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Podium places at Brands Hatch Finale
IT'S A WARP! The 2017 The Michelin Ginetta GT4 Super Cup race season came to an end at Brands Hatch last month. After a rocky start to the year, a really solid finish to the season with two 3rd places and a 4th from the last three races meant everyone was left on a high.
Toby said, "Having entered this Ginetta race series for the last 3 rounds, I am over the moon to have had two podium finishes.
"I Can't thank Team Hard enough for all the work they've put in, in particular my race engineer Aaran Stroud and his crew, who's dedication was rewarded this weekend with the podium finishes.
"My third race of the weekend was shown live on ITV4 had over 2 million viewers. It gave me the opportunity to showcase my ability and gave great exposure for my sponsor, Texo Scaffolding and Construction Limited.
"Watch out Supercup next year, I'm coming for you!
"It is all I can do to thank Texo Scaffolding and Construction's managing director, Robert Hayward for their financial support and for giving me the means to compete!
Fingers crossed I have given Texo the exposure and show cased my talent enough to warrant a full season in the Ginetta Supercup for the 2018 season.
Watch this space!
Emotions Running High at Silverstone
Back down to earth today after another emotional weekend of racing at Silverstone. The weekend was full of ups and downs, testing went very well as we showed good pace. A bit of wet running which was a massive learning curve after the first time outwe'd been out in the wet, in the Ginetta and RWD.
Qualifying was difficult, as the conditions were changing with every lap. With a wet/damp/drying track we took some advice from the boss Tony Gilham. He said your last lap will be your quickest – just build up to it. As predicted, It did exactly that and passed the Finish Line with 6 seconds to spare. It put the the car 5th, and in the middle of the grid of the AM Class.
Race One was eventful. We struggled with mid corner understeer, which meant meant we couldn't loselose to much ground and keep the car on the black stuff. We finished 7th.
Race Two, well where do I start? It was a 9am race start, with a damp cold track with no standing water, everything pointed to slicks. After 5 laps of running so we went for slicks, it was a BIG mistake! The five cars that decided to change all struggled to buld up the heat in the tyres and after 2 safety cars, it all but killed any chance of reaching the temperature we needed to compete. For the send time in two races we hung on to 7th.
Race Three was probably one of my best races I've ever had! A great start was me in amongst the action. I got embroiled in some great battling the whole race long, attacking and defending my position with some great under cuts on the first bend (wheel barrow moves). Once I got free and into clear air, I ran out of laps to catch the next group of cars. I just needed another lap or two make my presence felt. I finished 6th.
I was very happy with race three, I'm improving with every lap.
We're not fighting for seconds anymore, now fighting for tenths of seconds which is awsome!
It was a great weekend! A massive thank you to my boys Aaran Stroud, Reggie, Eddy Hall and Peter Farrow for nearly breaking my ribs... ha ha! And of course big boss Tony Gilham. A heart felt thank you to Texo Scaffolding & Construction, my sponsors for making this possible. I can't and wouldn't want to forget all my supporters for following me round the country, no matter the weather or the outcome. Shouts to Tom Turner, Ellis Johnson, Matt Burt, Zoe Bearne, Gaye Bearne, Ronnie Bearne, Jamie Terry, Jordannah Ellis and my little @*!! watching from Ibiza and making a whole bar watch on TV!
I might get my Josh Alford back for Brands Hatch in two weeks time.
Last but not least, a special thanks to Craig Wheeldon for some awesome photos too.
Bearne On Pace For Rockingham Return
SILVER End racer Toby Bearne returned to action after a three-month break and showed he has the pace to prosper in the remaining rounds of this year's Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup season.
Bearne was soon back on form as he returned to racing at Rockingham to compete in the series, which is a support to the British Touring Car Championship.
It was screened live on ITV4 and in front of between 40,000 and 50,000 spectators and, while he used the event to get used to a tough step up in action, Bearne, who was racing for TeamHARD, showed he had the pace in the three-race round to feature in the remaining rounds at Silverstone next month.
