Elite Motorsport Expands Into KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship
The Ginetta Junior Ginetta Junior Winter Series is set to be bolstered by the addition of a new team for 2015, as, fresh from success in Sports Specials, Elite Motorsport has announced a two car line-up.
Team boss Eddie Ives will make his first foray into the KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship by competing in the Winter Series at Snetterton on November 8/9 before they embark on a full-season next year.
Eddie Ives of Elite Motorsport said; “Having had a great year proving our team and engineering, it is now time to progress into a higher profile championship. With reasonable racing costs and being on the BTCC Support package, Ginetta Juniors offers the best package in the UK for young drivers. We are now offering a cost price package to attract a driver in the seat for the winter series. We plan to have three Ginetta Junior cars racing by 2016 and we are prepared to offer generous incentives to secure the best drivers”
Since it’s formation in late 2011, Elite Motorsport have built and are sucessfully racing the Elite Pulse within the 750MC Sports Specials Championship. Of the seven tracks visited, the Elite Pulse took six lap records and the championship honours.
With part-sponsorship secured for the 2015 season, Elite Motorsport is now testing drivers interested in the KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship, offering subsidised deals to successful drivers.
Ashley Gallagher, Ginetta Championships Manager; “It’s great to see new teams investing in equipment and commiting to the KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship so far in advance of the 2015 season. Elite Motorsport’s announcement is testament to the growing nature of the series.”
A long-time support race to the British Touring Car Championship, the Ginetta Junior Championship is the only championship of it’s kind within the UK, offering drivers as young a 14 the chance to take their first step up the motor racing ladder.
Ives crowned class C champion
The 2014 750 Motor Club Sports Specials Championship was a strong one for Eddie Ives aboard the Elite Pulse as he was convincingly crowned the class C champion.
The car made its debut in the 750MC at Brands Hatch taking two overall podiums and two class victories. That was a trend that continued as the season went on.
There were 14 races throughout the season and Ives took eight class wins. He took the class championship by 41 points ahead of the Ariel Atom of Nick Holden and Slyva J15 of Paul Collingwood. Ives also beat Caterhams, Westfields and Tigers in the hotly contested championship.
It wasn’t just class wins that Ives took however as he battled with the Eclipses of Clive Hudson and Paul Boyd for overall honours. The Elite Pulse came on top of the class A runners on two occasions which were at Rockingham and Silverstone. Ives also took the car to ten overall podiums in the championship which boasted an average of 32 entries and at Snetterton saw 42 cars take to the grid.
Ives added ‘Its been a fantastic season to showcase both the team and the Elite Pulse. The Pulse has been incredible all year, its punching above its weight in comparison to other front engined cars. Its been right in the mix with the rear engined cars. We now look forward to 2015 season, we hope the success this year will make it easier to rent out the existing car in Sports Specials.’
Elite Motorsport Announce new workshop
Elite Motorsport are excited to announce that we are moving into new premises right next to Snetterton Circuit on Snetterton Park. Its an ideal location and size for the Pulses to be built and perfect for the race team where we will have a smart seperate bay.
The plan is also to open a small shop selling consumables for race teams & race cars. From cable ties, nuts & bolts to Heat reflective sheet. With the ideal location of the workshop, we will also be offering emergency repairs from welding to wiring.
A couple of second places to complete season for Ives
The final meeting of the 2014 Sports Specials Championship were conducted at a wet Donington Park. Struggling with tyres, the 2014 class C champion qualified in sixth place.
Ives fought his way back into second during the opening race of the weekend but was unable to match the Ariel Atom of Nick Holden which was superior in the wet conditions with the help of good wet weather condition tyres. Again, the Donington Park Circuit played to the Atoms advantage in race two but Ives was again the best of the rest in the Elite Pulse and set a lap record with a 1:17.27 in the dry conditions around the Donington Park National Circuit.
He added “I struggled with the wet conditions especially against the Atom due to tyres. I did okay though with a couple of second places.”
Gearbox issues don’t stop Ives being crowned champ
Gearbox issues struck the Elite Pulse of Eddie Ives during qualifying at the penultimate meeting of the Sports Specials season which took place at Cadwell Park. Ives still managed to qualify in fourth, less than a second behind the overall pole position and only behind Nick Holden in class.
Ives continued to be struck by gearbox issues and got stuck in first gear off of the line and fell as far back as eleventh. He fought back and impressively the Elite Pulse finished in fifth overall and third in class. In order to not risk damage, Ives started from the back of the grid in race two and a magnificent performance finished seventh overall in a 23 car grid. While working his way through the field, Ives set another overall lap record with a 1:34.70. A fifth in class was enough for Ives to wrap up the class C championship.
Ives said “Gearbox issues had a massive effect on the weekend. After getting stuck in first off of the line, I came back to fifth. As I didn’t want to risk any damage, I started from the back in race two but set a mega lap record so am chuffed to bit especially considering the gearbox and tyre conditions.”
Another overall victory for the Elite Pulse
Eddie Ives returned to pole position with the Elite Pulse at Silverstone as the Sports Specials Championship returned to action around the International Circuit working out of the new ‘Wing’ complex.
After initially falling six seconds behind the Eclipse of Clive Hudson, Ives pushed hard and took the lead away from Hudson on the penultimate lap of the race. Ives beat Nick Holden, the closest challenger in class, by 26 seconds. A spin in the second race didn’t stop Ives taking another class victory and second overall. In the meantime though, he took another overall lap record for the Elite Pulse with a 1:14.24.
