Posted on Friday December 20, 2019
Motul is gearing up for the biggest motorsport event in the UK calendar – Autosport International. The show connects motorsport experts and enthusiasts to network, trade, discuss, explore and market their unique showpieces this coming January 9th – 12th at Birmingham’s massive NEC.
Autosport International will be celebrating its 30th year in January, and 2020 also marks the 70-year anniversary of Autosport Magazine and F1. To celebrate this, the event will be showcasing some of motor sport’s most revolutionary technologies.
Like Autosport, Motul has a long history in the automotive world having developed the first multigrade engine lubricant in 1953 and in 1971 was the first lubricant manufacturer to pioneer the formulation of a 100% synthetic lubricant for automotive engines based on technology from the aeronautical industry.
As a specialist in synthetic oils, Motul has become the partner of many manufacturers, workshops and sports teams for its technological developments in mechanical sports and car racing globally.
This year Motul’s stand will have the theme of ‘Trusted winners since 1853’ showcasing the success of the brand and product performance over the past 167 years.
On display on Motul’s stand at the show (Hall 3, Stand 3755) will be the exciting Toyota Corolla that competed in the 2019 BTCC championship with driver Tom Ingram. Motul has been in partnership with Tom and his Speedworks team for many years now and have seen their performance in the BTCC go from strength to strength. Motul are delighted that Tom Ingram will be available on the stand at certain times during the Show for visitors to meet and greet.
Motul also have the mighty Studebaker Silver Hawk classic car on display on their stand. This beast of a car dates back to the 1950’s and hails from Indiana, USA. The car was converted into a race car by former BTCC champion Patrick Watts and competed at the Goodwood Revival in September. Visitors will be able to see just how wonderful this American classic giant is.
Motul’s range of classic lubricants for historic vehicles will be showcased at the event – including the new 20W-50 Mineral Multigrade Engine Oil – which is now available in a special 5 litre can after huge demand in the UK.
Motul will have its most popular product ranges on display:
Whilst at the Show, Motul will also be running a prize draw, offering attendees the chance to win £350 worth of quality Motul clothing, including…
Today Motul not only supports racing teams and drivers, but engine builders, mechanics, workshops and garages, distributors, enthusiasts and direct customers with quality lubricants, care and cleaning products throughout the UK with an enviable track record.
All Motul automotive products are supplied and distributed by Witham Motorsport, part of the British lubricant manufacturer the Witham Group. The Witham Group are British manufacturers of lubricants and paints since 1921 and are passionate about the automotive industry. For more information on the Witham Group or Witham Motorsport – please visit www.withamgroup.co.uk
Posted on Friday December 20, 2019
Machinery downtime can be a costly inconvenience, especially during busy periods on the farm. Did you know that 70% of all unreliability in machines is caused by improper lubrication? (Source: Machinery Lubrication magazine.)
Lubricant demands for vehicles and machinery is greater than it’s ever been. Here, we provide some tips on how to prevent breakdowns.
Using the right lubricant
Incorrect lubrication causes mechanical wear and premature equipment failure. Using the wrong or low-quality lubricants is a major factor given that it may not contain the essential chemistry to prevent premature wear and corrosion.
Older equipment’s needs are very different to modern applications, including complying with the latest emissions standards. A trusted oil manufacturer uses approved formulations approved by the OEM. This helps ensure that warranty conditions are not jeopardised, and servicing costs are kept to a minimum. Always choose a lubricant that meets the appropriate quality standard specified by either the OEM or one of the industry bodies such as ACEA or API.
Do you have enough oil in the engine?
Even if the correct amount of lubricant has been added during an oil change, the oil may be unduly consumed due to evaporation, burning caused by worn piston rings, and leaks through the seals or oil plug. Typically, the older the equipment, the more oil it will use. Follow proper oil change intervals and check the oil periodically. Conversely too much oil in the system can cause catastrophic failure, oil cannot be compressed so components are be in danger of colliding with essentially a solid mass.
Get the right viscosity of oil for each application
Oil is to an engine what blood is to the human body. If it’s too thick it can cause the engines oil system to clog (think heart attack); too thin and you risk uncontrolled wear. So, selecting and maintaining the consistency (viscosity) is key. When oil viscosity is too low or high, it may be detected as a loss of pressure in the oil supply to the engine.
Having a free lubricant survey of your machinery fleet will enable you to have an easy reference to the recommended specs for engine oil, greases, hydraulic and brake fluid and antifreeze and coolants.
Regular maintenance checks
It’s also important to conduct regular maintenance checks of machinery to try and spot any issues before a breakdown is caused. Regular checks of engine oil, transmission fluid and grease points should be carried out, especially during periods of heavy usage. Regular checks should also be made on gearboxes, chains and belts for wear and replace fuel filters regularly.
Don’t ignore warning signals
Warning lights are there for a reason, often signalling issues that need to be addressed, such as low hydraulic pressure, high engine temperature or a shaft that isn’t turning. However, too often those signals are ignored, resulting in machinery failure.
To keep your machinery turning throughout the year, simple maintenance and help from a reputable oil provider can make a real financial difference. The Witham Group has almost 100 years of experience in agricultural lubricants.
