The first phase of construction of the rallycross circuit for the 2007 London Masters competition, held at ExCel on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December is now complete. Built in three phases, the first phase involved creating a hardcore base which will withstand any amount of punishment from the top Rallycross cars.
The surface has been screened, re-graded, leveled and rolled to the highest specification. The loose sections of the circuit, that needed to be constructed three months prior to the event to give time for the areas to settle, are now in place to ensure that the surface is perfect for high performance motorsport.
The circuit is a minimum of 14.5 metres wide with an approximate length of 650 metres. The lap time for a Division 1 car is expected to be between 30 and 35 seconds with an average speed of approximately 80mph. The circuit has been constructed with fast flowing corners, featuring two spectacular yumps.
The work was carried out by the PSM Motorsport Ltd circuit construction team & Starting Grid Ltd in association with Shannon Holdings. Philip Bunn from Starting Grid said: “It was amazing to see the bulldozer go in and there were a few nail biting moments but the foundation of the circuit is now in place and looks fantastic. We would like to thank Ollie O’Donovan and Shannon Holdings for their involvement with the event and the supplying of the equipment for the construction.”
The London Masters is just one of the exciting features of the 2007 London Motorsport Show which covers all disciplines of motorsport from karting through to Formula One and is a must for any motor racing enthusiast. For information, visit www.londonmotorsport.co.uk.
There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available for both The London Masters and The London Motorsport Show. For further details on these and information on exhibiting, please contact Philip Bunn on tel: +44 (0)1444 246446 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, visit www.londonmasters.co.uk.
Porsche helps celebrate 100th anniversary of Targa Florio at Goodwood Festival of Speed
On June 10, 1956, 50 years ago, the company now known as Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, celebrated one of its biggest and most important racing victories. Italian racing driver Umberto Maglioli was the surprise overall winner in a Porsche 550 A Spyder at what was then the world's longest-standing and most difficult road race, the Targo Florio, in Sicily.
The young Porsche company gained worldwide recognition with this victory, as it was the first time that a driver in a smaller class of racing vehicle (of up to two litres engine capacity) managed to beat vehicles with a higher cylinder displacement. With an average speed of 90.9 km/h and a lead of nearly 15 minutes on the second place vehicle, Maglioli not only out-classed the competition but also assured the first overall victory for Porsche in the World Championship.
This victory was made all the more surprising because of the fact that the Porsche 550 A Spyder only debuted eleven days before the Targa Florio at a 1,000 kilometre race on the Nürburgring in Germany. Spurred on by the victory in this class, the Head of Racing at Porsche, Huschke von Hanstein, traveled to Sicily with driver Maglioli and two mechanics to test the open-top Spyder's competitiveness once again. In contrast to other road races of the time, routes were not closed during training, so the drivers always had to be prepared for traffic and other obstacles. Furthermore, for Porsche it was the first time it took part in this legendary race as, at the time, the Targo Florio was seen as the territory of large Italian racing stables. Maglioli completed the 720 kilometre route without changing drivers in a time of 7:54.52 hours – and thanks to the reliability of his Porsche, only pulled in to the pit stop to refuel.
Yet even before this overall victory, the Targa Florio was closely associated with the name Porsche. First held under the patronage of the Italian Count Vicenzo Florio, with more than 6,000 curves and countless climbs, the 720 kilometre course in Sicilian Madonie was one of the greatest challenges in international motor sport for many decades. In 1922, the small "Sascha" model designed for Austro-Daimler by Ferdinand Porsche confidently won the 1100cc class.
This was followed in 1924 by the overall victory by the Mercedes Targa Florio race car developed at Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft under the technical supervision of Ferdinand Porsche.
Umberto Maglioli's victory in 1956 marked the beginning of a unique success story Porsche. After his success, the duo of Edgar Barth and Wolfgang Seidel in 1959 brought the second overall victory in the Targa Florio home to Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, driving a Porsche 718 RSK Spyder.
In 1960, Joakim Bonnier and Hans Herrmann won in a Porsche 718 RS 60 Spyder. In 1963, the Porsche 718 GTR, driven by Bonnier and Carlo Abate, emerged victorious.
A new era in racing sport began for Porsche in 1964 with the 904 Carrera GTS designed by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. Racing drivers Antonio Pucci and Colin Davis in a standard 904 model left all the competitors' prototypes in the dust and, in April 1964, took home the fifth overall victory.
The introduction of the Porsche 911 in 1964 also heralded a new era in race car engineering. With the six-cylinder engine based on the Porsche 911, the Porsche 906 Carrera 6 proved to be unbeatable in 1966, and not just in the 2 litre sports car class. At the 50th Targo Florio that year, Herbert Müller and Willy Mairesse won in the advanced space frame chassis design car.
The Porsche team entered the Targo Florio in May 1967 with a fleet of six Porsche 910 prototypes. The race ended with a triple victory as Rolf Stommelen and Paul Hawkins crossed the finish line in their Porsche 910-8 ahead of two 910-6 versions. Porsche completed a hat trick in 1968 with the victory by Vic Elford and Umberto Maglioli in a 907-8. The coveted "Coppa Florio" trophy hereby finally landed permanently in the hands of Porsche AG and earned a place of honour in the office of Ferry Porsche.
In 1969, Porsche responded to a new Manufacturers’ World Championship regulation with the development of the 908/02 Spyder. Out of the six Porsche 908/02 cars that started the race, four finished in the first four places. Overall victory was taken by Gerhard Mitter and Udo Schütz, who set a new course record with a time of 6:07.45 hours.
Porsche sent the light and agile 908/03 Spyder to the start of the 1970 Targa Florio and this race also ended with a Porsche double victory (Jo Siffert/Brian Redman, Pedro Rodriguez/Leo Kinnunen), which was crowned by Kinnunen's record lap of an average speed of 128.57 km/h. In 1973, it was Gijs van Lennep and Herbert Müller, who drove into the history books of this long-distance race with a Porsche 911 Carrera RSR. By the final staging of the race as a World Championship event in 1973, Porsche is the most successful automobile brand with a total of eleven overall victories in the Targa Florio.
Porsche overall victories in the Targa Florio
1956 Umberto Maglioli Porsche 550 A Spyder
1959 Edgar Barth/Wolfgang Seidel Porsche 718 RSK Spyder
1960 Joakim Bonnier/Hans Herrmann Porsche 718 RS 60 Spyder
1963 Joakim Bonnier/Carlo Abate Porsche 718 GTR
1964 Colin Davis/Antonio Pucci Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
1966 Herbert Müller/Willy Mairesse Porsche 906 Carrera 6
1967 Paul Hawkins/Rolf Stommelen Porsche 910-8
1968 Vic Elford/Umberto Maglioli Porsche 907-8
1969 Gerhard Mitter/Udo Schütz Porsche 908/02 Spyder
1970 Jo Siffert/Brian Redman Porsche 908/03 Spyder
1973 Gijs van Lennep/Herbert Müller Porsche 911 Carrera RSR