Posted on Tuesday October 15, 2019
Lady Luck was not on Tom Ingram’s side in the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch last weekend (12/13 October), but the Team Toyota GB star refused to let the changeable conditions and ill-fortune hold him back as he scythed through the field for a top ten finish in the final race of the season.
After arriving at the former Formula 1 circuit still harbouring the faintest of title hopes, Ingram’s chances were dealt an early blow when rain in qualifying wrong-footed the Speedworks Motorsport-run squad. Whilst the Bucks-born ace’s four-wheel drift as he grappled for grip on the slippery surface might have looked spectacular and offered him the opportunity to exhibit his superb car control, it was not the recipe for a fast lap time and left him down in 17th on the grid amongst the 30 high-calibre contenders.
In greasy conditions in race one the following day and in front of the live ITV4 television cameras, Ingram immediately leapt up to 11th over the course of an assertive first lap and continued his charge as the heavens opened once more. On slick tyres, the two-time BTCC Independents’ champion had fought his way through to fifth – a 12-place gain on his starting position – when a tag from behind sent him skating across the grass, with the contact leaving him with a puncture and wondering what might have been.
The track was still damp ahead of race two, but with a dry line beginning to emerge, Ingram – sitting all the way down in 23rd on the grid – opted to bolt on slicks while the majority of the field plumped for wet-weather rubber. Inevitably struggling early on, he enjoyed a spirited duel with former Ginetta rival Jake Hill – the pair easily the class of the six slick-shod runners and swapping places on numerous occasions – en route to 21st at the chequered flag as the circuit finally dried out slightly too late.
That left the 26-year-old with it all to do again in race three – the only fully dry contest all weekend. Into the top ten within just four laps behind the wheel of the #80 Toyota Corolla, he soon found himself sandwiched between title duellists Dan Cammish and Colin Turkington and having to manage a delicate balancing-act. Eventually clearing Cammish on lap 12, he went on to shadow champion-elect Turkington to the end, evincing scintillating raw pace on his way to an excellent seventh-place finish.
That cemented sixth spot for Ingram in the end-of-season Drivers’ standings in the UK’s premier motor racing series, as Team Toyota GB placed ninth in the 20-strong Teams’ table – and second amongst the nine single-car entrants. The 2020 BTCC campaign will rev into life at Donington Park on 28/29 March.
“That was obviously a frustrating way to end what has otherwise been an overwhelmingly positive season. We didn’t get qualifying right on Saturday – the grip level in the wet changed more than we had expected which caught us out a bit, and it was something we didn’t have time to rectify during the confines of the 30-minute session. We knew from very early on that we were in trouble.
“Still, Tom has proven on multiple occasions in the past that he is more than capable of scything his way through the pack, and despite Brands Hatch not being the easiest place to make up ground, he drove the wheels off the Corolla in race one to go from 17th to fifth before he was unceremoniously turfed off, which made the rest of the day extremely difficult.
“From where we were starting in race two, we didn’t have a lot to lose in taking a punt on slicks. Not being in title contention this year, we could afford to take more risks and whilst the track did eventually begin drying up, it didn’t do so quickly enough. If it had paid off, it would have paid off handsomely, but it was ultimately just too little, too late and we were all left wondering, ‘what do we have to do to get a break?!’
“The Corolla worked really well again in race three and Tom was able to charge through the field. He was very respectful when he found himself caught between Colin [Turkington] and Dan [Cammish] because he didn’t want to interfere in their fight, but it was very satisfying to see him match the pace of the championship-winning driver and car throughout the race on equal terms – in fact, I’d say we were actually faster. That was a really strong performance.
“To finish 2019 with four wins for the new Corolla in its first season in the BTCC is great testament to the work put in by the entire Speedworks Motorsport crew, and now we will go away over the winter, analyse where we still need to improve and formulate a plan that allows us to come back next year with a title-challenging package right from the outset.”
