Tuesday, May 29, 2018
A bumper 66 teams of sailors from Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain and the Netherlands raced in the 19th edition of the Landsail Tyres J-Cup - the J-Boats festival of racing.
The cup also also incorporated four UK National championships for the J97, J88, J109, and J111 Classes. All four championships were decided in the very last race and the IRC and J/92 Classes also displayed highly competitive fields.
Paul van Driel & Hans Zwijnenburg's Dutch J111 Sweeny became the first overseas team to claim the J-Cup, the overall prize, in the history of the event. Sweeny was also won the 11-strong J111 Class, winning the last two races, to come from behind.
“Winning the J-Cup comes as quite a surprise.” smiled Paul van Driel. “I would really like to thank the organisers, they did a really good job, producing outstanding racing. We love coming to this event because we get such a warm welcome and everybody is so helpful, We love racing in the J-Cup and that is why we will definitely come back.”
In the J88 Class there was a photo finish with J-Dream winning on countback from Gavin Howe's Tigris. Tim Tolcher's Raging Bull was third and Richard Cooper's Jongleur made the podium in two races to finish fourth.
Five teams made the podium in the J109 championship, won by Jolly Jack Tar in the final leg of the final race. John Smart's Jukebox made the podium in every race to finish a worthy runner-up, and Neil Angel's Diamond Jem was third, just two points ahead of Simon Perry's Jiraffe. Chris Preston's Jubilee scored a podium finish to end the regatta in fifth.
In the J111 National Championship Sweny's victory could not resolve the UK championship as they were ineligible, so the honours went to Journeymaker II, which finished in second place for the class, with Sjaak Haakman's Dutch team on Red Herring claiming third, just a point ahead of Michiel van der Meulen's Swiss Lällekönig. Sebastian de Liedekerke's Djinn and Paul Griffiths' Jagerbomb also scored podium race finishes.
The 20-strong J70 Class was hotly contested with seven teams making the podium over the six race series. Graham Clapp's Jeepster scored two race wins and discarded a fourth. Consistency was the name of the game, aided by world class talent including NACRA 17 World Champion Ben Saxton. Olympic 49er sailor Sophie Ainsworth. Geoff Carveth and Doug Struth's DSP was second and Clive Bush's Darcey was third. Patrick Liardet's Cosmic finished the regatta with a 2-2 to place fourth and Paul Ward's Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat scored a race win to finish fifth.
In the IRC class Caz Ivil's Davanti Tyres won the class for the second year in a row but was pushed hard all the way by Mike and Sarah Wallis' J122 Jahmali, which won the last two races of the series to come runner-up. Mike Lewis' J80 Jester was on the podium for all but one race, to finish the regatta in third and Angus Bates J133 Assarain IV also made the podium. Piotr Nahajski’s J95 Jollity was fifth.
“We had some really good teams to race against, and the variety of conditions and courses kept us on our toes the whole regatta.” said Chaz. “I have hardly ever missed a J-Cup, because it is an outstanding event, and really well organised which attracts a great bunch of people to come and race their team. Racing with lots of boats on the race course, was a great experience and good practice for Cowes Week.”
The J92 Class winner was Robin Stevenson's Upstart, which held on to win by a single point from Jack Banks' Nightjar. David Greenhalgh's J'ronimo was always in contention but an OCS in Race 4 proved costly, with the team finishing third for the regatta. Guy Stansell's Captain Scarlett and Ralph Mason's Jabberwock tied after time correction in Race 4.
The Regatta Supper and Final Prize Giving at the Cowes Event Centre was a fitting occasion to bring the 2018 Landsail Tyres J-Cup to a close. Key Yachting's Paul Heys was the Master of Ceremonies, and as each winner came up for their prize, they were cheered on by the J-Boats family
Thursday, May 24, 2018
A bumper entry of 66 teams is set to challenge for the Landsail Tyres J-Cup this Bank Holiday weekend.
The 19th edition of the ever popular J-Boats festival has 11 different examples of the range, including four National Championships for the J/88, J/97, J/109 and J/111 Classes. Organised by the Island Sailing Club, the action is exciting and highly competitive, racing on tight Solent courses.
An international fleet of J/111s will be racing, featuring 11 teams from Belgium, Germany Great Britain, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The J/111 World Championship will be held in Breskens, Netherlands this September and the Landsail Tyres J-Cup, in partnership with B&G, is an important part of the build up.
