CRDC Racing – 750 Classic Interseries

As the off-season starts to close and we start to think about racing proper, now is a good time to get organised with regard to paperwork, memberships, registration and of course payments. Phil close

If you intend to race your Crosslé 9S in the 750 Classic Interseries you will need the following:

Membership of the CRDC you will find the application form here: Membership Application 2016

Membership of the 750mc which you will find on their website at www.750mc.co.uk

Registration for the 750 Classic Interseries, you can find the registration form on the 750mc website at the address above or you will find the registration form here CRDC Classic Interseries 2016 Registration Form

If you have any problems or simply have a question please email us at racing@crossle-rdc.com

The dates are as follows, so get them in your diary now!

  • 7th May Silverstone National
  • 16th/17th July Anglesey
  • 20th/21st August Silverstone International
  • 1st/2nd October Donington GP
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Spa Ardennes Challenge races at Summer Classic Meeting, 24/25/26 June

The Spa Summer Classic race meeting at Spa Francorchamps in June is now open for entries. Attached are entry forms for the Spa Ardennes Challenge for you to download, complete and return to me, together with your entry fee – €750/£575. UK entrants can pay in Sterling through CRDC. Other entrants paying in €uro, please pay direct to the event organisers and send the entry forms to me. Payment details are at the bottom of the race entry forms which you can find here:Crossle Race Entry Forms 2016 CMYK P1 A large number of potential drivers were unable to secure entries in 2015 due to high demand. Early booking is essential to secure your place and preferred race number.

Regulations for the Spa Ardennes Challenge can be found here:SpaArdennesChal_Rules

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Crosslé Racing Drivers’ Club Committee has again put a huge effort into securing a superb racing and social weekend for you this year. This is our sixth year as an official organising group and we look forward to the full participation of all 9S owners from UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Switzerland. There are 30 Crosslé 9S cars throughout Europe, all eligible to race in the Spa Ardennes Challenge. A big turnout is essential if we are to maintain our position with the event organisers and continue to secure a good location in the paddock and pits. Apart from the convenience and other benefits of the garages to drivers and mechanics, without a good location, any CRDC promotional effort will be greatly diminished.
The CRDC Perpetual Challenge Cup will again be awarded to the driver/drivers posting the fastest time on aggregate over the two Spa Ardennes Challenge races. Previous winners will be trying hard to get their names on the cup again. Several hot contenders, including a couple of fast new joiners, are also very keen to bag it. Only paid up members of CRDC for 2016 are eligible to receive this award.
Spa has been a happy hunting ground in recent years for Crosslé 9S owners in the Spa Ardennes Challenge. Fastest lap to date by a 9S of 2.41.543 is with Andy ‘on fire’ Feigenwinter (CH) in 2011. A Magnum of Fluteau Champagne awaits the driver who can better that time in either qualifying or races this year. We entered 14 cars in 2011 and hope you will make the big effort to join us this year as we strive to beat that record. You may not win, but you will certainly enjoy the racing.
We look forward to you joining us at this great Crosslé Racing Drivers’ Club European reunion meeting.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. racing@crossle-rdc.com

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Exciting 2016 Season for Crossle 9S owners with the CRDC

2016 racing season, proposed fixtures discussed and approved at AGM.

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CRDC track and test day, Silverstone GP circuit, late March/early April.

For the 2016 home races we will join the 750 Motor Club’s new Classic Interseries.logo The series will feature cars from CRDC, SR&GT and Bernies V8s, each running as a distinct and standalone class. Races will be either 2 x 20 mins or 40 mins., final details to be confirmed.

Provisional dates are:

  • 7 May – Silverstone National,taylor kennerly 1000 x 666
  • 16/17 July – Anglesey,
  • 20/21 August – Silverstone International,
  • 1/2 October – Donington GP.

This is an exciting venture for the CRDC and provides a great environment for some truly thrilling racing and we look forward to racing with the immensely successful and historic 750 MC. It is essential for success that all CRDC members participate fully throughout the season and we look forward to your support. Membership form for 2016 here: Membership Application 2016

Additionally, there will be the opportunity for Allcomers invitation races, as in 2015, with Bentley Drivers Club and MSVR at good home venues. These Allcomers races are generally open on tyre choices, however, we expect Crosslé owners who enter to race on normal treaded tyres, per CRDC rules.

