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[New!]2017 - First Two Race Podiums for Brodie Trayhorn.

[New!] 2017 Team Supported Drivers

[New!]Team Supported Drivers win MORE Awards in 2016

More news below. Just scroll down.


Latest News

 

Team Supported Driver Takes Podium

Brodie Trayhorn in MiniMax has had is first podium at FEKC this weekend (5/3/17). A great run in the heats put him mid pack for the final. He stayed out of trouble in the final and used his head taking 3rd. This compliments his podium from 2 weeks ago at Dunkerswell.


Team Supported Drivers for 2017

RG Racing supported drivers for 2017 will be:

Brodie Trayhorn in MiniMax who is racing at Dunkerswell and Forest Edge. Brodie will receive help from Alfano and the team. The team have also arranged assistance from Ferodo who are supplying brake pads to the young driver. Castrol Classic oils via the team are supplying the latest in Castrol Racing lubrication technologies. 

Brodie said "Its good to have Ferodo behind us. The friction materials they produce are second to none. It gives me confidence when I am on the circuit knowing that we can rely in there components."

Andy Bird will receive help via RG racing via the Alfano Agency. They will supply the latest data logger to Andy who is racing in Superkarts in 2017.

 


Team Supported Drivers Win More Awards in 2016

RG Racing supported driver Brodie Trayhorn won the 2016 FEKC Championship in the Honda Cadet Class. Taking podium places in all rounds. He was presented with his trophy in January 2017 at the FEKC Awards night. His sponsors RG Racing and Alfano UK were delighted fort eh young driver who in 2017 moved to the Mini Max class and has some hard work to do racing against drivers who are slightly older then him and with more experience.


Team Supported Driver Nominated for South Wilts Sports Award

Salisbury Journal Sports Awards

Brodie was nominated for the Outstanding progression in a sport Award.

The winner of each award was announced at the black-tie event on Friday, November 4 at the Ray Mac Stadium in Salisbury .

Olympian Iwan Thomas MBE, who is a champion 400 metre runner, compared the event, which is back for the first time in a decade.

Brodie at 12 years old was up against 2 other outstanding competitors who were both over 18 so some tough competition. Just to be nominated was a win for Brodie who’s with his parents and elder sister, Plus RG Racings Wendy Willshire and Rob Willshire attended the big night. The whole team at Maxedout and RG Racing are extremely proud.

A great evening was had by all with Iwan Thomas on top form with the humour.


RG Racing - Alfano Products and Data Analysis

RG Racing is now an official Alfano Agent in the UK and also provides customers with several services

  • Alfano Fitting Service

  • Track Side assistance set up for customers

  • Data Analysis capacity building for drivers, dads and teams.

  • Servicing and Support

  • Race Weekend Assistance for drivers and teams


Team Supported Drivers Win Awards

RG Racing supported drivers. Over the years RG racing has received support form several partners so we are now putting back in to the sport what we have been privileged to receive by supporting several drivers.

Andy Bird and Brodie Trayhorn are our chosen drivers for 2015 and will continue you in 2016.

Brodie Trayhorn is the 2105 Vice Champion for the Honda Cadet Class in the Forest Edge Kart Club Championship

Andy Bird has won the inaugural Honda Cup in the British Superkart Association's run MSA British Superkart Championship

Andy receiving his trophy from Cheryl Lynch from the MSA at the BSA Night Of Champions

Photo by Andy Fitzpatrick


Team Supported Drivers

RG Racing over the years has supported several drivers in one way or another. Currently we are supporting:

Brodie Trayhorn - Cadet Driver with Castrol Products and Alfano Products. He races mainly at Forest Edge, Clay Pigeon. The team has supported Brodie now from his first full year in Cadets. He has received some coaching from Ben Willshire to help him progress.

Andy Bird - 250 National Superkart Driver with Alfano Products. Andy races in the British Superkart Association's National championship for 250 National Superkarts. And also the Honda Cup.


2015 - Time out for Ben Willshire

2014 has been a busy year and we are taking 2015 off to consolidate for a come back in 2016

We have had a 2 weddings, New Jobs, House Moves, Workshop rebuild and a new member of the team who will be ready for racing in around 6 years.

But Gary James will still be competing at some events throughout the year.


A New Season and A new Dawn

 Press Release 21/03/2014

The closed season saw the teams race equipment stripped down to the last nut and bolt. Cleaned and rebuilt ready for the Silverstone test on the 15th of March. The team had agreed a test program and with the help of Ludovic from Alfano we were able to install a new data logger.

Ludovic also installed a magnetic timing strip at Silverstone for future use.

The test comprised of chassis and aerodynamic changes. No more said on the results until after the first race at Brands Hatch on the 12/13th of April.


RG Racing Season Finale

 Press Release 21/10/2013

The final two race meetings of the BSA National Superkart Championships and British Superkart Racing Club Championship took place at arguably the two most demanding circuits in the UK; Cadwell Park and Oulton Park.

In mid-September, RG Racing travelled to Cadwell Park, known in the Superkart community as the 'mini-Nurburgring', for the penultimate race meeting of the 2013 season.

Ben Willshire favours Cadwell, having taken several podiums and a win at the undulating Lincolnshire venue over the past few seasons.  Despite not attending the pre-race test day Ben qualified 4th on the grid. Willshire made a clean start off the line in Race 1 and slotted into 5th position just behind Matt Isherwood, Danny Edwards, Kevin Waring and Lee Plain.   Kevin Gray started to pressure Willshire after the opening two laps but Ben held his own before the race was stopped at mid-distance to clear an incident.  Following the re-start Willshire began to suffer with lack of grip under braking but drove to a respectable 7th position.  The team made some set-up changes to the Bayliss Ware RG Racing Superkart for Race 2, which would see Willshire start in 8th position.  Willshire drove a tactical and patient race as he fought his way past some very experienced drivers to take a well-deserved 5th place finish, putting him in contention for the all-important UK Cup 'O-plate' race later that day.   Later that afternoon, Ben lined up in 5th place for the UK cup title race and made a good get away from the line. Willshire challenged the leaders on the opening lap as the pack flew up and over the double right hander of 'Charlies' corner.  After a few laps Ben had slotted into a solid 4th place and drove a clean race therein to take a relatively easy 4th place finish at the flag.

With solid points gained in each of the championship races, Ben picked up some well-earned silverware from Cadwell and headed to Oulton Park on 27th / 28th September lying in 5th position in the BSA National Championship.  Willshire is the current lap record holder at the Oulton Park circuit and had won 5 of his last 7 races at the Cheshire venue so was looking to make an impact at the final round of the series.

Ben qualified his RG Racing Bayliss Ware Superkart in 6th position for the start of race 1. With the entire field separated by only a few seconds, it was looking like a close race was on the cards for the Cheshire crowd. Willshire dropped down to 9th by the end of the first lap but drove a superb recovery to take 6th place after dicing with James Harvey, Louise Colin and Kevin Gray throughout the entire race. The battle was so close that Colin, Gray and Willshire were separated by less than 1 second across the finish line!  Race 2 was a similar scenario, with Willshire dropping down to 12th place (suffering with a faulty clutch at the start) but recovering back to 6th place by the line after a fantastic 6 way scrap with his competitors.  The team’s performance at Oulton Parked earned them a well-deserved 4th overall on the day.

Willshire's season points tally rewards him with 5th in the 2013 BSA National Championship from a strong field of 23 drivers, consisting of 6 previous National Champions and 1 European Champion!  More rewarding perhaps is the achievement of confirming his spot as VICE CHAMPION in the 2013 British Superkart Racing Club Championship, which runs alongside rounds of the National Championship but does not apply the dropped points score rules....this 2nd place finish is a testament to the reliability and consistency of the RG Racing team this season.

The RG Racing Bayliss Ware team wish to thank all involved in making the 2013 season an exciting and successful year. We are already looking forward to going even quicker in 2014!

BSA National Championship:

1.       Lee Harpham                     265 points

2.       Danny Edwards                230 points

3.       Kevin Waring                    199 points

4.       Matt Isherwood               189 points

5.       Ben Willshire                     156 points

 

BSRC Club Championship:

1.       Danny Edwards                429 points

2.       Ben Willshire                     340 points

3.       Kevin Waring                    336 points

4.       Lee Harpham                     310 points

5.       Matt Isherwood               272 points

 


RG Racing at British Superkart Grand Prix

 Press Release 21/07/2013

Ben Willshire defended his 4th place in the 125 Open National Superkart championships despite a challenging weekend at Snetterton in Norfolk last weekend.

Willshire suffered a gearbox failure in Friday practice, meaning the team had to work tirelessly to swap engines and set his RG Racing Superkart up ahead of Saturday morning’s qualifying session. With 30 degree heat and a track temperature of 45 degrees, the entire field were working extra hard and many drivers elected to conserve tyres and energy in qualifying by only completing 3 or 4 laps.  Using a 1998 engine against a field of 26 strong competitors, Ben qualified in 7th position on the grid and only 0.1s from 4th spot.

In Race 1, Willshire made a good start off the line but lost ground at Richies corner on lap 1 when he was forced to avoid traffic and take a tighter, slower line through the fast right hand sweeping bend.  As Willshire made up ground through the race, he found himself in a comfortable and lonely 7th position and set some quick lap times, securing 5th position on the grid for race 2.

At the start of Race 2, Ben was again quick off the line but was starting from the right hand side of the grid and was again squeezed tight on the entry to turn 1, costing him a few positions by the end of lap 1.  However, Willshire was not deterred and went about picking off championship rivals Danny Butler and Kevin Waring on lap 2 as well as regular other front runners to find he was battling just outside the top 5.  As Ben tucked in behind James Harvey and Lee Plain along Bentley Straight, he was looking good to pick off another two positions but as he emerged at 120mph from under the tunnel at the end of the longest straight in British motorsport, two karts had spun directly in front of Willshire and Ben was forced to take avoiding action and spun onto the grass. Thankfully Ben managed to re-start his Superkart without any assistance and drove a superb recovery from dead last to 16th position across the 9 lap race.  Sadly this wasn’t the result Ben had been hoping for, but his determination meant he was able to secure some valuable championship points.

Race 3 would be a non-championship race but the victor would win the coveted “GP” plate, which holds plenty of prestige in the world of karting. Ben would start 9th on the grid, and drove a stunning first few laps of the race to find himself battling for 4th with Lee Plain and Sven Van De Vardt from Holland.  Although the 3 lead drivers of Dan Edwards, Matt Isherwood and Lee Harpham had pulled a big gap on the rest of the field Willshire, Plain and Vardt battled hard amongst themselves for the remainder of the race, with a constant change of positions on a lap by lap basis.  Heading into the final lap, Willshire made a move at Richies corner on Lee Plain to take 4th position and tried to pull a gap on Plain through the technical infield section.  Lee Plain stuck on the tail of Willshire and managed to take advantage of the slip stream on the final tour down the Bentley straight, moving into 4th position as the trio headed towards the final section of the 3mile lap.  Willshire looked to make a move on Plain through Corum curve and again on the exit of the final corner but had to settle for a well-deserved 5th place and crossed the line only 0.1s behind Lee Plain.

The MSA Superkart Grand Prix can be seen on the “Last Lap” programme on Motors TV (Sky Channel 447) on 31st July.  Look out for Ben in his White Bayliss Ware sponsored outfit, running kart number 2 in the 125 Open race.


Willshire back on form

 Ben Wilshire’s 2013 British Superkart championship campaign is back on track after a successful outing at his local circuit, Castle Combe, last weekend. Driving for Basingstoke based Superkart team, RG Racing, Willshire struggled for pace at the opening race of the season as the team had to quickly understand and optimise the set of the new 2013 Bayliss Ware sponsored Anderson Superkart that Willshire is driving this season.

It hasn’t taken Ben long to adapt though, proven by his pace in qualifying which earned him a comfortable 4th place on the grid behind reigning FIA-CIK European champion Lee Harpham, Kevin Waring and the 2012 UK Cup holder, Matt Isherwood.

Willshire made a great start in Race 1, finding himself in 3rd place at mid race distance and within reach of the leaders. Isherwood fell back after making a few driver errors but managed to reel Willshire in towards the end of the race but Ben was pleased to take 4th at the flag and beat his long term rivals Danny Butler and Danny Edwards along the way to take some valuable championship points.

Willshire also made a good start in Race 2 but as the 20 Superkarts headed into Quarry corner for the first time, Ben was squeezed into a small gap in the middle of the pack and found himself down in 9th place at the end of lap 1. Willshire set about recovering with some blistering lap times and pursued a battle with Lee Plain for the remainder of the race.  At the line Willshire finished in 5th place, only 0.1 seconds from Danny Butler in 3rd position and Lee Plain 4th position.

Ben would like to thank his friends, family and sponsors for coming to offer their support and cheer the team on at Castle Combe. The latest points are waiting to be finalised but it is likely that Willshire now moves into 4th place in the championship so a good weekend all round!

The next race takes place at Snetterton on July 13th/14th, which also incorporates the famous MSA British Kart Grand Prix and the FIA-CIK European Superkart Championship event.


RG Racing: Podium at Croft

RG Racing made a 5 hour journey to Croft race circuit this weekend to compete in Rounds 3 & 4 of the British Superkart Association 125cc National Championship.  Both team drivers, Ben Willshire and Gary James would be competing and hoping to play ‘catch up’ in the points standings.

The team made use of the pre-race practice day, with Ben Willshire testing a variety of set up options on his new 2013 Anderson chassis to try and find some additional pace after a difficult start to the season at Darley Moor.  As the day progressed with mixed weather conditions, Ben and the team felt happy that the kart was beginning to behave as expected and were confident of a good result going into the race weekend. 

The free practice session on Saturday morning brought with it wet conditions. Willshire commented after the session that “the kart felt good” and this was evident when the timing sheets saw him placed 0.6 seconds quicker than any of the 22 other 125cc competitors. Meanwhile, Gary James took delivery of his brand new Raider chassis and elected to spend the time making last minute preparations ahead of the timed qualifying and racing.

The track conditions improved over the course of the day, allowing dry running conditions on slick tyres for Qualifying later that afternoon. Willshire opted for a risky strategy to try and initially set 3 fast qualifying laps before coming into the pits to scrub in fresh tyres for racing the next day.  Although his pace was good over the 3 laps, his fastest lap time set was a 1min 30.5 seconds, qualifying him in 8th position for Race 1.  Gary James was spending the session familiarising himself with his new kart and qualified towards the rear of the field in 20th position, but confident of moving forwards in the race.

Race Day on Sunday would remain dry. However, a change in wind direction and significant increase in wind speed forced drivers to re-think their gearing set up to optimise top speed around the former airfield circuit.   Willshire made a good start off the line from P8, forcing his way around the outside of some of the leading pack into Turn 1 and was already into 5th by the end of lap 1.  Willshire maintained good pace but struggled to find grip during the mid-point of the race, dropping him back to 8th place again by Lap 6.  However, Willshire soon picked up the pace again and reeled in Kevin Gray and Lee Plain in the closing stages of the race and crossed the line in a well-deserved 4th position.  Gary James had also put in consistent times and made an improvement on his qualifying pace to finish 13th despite having braking problems. 