“What happened in race one effectively shaped our weekend. Qualifying wasn’t remotely representative of our true pace – it’s still early days for the Corolla in the wet and we just got it wrong on this occasion – but we immediately came out swinging on Sunday and I genuinely think a win was there for the taking in that race.
“I was right behind [eventual winner] Cammish when I got fired off. The Corolla felt great in what were pretty sketchy conditions when the rain began to fall, but I love the challenge that presents and was really confident and fired-up. To have that opportunity taken away from us through no fault of our own was extremely disappointing.
“We decided to take a gamble in race two with a ‘no guts, no glory’ approach. In situations like that, when the extra grip starts to appear it normally does so very quickly, but the track just came to us too late. Still, from 23rd on the grid it was definitely worth the risk.
“I was aiming for the top ten in race three, and obviously we managed a little bit more than that. I was in full-on ‘attack mode’ and it was fun fighting my way through. It wasn’t long before I found myself right in the middle of the championship battle, which was a fine line to tread because whilst I didn’t want to get too caught up in their scrap, at the same time I’ve got a job to do for my own team and sponsors.
“Seventh position from well down the grid was a good way to end what has been such a positive first season with the Toyota Corolla – one upon which we can look back with plenty of pride. We’ve worked extremely hard throughout the year to make the car as strong as it now is, and to achieve four victories and still be in mathematical contention going into the final weekend was way more than we could have expected. Most exciting of all is that the Corolla is only going to get better from here, so if we can hit the ground running in round one in 2020, the sky is the limit!”
Posted on Wednesday October 09, 2019
Tom Ingram enters the British Touring Car Championship finale this weekend still in contention for the biggest prize in UK motorsport for the third year running – and though he acknowledges he is a ‘rank outsider’, the Team Toyota GB star has nonetheless promised ‘full-on attack’ at Brands Hatch this weekend (12/13 October).
This season marks the first for the new, British-built Toyota Corolla in the nation’s premier and most fiercely-disputed motor racing series, but in Ingram’s hands, the Speedworks Motorsport-honed hatch has repeatedly proved its potential. The highly-rated Bucks-born ace has scored points 25 times from 27 starts to-date, including four victories – two of which came during a dominant display at Silverstone last time out.
Heading to Brands Hatch, Ingram sits fifth in the Drivers’ standings amongst the 32 high-calibre protagonists – one of a quintet of contenders still in the mix for outright glory. What’s more, the 26-year-old has twice reached the rostrum and eight times taken the chequered flag inside the top six around the Kent venue’s legendary ‘GP’ layout – home to Formula 1’s British Grand Prix on 12 occasions between 1964 and 1986.
As he prepares to sign off what has been a tremendously promising maiden campaign with the Corolla, reigning two-time BTCC Independents’ Champion Ingram has more silverware in his sights this weekend – while Team Toyota GB bids to prevail in a tight three-way tussle for seventh spot in the 20-strong Teams’ table.
All of the Brands Hatch GP race day action will be broadcast live and in high-definition on ITV4, beginning at 10:30am on Sunday (13 October).
Christian Dick, Team Principal, Team Toyota GB, said:
“It’s incredible to be a title contender going to Brands Hatch for the third year in a row, especially when you consider some of the gambles and risks we have taken with the Corolla that haven’t always paid off – that progress is enormous credit to everybody involved in this project. We haven’t played safe by any means, and we have learned so much along the way. We’ve made huge strides forward, which has become particularly apparent in recent events.
“If you look at how we’ve performed over the second half of the season, we have every justification to be very positive and I fully expect us to be on the front-running pace at Brands Hatch. Our form at Silverstone can’t help but lift the confidence of everybody inside the team, and there’s no reason at all why we shouldn’t be really competitive again.
“We will enter the weekend carrying a little bit more success ballast than before which will make for a slightly tougher challenge in qualifying and race one, but I don’t expect it to hold us back too much around a lap as fast-and-flowing as Brands’ GP layout.
