2010 NEWS

 

19th November 2010

New talent try out Enigma Motorsport at Formula Ford sampler day

Rockingham Speedway in Northamptonshire played host to the annual Formula Ford sampler day, where potential Ford racers for 2011 get chance to try out the top teams of British Formula Ford. Enigma Motorsport were present with their two Mygales and took to the track in the hands of Finnish kart star; Laura Koivuiuoma along with Ben Lancaster, Harry Kightley and Philippe Layac. All enjoyed their run in the car and hope to compete in the series in 2011.

 

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Laura Koivuiuoma

Harry Kightley

 

If you are interested in racing or testing with us over the winter in preparation for 2011 we have drives and tests available. Please contact us to find out more using the contact link above.

 

 

 

1st November 2010

Your chance to test with Enigma Motorsport at Formula Ford sampler day

Enigma Motorsport will be present at the annual Formula Ford Sampler Day at Rockingham on the 18th November. It is a day when anyone considering entering the 2011 championship and with an ARDS or Karting licence has the chance to get behind the wheel of a Formula Ford car. We will be present with the car that won the 2010 Finnish Formula Ford championship and prepared by the team which currently holds the Formula Ford lap record at Zandvoort and Snetterton.

 

To get in touch with us about the day click the contact page above or click here to find out more on the official Formula Ford website.

 

 

 

18th October 2010

Mixed weekend for Enigma trio at Festival

The BRSCC Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch is always the most anticipated date in Formula Ford racing and the 2010 running was no exception. Enigma Motorsport fielded three cars; regular driver Antti Buri in his Mygale was joined in the Duratec class by team-returnee Philippe Layac in his Ray chassis. In the Zetec class Neil Tofts again returned to the team with his Mygale hoping to record a third and unprecedented festival win.

 

Antti's weekend began with a bad qualifying session when he suffered a gear linkage failure, meaning he only completed two slow laps and started 14th for the first of the heats. In heat 1 he climbed the field to finish in 8th place and still with plenty of racing to gain a good starting spot for Sunday's final.

 

In the first of the Quarter-Finals Antti raced hard and climbed onto the podium with a 3rd place finish but with a tough semi-final to come it would be a hard act to follow, and so it was to prove with a 7th place finish. This put him down in an unfamiliar 12th place grid slot for the final and in danger of the first lap carnage regulary seen at the Formula Ford Festival. This in the end proved to be the case, with Buri completing just 1 lap and being one of only two retirements in a unusally incident-free final after being clipped by the Mygale of Nils Vestergaard and suspension damage meant he went no further.

 

Antti's dream of Festival glory will have to wait for another year, and was a disappointing end to a very strong year for the flying Finn and 2010 Finnish Formula Ford champion.

 

Neil was again the star of the field in the Zetec class and a third Festival win looked on the cards, something which has never been acheived in any category in the 39 year history of the Formula Ford Festival. It started well with Neil taking pole position by some margin for Saturday's first race. After making a sluggish start he dropped to second but by lap 3 had past the Vector of Julian Hoskins and converted his pole into a win.

 

It was looking good for a win in Sunday's final, but sadly it was'nt to be. After just two laps Neil ran fractionally wide on the exit of Paddock where his back wheel clipped the edge of the tarmac breaking it and pitching him hard into the barrier with the impact so hard Neil's head hit the tyre barrier. After a few worrying moments the medical crew extracted him from his smashed Mygale and took him to the medical centre. Neil was later released after some precautionary checks. So the historic third win will have to wait for another year...

 

Rejoing the team again was Frenchman, Philippe Layac in his Ray chassis. Pre-Festival testing provided a struggle for both team and driver with a catalogue of component failures and breakages preventing any running at all on Friday. Come Saturday, after some hard work the Enigma boys had the car ready to go. A 12th place grid slot was scant reward as again technical gremlins interferred with performance. By the first heat the car was working better and Philippe brought it home in 10th place and again made another climb up the field in Sunday's quarter and semi-final's finishing in 8th place in both.

 

Sunday's final produced a rather timid race by recent years resulting in little overtaking meaning Philippe finished 16th after starting in 15th position in the fast approaching darkness.

