2012 NEWS

 

1st October 2012

Blundell crowned 2012 Rookie Champion

Enigma Motorsport driver George Blundell was crowned the 2012 MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Rookie champion at Donington Park this weekend. After a sensational weekend the Essex based driver in his first ever season of car racing finished the year with an emphatic win against his more experienced rivals. Despite the race meeting being cut down from a three races to two, George was able to do enough to clinch the crown.

 

After qualifying 2nd by the narrowest of margins, George showed why he was worthy of his title in Saturday’s race 1. After a good start Blundell was disputing the lead but contact with a rival pitched him into a spin and lost him time. George then set about a sensational number of laps, lapping almost a second faster than any of his competitors, to close the gap to the winner and crossing the line almost alongside in 2nd place in class.

 

With the disappointment of being so close to the win in race 1, George was even more fired up for the second race of the weekend and did not disappoint himself or the team with a mature performance that saw him stamp his authority on the race and the Rookie Championship standings with an impressive win ahead of the eventual runner up in the Duratec class.

 

Enigma Motorsport team bosses Thomas Farquhar and Linton Stutely could not have been more impressed with George's inaugural seasons racing;

 

Thomas said "We're hugely impressed with how far George has progressed this season, he's not had the advantage of lots of testing and been unlucky to receive more than his fair share of damage this season, but he's never let that get him down and always pushed hard all the way through the season. So much so that he was undoubtedly the class of the field at the last round at Donington and we're all extremely proud to help him to secure the Rookie championship for 2012."

 

George also finished the season in 3rd place overall in the Duratec driver standings. He now turns his attention to the non-championship Formula Ford Festival where he will aim to continue his form to the winner takes all meeting at Brands Hatch later this month.

 

 

23rd August 2012

Stutely shows what Enigma are made of at Brands Hatch in F3 Cup

Last weekend saw Enigma Motorsport competing in the scorching sunshine of the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit with the teams F3 Cup car.

 

After a whitewash of wins, poles and fastest laps the team were keen to keep up their form over the Brands Hatch weekend. In Saturdays qualifying, and the first outing for the car on the GP loop, Linton Stutely piloted the car to a hard fought 2nd place on the grid behind FIA F2 contender Kourosh Khani who was driving a newer-spec Cup class car. Once again Linton outperformed the majority of the Cup class cars hustling his Dallara F399 to within seven-tenths of a second from pole position.

 

Race one saw Linton make a good start and slotted in behind the pole man on the run into Paddock Hill. Over the race the two cars distanced themselves from the third and fourth place battle, but the newer car of Khani was just able to stretch its legs that bit more than the Enigma car enabling him to take the overall victory. However, Linton claimed the Trophy class victory by some margin with his 2nd place finish on the road.

 

Sundays race was unfortunately a short-lived affair for Linton and the Enigma Motorsport team. After a blistering start, and thanks to some set-up tweaks by the team, Linton was shadowing the leader over the duration of the first two laps. However the team, driver and spectators were robbed of what was promising to be an almighty race long fight for the win as the clutch expired terminally at the end of the second lap. This meant the whole team had to sit and watch the race from the pits, valuable points were lost frustratingly but once again, even in those few laps, the car and driver had demonstrated immense speed.

 

Enigma will be back out for the Silverstone GP round but will unfortunately will have to miss the upcoming Anglesey race and the season finale at Snetterton due to its Formula Ford commitments that take to the track again at Silverstone on the 8th and 9th of September.

 

 

 

7th August 2012

Blundell takes first win at Snetterton

Enigma's George Blundell took to the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk this weekend and clinched his first win in the Duratec class. After recovering from a broken toe in a huge crash earlier in the season at Spa-Francorchamps, Blundell raced hard to 7th place overall and 1st in the Duratec class in race 1 in wet conditions.

 

In another strong race on Sunday he took a 3rd place finish in class. Unfortunately in the last race of the day he was caught up in a large pile-up in the treacherously wet conditions.

 

George consolidated his 4th place in the Duratec championship and also climbed to 2nd in the rookie competition.

 

 

 

2nd July 2012

Linton dominates F3 Cup races at Snetterton

The F3 Cup championship reached the half way mark of its 2012 season at Snetterton, which saw Enigma Motorsport's Linton Stutely return in the teams Dallara F399.