European events

Spa Summer Classic, Ardennes Challenge races, 24/25/26 June. We have been consistently successful at Spa over many years and retain this, our Blue Riband meeting, on the calendar. Early booking and payment for this event is highly recommended as it was oversubscribed in 2015 and many were disappointed.

Monza, in response to requests from several drivers, we are pursuing a suitable fixture date with a couple of organisers.

Dijon, 7/8/9 October. Following our second successful visit, we are again invited to return for Motors Cup Dijon 200km races. These races may be open on tyre choices, however, we expect Crosslé owners who enter to race on normal treaded tyres, per CRDC rules.

Our cars are eligible to participate in the French SportProtosCup 2016 race series, held at a variety of good circuits. Full details are here SportProtosCup 2.cwk (WP).

This programme promises some excellent racing in 2016. Should you have details of other racing fixtures which might suit us, please let the Committee know. If you have any questions or matters arising in connection with the 2016 race programme, please contact Mark Hobbs re UK fixtures and Eamonn Ledwidge re European fixtures.

An updated version of the 2016 calendar will be circulated in January when provisional dates are confirmed and to reflect any other amendments​.

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Dijon 2015 – Phil fills in the gaps and returns a double winner

Look out a for a full report in the next few days but for now just take a look at this great shot from our Ace Photographer Ian McGowan of Phil Ledger heading his way to a double header clean sweep in  Dijon 2015, congratulations Phil.

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Crosslé Racing Drivers at Historic Dijon

The Crosslé Racing Drivers Club make the southward journey to the historic Dijon – Prenois circuit in the beautiful region of Burgundy France this weekend (3rd/4th October).gwyn 1

The opportunity to take our cars onto the undulating twists and turns of a circuit that was at its peak during some of the best Grand Prix years of the 70s including the famously exciting duel between René Arnoux and Gilles Villeneuve, was something none of us wanted to miss.

We will have seven cars out in our own invitational class and will be racing against all manner of classic and historic sports racing cars. Last year Gwyn Pollard and Heinz Grau took most of the honours with Phil Ledger being frustrated by incidents and the weather. Who knows what will happen this year with a bigger field including the very rapid and experienced Steve Ough joining us.

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Spa Ardennes Challenge – 2015 Race Report

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Well yet again the Crosslé Racing Drivers Club put on a great show at the Spa Ardennes Challenge with exciting racing, incidents and controversy all thrown into the mix.

With 9 x 9S cars in a capacity grid of 65 cars qualifying was always going to be hectic and even on the 7km circuit finding a clear lap wasn’t going to be easy. After 30 minutes of good dry weather, a warm but slippery and busy track just over half a second separated the top 3 Crosslés of Grau (2:48.488) , Ledger (2:48.757) and Hobbs (2:49.138). Next up was Pollard with a 2:51.272 and Taylor with a 2:51.506. For his first time at Spa in the Crosslé, Kennerley did well to record a 2:53.274 and Steve Ough did not have an easy time with more disappointing mechanical problems resulting in him barely completing his mandatory 3 laps, although his time of 2:54.891 wasn’t bad considering. Our hard working Chairman Eamonn Ledwidge qualified with a 3:03.665.

For once the Crosslé drivers were not at the sharp end of the grid with Grau starting in 13th position overall we had a dozen lightweight Caterham’s in front of us, the fastest being a Caterham R300 who did a time of 2:38.716, a full 10 seconds a lap faster than our fastest.

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Heavy rain on Friday evening made all of us a bit anxious about being the first race out on Saturday morning but the sun was up early and the race would start in good dry conditions.

A rolling start of 65 cars is a spectacular sight and as we entered La Source and plunged down the hill to Eau Rouge there was plenty of very frantic racing. Hobbs got passed on the straight by a very quick BMW M3 a Tuscan V8 and the Cheng Lim Cobra, this compromised any chance of staying with Ledger and Grau but they were also being passed and at the end of lap 1 were down to 16th and 17th, Ledger going ahead briefly only to be passed by Grau. By lap 5 Grau was up to 11th with Ledger battling hard to try and get ahead. But what was more remarkable was that Steve Ough who started in 35th position after his qualifying problems was already up to 15th and chasing down Hobbs who was in 11th place.ledger grau battle 1000 x 666 Around lap 8 the pit stops started and the Ledger Grau battle continued but they dropped to 20th and 21st place. Having pitted together the race was no less intense with Phil Ledger being constantly squeezed towards the wall as Heinz Grau looked to defend his position.

