Many thanks to
their continued support. Without them we would not be able to carry on
racing in Baltic countries. We hope to carry on making them proud.
Our thanks also go to Hoodia Europe
(the slimming people, www.hoodiagel.eu)
and Neil Smiths Signs as he always does a super job of signing our cars.
Well done to the Team...
The Team came 2nd in its class and 8th overall
which is amazing considering our best car crashed and we were pitted
against the big boys...
So what's the big
attraction with Motorsports in the Baltics I hear you say?
In Lithuania for instance,
The winter rallys were a very cool do :-)
As usual there was a bar and bbq set up on
one great jump, loads of subaru's and evos of course and one guy using a
lada that he drives exeptionally well. A real treat for rear wheel drive
nuts and the crowd goes wild when he comes through. Would be nice one
day to take our group BDA gp 4 escorts ,but we will need to find more
sponsorship ,and our searrira programe? Trying to finish a race and some
times trying to get to the start is taking a lot of commitment on the
money sponsor front.
CIRCUIT RACING, RALLY
CROSS AND GRASS TRACKING
Well i can tell you the weather from our
experience tend to be either toasty hot 30 degrees and that is what's
killing our cozy in the big race ,or frezing cold like minus 25 on the
winter rally .
Then there are the obvious as you can see
on the site and my guys them who are single of course get loved up .
Then the most important thing is the
crowds. I went to a small grass tack type event and it was brilliant.
Maybe 5k people minimum, fencing and plenty of beer! It's like motor
sport used to be over in the UK. Don't run away with the idea their old
bangers though hay some are young guys just starting out. Opel's are a
big choice as are honda's. There was also the serious stuff, of course
and also one very nice but battered lancia ,turned out to be full spec
gpa integrale which must have been 50k of anybody's money. No, its the
raw enthusiasm of motor sport in Lithuaina!!!
Drifting,their pulling big crowds to
thease events a mix of motor sport and pop music a real big hit with the
crowds hope to enter one soon with our cozzies.
They have so much enthusiasm in Lithuania
in all types of motor sport that they managed to organise a drag race in
less than 2weeks on the high street in Klaipeda. It was a full-on Santa
pod do. All types of cars and motor bikes took part. They have even just
built the first jet car in Klaipeda although that did not run at this
15th and 6th May 2012
18 to 23 July 2012
13th Omnitel 1000km Race
28 & 29 July 2012
13th Omnitel 1000km Race
16 & 17 August 2012
31 August & 1 September 2012
Baltic Endurance Championship
21 & 22 September 2012
12 & 13 October 2012
19 September 09
Nemuno ziedas (Kacergine) -
Well done to the Team...
15 to 18 July 2009
Kretinga - Lithuania
2009 Saw the return of the DHR/DFDS
race team to the Palanga race Circuit for the
Omnitel 1000km endurance race.
The cars and
transporter were kindly shipped by the main sponsor this year, DFDS Tor
line Immingham and DFDS Lisco Klaipeda the week before the race, and the
rest of team flew in on the Monday to carry out the final preparations
to the cars.
First practice (Thursday) was soon upon
us, and all the drivers were very keen to try out the car with its newly
found horsepower and drivability, courtesy of a new Engine management
system hurriedly fitted and mapped by John Noble motorsport just three
days before the car was to be shipped. This year also saw a contingency
plan in place, in the form of a spare car; this car is again a 3 door
Sierra Cosworth; in essence it’s a rally car but would fit the bill of
spare car nicely.
First to tame the 500bhp beast was Andrew
and after having a few cautious laps he then opened the taps. However,
after a few laps he returned to the pits with a serious lack of power.
The decision was made to send Michael out in the spare car while the
mechanics diagnosed the problem with the big car, pinpointing the
problem to a Turbo waste gate pin sheared of due to metal fatigue. Due to
the colossal amounts of heat under the bonnet we continued the rest of
the session in the spare car and almost all went well, all drivers happy
apart from a lack of brakes. Practice session ended, the mechanics set
about repairing the cars for the next practice on Friday.
Friday practice was upon us, and the plan
was that everyone would have a few laps to accustom themselves to the
big car, then to save racking miles up on the big one, use the spare for
the rest of the race. The RS 500 behaved itself very well, then was
parked up and swapped for the other car - good news was the brakes were
much better after swapping the discs and pads. However, the gearbox was
now acting a little sick, and the car was nursed around till the end of
the session. Again, the team descended
on the cars, getting them ready for the next practice, which would be
followed by the qualification session.
Cars ready to go once again, strategy was
now coming into play. It was decided again to do minimal laps in the
beast, then get some good track time in the small car, but disaster! The
RS500 came into the pits with a clutch problem, and with no time to
effect repairs, the decision was made to qualify and enter the white car
into the main race, this would be good for the sponsors as it would
guarantee some live television coverage.
Serious business was now upon us, we had
to qualify. This was a job for Michael so out he went and did us proud
with a lap time of
1.34.98 - good enough for 26th on the
Well, after all the preparation,
finally Saturday morning was upon us… race day! Everybody in the team
had butterflies, and had fingers and everything else crossed for a good
result. This would mean hard work, good driving, clever strategy and
LOTS of good old fashioned luck.
Dave, Drew and Mick all drew straws to see
who would drive first and the decision was taken that Drew would take
the wheel for the first stint, then Mick, with Dad after that. Time
seemed to fly, and before the blink of an eye, it was time to line up on
the grid. 26th position saw us on row
13 alongside a very tired Renault Clio
that over the weekend had had some serious bodywork repairs and also an
engine rebuild, all at the side of the track!
