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TR Fastenings Supports Short Circuit Race Dan Baldock

TR Fastenings (TR) is proudly supporting employee Dan Baldock, who after taking a 9 year break from racing, has built a Rookie Rod racing car for the 2018 race season. Dan works in TR’s headquarters in Uckfield.

Racing with promotor Spedeworth, which has 8 tracks nationally, Dan has entered into the “Rookie Rods” formula. This may be an entry formula, but it is highly competitive and has stringent technical requirements of the cars used. The cars must use a donor Nova or Corsa body shell, have a full roll-cage fitted, be fabricated fixing the fuelling system inside the car itself and be completely rewired.

The donor engine is taken from a road going car and sent away to be professionally rebuilt. Since the engine will be involved in racing, it has to have far more durable components than are standard with the engine; it is machined and fitted with different cam-shafts, pistons, head tolerances, carburettors and manifolds in order to enhance performance.

There are 18 race meetings per year, and when racers place in the top 10 per heat, they gain a certain level of points which are added to their score for the season. The award points are doubled in the final. After each race, drivers are moved up or down the season chart. Where racers are on the ladder, denotes their starting position on the grid which is managed through a roof grading system.

In addition, there are also championship meetings through the season: The Long Track meeting at Ipswich, the Supreme, held at Aldershot and the Southern & Sussex Championship, both held at Arlington. Dan has attended 4 races so far this season having completed his car and is currently positioned in the ‘blue’ grade – half way up the grid with 6 top 3 heat finishes so far including 1 race win.

Geoff Budd, TR’s European Managing Director, commented: “Dan is on course for a successful first season back after 9 years off-track. He has built the car himself, a credit to his talents as a racer and a mechanic. As a global business which has grown from a grass roots level to become a major partner to Tier 1 automotive suppliers around the globe, we always champion talent in automotive engineering. We look forward to watching Dan progress and are proud to be backing him this season.”
Published 24.07.18
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