Ives added “I qualified first and second in the qualifying session but race one was odd. There were yellow flags out and oil on the circuit. I caught Clive and passed him through traffic and took the victory in race one. In the second race I was quicker, I just couldn’t find a way around the two Eclipses, I was trying everything I could but its hard when its one against two.”
Close battle in Wales
The voyage to Anglesey for the fourth meeting of the Sports Specials Championship set up some more cracking racing. Ives only managed fourth in qualifying but that was a mere 0.7 seconds off of pole position in what was set to be a close weekend of racing.
Ives battled with the Ariel Atom of Nick Holden for class C honours and came out on top in third overall during the first encounter. The second race saw a four car scrap for the overall lead with positions changing on every lap. Ives could only manage fourth, albeit 1.23 seconds off of the victory. The Elite Pulse did take the class C lap record though with a 1:14.44 around the Anglesey Coastal Circuit. For the first time when the car made the flag it didn’t take the class C honours as Holden beat him to it.
Ives said “I qualified in fourth and second as I struggled on pace due to a gearing issue which we couldn’t do anything about. However, I got another lap record despite only finishing third and fourth. I locked up in race two in the heat of battle.”
Elite Pulse takes its maiden victory
As the Sports Specials Championship heading to the Rockingham Motor Speedway, Eddie Ives took the Elite Pulse to the top of the times for the third time in as many rounds in qualifying. Ives was half a second faster than Paul Boyd on a drying circuit.
Clive Hudson took the early advantage of the opening race but Ives pushed him all the way. On the sixth lap, he pressurised Boyd into a mistake and the Eclipse rotated allowing Ives to take the lead. Ives went on to take his first and the Elite Pulse’s maiden overall victory. He took a victory of three seconds and an unbelievable 31 seconds in class. The stunning Elite Pulse also took the fastest lap and overall Sports Special lap record with a 1:35.83 around the Rockingham International Super Sportscar Long Circuit.
The second race was a thrilling encounter with Paul Boyd and Ives trading places through the race. Boyd got the better of Ives on the final lap and the Elite Pulse driver tried everything to take the lead but just missed out by less than a tenth of a second. Nevertheless, Ives took his fifth class victory – beating his closest challenger by 25 seconds.
Ives added “I qualified first and second and finished in those places. Clive lost it in the first race and spun 90 degrees to the circuit which can now be viewed on YouTube. It was a close call but it gave me the lead and the victory. The second race was very close as I kept swapping positions with Paul. I nearly got him back on the finish line but just missed out. It was a very exciting race though. I’m very pleased with another lap record.
After disaster, Ives just misses out on overall win
A blistering lap by Eddie Ives in qualifying at Snetterton put the Elite Pulse on overall pole position of the Sports Specials Championship. He was 1.41 seconds quicker than anything else around the 300 Circuit in the huge 42 car grid.
After leading the class A Eclipses of Paul Boyd and Clive Hudson, drama struck for Ives as a wheel arch broke forcing Ives into retirement on the third lap. Despite this, Ives still set the fastest lap in class C – over a second faster than any other competitor.
Ives fought back in the second race after the Elite team worked hard to get the car back out on circuit. Ives led the race overall until the penultimate lap after getting stuck in back marker traffic allowing Clive Hudson through. Ives took second overall though, just 0.06 second shy of Hudson. He also took the class C victory by 15 seconds in the short 15 minute sprint race. A class record was also set with a 2:07.19 around the three mile circuit.
Ives said “We got some proper testing under our belt, unlike Brands and qualifying went really well. Race one was gutting. I took the lead at turn two after a slow start. I pulled a gap but the wheel arch broke at the Bomb Hole so had to retire. Race two was a super close finish! We went even faster than in testing, setting the lap record and just missing out on the overall victory.”
Elite Pulse takes double class victory in debut
The Elite Pulse made its debut in the 750 Motor Club Sports Specials Championship at Brands Hatch with Eddie Ives at the wheel. In a wet qualifying session, Ives put the Pulse on pole position ahead of a range of Kitcars and lightweight Sportscars such as Caterhams, Westfields, Tigers and Eclipses.
On a dry circuit, the class A Eclipses beat Ives, in his class C Elite Pulse. Ives fought off the attentions of class rival Paul Collingwood in his Sylva J15. The second race was a similar affair with the Eclipses powering off in their class A machines but Ives once again took the Elite Pulse to a class win ahead of Collingwood. He beat him by nearly five seconds and set a fastest lap of 52.59 seconds.
Ives added “We had a great qualifying session in the damp but I couldn’t keep with the Eclipses in the races. The weekend went exceptionally well especially considering going into the weekend we had no expectation of doing so well. We hadn’t tested the car until Friday! I can’t wait until my local circuit, Snetterton.”
Elite Pulse at Autosport 2014
Elite Pulse wins debut at Anglesey Trac Mon. 02.06.13
link to CSCC RESULTS for Anglesey: http://www.classicsportscarclub.co.uk/documents/2013%20Angelsey%20Results.pdf
Elite Pulse first day out at Stoneleigh Kit Car show. 06-07.05.13
Elite Delta breaks lap record at Snetterton. 07.10.12
link to 750MC RESULTS for Snettterton: http://www.750mc.co.uk/ugc-1/1/4/0/912c34da-be54-440c-9963-8cf43731e3a4.pdf