The team went about making set up refinements to find more pace for Race 2 later that day. Willshire made a good start again, this time opting to force his way on the inside line into Turn 1, again seeing him promoted to 5th place at the end of the first lap.  Unlike race 1, the field had this time remained very close with less than less than 5 seconds separating the top 10 drivers at the end of the first lap.  A 5 way battle then ensued between Ben Willshire, Dan Edwards, Lee Plain, Kevin Waring and Kevin Gray.  Kevin Waring soon made a break from the pack and pursued Dan Butler for 2nd place, whilst Kevin Gray slowly dropped away, leaving a 3 way fight between Willshire Edwards and Plain for the remaining 8 laps.   The 3 former national champions continued to swap places, but Willshire made best use of the back lappers on the final lap and came out on top to take another solid 4th place, giving him 3rd overall and a place on the podium at the end of the days competition. 

Gary James had also been having a battle further down the field with regular rival Gary Avrill. Unfortunately Avrill snuck past James on the final lap. James battled back out of the last corner but had to settle for 16th place by just 0.069 seconds behind at the flag!  However, he’d made an improvement of 5 seconds off his best lap from race 1 as the familiarity of the new kart provided more confidence through the faster corner sequences at Croft.

The team left croft upbeat; Willshire’s points haul has moved him back into 5th place in the championship and he’ll be looking to move into the top 3 at rounds 5 & 6 at Castle Combe on May 27th.  Having missed rounds 1 & 2, Gary James sneaks into the top 20 in 19th position but well within range of the top 15 drivers.  Current FIA-CIK European Superkart Champion, Lee Harpham, took a well-earned overall win after fighting back through the pack after an early mistake in race 1.


SNOW START FOR BEN WILLSHIRE

Ben Willshire started his 2013 National Superkart campaign at Darley Moor last weekend, driving his brand new Bayliss Ware sponsored RG Racing Superkart.

With snow covering the edges of the track, and sub-zero track temperatures, it would prove to be a challenging weekend for all competitors.  The competition in the 125 Superkart class this year is proving to be the toughest it has been in recent seasons with 5 British champions lining up on the grid, including the current FIA-CIK European Superkart champion, Lee Harpham.

Ben and the team completed a successful test day prior to the race meeting and spent most of the day developing the kart to maximise driver position and comfort ahead of the national championship rounds the following day.

Qualifying the next morning would be run in sleet and snow with greasy track conditions. Willshire, who often excels in mixed weather conditions, was able to post a time to secure 10th on the grid from 23 starters with a time of 1min10s. Willshire said after qualifying “ I feel we had the pace to be further up the grid, possibly on pole, but struggled to find a clear lap without traffic”.

Thankfully the weather conditions improved ahead of Race 1. Willshire made a good start from the middle of the pack and was soon up to 8th place, but it became evident that the cold weather was influencing Willshire’s engine performance and the set-up of the new chassis would require further refinement, forcing Ben to drop back to P11.  On lap 6, the red flag was shown and the race ended early after an incident caused part of the track to be blocked so Ben would remain 11th on the results for Race 1.

Race 2 saw Ben quickly progress through the field into 8th place and saw him chasing down Jason Kitchen and Phil Garrett towards a top 6 finish. Ben continued to push hard but couldn’t do enough in the short race time to catch the group ahead, finishing 8th at the flag.

Lee Harpham took wins in both races, closely followed by Ben’s long term class rival Dan Edwards in second place.  Ben now lies 11th in the championship points after Darley Moor and the RG Racing team have taken valuable data away from the first race at Darley Moor to help improve on their performance at the next round at Croft on April 29th.


Bayliss and Ware to Support RG Racing

RG Racing and Bayliss Ware have partnered up to support each others business activities. Bayliss Ware are a Chartered Accountants.

Bayliss Ware has a young and talented team. Among our staff are qualified and part qualified members of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Association of Accounting Technicians.

With offices in Waterlooville and Southampton we work face to face with clients across the South of England and provide remote support and services to those further afield in the UK and abroad. Bayliss Ware are able to service the needs of a range of businesses from the small independent trader to substantial companies and groups.

 


New Superkarts for RG Racing

Both Ben Willshire and Gary James will race on new chassis in 2013. Willshire has elected to continue with the Anderson marquee and James has switched to the Raider chassis produced by Phil Featherstone.

Both Drivers will be using PFP services for Engine Tuning for 2013.

 


Willshire takes it to the Wire

It seems only a short while ago that RG Racing were busy preparing ahead of the 2012 BSA National Superkart Championship, but we have already reached the end of another exciting season with Ben Willshire and Gary James competing in their 125cc Superkarts around Great Britain.

The championship finale had been building up nicely and going into the last round at Cadwell Park, Ben Willshire was still in contention to retain his title and become only the second back-to-back winner of the championship in the history of the 125cc Open class.  Meanwhile, Gary James had been posting some strong results and was heading to Cadwell Park for two solid points finishes and a target of beating his personal best lap time around the challenging circuit.

Testing on Friday went well, both drivers finding the optimum kart set-up ahead of the main event two days later. Qualifying on Sunday morning proved to be slightly more frantic. Within 5 laps, the qualifying session had to be red flagged due to an incident involving 5 karts. Fortunately, Willshire narrowly missed the incident, escaping unscathed after a diversion to the grass, and had already set a time of 1min35s to secure 5th position on the grid.

Meanwhile, James struggled for grip on new tyres during the first few laps and posted his quickest time just as the red flags came out. When qualifying resumed after the red flags, Willshire had to retire from the session with a heavily slipping clutch, leaving his best time as that posted earlier and a frustrating 5th. His championship rival Dan Edwards had qualified in 3rd position but Willshire knew he had more time up his sleeve going into Race 1. James improved on his previous best to post a time of 1m40.827s to secure 11th place on the grid.

Race 1 saw a good start from Willshire, finding himself in 3rd position after lap 1 and hot on the heels of Dan Edwards. Meanwhile Danny Butler made an escape into the lead to pull a gap of around 5 seconds from Willshire and Edwards during the race.  Meanwhile, the two championship rivals put on a great race for the crowd fighting for second position, with Willshire constantly looking for a way past his rival. On the final lap at the last corner, Willshire was able to cut back on the inside of Edwards who was driving defensively and it would be a straight race to the finish line between the two 125cc machines. At the line, it was Edwards who was ahead by 0.0015seconds, much to the disappointment of Ben Willshire.

James lost a couple of places on the opening lap but was holding a solid 13th and having a great scrap with Avrill and Rushforth. Approaching Park Corner just after half distance Avrill pulled alongside and James had to give up the place as they came across a kart in the middle of the circuit. James continued to chase Avrill for the remainder of the race while also holding off the close attentions of Rushforth. On the final lap James set his personal best lap time to finish 9th with only 1.43s covering the three drivers.

Willshire would line up P3 for race 2, needing to take victory to clinch the title. He made a good start and comfortably slotted in behind Butler and Edwards and all three pulled away from the rest of the field.  Willshire fought hard to try and pass and then create a gap over Edwards, but the rivals were too closely matched and all the time Butler slowly pulled away into the lead. This time the fight between Edwards and Willshire was closer than ever, the pair crossing the start/finish line ‘side by side’ on 6 occasions over a 10-lap race distance!  Willshire even attempted a brave overtaking move at the Hairpin, which cost him a few seconds but he was able to quickly get back onto the tail of Dan Edwards. On the penultimate lap, Willshire made his move coming onto the start finish straight. He was able to stay ahead of Edwards into the first corner, and pulled a gap of 0.7seconds over the course of the final lap to beat Edwards and take 2nd place at the flag.

James resumed his battle with Avrill and Rushforth in race 2. Avrill was able to open a gap of 5.6s by three quarter distance as James struggled slightly with engine performance. However, over the closing laps James reduced the deficit as the engine was running better and took huge amounts of time out of Avrill with Rushforth not far behind. Rushforth showed his nose during the final lap but James defended his position into the Hairpin to finish 9th only 1.5s behind Avrill and set another personal best lap time on his final lap.

Despite his excellent form all season, Willshire didn’t quite take the championship title, with only a 3 point deficit (or 0.0015 seconds from Race 1!) deciding the championship in favour of Dan Edwards. The RG Racing team are extremely proud of the results again this season and of their efforts in taking the championship defence ‘down to the wire’ in 2012.  James was also happy with his results after a late start to his championship season.

We would all like to thank everyone involved for their support again this season and look forward to some hard work and testing over the winter ahead of 2013.

 


Willshire Wins from the back.

RG Racing drivers Ben Willshire and Gary James competed in the penultimate round of the BSA 125cc National Superkart Championship at Mallory Park this weekend.

The high temperatures combined with the high speed circuit, meant it was an eventful weekend for most of the competitors.

Both Willshire and James struggled to get a clear lap in qualifying with lots of incidents bringing out yellow flags throughout the session, leaving Willshire in 4th position after setting a 49.5 second lap and James in 15th position with a time of 55.8s.  Both drivers knew they had more to give in the races, particularly James who was also suffering with a lack of engine revs.

Race 1 saw a good charge for Willshire as he made his way into the lead by lap 5. On lap 6, Ben's first mechanical problem for 2 seasons struck as the carburettor came loose, causing Willshire to retire from the lead of the race.  Gary James also had his share of misfortunes, as he was held up at the start and the suffered a severe misfire causing him to loose 2000rpm on the straights and eventually forcing a retirement.

A difficult first race would see the team duo of James and Willshire starting 15th and 17th respectively for Race 2. Sadly for James, his engine misfire became worse and an electrical failure meant he retired before the start of the race.

Willshire however was on a charge. After the RG racing team of Rob Willshire and Phil Featherstone of PFP worked to make set up improvements on the kart, Ben spent time with Gavin Gough on some invaluable mental preparation ahead of a tough race.

After lap 1 Willshire was in 9th position and by lap 2, Willshire had worked his way into 6th spot, picking his competition off one by one. He continued to lap quickly and was soon chasing down Louise Colin for 5th place, which came to him after 2 additional laps.  

By Lap 11, Willshire had made his way up to 3rd and then overtook Val Fernandez for 2nd place and set about closing the 2 second gap to race leader and championship rival, Dan Edwards. With 2 laps remaining Willshire, exited the 100mph Gerrards corner and shot past Edwards to take the lead.

Edwards fought back and the duo swapped places a few times on the closing laps. Willshire had the edge, though, and again took the lead on the exit of Gerrards and went on to take an amazing and emotional victory by 0.88 seconds from Edwards.  Willshire also set fastest lap of the race with an average speed of 100.03mph!

Ben Willshire and Danny Edwards are now the two men in contention for the national championship, with only 3 points between them (with 60 points still on offer) and one race meeting remaining at Cadwell Park on September 8th / 9th.

Willshire will be fighting hard and hoping for some good fortune to become the first driver since Paul Platt to successfully defend a national championship in the 125 class.

Next Race - September 8th / 9th. Cadwell Park.

RG Racing supports Armed Forces Families Open Day

Ben Willshire and Rob Willshire were supporting the Families Open Day at 19 Field Regt RA at Larkhill on Saturday the 21st. The team has its race center on location with Bens Superkart on display.

Were were joined by a young driver Brodie Trayhorn who the team support also had is kart on display in the teams awning. The team were on had to answer questions on karting. They were also allowing the children have there photos taken sat in Ben's Superkart and Brodie's Cadet kart.

We were entertained by a FREE fair ground, Parachute displays, dog display teams and many more items.

 


Willshire takes 2nd at the MSA British Superkart Grand Prix

Press Release - British Superkart GP 14th/15th July 2012

 

Photos by Chris Walker

RG Racing travelled to Snetterton last weekend for the MSA British Superkart Grand Prix, the most prestigious Superkart race in the world. For Gary James it was his fourteenth Superkart Grand Prix drive, with his first event in 1992 at Silverstone.  Team driver, Ben Willshire, was looking to add the Grand Prix title to his racing credentials after a second place finish last year.

Testing time on Friday for the team was limited due to poor weather, making it difficult to optimise set up on both karts. However, dry weather was expected for the remainder of the weekend.  Sure enough, free practice on Saturday morning was in dry conditions, enabling both drivers to “scrub in” a new set of tyres ahead of timed qualifying.

In qualifying, Willshire set a blistering pace to secure pole position by over 0.6 seconds from his nearest rival Danny Edwards whilst championship contender Matt Isherwood suffered an engine failure. Meanwhile, things didn’t go quite as well for Gary James with the kart pulling to the left; not ideal on a circuit with several high-speed right handed corners. As a result Gary qualified 17th.

Race 1 – National Superkart Championship

A change of the front-end geometry didn’t have the desired result as Gary went out for race 1, with the kart still pulling left. Dogged determination saw him chase Garth Dyer over the closing laps to finish 14th  and secure championship points. Meanwhile, Willshire was battling at the front of the pack with Edwards and Isherwood, who had made a good start from the back of the grid. Willshire settled into a solid 3rd position, with a 12 second gap over 4th place. In the closing laps, Willshire’ first bad fortunes of the season struck as he was forced into a spin when passing a slower backmarker. Amazingly, Willshire managed to push start his super kart to re-join the race and climb back to 8th place.

Race 2 – National Superkart Championships

The second national championship race took place Sunday lunchtime.  Willshire quickly set about getting to the front of the pack from his 8th place grid position and by the end of lap 2 he was in 3rd position after making a brave overtaking move on Ian Reid and Louise Colin around the outside at Corum curve. Willshire continued to push hard and his efforts paid off with a 2nd place at the flag, with championship rival Edwards taking the win.  Gary James’ handling problems were fortunately resolved by using a set of Willshire’ Dunlop tyres, which enabled James to lap quicker than previously. James chased down Gary Avrill in the opening stages, which saw him up to 11th place at half distance. In the closing stages he passed John Hutton and finished 9th with more valuable championship points and another 1 second off his previous lap time.

The MSA British Superkart Grand Prix

The MSA British Superkart Grand Prix took place on Sunday afternoon, with Willshire starting in 3rd place on the grid. Both RG Racing drivers made a good start but an accident elsewhere in the field on the opening lap brought out the red flags. The race would be re-run over a reduced distance of 6 laps.  After the re-start Willshire was soon up into 2nd place and chased hard after the lead, held by Edwards.  Both Willshire and Edwards lapped 2 seconds quicker than the rest of the field but the 3.5 second gap between them would remain to the flag, with Willshire taking his 4th consecutive Grand Prix podium. “Although I would have loved to win the GP title, I’m really happy to make the podium again at this event! A big thanks to all of our sponsors and the organisers of the event” said Willshire.

Meanwhile, James’ had settled into 14th place from the start behind Simon Rushforth, who he pursued for the entire race but couldn’t get close enough to mount a serious challenge. James eventually finished in 13th place with his fastest lap of the weekend coming on the last lap of the race.  “After the early handling problems on Saturday, I am happy with the way the weekend finished with an improvement in times by the end of the last race.” said James.

RG Racing also arranged a test in a 250 Division 1 Superkart for WTCC Driver Rob Huff on the Friday. Rob was amazed at the speed and grip they have. Rob also joined the team in their garage on the Saturday. Could Rob be with the team next year!!

Photos of Ben from the GP

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Photos of Gary From the GP

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20/7/2012


Gary Grabs Second at Darley Moor

RG Racing team driver, Gary James, secured 2nd place in class at his first meeting of the season at Darley Moor on 24th June 2012.

Gary’s start to the season has been delayed due to an alteration to the aerodynamics of his F1 superkart chassis and the cooling system. The meeting at Darley was acting as a shakedown session ahead of the important Superkart Grand Prix meeting at Snetterton on 14th/15th July,  . “I went there with the intention of trying a few things and making sure that the changes we have made during the last two months actually work.” said James.