 

The Formula Ford Festival brings to a close Enigma Motorsport's 2010 racing efforts in what has been a hectic but impressive year. In what should not be forgotten the teams only second year in existance, 2010 has seen the teams first championship victory, with Antti Buri in the Finnish Formula Ford championship and regular podium finishes and fastest laps. The team will be looking to make another step up in 2011. If you are interested in what we can do for you please feel free to contact us, details of which can be found on the contact page above.

 

 

 

27th September 2010

Difficult end to season for the flying Finn and Enigma

The final meeting of the season on the stunning GP layout of Brands Hatch in Kent was always going to be a difficult weekend for Antti Buri, and so it was to prove. Having never driven on the GP configuration of the circuit and with no pre-race testing, the first time Buri would drive the circuit would be in qualifying. A 10th place grid slot was a creditable acheivement.

 

In race 1 Antti set out to climb the field as much as possible to gain valuable points for a good position in the final standings, he brought his Mygale home in 7th place.

 

Race 2, was to prove a slight disapointment with the Enigma Motorsport car crossing the line in 9th place. In the final 2010 British Formula Ford standings Antti slipped back to 6th place just 21 points behind 4th place Tio Ellinas after dropped scores where taken into consideration. However, it has still been an excellent season for Enigma Motorsport and Antti Buri with a total of 6 podium finishes.

 

After a hectic 5 weeks of racing the team now take a well earned two weeks break before their final outing of the year and perhaps the most important race of the season, the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch on the 16/17 October 2010. To find out more and to buy tickets click here.

 

 

20th September 2010

More points in front of TV cameras at Donington

Just a week after clinching the 2010 Finnish Formula Ford championship it was back to business in the British Championship for Antti Buri and Enigma Motorsport, at the newly re-opened Donington Park in Leicestershire.

 

As the racing provided support to the vastly popular British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) it meant live coverage of the final race on ITV4 for the Britsh Formula Ford championship.

 

Before that came two races the first on Saturday afternoon in damp conditions which saw Antti grab an 8th place finish. Sundays racing began early with race 2 of the meeting being held at 9am. From 7th on the grid Antti battled hard and finished in 6th place.

 

In the final race of the day, drivers where even more keen to impress than usual with the racing being shown live on TV across the UK. It was to prove a race of attrition for many, unfortunately this included Antti. On the final lap after a safety car restart, the Mygale of Dan de Zille span in front of Buri leaving him to take avoiding action which put him in the gravel and out of the race.

 

 

 

12th September 2010

Antti crowned Finnish Formula Ford Champion of 2010

Antti Buri of Enigma Motorsport has been crowned the 2010 Finnish Formula Ford Champion. In the final races of the season at the Ahvenisto circuit in Hameenlinna, Finland, the Enigma Motorsport/LMS Racing prepared Mygale came out on top.

 

It was a dominant season for the 21-year old with eight pole positions and six wins to follow in the footsteps of JJ Lehto, Mika Hakkinen and Mika Salo in winning the championship.

 

The meeting started well, Antti grabbing another pole position in Friday's qualifying session. However, race 1 didn't go quite to plan, a gear linkage failure meant Buri drove 12 laps with only fourth gear. On a circuit with a 32-metre difference in altitude it was an impressive drive to cross the line in fifth place.

 

In the final race of the season on Saturday Antti sealed the championship in style with a win ahead of the Van Diemen of Jesse Anttila.

 

A delighted Antti said: "I'm very happy to have won the Finnish championship. It is good for the team's spirit and also very good preparation for the remaining rounds of the British championship."

 

Antti's attention will now switch to the next Dunlop MSA Formula Ford races at Donington Park, where he hopes to continue his fine form of 2010.

 

 

 

6th September 2010

Strong showing for Buri and Enigma in front of huge crowds

Round 8 of the British Formula Ford championship took place over the weekend of 4/5 September 2010 at Brands Hatch in Kent. The series supported the German DTM championship with its all-star drivers in front of packed grandstands.

 

Enigma and Antti Buri were keen to impress, and started the weekend well qualifying in 3rd place in Friday's 20-minute qualifying session. Race 1 on Saturday saw Antti just miss out on a podium place finish to Jamun Racing's Josh Hill, a driver he would battle it out with on track all weekend. The race was marred by a huge shunt involving Raysport's Tristan Mingay and the guest driver, Pieter Schothorst, resulting in a lengthy spell behind the safety car, quashing Antti's hopes of a podium.