Finally Ledger made a move stick at a n opportune time as The Cheng Lim Cobra had a mechanical breakage resulting in an attention grabbing straight on moment at Eau Rouge, the car burying itself into the tyre wall halfway up the hill and leaving a long set of skid marks across the track, grass and run-off areas. This brought out a red flag which gave Phil Ledger the win with Heinz Grau second and due to either luck or good tactical planning depending on your point of view Hobbs was awarded 3rd place due to the fact that at the point of stoppage he had not done his pit stop. hobbs 1000 x 666This was not illegal, but unusually for this year the regulations did not stipulate a ’pit window’ meaning that you could take your pit stop whenever you wanted, so leaving it late always meant there was a good chance of a red flag and with no penalty being applied.

The final results of Race 1 were officially based on total time for distance travelled and so this actually gave Hobbs first place overall and a fastest lap of 2:47.924. The fastest Crosslé lap was set by Heinz Grau, with a 2:47.365. phil mark trophies 1000 x 750

Race 2

With first place overall in Race 1, it would be the Crosslé 9S of Hobbs that started on pole position and led the field on the dash to La Source. As expected the fast lightweight Caterhams were soon all over the Hobbs car, although he held on to 5th place for quite a few laps and as the pit stops started around lap 8 was up to 2nd place overall, Phil Ledger had made break from Heinz Grau and was pushing Hobbs continuously, the two of them changing places on a number of occasions. It was on lap 5 when a very fast charging Steve Ough moved ahead of Hobbs and Ledger and John Taylor decided to enter the fray. The Crosslés’ now held 1st, 2nd 3rd and 4th and were having a great race. But close racing can lead to the odd mishap.

ough 2 1000 x 666 The 30 car (Hobbs) came into the pits followed very closely by the 52 car (Ough), Hobbs was a little too cautious about the pit lane speed limit and as they emerged out onto the Kemmel straight Ough had a better run of speed, got the tow and looked to pass round the outside going into the chicane, a bold move that would have worked but for another car already being there, Steve had to brake a little harder than Mark expected resulting in them coming together, Ough spinning and Hobbs taking to the escape road. With just minor damage to both cars they set about chasing after John Taylor who had yet to pit and staying ahead of Phil Ledger who was fast catching them.

taylor kennerly 1000 x 666However, John Taylor had taken note of the late pit stop tactics of Hobbs in the first race and in almost a repeat of the first race a series of incidents bought out the red flag, giving Taylor the win for the Crosslés, followed by Steve Ough and Mark Hobbs.

Fastest lap went to Steve Ough with a 2:45.756

And after a very successful first time out for Steve Ough in his new Crosslé 9S he took away the Crosslé Racing Drivers Club Perpetual Challenge Cup . Well done Steve!!

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With Champagne provided by our sponsors Fluteau for 1st through 4th fastest times aggregated over the two races as well as champagne out our traditional Saturday night dinner, this was an outstanding event and you  can easily see why racing a Crosslé 9S with the CRDC is just so popular.

This was a super weekends racing, a great social event and once again the Crosslé Racing Drivers Club showed just what a great ambassador it can be for Crosslé 9s racing cars in the mainland European market.

Finally, I would like to say a big thank you to Ian McGowan for his sterling work as the official Crosslé Racing Drivers Club photographer. We have great photographs, just a selection of them are shown in this post but I will put more up in the next few days. Thanks Ian, your photographs are great.

The  ill thought out pit stop rule resulted in unsatisfactory results for some drivers, but hopefully this can be resolved for next year’s race and overall everyone had a great weekend racing on one of the best tracks in the world.

Can’t wait for the next round at Dijon!!

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9 x 9s head for Spa to take on the Spa Ardennes Challenge

Once again the Crosslé Racing Drivers Club are off to Belgium for our annual pilgrimage to the magnificent Spa Francorchamps circuit. Last year we encountered one of the wettest racing weekends ever and our drivers did well to stay on the track, with Phil Ledger doing a great job to get 1st amongst the CRDC members.pack

This year we have two new drivers in Steve Ough with his very smart brand new factory built Crosslé 9S and Peter Kennerley, both of whom will be racing their cars at Spa for the first time. Compare that with Mark Hobbs, Eamonn Ledwidge, Gwyn Pollard and John Taylor who have completed for many years at this circuit with plenty of podiums and outright wins between them. In addition this year we have the very fast Heinz Grau and the unknown to me Thomas Stoller and of course we cannot forget last years winning team the ‘Ledgers’ with Phil at the wheel and Nick at the spanners, cleaning products and general concours preparation standards they are a formidable team and probably favourites to take away the winners trophy again this year. It’s obviously disappointing that the factory yellow peril car  driven by the super quick Arnie Black will not be there this year and for a number of reasons there are about 5 or 6 regulars missing, but I am sure they will be back. The race weekend is fully booked with a capacity grid for the Spa Ardennes Challenge.