“We have a great fleet for the J-Cup and Sweeny is really looking forward to this event," said Paul van Driel, owner-driver of the Sweeny boat. "The J-Cup is extremely important for us since it is our last chance before the Worlds to see where we stand in this international field, we expect really close racing.”
The ever popular J/109 Class will also have 11 teams on the start line for its National Championship, including last year's winner David Richards aboard Jumping Jellyfish and 2016 National Champion Joe Henry with Jolly Jack Tar.
The J/70 Class will be out in force with 21 teams registered including the top contenders for the UK Grand Slam Series. Ian Wilson's Soak Racing will have Irish Olympian Marshall King on the tiller, Swansea's Philip Rees will be racing Bryn, and Doug Struth's DSP will represent the Royal Southern YC, with Geoff Carveth on the team. Martin Dent's Jelvis will also be in the mix.
The J/88 Classes will also be contesting its National Championship at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup. The 2016 National Champion and J-Cup winner, Gavin Howe, will be looking to win back the title aboard Tigris. David and Kirsty Apthorp's J Dream has previously been runner up and third and they are hungry for their first J/88 National Title.
Andy and Annie Howe's Black Jack II will be going for a hat-trick of National Titles in the J/97 Class but they will face stuiff competition from Bob and Jon Baker's retuirning Jaywalker, runner-up last year, pus entries from Robert Hunt's Jumblesail 2 from Hamble and Yann Gindre's L'Opale from La Trinite Sur Mer.
The J-Cup always has an atmosphere quite different to other regattas," said Annie Howe. "Maybe it's because we all have something in common, but for us it seems to encapsulate what we have always strived for, serious racing on the water. We haven’t missed a J-Cup since we got our first J-Boat in 2009. Every one is different and we’ve had a blast at every single one of them.”
Six teams will be racing in the J/92 class. Robin Stevenson's 2015 J-Cup winner, Upstart and Guy Stansell's Captain Scarlet, are both members of the Sussex Yacht Club in Shoreham. Brian Malone's Blue Diamond Dodjer and Jack Banks' Nightjar will be representing the host, Island Sailing Club, Ralph Mason's Jabberwock will be racing, and David Greenhalgh's J'ronimo, a former overall winner of Black Group at Cowes Week, will be representing the Royal Southern Yacht Club.
Six One Design Classes will be racing at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup, with additional IRC entries from Mike Lewis' J/80 Jester, Piotr Nahajski's J/95 Jollity, Angus Bates' J/133 Assarain IV, Mike & Sarah Wallis' J/122 Jahmali and the holder of the J-Cup, Chaz Ivill's J/112 Davanti Tyres.
A maximum of nine races are scheduled over three days from Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27.
For more information visit Islands Sailing Club or www.j-cup.co.uk.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Driving charity Speed Of Sight and Landsail Tyres have launched a new partnership for 2018.
The Manchester-based organisation uses specially adapted high-performance cars to offer track day experiences for individuals with disabilities, including the blind and partially sighted. Landsail will support SOS in fundraising efforts and at awareness events.
Landsail will also provide tyres for its vehicles, which include a powerful unique kit car. Resembling a Caterham Seven, it has been adapted with dual controls including two steering wheels to allow disabled drivers to drive at race-speeds in tandem with an instructor.
Trusted by millions, Landsail offers one of the widest ranges of tyre sizes and types in the UK and will also run special limited discount offers in conjunction with Speed Of Sight during the partnership.
Speed Of Sight Charity CEO Mike Newman, who was born blind and holds the world record for the fastest speed driven by a man blindfolded (200.51mph) and the fastest speed piloting a boat blindfolded (93.58mph) said that the support of Landsail was very important to the charity’s work.
“I have always loved speed - and in particular being in control of speed,” he said. “But as a blind person feeding that passion is challenging.
“What Speed Of Sight does is make it much easier for individuals who may not be able to independently experience high-speed driving to enjoy the thrill of a track day.
“Having the support of an organisation like Landsail Tyres, which really understands what we are doing and more importantly, why we are doing it, is important. The nature of life is that to run a charity like this there are costs to meet and equipment we need.
“Partnering with Landsail, a brand that truly gets what our mission is, is a great step for us because we are working with a business that shares our goals.”
Peter Cross, Landsail’s UK Commercial Manager, said: “The opportunity to join forces with Speed Of Sight was one we simply couldn’t ignore.