 

Race 2 late on Saturday afternoon, saw Antti grab a 3rd place finish, again mixing it with a trio of Jamun Racing drivers, thrilling the big crowd that had stayed after DTM qualifying to watch the young racers of Formula Ford.

 

Before race 3 on Sunday there was chance for the fans chance to meet Antti and the other Formula Ford drivers with a well-attended autograph session as the crowd met the future stars of motorsport.

 

The final race of the weekend again saw Buri racing hard against the trio of Jamun Racing drivers including championship leader Scott Pye and Josh Hill, son of 1996 F1 Champion, Damon. The latter baulking Antti whilst fighting for 2nd place meaning he dropped back and eventually finished 4th.

 

It was another impressive showing from the Enigma Motorsport run Mygale of Antti Buri, which meant he sits in 4th place in the championship and now just 9 points shy of Daniel Cammish of JTR.

 

The team's attention now turns to the final round of the Finnish Formula Ford championship in which Antti can claim the championship during the final races on 10/11 September at the Ahvenisto circuit in Hämeenlinna. Keep checking the site for a special report from the meeting.

 

 

 

 

31st August 2010

Another podium at Snetterton

Antti and Enigma headed to Norfolk and the Snetterton circuit last weekend. It was to prove a tricky weekend with high winds and heavy showers blighting the weekends racing.

 

In qualifying Antti posted the third fastest time for the first of the weekends races, early on Sunday morning. The race was to be held in greasy conditions on a track still wet from an evening of rain. On the green flag lap Antti made a uncharacteristic mistake meaning he was unable to start the race.

 

The disappointment fired up Buri for race 2, starting 3rd again he made a brilliant start and led the first lap from Jamun Racing's Scott Pye. On a circuit where slipstreaming is crucial, the lead changed almost lap-by-lap between Buri and Pye. Eventually after 18 minutes of frantic racing it was Pye who claimed the honours just 0.146s head of Antti.

 

The weekend was also the start of a hectic five weeks for the team with 5 race meetings in 5 weekends taking in the final round of the Finnish Formula Ford championship in 2 weeks time. First though the British Formula Ford championship heads to Brands Hatch for one of the series' showcase events, supporting the DTM in front of a sell-out crowd. For more information click here.

 

 

 

16th August 2010

A busy weekend across two countries for Antti Buri and Enigma Motorsport

With four races in three days for Antti Buri and Enigma Motorsport it would prove to be a busy weekend for the team. On Friday, Antti took to the track in the Finnish Formula Ford championship at the Botniaring in Jurva to keep his challenge for the title on course with another victory. Buri then flew to Silverstone to take on the British Championship, and with missing all of the previous days testing he went straight into qualifying, a grabbed a creditable 8th place grid spot for race 1.

 

Race 1 on Saturday afternoon proved to be a difficult call for the teams with regular heavy rain showers providing a difficult decision to make on tyres and set-up. Enigma and Antti decided upon a dry set-up on the car. With the track drying throughout the race, the car became quicker throughout and Antti finished in 9th place.

 

Sunday brought more predictable weather for the days two races. Race 2 was affected by a safety car period shortening the race to just 8 laps on Silverstone's long Bridge GP circuit. Antti started and finished in 6th place.

 

The final race of the day again had a safety car period, with Antti taking an 8th place finish after a battle with JTR's James Tucker.

 

Enigma Motorsport and Antti Buri now head to Brands Hatch and Snetterton for all important test sessions ahead of the forthcoming races there, the latter circuit hosting the next rounds of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain.

 

It is the start of a hectic few weeks for the team with 5 race meetings in 5 weekends, including the final meeting of the Finnish Formula Ford championship where Antti will be hoping to be crowned as champion.

 

 

 

 

03rd August 2010

Come and say hello to Enigma Motorsport at Ford Fair 2010

Enigma Motorsport and Antti Buri will be taking to the track at Europe's biggest and best Ford Festival at Silverstone on the 8th of August. As part of Ford Fair's 25th Anniversary, the competitors of the MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain have been invited to show off their cars to a packed crowd of Ford enthusiasts.

