Tockwith Motorsports Test Day

January 26th, 2011 by alisonpepler.

After a very busy and successful Autosport International Show, where the UK’s first smart car race series was unveiled, the 4two cup organisers headed up North so that a team could get to grips with the pint sized car.

Co-founder, Paul Bates said: ‘We were approached by Simon Moore, owner of Tockwith Motor Sport at the show to test the smart. We went up to Tockwith, which is Simon’s private track, so that the family could try out the 4two BRABUS race car.’

The Moore family has a rich racing pedigree and two champions took to the track to put the smart through it’s paces.  Nigel, the current Formula Palmer Audi Champion and younger sibling Sarah, 2009 Ginetta Junior Champion felt at home in it.

Sarah commented: ‘It’s a small car and the wheelbase is so short, it’s like ragging a kart around, but a big one!  It’s a fun car to drive and I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was.’

The race car is also road legal, so has many uses away from the track, which is what has appealed to the business side of Simon’s company.   Head of the family, Simon said: ‘It’s not a raw racing machine, but the handling is fantastic, the car is good and it has three uses: driver training, motor sport and general car, which can work well for us.’

With the series aimed not just at youngsters, looking at the next affordable level of racing, but drivers that have wanted to race and couldn’t afford to, the founders of the 4two cup hope to have a cross spectrum of drivers on the grid.

Simon added: ‘Youngsters will love it to bits, as I could tell from my lot.  Nigel, being that bit older will look upon it like it didn’t do what he wanted to do, gear change wise.  But like the rest of us as hardened racers, if you put ten of them on a grid the racing would be very close, like karting and he’d come back with a big beaming smile!’

With news on Sarah’s racing plans for 2011 still to be announced, she admitted that the series was one she is considering. ‘Being on the Britcar package, which is something I’d like to do in the future would be ideal for me.  Racing around in smart cars might make some people laugh, but some will find it really entertaining!’

The endurance element is a side to the car that Simon would be keen to go down.  ‘I’d like to do something on the endurance side as I think it would be unique and  completely different and one that would excite us as a team.’

The test ended well into the late afternoon, as it proved to be popular amongst the entire family, with them all taking turns driving the car around.

Paul Bates concluded: ‘The test went really well and in my opinion their overall impressions were that they thought the car was great; the handling, brakes and that it was a fun car to drive.  Hopefully we can get them onboard this year.’

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