Peter Bowerman's (aka Spear) 5th & 6h race in the FAA Golf GTI and Classic Touring Car Championship (round 3) 2nd October 2011 at the exclusive Ascari Race Resort circuit.
The day stated well with Spear qualifying first, but then missing the grid entrance by a minute with 7 other cars, as the race had been brought forward slightly. This meant that he had to start from the pit lane for the first race and fight from the back of the grid. Angry with loosing his first place and starting well behind the back of the grid, he pushed extra hard and took a risk with some instant overtaking moves including the outside of the fastest corner leading onto the back straights, but luckily they all paid off and he finally got third place. See some of the action in the video above, unfortunately some great action was missed in the second race as the new HD Hero camera batteries ran flat.
In the second race of the weekend Spear managed to steel first place on the last couple of corners. Stephen had a promising start overtaking a few cars quickly, but in the first few laps of the second race pushed a little too hard and lost control of his GTI in the Ascari S's and smashed into the barrier and rolled his car. Stephen made a quick exit and was fine, but unfortunately his car was written off.
Stephen is hoping to have a car built in 4 weeks ready for the next race weekend again at Ascari Race Resort circuit on the 12& 13th of November 2011. The Touring cars will be joining the Classic Touring cars again as usual for the weekends racing, but this time so will the Historic F1 race cars.
FIA GT FAA VW Mk2 Golf GTI Racing & Classic Touring Car Championship 2011, Top Fifth Gear Action With 2009 Time Attack Winner Spain 2009, Video and on board camera of Spear, in the black Golf GTI and Stephen in the orange Golf GTI in the 2nd round of the 2011 FAA Volkswagen Golf GTI Championship Cup & Classic Touring Car Championship, which is sponsored by Parrot Bluetooth & Colombes professional Racing F1.
Peter makes up a team of 2 British GT racers who have formed the team Marbella Players Racing, which will compete in this years Golf GTI and Touring Car Championship. There was loads of great top fifth gear action and side by side racing, all throughout the grid
Golf GTI racing is a very popular form of motorsport across Europe and found its way to Andalucia last year. This class is comparatively cheap to enter in to, and because of this is generating a lot of interest.
The classic Mk2 Golf GTI's will race with the Classic Touring Cars between each round of the main FAA Touring Car Championships. The GTI championships will have their own trophies and winners prize money of 3000 euros.
The cars have to be a Mk 2 Golf GTI 1.8cc with 8 valves, the cars have to remain fairly standard apart from the regulation race kit which includes: racing suspension, anti roll bars, engine mounts, racing brakes, straight through exhaust, roll cage, 6 point harness, fire extinguisher, F1 cut off switches etc. that have to be fitted.
There will be 10 races to be held throughout the year in Andalucia that will take in circuits such as Jerez, Ascari, Guadix, and Tabernas circuit in Almeria.
Circuito de Guadix