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Peace takes 2 wins at Thruxton

Motaworld Racing driver James Peace dominated most of the Thruxton weekend, Intersteps Championship event, on 13th and 14th of August.



Peace started his run of dominance in Saturday qualifying when he was 3 tenths quicker than anybody else. Peace said, "It's amazing to be that much quicker than the others, especially as I did not get the all important tow once during the session"

In the first race he had built a lead by the end of lap 1, a gap big enough so as not to enable 2nd place man, Jake Dennis, to get the benefit of the tow that is a feature of this super fast track. He went on to win the race in a dominant fashion.

The second race was pretty much a repeat of the first, again resulting in a dominant win.

In the third race, Peace tangled with Ed Jones at Campbell corner resulting in damage to the front wing. Peace still managed to limp home with a totally ineffective front wing in 8th place.

James Peace said "It has been a dream weekend apart from the 3rd race. Had it not been for the accident, I am sure that I could have taken another win. We definitely had a very fast car and my thanks go to the Motaworld team"

Motaworld team Principal, Alan Waite commented "James was driving with great maturity this weekend and the 2 wins will now give him the confidence to go on and win further races" _________________________________________________

The Intersteps Championship to replace Autosport Young Guns Championship for 2011

The exciting new Intersteps Championship is to provide a long awaited entry level championship for single seater career drivers replacing the Autosport Young Guns Championship which ran through 2010. The designated car for the Intersteps Championship is the Mygale FB02 car which has been used successfully in Formula BMW worldwide to train 7 of the current F1 drivers including World Champion Sebastien Vettel.

The Championship has full support from the MSA as a recognized entry level Championship. The Racing Steps Foundation are also supporting the Championship and amongst other things such as mentoring and advice, will be choosing 3 drivers from the Championship to test and receive support for their 2012 Formula Renault programme.

The Intersteps Championship will be the headline event on the Dunlop Great and British package and will benefit from TV coverage, while being run over 20 races at 7 events and Motaworld Racing will be entering a 3 car team..

Motaworld Racing Team Principal commented, "I am extremely happy that this Championship is going ahead as it fills a void in UK motorsport for drivers coming from Karting to learn how to manage aero influenced single seater cars and showcase their talent without the vast expense of going to a more powerful car such as Formula Renault which since the 2010 changes the UK Formula Renault championship can no longer be regarded as an entry level formula either in respect of power or even financially. It is also fantastic that the Intersteps Championship will use the current Formula BMW car which is a great car for training drivers and also one that Motaworld have a lot of experience with having run teams in the UK, European and Pacific Formula BMW championships."

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Change of car for Autosport Formula Young Guns

The Autosport Formula Young Guns Championship has changed its eligble car from the current JKS75 to the Mygale FB2.

The Mygale FB2 is a modern car built around a carbon fibre tub and incorporates many safety features, some of which are only found on cars being used at a much higher level. It utilizes the Schnitzer tuned BMW K1200RS engine which produces around 140bhp and is coupled to a Hewland FTR200, 6 speed sequential gearbox as used in F3.

Motaworld Racing Team Principal, Alan Waite, commented, "Motaworld have been running the Mygale FB2 for the past six years in the UK, European and Asian Formula BMW Championships and we know it to be a very safe and reliable car. Motaworld are very pleased that Autosport Formula Young Guns have chosen to use this car as we have had so many problems with the JKS75, problems which have deterred many young drivers from joining the Championship. Hopefully with the Mygale car drivers will show renewed interest in the Championship as it is a very successful training car for young drivers. This is proven by the fact that 7 of the current crop of F1 drivers all cut their teeth in championships using this car."

The Mygale FB2 car has been introduced with immediate effect and will be used for the Autosport Formula Young Guns Winter series in November.

Photo: Motaworld Racing’s Mygale FB2 cars on their way to 1st and 2nd on the famous Macau street circuit

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Motaworld ends season with 11 wins from 14 races in Autosport Formula Young Guns Championship

The final rounds of the Autosport Young Guns Championship took place at Thruxton last weekend with Motaworld Racing ending the season with a dominant record of 11 race wins out of 14.

Motaworld's Max Cornelius was in contention for the overall Autosport Young Guns title going into the event and drove a very strategic race on Sunday morning to beat his Polish Championship rival Patryk Szczerbinski. This win put Max within 5 points of taking the title meaning he needed to beat Szczerbinski in the Sunday afternoon and final race.