“There’s no question that the championship is the longest of long shots, but given how fractious things got between the top four at Silverstone, the potential is definitely there to pick up some pieces and perhaps gain a spot or two in the standings before season’s end – and we are obviously in a prime position to capitalise should it all kick off again. We have nothing to lose and don’t need to worry about anybody else. We can just focus on ourselves and shoot for more podiums and race wins, which would set us up nicely for a proper title challenge next year.”
Tom Ingram, Driver, Team Toyota GB, said:
“Given where we were back at the start of 2019, I’m absolutely made up to be heading to Brands GP still in the reckoning for the third year in a row, especially in a series as ultra-competitive as the BTCC. Obviously we’re rank outsiders given the points situation, but it’s never over until it’s over and we will push right to the very end. I don’t think we’ll be quite as super-quick as we were at Silverstone, but I am confident we’ll be up towards the sharp end again and we’ll certainly come out fighting!
“The development of the new Toyota Corolla was never going to be a five-minute job, but we’ve just been going about our business, quietly getting on with it and learning and understanding more all the time – and that has been reflected in consistent improvements, particularly during the second half of the season.
“We’ve definitely turned a corner over the last few race weekends, and to enter the final event inside the top five in the championship is something we can be very proud of as a team. We know the areas we want to work on this weekend, and I think we’re in a really exciting position now, with plenty more still to come from the Corolla. We go to Brands all guns blazing and in full-on attack mode, so let’s see where that leaves us when everything shakes out on Sunday afternoon…”
Posted on Tuesday September 24, 2019
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Posted on Wednesday September 18, 2019
With so much to do to keep farming businesses running smoothly, farmers have precious little time for shopping around and ordering products from many different suppliers.
The Witham Group, one of the UK’s leading manufactures of lubricants and paint, have just expanded their agricultural product range which is available with next day delivery to ensure the correct product is available when it is needed.
Witham’s Agricultural product range includes:
Witham has also just launched a new catalogue that includes the full agricultural range – allowing customers to view the whole range of relevant products in one place. To view the catalogue in an easy to read e-magazine format click this link https://indd.adobe.com/view/2ffbd97c-7d2b-4aab-ba84-5c9b7cb1328d
Witham manufactures using only the latest and highest quality international technology to create quality lubricants for many applications including heavy duty diesel and passenger car petrol engines that can help lower emissions, improve fuel economy and finally reduce maintenance costs. All Witham’s lubricants are manufactured to adhere strictly to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) warranty conditions to ensure lubricant warranty conditions are met and exceeded at all times.
They also recently won an award at the Lincolnshire Show for exhibition stand and have won several LAMMA awards, including a LAMMA innovation award for their Qualube Prolan range of environmentally friendly rust prevention lubricants.
Witham supplies farming businesses, large agricultural estates, resellers and distributors of lubricants plus many of the larger agricultural buying groups throughout the UK and have many loyal and satisfied customers, including this Farm Manager from Carrington Farms Ltd:
“We have used Witham Oil and Paint for over 15 years now for all our oils and paint requirements. I believe the quality of all the products to be as good or better than any other in the market and very well priced. From lubricants for the large harvesting machines which we run 24 hours a day for 8 weeks to the 5.0 litres of paint we need for the grain store doors, it’s always as we expect on time, top quality, and there when we need it.”
Witham have made it easy for customers to buy their products; there is an Online Shop where you can browse and order Witham’s product range, or orders can also be made by telephone or by visiting one of Witham’s three depots. Witham also offer a trade account facility where regular customers can benefit from exclusive prices.
To see how Witham could benefit your business or get some technical advice, you can contact us here
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Posted on Tuesday September 17, 2019
Witham Motorsport (the official UK distributor of Motul automotive lubricants) has launched a special offer to celebrate the 2019 Goodwood Revival. The offer includes a 20% discount on selected Motul products online for one week only (starting Friday 13th – Fri 20th September). Customers will also receive a special Motul Classic enamel mug as a free gift when purchasing Motul products from Witham’s online shop.
