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.
Cadwell Park Race Report 2012
Category: BMW Compact Cup Series Race Reports Published Date
In stark contrast to Brands Hatch, rounds 3 and 4 held at Cadwell Park Circuit for the GAZ Shocks BMW Compact Cup sponsored by MAHA UK were bathed in glorious sunshine. Labelled by many drivers in the field as the British “Monaco”, Cadwell Park offers up a narrow circuit that places driver ability and bravery at the forefront of its twisting unforgiving nature. So it was with some amount of trepidation that 23 cars took to the circuit for the second time this season for qualifying.
The topology of the circuit means that from early in the morning the surface is bathed in sunshine so the drivers were greeted a little after 9:20 with an ever warming track with one objective in mind; Complete three banker laps, building in pace gradually and then push harder to see what could be achieved with the right positioning of the car. Soon their laps were up and all would know very shortly how they had done. Qualifying would see the top eight covered by a meagre 1.4 seconds led by Ryan Bensley in car 63 the MAHA Ltd 2012 sponsor car topping the time sheets with a time of 1:48.53, car 53 Andrew Tsang would line up alongside for company himself qualifying 0.16 of a second behind, if times produced from the session were anything to go by the running would be close all the way through the pack.
A small pause must be sought at this point, although car 28 driven by Alan O’Neill and prepared by the hard working students of the Birmingham City College of Motorsport would make it out for the session, O’Neill would struggle round the laps at an ever slowing pace and sadly clutch issues would preclude them from entering their first race for the season. Rest assured though, the boys are nothing if not determined to have the car ready for the next round at Donnington in June.