When the University of Bolton teamed up with Team RLR, many people were left scratching their heads at exactly what that meant for the team’s future in British GT racing. However, the team have improved considerably throughout the season and, although they are yet to win a major race event, have certainly established themselves as one of the regular teams to feature in major race weekends. We took a look at how both of their star drivers have performed this season.
The British GT season was a long, gruelling campaign and next year’s championship will have nine-rounds of intense racing. While that requires plenty of commitment from the Bolton team, they are certainly improving quickly and could even challenge for podium positions next year. Anna Walewska and Rob Garofall are talented drivers and have the necessary skillset to lead the team forward in both the short and long term future.
The University of Bolton’s CAPE (Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering) were invited to get involved with the project a while back and their decision to play a key role in Team RLR’s progress forward has been hugely successful. Not only are the students able to learn a valuable range of skills while working on a genuine, real-life sports car, but the university has been able to enhance its own reputation through outside work in the community.
Both drivers have enjoyed reasonable levels of success throughout the year, especially considering their low starting point at the beginning of 2015. Perhaps the most successful race weekend was at Rockingham in June, where both Anna and Rob performed admirably in tricky weather conditions to give the team a respectable 23rd placed finish. Considering there were 35 teams at the meeting, that was an incredible achievement for a unit that is still in the embryonic stages of their future plans.
Two months later and the team had improved even further. In the practice sessions at Snetterton in Norfolk, both Anna and Rob – who are classified as amateur and professional drivers respectively – finished in eighth place in their respective categories. While they aren’t challenging for podium places, there has been a clear improvement throughout the calendar year and Bolton CAPE are expecting big things from both drivers in 2016.
The team is improved quickly and surely there’s only a matter of time before Bolton CAPE pick up their first victory in the sport. While you cannot place a bet directly on this type of motor racing at Betway’s website, you can find all of the latest news and odds on Formula 1, NASCAR and other racing events. Furthermore, they can keep you updated on breaking information and driver changes, as well as tips for upcoming races.
It’s only a matter of time before Bolton CAPE start to challenge for the podium places and, if they continue improving at their current rate, everybody will profit from the university’s decision to join forces with Team RLR. With a bit of luck, both Anna and Rob will enjoy yet another successful season next year.