We were asked recently to spec and supply a camera and logging system for a very nice historic F1 car. After some discussion an AIM Evo 4 with G Dash and Smartycam GP HD with a number of sensors was the preferred choice. When the team came to fitting the brake pressure sensors they were not keen on using the conventional AIM solution which involved cutting the braided brake pipe on the car and using the AIM supplied “tee” fitting designed to fit the braided brake pipes. While there is nothing at all wrong with this method we needed a different solution. After a bit of debate and head scratching we designed and had made these manifolds that fit directly onto the master cylinders of the front and rear brakes, a three way tee for the front and two way for the rear. All threads are -3 to suit the standard brake pipe fittings with a female -3 port to accept the brake pressure sensor, problem solved!
Ben Tuck who is sponsored by Goldstar Onboard has topped off a superb rookie season by being named as the 2015 Racing Steps Foundation Motor Sports Association Young Driver of the Year.
The award is the crowning achievement of his debut full season in which he finished 3rd in the final standings of the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship, amassing the highest total points before drop scores were taken into account. Showing incredible consistency and maturity he finished all 19 races with no DNF’s and was never outside the top 9, with 14 top 5 finishes, 2 Wins, 6 podiums and 2 fastest laps. As well as the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship he also competed as a guest in an international MX-5 race at Spa, where he claimed overall pole position but started at the back of the grid along with the other guest entrants. In the race he came from 36th position to finish 5th overall taking the class win and claiming the fastest Mazda MX-5 lap of the weekend.
Nominees for the award were put through their paces in a rigorous evaluation review at Silverstone in early December. During the appraisal they were assessed on their driving performance in several simulators including the latest FIA Formula 4 car. They were also measured on their mental, cognitive and focus skills and were required to give presentations and undergo an interview. At the end of the evaluation Ben emerged as the clear winner. The award was presented by Chief Executive of WorldSport Management and Director of the RSF Driver Development Programme, Derek Walters and MSA Performance Director, Robert Reid.
The title was awarded not only on the basis of his impressive performance at the evaluation and season long championship successes, but also on his work away from the track with the MSA Academy. The award is the perfect foundation upon which to launch his 2016 campaign where he plans to compete in the BRSCC Caterham Supersport Championship. Ben is targeting a drive in a top flight GT Championship in the future and a solid performance in Caterham Supersports will help to maximise his opportunities.
Rarely has a rookie season been so endowed with hard won success as 2015 for Ben Tuck and his performance and achievements are a showcase for his exciting and impressive mix of hard work, determination and raw talent. 2016 certainly looks bright for one of the UK’s hottest young racing talents. You can email Ben via the ‘Contact Us’ page at www.bentuck.com and check out his Facebook, Twitter and You Tube pages for more updates, videos and pictures.
You can follow and contact Ben on Facebook – Ben Tuck Racing, on Twitter – @BTuckRacing and the Internet – www.bentuck.com.
About Ben Tuck
Ben Tuck, 18 lives in Sandy. He works as a racing instructor at Bedford Autodrome and is being coached as one of the UK’s elite young drivers with the MSA Academy and is the 2015 RSF MSA Young Driver of the Year. He is also following the MSA academic programme with their Advanced Apprenticeship scheme in Loughborough.
He started kart racing in 2010 with Luton based 3DR Motorsport, where he raced at circuits across the country to gain experience against the UK’s best young drivers. In 2011 and 2012 he drove with 3DR and challenged for the Whilton Mill Junior Rotax Championship in Northamptonshire, finishing 7th and 4th respectively despite missing races due to significant budget constraints. During 2012 having never driven a car before, he was assessed and selected as a top ten finalist in the Ginetta Junior Scholarship, where he competed against 40 of Europe’s best young car racing drivers in the Ginetta G40 race car.
After a year out of racing in 2013, for 2014 Ben competed with Upper Caldecote based AB Motorsport, in 6 Mazda MX-5 races. Ben continued with AB Motorsport to complete his first full car racing season in 2015, stunning his competitors by finishing 3rd in the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship with 14 top 5 finishes, 2 Wins, 6 podiums and 2 fastest laps as well as an international Class Win and fastest MX-5 lap at Spa. His aim is compete in the 2016 Caterham Supersport Championship before progressing into GT Sportscar racing.
You can find out more online at www.bentuck.com or Facebook – Ben Tuck Racing or Twitter -@BTuckRacing.
Goldstar racing camera in car footage from JPR Motorsports Fun Cup Beetle will be shown on Sky TV from April 28th onwards on the Raceworld program. See all the full throttle action from Snetterton and Donington plus races throughout the season. Hire a camera kit now! >
The opening round of this years FIA TGP-F1 championship saw a number of historic grand prix cars race at Hockenheim using Goldstar Racecam kits. This included the beautiful, ex Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 312T driven by John Bosch and raced prepared by Barron Racing in the Netherlands which used a switchable, full view 2 camera system which produced some fantastic footage. For more information about the TGP race series click here ( http://www.tgpf1.com/home.htm )
Those crazy people at Aerosuperbatics who run corporate hospitality days and deliciously daring wingwalkers (their words) use Goldstar Racecam using a wide angle 2.9mm lens to capture some fantastic aerial shots from their Utterly Butterly sponsored Boeing Stearman biplanes. For more information go to www.aerosuperbatics.com
Pictured here at the recent Silverstone Historic meeting is Goldstar’s very own John Dunham (left) and John Bosch (right) from Barron Racing. JB who recently finished 6th overall at La Mans was racing his fantastic Ferrari 312T in the F1- TGP races. The car is fitted with a switchable 2 camera system with one of the camera’s focussed on JB’s feet and pedals the other on the track ahead. Watching the speed and control of JB’s “heel and toe-ing” can only be described as dancing at its very best. Find out more about this most professional of teams and John Bosch’s outstanding race car collection go towww.barronracing.nl