Til­ley to Ginet­tas

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For­mer Rad­i­cal racer Gra­hame Til­ley will switch to the Ginetta GT4 Su­per­cup this year, rac­ing in the Am­a­teur class. The 64-yearold fin­ished fifth in the Rad­i­cal En­duro Cham­pi­onship last year and starred in For­mula Ford in the late 1970s and early 1980s. “I’ve fol­lowed the [Ginetta] brand since the G4 days, and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to driv­ing my own,” he said. “Even though it’s my first year, I’ll be go­ing for the win.”

Ten years: How time flies when you’re hav­ing fun.

Mo­tor­sport Vi­sion Rac­ing is def­i­nitely hav­ing a ball at the mo­ment. The club heads into this sea­son ready to cel­e­brate a decade as a race or­gan­iser. And what a decade it’s been for one of the UK’S youngest, and now largest, rac­ing clubs.

Sun­day, March 19, 2006 at Brands Hatch. That was the first ever MSVR or­gan­ised club race meet­ing. The sched­ule in­cluded non-cham­pi­onship For­mula Ford 1600 races, open sa­loons, open sports and GTS and some T-cars races – which were the high­light of the week­end with Oliver Webb, Max Chilton, Alex Macdowall, Jolyon Palmer, Luciano Ba­cheta, Alex Brun­dle and Adrian Quaife-hobbs on the grid. What did any of those go on to do?

MSVR ran just five events that year as a trial to find its feet as Jonathan Palmer’s Mo­tor­sport Vi­sion firm tried to ex­pand its busi­ness into race op­er­a­tion in­stead of just cir­cuit op­er­a­tion.

From that first sea­son things snow­balled – MSVR had 10 events in 2007, 16 in 2008, 20 by 2010, and last sea­son ran a colos­sal 27 club meet­ings – not to men­tion or­gan­is­ing the Bri­tish Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship, Euro­pean cham­pi­onships for both Rad­i­cal and Lotus and the in­au­gu­ral FIA For­mula E eprix at Bat­tersea Park.

It’s been a non-stop suc­cess story so far. Some will point the fin­ger at Mr Palmer for try­ing to mo­nop­o­lise Bri­tish mo­tor­sport. He owns four cir­cuits and Bed­ford Au­to­drome – plus is now de­vel­op­ing the LaonCou­vron Aero­drome in North­ern France – and now his MSVR divi­sion runs 22 club rac­ing cham­pi­onships and even a new rally se­ries in the form of the Mo­tor­sport News Cir­cuit Rally Cham­pi­onship. With 23 classes on board, only the Bri­tish Rac­ing and Sports Car Club and the Bri­tish Au­to­mo­bile Rac­ing Club run more than MSVR, and both of those or­gan­i­sa­tions are fan­tas­tic in­sti­tu­tions with much longer his­to­ries.

MSVR rep­re­sents a mod­ern and for­ward-think­ing rac­ing club. Mul­ti­ple cham­pi­onships have switched to its books be­cause it lis­tens to their needs, and race op­er­a­tions man­ager David Scott and his team are ca­pa­ble of bend­ing over back­wards to make things hap­pen for cus­tomers.

The draw of own­ing four of the UK’S best cir­cuits also helps un­doubt­edly, but MSVR’S suc­cess ul­ti­mately comes down to its cus­tomer ser­vice. The club runs with much the same ethos as MSV. Ev­ery MSV cir­cuit is near-un­beat­able for fa­cil­i­ties, and MSVR meet­ings are some of the best or­gan­ised I have at­tended. They are pol­ished and slick.

The MSVR jug­ger­naut is gain­ing pace and shows lit­tle sign of slow­ing. The fact that it can now be com­pared in the same light as the BRSCC and BARC is a real mea­sure of how far it has come in just a decade.

MSVR now runs a huge range of cham­pi­onships

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