For more information or to contact The Witham Group visit WithamGroup.co.uk
Posted on Wednesday November 27, 2019
The Movie Le Mans ‘66 or (Ford vs. Ferrari as it’s known in the US) is a Hollywood depiction of the events that happened prior and during the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1966. Two years prior, Ford committed stepping up its motorsport game and entered the Ford GT in the legendary 24 hours of Le Mans. The movie picks up the moment Carrol Shelby was asked to step in and continue the development of the Ford GT MKII. Afterwards, the rest is history, as the saying goes…
As a long-standing partner of legendary French endurance race Le Mans – Motul has been celebrating the release of the movie which stars Christian Bale and Matt Damon. The Motul66 truck has been driving through the streets of Paris displaying a stunning Ford GT40 – the model that is featured in the film.
Motul even makes an appearance in the film – with its retro branding seen at Le Mans as it would have been in 1966.
The Motul Media Crew were out in Paris to capture the Motul66 truck and Ford GT40 – enjoy the picture gallery! And don’t miss out the spectacular movie in a theatre near you!
Witham Motorsport are the official UK distributor of Motul automotive lubricants.
Posted on Thursday November 14, 2019
The Witham Group will be exhibiting at the Midlands Machinery Show on 20 & 21 November and will be showcasing all the latest products for the agricultural industry. An expert in quality lubricant and paints, Witham has been attending the Midlands Machinery Show (MMS) for many years.
Specialising in agricultural products, Witham supplies farms, plant operators and hauliers throughout the UK with lubricants for engines and hydraulic machinery, greases, brake and gear oils, cleaning products, paints and coatings for industrial machinery, bulk storage tanks and much more.
This year there are some exciting products on show that can help farming business keep their costs down and help preserve machinery and assets. Some highlights on the Witham stand include:
New Winter deal on Anti-freeze & Coolants
We are offering MMS attendees a special winter deal giving away free screenwash and de-icer spray with orders of Antifreeze and Coolants (based on a minimum order of 50 litres). Witham is offering some great value on Antifreeze & Coolants due to negotiating bulk discounts for customers to protect them from potential price increases as a result of market uncertainty.
New Agricultural product range
We will be showcasing our new Agricultural catalogue which for the first time, pulls together all the products that are relevant for Farming and Agriculture into one place. To view the catalogue in an easy to read e-magazine format click here
Launch of new catalogue range
We will also have on display our range of new catalogues tailored to the individual sectors in which we operate, including:
Come and talk to us about lubricants, paints and see how we could help keep your machinery going all year round. We will be exhibiting in the George Stephenson Exhibition Hall on Stand 20 at Newark Showground.
Posted on Wednesday November 06, 2019
As winter looms, anti-freeze and coolants prices could be set to rise due to some unique market influences such as Brexit. At Witham, we have tried to mitigate this uncertainty by securing a good early rate on orders from coolant manufacturers to try and ensure there is enough supply at the best price for customers.
Our new Antifreeze/Coolant range includes three products to suit varying budgets and different applications which protects your engines from frost damage, overheating and corrosion in both older and brand new vehicles. For all year-round temperature stability, the choice of correct coolant has never been more important.
In addition to our great value coolant prices we are also giving away a free screenwash and de-icer spray with orders of 50 litres or more of Antifreeze and Coolants.
Witham MD, Nigel Bottom commented:
“We are encouraging customers to place orders for anti-freeze/coolants as soon as possible to get the best value price. We supply coolants in large quantities at this time of year and we wanted to give our customers extra help by giving away some winter essentials.”
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Posted on Wednesday October 30, 2019
Maintaining your vehicle or machinery’s cooling system is important to all year-round performance, but extra care must be taken during the winter months. Anti-freeze/coolants keep engines cool in the summer and offer frost protection in the winter, without which the system could freeze and cause irreparable engine damage. It is vital therefore to use a product with an indisputable quality.
As winter looms, anti-freeze and coolants prices are set to rise considerably due to some unique market influences. For example, there is likely to be an increase in demand from China after US trade talks which will create a tightening of supply across Europe.
The strength of the pound is likely to continue to be adversely affected by Brexit. Brexit may trigger not only finished material price increases due to currency changes but also the possible delay in bringing tankers from the EU into the UK.
The weather is an unknown factor but as we head into winter, extreme cold spells would lead to increases in demand which will inevitably put pressure on tightening suppliers.
Lubricant specialists, the Witham Group, have tried to mitigate this uncertainty by securing a good early rate on bulk orders from coolant manufacturers to try and ensure there is enough supply at the best price for customers.
The Witham Group offers a new range of three products to suit varying budgets and different applications. The company offers a range of officially approved OEM coolant products, including for trucks, buses and vans, as well as cars, construction machines and agricultural tractors.
Witham MD, Nigel Bottom commented: “We are encouraging customers to place orders for anti-freeze/coolants as soon as possible to get the best value price and to help avoid any unforeseeable spikes in demand or price increases. We are advising customers to get in touch as soon as possible to help ensure supplies are available going forward.”
For more information, customers should contact their local Witham depot, or use Witham’s Online Lubricant Finder if you’re not sure which antifreeze/coolant to use: www.withamgroup.co.uk/qualube/finder/
Also – see our previous blog post below for more details Witham’s range of antifreeze and coolants:
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
This amazing prize includes:
To enter, all you have to do is:
a) buy ANY product from the Witham online shop
Entrants can choose from a huge variety of products from the Witham Online Shop, including:
Browse the shop now at www.withamgroup.co.uk/online-shop/
The competition closes on 7th October and the winner will be picked at random on 8th October.
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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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