In that final race, Cornelius once again drove a very strategic race right up to the last corner of the last lap where he drafted up alongside Szczerbinksi approaching the final chicane. As they turned right into the first part of the chicane Cornelius had got alongside Szczerbinski with the inside line for the second part and left turn of the chicane, as they attempted to make the left turn the two cars made contact and both spun out. This then handed the Autosport Young Guns title to Szczerbinski.

Meanwhile, behind the excitement of the first two drivers, Motaworld's Anton Spires was having a great battle with James Nutbrown and Russel Danzey emerging from the final chicane on the last lap as the race winner.

Commenting on the final result, Motaworld Team Principal, Alan Waite said, "It's a shame Max did not take the title as since joining the Championship after the first event at Rockingham he has developed into a very quick and mature driver which is proven by the fact that he has won far more races than anyone else in the Championship. I am sure though he is reasonably happy as he is now going to test Formula 3 with top UK Formula 3 team, Carlin Motorsport. However, amongst all the excitement that surrounded Cornelius and Szczerbinski we must not forget Anton Spires who drove a great race to take his first win of the year. Again, Anton is a driver who is developing and Motaworld are looking forward to progressing his career next season."

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Sixth win of year puts Cornelius within reach of title

Max Cornelius took the sixth race victory of his debut car racing season at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent today, Sunday, 15th August, in his Motaworld Racing run car to move within touching distance of the Autosport Young Guns championship title.

With just one event remaining on the 2010 calendar - the category finale at Thruxton in Hampshire a fortnight from now - the talented 16-year-old, from Southwick on the Somerset/Wiltshire border, is eyeing nothing less than title success after once again proving his prowess this weekend.

Dominating the rain-shortened qualifying session at the 1.2-mile Indy track on Saturday afternoon, Max took pole position for both races with lap times 0.3 seconds and 0.2 seconds quicker than closest rival Patryk Szczerbinski in both instances.

Sensibly putting in a few quick laps early in the session with rain clouds threatening, the Motaworld Racing driver posted a best of 48.504 seconds (88.96mph) at the team's local track to underline his reputation as the fastest driver in the championship.

Scorching away from pole position in race one, Max shook off the attentions of Szczerbinski early on and proceeded to pull clear of his pursuers with ease. The 20-minute race concluded on lap 25 with Max over five seconds clear and having posted a fastest race lap of 46.917 seconds (91.97mph). Such was his pace he also managed to lap fellow former karter Russell Danzey.

"I'm really delighted to have taken my sixth win of the year, it's a fantastic tally from 11 race starts and I'm fully focused on winning the championship now", said Rode born Max, "It's really close between me and Patryk for the title so it's all to play for at Thruxton, I can't wait to get there in two weeks time and hopefully get the job done."

In race two Max took second place for yet another podium finish, fending off James Nutbrown impressively at the conclusion by posting his quickest tour of the race two laps from the finish. His second rostrum of the weekend was also his eighth of the year and eighth in as many races.

Disappointed not to have been able to press home the same level of pace he showed in the first race, Max departs Brands Hatch nonetheless satisfied with his weekend's work and very much looking forward to the season finale where he bids to clinch his first car racing title.

As ever, Max - who will soon be starting his A-levels at the sixth form college previously attended by FIA Formula One Word Champion Jenson Button - would like to thank his tremendous sponsors who have been instrumental in the success he has enjoyed this year.

In no particular order, thanks go to: CPS Garage Services & ACE Supplies of Bradford on Avon, WJ Joyce (Eng) Ltd, Upsall Property Management & Giantbox all of Trowbridge. A & B Perkins Building Contractor, RSV Refinishers, Rapid Recovery From Westbury. Autocare, Frome Scaffolding, Frome Reclamation, Innetar Bodyshop, Compugraphic Design, White Row Country Foods of Frome & Hatton Hotels Group
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Motaworld Max takes 3 wins at Pembrey

Motaworld Racing's new boy, Somerset teenager Max Cornelius produced a truly sensational performance at Pembrey Circuit in South Wales over the weekend, 26th/27th June, to secure a perfect hat-trick of race victories in the Autosport Young Guns - his first successes since graduating to car racing only a few weeks ago.

In only his second race weekend in the new-for-2010 championship the 16-year-old, from Southwick near Frome - the hometown of reigning FIA Formula One World Champion Jenson Button - emerged as the dominant force.

Max locked out pole position for each encounter with an outstanding performance and then delivered three tremendous race drives to win the trio of outings. In doing so, the talented car racing rookie became the youngest winner in the inaugural season of the Autosport Young Guns and also the first Briton to take victory.