“It is hard to imagine how it feels to want to feel the thrill of speed, the power of controlling a vehicle, without ever being able to do it.
“By supporting Speed Of Sight we hope to play a part in helping more disabled people break down that barrier and enjoy an experience that most people take for granted.”
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Landsail all-new all season tyre 4-Seasons was introduced around one year ago in direct response to the growing demand for a versatile tyre range that can cope with both summer and winter driving conditions.
The Landsail 4-Seasons All Weather PCR pattern offer twenty five sizes across two pattern options in both the car and commercial market sectors and incorporates a number of important features and benefits including a unique tread design that has been specially created to further enhance driver confidence in all weather road surfaces.
Additionally the tread pattern incorporates built in special inner blocks with an extensive level of wave stereoscopic sipes to reassuringly maintain absolute rigidity on the road as well as complete control and highly impressive tractive performance in harsh winter conditions including ice, snow and rain. Whilst computer optimised tread pattern pitches greatly reduce noise levels to ensure a quiet and comfortable drive.
Finally three wide longitudinal drainage grooves complete with a multiple cross pattern design guarantees increased dispersement of water, snow and slush plus a large outside block pattern gives an impressive level of rigidity and a high standard of overall steering performance.
The new Landsail All Season range presents an extremely versatile option in this increasingly competitive market and represents the very latest tyre from Landsail who have swiftly emerged as the UK and Ireland's best selling budget brand. The range is currently available in sizes from 175/70R14 up to 225/45R17 in 45, 55, 60, 65 and 70 series.
For additional information on the Landsail 4 Seasons range call Landsail Tyres on 08444 939000.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
We released a story last year about Sentury Tyres, Landsail’s parent company, opening a new factory in Thailand - now that factory is fully operational and the first batch of tyres have arrived in the UK and Ireland.
You may have noticed a few tiny changes in the EU Tyre Label scores for a few sizes (nearly all positive) - this is due to subtle changes in the processes in production machinery at the new plant.
In addition to newly opened Thai factory, Sentury has also announced plans to build a $530 million consumer tyre plant in the USA. The plant, to be located in Georgia, is anticipating production to start in 2018 and will build up to a projected manufacturing capacity of 12 million passenger and light truck tires taking Sentury’s total capacity to 37 million tyres a year with all three facilities.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
After the recent success of the relaunch in Northern Ireland, the Magowan Tyres Wholesale team are hoping to replicate in the Republic of Ireland with a concentrated sales push.
Jonny Douglas, Sales Manager at MT Wholesale says “With a new strategy and new branding for Landsail, it makes sense to push the brand a lot more. It’s the leading budget brand on the market with good EU label scores and we’re backing it up with great support for our dealers.”
MT Wholesale are also planning on using Landsail to expand their dealer network in southern Ireland. In October, members of Magowan Wholesale and Landsail Tyres came together to exhibit at the Auto Trade Expo in Ireland.
Jonny says “With dealers coming to the show from all over and the very competitive offering Landsail provides, we’re sure to grow the brand and its awareness in Ireland.”
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Ian Gore, Owner of Bold Tyre Centre in St Helens has been in the motor trade for nearly 20 years, covering nearly all aspects including sales, service, mot, repairs and tyres.
After owning and operating various motor services sites, Ian decided to specialise in tyres, an area he enjoyed most and felt he could excel in. He opened Newton Tyre in 2011 and a few years later, expanded and merged it into a bigger site in Bold, St Helens.
From tyre fitting, repairs and balancing to computerised wheel alignment, Bold Tyre Centre caters to nearly all vehicles including cars, 4x4’s, vans, caravan, and HGV’s and have earned a reputation based on their quality to be contracted fitters for Nissan’s GTR range and a local supercar dealership to name a few.
Bold Tyre Centre’s success can be attributed to the team’s one simple rule: putting their customers first and going the extra mile whenever required. Ian and his team know a good tyre when they see it which is why they’ve been selling Landsail Tyres for nearly five years and have never looked back.
Ian says “As a brand, I cannot praise it enough. There’s a number of tyre brands on the market that offer consumers performance without the big price tag but for us, Landsail stands out head and shoulders above the rest. We very often get customers favourably comparing Landsail to premium brands and deciding to stick with them for their future tyre purchases.”