 

It was an impressive weekend for team boss Stutely, who like at the Donington Park round earlier in the year dominated the event. After taking pole position with a fastest time over a second quicker than his nearest rival, he set about converting it into a win in race 1 on Saturday. He did so comfortably, bringing home the car 21 seconds clear of second placed David Scott.

 

In race 2 Linton again started from pole and had to defend from Gino Ussi and David Scott into the first corner but then cruised into the distance as his rivals behind battled with each other taking his 4th win of the year.

 

Linton said: "It's nice to win and have weekends like this. It was a shame that Louis Hamilton-Smith and Chris Dittmann had problems in the first race. My start wasn't too bad but David's (Scott) and Gino's (Ussi) were better so I had to do a bit of creative manoeuvring but once the first corner was out the way it was plain sailing."

 

Linton climbs to 4th in the championship despite missing two of the five rounds. The next races take place on the Brands Hatch GP circuit in support of the Lotus Festival on the 18-19th August.

 

 

 

25th June 2012

Bad luck and crashes at Brands as Falco doubles up at Donington

Enigma Motorsport had an eventful weekend on the Brands Hatch GP circuit over the weekend of the 23rd-24th June with some promising drives mixed with the disappointment of some unforced exits and some heavy damage.

 

The most promising showing was that of Fred Martin-Dye in the team’s Mygale EcoBoost car after some developments by the team transformed the car. This culminated with Fred showing the kind of pace that put him in a position to be fighting hard for podium places on pure merit. This was after the disappointment of a first lap exit from race one by a rival driver taking out Fred and leaving both cars beached in the gravel.

 

Race two was far more promising and Fred was involved in the battle of the race that saw him hold off the competition through pure pace to claim an impressive fourth place finish. Race three looked to be as impressive this time with Fred going one better and circulating in third place, however once again contact from a challenger with only two laps remaining brought the weekend to a frustrating end.

 

In the Duratec class Enigma Motorsport’s regular drivers George Blundell and Olly Rae were joined on the Saturday by Enigma’s Formula 4 driver Falco Wauer making his debut in the class. With maturity beyond his 16 years, Falco quickly got to grips with both the unfamiliar car and circuit that enabled him to impressively out-qualify all of the British championship regulars. Frustratingly his race was cut short after contact that saw the car pitched into the gravel and into retirement, however it was clear for all to see that there is plenty more to come from Falco as he joins the team in a Duratec once again for the EuroCup rounds in Spa and Zandvoort.

 

Olly once again showed great speed in qualifying with only a crash late on stopping him from topping the timesheet for the British competitors. With an unusually short gap between qualifying and the race the team were up against it to get the car out in time for the first race of the weekend. With repairs complete, including a steering rack change, Olly took the lead of race one with only an unrelated brake master cylinder failure denying him from a commanding victory but still managed to impressively bring the car home in 2nd place. George also had a race long scrap that provided great entertainment for all the spectators around the circuit and secured him valuable points with a 5th place finish in class.

 

Race two was a short lived affair for Olly and unfortunately spelt the end for his weekend after a massive crash on the Grand Prix loop resulted in substantial chassis damage and destroyed much of his Mygale SJ07 after hitting the wall at 88mph. George fought his way through the race and went on to improve on his earlier performance to finish 4th and set the fastest Duratec rookie lap along the way.

 

With Falco racing at Donington in the Formula 4 championship and Olly out of the running, it was left to Fred and George to compete the final race of the weekend at Brands Hatch. However George was to suffer a similar fate to Fred with an attack made on his car around the outside of the Druids hairpin that resulted in the front left corner of his car being so damaged it forced him into early retirement and a frustrating end to the weekend for Enigma Motorsport.

 

On Sunday Falco Wauer returned to his F4 car for his continued attack on the 750MC Formula 4 Championship. He again dominated the event taken pole position and both race wins by a comfortable margin. He continues to close the gap to series leader Robbie Watts in the title hunt.

 

 

 

11th June 2012

Enigma flying high at the Rock

Enigma headed to Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, Northants last weekend for round 3 of the British Formula Ford Championship.

 

The first race of the weekend on Saturday saw the three Enigma Motorsport drivers; Fred Martin-Dye (EcoBoost), George Blundell and Olly Rae (Duratec) securing good points finishes on a dry track. The achievements of the Enigma Motorsport men were all the more impressive as they all began the races much further back on the grid, but all three showed great form and ever-improving speed to climb up the field in Sunday's races.


