This weekend Walero ambassador Tom Cave heads off to a weekend practice event in the third round of the BTRDA gravel rally championship; the Plain Rally.

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This weekend will be a local event for Tom, with stages held just 10 miles from his hometown, Aberdyfi.

With weather set to be warm, Tom will be testing certain areas of the car set-up, getting comfortable with what works for him and what doesn’t. In his words, “It’s a data-gathering exercise.”

Following this, Tom will be taking a six-week break before the next BRC event at the end of June. Tom says, “It’ll keep myself and the team sharp and up to speed during this time-off period.”

We hope all goes well this weekend for Tom Cave and the team!

Last weekend, Fiona James joined the Intersport Racing team at Silverstone for a 24 Hour race alongside team members Kevin Clarke, Simon Atkinson and Ryan Lindsay.

None of the team are shy of a challenge, but this race threw more than a couple of curve balls their way. We spoke with Fiona after the race about what conditions in particular made it especially challenging:

“A new rule was introduced, limiting each driver’s maximum lap speed to 2 minutes 21. This was incredibly hard to stick to and a lot of drivers received penalties for speeding. Each time you were penalised you had to sit in the penalty box for 30 seconds. It also caused a few issues as people got to the last turn and realised that they were going to exceed this time limit, so would suddenly lift off, which can catch you by surprise if you’re right behind them.”

Why was this limit introduced? 

“Apparently they’ve always done it with the pro class, which isn’t such a big issue when it’s one type of driver in amongst all the classes. Theoretically, it’s a way of evening things out but I don’t think it’s been very popular with drivers.”

The team also experienced a number of technical issues with the car, a #114 BMW M3, which included a snapped prop shaft and a hole in the radiator after one of the team had a small off.

“The radiator issue meant that qualification was a bit ropey, but the real fun started when the prop shaft snapped. Kev couldn’t believe it; he’d not seen it happen in over 30 years. Thankfully, Cor Euser had a spare and let us use it. If he hadn’t, it would’ve been game over for us quite early on.”

“We were hopeful of a podium early on as Kev got us up into 2nd in class and we’re all quite consistent drivers, but sadly with the mechanical problems the best we could do was 25th out of a total grid of 41 cars, and then 9th in class, which (all things considered) isn’t half bad! The team did a great job getting the car back out after each problem so big thanks go to them.”

Looking back on the events of the weekend, Fi concludes:

“24 hours of racing is a huge ask of the car and the driver. To win a 24hr race, first of all you have to finish and we managed that, which is a big achievement in itself. It was by far my most challenging race to date due to the very low visibility during the evening. I did end up in the gravel in the night stint, but thankfully there was no damage. The team worked incredibly hard to get us back out on track after a prop shaft failure and worked faultlessly as a team to repair the subsequent damage. I owe huge thanks to all of them and my teammates Simon Atkinson, Kevin Clarke and Ryan Lindsay. There were some challenges to deal with, but I enjoyed every minute of it.”

Finally, a big thank you goes to the marshals who work really hard in all weathers and still manage to stay cheerful despite the long hours in freezing cold, without who we couldn’t race.

We are delighted to announce our new partnership for 2016 with Gulf Racing in the World Endurance Championship.

Walero is pleased to announce a new partnership with Gulf Racing for the 2016 season. Working together to provide the WEC race team, drivers and pit-crew with the ultimate solution for personal trackside performance and comfort. Walero brings the most technologically advanced range of competition base layers. The FIA 8856-200 and SFI 3.3 approved garments are fireproof and regulate the body’s temperature in either hot or cold climates, ensuring that the wearer stays comfortable and protected.

Matt Beers, Gulf Racing Team Manager, said: “Stepping up from ELMS to the WEC we looked at all of the factors that affect personal performance, the equipment the team use needs to be the best in the business for us to achieve our goal – to be World Champions. The Walero system ticks all our boxes for a fireproof base layer, comfort, performance, quality; it was the perfect choice for both the drivers and pit crew.”

Fiona James, Walero Founder, commented: “We are delighted to be partnering Gulf Racing in the WEC. We are very proud of our product; its unique properties are perfect for endurance racing where every second counts. Our garments and the technology behind them were developed for NASA astronauts to stabilise their body temperature. This means that not only is heat stress reduced but also dehydration, both combining to improve performance and safety. We have worked hard to develop the product and this year our focus is to raise our brand awareness. Gulf Racing have high ambitions, and this makes them the ideal partner to demonstrate our belief in the product and the importance of being comfortable despite the conditions.”