"This weekend couldn't have gone any better," said an elated Max, "Our aim was to try and get on the podium so to take three pole positions and win all three races is unbelievable! When I took pole in qualifying I was so happy, I'm almost speechless after winning each race. I want to dedicate the results to everyone at Motaworld and my family, without them it wouldn't have been possible."

Motaworld Team principal, Alan Waite, commented, "Max done a remarkable job this weekend by completely dominating all 3 championship races, especially considering this is only his second ever car racing event. We are definitely looking forward to the next rounds at Castle Combe where I hope he can produce the same results. I think this lad will go far."
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Another 2 Wins for Max

Car racing rookie Max Cornelius continued his seriously impressive debut season in fine style at Castle Combe in Wiltshire over the weekend, 17th/18th July, by taking a fantastic double victory and a further top three finish in his Motaworld Racing Autosport Young Guns car.

From his last six races, the 16-year-old has taken an outstanding tally of six podiums - including five richly deserved wins - and is rapidly marking himself out as a young driver with a huge amount of potential in the realms of single-seater racing.

"It's been another fantastic weekend, I'm really pleased with the result and thanks must also go to the Motaworld Racing team for providing a car that is capable of winning as well as backing me up with their vast experience and knowledge," said the Southwick-based youngster, "It would have been incredible to win all three races again but we can't be greedy! Five wins from six races is a fantastic total though, I can't wait for the next rounds now at Brands Hatch."

During Saturday morning's qualifying session at his most local track, Max was on course to take pole position but after easing off to preserve the life of his tyres he slipped to third with a best time of 1m07.402 seconds (98.81mph)- just two 10ths of a second shy of the top spot.

At the start of the weekend's opening encounter on Saturday afternoon, the Somerset youngster quickly moved into second position and at the end of lap one he was just 0.8 seconds behind race leader Patryk Szczerbinski. On lap two though, he was pushed back to third by his Finnish Motaworld Racing team mate, Leopold Ringbom.

Max continued well in the final rostrum spot but did unfortunately lose ground to the drivers ahead on lap nine following a spin. Remaining in third to the finish on lap 18, he at least secured his fourth podium in as many races having taken a hat-trick of victories at Pembrey in South Wales during the previous event at the end of June.

It wasn't long before Max hit the winning trail once again though and during race two on Sunday morning, the Motaworld Racing teenager took his fourth victory of 2010 after mastering the damp conditions.

Moving from third to second immediately, he was then passed by the fast-starting, and vastly more experienced, Jake Rattenbury. Slipping back behind Szczerbinski too, Max fought wheel-to-wheel for third through Folly Corner and up to Quarry where he made the place his own before usurping Rattenbury at Camp for second position.

Closing on race leader Ringbom, his Motaworld Racing team mate, Max pressured him into a mistake on lap five at Camp and duly moved into the lead. Building a substantial cushion over the remaining 12 laps, he cruised to an eventual winning margin of almost 15 seconds - a truly dominant drive.

Heading into the dry third encounter thoroughly determined for more success, the St Laurence School pupil quickly made headway from third on the grid and with an incredibly bold move he seized the lead around the outside at Quarry. Pumping in fastest lap after fastest lap, with a best of 1m06.618 seconds (99.97mph), he went on to win by 3.3 seconds from Szczerbinski.

During the three week break between the Pembrey and Castle Combe race meetings and following his successes at Pembrey, Max's family were able to secure some much-needed and very gratefully received additional support from an array of local sponsors to ensure his superb debut season of car racing could continue.

Sincere thanks go to, in no particular order: Tipadel Builders Merchants, T&A Motors of Bradford on Avon, CPS Garage Services of Bradford on Avon, Upsall Property Management of Trowbridge, Giantbox Self Storage in Salisbury and Trowbridge, Frome Scaffolding, Piling Equipment Ltd of Warminster, Dan Toilet Hire of Trowbridge, H&B Tyres of Frome, Innetar Bodyshop of Frome and Compugraphic Design, also of Frome, Fuffels Fine Foods of Rode and Coco's Womenswear of Frome.

The next event on the Autosport Young Guns calendar will take place at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent four weeks from now, 14th/15th August. For all the latest regarding Max's career, please visit www.maxcornelius.com and for information regarding marketing and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jonathan Davis on +44 (0)7876 566182 or by email to lesters2@btconnect.com________________________________________________

Motaworld Max takes 3 wins at Pembrey

Motaworld Racing's new boy, Somerset teenager Max Cornelius produced a truly sensational performance at Pembrey Circuit in South Wales over the weekend, 26th/27th June, to secure a perfect hat-trick of race victories in the Autosport Young Guns - his first successes since graduating to car racing only a few weeks ago.

