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Post by Ben Atkins on Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:37 pm

DASH CUP ANNOUNCE ALLIANCE WITH BTC SERIES; ASPIRA JUNIORS TO SUPPORT BTC

August 7th, 2018

Dash Cup announced their alliance with the leading touring car racing series in Britain, the BTC, as the Aspira Juniors series will support the series every race weekend as a part of their multi-race weekends which feature a variety of races. The Aspira Juniors had been struggling since 2017, but Dash Cup are hoping that this new partnership with the BTC will be able to broaden the field, bringing in more young talent.

This will mean the Aspira Juniors will follow the BTC schedule, in which all races are inside the United Kingdom, but there will also be three companion races with the Dash Cup Pirelli Super Stocks series; the BTC season opener at Brands Hatch, Croft and the returning Super Stocks endurance race at Oulton Park, which will again feature driver swaps.

The Aspira Juniors has featured drivers between the age of 14-17, with the intention of the series being to find young talent that are set to be the future of racing. Successful drivers to come from the series include Lexie Percy, who has won races in America, in the NAAC series, and Kailin Donohue who has won several races in the Pirelli Super Stock Series over the last few years.

The running of the series will remain unchanged from the original format from 2015-2016, featuring both a rookie and graduate class with both crowning a champion; as well as an overall champion for the driver who scores the most points from both classes.

As a result of the alliance, Dash Cup Pirelli Super Stocks broadcasts will feature highlights of the BTC and Aspira Juniors races.

PIRELLI SUPER STOCKS TO CHANGE RACE FORMAT; REVERT TO TWO CAR TEAMS

August 26th, 2018

Dash Cup CEO Dean Thompson announced that the Pirelli Super Stocks will revert to a single race format for all race weekends after decreased field sizes in 2018. As a result of this, teams will be restricted to running two full-time cars in 2019, while a third part-time car will be able to run in a limited amount of races.

Many teams had already downsized for 2018, with STS ATK Racing downsizing to three cars and Team Kwik Fit downsizing to two cars, meaning that these changes do not come as an inconvenience to most teams.

The series will elect to run longer races as a result, with multiple pit stops likely to be a part of the races for the first time in the series' history. As normal, each race will be capped at a 40 car field, with the prestigious Spa Grand Prix set to feature 46 cars. Teams will also not be limited to how many cars they can enter for the Spa Grand Prix and the season ending New York Grand Prix. Additionally, teams will be permitted to enter all three of their cars for the Oulton Park Endurance Race.

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Surprise! Dash Cup will be returning for one last run in 2019! As noted above, each team will feature two full-time cars with one part-time car running selected races.

This thread can be used for rumours for the Pirelli Super Stocks series, the Aspira Juniors series and the BTC series. The plan is to have BTC and Aspira Juniors have occasional standalone videos, but primarily feature as highlights in the Super Stocks pre-race.

The Super Stocks will use the GNS mod, the Aspira Juniors will use the Sportsman mod and the BTC will use the Rally PTA mod.

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Re: 2019 Silly Season Thread

Post by Lucstar88 on Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:46 pm

Autosport France to return with 2 car effort.

After a internal fight that crippled the team's effort, the french team is expected to return in 2019. Pascal Vallee would return to the #27, AXA Insurace while Suzette Doiron would return in the #43, Canal+ sponsored entry. Rumors also are swirling that Mario Cormier, former Aspira Juniors driver and grandson of the AF founder, will show up part time to a few events in a #4, Chanel sponsored entry.

Mauricio Gallardo expected to return to STS ATK.
After winning a race in 2017, it is expected that the former Spanish Touring Car driver will return with STS ATK,
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Post by day500champ1 on Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:25 pm

NAAC driver, Ryan Griffin, is reportedly interested in attempting a full season in Dash Cup.
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Post by bsoyuz on Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:48 pm

Hannagan Enterprises to cease european operations temporarily, Kanako takes over

Due to undisclosed reasons, Patrick O'Hannagan and Hannagan Enterprises will be ceasing operations in Europe temporarily, technically capitulating the shop and cars to the Kanako Motor Company's Motorsport Branch. According to Kanako European Operations President, Lucian Bertrand "Hannagan saw more fit to focus in the reformed Overdrive Championship Series and World Challenge Cup using Kanako Engines. They'd simply not have the resources to manage a two front team, so we are taking over the operation in order to retain the grid slot."

