Economic Growth of Northamptonshire
A positive and enthusiastic response to our marketing Intiative - promoting the Economic Growth of Northamptonshire as it was presented for the first time at the breakfast Networking Meeting on the 15th April.
THE ECONOMIC GROWTH OF NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
The government is presently investing heavily in the Northamptonshire region, making sure the infrastructure is in place to sustain industry at all levels. By the year 2010 it aims to make the East Midlands/Northamptonshire region one of the top 20 regions in Europe. A place where people want to live, work and invest because of its vibrant economy, its healthy, safe, diverse and inclusive society and its quality environment. Using our involvement in the The British Touring Car Championship we shall be promoting the regions economic potential. The branding of the team, car and transporter with a selection of companies and government organisations will give a clear economic picture of the region, highlighting the potential for commercial growth as well as continuing stability.
A special thanks to Allen Ford
A very special thanks to Allen Ford of Northmpton and especially Stuart Jenkins - CRM Manager- who, very kindly and at very short notice (just 2 hours) provided us with an ST170 Focus for our static display at the Chambers of Commerce Breakfast meeting. Our race car was to have been ready for the event but it had been delayed. We approach Allen Ford and they were pleased to be able to assist a local company and delighted to be involved such a pro-active marketing initiative for the region. Mark Mosley was invited along to the meeting not only to see first hand exactly what we propose to do but also to represent Allen Ford.
July 14th 2003 Deterination & Professionalism will see team CMS MacMillan
in the BTCC with driver Nick Leason for the long term.
Team Macmillan will be in the BTCC and maintain it will be for long term and not just a few one off race meetings to make up the grids for this year. Team CMS Macmillan have signed Nick Leason Lamborghini and one make racer long term to race for them and are hoping to get out at the end of the season to prepare for next season and beyond. more
Jan 9th 2003 Macmillan "GO Racing" to provide vital cancer care.
CMS Motorsport has joined forces with cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Relief to take on the best of British Motorsport in the 2003 British Touring Car Championship. Team Macmillan will enter a specially branded Ford Focus Macmillan car in the championship (Production Class).
The team, headed by CMS's team principle Malcolm Cleland, will raise money by directly donating a percentage of their sponsorship to Macmillan. Through the high profile championship we intend to raise the awareness of Macmillan Cancer Relief and the great work they do, whilst establishing the charity as a household name. More ...
November 8-10 Final round at Cataluyna, Spain.
The final round has been confirmed as being at the GP circuit
of Cataluyna near Barcelona. The circuit is tight, technical with fast
corners and has a mile long pit straight. The best place to overtake is
to outbrake at La Caixa but it can be rather bumpy.
Nick arrived in Cataluyna to find his team hadn't arrived and his phone
didn't work. He eventually teamed up with Boccar and they started testing
to find the car was badly misfiring. Nick was starting to think whether
this weekend could get any worse!
Qualifying took place on a very crowded circuit with group 'N' of the
Gt's joining the Lambos. As the Gt's were so much faster Nick and Boccar
only managed 31st - not a true position. "It was very confusing and
I am not really sure what did happen"
The first race saw even worse news with the gear box only lasting 4 laps.
"I didn't even get to drive!" lamented Nick.
The second race was better though with Nick starting the race and getting
up to 3rd in class which is where Boccar finished.
"I always enjoy starting a race and what a way to finish the season
with 6th overall out of 18 and 3rd in class and another trophy."
October 19-20 Round 6 Estoril, Portugal
Originally Estoril was to be a three hour endurance but
now it is two 50 minute races. The circuit is about 20 minutes from Lisbon
and is quite a complicated with mostly right hand corners. Strong sea
winds can play an important part.
Two practice and two twenty minute qualifying sessions will be on the
Friday and then race 1 on Saturday at 16:40 and race 2 on Sunday at 15:34.
Nick will be having a new partner in the Autovitesse car
"This is going to be different having Lorent as a team-mate rather
that Michel", explained Nick, "but we are hoping to have a good
Practice session 1 and 2 passed without incident round the
4,183km circuit. In the first qualifying session the car was slower giving
them 7th on the grid but in the second session the team slashed their
time by 3 seconds to give themselves a lap time only 1.02 seconds off
pole and a very well deserved 4th.
Unluckily problems prevented Nick from racing but he has
confirmed he will be racing in the last round in Spain.
September 21-22 Pergusa-Enna, Sicily
Round 5 sees the Lamborghinis traveling to the Isles of
Sicily off Italy. The road circuit is near Enna in the centre of the island
near a lake. It is 4.95 km long in a rough circle with the start now moved
to one of the 4 straights.
Unfortunately Nick was unable to race this weekend due to
unforeseen circumstances but he will be back out on track at Estoril.
July 13-14 Oschersleben, Germany - 2 more podiums
Oschersleben near Berlin is a fairly new circuit having
been completed in 1997. There are numerous corners with 2 main straights.
As is the norm with the Lamborghini GTR Supertrophy the team had two practice
sessions followed by a late qualifying session on Friday. Racing was again
on the Saturday and Sunday.
Practice was fraught with chronic understeer but eventually Nick managed
to explain what was required for a good setup and Michel qualified 8th
and Nick 7th. "I am really looking forward to the races" commented
Nick, "It's really great fun!".
Saturday's race continued with the car still having trouble turning in.
Michel started from 8th and then Nick took over at half way and he drove
the car hard bringing it home in 5th place overall and 3rd in class. "Nice!"
was Nick's comment.
Sunday was even better with the boys finishing 2nd in class. "2 podium
finishes in one weekend", said Nick, "Not too bad, eh?".
Jarama June 1st & 2nd June 2002
This round of the Lamborghini GTR Supertrophy sees Nick
jetting off to Jarama in Spain to partner Michel Mihtarian again. The
schedule of events gives them two 1 hour test sessions (the first test
session Nick has had in the car) and two qualifying sessions on Friday.
The races are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
Qualifying was very hot and marred by damage to one of the tyres so Nick
and Michel only managed 10th for the first race and 11th for the second.
In the first race Michel started well but after only 6 laps the steering
pump exploded, prematurely ending their race.
Nick started the second race and managed to climb to 6th but in the lap
prior to the change over he had a puncture. He slowly made his way back
to the pits where the wheel was changed and Michel took over and finished
Podium and top UK driver in first ever meeting. May 5th 2002
Brit winalambo.com driver Nick Leason got off to a great
start partnering Frenchman Michel Mihtarian in a last minute deal in the
Lamborghini GTR Supertophy at Silverstone .Leason managed to qualify 9th
finished 7th for the first race being the top Brit for race one, and qualified
an amazing 3rd in race two to get a podium finish in class and was overall
6th.Leason now plans to partner Mihtarian for the remainder of the season
next round being in Jarama.
"This has been a great start to the season and has been
a double bonus finishing as the top British driver for race one and to
be on the podium for race two" Leason said (see gallery).
3rd in his first Lambo meeting. May 3rd 2002
Nick gets in the car for the first time at Silverstone
today and with his team-mate starts 3rd on the grid on Sunday and 9th
'The car is so fast. I was doing 180mph down the Hanger Straight' he explained,
'but I am having some trouble with the gears'.
sign Nick Leason
' I am really excited about the huge opportunities that
have been placed in my lap' said Nick. 'To be racing against ex Formula
One drivers and recent Le Mans contenders is a challenge, but it doesn't
phase me . I am out there to win for the team and myself. There's going
to be some very red faces out there!'
His teammate should be announced very soon.
Autosport Show Jan 2002
Nick and a Lamborghini were at the Autosport show with
the Lambo girls.