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Motul to sponsor Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport in 2019 BTCC

Posted on Wednesday February 20, 2019

Motul, the world-class engine lubricant company, and its UK distributor Witham Motorsport, are set to sponsor Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport as they prepare to embark on the 2019 British Touring Car Championship season.

Speedworks has had great success in the BTCC in recent years and has now upped the ante by joining forces with Toyota GB – an iconic name in motorsport – who make a welcome return to the series with their all new UK built Corolla.

Driver Tom Ingram – widely tipped as a future BTCC champion and one of the series’ undisputed rising stars, will be driving the new Corolla, changing from the Toyota Avensis that has won him nine races and secured consecutive Independent Team and Driver Trophies in 2017 and 2018.

The new Corolla Hatchback
The new Corolla Hatchback

Witham Motorsport – who are the UK distributor of Motul automotive products – have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Speedworks and the BTCC.  “We’re thrilled to be sponsoring and supplying Motul lubricants to Speedworks and Tom Ingram for a fifth consecutive year in the BTCC. 2019 marks an exciting new chapter after gaining factory backing from Toyota GB, which will no doubt help push for the overall BTCC title,” said Richard Scarbrough, Sales Director.

Christian Dick, Speedworks Motorsport Team Principal said: “Motul and Witham Motorsport have supported us since Tom came on board in 2014 and have become a major part of the team, their support has been infallible and we look forward to embarking on this new chapter with them. Good quality oil and fluids always improves performance so we’re delighted to be working with Motul and Witham Motorsport for what I hope will be our best season yet”.

Christian Dick & Tom Ingram
Christian Dick & Tom Ingram in 2018

The BTCC championship annually attracts over one million viewers on TV and thousands of spectators at each race.  The official season launch will take place over two days at Brands Hatch on 27th March where the new racing livery for the Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport Corolla will be revealed.

The first round of the BTCC will commence on 6/7 April on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, moving on to Donington Park, Thruxton, Croft and Oulton Park.

 

About Witham Motorsport
Witham Motorsport, part of the acclaimed lubricant and oil manufacturer, The Witham Group, is the official distributor of Motul automotive lubricants in the UK.

The Witham Group manufactures the Qualube passenger car and classic ranges of lubricants and supply industrial paints to Motorsport teams and racetracks all over the UK, including Silverstone.

Witham is the UK distributor of Motul oil
Witham is the UK distributor of Motul oil

About Motul
Motul is a world-renowned French company specialised in the formulation, production and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants. In 1971, Motul became the first lubricant manufacturer to formulate a 100% synthetic lubricant for automotive engines. Motul supplies many racing teams including those in series such as the FIA World Endurance Championship, Super GT, Drift, Pikes Peak, Japanese championship Super Formula, Blancpain Endurance & Sprint Series, MotoGP, World Superbike, F1 Boat and many more.

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Extended Anti-Freeze & Coolants Offer

Posted on Friday February 01, 2019

Bbrrrr … its very cold out there and you need to be safe and warm in this weather. The Witham Group stock a range of 3 anti-freeze products, designed for all cars and lorries, vans, plant and off road vehicles that need to be reliably starting on these cold mornings. We have extended our January offer to include free Screenwash and De-icer with purchases of anti-freeze (which are also coolants on warmer days too!)

Don’t forget our every popular Traffic film removers make vehicle washing a doddle and help keep cars and vehicles clean of dirt, salt and other road chemicals. Pop into your local depot or visit our website for more information or to buy online: https://www.withamgroup.co.uk/shop/antifreeze-products/