The lineup is currently unknown but its expected that the team field a duo of drivers already in Dash Cup, with the 3rd driver being part of Kanako's Development Team. The effort will be based in Cork, Ireland and managed by French sports car legend Mathias Baudin.

Gabriel Macena Racing goes through reformation, Macena not contesting the full season

Following a disastrous 2018 season that saw the team facing wrecking, blowouts and all around a lack of speed, Gabriel Macena decided that the operation needed to be restarted from the ground up. "The team just started to collapse under its won weight because nobody here can't seem to get a grasp at engineering, it's stupid and I hate it" - said Macena according to several sources in a team meeting late 2018.

According to those same sources, Macena gave the greenlight for Luc and Rebecca Pellerin, which were driving for the team between 2016 and 2018 to return to the NAAC should they wish so, therefore leaving the team without two of its winningest drivers. At the moment it is unknown if Kailin Donohue, which debuted in 2017 for the team and proceeded to win at Rockingham, will return to the operation. In the meantime it is also rumored Tanya Carter has been called upon by the team, in which her brother Ross, who suffered a career ending injury in the 2016 Round of Lausitzring, works as one of the team principals.

Macena himself, who is a multiple time TM Lights Winner and won the 2014 TM Master Cup Series Independent's Trophy Special Race at Gravis City, will not run a full-time effort like in 2016, contesting select events in the #71 car.
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Post by SpeedDemon37 on Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:08 pm

Perreault Interested in Possible Dash Cup Return
30 August 2018


Swiss racing driver Jean-Marc Perreault hasn't raced in the premier division of Dash Cup since the touring car era in 2015. After being called up from the EuroV8 Cup by FIAM Engineering to pilot one of its cars in place of a departing Giuseppe Marchetti, he scored a best finish of 6th-place at the Norisring street circuit in Germany after contesting the final half of the season.

The French-speaking driver hasn't attempted a race in Dash Cup since, but he has indicated that he hopes to pursue a return to the globally popular stock car championship in 2019, either in a full-schedule car or in a partial-schedule third car for any team with whom he may be able to arrange a deal. He did not mention as to whether or not his long-time sponsor Auchan would be sponsoring his car should he succeed in securing a drive.

Perreault does have past experience in stock car racing; he competed in the European Late Model Challenge in 2014, scoring two race victories for the French team Autosport Rochambeau by the conclusion of the season.
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Post by NASCARLOVER427 on Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:39 am

Former PART team to come to Super Stocks

Benjamin Dangerfield, former driver in PART and the NAAC, has announced his intention to run the full Dash Cup Super Stocks schedule under the Canada National Team banner along with former teammate in PART, Max Shivelen. Dangerfield and Shivelen raced together in PART in 2015 under the slightly different name Canada Olympic Team where Dangerfield won in his home country in the series' race at Trois-Rivieres. It is most likely the team will run under the numbers used in PART in 2015, 94 for Shivelen and 95 for Dangerfield.
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Post by pennst24 on Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:53 am

Silverback Motorsports Group to Return in 2019

Silverback Motorsports Group, Inc. announces their intention to return with an entry into the 2019 Super Series season. The team's drivers are not known at this point, but they are expected to feature an all new lineup for 2019.
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Post by UndyingLight on Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:03 pm

Maven Dragons International looks to start up a two car team in 2019
Little is known about Maven Dragons Autoracing GP or (MDGP, for short), except that the team is run by mostly rallycross drivers, legends and rookies alike. Funds have been rather amassed to save up to run for a full stock-car sim like this for years, according to Germanic owner, L. Rennan W. Donner.

"In my years over at rallycross, I have accustomed the idea of how to run a team and keep my patrons happy thereat. However, I have always had this amounting desire to move up into stock car racing, and I believe that Dach Cup could be my show. While I will not run for this team, I will be its owner."

As stated prior, this would be a two car team, but drivers are still being searched for. Mr. Donner mentioned a young Finnish driver by the name of Tervin Garnes who has been very illustrious in his rallycross career scoring a couple wins, but more or less being faded in the backround. L. Donner perhaps is taking a risk here.

Suggestions show that L. Donner is looking at another driver, but those details are to be determined. He is also in talks with a potential manufacturer of Gessler. More details are to come soon.

Maven Dragons Development to begin a one-car Aspira Juniours developmental team
L. Rennan W. Donner also stated in his press-formats that he looks to fund an Aspira Juniours team so-as he can develop young lads who want to begin a career in racing. He turns to look at his own nephew (age 17) by the name of J. Barton Donner to develop his team and skill. Again, more details are coming soon.

