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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.

BMW Compact Cup Series Race Reports

The first GAZ Shocks Compact Cup Championship meeting of the year

Event: Championship Rounds 1 & 2
Circuit: Donington Park National
Date: March 29th 2015

Hunter takes emotional win but Roberts claims double

Words: Joshua Barrett

BMW racereportThe opening rounds of the 2015 GAZ Shocks Compact Cup Championship took place at Donington Park this weekend and continuing on from last year’s form an over-capacity field came into the new season. This meant a group system was needed so each driver raced twice in the three-race format across the day. Former champion Steve Roberts claimed both of his races but it was former SaxMax champion Owen Hunter whole stole the headlines with his maiden victory in the championship.

It was a busy Donington National circuit when all 43 BMWs circulated during the 15-minute qualifying session, with all cars running on the Cup’s new Nankang NS-2R control tyres. Ex-British GT champion James Gornall clinched the fastest lap in the wet conditions with a time of 1:43.80 but five others (Roberts, Hunter, Paul Hinson, Mike Tovey and Ian Jones) lapped within a second of Gornall, instantly proving that 2015 is going to be the most competitive season to date.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 10:53

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Paul O’Neill to Race in the Safety Devices | GAZ Shocks Compact Cup Season Finale

Wednesday 1st October 2014

  • BTCC star turned presenter to try his hand at the largest club championship in Europe
  • Races to take place at Donington Park for the final two rounds of 750MC’s Compact Cup

paul oneil bmw smlClub race fans are set to receive an extra degree of entertainment on Sunday 5th October, when former BTCC driver and current TV presenter Paul O’Neill takes to the track in the Safety Devices | GAZ Shocks Compact Cup.

The former Touring Car ace is set to join the action for the final meeting and two rounds of the 2014 Compact Cup run under the 750 Motor Club at Donington Park. Speaking of his upcoming debut in the hotly contested BMW championship, O’Neill said, “I’ve heard good things about the Compact Cup, and the massive grids are the main thing that attracted me to join in.”

O’Neill joins the 44-strong grid as a very experienced racer, having competed in the British Touring Car Championship across a ten year period, as well as various other formulae from British GT to the Porsche Carrera Cup. The field he will be joining in the Safety Devices | GAZ Shocks Compact Cup comprises a healthy spread of experience, from novices through to ex-Formula Ford, Clio Cup and GT racers.

The championship uses the BMW E36 318ti as base cars, which run with tightly controlled modifications to ensure that costs are kept to a minimum; a key factor of the Compact Cup’s success. O’Neill said of his support for club motorsport, “Club racing is equally as important to me as the top tiers because everybody needs to cut their teeth and learn together before hitting the big time. I'm expecting it to be difficult to break into the top 10 with the Compacts though!”
Spectators attending the 750 Motor Club’s Donington Park meeting on Saturday 4th October will also be treated to a BTCC name on the bill, when current eBay Motors driver Nick Foster is to compete in the Roadsport Series using the same race-prepped BMW Compact as O’Neill


Day tickets are available on the gate for £15 or £25 for the weekend (children under 13 go free with a paying adult), and track action starts at 9am on both days.

For further information please go to www.bmwracedays.co.uk or email Paul McErlean at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:32

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Snetterton 300 Race Report 2013

Snetterton heats up the action!

IMG 9294 webNew for 2013 is the addition of the Snetterton 300 circuit. Just shy of three miles a lap of this F1 style circuit requires a mix of power and handling prowess. Two of the longest straights of the season provide the drivers and their machinery an opportunity to open the throttle right up and stir the gears all the way through the box. Even with all this high speed fun a lap is still well over two minutes making this probably the longest lap of anywhere on the calendar. For that reason alone qualifying is all the more important, small mistakes are costly and nothing less than a perfect lap would result in pole position.