In the first race of the day the Duratec battle was the one to watch and had everyone on tenterhooks as the cars diced for the lead, but as the closing stages of the race came and the chequered flag fell it was the two Enigma Motorsport drivers that proved to be the class of the field by coming over the line in first and second well ahead of the next competitor.

 

For race two it looked as if it was going to be a repeat of the first race with the two Enigma cars climbing up the order once again into first and second on the road, with only a safety car infringement for both drivers seeing the pair demoted. Olly finished strongly in third and George in fourth despite both drivers having to take drive-through penalties as punishment. To top off the strong points finishes Olly Rae also recorded the fastest lap of the race that was a massive 1.3seconds faster than anyone else in the Duratec class.


In the EcoBoost class Fred continued to consistently bring home the points, which even saw him briefly occupy the second place spot in the championship at the close of play on Saturday. He also showed pace much closer to the lead drivers despite his lack of testing and time in the car compared to all his competitors. His race pace saw him shadowing the lead pack for most of the meeting and in the last race of the weekend saw him well and truly in the thick of things with a great drive that saw him narrowly miss out on the last podium place.

All this gives the whole team good reason to look forward to the first round of the Formula Ford Eurocup round, at the Brands Hatch GP circuit on the 23-24th June.

It will be a busy weekend for Enigma as the teams F4 driver, Falco Wauer, will be looking to make an impact as he makes his debut in a Formula Ford Duratec at Brands Hatch on the Saturday before heading off to Donington to continue his charge on the 750MC F4 championship.

 

 

 

28th May 2012

Falco dominates Formula 4 races at Cadwell Park

Falco Wauer and Enigma Motorsport picked up two dominate victories from two races in the 750 Motor Club Formula 4 Championship at the picturesque circuit of Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire this weekend. The 16-year old Norwegian also set a new F4 lap record by a massive 2 seconds.

 

Dubbed the 'Mini-Nurburgring' the Cadwell Park circuit features the famous Mountain section where Falco was regularly seen getting airborne in his Mygale US2000 car.

 

The next Formula 4 races for Falco and Enigma take place on the 24th June at Donington Park.

 

 

 

21st May 2012

Olly takes first win as Fred and George pick up valuable points

In front of a packed crowd the British Formula Ford championship took to the track in support of the DTM Touring Car championship at Brands Hatch. It was straight into the business end on Friday when the drivers took to the circuit for the first time for qualifying. With little to no testing between them the three rookie drivers of Fred Martin-Dye (EcoBoost class) George Blundell and Olly Rae (Duratec Class) were up against it with vastly more experienced drivers around them. Fred qualified 9th, Olly 14th and George 17th for the first race.

 

Race 1 later on Friday showed more the true pace of the trio with Fred climbing up to 5th place, Olly 12th and George 14th with Olly just missing out on a podium place in the Duratec class in the curfew-shortened race.

 

In the build up to race 2 Enigma was paid a visit by Australian sportscar driver David Brabham and the chat seemed to inspire his fellow countryman, Olly Rae. He raced hard with his Duratec class rivals throughout the race and took his first class win and 6th overall. Fred finished in 5th place despite a clash with fellow EcoBoost rival Ryan Cullen and George came home 12th.

 

Race 3 late on Sunday afternoon was a rather uneventful race with our drivers bringing the cars home again for some strong points finishes, Fred 6th, George 11th and Olly 13th both just narrowly missing out on podium places.

 

With all three drivers in their first year at this level, again they showed more improvement in a weekend when track time was limited. Fred Martin-Dye sits in 3rd place in the overall championship and leads the Rookie class. Olly sits second in the Duratec class after climbing from 4th, while George Blundell is in 3rd and 3rd equal with Olly in the Rookie class standings.

 

It all bodes well for another strong weekend as the British Formula Ford championship heads to Rockingham on the 9/10 June.

 

Before that Enigma heads to Cadwell Park this weekend for the next race of the 750MC Formula 4 Championship with Falco Wauer. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter accounts for more details over the weekend.

 

 

 

14th May 2012

Mixed weekend for Falco and Linton at Silverstone

Enigma headed to Silverstone over the weekend of 12/13 May for round 3 of the F3 Cup. Team boss and driver, Linton Stutely was on the pace in Saturday's qualifying session despite losing his quickest time for exceeding track limits. He lined up 4th just 0.3secs off the pole man Chris Dittmann in a closely fought session.