Master Sport International also looks towards a BTC team
Master Sport International, or USA, or Europe, or Motorsports, or any form of the name had an atrocious Dash Cup stint in 2018, and lost a lot of money. Alexa Lake intends to start a one car team in BTC in hopes to recover her team, some money, and some fame.
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Post by gwoodard41 on Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:10 pm

Terra International Motorsports will likely return with Ambercroft and Motoko

The team announced shortly after the announcement about the reorganization was made. They stated that Ashley Ambercroft and Sakura Motoko, the two primary drivers for the team are available to run a full season. The team will most likely bring in the new Interceptor or Impulse as their chassis, as long as the officials allow it. The team hopes to reserve the numbers 110 and 220 for the season.
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Post by Rovenami on Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:22 pm

Freya and Saito looking to enter Dash Cup with Takumi Hirano

Freya and Saito return to Dash Cup competition after a disastrous 2016 Aspira Junior Series campaign. The team has decided to run its own manufacturer under the codename "Skuld". They have also announced that Takumi Hirano will drive for them with backing from Panasonic. The team plans to run the season with car number 46.
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Post by Ben Atkins on Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:12 pm

Matilda Dillinger looking for drive after split from STS ATK Racing

2016 Dash Cup champion Matilda Dillinger is set to be put into free agency after STS ATK Racing elected to keep Harriet Wallace and Mauricio Gallardo in their two full-time cars, despite Dillinger finding her feet in the series after a tricky 2017. Dillinger, who won only a single race en route to winning the 2016 Pirelli Super Stocks championship, struggled in 2017, finishing outside of the top 20 in points, with a win at Darlington Speedway being her only highlight of the season.

Despite three wins so far in 2018, Dillinger has been snubbed in favour of Harriet Wallace, who has won five races, including a weekend sweep at Toddring, so far, and Spaniard Mauricio Gallardo, who has taken two wins at this point in the season, but is higher in the points than Dillinger due to more consistent results.

Dillinger was penned down to race for Citra Performance Racing; STS ATK Racing's sister team, in 2018, but the team elected to bring Evie Vance back after she spent a season away, as well as bringing on fellow Brit Ryan Truro, Jr, who shocked the world with his podium with backmarkers Proline GP at this years Spa Grand Prix.

Dillinger has had backing for some races from clothing brand Suburban for the past three seasons, but she has had no sponsorship on her car for many races this season. RA Kwik Fit Racing are allegedly interested in signing Dillinger, but are set to look at the driver market a little more in depth before making a decision, with Dillinger keeping her options open as well.

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Post by The_Wall_91 on Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:42 am

Tony Long: "I Want 2 More Chances, Spa and New York"

One time former laughing stock turned in to surprise in Dash Cup, Tony Long announced today that he wants 2 more chances, to run the Spa GP and the New York season finale.

Tony wants a chance at Spa because of 2016. In 2016, Tony's car that he was planning to use for the Spa GP was destroyed in a late race crash in the France race weekend, crushing Tony's hope of seeing the green at Spa. The car, driven by Romain Carpant, had already claimed a 3rd in the sprint and was running top 5 all of the main race until the crash.

"I still remember that crash like it was yesterday," Tony said. "We (Long Family Autosport) were having a David vs. Goliath weekend. A small team like ours had put together an amazing car that was good enough to not only keep up, but to compete with some of the biggest teams in the series."

Tony Long left Dash Cup after 2017 but he has said that he is open to one-off efforts if the time is there. With Dash Cup making a 2019 season possible, Tony knew that coming back to a series that made him a champion (Aspira Juniors Drivers Champion) would be a great finale before he sets off to other ventures.

"Spa and New York are the biggest races, open to everyone, and I want to throw my hat in to the ring as a driver" Tony said. "(Long Family Autosport) and my schedule is allowing me to go ahead and put, hopefully, a Hollywood like ending to my Dash Cup career. I miss a lot of my friends from Dash Cup and to hopefully get the chance to see them and race with them again would truly bring happiness for me."

"I would love the opportunity to drive for my one of my racing heroes with Tom Delgado" Tony said after being asked who he wanted to drive for. "Tom was one of many people who helped me early in my career to support me when I was struggling to get results in Dash Cup. I want to do these 2 races as a thank you to Tom and it would be an absolute honor to drive for him."

