2013 NEWS

 

25th November 2013

The 2013 season draws to a close for Enigma Motorsport

Enigma Motorsport and Norwegian youngster, Falco Wauer took to the race track at the weekend for the final time in 2013 at Brands Hatch, taking part in the BRDC Formula 4 Winter Championship.

 

It proved to be a difficult weekend from the beginning with qualifying cut short due to a red flag, despite 4 minutes still remaining on the clock and most drivers threatening to post faster times in the ever-improving conditions.

 

Starting from 6th on the grid for the first of the weekends four races, proved tricky with overtaking being so difficult on the tight Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

 

It was an unlucky weekend for the team and Falco who posted a best finish of 6th in race 3. Despite this he still took 4th place in the standings due to his impressive performances at the previous meeting at Snetterton.

 

So a busy 2013 racing season draws to a close for Enigma Motorsport, but the team continue to be busy during the winter months, testing F3 Cup and Formula 4 cars. To discuss available testing and race drives for 2014 feel free to contact us using our contact page.

 

 

12th November 2013

Enigma Motorsport shine on their BRDC F4 debut with Falco Wauer

Enigma Motorsport had a successful introduction to the BRDC Formula 4 Championship last weekend at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk. The team debuted in the Winter Series with returnee driver Falco Wauer, that sees the team reunited with the driver that competed in with great success in the 750MC F4 Championship in 2012.

 

Despite a lack of testing and very difficult cold and wet conditions all weekend, the team came away from the first round with Falco sitting joint 2nd in the championhship standings ahead of the final round at Brands Hatch next weekend. The weekend saw Falco collect three impressive 2nd places, two fastest laps and go on to set a new lap record for the category in the process. Twice the team were very unlucky not to go one step better on the podium especially on the Saturday where the treacherous conditions played their part in Falco losing a 4.4 second lead.

 

However it was far and away a weekend that featured more positives than negatives for the team, and hope to continue their good form and consistent finishes at Brands Hatch putting them and Falco in with the best chance of the top spot in the championship.

 

 

6th November 2013

Enigma confirm Falco Wauer for F4 Winter Championship challenge

BRDC F4 newcomers Enigma Motorsport have confirmed F4 podium finisher Falco Wauer will race with the squad during the upcoming Winter Championship which starts this weekend (9-10 November) at Snetterton.

 

The 17-year-old Norwegian raced for the majority of the BRDC F4 2013 season before moving on to race in the European F3 Open series during the latter stages of the year. He returns to the series having secured two podiums during his previous stay with impressive drives at the Brands Hatch Indy round in May and at Snetterton in June.

 

Wauer raced successfully with Enigma in the 750 Motor Club Formula 4 Championship last year taking six wins from eight races, and is looking forward to returning reuniting with the team, and is aiming for the title.

 

“I’m pleased to be rejoining the BRDC F4 Championship for the Winter Championship,” Falco commented. “I had some good results in the early part of the season with two podiums and I believe I can challenge at the front again. I want to win, I know I can do that, and I’m aiming to take the title. It’s great to be working with Enigma again as well, we had a lot of success last year and hopefully we can repeat that again during the Winter Championship.”

 

Enigma Team Principal, Tom Farquhar is delighted to confirm the team’s plans for the Winter Championship, and is also aiming for instant success in F4. “It’s great to be working with Falco again, having enjoyed so much success with him in 2012,” Farquhar enthused. “He’s a very quick driver who is certain to challenge for the Winter Championship honours, and with Falco we expect to see the Enigma name running at the front during the two rounds. We can’t wait to get started!”

 

 

29th October 2013

Chart delighted to the end season on a high while Olly takes two class wins

It was a perfect end to the F3 Cup season for Enigma Motorsport at the final round of the season at Snetterton with Henry Chart taking the final Cup Class victory of the season. In the Trophy class, Olly Rae also took two class wins and a 5th place overall in race 2.

 

Chart, a former- BARC Formula Renault racer got a stellar start and passed the pole-sitting Red Bull Junior Driver, Carlos Sainz, into turn one to move into second behind the equally fast-starting Tristan Cliffe. Sainz repassed in the newer Carlin machinery and Chart inherited second as Cliffe fell off the road.

 

He drove faultlessly from there to take his second win of the season, and he believes if luck was on his side he may have had more wins and a proper shot at the title. Instead, it was Alex Craven whose season-long consistency gave him the championship.

