Welcome to the June 2023 JB Data Engineering newsletter.
What a difference a few weeks makes! A month ago it was cold, wintry and thoroughly un-springlike. Now, the sun is shining, the season is well underway and within a few days we will be past the longest day and looking at summer holidays! We have been busy, as always, and working with both young drivers at the start of their careers and some of the most experienced GT and TCR drivers competing in the UK today.
As ever, we’re always keen to work with new clients so if you require any data engineering or analysis support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can assist.
TCR UK Touring Car Championship
The first weekend of May was spent at a sunny Croft, enjoying the first proper warm weather we’d experienced after our cold spring, supporting the TCR UK Touring Car Championship. JB Data Engineering was present in its Data Scrutineering role as the championship made its return to the North Yorkshire circuit for the first time in four years. Rounds 3 and 4 of the TCR UK Touring Car Championship saw two 25-minute contests for the 20-car grid and, as ever, the racing was close and competitive. Carl Broadley passed pole-sitter Jac Constable for the lead at the start of Race One and took the chequered flag for the on-track victory before being penalised for a track limits violation. This gave Jac Constable his first victory of the year and the inaugural victory for the new #11 Rob Boston Racing Audi RS3LMS TCR Gen2.
Jenson Brickley, driving the #246 Cupra Leon Competicion TCR, won Race Two with Adam Shepherd, at the wheel of the #117 Area Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR, coming home in second. Adam’s result showed the effectiveness of the BoP regulations in the TCR UK Championship and it was great to see that an older generation car could still be competitive in what is now fast becoming one of the most exciting race series in the UK.
Shepherd’s result means that the four-time champion (over multiple series) moves into a qualifying position for the TCR World Ranking Final, after climbing 31 positions to 47th overall. Fantastic weather, great crowds, a packed grid and close racing meant that JB Data Engineering had a very enjoyable visit to Croft and we look forward to working with the TCR UK Touring Championship as the championship visits Oulton Park in June.
Mini Challenge Trophy
JB Data Engineering supported Ashley Gregory with data analysis in the Mini Challenge Trophy round at Snetterton which was racing over the weekend of May 13th and 14th, JB Data Engineering being present on the Saturday. Ashley is an exciting young racer who began her driving career at just 10 years old in Junior Ministox and graduated to the Junior Saloon Car Championship in 2019. 2023 is Ashley’s first season competing in the Mini Challenge Trophy.
Ashley qualified 13th out of the 29-car grid for round four of the Mini Challenge Trophy but contact on the opening lap resulted in a DNF for the opening race on Saturday. Although we were not present for Sunday’s racing, we were delighted to see that Ashley made up 13 places on her grid position in race three to finish 13th overall and 6th in the Rookie Cup class.
After Snetterton, Ashley now lies 6th in the Rookie Cup standings and, with the majority of the season ahead of her, we are looking forward to seeing some fantastic results from this young Lancashire driver who certainly has a very bright future ahead of her.
Silverstone GT4 Testing
Outside of race weekends, JB Data Engineering supported Nick Beaumont’s JWB Motorsport as the team tested its Porsche Cayman GT4 at Silverstone. We were working on data and system support which is always fun on a car as capable as the Cayman GT4. If you are looking for a highly experienced data engineer for your testing sessions, both in the UK and overseas, then contact JB Data Engineering at email@example.com.
British Endurance Championship
It was a return to GT racing for the final weekend of May as JB Data Engineering worked in its Data Scrutineering role for the British Endurance Championship and the ROWE Britcar Trophy. Oulton Park saw another fantastic weekend of racing with a 15-car grid for the British Endurance Championship and 21 cars battling it out in the ROWE Britcar Trophy Championship.
We witnessed a superb mixture of machinery on-track for the BEC with the likes of Audi R8s, Mercedes GT4s, McLaren 570s GT4s and the Aston Martin Vulcan of Venture Innovations’ Glebs Stepanovs and Stephen Tomkins making for some great racing. In the ROWE Britcar Trophy Championship, the Datum Motorsport duo of Maurizio Sciglio and Marco Anastasi finished 1-2 in both 50-minute races while PB Racing’s Peter Erceg and Andrew Bentley stood on the top step of the podium in the British Endurance Championship contest.
Data scrutineering assures all competitors that technical regulations are being applied fairly and evenly and this has helped make the BEC and the ROWE Britcar Trophy two of the most popular racing series in the UK today. JB Data Engineering is proud to be part of the technical team at race weekends and we look forward to continuing to support these series’ in the months ahead.
SmartyCam 3 GP Camera
The all-new SmartyCam 3 GP camera by AiM Technologies has been designed for motorsport with a single purpose: to provide great videos and supply you with all the information you need. The SmartyCam 3 GP camera overlays all the data from the GPS and AiM loggers connected to your ECU. Full HD camera system, video output, CAN connection, USB-C connection and GPS port are only a few of the features of the SmartyCam 3 GP.
The SmartyCam 3 GP camera allows you to analyse your data from a vast range of sources such as GPS track map, vehicle position and speed, lap and split times with quality that doesn’t falter, even under the pressure of extreme motorsport conditions.
As an official supplier of AiM products, JB Data Engineering is the perfect partner to supply, fit, support and train you in the use of the SmartyCam 3 GP Camera.
As we approach the summer break for many championships, is your team considering going testing before embarking on the second half of the season? Perhaps JB Data Engineering can be of assistance. We offer a range of services to help you achieve your racing goals. These include data engineering and video analysis as well as data analysis training and simulator support. The summer break can be a great opportunity to re-focus in the simulator, get some laps in in the good weather and acquire new skills. JB Data Engineering is available to support your testing activity, whether it be in the UK or overseas. Call us now on 07717 562169 or email us to check availability and see how we can help.
That about wraps it up for our June newsletter! Wherever and whenever you’re racing this month, we wish you great success and look forward to meeting you in a paddock at some stage over the next few weeks. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org