 

In the first dry race of the season Linton went onto clinch a 2nd place finish after holding Louis Hamilton-Smith in a tight battle throughout the 23-lap race. It was a disappointing start to race 2 as a clutch issue forced Stutely to start from the pit lane and at the back of the 24-car field, but he charged through the field to finish in an excellent 8th place and 3rd in class. It moves Linton up to 3rd in the overall championship as the series moves onto the spectacular Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium in a month's time.

 

In the Monoposto championship, young charger Falco Wauer was entered in his Mygale US2000 car to gain experience of the Silverstone circuit. He more than held his own against much more powerful machinery finishing on the podium and 2nd on the road. However, he was although later disqualified for a technical infringement. In his second race of the day he was again running in 2nd place but a late spin dropped him down to 5th. However the young rookie continues to impress.

 

 

30th April 2012

Sensational debuts for Enigma Motorsport at Brands Hatch and Donington Park

Enigma Motorsport’s newest and youngest recruit Falco Wauer dominated proceedings at a deluged Brands Hatch on his and the teams first outing in the 750 Motor Club Formula 4 championship. The 16-year-old rookie drove supremely in extremely difficult conditions to secure pole position by 1.19 seconds early on Saturday morning. Driving a Zetec powered USF2000-specification Mygale for the first time in competition, the youngster showed superb speed and car control throughout to secure two dominant on-the-road victories over the course of the day.

 

Starting from the notoriously difficult Brands Hatch pole position, Falco dropped down the order as he struggled to get the car off the line in the slick conditions, however as the red flag was brought out at the end of the second lap he was already back on the tail of the leader. At the restart there was a repeat performance that saw Falco dropping down the order, but the young charger showed true talent to pick the competition off one-by-one, sometimes even two at a time, to regain the lead. A succession of laps several seconds faster than anyone else ensured that he had a commanding 17.61 second lead as the chequered flag fell after 12 laps.

 

Race two was almost a repeat of the first with a red flag and restart both of which saw the Enigma Motorsport driver fall back down the field before regrouping almost instantly to regain the lead after hunting down and superbly overtaking his rivals. Over the remaining 7 laps of the shortened race, Falco pulled out a massive lead to see him once again claim the chequered flag nearly half a lap clear of second place. However, a yellow flag infringement saved his rivals blushes, seeing Falco excluded, although with the amount of spray in the conditions it was difficult to even see any flags.

 

Nevertheless it was a domineering performance from Falco and Enigma Motorsport that left both parties beaming after their inaugural outing in Formula 4. The press also picked up on the race with Marcus Pye of Autosport commenting: "The style of Wauer's acheivement staggered onlookers" and claimed: "I've not been as impressed with a teenager's car control since Jenson Button"

 

The Formula 4 championship now moves onto Cadwell Park on the 26th and 27th of May and both Falco Wauer and Enigma Motorsport will be back and looking to build on their success at Brands Hatch.

 

That was just Saturday for Enigma. The weekend was about to get even better for team boss, Linton Stutely who made his F3 Cup debut at an equally wet Donington Park on Sunday.

 

Driving the teams Dallara F399 chassis he took pole position by over 3 seconds from his rivals. In race 1 he immediately powered into a big lead, before a brief spin lost him the lead of the race for a mere few corners of the soaked circuit before a red flag cut the race short, giving Linton his first F3 win on his debut at this level.

 

Race 2 was held again in treacherous conditions but it didn't stop Linton. He again jumped straight into the lead and never looked back, taking the win by a huge 53 seconds in just 15 laps. Pole position, 2 race wins and 2 fastest laps made it a perfect day for Stutely.

 

Despite missing the first round in a part-season of F3 cup Linton is already up to 5th place in the overall championship and third in his class as the championship moves onto the next race at Silverstone on the 12/13 May.

 

 

10th April 2012

Four podium finishes for Enigma debutants at Oulton Park

It was a strong start to the British Formula Ford season for Enigma Motorsport at Oulton Park over the Easter weekend.

 

The team fielded three rookie drivers; Fred Martin-Dye in the new EcoBoost class and George Blundell and Olly Rae in the Duratec class. Despite racing for a number of years in karts, the trio have virtually no car racing experience between them yet all three managed podium finishes over the course of the weekend in some difficult conditions.

 

Fred Martin-Dye tackled the new EcoBoost class with a best finish of 3rd in Monday's first race in difficult wet conditions in only his second ever car race. In the Duratec class, George Blundell and Olly Rae battled against the weather and a varied field of cars, with George grabbing two 3rd place finishes and Olly finishing 3rd in his first ever race.

