BMW Compact Cup Series
If you’re looking to get in on some racing action with a limited budget and have a decent shot on a level playing field, look no further than this tightly controlled one-make series...
The GAZ Shocks BMW Compact Cup is a one make series based on the E36 Compact (’94 – ’01 M44 1.9 16v engine).
It is aimed at drivers who want their racing to be both fun and superb value.
Suspension is GAZ Compact Cup spec coilovers. Engine is standard with a series supplied Superchips remapped ECU.
Transmission is standard 5 speed gearbox; final drive ratio is standard 3.38.
Tyres are Toyo 195/50/VR15 and there is a minimum weight, including driver of 1125kgs.
Compact Cup Soaks up the first rounds
Category: BMW Compact Cup Series Race Reports Published Date
Marking the opening of one of the hottest Tin Top series for 2012, the GAZ Shocks BMW Compact Cup took to Brands Hatch on Sunday for rounds one and two.
Conditions the day before the opening round were terrible and during the night had worsened considerably; the weatherman was however promising respite for the afternoon races but the morning’s qualifying session would have to make do with drizzle and a very damp circuit. The drivers took to the track for the first qualifying session of the season and the opening few laps were spent adjusting to the slippery surface and tip toeing through what is arguably the hardest corner in British Motorsport – the notorious Paddock Hill bend. Speaking to Paul McErlean [Series Director] the night before he said he was nervous, having raced a number of times at Brands Hatch, he knew how unforgiving the corner could be in the wet. However the drivers rapidly began to find their footing and times were being set and improved upon.
The results from qualifying decide the starting positions for the two races; the drivers best time would stand as their starting position for race one and second best time for race two. Alex Dew would take the first pole position of the season with guest driver for the weekend with a time of 1:07.44. RAW Motorsports Robin Welsh took second with a 1:07.51 the two swapping positions for race two. The same pattern also replicated on the second row with series sponsor Powerflex’s Director David Power taking to third position with a time of 1:08.17 and Stuart Voyce completed the second row with and time of 1:08.53 the two drivers reversed for race two. All in all 23 cars qualified and with only one minor mishap, all made their way back to the paddock under their own steam, quite an achievement considering the number of rookies on the grid.