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New Venue for Lamma 2019

Posted on Tuesday January 08, 2019

We are excited about the new venue for LAMMA 2019 this year – the NEC in Birmingham. LAMMA Show is the UK’s leading agricultural machinery show which started in Lincolnshire in 1982 as a major showcase for the latest agricultural machinery for the local farms. Witham was involved in the original establishment of the show with a small group of local agricultural equipment manufacturers and associates. The show has grown beyond recognition to become Britain’s largest machinery show. Over the past 37 years the show has suffered from bad weather as it has traditionally been an outdoor event. This year the move to the NEC will enable visitors and exhibitors to enjoy all that the show has to offer in spite of the weather in a central under cover location. This year Witham is attending the show with our customers Sparex Ltd and we are looking forward to meeting old and new customers and seeing what amazing latest technologies and products are on display. We are proud to be associated with LAMMA – come and find us on the Sparex Stand Hall 20, Stand 20.550.

#lamma2019 #withamgroup #sparexltd #necbirmingham #agriculturalshow

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Proud to support the Speedworks Motorsport Team in 2019 BTCC with all-new Corolla!!!

Posted on Wednesday November 28, 2018

  • Former Independent squad gains Manufacturer support for BTCC title bid
  • Cheshire-based outfit to campaign all-new Toyota Corolla in 2019
  • Talented Bucks ace Ingram aiming to lead team to championship glory


Reigning two-time British Touring Car Championship Independent Champions Speedworks Motorsport will join the series’ Manufacturer ranks in 2019 after gaining factory backing from Toyota GB and rebranding as Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport – and an all-out title assault is on the cards.

Having developed a reputation as the BTCC’s biggest giant-killer in recent seasons – tallying nine race wins with Tom Ingram, consecutive Independent Team and Driver Trophies in 2017 and 2018 and coming within just 12 points of clinching the outright Drivers’ laurels this year – Speedworks has now upped the ante in Britain’s premier motorsport series by officially joining forces with the UK arm of Toyota.

Ever since debuting in the BTCC in 2011, the Cheshire-based outfit has campaigned Toyota’s Avensis, but next year will herald a new dawn as the all-new, UK-built Corolla – due to take to Britain’s roads in 2019 – enters the fray.

Ingram – widely tipped as a future BTCC champion and one of the series’ undisputed rising stars – has competed for Speedworks since making his bow in 2014, and the 25-year-old Bucks ace will spearhead the Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport challenge as he bids to add the most coveted crown in national motorsport to his burgeoning career CV.

Both the Corolla – the best-selling car in history, achieving more than 45 million worldwide sales to-date – and Team Toyota GB have a proud heritage in the BTCC. Chris Hodgetts memorably claimed back-to-back championship titles in a Corolla GT Coupé in 1986/87, and Team Toyota GB remained a front-running force in the series through to the popular 1990s Super Touring era.

The 2019 BTCC season will begin at Brands Hatch (Indy) on 6/7 April, meaning Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport’s new contender will take to the track at the same time as the latest-generation road-going model arrives in British showrooms. The campaign will conclude on the legendary Kent circuit’s Grand Prix layout six months later.

Christian Dick, Team Principal, Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport, said: “We have been speaking to Toyota GB on-and-off for the past couple of years, establishing an ever-closer relationship and nurturing that bond through our common passion for motorsport, engineering excellence and, ultimately, success. To now have them officially on-board is fantastic news, and will enable us to take that final step to really push for the overall BTCC title. The intention is to develop the new Corolla in 2019 before building up to a two-car assault in 2020. We feel we have proved what we are capable of on the Independent scene and we are well aware that the BTCC Manufacturers’ battle is another level higher again, but as a team, we are ready to pitch ourselves against the very best in Britain and – with Toyota GB’s backing – we are confident of doing just that.”

Tom Ingram, Driver, Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport, said: “Having dreamt about racing in the BTCC since I was a little boy, the past five years have been something of a whirlwind for me, if I’m totally honest. What we have accomplished as a small Independent outfit – particularly over the last two seasons – has been nothing short of mind-blowing, and demonstrates just what this little team is made of. To attract the support of a major manufacturer is a phenomenal achievement and huge credit must go to Christian and Amy [Dick – Team Manager], who have worked their absolute socks off to pull this deal together. For Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport, 2019 starts now – and I cannot wait to see how it all unfolds!”

