August Racing Roundup
August has been a strong month for the Owen Developments sponsored teams and drivers, wins across the UK and around the World!
British Touring Car Championship
Despite not taking a win this month Jason Plato still holds the lead in the Owen Developments boosted 2015 British Touring Car Championship, though with a reduced margin.
His closest Championship rivals all took wins in August at Snetterton and Knockhill, but they weren’t quite consistent enough to overhaul Plato. Works Honda drivers Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal took a win apiece at Knockhill where the Volkswagen CCs of Plato and Turkington struggled to stay with the leaders. This was an even greater disappointment for Turkington, as his two wins at Snetterton had him poised to take the lead of the championship.
Plato’s championship lead is down to just 11 points over the Hondas, with Turkington now 28 points adrift. Outside the race for the title, Jack Goff took his first BTCC win for MG at Snetterton, holding off Plato throughout in the process while Josh Cook continues to hold a commanding lead of over 100 points in the Jack Sears Trophy.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, Indy Lights were at Mid-Ohio for rounds 13 and 14. Championship leader Jack Harvey had a trying weekend including contact ruining a chance of a win in race two, with rivals Spencer Pigot and Ed Jones cutting his Championship lead to only 6 points. The wins went to RC Enerson and a battling Sean Rayhall who just beat out former F1 driver Max Chilton.
The next, and final, round at Laguna Seca will see who will be crowned the first Owen Developments boosted Indy Lights Champion. Jack Harvey still leads, but his rivals are closer than they’ve been all season…
Europe’s Premier drifting Championship was at Riga in Latvia, with Owen Developments sponsored James Deane (ODGT3588HTZ-M) looking to defend his title having already taken a win in Sweden earlier in the year.
Unusually for James he didn’t qualify first, ending up third behind local drivers but still looking comfortable in his car. Come the battles, James’s signature smooth flowing style and aggressive chase runs saw him take his second win of the season and second in a row, extending his championship lead.
Later in the month when the championship moved on to Estonia, James couldn’t quite make it three in a row but finished a commendable third, maintaining his lead. A successful title defence is looking more and more likely with every round!
British Drift Championship
After a month’s break the Owen Developments sponsored British Drift Championship was back in action at Lydden Hill. Though the weekend was hot and sunny for the most part, just before the start of the Pro battles the heavens opened making proceedings much more tricky.
Pro Championship leader and Owen Developments supported drifting prodigy Jack Shanahan (GTX4088R) rose to the top in challenging conditions to take his second win of the year, eliminating former champion Matt Carter in the final. This extends his championship lead to 18 points with just one round remaining.
Round 5 brought mixed results for the Owen Developments supported teams and drivers. Richard Marshall’s Pro Extreme Evo IX (T0488HTA-M) was hampered by reliability issues and never completed a flying lap (but still won best presented car!), but he’ll be back a European Time Attack Masters looking for payback.
In the Club classes Owen Developments boosted drivers did considerably better. In Club FWD Martyn Henry (ODGT2871HTA-M) took victory jumping up the third in the championship standings, while in Club RWD Umar Masood (ODGT4094HTA) extended his championship lead with his fourth successive class win.
British Truck Racing Association
Owen Developments supported driver Steve Powell (ODGT4205HTA) held his championship lead with a win and podium finishes at Silverstone. It wasn’t clean sweep though, as his closest rivals also took wins keeping his championship lead within reach.