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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.

Denwood takes first win of 2012 at Donington Park

donnington june 2012For rounds 5 and 6 of the GAZ Shocks BMW Compact sponsored by MAHA UK headed to Donington Park Circuit. Located below the flight path of East Midlands Airport the aircraft overhead struggling to cause distraction to what would ultimately be an exciting weekend of racing.

Mixed conditions were the order of the day on Sunday with high winds, sunshine and rain all forecast in equalling amounts, strategy, car setup and adaptability would be the key to success at this fast paced circuit. Having rained overnight extensively the damp weather was doing its best to hang around and the formulas on track early on contended with drizzle at times and a wet circuit. However by the time the Compact Cup cars took to the circuit for qualifying a drying line was becoming visible and although conditions were far from ideal they were more favourable than earlier in the day. In good conditions a laptime in the 1:26s range was possible and would see a good grid position as the reward but conditions were far from ideal and Andrew Tsang was the only one to break the 1:27s marker with a time of 1:27.86 securing him his 3rd pole position of the season. Ryan Bensley in the MAHA car 61 would once again line up side by side with Tsang but this time qualifying behind the driver of the white 53 car by 0.30 of a second. Cars 99 of Martin Gambling and car 55 Kevin Denwood rounding off the top four. Commenting on the conditions Tsang mentioned that although still damp the drying line was improving, providing no further rain reached the circuit before the first race, conditions at Donington would allow for an exciting race in both sessions.

Race one kicked off under sunshine and although track temperatures wouldn’t reach the levels of Cadwell, a warm sticky tarmac would help the racing along. Race one underway and Tsang lead through the first corner chased through by Bensley and Denwood. Third place starting Gambling would bog down in the first corner and loose positions, ultimately though his car would come to a stop at Coppice corner having run off through the grass and the red flags would come down at the end of the first lap. Start number two would go almost as smoothly for Tsang as start number one and he would lead the pack through the first lap. Denwood would get the better of Bensley early on and took off in hot pursuit of Tsang both drivers leaving Bensley in clear air in third place. It would be hard fought for Tsang though as Denwood did he best to try and find a way past but ultimately the white car would keep him at bay seeming at times to consume the whole width of the circuit. With two laps to go Bensley would set the timing screens alight out of nowhere and set the fastest lap of the race a 1:27.58 and take a second out of the two second gap to Denwood who was just beginning to lose ground to eventual race winner Andrew Tsang. Bensley would get to within a “have a go” distance but wasn’t able to find a way past the blue and orange car settling for third place at the line.

Having taken the victory for race one, Tsang would once again start from pole with Denwood for company this time. Ryan Bensley in the MAHA car 61 and Stuart Voyce car 21 would round off the top four. Martin Gambing returned to the grid for race two starting from the back having replaced the brake pads on car 99.  As the red lights went out for the final time at Donington Denwood would get the drop on Tsang into the first corner for the lead. Voyce would go round the outside of Bensley through turn one and unfortunately for seventh place David Power car number 7 wouldn’t make the first corner due to bonnet pin error. Having lost out to Denwood at the first corner Tsang was coming under pressure from both Voyce and Bensley who were working hard to fight with each other and pass the second place man. Tsang would lose out to both cars at the end of lap two finishing in 7th place. Bensley would push hard and less than one lap later passed car 21 in an audacious move in the final chicane. Unable to close the gap to car 55 of Denwood he would come home second with Voyce in third. Denwood taking his first victory of the season led from the front in impressive form.

Another thrilling round of races for the GAZ Shocks BMW Compact Cup sponsored by MAHA UK. Martin gambling would take away the most net gains of the day from race two alone, passing twelve cars on circuit to finish ninth having started in twenty first place. Driver of the day award going Iggy Quazzi in the Rude Racing car 9.

Check back soon as we head to Anglesey circuit for rounds 7 and 8 of the Compact Cup, the hottest tin top on the block.

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