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Mo­tor­sport Vi­sion Rac­ing will launch a new series ded­i­cated to BMW road­sters for next sea­son after part­ner­ing with top sa­loon car squad Gary Feakins Rac­ing.

The new Z Cars series is planned to run across six rounds in 2017 and will cater for the Z3 and Z4 vari­ants of BMW sportscars.

The series will run a two-class for­mat, with the first cat­e­gory run­ning for the 1.9-litre Z3 and the top tier for the more pow­er­ful and more mod­ern three­l­itre Z4.

MSVR plans to run dou­ble-header races at each round, with all ses­sions to be held in one day where pos­si­ble to help cap costs.

GFR has built the first two cars – one of each class – and has al­ready be­gun work on build­ing the se­cond wave ahead of a full win­ter test­ing pro­gramme.

Feakins, the 2015 Pro­duc­tion BMW cham­pion, said: “Our ex­pe­ri­ence in club mo­tor­sport has al­lowed us to de­velop a set of tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tions which will en­sure close and com­pet­i­tive rac­ing, at a cost ef­fec­tive level.

“Launch­ing a new series is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate our abil­ity to de­sign, de­velop and build race cars to the high­est of stan­dards and show­case what we can do as an or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“We wanted to run two classes be­cause the Z3 of­fers a bud­get-friendly way to get started in the series as donor cars can be bought for around £1500. Then the Z4 of­fers a log­i­cal step for­ward from the Z3 and many other club cham­pi­onships through­out the UK. GFR will be of­fer­ing the cars for sale as fully-built rac­ers and also in kit form.”

MSVR race op­er­a­tions man­ager David Scott added: “The prospect of a grid of Z3 and Z4 race cars is re­ally ex­cit­ing. With the BMW ex­per­tise that Gary and his team has the series will of­fer rac­ing at a sen­si­ble bud­get with a tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tion de­signed to elim­i­nate cheque­book rac­ing.”

Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship racer Rob Austin will make a guest ap­pear­ance in the fi­nal rounds of the Le­gends Cars Cham­pi­onship at Brands Hatch next week­end.

The Handy Mo­tor­sport driver, who scored three BTCC podi­ums this sea­son in his Toy­ota Aven­sis, will make his Le­gends de­but driv­ing a car sup­plied by Si­mon Belcher. Belcher op­er­ates the Handy Mo­tor­sport team and is also the UK im­porter for Le­gends Cars.

Austin, who used to race a rear-wheel-drive Audi in the BTCC, said he was hop­ing the out­ing would help pro­mote the series. He will take part in all of the week­end’s six races.

“It will be a one-off, but I love the look of the rac­ing and the locked rear

MSVR will launch series for BMW Z3 and Z4s

Aven­sis driver Austin will race in Le­gends

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