Practice at Darley Moor was dry and Gary spent the session scrubbing in a new set of slick tyres and checking the operating temperature of the Pavesi engine. Gary started the first race in 13th place on the grid out of 21 karts with a large contingent of 250cc karts behind him. “The 125cc Pavesi engine was running well in practice considering we haven’t looked at it much prior to the season.”

In the first race Gary made a good start and was up to 9th place overall at the end of the opening lap and just behind Kirk Cattermole, the leader of the 125cc class. Dan Edwards got past on the approach to Park Corner but put a wheel on the grass on the exit of the corner and spun across the front of Gary and out of the race. Gary settled into the race and improved his times on every lap and finished 9th overall and 2nd in class. “Everything ran well so I was really pleased.”

For the second race, Gary was trying a different tyre set-up; six-inch wheels borrowed from teammate Ben Willshire rather than the normal five-inch. Unfortunately the race was stopped after two laps due to an accident at the hairpin. At the restart Gary lost ground and had to  take avoiding action at the end of the opening lap when Kirk Cattermole spun and was stranded in the middle of Paddock Corner.  Gary was soon putting in consistent lap times and chased after a group of 250cc drivers.  During the second half of the race he reduced the gap but wasn’t close enough to challenge on the final lap. Thirteenth overall and another 2nd place was the reward. “The motor was running a bit rich and the gearing was slightly out due to the bigger wheels but I am very pleased with the way the day went. It’s nice to pick up a trophy and I am looking forward to the MSA British Superkart Grand Prix now as we have proved a few things today.”


Victory In Ireland

Ben Willshire of RG Racing has maintained a healthy gap at the top of BSA 125cc National Superkart Championship after a strong performance in Northern Ireland over the Jubilee weekend.

Times from the morning qualifying session were unfortunately not recorded due to a fault with the circuit electronics so championship regulations were implemented, which state that in the event of force majure the grid should be formed on the basis of current championship standings. This meant that Willshire would start on pole position for Race 1.  In any event, it appeared that Willshire would have comfortably secured pole position anyway as his data logger recorded a time of 1min11.47secs, some 0.6 seconds below the lap record!

At the start of race 1, Willshire dropped to 3rd place behind Matt Isherwood and 2009 National Champion Danny Edwards. Willshire was held up behind Edwards for the opening laps whilst Isherwood slowly opened a gap. By the time Willshire had moved up to 2nd place, the gap to the leader was too big a margin to reel in and Willshire finished 2nd, taking his 4th podium of the season.

In race 2 Willshire made a better start from the front row and controlled the race after passing the early race leader, Gary Agnew. Willshire managed to pull a 2 second gap over Isherwood and went on to take a well-deserved victory. Willshire and Isherwood crossed the line some 10 seconds in front of 3rd placed local driver James Irvine, demonstrating the pace of the two lead drivers.

Willshire's results in Race 1 & 2 meant he was the outright winner of the BSA National Championship races on the day. Ben has now extended his lead at the top of the championship table at the half way point of the 2012 season and hope to build on that at Snetterton on the weekend of July 14-15.

An additional race 3 took place as a non-championship race for the coveted 'UK Cup', the winner of which has the privilege of displaying the famous 'O' plate instead of a  race number for the remainder of the season.  Willshire went into the race as the current O plate holder and drove a valiant defence. He could only finish runner up after losing a small amount of time to Isherwood in the opening stages of the race, which broke the 'slipstream' needed around the fast 1.8mile Bishopscourt circuit. It should be noted however that no driver in the history of the 125 Open class has won back to back O plate titles so Willshire was pleased to finish runner up in the race to a deserved new O plate holder.

Ben Willshire will be joined by team mate Gary James as the RG Racing team travel to Snetterton on 14-15 July for the World’s biggest superkart event, the MSA British Superkart Grand Prix, which will also host rounds 7&8 of the BSA National Championship. We’ll keep you posted!

Current Top 5 Championship Standings (30 points for a win)

Ben Willshire                    152

Danny Edwards                 124

Matt Isherwood               115

Danny Butler                     97

Gareth Sheridan               82

 

 

 


RG Racing regain title lead at Oulton Park

Ben Willshire proved his worth as 2011 national superkart champion at Oulton Park this weekend, taking a fine victory in race 1 and a podium finish in Race 2, leaving him firmly at the top of the championship table.

The superkart qualifying session would take place around the undulating 2.2 mile Oulton Park island circuit early on the Saturday morning  in wet conditions. Willshire took to the circuit on 'intermediate' tyres and completed 5 qualifying laps but was clearly struggling for optimum grip. He  returned to the pit lane to change to a full wet tyre and found this to be quicker over the lap but ran short on time to set a flying lap on the full wet tyres - despite this Willshire secured 5th position on the grid for Race 1! 

Matt Isherwood, race winner from rounds 1 & 2 at Croft, secured pole position followed closely behind by local star and 2009 national champion, Danny Edwards. With the track temperature as low as 8 degrees, circuit conditions remained wet for the start of race 1, but dryer than the earlier qualifying session.

Given the low temperatures, Rob Willshire of RG Racing was confident that Willshire's 125cc superkart would remain quick on a full wet tyre and this certainly proved to be the case.  Ben made a good start, climbing to 3rd position at the first corner and then quickly overtaking Damian Sleep and Danny Butler before the end of lap 1.  With Isherwood failing to make the start due to engine problems, Ben knew he only had Dan Edwards ahead of him. On the entry to Cascades corner at the start of lap 2, Willshire dived to the inside of Edwards to take the lead and from there in he  controlled the race perfectly and extended his lead to take a win by 6.9 seconds at the flag.

Victory in race 1 meant Willshire secured pole position for Race 2 which would take place in dry conditions and on slick tyres. Willshire made an excellent start from the line, taking the lead and followed by 20 other 125cc superkarts behind him.  On exit to the hairpin, Edwards and Butler pulled alongside Willshire and were able to out drag him into Hislop chicane.  Willshire had lost the 'slipstream' from the front two drivers, costing him valuable time and leaving him to settle for a solid 3rd place at the flag, with Edwards taking his first win of the season.

Willshire's results secured him 2nd overall at the Oulton Park event and he retains his 2011 lap record.  Ben's win and podium place him back on top of the British Championship table as the series prepares to head to Bishopscourt in Northern Ireland on 2nd June, where Willshire will be looking to extend his title lead and also defend his UK cup title.

 Top 5 drivers - British Superkart Association National Championships after rounds 3&4: (30 points for a race win

1.       Ben Willshire        97points

2.       Danny Edwards    80points

3.       Danny Butler        77 points

4.       Matt Isherwood    60points

5.       Jason Kitchin        52 points


Podium for RG Racing at 2012 season opener

Ben Willshire of RG Racing made a solid start to defending his national superkart title at Croft this weekend, securing 2nd overall at the 2012 season opener from a grid of over 22 drivers.

The 29 year old from Basingstoke qualified 2nd on the grid in difficult weather conditions around the 2.2mile Croft circuit, just 0.3 seconds from pole position driver Matt Isherwood but with a comfortable 3 second gap over 3rd placed Liam Morley and 2009 champion Danny Edwards in 4th.

The poor weather from the morning qualifying session soon cleared up over the Teeside circuit meaning all drivers would start on full slick tyres for the first race of the day. Willshire made a good get away from the line, pressuring Isherwood on the first lap and even looking to make a move for the lead as the karts exited the 120mph, 6th gear Barcroft corner.  As the field headed towards the final sector of the first lap, it was clear that the top 4 drivers of Isherwood, Willshire, Morley and Edwards had broken well free of the rest of the field but as Willshire exited the final hairpin in 2nd place, he made a slow exit onto the start finish line; Edwards and Morley capitalized on this to pass Ben Willshire as they started lap 2.  Willshire briefly recovered to 3rd, making a brave move on Morley at Tower corner,  but Morley recovered quickly and Willshire had lost the ‘sliptream’ affect to stay close to the top 3 drivers.  For the remainder of the race, Willshire maintained a healthy gap from the rest of the field and bought his superkart across the line in 4th place.

For Race 2 the team made some set up changes to the gearing of the RG racing superkart, which would optimise top speed around the Croft circuit. Willshire made a good start from 4th place and quickly demoted Morley to 3rd and after the first lap he was comfortably following the battling race leaders of Matt Isherwood and Dan Edwards.   A few laps later, Edwards began to slow with an engine problem promoting Willshire to 2nd place however Isherwood had now pulled a large enough gap  to secure the race win.  Willshire comfortably finished 2nd,some 10 seconds ahead of his 2011 rival Danny Butler who had driven well from 10th on the grid.

Willshire left Croft with some more silverware for the team and stands 2nd in the BSA 125cc National Superkart Championship. He will be looking to go one better at Oulton Park on May 19th, where he secured the lap record, UK cup and tied up the championship back in August 2011.


Start of a new season RG Racing

RG Racing have had almost 9 months to enjoy the success of winning the National Superkart Championship in 2011 but with the 2012 season almost upon us, the team have been busy preparing to defend their championship.

The teams' Superkarts have both undergone winter rebuilds and Ben Willshire has completed successful test sessions at Silverstone and Forest Edge circuit in readiness for the championship opener at Croft on April 28th 2012. Gary James is awaiting completion of changes to the bodywork and cooling systems  and unfortunately won t be competing at the first national championship round but is hopeful of getting a test session at Darley Moor before the second round of the championship in May. Willshire will be keen to secure a solid start to the defence of his championship title on what will be his first race carrying the number 1 plate.

Last season, Willshire took victory in 50% of the championship races on his way to becoming National champion but with over 20 fierce competitors lining up in their 125cc Superkarts to contest the 2012 championship he knows it won't be easy to do the same again!

"I am looking forward to getting back in the seat after a long break from last season and hope to make start the year with 2 consistent race finishes. I have never raced at Croft before but feel very well prepared to attack the circuit from the outset in Qualifying next Saturday morning!"

 


RG Racing clinch 2011 BSA National Superkart  title and UK Cup victory in Season finale

Photos by Nick Purdie.

Ben #3 taken on slow down lap of race 1 after clinching the National Title

Ben Willshire of RG Racing rounded off his 2011 BSA National Superkart Championship in fine style at Oulton Park this weekend, taking victory in both races, and becoming the 2011 National 125cc Superkart Champion in the process.  His team mate, Gary James, was unable to compete in the final round of the season but was trackside to support the team along with friends and family.

Willshire headed to Oulton Park lying second in the championship standings, with the other championship contender, Danny Butler, leading the points table. However, championship rules mean that dropped scores apply with the best 9 of 12 races from the season contributing towards the final standings.  With this in mind, Willshire was effectively leading the championship and Butler needed to win both races to prevent Willshire from being crowned champion. The race was on....

Qualifying proved to be very close with Willshire and Butler battling for pole position. Eventually Butler had the upper edge and claimed pole by just 0.134 seconds from Willshire.  The 2009 National champion, Danny Edwards, qualified in 3rd position just over 1 second behind Willshire. 

At the start of Race 1, the more powerful 250cc Superkarts would start in front of the 125cc superkart grid so, potentially, there would be more to contend with than just a clear track ahead for both Willshire and Butler at the start of the race. Sure enough, this was the case and as the lights went out both Butler and Willshire had to navigate through a busy 250cc grid but both drivers got away well and eventually found some clear track to battle it out.  Ben Willshire and Danny Butler were then matched for pace and almost glued to one another throughout the first 6 of the 9 lap race, the lead changing several times across each lap. Eventually Butler’s pace began to fade and with 2 laps remaining Willshire was able to take the lead and retain a gap of around 1.5 seconds, which was extended to almost 3 seconds at the end of the race.

Willshire had won the championship in what was a spectacular wheel to wheel race.  In fact, the commentary team at Oulton Park even commented that it was the best racing they’d seen at the circuit all year – a compliment to all of the British Superkart drivers.

With the championship wrapped up, Willshire headed into race 2 slightly more relaxed.  The winner of this race would be crowned with the UK Cup Trophy and the right to display the prestigious and coveted  ‘O’ number plate for a full season. (quite an honour in British karting).  Yet again there was a scramble through the traffic off the start line but this time Willshire lost out and was in 5th position at the end of lap 1, with Louise Colin, Matt Isherwood, Danny Butler and Dan Edwards all dicing for the lead.  Unfortunately Colin and Butler soon became victims of mechanical problems and were forced to return to the pit lane, promoting Willshire to 3rd but some distance behind the 2 remaining leaders, Isherwood and Edwards.  With the leaders battling it out, Willshire slowly reeled them in and with 2 laps remaining was able to make a move on both drivers to take the lead.  Isherwood fought back bravely and momentarily re-took the lead from Willshire at Hislops chicane, but Willshire with better drive up Clay Hill regained the lead with two corners to go.  The trio crossed the line with Willshire taking a close victory, Isherwood in a well earned 2nd place only 0.1seconds behind the leader and Edwards claiming 3rd.

Overall it has been a fantastic season for all of the team. Despite not competing at Oulton Park, Gary James had also retained his 7th place position in the championship standings, achieving his best ever national championship position.   RG Racing will be attending shows and karting events during the off season to promote the team’s success.  

RG Racing would like to thank everyone involved in achieving their goal of becoming National champions.

 

 


PODIUM FINISH KEEPS RG RACING IN THE BRITISH TITLE RACE...

RG Racing drivers Ben Willshire and Gary James competed in the MSA British Superkart Grand Prix last weekend at Cadwell Park.  Willshire headed into the weekend trailing the championship lead by only one point and keen to maintain his national championship hopes. For James it was to be his 13th Superkart Grand Prix entry – a record achievement for the 125 Open class.

After a useful test day on Friday, the team and rest of the race paddock were welcomed to Cadwell Park on Saturday by torrential rain that meant morning free practice was suspended.  Fortunately the weather improved and the track was deemed safe by the officials to begin qualification on Saturday afternoon.  Willshire qualified a solid 3rd on the grid behind double Superkart GP winner Danny Edwards and reigning national champion Danny Butler.  James also  took to the wet conditions and qualified 12th on the grid.   Both races on the Saturday afternoon were to count towards the national championship so it would be all to play for.

Although the rain had relented by the start of the afternoons races, there was still plenty of standing water around the circuit to challenge the drivers.  Although Willshire had the pace to run at the front of the pack, he drove a cautious race in tough conditions to bring his RG Racing Superkart outfit home in a solid third place in both races, with Dan Edwards taking the double win.   James also recorded two finishes in the wet races with extremely limited visibility, achieving an 11th and 8th position finish, which would qualify him 7th on the grid for the Grand Prix Pre-final on Sunday morning.  Wilshire would line up 3rd on the grid.

 

Dry weather was welcomed by all on Grand Prix race day and Willshire was not in the mood for cautious driving, as he demonstrated by taking a superb win in the Pre-final. Working his way from 7th on the grid (3rd in the 125 Open class), Willshire passed Edwards on lap 1 of the pre-final and subsequently caught and passed Butler as well as the other 125 KZ2 karts competing in the same race.  With 2 laps remaining of the 12 lap race, the Lincolnshire circuit was the subject of further rain and, with the whole grid on slick tyres, it would be a fight to keep the 120mph Superkarts on the circuit.  However, Willshire shone in these conditions and extended his 4 second lead to take the win by 15 seconds at the flag, securing pole position for the MSA Superkart Grand Prix final in the process and adding a further 30 points to his championship challenge.  Meanwhile, James had also managed to keep his RG Racing Superkart outfit on the road and his consistent driving paid dividends as others pushed too hard and ran wide from the circuit.  James took the flag in 8th position and secured his chances of a top 10 finish in his 13th Superkart Grand Prix.

