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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

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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 14:45

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BTCC’s Tom Onslow-Cole to star in GAZ Shocks BMW Compact Cup

Onslow-Cole drives for the eBay Motors BTCC team and currently sits 7th in the championship and is credited with 27 podiums and 608 career points to date. Come September 1st he will be given the opportunity to drive a Compact and go for glory in a track he should be very familiar with, Donnington Park Circuit.

Speaking to series director Paul McErlean was exceptionally pleased with the appearance of a driver with the mass appeal and experience for the day; “Toms a great guy and a fantastic driver and I am excited to him take to grid with our crop of great drivers. It speaks volumes for the series and our sponsors that a driver of his calibre is willing to come and chase for a win in a “Grass Roots” tin top. I’m sure more than a few guys on the grid would love to have a go at chasing him down for the day. We look forward to welcoming Tom to the grid.”

Last Updated on Friday, 29 June 2012 08:58

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Cadwell Park Race Report 2012

compactCladwellParkJune2012In 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.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 14:55

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BMW Compact Cup - Cadwell Park, May 2012

Cadwell Park 27th May 2012 - BMW Compact Cup - Mark Gazzard #46

Mark Gazzard came from a starting position of 17th to finish the race in 5th!

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 May 2012 13:19

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Compact Cup Soaks up the first rounds

comactCupStart may2012Marking 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.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:52

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