“The brand’s given us a large loyal customer base who are happy with the product and not only return to us, but recommend us to others and we’re very grateful to them. Our goals are to keeping building and growing upon the solid foundations we have made with the continued hard work and dedication of our fantastic team to further solidify our reputation as a customer focused company.”
For more information on how to become a Landsail Performance Centre, contact your GroupTyre account manager.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Days are starting to get shorter and colder so it’s time to start thinking about winter tyres. It’s common knowledge for fitters, but most of the general public don’t realise the importance of winter tyres. They’re not just for snowy and icy condition, but for any conditions in temperature below 7° celsius.
Landsail’s winter range is a great affordable choice for all drivers in the UK and consists of the Winter Lander, Winter Star and Snow Star.
The Winter Lander is designed for the PCR market and delivers excellent performance in cold snowy conditions. It features an advanced winter grip compound for enhanced traction, a V-shaped tread pattern to evacuate water and special snow traction grooves and sipes for superior snow bite.
The Winter Star is a high performance tyre designed specifically for SUV’s and 4x4’s. With a cold weather silica compound, an advanced shoulder design and 3D sipes, the Winter Star offers improved traction and braking in the depths of winter.
For commercial van drivers, the Snow Star delivers grip, durability and performance in demanding conditions. It’s saw tooth lateral grooves maximise grip force and maintain handling while the progressive shoulder design provides robust traction when cornering. For more information on Landsail’s winter range, contact your business development manager or our sales department.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Landsail held a special corporate day with the help of Sion Ellis, their sponsored rally driver in various Welsh series, where a handful of key local dealers were invited to the Forest Experience Rally school in Powys, Wales to have a taste of rallying.
Everyone had a chance to go around the course with an instructor but the highlight of the event was a fast and exhilarating stage as a passenger with Sion behind the wheel of his Landsail Tyres Nissan Sunny GTi.
In the Welsh Rally series, Dolgellau’s Sion faced disappointment at the weekend as his championship hopes went up in smoke at the Winner Garage Wyedean Stages based in the Forest Of Dean.
With only a finish required to take the ANWCC Forest Rally Championship, Ellis and Chester-based Dan Nieroda took the Landsail Tyres-backed Nissan Sunny to Mitcheldean for the season finale of both the ANWCC and Welsh Rally Championships. “We only need to finish to take the title and a good result will also help with our class position in the Welsh Championship.” Explained Ellis.
Overnight rain left the gravel roads of the Forest of Dean in a very difficult condition as the pair lined up for the first stage. With a focus on a finish, a steady run through the slippery stage saw the Blendline Apparel supported pairing hold a comfortable position overall, but disaster was to strike on the first corner of the second stage.
A few hundred yards into the second stage a brake line was to burst under the car, forcing the crew to drive at a reduced pace but worse was to come as the brake fluid was leaking onto the hot exhaust resulting in smoke and a small fire underneath the car. Pulling up on the stage, Ellis and Nieroda extinguished the fire and went to work finding a solution to fix the brake lines. Working on the car in the forest, the AutoMax prepared Nissan Sunny was soon on its way again but the effort was to be in vain as the team ended up with too many time penalties and out of the event.
“It is very disheartening; the car is ready to continue but we have gone over our allowed lateness. We still take second in the ANWCC Forest Championship and second in our class for the Welsh Championship.” Said Nieroda at the rally-base in Mitcheldean. “We have to say thanks to everyone who have helped us on the events and in the workshop, we’re still pleased to have achieved what we have this year and we’re now looking at plans for 2017.”
Friday, September 23, 2016
Last Friday, the north-west corner of Wales held the final round of the British Drift Championship at Anglesey. The circuit is located right on the coastline and gives some great views from where it is situated, the only downside to this place is you never really know what weather you’re going to get.
Saturday morning. the drovers woke up to bright sunshine but the temperature didn’t match how it looked. The track only featured two corners and four clipping points but that didn’t make it any less challenging because of the high speed entry and first corner down into a tight second hairpin.
Wayne’s first few runs in practice were spoilt by yellow flags and his next run resulted in the auxiliary belt coming off mid corner and which prevented him finishing the run. He limped the car back to the pits to rectify the issue, fit a new belt and headed back out for the rest of practice.
The car was feeling great and this meant it was easier for me to run the line the judges had asked for. A couple of sets of tyres and an hour later, that was the end of the practice session so the car was prepped for Sunday.
The practice session went without issue for Wayne who was happy that he was getting the best out of himself and the car. After a quick refuel and new set of tyres, Wayne headed out for qualifying.