 

The 125 Open class lined up later that afternoon for the Grand Prix final, the winner of which would be entitled to carry the famous ‘GP’ number plate for a whole year.  Willshire lead the pack around the circuit for the warm up lap and headed for the start. However, he suffered from a poor get away from the line with the lights being held on red for a particularly long period, allowing others to ‘get the jump’ on Willshire off the line.  Wilshire was lying 4th at the end of lap one but fighting hard to regain his lead position.  By the end of lap 2 Willshire had passed Ian Reid and Jason Kitchen to regain 2nd position and began to focus on reeling in Butler for the lead.  James had also made a sluggish start and was battling with Gary Avrill before a loose air box and primary chain forced him to retire on lap 5.  An unfortunate end to James’ weekend, although he was pleased with his haul of championship points throughout the weekend.  Meanwhile, Butler and Willshire were lapping the circuit in similar times, with Butler managing to retain his lead and take the GP victory with Willshire following close behind to take a well deserved 2nd place.  Edwards had driven superbly from the back of the grid (due to a DNF in the pre-final) to take 3rd position.

The team ended the weekend with a champagne celebration on the podium, content with 4 podium finishes over the weekend.  Willshire will head to the final round of the 125 Open National Superkart Championship at Oulton Park on 11th – 13th August where the final championship positions will be decided.

Many thanks again to all the team sponsors and partners for their continued support.


Willshire wins at Oulton Park

BRITISH SUPERKART ASSOCIATION – 125cc SUPERKART CHAMPIONSHIP

OULTON PARK, 27th MAY 2011.

Ben Willshire of RG Racing continued his form this season in the 125cc British Superkart Championship at Oulton Park on the 28th May 2011.

After a useful pre-race test day on the Friday, Willshire managed to secure pole position in the 125 open class on Saturday morning with a time of 1min31.4s, some 2 seconds ahead of his nearest rival Louise Colin.  Meanwhile, reigning champion Danny Butler suffered mechanical problems after one lap of qualifying and would see him starting 18th on the grid.

At the start of Race 1, Willshire was forced slightly wide into Old Hall Bend and was running 4th after one lap of the race behind last year’s Grand Prix winner, Danny Edwards, Ian Reid and Louise Colin.  Knowing that it was a 15 minute race to the finish, Willshire drove an intelligent race to pick off his opposition and fight his way back to the front of the pack.  Edwards remained close by throughout the remainder of the race, with Willshire having to push hard but he was able to maintain a 3 second gap to the end of the race and take his 3rd win of the season.   In the process Willshire also broke the 125cc Superkart lap record for the Oulton Park Island circuit with a time of 1min30.612s (88.43 mph average), previously set by Damian Sleep in 2007.

Race 2 saw a similar start from Willshire, this time managing to maintain 3rd place on the exit of Old Hall Bend.  The race quickly turned into a 4 way battle for the lead between the current top championship drivers including Willshire, Colin, Edwards and Butler.  Edwards led the pack for the first 3 laps of the race with his 3 rivals following close behind, before Willshire managed to take the lead for a further 2 laps.  However, Colin was making good progress and took the inside line at the Island hairpin to take the lead from Willshire with 4 laps remaining.  Willshire and Colin managed to break a 3 second gap from Edwards and Butler and the battle turned into a two way fight for the lead to the flag.  Willshire was quicker than Colin in areas but the former 210cc national British Champion defended very well. Even an attempt to take the lead on the final bend wasn’t quite enough so Willshire would have to settle for 2nd place, but only by 0.1seconds at the finish line as the duo crossed almost side by side! Ben Willshire described the race as his “most enjoyable superkart race”. 

Willshire leaves Oulton Park 2nd in the British Championship at the half way point in the season but will need to maintain his pace at the double header at Cadwell Park on July 17-18th to win the championship.

 


RG RACING - A WALK IN THE PARK

BRITISH SUPERKART ASSOCIATION – 125cc SUPERKART CHAMPIONSHIP

MALLORY PARK, 1st MAY 2011.

RG Racing continued their 2011 form with a ‘clean sweep’ at Mallory Park last weekend.  Both drivers, Ben Willshire (Basingstoke) and Gary James (Ware), were in high spirits after a promising opening round at Silverstone in April and keen to capitalise on the opportunity for more championship points at Mallory Park.

The Superkarts were using the ‘old circuit’ configuration, which had been re-surfaced,  making full use of the Stebbe Straight and without the Edwina’s or Bus Stop chicanes, so maximum top speed performance was bound to be key heading into qualifying and the two races.

The 20 minute timed qualifying session took place on Sunday morning in dry but breezy conditions, which would continue throughout the day.  Drama was on the agenda within minutes, when Willshire suffered a puncture on his out lap and forced him to return to the pit lane for a tyre change, losing valuable time.  Meanwhile, James had posted a best time from his 11 laps of 53.495s securing 8th position on the grid for Race 1 despite having the wrong gear ratio set-up.  Willshire managed to re-enter the session but with a busy circuit was unsure that he’d managed a clean lap.  However, on collection of the results sheet the team were surprised, yet delighted, to learn he had secured pole position by 0.3s from defending champion, Danny Butler.

In Race 1, it was James’ turn for some drama.  From the start his RG racing outfit was suffering from a loss of drive and on lap 3 was forced to retire with a broken rear sprocket carrier – an unfortunate but repairable incident.   With James’ watching from the sidelines, Willshire was making good progress. Having lost out to Butler at Gerard’s Bend on lap 1, Willshire was hot on Butler’s tail and chasing hard for the win.  With 7 laps remaining, Willshire got a better exit from Gerard’s and closed on Butler along the Stebbe Straight, making a clean pass for the lead on the entry to the John Cooper Esses.  Butler tried to fight back but Willshire had the pace to retain the lead and took the win with a gap of 11.6 seconds by the flag, with Butler losing power in the closing laps due to a broken exhaust pipe.  Louise Colin finished 3rd a further 11 seconds behind Butler and just ahead of Danny Edwards in 4th.  

Race 2 saw a better start from Willshire from the front of the grid, and he was able to comfortably lead the race in the opening stages. Butler was always nearby and momentarily took the lead by taking advantage of the back markers on the exit of the hairpin but it wasn’t to last long as Willshire was able to regain the lead and take another win by 9.4 seconds at the flag and setting the fastest lap of the race with a time of 48.486s (100.23mph average). 

Regular 250cc Superkart racer, Tony Long, had joined the RG Racing team for the weekend to engineer Gary James outfit and did a great job to prepare the kart in time for race 2.  James made a good start from the back of the grid and had moved up to 8th place at half distance. He held off a late challenge from John Hutton and secured 7th position and a well deserved 14 championship points at the flag. Louise Colin finished in second place with Butler suffering from tyre wear and dropping to 3rd position in the closing laps.  

With Willshire taking maximum points from Mallory Park, the team look to build on this momentum at Oulton Park on May 28th for rounds 5&6 of the 125cc BSA National Superkart Championship.  Wilshire now jumps to 4th position on 85 points with James in 6th on 50 points (before dropped scores).

4/5/2011


Pole, Podium and Lap Record at Silverstone

Basingstoke based RG Racing drivers Ben Willshire (Basingstoke)  and Gary James (Ware) started their 2011
British Superkart campaign with promise at Silverstone on the 2nd and 3rd of April.

Ben Willshire was looking to continue his winning form from the final round of the 2010 championship at Snetterton and with James's experience and circuit knowledge, having competed in the last Silverstone Superkart Grand Prix on the national circuit in 1997, the team were positive on arrival.

Qualifying took place on Saturday afternoon in dry, but windy, conditions making the aerodynamic and engine gearing set up crucial for a good lap time. James was soon on the pace, having resolved his earlier grip problems from the mornings free practice sessions with nose cone and tyre pressure adjustments and secured a solid 5th place grid position for Race 1 ahead of contenders Simon Rushforth, Lee Smith and Gary Avril. Meanwhile, Willshire had found some clear space on the circuit during the session and secured fastest time and therefore pole position with a time of 1min:03.6 seconds but only 0.06 seconds ahead of last year's champion Danny Butler. Louise Colin was a further 0.4 seconds behind in 3rd position.

With the pace proving to be quick in qualifying and the times close between the top 3 drivers, the races on Sunday morning were always going to be exciting. Conditions on the Sunday remained dry and windy again, but with the wind constantly changing direction it certainly gave the teams something to think about going into the days racing.

James made a good get away from the line in race 1, keeping Avril and Smith at bay and holding onto the lead pack for the opening laps. Rushforth had made a better start however, demoting James to 6th position on the exit of Copse Corner on lap 1. Dan Edwards also spun out of 3rd position on lap 1, moving James back into 5th place. Willshire hadn't made such a good start from the front and found himself having to fight back from 3rd place behind Louise Colin and Danny Butler. Willshire soon found himself back in contention and in 2nd
place behind leader Danny Butler but could only hang onto the back of the number one driver, and having to settle for 2nd place and 25 points at the flag.

Despite her fast pace at the start of the race, Colin had suffered a broken front upright and had to 'nurse the kart home' to a well deserved 6th place finish. Edwards also made a great recovery drive from the back of the field and got back past James in the closing laps, leaving James to secure 18 points and 5th place. A solid start to both drivers championship campaign.

Race 2 saw Willshire line up on the front row alongside Butler with James starting again from 5th position. Both of the RG Racing drivers made a good get away from the line and it was soon to turn into a very close battle for the lead with some classic 125cc 'slipstream' racing. James exited Copse position in 6th position and settled into his race on the tail of the lead pack. Willshire, meanwhile, was involved in a 3 way fight for the lead with Butler and Colin. The three lead drivers were now all lapping faster than their qualifying times at an average speed of 93mph, pulling a healthy gap from 4th place man Dan Edwards. Willshire had snuck into second position on a few occasions at the Brooklands Corner during and was confident he had the pace to take the lead and win, carefully planning to make his move towards the end of the race. However, on lap 7 his luck turned sour as Butler span his kart on the entry to the 112mph Brooklands corners, forcing Willshire to take
evasive action. Butlers kart collected the rear wheel of Willshire's RG Racing superkart and punctured the rear tyre, forcing Willshire to retire from the race. A disappointment and extremely bad luck but RG Racing can be proud of both drivers performance and speed throughout the weekend, with James also finishing 5th in race 2.

During Race 2, Willshire showed his true pace by smashing the 125cc Superkart lap record for the Silverstone National Circuit with a time of 1min:02.976 secs. The former record of 1min03.254seconds was set 9 years ago by Nathan Freke, who went onto win the British Formula Ford Championship and the Ginetta G50 Championship.

The team leave Silverstone with James in 5th position on 36 points and Willshire in 7th position on 25points but with plenty more to be gained at Mallory Park in Leicestershire on 1st May 2011.

 


AN OUTRIGHT WIN FOR RG RACING AT 2010 SEASON FINALE

After 12 races, 6 venues and a maximum of 360 points available throughout the season, the 2010 125 Open British Superkart championship was going to come down to the wire at Snetterton.  RG Racing’s (Basingstoke) Ben Willshire (Caversham) and Gary James (Ware) were both looking for a sweep of championship points to round off their season, with James capable of finishing 7th overall in the standings and Willshire needing to protect his 3rd place in the championship going into the race meeting.

Practice and timed qualifying would take place as one 20 minute track session, needing full commitment from the drivers to get straight onto a respectable pace.  With rain the night before, the track was damp but fast drying and the decision to run on slicks or wets would provide crucial.  On warm up for the session, James suffered engine problems and was forced to retire leaving him with a tough rear grid position for race 1.  Willshire, however, was more fortunate. He opted to run on wet tyres proving to be a distinct advantage over the rest of the field in the early part of qualifying.  With 23 karts making up the grid (10 of which were the more powerful 250cc machines) Willshire was top of the time sheets with only minutes of the qualifying remaining. In the dying minutes of the session, the circuit dried allowing Danny Butler to secure pole with a 1min 18s and demoting Willshire to 2nd spot on the grid with a time of 1min 20s for the start of Race 1 – a front row start nonetheless.

With James now solving his engine problems, he was able to take the start of Race 1, but was soon to be doomed by his Snetterton curse with his motor eventually giving in on lap 2.  With engine damage beyond immediate repair, he would be forced to sit out of the rest of the racing that weekend – not the way he wanted to finish 2010 but no doubt he will be back in 2011!

Willshire, meanwhile had made a good start at the front of the pack and negotiated his way round an action packed lap 1. Butler had lead off the line, with current National Champion and British GP winner Danny Edwards, making his was into 2nd place, with Willshire closely behind in 3rd.  As the top 3 rounded the 108mph Corum curve and into Russell’s chicane towards the end of lap 1, Butler lost control of his kart as a result of brake failure and forced Edwards, Willshire and the remaining 21 karts to take evasive action.  Fortunately the pack made it through without an incident but Butler was forced to watch from the sidelines as his championship lead was now under threat.  Edwards continued to lead and pulled slowly away from Willshire to the flag to take the win but Willshire took an important and well driven 2nd place.  Louise Colin (lying 4th in the standings but ahead of Willshire when accounting the dropped scores rule (best 9 of 12 races to count for the year)) was also forced to retire from Race 1 with an engine seizure.

So, the championship was now all to play for in the final race on Sunday morning and Day 2 of the race meeting. Butler led the points table, with Edwards close behind and needing to win the race to secure the championship. Willshire headed into the race in 3rd position in the standings but needed to finish within 8points of Louise Colin to secure that position.  With similar conditions to that of Saturday’s qualifying session, the race was always going to be interesting.   Edwards made a good start and led the field for 2 laps, with Willshire closely behind.  Butler drove an excellent 1st lap, progressing from the back of the grid to 3rd however his Snetterton misery continued and on lap 2 his engine began to ‘cough and splutter’ forcing him to retire. With Butler out of the race, Edwards still had to win the race to take the title and Willshire needed to fend off Colin to maintain 3rd. But on lap 2, Willshire got a run on Edwards out of Sears’s corner onto the Revitt straight. At the end of the120mph straight, Willshire tucked out of Edwards slipstream and took the lead of the race.  As the 15 minute race continued, Willshire slowly pulled away and took the win comfortably by 12 seconds at the flag and setting fastest lap on the way, with Edwards driving a good race to finish 2nd

This result gave Willshire the overall win of the meeting.  Only one of the 250cc outfits driven by Toby Davis was able to make their way past the 125cc outfits of Edwards and Willshire, showing the true pace of these 125cc machines. 

So, the 125cc British Superkart Championship 2010 was won by Danny Butler by 1 point! Edwards took a well deserved 2nd place and Willshire rounded off the top 3 in the National Championships in 2010. RG Racing is awaiting final confirmation of the championship standings but it is believed James finished 9th position in his 21st season of Superkart racing.

Well done to all of the drivers for a great season of racing.  For more information on 125 Superkart racing visit www.superkart.org.uk

RG Racing would like to thank all of their partners for 2010 and hope to continue the relationship into 2011, where Willshire will be fighting for a championship win.


Darley Moor - Rounds 9 & 10

Bank Holiday Podium for RG Racing

RG Racing from Basingstoke were at The Darley Moor Circuit near Ashburton on August Bank Holiday Monday competing in the BSA National 125 Superkart Championship. This circuit is well known for Bike Racing and Sidecar but is rarely used for national Superkart racing.

