Successful return to Silverstone for the OCC LASIK Racing Caymans with Newbridge Motorsport in Britcar Endurance


Newbridge Motorsport completed a series of tests in refurbished OCC Porsche Cayman GT4 on the Northamptonshire track for the third round of Britcar (24 June, 2017) in preparation for the rest of the 2017 season.

Running the #249 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport with Dr. Fareed Ali and Chris Valentine behind the wheel, the team ran consistently finishing both races in class P6. After busy week successfully shaking down and testing both cars, the team is looking forward what is left of 2017 and the 2018 season.

Team Manager Richard Tovey
"Both drivers had a positive event, gaining valuable racecraft experience in a busy grid of over thirty cars, certainly Fareed gained valuable experience and did very well competing in his first GT race of 2017 and bringing the car home without incident."

Dr Fareed Ali
"The Britcar race weekend was a complete success for the OCC Lasik Racing with Newbridge Motorsports Team. Including the race weekend and the earlier test days, we ran both of our Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport cars on track for over 8 total hours with no mechanical or engine issues at all.

"The Team worked with our Pro drivers to setup the cars perfectly for optimal race performance for the amateur and gentleman drivers. Our Caymans are very well-suited to the Britcar series. They ran very well on the Dunlop race tires. Chris Valentine and I thoroughly enjoyed the race experience, and even though we were not on the absolute pace, we know from the times posted by our pro drivers that the Cayman has the potential to win its Britcar class. Our cars have completed several 24-hour races, so we know they have the reliability to compete in the full Britcar series. It was great fun to be a part of Britcar again, especially seeing how successful the series has become this year."

Chris Valentine
"This weekend finally saw me complete races in the Cayman GT4 that I've trying to race in for nearly two years! A series of crashes had severely damaged the two cars my Canadian co-driver Fareed Ali owns so it was quite a relief to leave the Silverstone GP circuit on Saturday evening having completed two races, entirely unscathed – even though we didn't get close to a podium.
"I'd already had a chance to test the car after its most recent rebuild as part of a shakedown day, accompanied by British young but talented LMP3 and GT driver Devon Modell, a week before. This was the first time I'd been in the car since preparation for the Creventic 24 Hour race earlier in the year and the car was now on different suspension. With both Fareed and I very much "gentlemen" drivers, the car was configured with Devon's help to have a fairly neutral setup and I again found it very easy to drive, not showing any of the end-swapping tendency that the Boxsters have. After three short sessions, I set a new personal lap record in the car around three seconds quicker than in warmup for the 24H..."

Click here to read Chris Valentine's full race report.

Both Porsche GT4 Caymans are race-ready for the next challenge. Our cars are eligible and ready to go in UK championships Britcar and GT Cup, and international racing in the Creventic Endurance Series and Touring Car Series. Newbridge welcomes enquiries from suitable interested drivers for the following events, please don't hesitate to contact us on any of the channels stated below to discuss drive opportunities and your individual race requirements.

  • July 29th - Britcar Brands Hatch or full season
  • September 1-3rd - 24H TCES 24H Barcelona or full season
  • August 12-13th - GT Cup Snetterton 300 or full season
  • October 6-7rd - 24H TCES 12H Spa or full season
  • November 10-12th - 24H SERIES 24H COTA or full season

Team Manager Richard Tovey

“Both drivers had a positive event, gaining valuable racecraft experience in a busy grid of over thirty cars, certainly Fareed gained valuable experience and did very well competing in his first GT race of 2017 and bringing the car home without incident."


Dr. Fareed Ali

"The Britcar race weekend was a complete success for the OCC Lasik Racing with Newbridge Motorsports Team. Including the race weekend and the earlier test days, we ran both of our Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport cars on track for over 8 total hours with no mechanical or engine issues at all.

“The Team worked with our Pro drivers to setup the cars perfectly for optimal race performance for the amateur and gentleman drivers. Our Caymans are very well-suited to the Britcar series. They ran very well on the Dunlop race tires.  Chris Valentine and I thoroughly enjoyed the race experience, and even though we were not on the absolute pace, we know from the times posted by our pro drivers that the Cayman has the potential to win its Britcar class. Our cars have completed several 24-hour races, so we know they have the reliability to compete in the full Britcar series.  It was great fun to be a part of  Britcar  again, especially seeing how successful the series has become this year."


Chris Valentine

“This weekend finally saw me complete races in the Cayman GT4 that I’ve trying to race in for nearly two years! A series of crashes had severely damaged the two cars my Canadian co-driver Fareed Ali owns so it was quite a relief to leave the Silverstone GP circuit on Saturday evening having completed two races, entirely unscathed – even though we didn’t get close to a podium.

"I’d already had a chance to test the car after its most recent re-build as part of a shakedown day, accompanied by British young but talented LMP3 and GT driver Devon Modell, a week before. This was the first time I’d been in the car since preparation for the Creventic 24 Hour race earlier in the year and the car was now on different suspension. With both Fareed and I very much “gentlemen” drivers, the car was configured with Devon’s help to have a fairly neutral setup and I again found it very easy to drive, not showing any of the end-swapping tendency that the Boxsters have. After three short sessions, I set a new personal lap record in the car around three seconds quicker than in warmup for the 24H...”  

Click here to read Chris Valentine's full race report.

 

Both Porsche GT4 Caymans are race-ready for the next challenge. Our cars are eligible and ready to go in UK championships Britcar and GT Cup, and international racing in the Creventic Endurance Series and Touring Car Series. Newbridge welcomes enquiries from suitable interested drivers for the following events, please don't hesitate to contact us on any of the channels stated below to discuss drive opportunities and your individual race requirements.

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