed by Ciceley Racing’s Adam Morgan who maintained his consistent run of form with yet another strong finish albeit a couple of seconds shy of the podium placings.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Nathan Freke fittingly sealed the 2009 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup title with a true champion’s performance at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit, on Saturday, 3rd October – a brace of largely unchallenged wins handing the Kidderminster racer a deserved championship triumph.

At the wheel of his Century Motorsport entered G50, the 26-year-old started the weekend in perfect style by taking pole position for both of Saturday’s encounters and in the races he was never headed en-route to his 13th and 14th victories of the campaign.

Lining up on pole position at the start of the first race of the day, round 26, Nathan knew he needed just a handful of points to make sure of the title but he was determined to secure the championship in winning ways. Getting away cleanly from the grid, second placed starter Fulvio Mussi did pressurise into Paddock Hill Bend but Nathan held on to the lead on the run to Druids for the first time. Before the start of lap two, the Safety Car was deployed due to a lap one accident at Paddock Hill Bend involving Joachim Ritter and Chairman’s Cup campaigner Colin White. The re-start came at the beginning of the fifth tour and Nathan never looked likely to put a wheel wrong, even though Wrathall was never much more than a second adrift all the way to the chequered flag on lap 10.

Reflecting on a fantastic title victory, Nathan said: “I’m pretty pleased! In the week leading up to this event we knew the 10 points we needed to make sure of the title wasn’t a lot to get but I’ve seen leads like that taken away before. I’ve always loved Brands Hatch, the car was sublime on Friday in the test, and to win and take the championship in style is fantastic.”

In round 27, Nathan won a by a clearer margin of almost two seconds from Mussi ,at the start pole-sitter Nathan and fellow front-row starter Wrathall made an even getaway but with the inside line his, the new champion held on to the lead, to record yet another lights to flag victory including the fastest lap.

Newly crowned 2009 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup Champion Nathan concluded his outstanding season in winning style on, Sunday, 4th October, with his 15th victory of the campaign during the final race of the year.

Although heading into round 28 with the pressure of the title battle lifted from his shoulders, the Century Motorsport driver was nonetheless made to work incredibly hard for the win by Dynojet’s Frank Wrathall. Nathan’s 2009 record speaks for itself and along with his stunning total of 15 wins the 26-year-old secured seven other podium finishes on his way to a huge 125-point margin at the head of the driver standings in his first season of G50 Cup action. In addition, he never failed to finish a race.

Reflecting on a truly outstanding season, the champion commented: “It’s been fantastic and this weekend has just been the perfect end to the year for us. I knew the last race would be hard, Frank (Wrathall) did a great job and it was very tight at the finish. The start was good but I had a big slide through the back section which knocked my confidence a bit and so I slowed the pace a little.

“I could see Frank catching but I knew if I didn’t make any mistakes and drove a tight race, he wouldn’t be able to get past. In the end I managed to hold it to the line and I want to thank the team for doing such a fantastic job all year, the car was so consistent yet again. To end the season with a win is superb, looking back it really couldn’t have gone any better.”

At the start of this afternoon’s race, Nathan led away from pole position but Wrathall was determined to try and get ahead early as he attempted to run around the outside of the 2009 champion at the fearsome Paddock Hill Bend. Nathan held the lead though on the inside and started to pull marginally clear as Wrathall began to come under pressure from Tom Sharp and Fulvio Mussi.

Aiming to end the season on the biggest of highs, Nathan set a new lap record on the third lap but this was later bettered by Mussi, as Nathan continued to extend his lead, Wrathall’s car started to come into its own and he began to catch the Nathan while at the same time dropping his pursuers, and the fight for the win came down to a last-lap dash with Wrathall almost glued to the rear of Nathan’s Ginetta. With absolutely nothing separating the pair, Nathan managed to defend well enough into Clearways to keep Wrathall behind to win by less than a 10th of a second.

Final 2009 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup Championship Positions:
Champion: Nathan Freke, 856pts; 2nd Frank Wrathall, 731pts; 3rd Carl Breeze, 629pts

Nathan is now considering his options for 2010, including expanding his Century Motorsport team to capitalise on their success this year as well as seeking opportunities in both Porsche Carrera Cup and Touring Cars to further his career.