 

"I started the season well and we've ended the season well, it's just a shame we couldn't have had the car the whole year through or we might have been standing up there." Chart said.

 

"The car felt good but we still had a slight problem with the engine overheating but I just pushed on. I knew I was in the lead and I knew Alex wasn't going to try anything stupid because he had the championship. In the end it was a fairly easy win but I enjoyed it. It was good, I'm really happy with it."

 

The impressive win gives Chart and Enigma the perfect platform for 2014. Chart expects to be with Enigma Motorsport again next season, but before then his first task is to find some updated machinery. Chart has spent the year behind the wheel of a Dallara F302, five years older than the Dallaras beneath the likes of Craven, Alice Powell and Cliffe.

 

"I think we always knew the pace was there, but just never had the car to do it." he admitted. "Next year maybe we'll be standing on the top step and will be here as champion. If the car works well we have a winning formula, we just need to find the right car for next year.

 

"We always knew we could run at the front but we haven't been there."

 

Chart's two wins and five podiums in his 2005 car have proved not only his intrinsic pace, but that any eligible Cup Class car can be competitive.

 

It was another two Trophy class wins at Snetterton for Rae in his 2001 Dallara, where he also clinched the 2013 runner-up spot in class.

 

 

 

9th August 2013

British F3 Champion and A1GP star Robbie Kerr tests with Enigma Motorsport

British Formula 3 champion, Robbie Kerr was on hand to help Enigma Motorsport during their on-going testing schedule at Silverstone last weekend.

 

The multiple A1GP race winner for Team GB and Le Mans 24 Hour podium finisher got behind the wheel of the Enigma Motorsport Dallara F302, the same car he drove to championship glory in 2002. He helped assess the car and give the team valuable feedback throughout the day, sharing driving duties with the team’s regular driver Henry Chart helping his with set-up ahead of the next round of the F3 Cup.

 

Robbie was impressed with the car from the off and settled into his old steed with ease, he impressed with his ability to get straight on the pace and his invaluable and very thorough feedback throughout the day.

 

The team and Henry will now take all the lessons learnt from the day forward to rounds 12 and 13 of the 2013 MSV F3 Cup where Henry hopes to get a repeat performance of his race win there back in April.

 

 

29th July 2013

Chart continues to bring home the points for Enigma

The fifth round of the MSV F3 Cup took place on the historic Brands Hatch GP circuit in Kent and saw Enigma Motorsport driver Henry Chart continue to collect good points as the championship moves past the mid-way mark.

 

With testing at the circuit limited only to the Indy track configuration, it was a step into the unknown for the Enigma pilot in the Saturday qualifying session. With no prior experience of driving the famous Grand Prix section of the circuit, Henry did a sterling job to record the 4th fastest time of the session behind drivers with much more knowledge of the circuit.

 

Everyone in the F3 Cup paddock was all set for what looked to be a dry race one before the heavens opened over the circuit as the cars left the line for their green flag laps. With the start delayed the cars dived to the pits for wets and changes to set-up before heading back to the grid to take the restart.

 

With the adverse weather Henry struggled to get the power down off the line and dropped a position. After a brief safety car period, Chart was rounding Graham Hill bend when the car ahead lost control and spun in front of him causing Henry to spin in sympathy. By the time the car got going again Henry was all but last, however he put in a solid drive in very wet conditions to make his way back up the order to finish 13th overall.

 

Whilst fighting his way back through the pack Henry had managed to set the 4th fastest lap of the race, which reinvigorated his chances in race two by giving him a 4th place spot on the grid. Once again the start was a struggle, this time with a clutch related issue, places were lost off the line. As the race settled into its flow, Henry circulated in 5th place and finished the race there meaning yet more valuable points in the championship race.

 

F3 Cup now moves onto Silverstone where the cars will be tackling the fast sweeps of the Grand Prix circuit. The team will also have Olly Rae back out in his F301 after an absence from the championship and Enigma will be pushing to get both drivers to the front of the field.

 

 

2nd July 2013

Double podium for Henry Chart as Enigma return to F3 Cup action

Enigma Motorsport returned to F3 Cup action last weekend at the Belgium circuit of Zolder.

 

With Olly Rae’s engine out of action after his Brands Hatch blow up, it was left to a returning Henry Chart to bring home the points for Enigma Motorsport. After being forced to miss the Brands Hatch round with his own engine woes, Henry was back and eager to go for rounds 7 and 8 of the championship.

