Organisers at Power Maxed Coventry MotoFest are hailing this year’s festival as the biggest and best ever after record-breaking crowds poured into the city to enjoy the ﬁrst ever competitive motorsports staged at the event.
In a fantastic endorsement of the increasing popularity of the Coventry MotoFest, visitor numbers topped last year’s high of 130,000 as tens of thousands of visitors ﬂocked into the city to watch the ﬁrst competitive motorsports held on a city centre circuit in almost 30 years.
Those gathered on the viewing galleries saw drivers drawn from the British Automobile Racing Club’s (BARC) various sprint championship series battling it out on the main Toyo Tires Sprint circuit to see who would rule the Coventry MotoFest roads across the weekend.
After two days of competition, the sprint legend that is Olly Clark – driving a Subaru Impreza – took the top step, setting the new oﬃcial Coventry MotoFest track record of 69.64 seconds for completing the 1.1 mile Toyo Tires sprint circuit.
Over at the short oval circuit the action was also competitive for the ﬁrst time as Fueltopia’s Formula G Championship’s ‘Champion of Champions’ event featured a timed shoot-out involving 20 of its top drivers.
Saturday saw practice sessions ahead of Sunday’s qualifying heats and then head to head knockout rounds as Ryan Milton, driving a MX5 RWD class, emerged victorious ahead of Jonathan ‘Bucky’ Buck in a Subaru Impreza in the ﬁnal battle on track.
As well as the competitive elements, the Toyo Tires sprint circuit also hosted the popular demonstration displays with an array of two-wheeled and four-wheeled machinery featuring as part of the weekend’s track action.
The event’s title sponsor Power Maxed brought their high-ﬂying sponsored Power Maxed Racing British Touring Car Championship competition car, with championship driver Senna Proctor putting the Vauxhall Astra through its paces on track.
James Noble Festival Director, said: “The Power Maxed Coventry MotoFest 2018 was a record breaker, with our biggest ever number of visitors attending the event.
“We’re still crunching the numbers but expect the ﬁnal totals to be well in excess of last year’s 130,000 visitors to the festival weekend.”
“It’s ﬁtting that we have a true motorsports legend in Olly Clark as our ﬁrst ever sprint trophy winner and new oﬃcial lap record holder and we look forward to creating more legendary chapters in the Power Maxed Coventry MotoFest story as we take the event forward into the future.”
In the home city of the iconic automotive marque, the Jaguars roared with a special 30-year anniversary celebration of the Jaguar XJR-9’s 1988 Le Mans victory one of the weekend highlights as the iconic car was reunited with its winning driver Andy Wallace for dynamic runs around the Toyo Tires sprint circuit.
Alongside Jaguar’s racing heritage was the modern day end of its racing spectrum, as the allelectric I-PACE eTROPHY car – ahead of its leading role in a one-make Formula E support series during the 2019/2020 season – was displayed alongside the Jaguar Panasonic Racing’s Formula E competitor car.
Around 50 or so members cars including Lamborghinis, Bugattis, Ferraris and McLarens took to the circuit before going on display in a dedicated super car paddock area situated close to Coventry Cathedral in the city centre.
For two-wheeled fans one of the highlights was a ride-out from historic Coombe Abbey Hotel to the Toyo Tires sprint circuit on Saturday morning, with around 250 bikes creating one of the spectacles of the weekend as they oﬃcially opened the show with a parade lap.
For classic car fans this year’s event featured a ‘show within a show’ as thanks to a ﬁve year deal with the Coventry Business Improvement District (BID), around 1,000 classic vehicles were displayed, the largest amount ever seen at the event.
Power Maxed Coventry MotoFest is a two-day festival dedicated to the city’s motoring heritage, taking place in the ﬁrst weekend of June each year.
It features a range of automotive activities taking place from pop-up and demonstration runs to static displays and fringe events with Power Maxed Coventry MotoFest, now the largest free urban motorsport festival in the UK