In addition CRDC will put up a magnum of Fluteau Champagne for presentation to the 9S driver setting a time better than 2.41.543 in the Spa Ardennes Challenge – either practice or races this year.  Time must appear on the organiser’s official result sheet.  This is the record time set by Andy Feigenwinter a few years back and we think its time it was beaten. winners crop

Overall this is simply a great racing event for everyone with outstanding on track action combined with, fun and enjoyable socialising. Basically what else would you be doing on a late spring weekend?Spa June 2012 080

We will be positioned in the Endurance garages so if you would like to come and say hello please do. Saturday night will be our regular dinner at the Relais de Pommard, so if you fancy a cold Belgian beer and steak frites then come along and join us, the price is always reasonable!!

See you in Spa

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Spa Ardennes Challenge 2015

The Spa Summer Classic meeting at Spa Francorchamps in June is now open for race entries.  Below are entry forms for the two Spa Ardennes Challenge races, one form for UK drivers (sterling) and one for mainland European or Euro zone drivers.   Please download, Crossle Race Entry Forms AW V3 LR 10 02 15 complete and return by email to Eamonn Ledwidge at racing@crossle-rdc.com, together with your entry fee of just £560 per car – a 25% reduction on last years costs.  UK entrants can pay in Sterling through CRDC.  Other entrants paying in €uro, please send the entry forms to us but pay direct to the event organiser.

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Crossing the line

Please remember the fee covers 2 x 40 minute races plus a 30 min practice/qualifying.

CRDC Committee has again put a huge effort into securing a superb racing and social weekend for you this year.  This is our fifth year as an official organising group and we look forward to the full participation of all 9S owners from UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Switzerland.  There are 30 Crosslé 9S cars throughout Europe, all  eligible for the Spa Ardennes Challenge races.
 The CRDC Perpetual Challenge Cup will again be awarded at this meeting to the driver/drivers posting the fastest time on aggregate over the two Ardennes Challenge races.    Previous winners, Arnie Black and Philip Ledger will be trying hard to get their names on the cup again.  Several hot contenders, including a couple of fast new joiners, are also very keen to bag it. Only paid up members of CRDC for 2015 are eligible to receive this award.
Spa has been a happy hunting ground in recent years for Crosslé 9S owners in the Spa Ardennes Challenge.  We have had outright wins in 2009 – Beat Eggimann (CH), 2010 – Mark Hobbs/Jez Clark (GB), 2011 – Mark Hobbs/Jez Clark (GB),  2012 – Kaspar Huggenberg (CH), 2013 – Arnie Black (GB),  with several cars placed in the top 5 each year.  Fastest lap by a 9S to date: 2.41.543 is with Andy ‘on fire’ Feigenwinter (CH) in 2011.  We entered 14 cars in 2011 and hope you will make the big effort to join us this year as we strive to beat that record.  You may not win, but you will certainly enjoy the racing.

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2015 Racing Calender

crossle 58 with corvetteBelow is a calendar of races and events for which our cars are eligible in 2015.

Our first gathering will be the track and test day at Silverstone GP circuit on Saturday 21 March.  Event organiser is Silverstone circuit, please make your booking, and pit garage reservation, direct with them: www.silverstone.co.uk

CRDC Race Calendar 2015
The 2015 calendar offers an excellent mix of home and European fixtures with races to suit all budgets. We’re again welcome to race with the Sports 2000s, subject to running the sponsor Yokohama’s slicks, and several good meetings at interesting tracks will include invitation races in which we can compete.
We look forward to seeing you all in action with us this year. Do please let us know which of these events you’re planning to do, and if there are any others which appeal which we may be unaware of.

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Crosslé Racing Drivers Club at the Autosport International show

To anyone interested in meeting and chatting about racing with us in 2015 or acquiring a Crosslé 9S sports racing car then please let us know via email to racing@crossle-rdc.com . There will be a large number of in attendance at the show on Friday 9th January 2015.

phil over 1We look forward to seeing you there.

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