In familiar fashion forty one cars took to the circuit for Qualifying at 09:05 and so began the quest for the ultimate lap time. Drivers familiar with the circuit immediately dug in and began finding spades of time while those less familiar were only just finding their way but soon representative times were set and the question of just who would come out on top of the obvious two front runners this year Stephen Roberts (56) and Stuart Voyce (21) would be answered.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 08:54

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Voyce lifts the fog and doubles up at Snetterton

mark hales webSituated deep inside the Norfolk flatlands lays Snetterton circuit, the venue for the 2012 finale of the GAZ Shocks BMW Compact Cup sponsored by MAHA UK Ltd.

With the weather predicted as "fine" and temperatures set to be tepid we had high hopes for our final outing of the season. A thrilling final was assured with many looking to romp home ahead of their rivals and find bragging rights for the last time in 2012. To ensure no one was disappointed Mark Hales had been enlisted to liven up the running using the same car Tom Onslow-Cole used last time out in Donington. So the scene was set and those who arrived on Saturday settled in for the night and prepared themselves for the day to come.

Sunday morning greeted us with an unwelcome and unexpected guest; fog! So thick was the lingering mist that it could only be described as soup, visibility was reduced down to only a handful of meters and it soon became pretty obvious that no one would be heading out for Qualifying on time. A decision was made early on to abandon timed runs for qualifying and the course safety car lead out the competitors for three untimed sighting laps at a controlled pace. Of course without timed laps to reference a grid order would need to be determined, for championships this is a simple task, line the cars up in order of championship position. A different method would need to be found for our competitors, as championship status will not be awarded to us until 2013. Series Director Paul McErlean had a plan though and a cunning one at that. Firing up a spreadsheet he has used to keep tabs on the drivers for 2012 he was able to bash together some fancy mathematics and determine a grid line up using the drivers own statistics. This allowed a grid to be formed and agreed based on the positions different drivers would usually qualify and made sure that they started in a grid slot they were comfortable with, the only unknown for this system was Mark Hales who was gifted sixth position due to his known race craft. Following this system for allocating grid positions Andrew Tsang would lead the pack with Stephen Roberts for company. Ryan Bensley and Stuart Voyce would start directly behind leaving Mark Hales with Kevin Denwood for company in fifth.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 November 2012 11:17

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The Return of Donington Park - This time it’s a bit more serious…

return donnington parkThe more astute among you will remember we have already been to Donington once this season, back in June and it did not disappoint, serving up two equally exciting races would be a tough act to follow. Since then we have been to Anglesey which thrilled us with a tight circuit, glorious weather and yet more exciting racing.  This time however our return to Donington is a bit more serious, a successful sequel we all know must be better than its predecessor. Would Donington continue the GAZ Shocks Compact Cup sponsored by MAHA run of form and treat us again to a taste of fine motoring cuisine? In short, yes, but to find out why you will just have to read on.

Early on Saturday morning twenty eight finely prepared BMW 318 Compacts head out onto a dreary Donington circuit, clouds hanging grey in the sky, qualifying is underway. Taking his debut in the GAZ Shocks Compact Cup sponsored by MAHA Tom Onslow-Cole normally the pilot behind the wheels of the WSR Ebay British Touring Cars machine was to get his first taste of just what all the fuss of this Tin Top series was all about. His first time in the car our full time racing driver and all round good guy would be pitching his racecraft against some of the UK’s best club racing drivers as well as upcoming star of TVRs Danny Winstanley and the ever quick Rob Boston usually found competing in the Lotus Elise Trophy. The clock ticking down to the end of the session lap after lap would see improvements from all, the times tumbling away as drivers found there groove and reminded themselves of the flow of the East Anglian circuit. Business as usual it would seem, Andrew Tsang taking another pole position and Ryan Bensley lining up alongside to lock out the front row. Rob Boston competing in the red and silver liveried Rude Racing car would line up behind them with Stephen Roberts for company. For Tom OC though success was a little further from his reach, even though each time he crossed the start and finish line he was that bit quicker than previous lap, eighth position was the best he could achieve showing him just what he was up against. He would have a fine view of Alex Dew in fifth place and Martin Gambling in sixth place ahead of him on the grid and Danny Winstanley alongside for seventh.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 08:15

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