Gulf Racing are participating in the World Endurance Championship in 2016 taking the iconic Blue and Orange across the globe and to the legendary 24 hours of Le Mans with a select group of technical and commercial partners.

For more information on the Team and Partners check out www.gulfracing.com or www.walero.uk

Walero products are available from Corbeau Seats in the UK. Email sales@corbeau-seats.com or visit www.corbeau-seats.com

Walero founder Fiona James has announced that she will race in the 2016 Superlights Challenge with Blueberry Racing.

Driving a Praga R1, Fiona is no stranger to the championship having successfully contested selected rounds of Supercar Challenge since 2009 in GTB & Supersports classes so knows the team and series well.

The founder of Walero Base Layers has been racing in different disciplines since 2007, but this will be her biggest challenge to date. The Praga R1 is a lightweight full-carbon track car designed around a composite monocoque, inspired by endurance prototypes.

The six-round championship will commence in Zolder on the 16-17th April.

“I am delighted that I will compete with Blueberry Racing in the Superlights Challenge. It is a great opportunity. I will be racing a car that I think is brilliant, and I cannot wait to be driving something that’s ‘back to basics’ with no traction control or gadgets. I am looking forward to driving with Blueberry Racing and meeting all my new teammates. The Superlights Challenge is going from strength to strength, so it is a great championship to be competing in.”

– Fiona James, Blueberry Racing

We’ll be following Fi throughout her time in Zolder, so keep an eye on our social media accounts for action shots and info hot off the press.

Our very own Fiona James (Walero founder and Managing Director) set sail on a grand voyage to Madagascar at the end of January last month, with Azafady; one of the most well-established charities out there. Azafady work on everything from building schools and installing much-needed sanitation facilities to discovering and supporting new wildlife species, and everything in between.

Wifi is incredibly limited (as you can imagine it would be in the heart of the jungle!) but we managed to get through to Fi on the phone a few days ago and she is doing fantastically well – embracing the rice and beans diet and meeting all sorts of cute creatures! She has been amazed by how much Azafady manage to accomplish on such a tight budget, and given that 90p out of every £1 you donate goes straight to the projects in hand, we are incredibly proud to support all the team.

If you’d like to make a donation, please click here.

On behalf of Fi and the Azafady team: a big thank you!

Walero at Autosport International 2016.

Last weekend saw Walero make its second debut at Autosport International 2016, a fabulous start to the year for us and an unforgettable exhibition at the NEC Birmingham!

Like most exhibitors showcasing at ASI would say; the run-up to Autosport is a bit of a whirlwind! No sooner has it started then it ends, and you’re left looking back at what feels like a motorsports-shaped blur of events, having to compare notes with all those involved and fill in the missing snippets through social media spy work…

Walero at Autosport InternationalOur journey this year began in sunny Shelford, South Cambridge, on the cold, frosty evening of Wednesday 16th January. Managing Director, Fiona, and Marketing Director, Gem, prepped the van like pros – loading it with all things grey and yellow, the odd lifeless limb belonging to a dismembered mannequin and shedloads of shortbread (absolutely essential!) and off they went!

94 miles, one toilet stop and an entire Justin Bieber album later, they arrived. They were met by a scene familiar to many experienced Autosport show-goers: stands mid set-up, exhibitors slurping at take-away coffee cups, the hustle and bustle of pre-Autosport banter. It’s a much-anticipated event in motorsports, and the atmosphere holds its own from start to finish. With less than 12 hours before the doors opened to traders, Gem and Fi needed a hand unloading the van, and as the old adage goes; they got by with a little help from from their friends. A ma-hoosive thank you to Yvonne and Charles who did an absolutely incredible job with the stand. It looked epic, and credit goes to both of them for the time and effort they put into making it shine.

The Walero Stand at Autosport International

The first two days of ASI are trading days – a brilliant opportunity for young businesses such as ourselves to network, connect with prospective retailers, and reunite with contacts made at previous shows. We had a fab time catching up with friends from way-back-when, such as Calum Lockie and Mike Wilds; both Walero-wearing race drivers with a fantastic string of championship titles to their names.