He said: I was very happy with race one as it was my first time starting the car off the line.
"It seemed like everyone around me kept falling off the track but I kept my head and didn't make any mistakes.
"Race two was my favourite race of the year.
"I got stuck right in and showed very good race pace again as the second fastest in my class.
"I had some awesome racing and although two spins put me right at the back, I had loads of fun and showed I'm in it to fill races."
A snapped drive shaft scuppered Bearne's hopes in the final race of the weekend but he is now looking for a strong finish to his season at Silverstone.
He added: "I can't thank TeamHard's Tony Gilham, Eddy Hall, Aaran Stroud and everyone enough.
"I really enjoyed my first weekend in the Ginetta Super Cup but nothing could be possible without my title sponsor "TEXO Scaffolding and Construction".
"Thanks also to all my family and friends for coming and supporting me - roll on Silverstone.
Podium finish for Bearne and Wylie
Silver End race ace Toby Bearne finished his opening weekend in the Britcar Endurance Championship with a storming drive that placed him and co-driver Daniel Wylie on the podium.
With help from new headline sponsor, TEXO Scaffolding and Construction, Bearne is racing a Ginetta 55 GT4 in this year's championship.
The first two races of the season took place on the international circuit at Silverstone and there were differing fortunes for Bearne and Wylie in their Team-Hard Ginetta. Qualifying for their first grid position in the Endurance Championship went well, considering the Ginetta Class was new to both Bearne and Wylie.
The 50-minute first race didn't unfold as the Essex duo were hoping. A fuel issue meant they had to pit stop twice and with only one pit stop planned to change over drivers, Heam HARD's car could only finish fifth in their class.
As grid positions for the longer 120-minute second race were decided on the first race result, they found themselves starting back in 17th position.
A slick start from Bearne saw him jump five places by the end of the first lap.
A skilful and disciplined drive saw the Silver End racer move up to second in class, before an on-track incident, around 50 minutes, meant the safety car was deployed.
Bearne's quick thinking saw his opportunity to pit for fuel and to hand over the car to co-driver Wylie, who completed the long session fighting stoically to hold on to their second place at the chequered flag.
Pleased with their podium finish, the duo immediately thanked Tony Gilham and the team at Team-HARD for all their hard work, as well as their families and friends for their support.
The next two races in the Britcar Endurance Championships will be held at Snetterton on May 6.
Texo sponsors race ace Toby
An exciting new sponsorship deal has given Silver End racing driver Toby Bearne the chance to take a significant step up in his motorsport career this year.
Bearne, who finished third in his rookie season in the Maximumgroup.net VAG Trophy, will be racing in the Britcar Championship after securing sponsorship from Witham-based company TEXO Scaffolding & Construction.
He will be driving for Team-HARD - the same team he competed with last year - in a Ginetta GT55 in the Britcar Championship, which features two-hour endurance races at major UK race circuits, including Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Snetterton.
It represents a big step up to anything Bearne has raced so far in his career and has been made possible by the deal from TEXO owner Robert Hayward.
Bearne is the latest in a line of local sports people and clubs helped by sponsorship from Hayward, who is a joint backer for boxer Anthony Joshua's forthcoming world heavyweight title fight at the end of April.
And Bearne is thankful to have the sponsorship in place to compete at the higher level.
"Having recently completed two successful test days in this new Ginetta GT55, I am confident I have the pace to compete at the sharp end", he said.
"Thank you to my Team-HARD boss Tony Gilham for the opportunity to race this car and of course Robert, for TEXO's sponsorship, belief and trust without whom this would not have been possible."
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"And not forgetting Ronnie, my Dad, for tirelessly working to make this happen."
The Britcar Championship is due to start on April 9 at Silverstone.
If any company would like to join Bearne with further sponsorship, then email Ronnie at firstname.lastname@example.org