Congratulations to Tom Cave on his MSA British Rally Championships result after an incredible end to a series of challenging races. The last event of the championship could not have gone better for Tom and co-driver James Morgan, who delivered a faultless performance from start to finish in the Rally Isle of Man.
Consisting of 167 miles, the Rally Isle of Man is infamous for being less than friendly to its competitors, what with its demanding stages and exhausting roads. However, after a troublesome penultimate race in Northern Ireland back in August, Tom and James had their sights set on a hassle-free rally and finished the season off with amazing results.
Day 1 on Thursday began with Tom, who buckled down and set the pace in the first of the evening’s stages, getting back to Douglas for the overnight halt, not only second in the BRC standings, but second in the overall event behind Evans.
Day 2 was a long one, but the car powered through beautifully, while James kept a close eye on the stage times of the crews that mattered and Tom adjusted his pace accordingly.
Day 3 came and the team knew it was make or break in what would be the most critical six stages of the entire season. But, with blinkers on, Tom and James fixed their gaze ahead of them and crossed the TT Grandstand finishing line with an outstanding final result.
“I’m really pleased we were able to maintain such a good pace throughout the rally and I was able to push when we needed to push to stay ahead of our rivals.
“Second in the BRC is the best outcome we could have hoped for, not just for this event, but for the season overall. We always knew it was going to be tough to beat Elfyn and we were up against so many top drivers. But I’ve had a great team around me and that has made such a difference.
“Not only have Spencer Sport given me a car that’s performed faultlessly throughout the year, but James and the team’s support and commitment to what we needed to achieve has been incredible. Testimony to this is the fact that we are one of only two crews in the whole of the British Rally Championship field that has scored points on all seven rounds.
“I would therefore like to thank James for his work inside the car, the team for their work outside it, plus all of my sponsors and supporters, including the Trefeddian Hotel, Michelin and team boss Jamie Jukes for letting me drive his car! It’s been a fantastic season.” – Tom Cave
It has been incredible to watch the season unfold for Tom and his team and we are so proud to have him as one of our ambassadors. Time for some bubbly we think! Congratulations, Tom!
Walero Ambassador Harry Hunt finishes 4th in the 2016 Silk Way Rally!
Easily tougher than this year’s Dakar, the 2016 Silk Way Rally was unique in its length, surface variety and in part, altitude. Totalling 10,735 kilometres from start to finish, the route snaked through some of the most diverse, jaw-dropping landscapes in all the earth, from Moscow to Beijing featuring stints through Balkhash; home to one of the largest lakes in Asia, and Dunhuang; an ancient Buddhist city resting at the edge of the Taklamakan Desert.
During the 16-day rally, Hunt and his co-driver Andreas Schulz fought hard for their finishing position after a tough start left them 40 minutes behind. Despite that, just five days into the race, Harry covered a whopping 820 kilometres in one day and managed to make up a staggering 20 places. Then, only three days before race finish, competitor, Sebastien Loeb, dropped two hours after a penalty, leaving Harry to secure his 4th place.
Finishing ahead of Dakar 2016’s winners Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret was a proud moment for Harry and navigator Schulz, who will be contesting the next Dakar Rally in January 2017. The team here at Walero couldn’t have been happier to hear news of such a fantastic result, and in his latest Facebook post, Harry said, “Can’t believe Silk Way Rally is over and I finished 4th overall – what an amazing experience. Massive thanks to X-raid Team, MINI and my navigator Andy Schulz, couldn’t have done it without you.”
Harry’s rally season continues to go from strength to strength and we are ever proud to have him on our team of ambassadors! A huge well done from us!
His next event is the Rally Du Maroc, followed by the Dakar in 2017.
Another Podium for Anna Walewska in Round 5 of the British GT!
This weekend marks another podium win for Walero ambassador, British GT race driver and Britcar Champion Anna Walewska after coming 2nd in a GT4 in round five of the Silverstone 500 British GT. This will be Anna’s second podium of season, having achieved a 2nd in Round 1 back in April.
“I am so pleased to finish 2nd this weekend at Silverstone – British GT Championship round 5. Nathan Freke did an amazing job and so did the whole team. I am delighted to be part of Century Motorsport, they all put in so much work and it pays off in great ways. Thanks to everybody who has been helping and supporting. That one was for you, Rory! Can’t wait for round 6, Spa.” – Anna Walewska – Facebook
A huge well done to our leading lady. Spa-Francorchamps will take place on the 8th and 9th of July. Go well, Anna!
Top rookie honours for Lewis Plato after a strong weekend!
Ambassador, Lewis Plato, secured his best qualifying position of the season with a fourth and third-place starting position at Oulton Park in the latest round of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. Two tough races resulted in a seventh-place finish for race 1 and a fourth-place and highest-placed rookie finish for race 2.
“Despite my best efforts I was unable to maximise my qualifying results on track and had to settle for a seventh and fourth place finish. I’m happy that we have made progress but disappointed that we did not transfer that performance in the race. On saying that, I have learnt so much this weekend and really enjoyed the battle on track so I cannot wait for Croft in two weeks’ time.” – Lewis Plato
A huge well-done from us and good luck to Lewis for the rest of the season!
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.