A few other friendly faces to drop by our stand were international racing driver, Ben Barker, British racing driver, Lewis Plato, and Tom Cave; British rally driver – three handsome heartthrobs in the world of motorsports! Walero has had the pleasure of meeting a whole host of young drivers over the months, from rally to carting, and we are thrilled to have them rely on Walero temperature-regulating, antimicrobial base layers.

Harry Hunt and Walero Base Layers

Of course, we would be remiss not to mention that while Autosport was in full swing, British rally driver and MINI brand ambassador, Harry Hunt, was completing the final stage of the Dakar Rally 2016 all the way in Argentina (needless to say; in weather a little warmer than the Birmingham climate!). We were over the moon to hear of Harry’s success; finishing 10th overall – an outstanding result for his first Dakar and a priceless experience to prepare him for next year’s race.

The final half of Autosport welcomed into its halls a wave of motorsports lovers, flooding the stands in their thousands. Never a dull moment, we met young and old alike, and were excited to introduce the newbies to a brand with big plans for 2016.

We are extremely proud of all the team here at Walero, and especially grateful for all those who helped make our second ASI such a success. A special thank-you goes out to Luca Diella and Josh Leak of 750 Motor Club, who helped us out during all four days of the convention, making sure all who visited the stand left with a smile on their face and a lolly in their hand!

Roll on Autosport International 2017!

We’re always proud to announce the success of Walero-wearing race drivers, and if there’s anyone who knows a lot about success, it’s professional race driver Calum Lockie.

With 25 races, 20 podiums and 15 wins in 2015 alone, it’s safe to say last year was a good ‘un.

A highlight for Lockie was winning a hat trick at the Continental Trophy Series in a stunning 1938 Maserati 6CM, followed by a win at the MSA British Dunlop Endurance Championship for the second year running in a Ferrari 458 Challenge GTC. Fast forward to October and another fantastic result was had at the Sports Car Cup in Algarve, racing in a Morgan SLR.

With plans set in place for this year’s Dunlop Cup, (back behind the wheel of the Ferrari 458) as well as a third appearance at the MSA Championship (going for the hat trick!) this season looks set to be just as exhilarating as the last. We are thrilled to have such a successful driver rely on our Walero base layers in his up and coming races, and look forward to catching up with Calum as the season progresses and more gold medals are won!

Corbeau partner with Walero for 2016 – Walero are excited to announce a partnership with Corbeau for 2016.

Corbeau is a well-established and respected name in motorsports, having been producing high quality race seats for over 50 years and their customers are in every sphere of motorsports.

CorbeauThey have since expanded to include companies such as Luke Harnesses and Showtrax International so Walero fits well into their expanding portfolio.

“Corbeau constantly strive to innovate and improve driver safety and are very focused on providing great customer service so they are an ideal company to work with as our UK distributor.”

– Fiona James, Walero Managing Director.

Walero is a new company having only launched a year ago at Autosport in 2015. However, we have already made great strides into the market with our technologically superior products, including antimicrobial thermo-regulating base layers, with some well-known names in GT, BTCC, WRC and Historic already choosing to wear Walero over other products.

For more information, please contact Walero or call us on +44 (0) 1223 847617.

All of us here at Walero are very excited to be working with British rally driver, Harry Hunt, as we begin the New Year, and as he prepares to face the beast that is the Dakar Rally 2016.

Harry Hunt Dakar RallyCovering a distance of 10,000 kilometres, The Dakar Rallythe world’s toughest rally promises demanding sections in parts, but Harry’s no stranger to pressure. He put Walero base layers to the test back in October 2015, during an intensive, five-day rally race across the Moroccan desert, slicing sand dunes and tackling tough terrain with fantastic results.

Harry raved about the comfort of our base layers, giving them a keen thumbs-up. Finishing overall in 7th position in the Rally Oilibya Du Maroc, we’re giving Harry’s rad rally skills a thumbs-up too.

And with but a few hours until the start of Dakar Rally 2016, we’d like to wish Harry the best of luck for the up and coming race!

It’s been a promising yet unlucky start to Lewis Plato and Ram Racing’s GT3 campaign in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.

Read more about how Plato’s season has unfolded and his expectations for the remainder of the year in the new driver spotlight feature.

http://www.britishgt.com/newsitem.php?key=2369

We keep our fingers crossed for a well-deserved podium finish for Lewis and the team this weekend at Brands Hatch.