 

The team will take to the track for two 20 mins sessions at 13.40 and 17.00 to show what the cars can do. Enigma will be in the pit garages 1a-4c so be sure to come along to see us and get up close to our car and find out more about the team and the championship.

 

To find out more about the event and to purchase tickets please visit www.fordfair.co.uk

 

 

 

 

19th July 2010

More silverware for Enigma at the Rock

Enigma Motorsport were back on the podium this weekend at Rockingham Speedway in Northamptonshire. Young Finn, Antti Buri drove brilliantly to claim two 2nd place finishes from the weekends two races.

 

The meeting began well with Antti setting the fastest time in the final practice session on Friday and followed that up with a 3rd place grid slot for the first race of the weekend on Saturday afternoon. However, race 1 didn't go to plan to begin with as Antti made a bad start and was as low as 6th by the first corner, but with some great racecraft recovered to regain 3rd by the end of the first lap. On the 2nd lap the 21-year old took 2nd with a daring pass on championship-leader, Scott Malvern into Rockingham's notorious banked turn 1. He then held off Malvern to finish just 3.7s behind winner Tio Ellinas.

 

Sunday's race begain with Antti again starting from 3rd but a better start meant he mixed it with the series' front-runners for all of the race, and on lap 10 made it past multi-race winner Scott Pye to climb the podium again for another 2nd place finish.

 

Antti Buri is now back up to 3rd in the British Formula Ford championship as the series takes a month's summer break before returning to the British Grand Prix venue of Silverstone in mid-August. As well as the British championship Enigma and Antti are also leading the Finnish Formula Ford Championship in a dual bid on both championships.

 

 

 

 

 

21st June 2010

Solid points finishes at Castle Combe

After Antti Buri's two dominant victories in the Finnish Formula Ford championship the previous weekend it was back to business in the British Formula Ford championship at Castle Combe in Wiltshire.

 

Antti was on course for a strong qualifying when on his flying lap was slowed by the Juno of Chrissy Palmer after he suffered a puncture. The resulting clash of the two cars maent a less than perfect car to set a competitive lap time. Ninth place on the grid for race 1 was a creditable effort given the circumstances.

 

Race 1 went more to plan with Antti setting the fastest lap for most of the race, climbing through the field to a very good finish of 4th place. In race 2 Buri started in 12th place due to the problems in qualifying. However, the race was red-flagged and held for several minutes because of a nasty crash involving Chrissy Palmer, meaning the race became a five minute dash to the flag. Antti made some progress crossing the line in 9th place. He is now still 4th in the championship just 2 points behind 3rd place Daniel Cammish.

 

Antti and the team now have a few weeks well-earned break before heading to Rockingham in Northamptonshire for the next round of the British Formula Ford championship.

 

 

 

 

7th June 2010

Mixed weekend as Antti rises to the international stage

Zandvoort in the Netherlands played hosted to round 3 of the British Formula Ford championship supporting the prestigious Masters of Formula 3 event. The weekends two races were held in vastly different conditions providing a big challenge to Enigma Motorsports driver, Antti Buri.

 

In a huge field that combined many Formula Ford drivers from across Europe counting towards a European Formula Ford cup, the racing was frantic. In practice Antti was quickest of all the field by some margin and hopes were high going into Friday's qualifying session. However, hopes of pole position were thwarted by a fuel pressure problem with the teams Mygale leaving Antti to start 12th overall and putting him on the back foot for the two races.

 

In scorching temperatures at the Dutch seaside circuit, Buri climbed to 7th overall and 6th in the British class setting the fastest lap of the race. Race 2 was a different affair, the hot and humid conditions of Saturday gave way to cool and wet weather for Sunday's final race. A torrential downpour just as the cars were preparing to hit the track meant a quick change to a wet set-up. After starting 10th, Antti climbed to 6th in the British class. Unfortunately Antti has now slipped from 3rd to 4th in the championship but is only 5 points behind 3rd placed Scott Pye, who has won 4 races this season already.

 

Antti Buri is sure to be fired up for the next round of the British Formula Ford championship at Castle Combe in Wiltshire. Beforehand the team returns to Finland for round 2 of the Finnish Formula Ford Championship at the Alastaro circuit.