Drivers Ben Willshire (Basingstoke) and Gary James (Ware) qualified 3rd and 5th in class respectively. Both drivers were held up by the 250 Clubman Challenge drivers on the tighter part of the circuit. Willshire wasn’t to happy and commented  “This will gave the spectators a great race but with championship points at stake the process needs to be reviewed on tracks were the 125 Superkarts are some 3 seconds quicker than the 250 Challenge Superkarts.

Race 1 saw the 125cc class starting at the back of the grid. Willshire managed to get a good start but was being held up by some of the 250 Challenge outfits in the first few laps. Once passed he started hauling in the 125 Superkarts of Butler and Edwards. James also had the same issued but was unable to get the measure of the 250 drivers and came home in 10th overall and 5th in class. Willshire managed 3rd in class and 6th overall.

Race 2 was the same with the 125 Superkart drivers stating at the back. The top 3 125 Superkarts of Butler, Edwards and Willshire made a lighting start when the lights went to green. They were swapping fastest lap time over the course of the race with back markers being dealt with quite clinically. At the flag it was Willshire in 3rd and his team mate James 5th.

This puts Ben Willshire in 3rd place in the BSA National Superkart Championship and Gary James in 9th. Both drivers produced personal best lap times at this circuit so a good weekend for the team and its sponsors.

The final 2 rounds are at Snetterton on the 25/26th of Sept the team is looking to retain its current 3rd in the championship for Willshire and try for a 7th for James. Drop scores will come in to play for Willshire so 3rd is the best he can get however he could be demoted to 5th quite easily

Willshire is currently looking to compete in the last round in the FIA European Superkart Championship at LeMans in late October. This is depending on an extra £4,000 in sponsorship being found. If you feel you can assist the team then contact RG Racing via email at  team@rgracing.co.uk  or on 07770 280 375. The team have a portfolio available for any potential sponsors.

The team can also be seen at:

Kartmania – Coventry 30th / 31st October.

Race Car Live – 20th / 21st November at Brands Hatch.


[New!]British Superkart Grand Prix

RG Racing from Basingstoke were at competing at the British Superkart Grand Prix. The team were running 2 Superkarts in the 125 Open class. Both drivers picked up valuable points on the Saturday for the National championships. The main event was the Grand Prix on the Sunday. The 2 day event attracted drivers from all over Europe.

Drivers Ben Willshire (Caversham) and Gary James (Ware) qualified 4th and 8th respectively for the Sunday race. Willshire made a good start and was challenging for the lead in the opening laps. James was making steady progress but was hit by gremlins on lap 8 and had to retire. Willshire however was pushing hard with the front pack. After 12 grueling laps of the demanding Cadwell Park circuit Willshire finished 4th.

Willshire is currently 4th in the championships with a 5thy and 4th place on the Saturday. With 4th in the Grand Prix the remainder is looking promising. The next meeting is at Darley Moor on the 30th of August and the last round at Snetterton on the 25th / 26th of September.

Willshire is currently looking to compete in the last 2 rounds in the FIA European Superkart Championship at Assen and LeMans. This is depending on an extra £8,000 in sponsorship being found.

Willshire #4 at the start of the Grand Prix.


Third Place at Bishopscourt

RG Racing travelled to Bishopscourt in Northern Ireland this weekend to compete in Rounds 5&6 of the British Superkart Championship and the UK cup, the winner of which holds the right to display the prestigious ‘0’ number plate for the season.

With the Irish weather blessing the paddock with sunshine, the scene was set for some quick racing around the 2.5 mile circuit located on the former Bishopscourt RAF base.  Following a podium finish at Silverstone in rounds 3&4, Ben Willshire was looking to maintain his pace and improve on his championship standings for the team in the 125 Open Superkart class.

Free testing on the Friday proved useful and after finding a comfortable set up and gearing ratio, which allowed Willshire to set some race pace lap times, the team were confident going into race day on Saturday.  It was straight into a 15 minute open qualifying session on Saturday morning and Willshire set a time of 1min 14.0s in the opening laps which would secure him a place on the second row of the grid and 3rd position. 

In Race 1, Willshire lost out to Dan Edwards and James Irvine on the opening lap leaving him in 5th position and some work to do.  However, Willshire managed to reel the pair back in throughout the 10 lap race – a move on James Irvine (2006 & 2010 ‘0’ plate winner) was made into a fast chicane complex after sitting in his slipstream on the back straight. Dan Edwards (current National Champion), who was struggling with under steer after having to raise his front nosecone due to bottoming out on the circuit, was relegated out of the top 3 by Willshire who managed to take the inside line at the late apex hairpin of Turn 3.  Willshire finished a comfortable 3rd with Daniel Butler and Louise Colin finishing 1st and 2nd respectively.

Race 2 saw the same problem for Willshire of the start line, relegating him to 5th from 3rd (confirming to the team that the engine was likely running too ‘rich’ at bottom end).  As the pack spread out over the course of 10 laps, the top 2 of Butler and Colin pulled away leaving Edwards, Willshire and this time Lee Morgan to fight for 3rd.  However, with these 3 contenders all lapping within a the tenths of one another's time’s there was little Willshire could do other than watch frustratingly from 5th place as the gap remained consistent between the 3 karts until the flag.  Butler took a deserved second win of the day with Colin as runner up.  Edwards finished 3rd, Morgan 4th and Willshire 5th.

Race 1 and 2 has provided the team with some valuable championship points and are likely to have moved Ben up from his current 6th place championship standings. (points TBC by the BSK)

Race 3 was the coveted UK cup race where all drivers would be racing for the ‘0’ plate (non championship points race).  Butler, Colin and Edwards battled it out at the front and slowly pulled away from the rest of the pack as Irvine, Morgan, Willshire and Irishman Joey Daly battled for 4th.   Willshire, who was running 6th for most of the race managed to dispose of Daly and Morgan with 3 laps to go and pull a comfortable gap to finish a solid 4th place at the flag.   This is the 3rd year in a row that Willshire has finished 4th in the UK Cup plate race – maybe a curse but one which he hopes to dispose of one year!

All in all a good weekend with a 3rd position overall on the day.  A big thank you to RG Racing, Phil Featherstone of PFP services for his data support and advice throughout the weekend and a well done to Bishopscourt Kart Club for making the British Superkart fraternity welcome.

 


Second Place at Silverstone - Stowe Circuit

 

 


In the points at Pembrey

 


Torrid Time at Silverstone CIK-FIA Race

 

 


Entry for Round 1 of the FIA-CIK European Superkart Championship

The team has managed to get an entry in to the FIA European Superkart Championship. The first round will be Silverstone over the Easter Weekend. This will be the first time the team have been in a top 250 Div 1 since the 80's.

Ben Willshire will be driving a Raider / PFP Rotax.


Autosport International 2010 (The Racing Car Show)

The team were at Autosport International in several capacities. The team assisted in the celebrity kart race and also on the British Superkart Association stand. Both drivers were on hand to answer questions from potential drivers to the series.

The show also gives the team to meet some of its sponsors who are also at the show.


SEASON FINALE THRILLER FOR RG RACING

The final rounds of the 2009 British Superkart Championship took place at Mallory Park on September 6th. RG Racing drivers Ben Willshire and Gary James were ready for their season finale in this year’s 125cc Open class and looking to seal their championship positions. Willshire would need a top 6 finish in one of the two races to secure 4th place in the championship with James looking to round off his season inside the top 10. Free practice saw both drivers on the pace with Willshire and James 5th and 8th quickest in class. James, making his first visit to the track for several years, made the most of his track time, completing 13 laps of the Mallory Park circuit in free practice and preparing for what would inevitably be a close qualifying session.   With qualifying underway Willshire and James proved to be quicker, taking 0.7 seconds each off of their free practice lap times.  However, it seemed that the competition had also done the same so Willshire would line up 5th, with James in 6th for Race 1.

As the Superkarts were called to the grid for Race 1, James’ luck was about to change – a failed ignition system meant that his engine wouldn’t start and he was left to watch from the side lines for the remaining two races.  A big disappointment for what was looking to be a promising weekend.  Willshire took to the grid and as Race 1 started made a clean getaway round the 120mph Gerard’s corner in 5th place.  Willshire moved ahead of Louise Colin on lap 5 and these two had a good scrap for 4th place over the next few laps.  This became a battle for third place when championship contender Lee Morgan retired a few laps later and then for second after Daniel Butler dropped out. At the flag Dan Edwards took the win with Louise Colin securing second place and Willshire in third place which would provide a second row grid position for the second race.  

Race 2 was the final race of the day and with most of the championship positions now looking settled (but not 100 per cent) the drivers were not going to give an inch in what would prove to be one of the most eventful Superkart races of the season.   Pole man Edwards made a strong start and Willshire followed in tow, leaving Louise Colin to fall back amongst the grid.  As Edwards and Willshire pulled a gap on lap 1, Danny Butler, Lee Morgan and James Irvine fought through from the back of the field and were soon on Willshire’s bumper. As the 4 karts exited the hairpin onto the main start finish straight, Willshire momentarily lost drive and Butler , squeezed past into 2nd place. This was only to last another lap before he retired with a flat tyre and Willshire was back into 2nd place.  The pack remained tight and at half distance Morgan had taken the lead from Edwards, managing to use the long straights and slipstreaming effect to his advantage.   

But two laps later Morgan retired when his engine became another victim of the Mallory Park circuit and seized on the exit of Gerard’s. Edwards slowed through Edwina’s and up to the hairpin on the next lap allowing Willshire to make a move into the lead of the race.  Willshire managed to open up a slight gap but with 3 laps remaining Edwards regained the lead.  The final laps were closely fought, with Edwards and Willshire battling for the lead and changing positions 4 times in 2 laps, Willshire making some good out braking moves into Edwina’s with Edwards regaining the lead position on the exit of the hairpin. At the flag it was Edwards who took the win followed by Irvine , who had regained ground following an earlier spin. He made a last lap manoeuvre on Willshire, who came home a very pleased 3rd with only 1.35 seconds covering the top three.

Willshire took 3rd place overall at the Mallory Park meeting and safely consolidated his 4th Place in the 2009 British Superkart 125 Open Championship.  It has been a fantastic season for RG Racing and Ben Willshire, taking 4 podium finishes from the 12 rounds and scoring no DNF’s.   James, despite having to miss a couple of the earlier rounds was able to consolidate his 10th place in the championship. 

RG Racing would like to thank everyone for their support this season and will be back for more Superkart racing in 2010!  Keep an eye out for Superkart events at Darley Moor over the next month where the drivers will have their final outings of the season. They will also be taking part in demonstration runs at this years Race Car Live at Brands Hatch (November 21st).

Photos by Jon Bunston

Ben Willshire - Superkarts

Gary James - Mallory Park 125 Open Superkarts


WILLSHIRE TAKES TWO PODIUMS FOR RG RACING AT CASTLE COMBE

The penultimate race meeting of the year for the British Superkart Association took place at Castle Combe race circuit, near Chippenham this weekend (8th and 9th August).  Motors TV coverage were on hand to cover the 125cc and MSA British 250cc Superkart Championship, thanks to the support of RG Racing and Pro Clean. With the points very close at the top of the table all the drivers were looking for a good outing to secure their championship positions at the 90mph average Castle Combe circuit.

Ben Willshire would be representing the RG Racing team in his 125cc Anderson SGM outfit and looking to protect his 4th place in the British Championship.  After some engine and chassis refinements in the week prior to this race meeting, it was evident that the work had paid dividends as Willshire went 2nd quickest in free practice behind front runner Lee Morgan .  Qualifying was not to be the same story however as the bumps of the Castle Combe circuit took its toll on Willshire’s superkart, breaking the seat mounts and forcing him to retire from the session.  However, the Basingstoke based driver managed to put in one flying lap and was good enough for 5th on the grid.

With the seat repaired, Willshire lined up 5th for race 1 and after lap one found himself up into 3rd position behind regular front runners Lee Morgan and Louise Colin .   Morgan stretched his lead and broke the tow from Willshire and Colin to take the win, leaving the rest to fight for 2nd place.  Willshire looked a threat to Colin for the first 4 laps but eventually had to settle for 3rd place as Colin slowly broke away; a good start to the day and a solid podium finish.

Race 2 saw Willshire line up 3rd on the grid.  This seasons 125 ICC UK Cup winner, Chris Needham, was keen to get in on the action after a Race 1 retirement and got the jump on Willshire as the karts raced towards the 115mph Avon rise on Lap 1.  Willshire tucked into 4th behind Morgan, Colin and Needham and settled into a fast race pace waiting for the 3 front runners to make an error.  Morgan pulled away from the pack as in race 1, securing his lead and Needham and Colin began to stretch a 3 to 4 second gap from Willshire.

It began to look like Willshire would have to settle for 4th place but an outstanding last 2 laps and a good use of slipstreaming from some of the 250cc powered machines saw him pull back a 3 second gap and he was suddenly tailing the rear of Needham ’s kart and pushing for 3rd place.   On the penultimate lap, Willshire made the move on Needham over Avon rise and took 3rd position comfortably.  Colin was now insight with 1 lap remaining and 2nd place was imminent.   As Willshire and Colin started their final lap Willshire tucked in behind Colin across the start line and took a tow into Avon rise and made a brave move to the inside of Quarry corner to take 2nd place.  Morgan took the win with Willshire managing to hang on to 2nd across the line, whilst Needham jumped into 3rd and Colin took 4th.

The result at Castle Combe gave Willshire 2nd overall in the British Championship rounds on the day and appear to have consolidated his 4th place in the 2009 British Championship.   Willshire also took part in the 125cc Club race on the Sunday, supporting a round of the 250cc British Championship.  He took pole in qualifying by 5 seconds followed by two wins, lapping an average of 3 seconds per lap faster than his nearest rival on the day!

The last rounds of this year’s Championship take place at Mallory Park in September where Willshire will look for two solid finishes to secure 4th overall this season.  Footage of the action from Castle Combe can be seen on Motors TV shortly – dates to be announced.

A special thanks to Phil Featherstone of PFP and RG Racing in the hard work for preparing for Castle Combe.

Photo Credit to Jon Bunston. 


Rounds 7 & 8  British Superkart Championship and 

British Superkart Grand Prix 2009

July 18th and 19th, Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire.

The undulating circuit of Cadwell Park again played host to the biggest karting event of the season, the British Superkart Grand Prix. The motorsport vision paddock was full with drivers from around the world competing in several gearbox classes including the 125 open category which RG Racing drivers Ben Willshire # 5 and Gary James # 14 would compete.

The format would see Saturday as 2 rounds of the British Championship, with the Sunday races dedicated to the Grand Prix, the winner of which has the honour of carrying the GP number plate on their kart until next years event.

Willshire qualified a disappointing 8th on the grid after he was only able to complete half of the session due to a snapped chain after 6 laps. James would line up close behind in 10th, both with work to do in race 1.

Race 1 saw a good start from Willshire and a good first few laps saw him up into 6th position, battling with Isle of Man driver Jason Kitchen for 5th position. A consistent drive saw Willshire bring home his Anderson SGM outfit across the line in 6th position closely behind Kitchen. Willshire lined up for race 2 in 8th positions again and had to ensure he moved forwards to protect his 4th place in the championship. Another solid start and first laps saw Willshire again up with the front of the field battling for 4th, 5th and 6th position. Willshire eventually took 6th place at the line, with an overall 5th position from the Saturday event. Willshire now lies 5 points ahead of Daniel Butler and maintains his 4th position in the British Championship.

