TVRCC Tasmin Challenge Progressing Well

TVRCC TASMIN CHALLENGE UP-DATE News from Steve Lewis: Things are now progressing well for the TVRCC Tasmin Challenge. The series to be run with the 750MC in the coming season has drawn significant interest. At the end of December, 22 racers...

TVRCC TASMIN CHALLENGE UP-DATE News from Steve Lewis:

Things are now progressing well for the TVRCC Tasmin Challenge. The series to be run with the 750MC in the coming season has drawn significant interest.

At the end of December, 22 racers had registered and 15 cars were in preparation.

The first cars are nearing completion for a public shakedown on the 29th of February, 2000 test/track day at Mallory. The cars will be on the grid for the first time on the 12th of March. Technical race regulations have been sanctioned by the MSA and the latest news is that after many discussions with tyre manufacturers, all Tasmins will run the Kumho Ecsta V700 as their road legal 'control' race tyre.

Race Hire Car

In response to the number of people who expressed interest in racing but not for the whole season, a race Tasmin has been made available for hire. This has proved very popular and not many free dates are left. However anyone wanting to give it a go should check with Steve Lewis. (steve@b-chip.com)

Racers Named

The Pistonheads website continues to offer the latest developments with the racers. The most recent addition being the names of all those registered at the moment and also their race experience (or lack of it). The details provide amusing reading.

Track/Test Days

Dates: 29th February and 21st March 2000.

The plan is that Tasmins will run both days in a timed session, between 'standard car' non-timed sessions. There are a couple of Legends and a 5 litre Escort also booked to test with the racers (interesting!). Bookings are now being taken tel:01908 647774 fax:01908 374648. This idea of racing Tasmins was brought about by the passion shown in the paddock at Pembrey last year during a TVR event. The Tasmin race Series is not exclusive. There is plenty of room for others to join in. Cars are available, but time is running out to be ready for the first race in March. What better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Tasmin, than taking part in the inaugural TVRCC Tasmin Challenge? Go on you know you want to!

Anyone interested please contact the series co-ordinator Steve Lewis tel: 01908 647774 steve@b-chip.com

The TVR Tasmin 'Wedge' sportscar from the early eighties, could star in its own Championship as early as next year.

The V6-engined cars will at first join as a class in the 750 Motor club's Roadsports Championship for 2000 until there are enough entries to run in their own race. This will then become the TVRCC Tasmin Championship for 2001.

The move has been put together by the TVR Car Club following interest from members for a 'budget' race series for the powerful British sportscars.

Championship co-ordinator Steve Lewis said: "Tuscans are too pricey for the club racer. We want to make an affordable 'budget' series for true TVR and performance car enthusiasts".

The TVRCC is confident that the required number of cars for the Tasmins to break away from the Roadsports and have an exclusive series will materialise. It is hoping for up to 30 cars by the end of the year.

Organisers have selected approved firms to carry out the preparation and repair work to control costs. Although not made in their thousands, enough suitable donor cars are available to adapt for racing.

The registered racers are mainly novice enthusiasts, although TVR dealer teams have shown interest in the series, including the salesmen from Mole Valley TVR, which has well established ties with Tuscan ace Martin Short.

The TVR Factory is not officially involved in the project, but has given its blessing to the scheme.

For details call: 01908 647774

or visit: www.pistonheads.com

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