Saunders aims to enjoy return to GT Cup as he brings TVR back to track

Saunders aims to enjoy return to GT Cup as he brings TVR back to track

The GT Cup is pleased to announce the return of Mike Saunders, who will contest the full 2018 Championship in his TVR Cerbera GT. Mike was a regular in GT Cup at the start of the decade and scored an outright race win at Spa Francorchamps in 2011.
The car, built by Mike and his father in 2007, will compete in Group GTB, its first track action for almost four years. For the new season it has been tweaked to find some more speed, with a new suspension, different tyre set up, and a new management system for the beastly 4.7-litre engine.
“We built the car in 2007 for the aim of doing low-level club racing,” said Saunders. “Our first GT Cup race was in 2009 when it was quite a different Championship and came back to do full seasons in ‘10 and ’11. The last time we raced in GT Cup was at Brands Hatch in 2013.  At that meeting the engine blew up and with damage we retired the car completely, and only decided last year to bring it back out this season.
“The challenge we’ve set ourselves is to find out how competitive the car can be without losing its core identity. It is about ten years older than it should be for this Championship, but as we are still running the original factory TVR engine and the car is still very much a TVR Cerbera. We are running the H-pattern, non-sequential gearbox as it always has done, and I suppose it is a challenge to see what you can do with some old-school British engineering.
“The race team, if you can call it that, is just me and my dad. We built it and we run it. It is a budget and engineering driven exercise to see what we can achieve with as little as possible. We try to enjoy ourselves as much as possible, but we put ourselves under a lot of pressure at times.

“The aim is to come back to GT Cup, enjoy it, and see if we can find some time over when the car last ran last. Realistically, if we can challenge in the top-ten we’ll be very happy. We’ll be entering in Group GTB, it is a similarly-engineered car to Warren at Topcats’ Marcos, and there will be some fun rivalry there – we’ve already had some over social media.”
The opening rounds of the GT Cup season will take place on Donington Park’s National circuit in just two weeks’ time. Interested competitors can contact Hannah Wilson, Championship Director on 01963 442787 or [email protected], or Chris Thorn, Commercial Manager on 01963 407035 or [email protected] The Championship then visits Brands Hatch, Spa Francorchamps, and Snetterton to conclude the first half of 2018’s campaign.