“I put my first run in and it felt good from in the car and after the run I got a message say it was good enough for 2nd place at the time with 6 more cars to go. By the time my second run came round I was sitting in 2nd place and guaranteed a top 8 place so had no pressure on my next run I pushed harder than my first run as there was nothing to lose and I scored better than the first but not enough for top spot and after all the cars had qualified I dropped down a place to 3rd.”
For the second round running, Wayne qualified top 8 which meant he was straight in the main event without having to take part in sudden death battles. His first battle was against Matt Carter from Team Japspeed who had won his sudden death battle to make it to the top 16.
A slight drizzle started coming down as Wayne and Matt sat waiting but it didn't seem to be enough for anyone to start altering tyre pressures or anything.
“When it came to our battle, just as we set off from the line the drizzle got a bit harder but as we initiated into the first corner the initial grip was ok then all of a sudden it went and it was like being on ice. I managed not to spin but because of the amount of angle the car had it put me massively off line.”
“For the second run I was chase car and this time I thought I knew what to expect but the levels of grip had changed and where there was a bit before, there wasn't this time and I caught the tyre wall with the rear of my car which caused me to straighten and at that point I knew I had lost the battle unfortunately and that was the end of my day.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my sponsors for their support over the year and without them it wouldn't have been possible for me to compete in the British Drift Championship.”
Even with a few car problems this year, Wayne managed to finish the British Drift Championship season in a solid 8th place. The real challenge for Wayne will come later this year as he's soon to become a father.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Wayne Keeber had a great weekend at the Lydden Hill British Drift Championship giving one of his best performances.
Wayne says "There was a slight change of layout this time for Lydden as the track was to be run in reverse which has been done once before and personally I prefer it in reverse. It's a more challenging and technical layout which makes the drivers work harder to run the line the judges wanted to see. I'm always up for a challenge and was looking forward to this one."
Also for this round the format was changed due to time restrictions and this meant that a majority of our practice was on Saturday instead of all being Sunday.
"Practice for me was really good, I felt good in the car and was loving the track layout as it was rewarding the brave drivers as a fast and on the edge entry was needed to be able to make the track work. I was happy with how practice went and was looking forward to qualifying and battles on Sunday."
On Sunday morning the drivers had a final 30 minute practice which was used to check track conditions as there had been rain overnight but there was no real change from the previous day. After practice it was qualifying and Wayne was confident of a decent result but it is always going to be hard to achieve due to the quality of the driving in BDC this year.
With only two runs in qualifying, Wayne's first was a good banker run which put him in 6th position initially with 7 or 8 drivers still to do their runs. He dropped a wheel in the dirt on the final corner which may of resulted in a slight reduction in points but wouldn't impact his overall score too much. For his second run, Wayne was able to push a little harder knowing that he had definitely qualified and he improved on his first run even though he caught the dirt again in the same place. Wayne managed to score higher than his first and ended up qualifying in 7th - his best of the year. Being in the top 8 it meant Wayne would sit out the sudden death battles which determines the second half of the top 16 battles.
Into the top 16 and Wayne's first battle was against Adam Simmons in his Skyline R33 from Slide Motorsport. Wayne started as the lead car in the first run and managed to keep a good lead. Adam called a 5 minute rule between runs due to his aux belt coming off, with this fixed they lined back up and this time Wayne was chasing. He kept as close as he could to Adam and the judges awarded him the win.
The next battle was to be against ex champion Matt Carter from Team Japspeed. This one was going to be hard as Matt is regarded as one of the best in the UK. Matt was lead car for the first run and although Wayne had a good chase, a slight mistake gave Matt the advantage. In Wayne's lead run, he couldn't shake Matt off which meant Matt progressed to the next battle and Wayne was knocked out.
Wayne says "I wasn't disappointed however as I had the best weekend I've had for a while and added some more decent points on the board. This means I'm up to 6th in the championship with one more round to go at Anglesey in Wales which is also going to be a new layout this year. I hope I can carry this good weekend onto the final round and have a strong finish to the year."
Catch Wayne at the final BDC event in Anglesey on the 17th and 18th of September.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
In response to the growing demand for All Season tyres across Europe, Landsail have launched their new 4-Seasons tyre. Available in the UK and Ireland exclusively through Grouptyre, the 4-Seasons is now available in a range of 25 sizes across two patterns covering both car and commercial sectors.