 

After missing the opportunity to test at the circuit prior to the event and the lack of Friday testing, Henry was up against it from the off in the 30 minute qualifying session on Saturday. Despite this he managed to secure the 4th fastest time around the 4-kilometre circuit, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary and featured the F3 Cup as one of its headline events.

 

Race one was a straightforward affair for the Enigma Motorsport driver in his Dallara F302 with Henry completing the 20-minute race in a credible 3rd place surrounded by the newer F307 machinery of his rivals. However, race 2 was a far less straight forward affair with Henry driving hard to once again claim a podium 3rd place and get to taste the celebratory champagne at the end of a long weekend.

 

The weekends results see Henry elevated to 5th in the overall standings and 4th in class ahead of the series return to British shores and the familiar surroundings of Brands Hatch GP on the weekend of the 27th-28th July.

 

 

 

11th May 2013

Mitchell Gilbert warms up for Euro F3 with Enigma

Enigma Motorsport were on hand to help racer, Mitchell Gilbert warm up for the European Formula 3 races next week at Brands Hatch.

 

He completed over 100 laps of the Indy circuit, in Enigma's Formula Ford car, using the slicks and wings to help learn the Kent circuit.

 

The Australian enjoyed his run and set some very competitive times. Mitchell hopes the sucessful test will put him in good stead for the races next weekend. He said he was impressed with the experience of the team and the performance of the car.

 

To find out more about Mitchell you can visit his website here.

 

 

 

7th May 2013

Blundell shows pace despite a lack of testing

Enigma Motorsport enjoyed an exciting round 3 of the 2013 British Formula Ford championship at the UK's fastest race circuit, Thruxton in Hampshire last weekend.

 

It was always going to be an uphill battle as Enigma's Formula Ford driver, George Blundell went straight into qualifying with only a short test session behind him.

 

Blundell showed pace throughout the weekend with a best result of 6th in race 2, after an unlucky race 1 where he finished in 11th place.

 

Race 3 on Sunday unfortunately ended with a DNF due to a broken throttle cable. However, the weekend proved that the 2012 Rookie Of The Year is growing in confidence with each passing race.

 

The championship now takes a few weeks off before resuming at the picturesque circuit of Oulton Park, Cheshire on the 8/9 June.

 

 

29th April 2013

Enigma Motorsport take three wins in F3 Cup at Silverstone

It was an impressive weekend for Enigma Motorsport and its two drivers, Henry Chart and Olly Rae in the MSV F3 Cup at Silverstone.

 

In a closely faught qualifying session, Henry clinched pole position from former GP3 driver, Alice Powell. Olly lined up 8th for the start of race 1.

 

After making a good start Henry Chart held off Alice Powell throughout, on the demanding 3.6 mile Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone, leading to his first victory in the F3 Cup. Crossing the line behind in an impressive 5th overall, Olly Rae took victory in the Trophy class, his first of the season.

 

In the race on Sunday, Rae again clinched another Trophy class win with a 6th place overall. The Australian now leads the Trophy class and sits 10th in the overall championship.

 

Unfortunately the weekend didn't end quite so well for Henry as he suffered an engine failure whilst chasing down the leader during race 2. However, he is now 5th place in the championship.

 

 

23rd April 2013

George leaves Donington 4th in the championship

George Blundell and the Enigma Motorsport team took to the famous Donington Park Circuit in Leicestershire last weekend for round 2 of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain.

 

After his impressive display at Brands Hatch, George was keen to put on a good show in front of a bumper crowd. Despite not testing on new tyres beforehand, Blundell was always going to be on the back foot in qualifying, posting the 10th fastest time.

 

With a 8th place finish in race 1, a 6th place finish in race 2 and an 8th place finish in race 3 despite a spin, George leaves Donington in 4th place in the overall championship.

 

Formula Ford's next outing is at the fastest circuit in Britain, Thruxton in Hampshire on 4th/5th May.

 

 

 

2nd April 2013

Busy weekend for Enigma sees podiums for George and Henry

It was a busy Easter weekend for Enigma Motorsport, split between British Formula Ford at Brands Hatch and F3 Cup at Oulton Park.

