Wednesday February 23rd saw the MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) media day at Brands Hatch. A division of MSV, MotorSport Vision Racing is the fastest growing race meeting organiser in the UK. Over the past five years, MSVR has expanded dramatically and now includes over 20 championships and race series from saloon and sportscars to single seaters.
MSVR continues to grow and this year will now include Radical UK and Clubman's Cup, Mini Challenge, MSV F3 Cup, Club MSV Team Trophy and the new EV Cup for zero emission electric cars. These join the already impressive programme which includes the likes of the GT Trophy, Lotus on Track Elise Trophy, the Trofeo Abarth 500 GB championship and the Heritage Grand Touring Car Championship. This year will see 32 MSVR events around the country, not just at MSV owned circuits but also at the likes of Silverstone, Donington Park and Rockingham.
Lord Drayson attended the event to announce that Drayson Racing will be entering into the New EV Cup this year. This series is the world's first exclusively for zero emission electric cars and will set a precedent in eco-friendly racing. The EV Cup will be split into three classes, one for race prepared urban THINK cars, one for a sports EV class using 185kph Westfield iRacers and a prototype EV class which will operate in a time trial format which will showcase the latest non-production electric vehicles. Lord Drayson has been a big supporter of eco friendly racing and whilst running the Westfield iRacer, Drayson Racing also hope to develop a prototype racing car for future racing series. Four races are lined up in the UK this year for the EV Cup with hopefully three more held in Spain, Portugal and the USA.
With the success of the Club MSV Trackday Trophy last year, a series in which Novice racers can get their foot on the first rung of the racing ladder, a new Club MSV Team Trophy has been announced as a new series. This is designed as the next step for drivers after the Trackday Trophy as well as offering experienced club racers with a cost effective opportunity to race. Catering for production and production based saloons, hatchbacks and sports cars, there will be four power to weight categories up to 200bhp per ton. The inaugural Team Trophy will consist of three rounds at Snetterton, Donington and Brands Hatch and will follow the same format as the Trackday Trophy, but with no novice stipulation for teams.
Two other affordable racing series to join MSVR are the Production BMW Championship and the Project 8 Racing Saloons. The BMW Championship will provide a one make series designed for close, friendly and cheap racing for beginner to advanced drivers whilst the Project 8 Racing saloons will be for pre 1994 two wheel drive saloon cars. A simple class system will allow a great range of cars to compete from BMW M3's and Sierra Cosworth's, to Ford Capri's and Vauxhall Corsa's.
An expanding Sportscar portfolio within MSVR see's the arrival of Two series by Radical. The Clubman's cup and the UK cup. The latter of these two, open to professional and amateur driver, will see over 30 Radicals, taking on each other in a 40 minute two drive race format. The Radical Clubman's cup also joins MSVR this year and proves a popular series with rookies and established racers alike providing affordable racing for the range of four cylinder cars.
For more information on MotorSport Vision Racing head over to their website www.msvracing.co.uk and if you want to witness some great wheel to wheel racing then why not visit one of their many race weekends.