Both patterns incorporate a number of impressive features and benefits including a unique tread design specially created to give drivers confidence in all weather conditions. The tread pattern includes special inner blocks providing an extensive amount of wave stereoscopic sipes to effectively maintain rigidity on the road and guarantee complete control and impressive tractive performance in winter conditions such as rain, ice and snow.
At the same time, the computer optimised tread pattern pitches efficiently reduce noise levels giving a quiet and comfortable drive. Three wide longitudinal drainage grooves coupled with the tyres’ multiple cross pattern design guarantees increased dispersal of water, slush and snow, whilst the large outside block pattern ensures sufficient rigidity as well as a high standard of overall steering control.
In effect, the Landsail 4-Seasons All Weather PCR tyre offers a very versatile option and the range is currently available in sizes from 175/70R14 through to 225/45R17 in 45, 55, 60, 65 and 70 series.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Landsail has recently undergone a brand refresh to add further proof of the quality of the product that’s derived from their industry leading manufacturing plant. The new brand identity will be aimed at both the trade and the public and will re-affirm Landsail’s position as the smart choice, by showcasing their exceptional value for money.
With a range now spanning over 250 sizes, including their latest venture into the all season market, Landsail tyres offer comprehensive coverage for the UK market.
What makes Landsail quality so special is the cutting edge factory they’re built in. With a fully autonomous production line, the Landsail factory is what’s considered a revolutionary, Industry 4.0 factory with the entire plant working as one unit with very limited input from human engineers.
The results of this are tyres produced in an extremely efficient manner, which when paired with Grouptyre’s focus on supply chain cost reduction, means that high quality products can be offered at consumer friendly pricing.
Working with brand agency, Row-A, Landsail has repositioned to reflect its high-tech, industry leading manufacturing processes, with a look and feel inspired by and utilising high-tech film visual effects; underpinned by a new proposition ‘Driving Innovation’. This highlights the unique benefits of Landsail, as well as giving the brand significant stand-out against not only economy tyres, but brands at a higher price point.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Trevor Brock was in the tyre industry for 17 years before he decided to start his own business with a partner selling car and agricultural tyres. Over 23 years later, and Wymondham Tyres are one of the top tyre fitters in town, focusing completely on new car tyres.
Wymondham Tyres also provide related services like wheel alignments and have a wide range of accessories and parts for your vehicle including exhausts and batteries.
With so many years of experience, Trevor and his team know a good tyre when they see one so they’ve been selling Landsail tyres for over four years now.
Trevor says “We had a lot of economy brands before but none have stuck like Landsail. It’s a good tyre, both in terms of performance and price and the fact that it has a large range from super-mini to luxury SUV means it’s good to keep on the shelf.
“We get two kind of customers here: ones with the money and preference for premium and others who just want a good reliable tyre, AKA a Landsail. I’ll even go as far to say they’re the best economy tyres we’ve ever sold.”
Thursday, August 4, 2016
One of our Grouptyre distributors, Oak Tyres, has added a new fleet of eleven Landsail delivery vans to their already 100-strong fleet of vans to help increase brand awareness for Landsail. The new vans will be split among Oak’s warehouse locations in Haydock, Trafford, Washington and Leeds.
Mark Hurst, Fleet & Transport Manager said: “Not only will the new vans will help bring more efficiency to our operations but they’ll also bring valuable brand recognition for Landsail Tyres to the areas in which they operate. The added capacity in addition to the tracking software will mean we’ll be able to provide even better service to our customers.”
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The sun was shining and the tyres were smoking as Wayne and his Toyota Soarer thrashed the Teesside Autodrome course for the British Drift Championships on July 16th and 17th.
An unfortunate misfire popped up during practice which caused Wayne and his team to leave practice to replace the spark plugs. The misfire reappeared in the next practice and the team diagnosed it as potentially the ignition coil breaking down when it got too hot. Letting the car cool down worked and Wayne managed to qualify for the sudden death battles.
Wayne says ”My battle would be against Gaz Taylor in his s14a, I was chase car for the first run and it was a clean mistake free run but I struggled to match Gaz's pace due to grip. The second run saw me leading but again due to a slight grip advantage, Gaz was able to stay slightly closer to me than I could him which gave him to win. I was happy to make it to battles and the weekend's result altogether given the car issue and missing most of practice to be able to set the car up better. “
Wayne’s toughest challenge this year is just around the corner and it’s not drifting as he and his girlfriend are expecting a baby at the end of the drift season in early November. Congratulations Wayne!