The Sunday morning saw mixed weather for what promised to be an eventful Grand Prix. Danny Edwards had been quick all weekend in the 125 Open category, taking both wins on the Saturday. The drivers lined up for Race 1, the pre-final, which the grid position would be defined by Saturday’s results so Willshire would start 5th.

As the pace car lead the superkart pack onto the Cadwell park circuit the skies turned grey and the rain started to fall. This had been happening all weekend but the wind has been quickly blowing the bad weather across the site and away…..but it wasn’t to be this time around. With all of the drivers on slick tyres, the race was started and the drivers tip toed up towards coppice, which is usually a flat out 6th gear corner. After lap 1 Willshire was on the tail of the lead pack in 4th position, feeling confident of moving forwards with several competitors unable to stay on the circuit. However, Clerk of the course Terry Bateman made the right call in calling out the Red Flags and stopping the race for safety reasons. The teams were given 5minutes to change onto wet tyres before a re-start took place but Willshire’s luck changed and his kart was unable to re-start the race due to water burning out his electrical ignition.  A disaster for the team but they worked hard to repair the problem and prepare the kart for the Grand Prix final.

With a non-start in the pre-final, Willshire started at the rear of the grid for the final and could only go forwards. After lap 1 Willshire had overtaken the rear of the field and found himself back in the mix with two consistently quick drivers, Lee Smith and Jason Kitchen.  Willshire sat back and watched the scrap unfold in front of him, slowly reeling in the two drivers in front of him. Willshire made his move on Kitchen, getting a clean run out of Charlies and taking a tow on Kitchen along Park straight to take 9th position. Lee Smith was next and Willshire did exactly the same move on the last lap to take 8th, only for Smith to regain the position on a later part of the lap!

Willshire had driven a clean and consistent race from the rear of the field to take 9th position overall in the British Kart Grand Prix.

Ben now looks forward to racing in the next round of the British Championship at Castle Combe, Wiltshire on August 8th.

A special thanks to Wendy Barker who arranged the Saturday evening drivers and team function. 

Ben Willshire # 5

Gary James # 14


2009 British Superkart Grand Prix - Pre Race Press Release

RG Racing will be at The British Superkart Grand Prix being held at Cadwell Park, near Louth over the weekend of the 17th - 19th of July. The Superkarts at Cadwell Park will be reaching speeds of over 145 mph in places with the possibility of the outright lap record being broken over the weekend.

The event is one of only three Grand Prix race meetings in the UK sanctioned by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) which is the world governing body of motorsport, the others being the F1 GP and the Moto GP. It is unique in its self as it's the only Superkart GP in the world to be sanctioned by the FIA.

The team drivers will be competing for the coveted GP plates in the 125 Superkart class. Ben Willshire from Basingstoke and Gary James from Ware have a chance of making podium places in the Grand Prix.

The GP weekend is also incorporating 2 rounds of the National Championships on the Saturday. Ben Willshire is currently lying 4th in the championship with Gary James in 12th. The two Saturday qualifying races for the Grand Prix will be the championship rounds so the pressure is on for both drivers who need the points but also want to win the Grand Prix. If the team can consolidate on the championship on Saturday while getting a good position on the grid for Sundays Grand Prix they will be happy.

The Grand Prix is a ‘bonus’ race for both drivers, with the winner granted with the coveted ‘GP’ Number plate until the event next year. Willshire has proved to be a consistent threat to the leaders this season and will be looking to do the same, or go better, at the Grand Prix. Ben Willshire has managed to get more from his PFP SGM / Anderson Superkart this season and has consistently been on the first and second row of the grid in qualifying. Gary James has fixed the clutch problem from the last round and will be pushing hard.


Rounds 5 & 6 – British Superkart Championship – 

Darley Moor Circuit

RG RACING FIGHT AT THE FRONT AT DARLEY

The RG Racing duo of Gary James and Ben Willshire arrived at Darley Moor last weekend for rounds 5&6 of the British Championship. With soaring temperatures and a team member down (Get Well soon Doug!) the team were expecting a tough and manic day but all seemed to fall into place as practice began.

The 125 Open category, in which both James and Willshire compete, would be contested over 1 timed practice session followed by two 10 lap races around the fast Darley Moor circuit.  Timed practice would determine grid positions for race 1 and the race 2 grid would be determined by the race one results so consistency on the day would be critical if James and Willshire were to score valuable championship points.

Willshire appeared to be straight on the pace in qualifying, remaining 2nd for most of the session behind championship leader Danny Edwards, until local driver Danny Butler pipped him to 3rd in the closing stages of the 15min timed session.  James struggled for pace as his ongoing clutch problem returned but nonetheless he qualified 8th on the grid for Race 1.

So, Race 1 would see Edwards, Butler and Willshire line up on Row 1 with Ian Reid and joint championship leader, Lee Morgan, starting on Row 2. Louise Colin, also a joint championship leader, suffered engine problems and would start from the rear of the grid.

As Edwards rounded the warm up lap and the flag dropped Willshire’s kart struggled to get off the line with an attempt at starting in 2nd gear (rolling start). Willshire was down to 6th position at the end of lap one with James following in 8th. It soon became apparent that Willshire had the pace to fight back and did so with a convincing out braking manoeuvre at Turn 2 on Irishman, Ian Gilpin. Later that lap Willshire got a clean exit from the 1st gear hairpin and tucked into the slip stream of Morgan down the 120mph back straight. The two drivers were side by side into the last turn but Willshire took the inside line under braking and was back into a comfortable 4th position and catching the leaders.  James had also made progress comfortably pulling a gap on John Hutton to take 8th place, despite his clutch problems  also causing him to make a poor start. 

 

Lee Morgan # 0, Ben Willshire # 5 & Louise Colin # 4

Race 2 would see Willshire start on row 2 in 4th position and James in 8th. Willshire had learnt from his race 1 start and made an excellent getaway from the line, propelling himself into 3rd and chasing Butler and Edwards to Turn 2. As the pack rounded lap 1 local driver, Ian Reid, made a late but clean overtaking move on Willshire to regain 3rd place. This caused Willshire to be slightly slower out of the hairpin and onto the straight and allowed Morgan to capitalise on Willshire’s lost momentum.  Meanwhile James had a scary moment on lap two, with a lock up into the 110mph approach to the hairpin but managed to recover and began pulling a constant gap on Hutton to secure 9th position at the line. Willshire continued to keep with the pace of the leaders was part of an exciting race, with the top 5 separated by 6 seconds .  Edwards took the win over Morgan by 0.006 seconds with Reid 2.7 seconds behind in 3rd. Butler and Willshire had a close dice on the last two laps, with Willshire attempting to pass on the final turn of the final lap but it was not to be; Willshire had to settle for 5th crossing the line 0.3 seconds behind Butler.

It should be noted that the top 5 drivers were all lapping in the 1min 2 second lap times throughout the race. Last year at this event only one driver achieved these lap times and that was from 3 times British champion, Paul Platt. RG Racing congratulates Edwards, Morgan, Reid, Bulter, Willshire and Colin on making such progress since last year and providing an excellent Race 2 for all of the spectators.

RG Racing now head to Cadwell Park for the biggest Karting event of the year; the British Kart GP. Here they will fight for more championship points and the famous GP prize on the weekend of July 18th and 19th.  Willshire heads to Cadwell lying 4th in the British Championships with James just shy of the top 10 in 12th place.


Rounds 3 & 4, Snetterton, May 25th 2009.

Ben Willshire was looking to capitalise on his two third place finishes at Anglesey and gain some more valuable championship points as the RG Racing team travelled to Snetterton, Norfolk for Round 2 of the British Championship.

Qualifying was tough with Willshire having to learn the circuit whilst pushing for a fast lap time. He eventually qualified in 7th position with a 1min 18.15 lap time (89mph average speed). With championship rivals ahead, Willshire knew he would have to push hard in Race 1 to try and regain some places.

When the lights went out for Race 1 Willshire made a good get away from the line following the former Isle of Man GP winner, Jason Kitchen through the fast right hander of Ritchies corner. Towards the end of lap1 Danny Butler took an unexpected visit to the grass as the field rounded Corum Curve for the first time, showing that the hot weather and motorcycle rubber was having a detrimental effect on grip for the Superkart drivers. Willshire was now up to 6th. The 125ICC outfits of Lloyd Skrivens and Gary Needham were now following in close pursuit, taking a ‘tow’ from Willshire on the long straights of the Snetterton circuit, affecting the aerodynamics of Willshire’s kart and loosing him valuable time. But it was not all over as at ¾ distance Kitchen’s kart slowed at the end of Revvet straight, allowing Willshire through to 5th with Kitchen left to watch from the sidelines. The race leaders were now in sight but too far for Willshire to catch, with him eventually crossing the line in 5th place, 3 seconds shy of number 3 outfit, Danny Edwards.

Willshire would start race 2 from 5th spot and made a clean getaway, surrounded by plenty of ICC karts fighting for the coveted UK Cup ‘O’ plate.

As Willshire approached turn 2, Sears corner, the field bunched with some karts making contact. Willshire had to take evasive action and as a result lost critical momentum onto the following 700m Revvet straight. This allowed Danny Butler to take advantage and Willshire was down to 6th but still on the tail of the leading pack. As the race progressed Willshire hung onto the tail end of the leading pack but Jason Kitchen was on a charge, fighting from the back of the grid, eventually demoting Willshire to 7th at the line as Kitchen stormed through to 3rd place.

Willshire leaves Snetterton upbeat and takes away more valuable championship points. (final standings' yet to be released). This seasons 125 championship is looking as open as ever after 4 rounds, with the top 6 driver's barely separable. Only a brave man would bet on the winner at Rounds 5 and 6 at Darley Moor in June.


Anglesey Race Report 8th May 2009

RG Racing began their British Superkart Championship campaign this weekend on the Anglesey Coastal Circuit in North Wales. Basingstoke based driver, Ben Willshire, represented the team in his Anderson/SGM outfit, looking to improve on last seasons 5th place finish in the series.

It soon became evident that Willshire had the pace to contend at the front when he posted a time of 1min 11.87s, to take 3rd spot on the grid behind Louise Colin and former British ICC champion, Danny Edwards. Incidentally this time would have qualified Willshire in 9th position in the 250cc race from a 23 kart field! 

A heavy down poor just before Race 1 meant the grid would be starting on wet tyres but the track was soon starting to dry thanks to the coastal breeze over the undulating Anglesey circuit. Willshire made a good start, taking to the outside of Turn 1 and manoeuvring his way into 2nd by at the Turn 2 hairpin but it was not to last long as Danny Edwards regained his position coming out of the banked hairpin and onto the fast section of circuit leading to Church corner. Edwards and Colin then began to pull a gap on Willshire as the whole field began to struggle for grip from the wet weather tyres on a now completely dry circuit. Willshire eventually crossed the line in a solid 3rd place some 14 seconds behind Edwards and Colin but with a comfortable 4 second lead over Lee Morgan in 4th.

Race 2 didn't offer any confusion over tyre choice. The track had now dried completely but Willshire's start was not the best. He dived for a gap between Colin and Edwards off the line but was squeezed and had to ease off the throttle allowing several drivers to take advantage. Willshire now found himself in 10th position with some work to do. By the end of lap 2 Willshire had disposed of Martyn Turner to take 9th and was on a charge to regain his lost positions. Chris Needham was next on Willshire's list and by lap 4 he was up into 8th and following closely behind Ian Ried, Jason Kitchen and Daniel Butler. With Kitchen running wide at Rocket hairpin, Willshire was soon in 7th and as they rounded Peel corner for the 5th time Willshire saw his chance to pass Butler and got a run on him through the fast downhill section of circuit. Willshire was able to find the confidence and grip to make the move stick and took to the outside of Butler into the corkscrew to take 6th position. With James Irvine having mechanical problems and Ian Ried disposed of, Willshire was now in 4th and closing in on Race 1 winner Danny Edwards who he managed to pass on the start of the last lap and take home a well deserved 3rd place finish. 

The first two races of the day were point scoring races for Rounds 1 & 2 of the National Championships and with two third places, Ben finds himself in 4th overall laying only 1 point behind Lee Morgan. Race 3 was a battle for the prestigious UK Cup, know as the '0' plate, the winner of which can take pride in racing with the number 0 for the remainder of the year. Willshire would start 3rd on the grid. A close and exciting dice with Jason Kitchen saw Willshire in 5th for the majority of the race but he soon managed to pass Kitchen, making better use of the 250cc back markers, and cross the line in 4th. 

All in all, a successful weekend for the RG Racing team and a promising

start to the 2009 season.

 


New partners for 2009

The team has two new partners that are assisting the team in 2009.

System Store Solutions 

System Store Solutions specialists in the total design, layout and installation of race and rally workshops and road transporters, as well as providing a range of innovative storage products designed specifically for the motor racing fraternity.

The company is the exclusive UK distributor of the Fami storage, workshop and transportation systems product range.

Its success is founded on the expertise of its consultants and based on project management, consultation and technical advice. www.system-store.co.uk 

 

Weatherweave Awnings

Weatherweave, manufacturers of specialist awnings and trailer covers has grown to become one of the biggest and most helpful companies.

We produce all sizes of awning used on any vehicle from vans, trucks, motorhomes, artic trucks and even car transporter trailers.  http://www.weatherweave.co.uk/body.html 


First Win of 2009

RG Racing has started the season on a high. The team were racing at Mallory Park on 22nd March. The meeting was a championship round for one of the other classes (125 masters challenge) . The team used the event as a shake down.

In qualifying Ben Willshire was 5th quickest. He was up against 250 cc 210cc and other 125 Superkart's.  Only 4 top 250 drivers were in front with several more 250's behind. 

Race 1 - Ben elected to start at position 8 (the back of the masters class) so not to upset the championship. At the start Ben made some ground and by the end of the first lap he was working his was through the pack. By the end of the race Ben was in second over the line. The team made some changes to his Superkart to ensure he could improve on his lap times.

Race 2 - At the start Ben again started at the back of the Masters Challenge grid. As the light when to green the pack set of. In the next 3 laps it was very close but eventually broke the pack and started to pull away. By the end of the race Ben had managed to finish in 2nd again. 

The final points from both races gave him a win. This was good for the team moral and a sign we had gone in the right direction with the changes to the engine, exhaust and chassis. Our team tuner was please with the result.  

 


Winter Update

The team have been busy over the winter with appearances at:

  • The Race Car Live show held at Brands Hatch. This was Televised and the team equipment was shown on Motors TV in December.

  • Autosport International which was held at the NEC in January. The Team and one of its Superkart's was on the British Superkart Association Stand. The team were also able to meet some of the sponsors who also attend the show. Both NGK and Ferodo had large stands.

  • National Schools Kart Championship. The team gave 2 demonstration runs to the school teams at the Blackbush circuit. It also give the team a change to run in the engine and try the new PFP exhaust.

 


SEASON FINALE IN SCOTLAND

Knockhill - Fife

18th / 19th OCTOBER 2008

The sixth, and last round, of the British Superkart Championship 2008 was held at Scotland ’s Knockhill circuit on October 18-19th. RG Racing made the 8 hour journey to the event, where the Superkarts were in support of the Scottish Formula Ford Championship, the Mini Challenge, Legends Cup and Scottish Sports Car club. All races formed part of the regular Scottish Motorsport activities and the British Superkarts received a warm welcome along with coverage from Sky Television channel, Motors TV.