Kidderminster’s Nathan Freke, racing for Century Motorsport had a varied weekend at Rockingham, but left requiring only 10 more point to clinch the Michelin Ginetta G50 championship at the final 3 races at Brands Hatch (Oct 3rd/4th).

After finishing runner-up to closest title rival Frank Wrathall in Saturday’s 10-lap race and then dropping out of contention in Sunday morning’s 24th round with alternator problems, although after a pit stop he did manage a top 10 finish. Nathan scorched to a clear victory in the third of the weekend’s races to lead home team-mate Benji Hetherington in the first ever one-two finish for the EOS Productions-backed squad.

Frank Wrathall had closed down nathan’s advantage to 64 points with a win in round 24, capitalising well on the car problems encountered by Nathans. While it is still mathematically possible for Wrathall to win the 2009 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup, the odds are stacked massively against him and Nathan will only need an 11th place finish in the first of the trio of races at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit next month to seal the title victory.

Nathan’s 12th win of the season in round 25 came off the back of a controlled drive from pole position, speaking after round 25, Nathan said: “This win makes up for the problem in the previous race. I didn’t get the best start while Frank (Wrathall) got away well, but then at Deene all I could see behind was carnage. My car was sublime, the team has done a fantastic job all season and I’m ecstatic to see team mate Benji (Hetherington) on the podium too; a one-two for Century Motorsport, it can’t get any better.”

The season finale of the 2009 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup with rounds 26, 27 and 28 will be taking place over the weekend 3rd/4th October at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent.

Nathan is now considering his options for 2010 and is looking at either British Touring Cars or the Porsche Carrera Cup, both of which will require extensive funding.

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Wrathall & Freke lead from the frontMichelin Ginetta G50 Cup dominator Nathan Freke all but secured the 2009 title at Rockingham in Northamptonshire this afternoon, Sunday, 20th September – the Century Motorsport racer requiring just 10 more points to clinch the championship with three races remaining.

After finishing runner-up to closest title rival Frank Wrathall in Saturday’s 10-lap race and then dropping out of contention in this morning’s 24th round with alternator problems, Freke scorched to a clear victory in the third of the weekend’s races to lead home team-mate Benji Hetherington in the first ever one-two finish for the EOS Productions-backed squad.

Wrathall had closed down Freke’s advantage to 64 points with a superb win in round 24, capitalising well on the car problems encountered by the championship leader. But the Dynojet racer was sent spinning into retirement at Deene Hairpin on the opening lap of this afternoon’s race, the result of contact from behind, to leave his slim title hopes in tatters.

While it is still mathematically possible for Wrathall to win the 2009 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup, the odds are stacked massively against him and Freke will only need an 11th place finish in the first of the trio of races at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit next month to seal the title victory.

Freke’s 12th win of the season in round 25 came off the back of a controlled drive from pole position but he may have had to fight harder for the spoils had Fulvio Mussi not made contact with the rear of Wrathall’s car at Deene on lap one, ruling the multiple race winner out on the spot.

Following a short Safety Car period, which came as a result of the aforementioned incident, Freke led the field away ahead of Hetherington with G50 Cup debutant Adam Morgan flying the flag for Dynojet as he moved into the top three with a good pass into Deene on Christian Dick. Tom Sharp then managed to battle his way past the Speedworks driver to grab fourth at Pif-Paf.

Morgan started to come under serious pressure from Sharp but he held firm for several laps, giving a very good account of himself on his first weekend in a G50. The breakthrough for Sharp, however, came on lap seven at Deene and then Morgan slipped back to fifth after running wide at Yentwood.

The top five positions remained static from that point on with Freke winning by 1.3 seconds from Hetherington, Sharp taking his IDL car to third and Dick crossing the line just over a second clear of the impressive Morgan. Mussi, who was delayed in the lap one incident with Wrathall, fought back in his damaged yourracingcar.com G50 to take sixth ahead of Chairman’s Cup winner Richard Sykes.