With 5 minutes to go, orders were given to
clear the grid and the start was now imminent. Drivers were all strapped
firmly in place, and off they went for firstly a parade lap, then a tyre
warming lap and then countdown was on with the race being a rolling
start. All the drivers had to be super alert, and it seems Drew was
chomping at the bit, as when the lead car went, he nailed it and made up
five places straight away.........GO GO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!
Drew soon settled into a steady pace, and
claimed a few more places, reaching 17th with relative ease. An incident
then saw the safety car deployed, and the cars were all bunched together
again. With the safety car in, racing commenced again and Drew had
settled into a very nice pace, the
laps kept coming, and it was soon time for a re-fuel and driver change.
Then disaster struck - when the car went to fuel, it was apparent that
the cooling fans had stopped working so it was straight into the pits
where the mechanics got the fans working again but the coolant
temperature was very hot. Mick jumped in, but came straight back when
the temperature still didn't come down. Whilst in the pits, Dave got in
the ‘hot seat’, while attempts were made to cool the engine, to try to
get some airflow, and to circulate the coolant. Dave took the car for
another two steady laps but alas, it was not to be. Due to the extreme
temperature, the head gasket finally cried ‘Enough!’, and as the car
would not keep cool, retirement was the only option so with great regret
we pulled from the race.
Keeping cool this summer
was a major problem for drivers as well as pit crew ,so it left us with
no choice than try the odd tipple of the local brew svyturys ,they brew
it not 5 miles from the circuit ,our favorite is svturys extra ,it
treats you well if you consume loads and no crew member ever had a
hangover ,theirs a big brewing industry in lith
All in all, the week had some massive
highs, and obviously some lows with the retirement of the car, but the
potential of the RS500 became very apparent and the cars are already
stripped, awaiting repairs and WILL be ready for the 4 hour race in Kaunas......SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!
June 2009 -
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS.
Only a few weeks ago no-one would have
thought it possible for the DHR Race Team to compete in this years OMNITEL
1000K race which takes place from 15th to 20th July at the famous Palanga
circuit in Lithuania. What with some incredible bad luck last season and the
world’s economy in tatters there was simply no money to even repair last year’s
race damage let alone consider a full-on entry for 2009.
So the RS 500 lay neglected (but still loved) just where it had been unloaded
after being brought home from last year’s race. A broken gear box and diff.
amounted to a repair bill which would cost several thousand £££s to repair and
the money simply was not there.
SO - this spring it was decided to repair the Rs 500 and offer it for sale with
the rest of the team transport. Pete Dowerty engineering (PDE),were commissioned
to rebuild the box and differential prior to a sale.
Then a glimmer of light started to appear at the end of the tunnel as Pete, on
hearing our plight, suggested that somewhere in the dark recesses of his work
shop he may just have some left-over development parts from the 80s
and he may just have the parts required. So it was that some seven
later we collected a shiny reconditioned gear box and diff F.o.c. Pete’s
generosity caused a spark of ‘What ifs ?’ and Just maybes…’ but then these
thoughts vanished as the gloomy news poured in from all over the planet telling
us of increasing global recession.
So – nothing else for it - the team was put onto eBay for sale .
But then Lady Luck played another card when all our old team (bless
‘em) said they would pay all their own expenses to enter the 1000k
race if we would reconsider our decision not to enter. This was a
wonderful gesture by the lads but it would still take several thousand
£££s to compete. So when we received the email asking us for our entry
to race in the 2009 competition we had no
choice but to tell the organisers that this year we would have to
decline the invitation.
And then Lady Luck smiled on us again.
Amazingly they offered us a deal whereby they would grant us free entry
in return for becoming the UK ambassador to represent and promote the Omnitel
1000k race and Lithuanian motor sport in general. This was now starting to look
There are two main ways of getting to Lithuania with a team and we've done both.
One is to drive to Hull, catch the overnight ferry to Holland and then drive to
Lithuania. This is roughly a 60 hour trip involving skirting round Kaliningrad -
the bit of land sandwiched between Poland to the South and Lithuania to the
North and which is still part of Russia and is of huge strategic importance as
it provides a gateway to the Baltic
and houses the Russian Baltic Fleet. It’s
one hell of a drive and there are all sorts of security issues in Poland when
parking over night. IT’S A NIGHTMARE!
The other route, the only one that we would now consider, involves arriving at
Immingham which takes about an hour, catching the over night ferry to Esburgh
then driving due south down Denmark into Germany to Kiel - that takes about 2
hours – and then onto the Klaipeda ferry arriving only half an hour from the
race track. The total journey time for this route is about 48 hours, you arrive
feeling fresh as a daisy and diesel usage is minimal.
With all the Gods of Rally Driving – and Lady Luck - smiling on us I decided to
approach DFDS LISCO and DFDS TORLINE - the two ferry companies that are used to
get to the Baltic States. They gave us some support last year and when I told
them our story imagine my jubilation and surprise when they both offered us
total support for our travel needs both for the Palanga 09 race and the race
that takes place later in the year in September.
Amazing! And to think that all this generosity and support has been offered in
the midst of a global economic downturn – we are all both delighted and humbled
by all the encouragement and help we’ve received to enable us to compete in this
SO - many, many thanks are due to DFDS
LISCO .DFDS TORLINE,
DPE PROMOSPORTAS,MARK, LEE, SID,