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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.

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.

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