Time Attack Crown
Respected Subaru tuners, Roger Clark Motorsport (RCM) have taken the 'Pro' title in the 2008 Time Attack Championship; one of the toughest series in motor racing.
The Leicestershire based team have had a phenomenal season, dominating from the outset in their own highly developed 890 BHP Subaru Impreza 'Gobstopper', to take the crown in the last nail-biting round at Snetterton circuit by a clear 16 points. The car was prepared using a Turbo Dynamics modified and blueprinted GT4094R turbocharger that has proven to be faultless all season, despite the cars monumental output.
This latest result for driver Olly Clark, adds to another superb victory earlier in the year when the team won the 'Ten Of The Best' competition at Elvington Airfield in York. This multi-discipline competition aims to find the best all-round driver and car set-up from the cream of European tuners. No team in history has ever won both events back to back. These results are made even more impressive when you realise that RCM were one of the few Pro-class contenders that didn't field a professional racing driver. Most other teams drafted in a top name wheelman to ensure success.
An amazing statistic from the team's efforts throughout the year was that at each of the six rounds the RCM car recorded the fastest straight line speed of all competitors, being measured by radar. At Snetterton, this equated to an impressive 177mph on the main straight, despite the car being geared 'short' for the circuits tighter turns.
The Roger Clark name will be familiar to motorsport fans of many generations as the undisputed hero of British rallying in the '60s and '70s. It's obvious to see that the family racing DNA is clearly evident in Roger's sons Olly and Matt who now manage and drive for the team.
On receiving his trophy, Olly was clearly elated. “It's been an unbelievable year” he said. “The team has worked so hard to get us here - and the car has been supremely reliable. I'd like to thank everybody at Turbo Dynamics that have helped us throughout the season. It's incredible that the turbo they prepared for us lasted an entire season of testing and racing. It still looks like it's good for another season yet!”
So what's next for the seemingly unstoppable outfit? “We'll be unveiling something exciting next year, don't worry!” smiles Matt. “But in the meantime, we'll be concentrating on our client's cars and looking after our road-car customers. Life in the workshop can finally get back to normal.”