Welcome to the October 2023 JB Data Engineering Newsletter.
Hello and welcome to the JB Data Engineering October newsletter!
After a busy September, most domestic and european championships are now heading towards their season finales and attention is quickly turning to racing in Asia and the Middle East over the coming weeks. If you or your team are looking to test ahead of shipping your cars overseas and would benefit from additional data support, please contact us and see how we can help. We can travel globally and we also offer remote support services so wherever you are, and at whatever time, you can always contact us and we’d be delighted to help.
Please be aware that we have very few dates available now for 2023 so if we can help you in anyway, please contact us on +44 7717 562169 or by email.
TCR UK Touring Car Championship
JB Data Engineering enjoyed an exciting weekend at Donington on September the 9th and 10th, supporting clients throughout the TCR UK Touring Car Championship grid. Jenson Brickley in the #246 Cupra Leon Competicion TCR took pole position in Saturday’s 30-minute qualifying session with Adam Shepherd joining Brickley on the front row of the1-car grid.
Shepherd took victory in race one after Brickley was ordered to swap positions with the #117 driver after confusion when the safety car boards were shown early in the race. Completing the podium positions was Jac Constable in the #11 Rob Boston Racing Audi RS3 Gen II.
Heavy rain marred the afternoon’s racing but was starting to ease by the time the TCR UK pack went to the grid for their second race of the weekend. Tyre choices were crucial on a track that was expected to dry quickly in the warm temperatures.
Brad Hutchison, starting from the second row, appeared to have the better traction over the opening laps and passed pole-sitter Sumpton. The #17 Cupra Leon driver never looked troubled and even as conditions improved in the second half of the race, Hutchison never looked at risk of missing out on his maiden victory. Post-race checks, however, revealed a ride-height discrepancy and both Hutchison and Restart Racing’s Smiley were excluded from the result, promoting Alistair Camp to the top step of the podium.
The TCR UK Touring Car Championship now moves to its season finale at Brands Hatch on October the 21st and 22nd and JB Data Engineering is looking forward to being back in the paddock, supporting race teams to be at their most competitive at the iconic Indy circuit.
Ligier JS2 R Testing with Reflex Racing
JB Data Engineering opened the month with a test at Snetterton with Reflex Racing and their Ligier JS2 R.
Reflex Racing was the first team to bring the Ligier JS2 R into the UK after it was launched at the Paris Motor Show in 2018. The JS2 R is inspired by the 1972 Ligier JS2, a car which was described at the time as having superior driving dynamics and the best power-to-weight ratio of GT cars of that period.
The current Ligier JS2 R is powered by a 3.7 L Ford Duratec V6 engine, coupled to a 6-speed sequential manual transmission with pneumatic shift mechanism and paddle shifters. The JS2 R provided the basis for a hydrogen powered car which was unveiled at Le Mans this year.
The marque has its own championship, the Ligier European Series, where JS2 Rs compete alongside Ligier JS P4s, the company’s easy-to-drive and accessible sports-prototype car.
The Snetterton test was an excellent opportunity to work with Derek Holden’s team and get to grips with their Ligier JS2 R and we look forward to building on that relationship in the months ahead.
British Endurance Championship
JB Data Engineering returned to its data scrutineering role when the British Endurance Championship and the ROWE Britcar Trophy Championship visited Snetterton on September the 16th and 17th. We really enjoy these weekends as the racing is always ultra-competitive, given the British Endurance Championship’s innovative approach to Balance of Performance.
Peter Erceg and Marcus Clutton, drivers of the #9 PB Racing Audi R8 GT3, took victory in the two-hour British Endurance Championship contest, the #9 car finishing a lap ahead of the #62 Track Focused KTM GT4 of Mike McCollum and Sean Cooper. Completing the podium finishers was the #21 Venture Innovations Mercedes GT4 of Chris Jones and Matt George.
Simon Clark in the #23 Form Evo Clark Racing Porsche 997 Carrera S and Len Goldsmith in the #10 Geoff Steel Racing BMW M3 E90 took home the winners trophies in the ROWE Britcar Trophy Championship in what was another excellent weekend of racing in Norfolk. We look forward to rejoining the Championship when it visits Donington Park for its season finale in mid-October.
VBOX Video HD2-HDMI
After challenges with component obsolescence and supply chain delays, VBOX has announced that their market-leading VBOX Video HD2 system will be available for sale from Monday the 2nd of October. As a result, JB Data Engineering is pleased, once again, to be able to offer this popular system, available for immediate delivery.
The VBOX HD2 Track Package includes roll cage camera mounts and an un-terminated power cable instead of the standard suction camera mounts and cigar lighter power cable. This means easier fitment to vehicles fully prepared for racing.
VBOX Video HD2 features an HDMI video output, 1080p video, real-time synchronised video/data with graphical overlay, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. The internal 10 Hz GPS engine recognises the race track you are driving and automatically configures the track map and buffering.
Automatic recording, a pre-record buffer and internal power back-up ensures that you capture absolutely all of the race action.
JB Data Engineering can not only supply the VBOX Video HD2 , we can also install the system and provide training to you and your engineers.
Click here to see the packages on offer and place your order.
Planning for 2024
Many national and European series are now fast approaching their final rounds. The JB Data Engineering team is now firmly focused on post-season work and preparing for what promises to be an incredible year for prototype and GT racing around the world in 2024. The Asian Le Mans Series gets underway at Sepang International Circuit on the 2nd of December and JB Data Engineering is planning to be there. With the popularity of racing in Asia and the Middle East at an all-time high, the competition will be as fierce as ever so if you want to have that extra competitive edge on the pit-wall, call JB Data Engineering and let’s discuss how we can help you achieve your racing goals.
Please contact us on +44 7717 562169 or by email.
Wherever and whatever you’re racing in October, we hope you have a fantastic month and we look forward to meeting you at a circuit in the near future. All the best, JB Data Engineering