Andrew Cullis, Marketing Director, Toyota GB, said: “Bringing the Corolla name and Team Toyota GB back to the British Touring Car Championship in 2019 is a great way of helping us launch this important, all-new British-built car. Speedworks Motorsport and Tom Ingram have a winning track record and we look forward to working with them throughout the coming season.”

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Midlands Machinery Show 2018

Posted on Thursday November 22, 2018

Having a great couple of days at the busy Midlands Machinery Show 2018. Great to see so many customers visting the Witham Stand this year. We are showcasing all our new products such as our new Hand Cleaner Range, Anti-freeze and Coolants and new Barn Paint colours as well as displaying all the different types of lubricants and greases, paints and coatings that we supply. We love chatting to our customers old and new so please come and visit us if you are at the show this year. Delighted also to be awarded Highly Commended for our stand.

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Our popular Barn Paint range covered in this month’s Equestrian Business magazine

Posted on Monday November 19, 2018

Delighted to see our amazing barn paint range covered in this month’s Equestrian Business magazine and on their facebook page. This product available in 7 colours is flying off the shelves helping protect and renovate barns, sheds, stables and outbuildings, fencing, gates, featherboard cladding and much much more. Which colour do you like best? Available from our online shop – For more information on our online wood treatments visit, https://www.withamgroup.co.uk/shop/barn-paint-creocote/

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Witham Group UKLA Awards Night

Posted on Monday November 19, 2018

We are super proud here at Witham Group this week as we have scored a double honour of awards….Firstly, our very own Ian Wright based at Lincoln Head Office has won Young Employee of the Year Award 2018 from the United Kingdom Lubricant Association. Ian was awarded this coveted title at the industry’s annual dinner in London.
The UKLA – Young Employee of the Year Award recognises outstanding talent in our sector and is chosen from across the UK Lubricant Industry.

Joining Witham as a school leaver, Ian started working in the factory and since then has continuously shown that through his own hard work and enthusiasm he has developed the ability to think wider than just his day to day duties. Studying hard to gain the lubricant technical qualifications, and solving many problems, this award confirms his commitment to both our company, the team within it and of course our customers.

“Well done to Ian”, this is a very much deserved award”.

Secondly, our MD NIgel Bottom was also very surprised to receive the special Presidents Award for services to the lubricant industry both in the UK and in Europe. Nigel is passionate about the quality of lubricants, competition and fairness to customers, transparency of labelling and ensuring the blenders and manufacturers conform to the highest standards and latest environmental requirements. We are thrilled for Nigel and this is a great recognition of his hard work and commitment to the industry.

Well done both – we are super proud of all our Witham Team!

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Jamie Jukes hits the PokerStars Rally jackpot with victory in Spencer Sport Mitsubishi Mirage

Posted on Wednesday November 14, 2018

Jamie Jukes mastered atrociously wet and slippery conditions on the Isle of Man to win the 2018 PokerStars Rally in the Spencer Sport R5 specification Mitsubishi Mirage.

Co-driven by James Morgan, the Penrhiwllan-based driver made a cautious start in the worst of the weather conditions on Friday night. Having survived heavy rain and flooded roads, Jamie held a strong second position at the overnight halt and was sportingly full of praise and admiration for Kevin Davies/Dylan Jenkins, who led the event by 11 seconds in their Escort Mk2 at that stage in the rally.

Despite the rain easing, Saturday’s stages continued to be extremely slippery. Jamie used the four-wheel drive and rallycross-inspired set-up of the Mitsubishi Mirage to great effect and upped his pace, taking the lead of the Manx Auto Sport-organised event on SS7, the opening stage of the day. From then on, he consistently increased his advantage and adopted an ‘unfamiliar measured push to the finish’ to win the event by 1 minute 42 seconds.