Motul is the official lubricant partner of the Goodwood Revival – the hugely popular historic sporting event which recreates the golden era of Goodwood Motor Circuit from the fifties and sixties.
To commemorate the event, Motul have created a highly collectable, Limited Edition Goodwood 2019 can containing the popular Motul Classic 20W-50 mineral engine oil for vintage cars and motorcycles built from 1950 onwards. This Limited Edition Goodwood can is also available with a 20% discount from Witham’s online shop.
Witham Motorsport’s sale includes 20% off a variety of Motul products including:
Motul Classic SAE 30 Mineral Monograde Engine Oil, 2ltr, reduced from £10.11 to £8.09
Motul 300v Power 5W40, 2ltr, reduced from £36.98 to £29.58
Motul HD 85W140 Gear Oil, 2ltr reduced from £15.54 to £12.43
Motul RBF 660 Factory Line Brake Fluid, 500ml, reduced from £14.03 to £11.22
MoCool Radiator Additive Coolant, 500ml, reduced from £15.78 to £12.62
Witham Motorsport is part of the Witham Group who as manufacturers of Lubricants and Paints since 1921 have evolved an impressive track record with a vast range of quality products for on and off the racetrack. The company supplies products to race teams, engine manufacturers, distributors, workshops, garages, dealerships and individuals. Witham Motorsport is the sole UK Importer and Distributor of Motul Automotive Products.
Motul is a world-class French company specialised in the formulation, production and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants (two-wheelers, cars and other vehicles) as well as lubricants for industry via its MotulTech activity.
Unanimously recognised for 165 years for the quality of its products, innovation capacity and involvement in the field of competition, Motul is also recognised as the specialist in synthetic lubricants. As early as 1971, Motul was the first lubricant manufacturer to pioneer the formulation of a 100% synthetic lubricant for automotive engines, the 300V lubricant, making use of Esters technology and issued from the aeronautical industry.
Throughout the years, Motul has gained experience as an official supplier to many racing teams and manufacturers and contributes with them to further technological development in motorsports. Motul is supporting those teams in international competitions such as: 24 Hours of Le Mans (cars and motorcycles), FIA World Endurance Championship, Super GT, Drift, MotoGP, World Superbike, World MX, Endurance World Championship, Supercross, IOM TT, Rallycross, F1 Boat and scores of others.
Posted on Thursday August 22, 2019
One of the most popular historic sporting events in the world – The Goodwood Revival – is almost upon us, and lead sponsor Motul are gearing up to make it the best yet as the exclusive Oil & Lubricant Partner
The event, which takes place on Friday 13th – Sunday 15th September, is a magical step back in time, held on the Goodwood Estate near the south coast of England, which is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Richmond and Gordon.
The Revival recreates the golden era of Goodwood Motor Circuit, between 1948 and 1966 – when motor racing stars such as Sir Stirling Moss would create sporting history. This widely acclaimed event now annually combines theatrical and sporting drama and assembles the most significant racing cars and motorcycles, plus legendary drivers and riders from the past and stars of today.
There will be a thrilling 16 races over three days featuring the best of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s. Motul will be title sponsor of the hugely popular St Mary’s Trophy saloon car race and will be the entrant of a star car and driver, a major part of this great historic motorsport event, which is the only one in the world to be staged entirely in period dress.
Motul will also have a shop on the Revival High Street – a row of shops which is 100% presented in period – which will provide a meeting point for classic car owners. Motul’s modern technologies and expertise will benefit the servicing of classic engines and vehicles, and the passionate owners of these beauties will be able to ask questions, get information from technical experts, and buy products.
As with all Motul’s motorsport involvements, the knowledge gained through the use of Motorsport Line’s 300V – in this case on rebuilt-for-modern-use engines – will help develop the Classic Line products available for everyday use in historic vehicles.