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Post by V8fan12 on Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:20 am

Jack Golden switches to STS, Perreault to drive the #54

After a number of seasons running the Lycoia chassis, Jack Golden Enterprises has switched to the STS Arrow in an effort to become more competitive. As the series regulations now only permit two full-time cars and one part-time entry, the team has ditched the #7 car and Siobhan McLean is now a free agent. The #54 Tissot car will be driven by Jean-Marc Perreault on his return to Dash Cup competition, while the #29 remains open but sources tell us that the seat is expected to be filled by a returning Natalie Kendall. The #70 Starbucks entry will go part-time and be driven by Proline refugee Becky O'Rodagh.

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Post by navycook75 on Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:34 am

Snowdrift retains both drivers for 2019

As expected, Snowdrift Motorsports will retain both 2018 champ Justin Keith and runner up Elizabeth Francisco. They'll also retain the sponsor Ohara Hotels after the company put a lot of money into the team last year.
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Post by Backmarker on Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:55 pm

Dietrich and Schmidt exploring Super Stocks partnerships

After last appearing in the series in select races in 2015, following an unsuccessful full-time effort in 2014, Dietrich-Schmidt Motors is reportedly exploring discussions with Super Stocks teams to offer technical support, along with sponsorship from long-time partner Equest Financial. Co-owners Thomas Dietrich and Peter Van der Schmidt have apparently expressed interest in driving for an operation that would be in need of a third driver or endurance driver. Provided that the events do not conflict with DSM's TM Europe or Master Cup operations, it can be expected that Deitrich and Van der Schmidt would be particularly interested in competing before their home crowds at Eurospeedway and Lake Gooi, respectively.
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Post by 1LapDash on Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:14 pm

French Touring Car Driver Looking For Fame In the Dash Cup

Benoit Lothaire-Irvine, a 27-year-old French touring car driver with past success is interested in joining the Dash Cup series after leaving touring car racing for a few years to try something different. Benoit hopes to find a ride and be a contender in the Dash Cup racing world.

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Post by UndyingLight on Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:10 am

Maven Dragons International confirms some line up
William Barton, who co-owns this team with James Taylor has shed some light on their three entries. CM Nova will be their chassis model, and all numbers and sponsors have been confirmed.

#5 - Vodafone CM Nova - Tervin Garnes (Age 20) - He is a Finnish native. (Owned by Tyfon Vergansc, Garnes' step dad).
#17 - Castrol GTX CM Nova - TBD - TBD - (Owned by William Barton).
#52 - Castrol GTX CM Nova - Marcello Bachelli (Age 35 - Bah-Kelly)/Claira Svhela (Age 22 - Seh-Vey-La). He is from Italy, while Svhela is from Norway. Bachelli will run all road courses, while Svhela will run non-road courses (Owned by William Barton).



1LapDash wrote:French Touring Car Driver Looking For Fame In the Dash Cup

Benoit Lothaire-Irvine, a 27-year-old French touring car driver with past success is interested in joining the Dash Cup series after leaving touring car racing for a few years to try something different. Benoit hopes to find a ride and be a contender in the Dash Cup racing world.
William Barton, of Maven Dragons International offers Lothaire-Irvine the #17 Castrol GTX CM Nova. Does he accept?
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Post by 1LapDash on Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:38 am

UndyingLight wrote:Maven Dragons International confirms some line up
William Barton, who co-owns this team with James Taylor has shed some light on their three entries. CM Nova will be their chassis model, and all numbers and sponsors have been confirmed.

#5 - Vodafone CM Nova - Tervin Garnes (Age 20) - He is a Finnish native. (Owned by Tyfon Vergansc, Garnes' step dad).
#17 - Castrol GTX CM Nova - TBD - TBD - (Owned by William Barton).
#52 - Castrol GTX CM Nova - Marcello Bachelli (Age 35 - Bah-Kelly)/Claira Svhela (Age 22 - Seh-Vey-La). He is from Italy, while Svhela is from Norway. Bachelli will run all road courses, while Svhela will run non-road courses (Owned by William Barton).



1LapDash wrote:French Touring Car Driver Looking For Fame In the Dash Cup

Benoit Lothaire-Irvine, a 27-year-old French touring car driver with past success is interested in joining the Dash Cup series after leaving touring car racing for a few years to try something different. Benoit hopes to find a ride and be a contender in the Dash Cup racing world.
William Barton, of Maven Dragons International offers Lothaire-Irvine the #17 Castrol GTX CM Nova. Does he accept?

Benoit Lothaire-Irvine enthusiastically accepts the offer.

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