Winning a rally on the Isle of Man has been a goal for Jamie for some time and it was extra special as victory came just over a year after he and co-driver Dave Williams were hospitalised after an accident on the Island. Jamie had no hesitation in dedicating his win to his friend Mark James, who crashed his Escort Mk2 on Saturday morning’s SS8. Having been removed from the car by event emergency teams and the fire service, before initially being treated at Nobles Hospital on the island (where Jamie was so well looked after following his crash), Mark is now receiving treatment at Aintree Hospital in Liverpool.

Having finished second overall on a shakedown event at the Welsh Motorsports Centre at Pembrey, Oli Hopkins was back driving his brother’s Hopkins Specialist Race Trailers-backed Mirage. Co-driven by Ian Taylor, the Bristol-based driver was challenging for a top 10 position when the car skidded off the road and into a ditch. Oli continued, but having lost around eight minutes went on to finish 10th in class and 44th overall.

John Indri had given his bright yellow Mirage its competition debut on the Manx National Rally earlier in the year, during which he encountered monsoon-like conditions. The weather was even worse this time, as the Colchester driver battled through the Friday night deluge. Co-driven by Mathew Smalley, the Adrian Flux Insurance/Steve Harkness Tyres-backed driver’s good run came to a premature end due to a transmission issue.

On their first event on the Isle of Man and only their second event in their recently finished, Spencer Sport supported Proton Satria S1400, Ieuan Evans and Will Rogers were running as high as second in class at one point. Having been seeded at 71, their excellent run came to an unlucky end with gearbox problems.

At the finish, Jamie said: “We were dutifully cautious and got through Friday night without problems, other than a small electrical gremlin at the beginning of stage two. That left us in second and in a decent position for Saturday, which then required a measured push to the finish – not familiar territory for me I have to admit! Without question, it has already gone down in history as the wettest rally ever. We knew it was going to be bad and the team used some of the experience gained from the British Rallycross campaign to massage the car into something that could better cope with what was coming.

“It’s been quite some journey this one and I’m very pleased to have got the job done and won the Manx Autosport PokerStars Rally! I’ve so many people to thank: Dave Williams, my great friend and accomplice in all the highs and very lows that the Isle of Man has granted us; James Morgan for bringing his influence and talent into this absolutely fabulous little car; Charlie Jukes for taking the flack whilst doing his best for me – his little brother – and to everyone that make the wonderful Spencer ECA and Spencer Sport teams what they are. They’re very special and I could not be more proud of us.

“I also have to pay tribute to our Manx ‘friends for life’ that have looked after us since our big one that Dave and I had at Rally Isle of Man just over a year ago. Also, to event organisers Manx Auto Sport on delivering another great and well organised rally no matter what Mother Nature or anyone else throws at them. A big thank you to all you marshals, set-up crews and radio crews – you have our absolute respect and gratitude.

“The downer to all this is the uncertain situation with the driver of car 36, my personal friend and Spencer ECA’s totally reliable heavy haulage contractor Mark James. A nicer man you will not find, and from the bottom of my heart I hope it’s all okay in time. I dedicate this result to you pal.”

Charlie Jukes, Spencer Sport team manager, said: “Jamie has been rallying on the Isle of Man for several years, so this victory has been a while in the making and richly deserved. The conditions were horrendous, yet Jamie drove exceptionally well and the car ran almost faultlessly, which was extraordinary in the severe wet weather conditions. I’m really proud of the entire Spencer Sport team that ran four cars effortlessly on this challenging event.

“Oli Hopkins/Ian Taylor had a great run in their Mirage, with only an off in very tricky conditions denying them a good result. John Indri/Mathew Smalley suffered a rare transmission problem in their Mirage, and it was great to see Ieuan Evans/Will Rogers having such a great run on their Isle of Man debut, getting as high as second in class before retiring their Proton.”