 

It all bodes well for a strong season for Enigma, with Fred placed 3rd in the overall championship and George and Olly placed 3rd and 4th in the Duratec class standings.

 

In the F3 Cup it was disappointment for team boss, Linton Stutely who had hoped to race the teams Dallara F399 but a lack of parts meant he had to withdraw from the event.

 

 

23rd March 2012

Three-car squad for Enigma in Formula Ford

Enigma Motorsport will field a triple-strength team in this season's Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain, with three former karters stepping up to single-seaters for the first time.

 

Enigma, run by ex-Formula Ford race winner Linton Stutely and Tom Farquhar, is preparing two Duratec-powered chassis for 19-year-old Essex driver George Blundell and Australian Olly Rae, 21, and will have one of the new EcoBoost Mygale chassis on the grid at Oulton Park for 23-year-old Fred Martin-Dye.

 

Blundell and Rae have tested their Mygales extensively and are looking forward to their first races. "My times are starting to come down," says Blundell, "and I'm beginning to feel happier in the car. This is a big step for me and we'll see how we go, but I hope to win the class a few times this season." Grays-based Blundell has 10 years of karting behind him.

 

Rae, who has two years of karting experience in his native Western Australia, says he is "here to win", adding: "I am just starting out and don't know where it's going to go, but you have to look up and try your best. I'm off the pace at the moment but I am beginning to get my head around driving something as large as a Formula Ford."

 

Enigma's third variation is Surrey-based Martin-Dye who, after showing great promise in karts between 2000 and 2006 has been out of the cockpit, latterly completing a degree in automotive engineering at Bath University. "It has all come together for me now to have a go at Formula Ford, and I'm really looking forward to it," said Fred. "I have had only two days in the EcoBoost, however, and have never driven Oulton Park, so it's going to be a steep learning curve."

 

Team boss Stutely hopes for a good season: "The aim is to get Oulton Park behind us, hopefully to pick up some points there, and then to concentrate on the rest of the year. Fred's car is a borrowed one for the opening rounds, but hopefully we can sort him out with a new chassis after that. I think all three have good prospects once they have learned the ropes."

 

The opening three rounds of the 2012 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain take place at Oulton Park between 7 and 9 April.

 

 

22nd March 2012

Enigma Motorsport to enter selected rounds of the 2012 MSV F3 Cup

Top British Formula Ford outfit Enigma Motorsport has announced that it intends to run a Dallara F399 in selected rounds of this year’s MSV F3 Cup with a view to making a full time switch to the championship from 2013 onwards. Enigma Motorsport, run by British Formula Ford race winner Linton Stutely and experienced single-seater engineer Tom Farquhar, aim to run the F399 and quickly build experience of the category as they look to progress the team into ‘slicks and wings’ racing.

 

Joint team boss Linton Stutely will pilot the car at the races that don’t clash with the teams Formula Ford programme. The team hope to start their F3 Cup campaign at the season opener over the Easter weekend at Oulton Park.

 

Enigma’s Tom Farquhar said, “We are really looking forward to getting to grips with the F3 car and showing what Enigma Motorsport are capable of outside of Formula Ford. The MSV F3 Cup is an exciting and rapidly expanding championship and we are relishing the opportunity to compete in the championship and aim to build experience quickly and make an impact from the off. The move to slicks and wings racing represents a natural progression for the team that allows us to apply and expand our experience to a new challenge and hopefully build on our previous successes.

 

Linton, who won the 2005 Avon Tyres Clubmans Championship, finished 3rd in the 2007 Formula Ford Festival and was awarded the John Nicoll trophy for the best British driver at the event, continued. “The car has been completely rebuilt over the winter using all our experience and expertise and early signs in testing have been very encouraging. The introduction of downforce really suits my driving style and I hope to be on the pace from the start. We aim to show the potential of Enigma Motorsport as we look to a future within the MSV F3 Cup.

 

Since the teams formation in 2008 Enigma Motorsport have enjoyed several successes including becoming double winners of the Zetec Formula Ford Festival and the Finnish Formula Ford championship in 2010. In the British Championship, Enigma Motorsport have recorded numerous podium finishes and lap records with the team gaining an impressive 4th place finish in the 2011 Duratec Formula Ford Festival Final.

 

 

 

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