Welcome to the August edition of the JB Data Engineering newsletter.
We enjoyed another busy month in July across the UK where the weather displayed a marked turn from the blisteringly hot days in late June and earlier in the month. Torrential rain and challenging racing conditions became the norm, offering a total contrast to the heatwave we were experiencing in the UK just 12 months ago!
You can read how the rain affected events, particularly the GT Cup Championship at Silverstone, later in the newsletter. Please be aware that we have very few dates available now for 2023 (we’ve listed available dates below) so if we can help you in any way, please contact us on +44 7717 562169 or by email.
GT Cup Championship
JB Data Engineering supported teams in the GT Cup Championship over two weekends in July. Both events were affected by the changeable weather conditions but the quality of racing in what has become one of the leading GT championships in the UK remained high. For the first weekend of July, we were at Oulton Park for the one-day MSVR Supercar Pageant which saw the GT Cup Championship on the same bill as the Focus Cup, the Boxster Cup and the Porsche 911 Challenge. 14 cars contested the two GT Cup races. Race One was red-flagged after two laps following an accident with the overall win going to the #32 Cook Racing Audi R8 GT3 EVO 2 driven by Sacha Kakad and Hugo Cook, followed by the #67 Orange Racing powered by JMH McLaren720S GT3 of Simon Orange and Tom Roche.
Race Two was also shortened to 30 minutes with Simon Orange in the #67 McLaren taking the lead at the end of the opening lap. The #67 car stayed at the front of the field and Orange’s teammate Tom Roche brought the McLaren home for the duo’s third victory of the season.
The final weekend in July saw the championship return to Silverstone for its traditional four-race format. 22 cars were entered for the event with a weather forecast that was predicting mixed conditions across the two days. Saturday’s two races saw the fourth overall win of the season for Simon Orange and Tom Roche in the pit-stop race while the #32 Cook Racing Audi won the sprint race ahead of the #76 McLaren. It was Sunday’s conditions, however, that really tested both drivers and engineers with the pit-stop race starting behind the safety car for three laps before Andrey Borodin led the field away on the Greystone McLaren. However it was the #32 Audi in the hands of Hugo Cook that took the second win of the weekend for the Cook Racing squad with Tom Roche coming home in second, at the wheel of the #67 McLaren.
Sunday’s conditions were some of the worst that JB Data Engineering has ever encountered in over seven years of providing data analysis and support. We look forward to returning to the championship in September when the GT Cup grid meets for its penultimate race weekend of the 2023 season at Donington Park.
TCR UK Touring Car Championship
JB Data Engineering travelled to Scotland to provide data and video analysis services to teams competing in the TCR UK Touring Car Championship when the series visited Knockhill on the 22nd and 23rd of July.
Carl Boardley dominated the weekend at the wheel of the CBM with Hart GT Cupra Leon Competition TCR, with the Suffolk-based driver qualifying the #41 car on pole for Race One and going on to take two out of three race wins. Qualifying saw every driver have at least one lap-time deleted for exceeding track limits as but it was Boardley who put in a 51.457 around the 1.27 miles of the undulating Knockhill circuit to head the qualifying timing screens by just .109s ahead of Jac Constable in the #11 Cupra.
Boardley went on to convert that pole position into a victory in Race One but was served a penalty for a track limits infringement in Race Two and went on to finish fourth. The #41 driver returned to the top step of the podium for the final race.
Carl Boardley now leads the TCR UK Touring Car Championship by 25 points ahead of Bruce Winfield and, with less than half the season remaining, looks a strong contender for the 2023 title. We had a great time in the TCR UK paddock at Knockhill and look forward to meeting up again with our clients at Silverstone on the 19th of August.
Fun Cup Endurance Championship
We were delighted to be back working with EDF Motorsports for Round Five of the Fun Cup Endurance Championship when the series visited Oulton Park in the middle of July.
EDF Motorsports had three cars on the grid for the four-hour enduro with Simon Coles and Rob Croydon qualifying their #212 car best of the trio. Coles and Croydon started 10th on the overall grid and fifth in the Masters category with Vlad Vassiliev and Matt Dorkings starting from 14th overall in the #246 car. Gary Summers and David Farrow, son of team owner Eddie Farrow started the #104 car 16th on the 21-car grid.
All three cars made it to the chequered flag with the #212 car the best of the EDF entries, Coles and Croydon coming home fifth overall and second in the Masters category. Fun Cup racing, as the name implies, is a great series to be involved in with the regulations designed to ensure cost effective, close, exciting and, above all, fun racing. JB Data Engineering is proud to be along-standing partner of EDF Motorsports and we look forward to returning to the Fun Cup at Silverstone later in August.
With the summer passing quickly, we now have a very few dates available for the remainder of the UK season to support teams and drivers trackside before attention switches to Asia and the start of the Asian Le Mans Series.
If you are looking for expert, reliable and cost-effective data engineering and video analysis services, please call us on 07717 562169 or send an email. The dates we are currently available for are:
25 – 27 August 1 – 3 September 22 – 24 September 29 September – 1 October 3 – 12 November We plan to be at Sepang for the opening round of the 2023 Asian Le Mans Series in December so please contact us if you require our services in Asia at any time up to the end of February 2024.
SmartyCam 3 Dual
SmartyCam 3 Dual is the flagship version of the SmartyCam 3 range, designed for the racer who wants to get the most out of any performance video on the track. Dual Full HD camera system, video output, CAN connection, USB-C connection and ethernet port are only a few of the features of the SmartyCam 3 Dual: the most powerful of the SmartyCam range.
With a wide global shutter with CMOS sensor, built-in data logger, auto start/stop recording and a durable and waterproof case, the SmartyCam 3 Dual saves all your information to a supported SD card for up to 2TB of data. You can analyse your data from a vast range of sources such as GPS track map, vehicle position and speed, lap and split times. The SmartyCam 3 Dual is designed to work in the most extreme of motorsport conditions such as continuous rain and high/low temperatures.
Visit JB Data Engineering to read more about the SmartyCam 3 Dual or call 07717 562169 to discuss how we can supply, fit and provide training for the SmartyCam 3 Dual.
That about wraps up our August newsletter! If you’re off for a well-earned summer break over the coming weeks, we hope you have a great time. If you’re racing or testing this month, we look forward to meeting up in a paddock. Just look out for our distinctive fluorescent green-and-black jacket and come and say Hi!
If you need any support with data engineering, video analysis simulator support of any of our other services, please call JB Data Engineering on 0044 7717 562169 or email email@example.com