Organisers at Power Maxed MotoFest Coventry 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 event, 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 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 MotoFest Coventry track record of 69.64 seconds for completing the 1.1 mile Toyo Tires sprint circuit.
Olly Clark has now completed the sprint double having won the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s famous hill climb and its urban equivalent the Power Maxed MotoFest Coventry sprint competition – with the event trophy presented to him by Festival Director James Noble at a prize-giving ceremony on the final day.
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 (BTCC) competition car, with championship driver Senna Proctor putting the Vauxhall Astra through its paces on track.
Its appearance at Power Maxed MotoFest Coventry with Senna Proctor at the wheel was the ideal warm-up ahead of the pair’s return to the sharp end of competitive action in the latest round of the BTCC Championship at Oulton Park next weekend, 9 and 10 June.
James Noble Festival Director, said: “The Power Maxed MotoFest Coventry 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.”
“The sprint competition proved a phenomenal success with all the competitors expressing their delight at the opportunity to become history makers and take part in the first closed road motorsports competition on a UK city centre circuit in almost 30 years.
“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 MotoFest Coventry 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.
It was joined on track by a select group of motorsport marvels from Jaguar’s illustrious racing past including the TWR XJS, winner of the European Touring Car Championship in 1984, the Group 44 E-type, winner of the US SCCA Championship in 1975 and the 393 RW – 1956 Long Nose D-type, sixth at Le Mans and winner of the Reims 12 hour race.
Alongside Jaguar’s racing heritage was the modern day end of its racing spectrum, as the all-electric 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.
The supercars were also out in force at Power Maxed MotoFest Coventry as the Supercar Driver club (SCD) – the UK’s leading club for supercar drivers – made a crowd-pleasing first ever appearance at Power Maxed MotoFest Coventry.
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.
Further two-wheeled highlights included a new dedicated bike village with the Get On ride and try experience, Wall of Death, DynABike and displays from classic bike clubs, a street food village and regular food and drink retailers.
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.
Further new activities for 2018 included interactive experiences such as the Thatcham Research ‘Stop The Crash’ roadshow showcasing Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) through in-car demonstrations.
The Loughborough Car Club on behalf of the Motor Sport Association (MSA), offered visitors the chance to try out the grassroots motorsport of Autotesting, with passenger rides in a dedicated demonstration arena.
The Electric Zoo project offered a look into the motoring future with electric vehicles and autonomous vehicle technologies showcased, including various electric cars and pods on display.
Power Maxed MotoFest Coventry 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 MotoFest Coventry, now the largest free urban motorsport festival in the UK.