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Dolgellau’s Sion Ellis drove with the championship in mind on the weekend’s Nicky Grist Stages as he now continues to lead his class, category and the overall standings of the ANWCC Championship.
With stand-in navigator Siobhan Pugh alongside, Ellis headed to Builth Wells where the Welsh and ANWCC competitors were joined by the elite of the British Rally Championship for the event run in the forests of Crychan, Halfway, Route 60 and Monument.
An opening loop of four stages was to see Ellis take the Landsail Tyres supported Nissan Sunny to 52nd overall after a tricky morning in the damp and misty forests. “It’s really difficult out there, the stages have cut up meaning we’re losing traction in the rough sections. The AutoMax boys are having to change some damaged suspension components already.” Said Ellis.
Heading out for the afternoon loop, a repeat of the first, the stages were to suffer more damage to the roads leading to Ellis and Pugh taking the decision to get the Morris Lubricants backed Nissan to the finish of the event. “With the positions we hold in the championship, it would have been silly to cause more damage to the car and risk more valuable points.” Explained Ellis. “We dropped time in the afternoon costing us some places but the car is still in one piece and we continue to lead the ANWCC series.”
Ellis ended the event 56th overall and now leads the Overall, Two-Wheel-Drive and class championships while also maintain his class podium position in the Welsh Rally Championship. The result also gives Pugh the lead in the FMP Challenge.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Dolgellau’s Sion Ellis heads to Mid-Wales this weekend, as his Welsh and ANWCC Rally Championship campaign takes him to the Nicky Grist Stages, held in the forests around the Epynt Military Ranges.
The Landsail Tyres backed driver looks to strengthen his championship lead within the ANWCC series and also build on his third position in class for the Welsh Championship having missed the previous round last month. “Finances and time constraints forced us to miss the last round of the Welsh, but fortunately we didn’t lose too much ground to our championship competitors.” Said Ellis.
Ellis will be joined by Siobhan Pugh for the Nicky Grist Stages, as usual navigator Dan Nieroda has Formula One commitments. Pugh guided Ellis earlier in the year when the pair took a class win on the Mid-Wales Stages, “We get on well with Siobhan, she has experience with many drivers in many cars and we both really like this event. The stages are fast and flowing so should suit our car.” Explained Sion. “The event runs with the British Rally Championship this year too, so there will be a good amount spectator’s out on the stages.”
Setting off from the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, the Morris Lubricants supported Nissan Sunny GTi will be joined by the best drivers in the country as the British Rally Championship will also feature on the event. Ellis said, “It’s great to be part of the top championship in the country against the best drivers. Obviously their cars are more powerful (and expensive!) compared to our Nissan but we will be focusing on our own rally.”
Images courtesy of ni:media, please credit if used.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The track layout at Driftland was awesome and allowed for some close twinning and having the concrete wall to rub was added bonus. Initial thoughts seeing the track layout were that that the high powered Soarer might struggle with it being a technical track it actually worked really well.
Saturday, everyone had a short practice session in which Wayne Keeber only managed 2 runs due to an oil leak on the turbo. Sunday, there was two and a half hours practice before qualifying and all day there was a threat of rain which none of the drivers wanted. Wayne was happy with how practice went.
Wayne says "I was ready for my two qualifying runs, the first run was a nothing spectacular but a relatively safe run. On the second run, I pushed it a little more and it felt a better overall run but a small dirt drop lost me a couple points."
Wayne qualified 15th which meant he made it to the main show. His first battle in sudden death was against his team-mate Olly, which he ended up winning and moved onto the top 16. The next battle was in the top 16 battle and against his best mate and sponsor Marc Huxley but whilst waiting for our battle the weather changed and the rain started to fall. A quick change of tyre pressures to try and compensate for the rain but grip levels were a complete unknown.
Waynes says "I chased Hux for the first run but it was so slippy that it resulted in a spin from Hux and as long as I didn’t do the same on my lead run I had a pretty good advantage to take the win. The rain continued to fall and on my top 8 battle against Gary Dunne I just didn’t have enough grip dialled into the car which meant Gary was able to take the win."
All in all it was a good day for Wayne and his Soarer which finished in the top eigher and are currently sitting joint sixth in the British Drift Championship.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016