 

The weekend also marked the first racing for the new-look winged Formula Ford cars and it proved to be a weekend of exciting racing. The 2012 rookie champion, George Blundell qualified 8th on the grid for the first race on Saturday afternoon. On a circuit becoming increasingly slippery due to light snowfall, George sliced through the field and took a brilliant 3rd place and his first overall podium in the championship.

 

He backed up this performance with a 4th place and 7th places in the two races on Sunday, leaving Brands Hatch in joint 2nd in the championship.

 

On Easter Monday at an equally cold Oulton Park, Enigma took to the track with the team's two newly acquired F3 cars. Henry Chart in his Dallara F302 had a challenging start to the day with a tangle in qualifying leading to a small amount of damage after posting the 3rd fastest time. After suffering a spin and a DNF in race 1, Henry charged from the back of the grid to climb onto the podium with a great recovery drive for a 3rd place finish.

 

Team returnee, Olly Rae also made his debut in F3 machinery but with the Dallara F301 car only acquired by the team the week before Oulton it was always going to be an uphill struggle for both driver and team. Remarkably Enigma got him onto the grid and a 6th place qualifying slot, but a spin and mechanical issues led to two DNFs in both races.

 

It all bodes well for a strong season for Enigma Motorsport and its three young drivers with all showing promise for more good results as the season progresses.

 

 

 

4th March 2013

Henry hoping to top the charts at season opener after positive test

New F3 Cup recruit Henry Chart says he is feeling positive about the opening round of the season following successful test sessions at Silverstone and Brands Hatch.

 

After a season in BARC Renault last year, Henry is beginning to get to grips with F3 machinery and he made even more progress with the transition during a test at Brands Hatch on Monday.

 

Chart made the most of the sunny and dry conditions at the 1.2 mile Indy circuit and managed to complete several runs clocking up a healthy amount of valuable track time before the season breathes into life at Oulton Park on April 1. The 20-year-old is already starting to feel comfortable behind the wheel of his Mugen Honda powered Dallara F302.

 

He said: "It's different to everything I tested and drove last year and its only the second test so there is still a lot to learn. As each test goes on I'm learning more and more and we are learning as a team which way to go with the car. I think it suits my driving style very well and I'm happy with how things have gone so far. We have two more test days before the first round but at the minute everything looks good."

 

With just four weeks remaining before the first round at Oulton Park, Chart says he is having to try to curb his excitement and is eager to kick off his F3 career with a set of strong results.

 

He added: "I'm really excited about the first round and I have to keep trying to calm myself down. You have to stay so relaxed in the car to get the best out of it. Hopefully all things well we will be on pole at the first race. I'm here to win and I plan to win as many races as I can."

 

 

 

29th January 2013

Henry Chart makes F3 Cup switch with Enigma Motorsport

Aspiring single seater racer Henry Chart has confirmed plans to compete in the 2013 F3 Cup championship with Enigma Motorsport.

 

The 20-year-old from Beaconsfield will join the MSVR-run championship in search of a new challenge following a season in BARC Renault. This will be the young racer's first experience of F3 machinery and he is looking forward to joining the ever-increasing grid.

 

Chart kicked off his motorsport career in 2011 racing in Formula Vee where he secured a fourth place finish from his very first race at Mallory Park. The result saw him gain a mention as 'best newcomer' in Motorsport News. Last season Henry stepped up to the BARC Renault Championship where he experienced aero packaged race cars for the first time.

 

Henry will drive an ex-Robbie Kerr Dallara F302 for Enigma Motorsport, a team who joined F3 Cup last season. The squad have earned themselves a strong reputation amongst the single seater fraternity with success in British Formula Ford and 750 Motor Club Formula 4, alongside four race wins in the 2012 F3 Cup championship with Linton Stutely at the wheel.

 

Henry Chart said: "This is a really exciting challenge, with the opportunity to drive some proper race machinery at a very high level. I hope this will give me a chance to enhance my racing CV. I am looking forward to challenging for the F3 Cup title and working with the exciting young team of Enigma Motorsport."

 

Tom Farquhar, Enigma Motorsport Team Manager said: "After our successful introduction to F3 Cup in 2012, we're looking to start where we left off and fight for race wins. Ultimately the aim has to be the drivers and teams championships, and with an exciting young driver like Henry onboard we feel we have a very good chance of pushing for these goals in 2013."

 

Chart has been testing during the winter but his first taste of F3 Cup race action will come at the Oulton Park season opener on April 1.

 

 

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