 

 

 

10 May 2010

Strong results again for Antti and Enigma in Scotland

Enigma Motorsport and the team's lead driver Antti Buri had an eventful weekend in Scotland at Knockhill which hosted rounds 4,5 & 6 of the British Formula Ford championship.

 

After the podium finishes of Oulton Park, Antti and the team were slightly disappointed with 7th position in qualifying. However a hard fought drive from Antti in race 1 of the weekend later on Saturday lead to a 4th place finish. Race 2 on Sunday morning ended unfortunately in the barriers at Carlube corner after a spectacular crash involving Antti and the Spectrum of Daniel Cammish with the latter rolling his Kevin Mills Racing-prepared machine. Antti was flying high at the time and in contention for a win chasing down Josh Hill. The initial impact of the cars lead to part of the front bodywork completely blocking Antti's vision as he hit the barriers.

 

At first it seemed that the crash had caused a lot of damage but when the car was returned to the team it was clear after a few minor repairs Antti could race in the final race of the day later on.

Race 3 was a typically tight Formula Ford race with Antti crossing the line in 5th place after holding off Daniel Cammish. Antti is still in 3rd place in the championship as the series now takes in 2 races at the Zandvoort circuit in the Netherlands supporting the prestigious Formula 3 Masters event. Antti and the team will be keen to make an impression in front of the big crowd that is always present. In the meantime the team will be taking on the Finnish Formula Ford championship next weekend at round 1 at the Kemora circuit.

 

 

 

5th April 2010

Antti and Enigma start the season in style.

Antti Buri and Enigma Motorsport claimed their first podium finishes in British Formula Ford at the season opening meeting at Oulton Park over the Easter weekend.

 

After qualifying well in 6th position the team were looking to push on in race 1 but were left feeling slightly disappointed as a gearbox problem meant Antti finished in 11th place. In race 2 on Monday Antti more than made up for Saturday's problems. Making a great start he enjoyed a race long battle with Scott Malvern and Daniel Cammish and claimed a well deserved 2nd place finish just 0.08s behind eventually winner Malvern. In race 3 again Antti made a good start and raced hard with the 3 Fluid Motorsport cars. Keeping them at bay he climbed the podium again with a 3rd place finish. Antti is now 3rd in the championship standings as the series moves North to Knockhill, Scotland for rounds 4,5 & 6 on 8/9 May.

 

Enigma and Antti won't be resting on their laurels though, as they will be out testing the car to build on the great start to 2010.

 

 

 

15th March 2010

Antti Buri re-signs for 2010 with Enigma Motorsport

Enigma Motorsport are proud to announce the signing of Finnish driver Antti Buri for their 2010 assault on the MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. Antti, the reigning Northern European Zone Formula Ford champion, first drove for the team at Brands Hatch last year impressing with his mature attitude and displaying a clear talent for racing. Team boss and ex-Formula Ford Race winner, Linton Stutely said;

 

'Everyone at Enigma Motorsport is excited to be working with Antti for a full campaign in 2010, both Enigma and Antti's own LMS Racing team have put in a lot of work and development hours on the car and we hope to be fighting at the sharp end of the field this season.'

 

This year will see Enigma Motorsport running Antti in his own LMS Racing-owned Mygale chassis. The car has been prepared and development work undertaken in Finland by both Enigma and LMS engineers. During the season it will be prepared and run in the UK by Enigma Motorsport from its Peterborough base; however LMS will still have a part in running the car. The car will be powered using a Scholar engine due to a long term relationship LMS Racing have with the company. Antti will be sponsored during the season by Neontekniikka, OMP, Rados and bePARTS.

Enigma Motorsport goes into 2010 entering only its second season of racing. Team director and chief engineer Thomas Farquhar said;

 

‘Last year was a learning curve for both Antti and Enigma Motorsport, both of us in our first year in the championship. This year is all about applying what we have learnt and going out to win. We believe we have the right car, driver and team personnel to do this and are looking to mount a challenge for this years overall championship.

 

The team now will continue with its pre-season testing before heading to the first rounds of the MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain at Oulton Park over the Easter weekend. Qualifying and race 1 takes place on Saturday 3rd of April and race 2 and 3 on bank holiday Monday 5th April.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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