Heading to Knockhill, and with a successful last round at Darley Moor under his belt,  Ben Willshire of RG Racing was lying 7th in the British championship standings but with plenty of points up for grabs in this triple header finale, Willshire was looking to capitalise on the opportunity of ending the season on a high. The driver’s standings were so close that Ben could leave Knockhill with a championship position of anywhere between 3rd and 10th ….and who said F1 was close!

Saturday was spent testing at the circuit and after 2 sessions Willshire was confident with the kart set up on the pace set by competitors. The team tested various tyre compounds and prepared a wet chassis set up for the ever predictable rainy conditions that would lie ahead.

As a surprise to all of the drivers and teams, the paddock awoke to dry weather on the morning of Race Day. The British Superkarts were first to take to the circuit for qualifying and after 7 consistent laps, Willshire set a time which would see him start Race 1 in 4th position.

Race 1, fortunately, also remained dry which would provide an opportunity for some close, fast and exciting racing. That certainly was the case. A reasonable start from Ben saw him exit the 5th gear,  downhill section of Seat Curve in 4th place and settle into the race chasing leaders James Irvine, Danny Edwards and Louise Colin s. Former British Champion, Paul Platt , was making his charge from the rear of the grid having suffered mechanical problems in qualifying and was soon able to make a pass on Willshire but with James Irvine exiting the race early Ben still held onto his 4th place. A 3 way battle then commenced for 4th, 5th and 6th position between Willshire, Noel Lindsay and Martyn Turner . Lindsay eventually got the better of Willshire as the karts made the long climb up and over the start finish line to complete another lap but Ben managed to fend off a last lap attack from Martyn Turner to cross the line in 5th position whilst also managing to dice with some of the 250cc karts in the process!  Paul Platt took the race one win and now had to win the remaining two races of the day to be crowned British Champion for the 3rd time.

By the time Race 2 came the weather mans predictions had come true. 60mph winds and heavy rain were to make for an interesting race. Ben knew that to secure a good result for the season two race finishes were needed so having managed to get a good start, despite visibility being extremely poor, he settled into the race in 5th position, following the 250 outfit of Tony Long. Willshire was lapping two seconds quicker than Lindsay and Turner who were following him, meaning Ben didn’t have to take any unnecessary risks. The Red flags were bought out after 80% race distance since the conditions were so poor, giving Willshire 4th position after Louise Collins span out. Paul Platt took his second race win of the day and was getting closer to grabbing the title lead from James Irvine.

Race 3 saw similar conditions for the Superkarts. With Willshire starting in 4th place ahead of Lindsay and Turner, he knew a solid finish was what was required of him. A good start saw Ben maintain his 4th place position into Turn 1 but Colins made a good move on Willshire and Irvine into turn 2 to take 3rd, leaving Ben in 5th place, closely following James Irvine for several laps. Irvine and Willshire continued to set a good pace in poor conditions, stretching out 5 seconds per lap on 6th and 7th place drivers. Again, the red flags would mark the end of the race at 80% race distance following an incident which saw a 250cc kart collide with the pit wall on the main straight, after aquaplaning across the circuit. Willshire was classified 5th at the end of the race which gave him 3rd Overall on the day, with Paul Platt taking the win.

The season has been mixed for the RG Racing outfit of Ben Willshire with highs and lows but having looked back on the season Willshire had racked up 2 British championship podium finishes, 4th in the coveted UK Cup and would leave Knockhill ranked 5th in the British Championship.  “We have been making steady progress throughout the year with engine development work and we are now happy that we have the performance that we need to compete at the front. We’ve proven this in Ireland this year and today at Knockhill in the worst of conditions. Next year we will be starting from a good base and hope to continue our progress of success” concluded Ben Willshire.

RG Racing would like to thanks its partners for all their help during 2008 and look forward to working with them in 2009.  These include Apex Circuit Design Ltd, Castrol, Trimedia, Arco, Interactive Marketing, NGK, Ferodo and Demon Tweeks.

RG Racing will also continue to raise awareness for Naomi House and making donations throughout 2009.


Darley Moor Crash Bang

Rounds 9 & 10 British Superkart Championships - 

Darley Moor, 25th August 2008

The RG Racing outfits of Ben Willshire and Gary James were out competing in rounds 9 and 10 of the 125cc British Superkart Championships at Darley Moor, Derbyshire over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The event would see the British Superkart series support rounds of the Darley Moor motorcycle championships with a variety of motorcycles and sidecars in attendance.

Heading to Darley Moor for the first time, Willshire was placed 7th in the British championship and looking for a solid points finish to maintain or improve on his championship position. James was out to pick up some more championship points having missed the first six rounds of the championship and lying in only 16th place in the series.  The weather at Darley Moor is known to be unpredictable, so bearing in mind that it was an August Bank holiday, the team were prepared for the worst of the weather, and thankfully it did not come. The track stayed dry and qualifying on the 1.5.mile circuit was underway.

Timed practice resulted in Willshire qualifying 8th and Gary James , in 9th position for race 1. Both drivers reported potential areas for improvement on set up for the first race and the team worked on these with the assistance of Phil Featherstone of PFP Services and Bob Clowes of MOTIV to ensure the karts were ready.

The start of race 1 saw a clean getaway from the whole grid with the drivers managing to navigate their way through clouds of cement dust placed on the track surface to dry an oil spillage from an earlier motorcycle race. As the drivers exited the first corner (a fast sequence of S-bends) they headed into the first big braking zone where Willshire took a defensive inside line to maintain his position. He found himself exiting onto the back straight in 8th position which he maintained for the rest of the race despite suffering with minor engine problems. Gary James ran behind Willshire and put in some consistent lap times to bring the kart home in 9th place. A solid finish for both drivers but with plenty more speed still to come.

Race 2 saw plenty of action at the start of the race. As the drivers entered the first sequence of S-bends on lap 1 there was contact between several karts resulting in Noel Lindsay spinning in the middle of the circuit. Several drivers took evasive action and were lucky to narrowly miss the Irishman's kart but Ben Willshire had nowhere to turn and collided heavily with the stationary kart. Martyn Turner and Gary James were also caught up in the incident but fortunately all drivers escaped injury. The race was red flagged but unfortunately Lindsay and Turner were unable to take the re-start due to damage caused to their machines. Willshire was fortunate to sustain only a damaged side-pod and took the re-start in 8th place with James behind sporting tyre marks on the nosecone following earlier contact.

On the re-start of race 2 the pack were all safely through lap 1 and Willshire found himself lying in 7th position, with James running in 8th. Willshire's earlier engine misfire had been resolved and he was now putting in some quick lap times and started to gain on Ian Reid in 5th place and Louise Colin in 6th. On lap 6 Willshire was able to get a clean exit from the final corner and drive alongside Louise Colin and take the quicker inside line into the next sequence of corners, allowing him to safely take 6th place. Willshire managed to pull out a comfortable gap to hold 6th place until the finish with Gary James taking 8th .

The team gained some valuable points which now leaves Ben in real contention of a top 5 British Championship finish while Gary moved up 2 places in the series to 14th. The season finale will take place at Knockhill in Scotland in October where the triple header will decide the fate of the 2008 British 125cc Superkart Championship.

 


Superkart GP Report

RG Racing were competing at the British Superkart Grand Prix over the weekend of the 19th / 20th of July. Both drivers Ben Willshire and Gary James were competing in the 125 Open class and hoping to continue the run of recent success.

Friday testing proved to be difficult with inconsistent weather conditions preventing the team from finding a basis for chassis and engine set up but valuable track time was gained with Ben Willshire running his new PFP tuned SGM engine.

Saturday morning saw the 125 open’s compete for grid positions in a very wet qualifying session. Gary James struggled with kart set up and as a result would start the heat races from 17th on the grid but confident of making good progress from the rear of the pack. Willshire qualified in 8th position with a time of 1min 48, closely behind Danny Edwards and Louise Collins.

The races contested on the Saturday were run as rounds 7 & 8 of the British Superkart Championship as well as qualifying races for the Sundays MSA British Kart GP. Race one saw bad luck strike for Willshire as he suffered mechanical problems on lap 1 of the race, resulting in a retirement from the race. Gary James , however, made good progress in the dry weather and fought to from the rear of the grid to take 11th position. Race 2 saw opposing results with a retirement from Gary James and a 10th place finish for Ben Willshire . The results from Saturday would see the RG racing drivers pair up side by side on the grid for the MSA British GP Pre-Final the next day with Willshire starting 13th and James lining up 14th.

With engine failure during the Sunday morning free practice, RG Racing’s engineer, Doug Mercer , had his work cut out but did a fantastic job to ensure James could line up for the pre-final grid. The RG racing driver’s rewarded the team’s efforts, with both drivers bringing their karts home safely. Willshire, after a close battle with Jason kitchen finished the race, and qualified for the GP final, in 11th with Gary James in 12th.

So, Sunday afternoon saw the start of a dry MSA British Superkart GP with the RG racing drivers lining up side by side, again. Willshire dropped a few places away from the line and after lap one was fighting for 13th position with Gary James also bunched in the mid pack.

Willshire continued to battle with the pack and after an immensely close race, swapping positions lap after lap, with Lee Smith and Mark Hinchcliffe he crossed the line on lap 12 in 10th position, with less than 0.2 seconds separating himself and Lee Smith, who snatched 9th place exiting Barn corner on the last lap! Gary James drove a quieter race but managed to put in some consistent laps early on in the race and found himself in a comfortable 13th place at the end of the race.

Despite Willshire loosing valuable championship points during the Saturday championship races he sees himself lying 7th overall in the British Championship with 4 rounds remaining.

James took a solid result from the GP and continues to move forward with the set up and performance of his new Pavesi powered machine this season. 

The team drivers will next be competing at rounds 9 & 10 of the British Superkart Championship at Darley Moor on the bank holiday weekend of August 25th/26th.

RG Racing would like to thank its team sponsors: Apex Circuit Design Ltd, ARCO, Trimedia, Ferodo, Demon Tweeks, NGK Spark Plugs, and Sign-Rite of Basingstoke.

The team are looking for sponsors to assist with running costs for Team. RG Racing can be contacted via their web site www.rgracing.co.uk or on 07770 280 375. The team have a portfolio available for any potential sponsors.

Luck of the Irish brings RG Racing a podium finish  

Round 5 & 6 – British Long Circuit Kart Championship & UK Cup. Bishopscourt , Northern Ireland .

With sunshine ordered for the weekend the English racers of the British Superkart Championship travelled to Bishopscourt, Northern Ireland to challenge plenty of local Irish drivers for the coveted UK Cup ‘0’ plate and rounds 5 and 6 of the British Superkart Championships. RG Racing arrived with driver Ben Willshire to compete in the 125 Open category, with much needed points at stake after a disappointing start to the season.

Untimed practice on Friday afternoon saw Ben well on the pace of the field but small mechanical problems limited his track time on the very fast and bumpy circuit. However, qualifying on Saturday morning saw Ben put in some consistently quick lap times to place himself 5th on the grid for Race 1 with a lap time of 1:15.8s

A quick move off the start line in Race 1 enabled Willshire to maintain his 5th place into the 115mph turn 1. Local driver, Justin Doherty, suffered a spectacular engine failure into Turn 2 causing his kart to spin across the circuit. Fortunately, all the drivers managed to avoid Doherty’s spinning kart and Willshire managed to emerge after lap 1 in 4th place. As the race unfolded Irishman, James Irvine, disappeared to take a convincing victory with Willshire taking 3rd place, 4 seconds behind last year’s British 125 ICC champion and fellow Englishman, Danny Edwards. 

Race 2 saw Willshire start from 3rd on the grid but a poor run to turn 1 dropped him into 5th position after lap one and battling with Noel Lindsay and Damian Sleep. After some changing of positions and with a brave move Ben found himself back in 3rd position and pulled out a gap of 14 seconds from 4th place to take a comfortable podium position and 3rd place overall for the British Championship meeting.

With the points races out of the way for the weekend the drivers were left to battle it out one more time for the UK Cup trophy. The winner of this race would be presented with the sought after ‘0’ plate to carry on their kart for the next 12 months....it’s the one all drivers want to win.

Ben had qualified 3rd and a solid start saw him maintain this position for the first few laps of the race, following the two local Irish drivers James Irvine and Justin Doherty. On lap 5 of 10, Willshire missed an up shift in gears exiting the first chicane and allowed Louise Collins alongside and through to take 3rd.  With Danny Edwards now hot on Ben’s heels, the remainder of the race saw Willshire and Edwards battle it out for the remaining 5 laps. The English pair demonstrated some superbly clean and close racing, with only 0.2 seconds separating them across the line and 0.06 seconds separating their quickest laps. With Irvine taking his third win of the day and the ‘0’ plate title, Willshire managed to take 4th spot behind Collins and Doherty with Edwards finishing 5th. Wilshire’s strong finishes in Ireland will see him jump up the championship table with what appears to be a turning point in the 2008 season for the Hampshire based driver. (official points are yet to be released)

The team travel to Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire on 19th/20th July to compete in the British Superkart Grand Prix and rounds 6/7 of the championship.

RG Racing would like to thank its team sponsors: Apex Circuit Design Ltd, ARCO, Trimedia, Ferodo, Demon Tweeks, NGK Spark Plugs, and Sign-Rite of Basingstoke and Tony of Interactive Marketing for his advice. The team are still looking for sponsors to assist with running costs for Team. 


Lightening strikes twice

Press Release 12/5/2008 - RG Racing – Ty Croes, Anglesey 11th May

Round 3 & 4 of the British Superkart Championships

RG Racing made a 575 mile round trip to the Ty-Croes circuit on Anglesey; the circuit used for filming the 5th gear television programme. The 1.55mile revamped coastal circuit was new to all drivers and teams so testing on Saturday would prove vital. Ben Willshire was looking forward to the challenge, on a circuit that included a variety of overtaking opportunities, banked corners, crests, fast straights and slow technical sections. However, when it was time to face the circuit a small component caused a clutch failure after 2 laps forcing Willshire to retire early from the testing session.

The team managed to resolve the clutch problems and Ben’s first timed session on Sunday morning provided some valuable data. Ben qualified 14th fastest and reported back some changes to be made to the kart after completing seven laps of qualifying and looked forward to the start of Race 1.

Race 1 saw a good start. Ben managed to gain several places in the first corner and first few laps, working his way up to 9th spot. The nature of the circuit and the RG Racing set up was now working well however Ben reported back that further changes could be made to decrease under steer and improve speed in the next race. Ben finished the race in 9th place. With 2 hours to the next race the team changed the set up and were ready to score some more valuable British championship points.

In Race 2 Ben started 9th and after a clean start was positioned nicely in the pack, lying 6th. For the next 8 laps Ben was dicing with several karts and with half a lap remaining Ben was lying in a comfortable 9th place until he began to slow with engine problems, costing him a solid points finish. Despite his best efforts, Ben was unable to take the chequered flag and was classified as a non-finisher in Race 2. Understandably the team were disappointed but remain positive for the next championship round. See details below.

The next 2 rounds in the British Championships are at Bishopscourt in Northern Ireland on the weekend of 6th and 7th of June. The meeting also incorporates the prestigious UK Cup and Irish Kart GP event. The team will be running a new engine for this meeting thanks to Clive Bowen of Apex Circuit Design Ltd.  