Spencer Sport would to thank its partners for their supp  ort: Spencer ECA, Oil 4 Wales, Nicky Grist Motorsports, PIAA UK, Speedline Corse UK, Atech Racing, Motul, Hopkins Specialist Race Trailers, Sea & Slate Holiday Cottages and Rallycover insurance.

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Silver for Spencer Sport after superb British Rallycross Championship

Posted on Tuesday November 06, 2018

Spencer Sport has secured the runners-up spot at its first attempt at the Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship, after a superb debut season with its impressive Mitsubishi Mirage RX Supercar driven by five-times champion Julian Godfrey. The team finshed second in the ninth and final round of the series at Silverstone on Sunday (4 November) to complete a highly successful campaign, which saw them lead the championship after the first two rounds.

However, a huge high-speed accident in round three at Croft meant the Penrhiwllan-based team had to completely rebuild the car in just seven weeks, enabling it to continue its title challenge at its home track Pembrey, without missing a race! From then on Spencer Sport maintained an excellent 100% finishing record, giving Godfrey the chance of winning his sixth British Rallycross title at the weeknd’s exciting season finale.

Having finished a strong second in both the opening heats, contact in the third caused the master switch to cut the engine on the final lap. But Godfrey recovered brilliantly to finish second in the semi-final, taking his Joker lap halfway through the six-lap race to finish between title rivals Mark Higgins and Ollie O’Donovan.

What had started as a slippery, damp track was now completely dry for the final, when Godfrey made a great start from the outside of the front row and took his Joker lap early on lap two. He went on to set a series of impressive lap times in his pursuit of leader Higgins.

Even after a truly determined drive, Higgins held on to take race victory and in doing so became 2018 MSA British Rallycross Champion. Godfrey finished a close second to take sliver and O’Donovan – who had led the drivers’ standings coming into the final round – was classified third.

At the finish, Julian Godfrey said: “It’s been a great year, even with the ups and downs that typically go with the British Rallycross Championship. It’s been fantastic to work with such a professional team like Spencer Sport and together we have made a lot of progress in developing the Mitsubishi Mirage RX Supercar.

“What started off as a one-off drive for the opening round turned into a very successful and enjoyable full season together. To arrive at the final round with a chance of the drivers’ title was an incredible team achievement.”

Charlie Jukes, Spencer Sport Team Manager, said: “I’m incredibly proud of the professionalism of the entire Spencer Sport team who arrived on the scene of a major championship for the very first time with a brand new car and, against top quality and established Rallycross teams, we finished second at our first attempt.

“It’s been a rollercoaster of a season, with race wins and podiums and of course, our massive accident at Croft. The way we rebuilt the car in super-quick time and returned to the series without missing a race is testament to the skills and commitment of our team. Julian drove exceptionally well all season and his engineering skills and technical feedback have accelerated the development of the Mitsubishi Mirage RX Supercar to the point where it is now one of the best cars on the grid.

“The disappointment of just missing out on the title is far outweighed by all the great things that we have achieved together as a team. We now can’t wait until next year when we can put all our new-found British Rallycross Championship experience to very good use!”

Support for Spencer Sport’s Rallycross campaign comes from Spencer ECA, Oil 4 Wales, Speedline Corse, Hopkins Specialist Race Trailers, Julian Godfrey Engineering, Motul, Sea & Slate Holiday Cottages, Nicky Grist Motorsports, UNIC Transmissions and Rallycover Insurance.

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Goodwood Revival Ticket Winner

Posted on Thursday November 01, 2018

We’ve just announced the lucky October winner for two Goodwood Revival 2019 tickets!!
Don’t panic there’s still 2 VIP tickets up for grabs!!!
Simply visit: www.withamgroup.co.uk/qualube/ to enter this fantastic opportunity. Good Luck!!

#withammotorsport #withamgroup #motuluk #motul300v#motulclassiclubricants #motulpremiumoil #motuloffer

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