Without the correct lubricants and care, many vintage and classic models would cease to run. Motul has 165 years of expertise invested in its Historic Vehicles range and has produced a wide range of products to suit vehicles of different ages, for different use and for engines and gearboxes requiring varying viscosities and compatibilities.
The company has long been involved in the classic car world and is official Lubricant Partner to FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens), the Brooklands Museum in the UK, plus events such as the Tour Auto and Le Mans Classic and specialist tradeshows such as Rétromobile in Paris as an Official Partner.
Witham Motorsport is proud to be the official UK Distributor of Motul Automotive Lubricants. If you are going to the Goodwood Revival and would like more information about Motul, come and see the Witham Motorsport and Motul teams at the Motul Garage or in the Paddock. We look forward to seeing you there!
Posted on Thursday August 01, 2019
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Posted on Wednesday July 24, 2019
Motul is again expanding and perfecting its range of dedicated racing fluids by presenting brake fluid RBF 700. This new product, standardised DOT4, offers superior performance compared to conventional products with “dry” boiling point of 336°C. It improves braking power and uniformity under the most severe temperature conditions observed in car, motorcycle racing, or other motor sports.
A pioneer in the synthetic lubricants sector, Motul has been involved in motor sports for several decades. Over all these years, Motul has proved its expertise through the technical partnerships it has formed with the most prestigious race teams (Rebellion, Nismo SuperGT, Yamaha WSBK, Suzuki MotoGP, Honda HRC, amongst others). Motul products are also used throughout the world in the greatest championships: 24 Hours of Le Man, MotoGP, WSBK, Blancpain GT series and Goodwood Revival.
Building on this experience and expertise has enabled us to develop the Motul RBF 700 brake fluid. This product offers maximum and uniform braking power under the most extreme temperature conditions encountered in racing.
The “dry” boiling point has been raised greatly above the standards: 336°C. In parallel, the “wet” boiling point has also been improved: 205°C which enables it to retain full performance under wet conditions.
These performance figures make it possible to limit the cooling requirement, and thus the air flow directed onto the brakes, which results in potential aerodynamic gains.
This new brake fluid RBF700 is also standardised DOT4 which makes it compatible with and recommendable for high-performance private vehicles.
Witham Motorsport is the official UK Distributor of Motul automotive products. For more details or to order Motul products please call our Motul distribution centre on 01353 723373 or email: email@example.com
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Posted on Wednesday June 05, 2019
Now is the time of year to get your farm machinery serviced and topped up with engine oils, greases, coolants and hydraulic oils – to be ready and reliable for the arduous months ahead.
Did you know that 10% of all breakdowns in the field are due to the wrong oil type or not enough oil in machinery. Using quality lubricants can extend the life of farm machinery, help with fuel economy in engines, prevent rust and avoid water penetration whilst also ensuring all the parts work to their maximum capacity.
When choosing lubricants, it’s important to choose a supplier that conforms to the latest industry standards. One such supplier is the Witham Group, who trading since 1921, specialise in agricultural lubricants and greases.
Machinery preparation checklist:
Witham can supply a whole range of agricultural products for next day delivery. To see the full range, buy online, contact us for advice or to find out more visit: www.withamgroup.co.uk
Posted on Thursday May 30, 2019
“Fast enough to make your face ache” with a perfect blend of speed and handling to match – the Caterham Seven offers the true driving enthusiast an uncompromising fun and rewarding drive, which few can match!
These characteristics not only personify the British specialist car manufacturer, Caterham but mirror that of Motul, the lubricant choice of high-performance car owners the world over. Cementing the two brand’s complementing DNA, today the companies announce an exciting new partnership which sees Motul become the official lubricant partner to Caterham, a perfect fit in terms of heritage, technology and motorsport pedigree.