Further behind, the move of the race came from Total Control Racing’s Carl Breeze when he managed to grab eighth position from Colin White. Held up in the lap one skirmish at Deene, Breeze tumbled down the order. His move around the outside of White though, which started at Pif-Paf and continued along Steel Straight, through Gracelands and into Tarzan, was a memorable effort.

Speaking after round 25, Freke said: “This win makes up for the problem in the previous race. I didn’t get the best start while Frank (Wrathall) got away well, but then at Deene all I could see behind was carnage. My car was sublime, the team has done a fantastic job all season and I’m ecstatic to see Benji (Hetherington) on the podium too; a one-two for Century Motorsport, it can’t get any better.”

Round 24 was all about Wrathall as he cruised to a 13 second win to perfectly back-up the success he enjoyed in Saturday’s outing. Getting away from pole position cleanly, Wrathall headed Freke and soaked up huge pressure from the points leader as the top two pulled clear of the rest initially.

Sharp made a good start from fourth on the grid to move ahead of Breeze into third but contact part way around the opening lap led to a shake-up in the running order with Breeze, White, Sykes and Sharp all suffering in a series of incidents.

Back at the front, Freke continued to pressurise Wrathall for the lead while Mussi ran in third position ahead of Hetherington, just half a second splitting the second pairing. On lap eight though, Freke started to slow as an alternator problem impeded his pace and he was forced to pit at the end of the 10th tour having already slipped to fifth.

He did manage to rejoin and take the points for 10th place as the last of the classified finishers though, three laps down on Wrathall, with Hetherington taking second place – and a new Ginetta G50 Cup lap record of 1m23.894 seconds (83.24mph) – ahead of Dick, Morgan and Joachim Ritter.

Tony Hughes took his maiden Chairman’s Cup win with a fine sixth place while Mussi could only manage eighth, behind Julien Draper, having been forced to pit with damaged bodywork at the back of his car which was rubbing on the rear tyres.

Commenting at the end of round 24, Wrathall said: “I think I had it pretty easy in this race. Early on, the car was moving around a lot but as soon as Nathan (Freke) dropped back with his problem I could get into my rhythm. It’s great to take another win.”

There are just two weeks to wait until the season finale of the 2009 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup with rounds 26, 27 and 28 taking place over the weekend 3rd/4th October at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent.

Provisional 2009 Ginetta G50 Cup Championship Positions (after Rd25):
1st Nathan Freke, 746pts; 2nd Frank Wrathall, 645pts; 3rd Carl Breeze, 583pts; 4th Fulvio Mussi, 429pts; 5th Tom Sharp, 394pts; 6th Christian Dick, 389pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Last week at Silverstone the Michelin Ginetta G50 Championship had its latest meeting at Silverstone, supporting the British Touring Championship, and Nathan Freke managed to win all 3 races.

As Nathan commented “Knowing Silverstone well I was full of confidence going into the weekend – Friday testing went well, quickest in both sessions and the car seemed to be dialled in great.” On Saturday morning the single qualifying session was held and the fastest three times counted for the grid positions for the three races over the weekend. After Qualifying Nathan said “Qualifying was very tight, putting it on pole by only 0.05s was closer than I would have liked but was still happy with the result!” The weather on the Saturday was bright and the crowds had the added attraction of the Air show, which included at the end of the day a fly past by a Vulcan bomber. For the first race on Saturday championship contender Frank Wrathall pushed Nathan hard for most of the race, but he held on to win. On the Sunday’s 1st race again Wrathall pushed Nathan really hard but this time he managed to pull a small gap by the end of the race and so get to the chequered flag with a comfortable lead. As the Sunday races are covered live by ITV4 this meant an interview with ITV’s Louise Goodman before the trip to the podium truck and the awards of the trophies and champagne. The final race later on Sunday was held after there had been a brief shower so all the teams were leaving their tyre choice until the last minute, but with a dry line appearing and the track drying the correct decision of slick tyres was made. This time Nathan started in 2nd place behind Wrathall and had a great battle until he managed to get past on the National straight and then held this lead until the chequered flag. After the races Nathan commented “The races went pretty much went to plan, though the first 2 races were very tough with Frank Wrathall pushing me very hard so I had to drive a tight race and not make any mistakes, thankfully it worked and I got 3 great wins. The third race was all a bit of a panic with tyre choice being a big decision! I started on grid in 2nd place and so Wrathall got away in the lead but I could see that I had a quicker car than him. I waited for the race to settle then made my move… once in front I knew I had the pace to get away and went on to win by a decent margin.” “The weekend was sublime and couldn’t have gone better from a points perspective! Looking forward to Rockingham in 3 weeks (Sep 19/20)!!