In only his second race weekend in the new-for-2010 championship the 16-year-old, from Southwick near Frome - the hometown of reigning FIA Formula One World Champion Jenson Button - emerged as the dominant force.

Max locked out pole position for each encounter with an outstanding performance and then delivered three tremendous race drives to win the trio of outings. In doing so, the talented car racing rookie became the youngest winner in the inaugural season of the Autosport Young Guns and also the first Briton to take victory.

"This weekend couldn't have gone any better," said an elated Max, "Our aim was to try and get on the podium so to take three pole positions and win all three races is unbelievable! When I took pole in qualifying I was so happy, I'm almost speechless after winning each race. I want to dedicate the results to everyone at Motaworld and my family, without them it wouldn't have been possible."

Motaworld Team principal, Alan Waite, commented, "Max done a remarkable job this weekend by completely dominating all 3 championship races, especially considering this is only his second ever car racing event. We are definitely looking forward to the next rounds at Castle Combe where I hope he can produce the same results. I think this lad will go far."

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Two Wins for Ringbom.

Motaworld Racing's flying Finn, Leopold Ringbom, took another 2 wins at Snetterton last weekend in the Autosport Young Guns races.

He started from pole in both races and set fastest lap in one of the races and is now leading the Autosport Young Guns Championship.

Team Principal Alan Waite commented, "I believe that Leopold is looking like he is going to be a future star. I intend to take him to Formula BMW Pacific later in the year for some testing and racing which will all be valuable experience for him in his career development."

Leopold's team mate for the weekend, Anton Spires, also impressed with two third places. Team Principal Alan Waite commented, "I am stunned at how well Anton has performed, this has been his first racing in a single seater car and he picks up two podiums - outstanding. This only goes to show what a great series Autosport Young Guns is for a driver's first taste of single seater racing."

The next rounds of the Autosport Young Guns Championship take place at Pembrey on June 25th-27th.

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Motaworld Racing's Leopold Ringbom wins first ever Autosport Young Guns Race.

Rockingham last weekend the 10th and 11th of April, saw the start of the Autosport Young Guns Championship.

The weekend produced a lot of "Firsts" as it was the first time that Motaworld had competed in UK motorsport since 2007, it was their Finnish driver, Leopold Ringbom's, first ever car race and of course it was the first ever Autosport Young Guns race.

Team Principal Alan Waite said, "It was a fantastic weekend for Motaworld with Leopold winning the first ever Autosport Young Guns race and also our other driver, Sazlan Sirajudin coming in third so taking 2 places on the podium!! A great return to UK motorsport for the team!!"

The team were up against the odds having only returned from Malaysia on the Tuesday preceding the race where they were running their 4 Formula BMW cars in the Pacific Championship at the Malaysian F1 GP and only took delivery of their Young Guns race cars on that day.

Team Principal Alan Waite commented, "It was all a bit of a rush to get the cars ready but the team worked extremely hard to make sure that the cars were in a very competitive condition for the race and fittingly their hard work was rewarded with a 1st and 3rd place."

The team are now looking forward to the next event which is at Snetterton on the 8th and 9th of May and are hoping to have 4 cars running.

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Motaworld looking strong in FBMW Pacific

Motaworld Racing have just finished 3 days of testing at the Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur in preparation for the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific Championship.

Motaworld's 15 year old driver, Axcil Jefferies, from Zimbabwe set the pace over the 3 days for the 20 cars testing being quickest on the first 2 days and only just a few hundredths shy of quickest on the third day.

Showing considerable improvement over the 3 days was Motaworld's James Birch, 17 years old, who managed to get himself into the top six on the final day.

Team Principal, Alan Waite, commented on the test by saying, "This FBMW Pacific Championship is looking to be extremely strong this season with it mooted that we may be seeing up to around 24 cars taking part. This is very good in comparison with other championships in the current economic climate. Axcil is certainly looking very good and we are pleased to have him in the team but there are some other good drivers out there which will make the season interesting. I am amazed at James, he has come a long way since he started testing with us at the end of last year, especially considering he does not have a lengthy karting career to help him."

The Team have now rushed back from Sepang to continue their Autosport Young Guns testing program at Pembrey this Thursday and Friday.

Further details from;
Alan Waite +44 7929 167309

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Motaworld sign Finnish kart star for the Autosport Formula Young Guns Championship

Motaworld Racing have signed 17 year old Finnish karter Leopold Ringbom as the first of three drivers for their campaign in the 2010 Autosport Young Guns Championship.