Witham Motorsport are proud to be the UK distributor of Motul automotive lubricants. Throughout the years, Motul has gained extensive experience as an official supplier to many global racing series such as 24 Hours of Le Mans, FIA World Endurance Championship, MotoGP, and now Caterham’s full motorsport ladder.
Motul is providing a range of premium fluids to Caterham for first fill and service fill, including 8100 Eco-nergy 5W-30 to meet the latest road emissions standards.
In addition Motul will also supply it’s Sport 5W-50 engineered for high-performance road, track and motorsport applications. Motul’s flagbearer for excellence in competition, the 300V range of products, can also be used for high-performance competition purposes.
To complete the range; Motul’s Gear Competition, Gear 300 LS 75W-90 Transmission, and differential oils will be used in all Caterham Sevens. Maintenance fluids such as coolant and RBF 600 Brake Fluid are options additionally available within the partnership. All of Motul’s products have successfully proven their reliability, performance and quality engineering.
With over 60 years of engineering prowess Caterham now offers 11 variations of the ‘Seven’ model including its dedicated motorsport products, which are sold in 19 countries worldwide. Designed with all driver experience levels in mind, the Caterham Seven’s versatility and long-standing history has led to it becoming one of the most iconic cars sold in Britain and makes it’s motorsport series the largest and most successful single make championship in Europe.
Celebrating the start of the new partnership in style, on 6th and 7th of April Caterham played host to Motul and over 130 race drivers at the home of British Formula One, Silverstone National.
Graham Macdonald, CEO of Caterham Group, commented: “It was fantastic to welcome Motul to the opening round of Caterham’s Motorsport Championship and we look forward to working collaboratively to further enhance the Seven’s performance through its extensive range of high-performance lubricants.”
Romain Fabre, Head of Center of Excellence Market at Motul added:
“Motul is thrilled to form this Partnership with such an iconic brand. We look forward to providing Caterham with the best of Motul’s know-how, for the benefit of the drivers across the world and the excitement of the spectators around the track. Enjoy the ride!”
Motul is a world-class French company specialised in the formulation, production and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants (two-wheelers, cars and other vehicles) as well as lubricants for industry via its MotulTech activity.
Unanimously recognised for more than 165 years for the quality of its products, innovation capacity and involvement in the field of competition, Motul is also recognised as the specialist in synthetic lubricants. As early as 1971, Motul was the first lubricant manufacturer to pioneer the formulation of a 100% synthetic lubricant for automotive engines, the 300V lubricant, making use of Esters technology and issued from the aeronautical industry.
Throughout the years, Motul has gained experience as an official supplier to many racing teams and manufacturers and works with them to further technological development in motorsports.
Motul is supporting those teams in international competitions such as: 24 Hours of Le Mans (cars and motorcycles), FIA World Endurance Championship, Super GT, Drift, Japanese championship Super Formula, Blancpain Endurance & Sprint Series, MotoGP, World Superbike, MXGP, IOM TT, Ice Speedway Gladiators World Championship, F1 Boat and scores of others.
Caterham Cars is a British manufacturer of specialist lightweight sports cars.
Colin Chapman’s Lotus Cars launched the Series 1 Lotus Seven in 1957. In 1973 Caterham acquired the rights to build and develop the Seven from Chapman.
Over sixty years on, Caterham is still adhering to Chapman’s original philosophy with a line-up of models that range in power from 125bhp to 310bhp and each car weighing just over 500kg. Production of Caterham’s unique British cars is exclusively from within the UK.
Caterham has become the UK’s largest family of factory championships since its foundation in 1986, with five factory series boasting the closest and most exciting races imaginable on the finest circuits in the UK and Europe.
Caterham’s racing series provide an opportunity for enthusiasts of all levels, from the Academy Series – the first rung on the motorsport ladder for novice drivers – up to the premier championship, the 420R
For more information about Motul automotive lubricants and to buy online visit the Witham Online Shop: www.withamgroup.co.uk/shop/motul-lubricants/
Or contact Richard Scarbrough on firstname.lastname@example.org
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