Nathan Freke and Frank Wrathall are top dogs in the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup as the championship prepares for three crucial races at Silverstone. Three races are set for the weekend including the rescheduled Oulton Park race carried over from May.

It may have taken Nathan Freke a long time to kick-start his winning streak, but since Donington in May he has been the benchmark driver in the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup. He won all three races at Donington, took a further win at Oulton Park and backed that up by two at each of Croft and Knockhill. That means that he arrives at Silverstone with an advantage of 64 points over Frank Wrathall’s Dynojet car which has now taken three race wins.

Behind them is Carl Breeze, who looked the man to beat in the early part of the season. His championship campaign stumbled at Donington where Freke proved to be invincible and since then the experienced East Anglian has suffered a car-wrecking shunt at Oulton, problems at Croft and was on the receiving end of a bit of robust racing in Scotland. But he has been a winner: all three races at Snetterton fell to the local hero.

This weekend’s three races may give Breeze a lifeline as one of the three is the rescheduled Oulton Park race. As the red flags flew, Breeze was inside his wrecked car and had no chance of taking the re-start. But with the race rescheduled, he may be allowed to take to the grid – the race effectively never happened so it reverts to the original start, so he effectively gains an extra race in which he can score points.

As these three slug it out for the championship, battles behind are sure to include the yourracingcar.com entry of Fulvio Mussi, the consistent Tom Sharp in his IDL car and Chairman’s Cup leader Colin White who has made quite an impact in the Leeds-built cars this season.

The G50 makes its National circuit debut this weekend and the track should lend itself to dramatic racing. With nine races to go, anything could happen!

Qualifying begins at 10:45 on Saturday August 29 with race one (over 22 laps) starting at 17:25. Sunday’s races are at 10:10 (22 laps) and 15:55 (the 20 lap Oulton replacement).

Nathan Freke has turned his season around to boast a healthy Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup lead and aims to increase it as the championship heads to Snetterton this weekend.

As the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup heads to Snetterton for a crucial weekend of three races, Kidderminster’s Nathan Freke is the man to beat. Since his season began with podium results rather than winning pace, the former Formula Ford champion has been edging closer to the front of the pack. His wins started at Donington in May, where he won all three races…and won the sole race at Oulton Park before taking two further victories at Croft.

His winning form has coincided with disappointment for early-season championship leader Carl Breeze. His TCR car won four out of the first six races, but then Breeze suffered a mighty accident at Oulton Park when he spun at Old Hall and was t-boned by the Speedworks car of Mark Proctor. It left the TCR squad with a huge job to prepare a brand new car in less than a fortnight, but Carl then suffered another setback: he hit a tyre stack in race two and was forced to sit out race three in North Yorkshire.

That means that Freke heads Frank Wrathall in the title race, Frank lying 52 points adrift, but that could all change with three races this weekend and 35 points for a win. Wrathall is still in with a  shout of the title and while he may not have been on the top step of the podium as often as others, his consistency has marked him out as a real threat to Freke. King’s Lynn’s Breeze, eager to score well on home ground, lies third whilst Speedworks team owner Christian Dick is fourth after a consistent season.

Other front-runners, Tom Sharp and Fulvio Mussi, will be joined by series rookie Charlie Butler-Henderson this weekend as the ex-BTCC racer returns to sports cars. The Chairman’s Cup, for the over 40s, is headed by multiple National Hot Rod World Champion Colin White from fellow ex-oval racer Paul Sheard and Richard Sykes.

Can Breeze fight back this weekend? Don’t bet against it…

Qualifying begins at 10:45 on Saturday August 1 with race one (over 11 laps) starting at 13:45. A second, longer, race on Saturday is scheduled for 17:15 over 18 laps and Sunday boasts the final race at 13:35, round 17 of the championship.