The young Fin, who, in 2008, was 2nd in the KF2 Viking Trophy and 7th in the KF2 World Cup has suffered from a lack of funds which has prevented him from taking part in a full season of motorsport for the last year or so but with the inception of the Autosport Young Guns Championship he now has the opportunity to forward his career.

Team Principal, Alan Waite said, "Myself and Alf [Alf Boarer, Motaworld's Driver Development Manager] first spotted Leopold at the 2009 European Formula BMW Scholarship course. He performed very well there but was not in a position to take up a European scholarship because he did not have the rest of the funds to complete a season. This is where the Autosport Young Guns Championship has been a revelation because it allows talented drivers to compete and showcase their skills without the massive budgets required for other junior formulae. I am sure Leopold is going to be competitive and will certainly be a contender for our £50,000 scholarship for Formula Renault UK in 2011."

Leopold Ringbom said, "I am extremely happy to have to have been offered this opportunity to take part in a full season of racing and am looking forward very much to working with Motaworld who I am sure will give me every opportunity for success."

Leopold will be starting his campaign with 3 days of testing at Pembrey on the 6th, 7th and 8th of April and then a day at Rockingham on the 9th of April before racing commences, also at Rockingham on the 10th and 11th of April.

For further information;
Alan Waite can be contacted on +44 7929 167309
Leopold's manager, Jani Makinen, can be contacted on +66-8-19682716

Leopold "Lepa" Ringbom
DOB: 20.01.1993 (16yo)
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 65 kg
Nationality: Finnish
Education: Elementary School. Currently in a vocational school specifically designed for top athletes concentrating in race-car mechanics.
Hobbies: Underwater rugby (junior national team), scuba diving, snowboarding and wakeboarding.

Driving History:
1999 Leopold started driving at the age of 6
1999-2005 Many victories in different series in Finland
2006 Started driving in Europe PCR-Italy
2006 European championship ICA-J 15th place
2007 Italian Open series PDB-team
2008 PDB WSK KF2. Best result in a single race was 6th. Also 7th in World Cup and 2nd in Viking Trophy
2009 PDB WSK KF2, KZ2 German and KZ1. Many technical problems in KF2 so Leopold changed to drive only KZ. The results were instant: 7th in the first race and 3rd in the following one with the fastest lap time in the finals.
2009 3 days Formula Renault tests. Feedback was really good.

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£50,000 prize for Young Guns driver

Motaworld Racing in conjunction with La Manga Club Villa Rentals, providers of accommodation at the 5* La Manga Club golf and sports resort in southern Spain, are to award one of their Autosport Young Guns drivers £50,000 towards a season in Formula Renault UK in 2011.

A driver in the Motaworld Racing Young Guns team must finish in the top 3 overall in the 2010 Autosport Young Guns Championship, they will then be awarded £50,000 off the budget for a drive with Motaworld in the 2011 Formula Renault UK Championship.

Motaworld Racing team Principal, Alan Waite, said "I am very pleased that Motaworld is in a position to offer this award and it is a great incentive to any of our Young Guns contenders. It is also a massive help to a driver moving up to the next rung of the motorsport ladder."

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Autosport Young Guns Team for Motaworld

Motaworld Racing are going to run a 4 car team in the new Autosport Young Guns British Championship signalling a return to UK motorsport after 3 years in Europe for the Pembrey based team.

The Young Guns Championship which will run on the Dunlop Great and British package and is supported by Autosport Magazine, is aimed at 16 -19 year olds as a first step on the single seater ladder.



The car represents all that is modern about current race cars in higher categories including a paddle shift gearbox enabling drivers to learn the correct skills that they will require when moving up the single seater ladder.

The great thing about this championship is that a driver can take part in a season's racing with a professional team for around £45,000 to £55,000.

Motaworld are already arranging test days for potential drivers and if you would like to take part please call Motaworld's Driver Development Manager, Alf Boarer on 07811 162047.

For further details of the Autosport Young Guns Championship please email info@motaworld.co.uk and ask for a Powerpoint presentation to be sent to you. Alternatively call Alf Boarer on 07811 162047.

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Move for Motaworld

Previously based Chatham squad, Motaworld Racing, have moved to a new permanent base at Pembrey circuit in South Wales which will house the team's UK operations.

Team principal, Alan Waite said, "Being based at Pembrey circuit provides us with a great opportunity to expand our operations in the UK. These will include participation in certainly one UK championship in 2010, possibly two. Above all, it will also provide us with much more scope for testing and training."

Motaworld have also established a base at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia for their FBMW Pacific operation.

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