 


2nd Place for Gary

Gary Grabs Second at Season Opener

RG Racing team driver, Gary James, secured 2nd place in class at his first meeting of the season at Darley Moor on 5th May.

After Gary had purchased a 4 year old F1 chassis during the winter months, Chief Engineer Doug Mercer set to work stripping and completely rebuilding the kart with new components. ‘There was quite a lot to do to get the kart ready after our initial inspection. We were hoping to be ready for Easter, but a delay in the delivery of some key parts put us behind schedule so Darley Moor was the first opportunity to give the new kart a season opening shakedown.’

Unfortunately practice at Darley Moor was wet so the session was spent getting used to the new chassis without pushing things too much. Nevertheless, Gary was able to start in 12th place on the grid out of 22 with a large contingent of 250cc karts behind him. ‘The 125cc Pavesi engine was running well in practice and didn’t need a lot of changes done after the session.’

Rain had been constant for most of the morning but had stopped before the first race. We decided to stay on the wet tyres but didn’t realise how quickly the track had dried out. Fortunately half the field thought the same so there were only a brave few that gambled on slicks on a drying track.

After trying to nurse his wet tyres on a dry track Gary managed to finish 14th on the road and second in class and was looking forward to a dry race with the right tyres later in the day.

The second race was as expected and with temperatures moving up from an earlier 17C to 23C, hopes were high to get some decent mileage with the new kart. A fantastic start saw Gary sweep past a couple of 250cc karts before the first chicane and he was able to hold them at bay for the next three laps. Unfortunately the more powerful 250cc karts found a way past down the main straight, but Gary was still hassling them through the corners. The lap times were also looking respectable and Gary was comfortably lapping inside his lap times from last year. A couple of fluffed gear changes lost vital ground during the closing laps but Gary finished 13th on the road and second in class again to collect his first trophy of the season. ‘That was great fun and I am pleased with the way new kart handled.  We know where we can improve on the lap times so I am looking forward to the next meeting here in a months’ time on June 15th. Without all the hard work put in by my Chief Engineer Doug Mercer during the winter this result wouldn’t have been possible.’


Crunch Time

Press Release 13/4/2008 - RG Racing – Mallory Park 13th April

Round 1 & 2 of the British Superkart Championships

RG Racing traveled to Mallory Park, Leicestershire for Round 1 and 2 of the British Superkart championships. Having finished 9th in last years championship with Ben Willshire, the team are keen to make vast improvements this season and arrived to compete in the 125 Open class with a new, lighter Anderson chassis and a PFP tuned SGM engine.

Bens first session out in the new kart was positive. After 13 laps, Ben put in some competitive times to set 9th fastest time with a lap time of 55.95 seconds. Ben reported back positively on the new chassis but felt some setup changes could find some more time around the Mallory Park circuit.

Race 1 saw a good start. Ben managed to gain 3 places in the first few laps, working his way to a comfortable 6th place.  After an incident that saw Damian Sleep exit the circuit at Gerrards Corner, the yellow flags were out for several laps of the race on the entry to this corner. However, on lap 6, and still under yellow flag conditions (no overtaking at that point), Ben was overtaken by 2 Superkarts leaving him to finish the race in a frustrating 8th place. With plenty of karts on the circuit, the organisers claimed the passing under yellows was not reported by the Marshals so 8th place was the final classification.

In Race 2 Ben started 8th. He had a clean start and was positioned nicely in the pack, lying 5th after a brave move into Edwina’s chicane on lap 1. On lap 4 the race was stopped due to an incident at the hairpin, which left Isle of Man competitor, Jason Kitchens, Superkart blocking the circuit. With 9 laps remaining, the karts restarted the race in single file and the pace was fast, despite drops of rain starting to appear on the circuit. After a sluggish start Ben dropped a place but 2 laps later managed to gain it back with a move on the exit to Gerrards. With only 6 laps to go, Ben was hit by another kart on entry to the 1st gear hairpin and sent off the circuit. Unfortunately this meant the race was over for Ben, with a DNF classification.

Despite a low point scoring opening round the team left Mallory knowing that the pace is underneath them for the season, with more improvements still yet to come. The hard work over the winter had paid off and the team now look forward to travelling to the Ty-Croes circuit in Anglesey on the 10/11th of May for round 3 and 4. The 5th Gear TV program uses the Anglesey circuit for its filming.

RG Racing would like to thank its team sponsors: Apex Circuit Design Ltd, ARCO, Trimedia, Ferodo, Demon Tweeks, NGK Spark Plugs, and Sign-Rite of Basingstoke.  The team are looking for sponsors to assist with running costs for Team. RG Racing can be contacted via their web site www.rgracing.co.uk or on 07770 280 375. The team, and drivers, have portfolios available for any potential sponsors.

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Pre Season Sponsor Day

Press Release 6/4/2008

RG Racing – Supporting the Local Community

RG Racing were invited to attend the opening of the new ARCO store in Fratton Park, Portsmouth at the beginning of April. The store was opened by guest celebrity Billy Byrne of popular TV Show, DIY-SOS, and RG Racing were on hand to support the day with their 125cc Superkart on display.

The aim of the day was to raise the profile of Naomi House Children’s Hospice and ARCO. RG Racing donated raffle prizes for customers; 2 x 2 day passes and paddock transfers for the British Touring Car Championship race at Thruxton on May 17th / 18th. All of the proceeds from the Raffle will be donated to Naomi House children’s hospice and the final amount raised will be counted on April 14th.

Below, Store Manager Neal Bonner tries the RG Racing Superkart for size with Rob Willshire (Left) team partner and Ben Willshire driver (right).

RG Racing begin their season at the first round of the British Superkart Championships at Mallory Park on April 13th. The grid will contain current European and British champions plus an ex World Champion so Ben is under no pressure to perform!!!

RG Racing would like to thank its team sponsors: Apex Circuit Design Ltd, ARCO, Trimedia, Ferodo, Demon Tweeks, NGK Spark Plugs, and Sign-Rite of Basingstoke.

The team are looking for sponsors to assist with running costs for Team. RG Racing can be contacted via their web site www.rgracing.co.uk or on 07770 280 375. The team have a portfolio available for any potential sponsors.

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Ferodo have agreed to RG Racing with technical support in 2008.  RG Racing and Ferodo have been partner now for several years. 

Ben Willshire commented " Its good to have Ferodo behind us. The friction materials they produce are second to none. It gives me confidence when I am on the circuit knowing that we can rely in there components."


PODIUM FINISHES

RG Racing drivers took podium places at Cadwell Park on the 16th Sept.  

Ben and Michael took podium places in there classes on the Sunday race meeting. 


Easter Weekend Outings

Press Release 11/4/2007 14:00

by RG Racing - Baptism of Fire for Basingstoke Racer

Ben Willshire from Basingstoke had a baptism of fire when RG Racing entered him for the shake down event for the MSA British Long Circuit Kart Championship. Michael Groves was also out in the 125 class.

Ben has been racing a Rotax Max for the passed few years at Blackbush and Barton Stacey decided to take on the big boys. The RG Racing team have invested a long circuit kart for the coming season. Michael had done a few long circuit race and was looking forward to a good meeting.

The test day on the Friday was planned to just learn the circuit and set the kart up for the Saturday race meeting. Due to a technical problem the team lost some valuable time to prepare the Superkart for Ben.

The photo shows Ben Willshire followed very closely by Michael Groves.

Race 1 saw Ben start from the back of the grid as he is a novice. Michael had qualified quite will have made a good start. Ben manage to make progress and his lap times improved with each lap. As Ben was learning the equipment the team were just looking for a finish and to bring the kart home in one piece. Ben managed to finish 10th in class. He gave us some good feedback and changes were made for the second race. Michael battled through and finished 2nd in class.

Race 2 saw some changes to Ben's set up by the team. The changes allowed Ben to get a good start and keep in with the pack. He managed to progress and race against some experienced drivers finishing in front of some and ending up with 10th in class. Michael once again was using his experience from last year. He pushed hard and finished 2nd in class.

The field contained current European and British champions plus an ex World Champion so Ben was under pressure to perform and he coped well. Ben's sponsors are NGK Spark Plugs, Castrol with RG Racing and Sign-Rite of Basingstoke.

Next event is at Mallory Park near Leicester on 19th / 20th May. This will be round 1 of the MSA Long Circuit Kart British Championship.

Ollie Howell - Ollie was racing at Kimbolton in the BRDC Stars of Tomorrow Championships. He had a fraught weekend but managed to improve his grid places by the end of each race and final.

The team are looking for sponsors to assist with running cost for Ben, Michael and Ollie all young drivers with great potential. They can be contacted via their web site www.rgracing.co.uk  or on 07770 280 375. The team have a portfolio available for any potential sponsor.


Ben Willshire Tests the RGR SGM

Ben did his first test in the RGR 125 SGM long circuit kart at FEKC. The session were interesting. The first was on old tiers to allow Ben just to get use to the gear changing. The second session the team changes the gearing and jetting. The made the kart easer to drive and more completive for Ben. The RGR kart was keeping with the 250cc karts on the straights which is very good.. We also had the more nimble ICC karts in the session. With the difference with chassis we noticed we were not making headway on the ICC's, but in the faster parts of the circuit it was clear Ben was up to speed and holding his own.

The team were delighted with his first outing in a gearbox kart.


Ben Willshire takes another win.

Ben took a win in the CKC winter series on Saturday 23rd of December. The team are using the winter to keep the team in tune for next season. Ben will be racing in the 2 remaining rounds. 

The 2007 season will see the Willshire name return to the Long Circuit's. Ben will be racing in the 125 Open Superkart class with some Rotax Max races used to sharpen the reactions.


Top 10 Finish

RG Racing's team driver Gary James finished 10th in the 125 class at the British Kart GP held at Cadwell Park. Gary faced some strange weather conditions over the weekend.


Ben Willshire BSC (Hons)

RG Racing's team driver Ben Willshire passed his degree with 1st Class Honors in Motorsport Technology and Management. Ben spent his last year studying hard while racing hard. The teams decision to not let Ben's racing take over in favor of his future has proven to the correct one. His year in industry was with 4th Dimension.  Well done from the team and the family. Ben is now working as a Track designer for Clive Bowen (Apex Circuit Design).


Ben takes a Win

Ben took a win at Blackbush on Saturday 27/8/05. Ben who has only race 3 times this year due to university commitments took a the win in the final after starting 2nd on the grid.  He also took a heat win earlier in the day. 


Lovely Bubbly

RG Racing provides bubbly to the first three in this years British Superkart Association Formula 125 Open Championship at the final round that took place at Snetterton on August 29th (Bank Holiday Monday)

1st Paul Platt

2nd Jeremy Bates

3rd Barry Armstrong


BTCC Driver Rob Collard 

Presents the trophies at the CKC Dinner Dance.

RG Racing drivers Steven Wands and Ben Willshire received there trophies from Rob Collard.

Steven Wands, Rob Collard, Ben Willshire


RG Racing takes 1st and 2nd in CKC Championship

The Team Drivers take 1st and 2nd in there respective classes. 

Ben Willshire finished the championship 1st in Class (Rotax Max Snr) and Steven 2nd in his class (Mini Max).


Steven Wands and Ben Willshire interviewed by Basingstoke Gazette

Both drivers were interviewed by the local newspaper with full back page coverage.

The coverage covered local circuits, sponsors, how to start.


Ben Willshire Wins Novice Trophy and with a P3 Finish.

RG Racing's Ben Willshire was awarded the novice trophy at the Camberely Kart Club June meeting in Rotax Max Snr. This puts him top of the CKC Championships. With good finishes in the heats he started the rain soaked final 5th on the grid. By the end of the first lap Ben jumped in to the lead of the 15 lap final. With 2 laps from the finish the circuit was drying with the other drivers hunting him down. Over the last 2 laps Ben was passed by 2 national experts. The novice trophy in karting is the hardest trophy to win. With 6 chances before moving off of the novice plates the Team were ecstatic.


Ben Clucas who the team assisted in the past has been signed to the Toyota F1 Drivers Academy (TDA). He is currently racing in the Italian Formula Renault championship. If you want to keep  up with this fantastic young driver then go to www.benclucas.co.uk.

 

Ben Clucas - FORMULA RENAULT ITALIA


The team progresses with the Rotax Max class on short circuit. Ben has completed 2 meetings so far. 

The first meeting had some ups and downs. In the first race Ben was lying 5th in his first Max race when the starter switch failed causing a retirement. The remainder of the meeting was a successes.

The second meeting was a disappointment as there were only 5 in the class - This is not real racing. Hopefully then next meeting will have a good grid.


Ben Willshire tested the Teams Rotax Max at Blackbush kart circuit on the 28th of Feb. The times (early 25 second laps) were good for only his second time in a kart. We tested the latest XR77 oil from Castrol with some good results.

Members of The University of Herts (BSC Motorsport Tech Engineering) assisting RG Racing in the set-up at Blackbush. Ben is due to do his first race on the 27th of March at Blackbush.


Ben Willshire of RG Racing has been assisting Team Fluery in the World Sidecar Championships. Ben is assisting with normal team duties. Pit board, Tyres etc. He was rewarded by 3 laps of the Oshisleben Circuit in the "Chair" at the German round of the World Superbike Championship. Both Rob and Ben have been given a passengers eye view. Ben did 3 laps at Oscheslaben in Germany & Rob 3 laps at Silverstone.


Ben Clucas gets some support from RG Racing

The team will be supporting Ben (18) up the ladder to F1. Ben who started in Karts has spent 2 seasons in Junior Formula Ford. The 2002 season brought success by wrapping up the Avon Junior Formula Ford Championship. The next step was the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch. Ben managed to win the semi final in a year old car. In the final he had an incident while leading resulting in damage to the car. The result was a 5th place. No bad for a first attempt. 

The team are trying to introduce Ben to the correct people.


The Honda Challenge has received some support again from the Team in the way of product support. Prize giving was at BAR with Anthony Davidson handing out the silver ware and CASTROL goodies.

 


Off to Kabul with UNICEF

Team partner Rob Willshire who's normal job is in the logistics industry is off to help UNICEF in Kabul (Afghanistan). Rob will be responsible for the Kabul zone covering 10 provinces and 48% of the children needing education materials. 

Rob will be Logistics Officer on the Back to School Programme. It's UNICEF's largest logistical programme ever.


RG Racing win MSA Draw.

RG Racing won the MSA Draw at the Night of the Champions. The prize consists of the following:- 1 Rotax Max / Tony Kart  (JAG), 1 Race Suit (Demon Tweeks), 1 Helmet, Pr Boots, Pr Gloves (ZIP), ARKS Pack (MSA) ARKS Course (Protrain), Driver Training SRS Stuart Zemillis)

Rob Willshire has decided to give the prize to his some Ben to start kart racing and stop downhill mountain bike racing (Trees Hurt). This was on the understanding the kart could be used to teach students from Brooklands College Superkart Project.

Below is the presentation of the Rotax Max to Ben and Rob by the MSA at Brooklands College.

Left to Right.

Alan Phillips (Student) Peter Moore (Head of Eng Brooklands College) Rob Willshire, Ben Willshire, Paul Gladstone (MSA),  Derek Tye (MSA), Adam Walker (Student)

International Autosport Show

As Normal RG Racing will man the Chequered Flag Awnings stand. The team who use the Awnings supplied by CFA will be on hand to give worth while experience to potential customers.


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