Karen's Plans for 2014


No, Karen's not planning to race the gorgeous Healey Silverstone (pictured above) this coming season, but she is planning to race in the Nippon Challenge as usual. New for 2014 are plans to race in the Classic and Sports Car Club's (CSCC) Modern Classics series. This series is for mini endurance races where she will be sharing drives with her husband Richard. The series is for production sports, saloon and GT cars built up until 01/01/2000. Current cars racing include Porsche 911s, 944s, and Boxsters, BMW M3s as well as coupes and saloons, an Audi TT and a Toyota Celica GT4.
Regulations for the CSCC Modern Classics have necessitated the refitting of the passenger headlight and the returning of the bonnet scoop to face forward as it did originally. Unfortunately, sponsors TenguDo Motorsport have been forced to close and it was with regret that all sponsor decals were removed. It's hoped that another sponsor can be found, if only to make the car look as exciting as it did before!
There have also been developments under the bonnet. The running issues were diagnosed by Powerstation to a boost leak. However, they also advised Karen that the current turbo was past its best and although it was producing decent power it wasn't spooling up until comparatively late. The decision was taken to fit a new replacement as recommended by Powerstation. A VF34 roller bearing tubo will be fitted which should ensure early spool up meaning lots of available torque.
Finally, Karen was offered a bargain Carbon/Kevlar Corbeau Revolution seat that was too good to pass up. This will replace the steel framed seat currently being used. The Corbeau will be much lighter and safer than the current item.
Further improvements planned include Lexan windows to save weight and the use of better video cameras. An oil cooler will also be fitted to keep oil temperature under control when running for longer periods during the Modern Classics races.

The upcoming season should be very exciting, so please visit this site regularly to keep up with developments and exciting race footage and reports.

About Karen Phillips

  • Karen races her Impreza WRX in the Classic and Sports Car Club (CSCC) Modern Classics series, with her husband Richard as a 2nd Driver. The races are mini-endurance events involving a driver-swap. Karen has previously raced in the Nippon Challenge, a race series for Japanese and Asian cars. Karen has been racing since 2006, having started in the MR2 Challenge.
  • Please check this site regularly for updates on Karen's progress through the season and developments with her race car.

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