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PGTI Spec MK2 Golf #25: For Sale

Posted on 20th October, 2019

PGTI Spec MK2 Golf For Sale

£6000

 

PX MK5 Golf GTI

 

The best prepared car on the Production GTI Grid, as seen at Autosport International 2019 & MK2 Owvers Club National Meet.

 

 

 

 

 

1.8 16v 160 BHP (+1mm pistons, balanced,                                                                     All Stage Cylinder head, ARP Head Studs.)

 

2.5" Trackslag Exhaust.

 

AST Dampers, bespoke valving/spring rates                                                                  (Setup info included).

                                                         

Polybushed suspension

                                                         

HCD bespoke 6-point roll cage

                               

RS2 seat with integral head restraint

 

OMP Steering wheel

 

Lifeline fire extinguisher system

 

15" Team Dynamics Rims

 

Maintained regardless of cost

 

Contact info@mlpdevelopments.org.uk

+44(0)7845 648 277

 

 

Milne Signs off with a Win.

Posted on 1st October, 2019

PGTI Rounds 12 & 13

 

Pete Milne signed off the 2019 PGTI Season and the MK2 Golf era at MLP Developements with a win last weekend at a damp Brands Hatch.

The flying Milne capitalised on a P2 finish & fastest lap in Race 1 to start on the front row for the final round of the year.
After losing the lead in the penultimate lap a perfectly timed last corner lunge saw Pete take the flag by 0.3 secs.

Pete says:

"Thank you so much everyone! I’ve always believed the race is won or lost in the pits, on account of the preparation and effort that goes into getting the perfect car on to the grid. The driver just finishes the job off. The guys at MLP Developments, as usual, were properly brilliant this weekend and I can’t thank them enough"

 

Mat Rhodes faced the challenge of racing at Brands for the first time in ever changing condtions. After some heart stopping slides through the notorious Paddock Hill bend the Trackslag CEOs times improved with every session. Race Director, Luke Wales comments:

"Mat was thrown in the deep end still learning the car, no testing and in changing weather condtions. As far as racing goes it does not get any more challenging than this. Once again Mat's cool methodical approach to proceedings was admirable and I'm looking working with him behind the wheel again soon"

 

Trackslag Ltd supply exhausts and consultancy to our road and race car projects and have an extensive range of exhausts and charge pipes available.

 

 

 

 

Trackslag: First race weekend

Posted on 24th September, 2019

PGTI Donington Park: First Race weekend.

 

Thanks to Trackslag Director, Mat Rhodes for sharing his thoughts on his first race weekend with us in the Production GTI Championship.

 

Here at Trackslag, we've been involved in motorsport behind the scenes for a number of years, and in doing so been a part of helping people to win lots of silverware with our exhausts.

Finally, it was time to see things from the driver's seat. Literally.

To start with, it's worth mentioning that this little adventure wouldn't have happened without MLP Developments.

 

The conversation which put the wheels in motion happened in June, when I mentioned to Wes Chatterton (Engineering Director, MLP Developments) that racing in the Teekay Couplings Production GTi championship would be a big tick on my list of things to do.

Things really started to gather momentum in July after driving car #25 at Curborough, when we did the mk2 owners club national meet.

 

This is the car that Wes raced prior to moving across into running the team. 

It was laid idle after a fresh rebuild for the Auto sport show in January.

A generous helping of Gin on the Saturday night and the arrive and drive deal was finalised for rounds 10 and 11 Donington!

 

Having very limited experience of Donington and only driven the car a couple of miles, it was clear that we needed a bit of testing before the race. Luke Wales (Race Director MLP Developments) suggested that we book an hour on the Thursday before the race. 

In that hour we shared the circuit with a group of GT4 cars... Turns out that we were sharing the track with past Le Mans winners. Not the best time to be finding your way around an unfamiliar track in an unfamiliar car, wearing full racewear for the first time and struggling with visibility in the mirrors!

 

Comfortable pace was about 2.01 but needed 1.58 or better to compete.

Luke analysed the data from datalogger and made suggestions as to where improvements could be made. This was done in a supportive way with plenty of encouragement.

To find those extra 3 seconds you need to forget everything you thought that you should do with regard to driving the car and start again.

 

Saturday was spent prepping the cars. General checks, brake services seat adjustments, alignment, fuel etc.

 

Sunday morning came around in no time at all. 

Drivers briefing was 08.20, at which I received a warm welcome and was quickly made to feel at ease by everyone (Thanks everyone, it made a big difference to the experience).

 

Wes and Luke had been busy since around 7am preparing the cars, so when it came to qualifying at 9am, everyone was calm and ready to go.

 

Being so focused on what I was meant to be doing, it never even occurred to me that all 3 MLP Developments cars had Trackslag exhausts until we were noise tested before heading out. 

All 3 cars were valvers, two of which had the 2.25" exhausts measuring 89db static and the other with a 2.5" exhaust, measuring 93db static.

 

Your biggest fear when driving someone else's car, as the new boy, in a championship that you're joining in the penultimate round, is firing the car at the scenery and taking someone with you. With this in mind, we were released for qualifying and off we went! 

 

By the time I'd hit 3rd gear the drivers door mirror had vibrated it's way skyward again and all I could see in it was blue skies! This really rattled me, but I just had to get on with it.

 

Slowly building up the pace, on the 5th lap I decided that it was time to push for position. Coming out of the Melbourne hairpin, I went for third and lost all the gears. Luckily I had enough momentum to get into the pit lane. 

 

A part of the gear linkage had snapped. No one to blame, just bad fortune. Could have been worse as it could have happened in the race. 

 

As it happens, I had done enough to put myself 6th on the grid.

The first race was hours away, so to occupy my mind, I took responsibility for repairing the gear linkage and getting the mirrors where I wanted them to stay.

In what seemed like the blink of an eye, we were being called to the holding area for the first race.

 

Nothing prepares you for how hot you get whilst wearing full fireproof racewear on a hot summers day, sat in a hot car with no ventilation, in state of mild panic. 

After what seemed like hours, slowly cooking, we were released onto the circuit and given our grid positions. 

 

With the sighting lap completed we all found our places on the grid, the red lights illuminated and after a short pause, we were off! All apart from the Mk5 in front of me! 

I won't bore you with a moment by moment account of the race but it's safe to say that I was very happy to have finished my first race without damage or incident and somehow found myself 5th in class.

 

Feeling a bit disappointed that I hadn't really got stuck in on the first race, I was looking forward to race 2.

After a cautious start, I went with the "send it" approach and found a better pace which ultimately bagged 4th in class.

 

 

It's not until you've been a part of a whole race weekend and the build up to it, you see that you've had a total lack of realisation for how committed the people who do this are. 

It's crazy how much went on behind the scenes before that weekend at Donington, in both car and driver prep.

 

The other stand out memory for me is how welcome I was made to feel by everyone, both fellow drivers and organisers alike. You'd think that the walls would go up when the heat rose, but whilst there was a clear air of competition, manners were always at the forefront.

So, did I enjoy it? Yes! 

Would I recommend it? Yes! 

Will I be doing it again? Hell yeah! Next weekend at Brands Hatch actually!

Brands Hatch Preview

Posted on 18th September, 2019

PGTI  Rounds 12 & 13 Brands Hatch

 

Sunday 29th of September sees the culmination of this years PGTI season at Brands Hatch, and the end of an era for MLP Developments as our MK2's take to the track in anger for the final time.

 

Race Director, Luke Wales was on the grid at Cadwell Park for the first Golf GTI Championship race in 2007 in his red 8v:

"It was a chance meeting with Wes (Chatterton) and Danny (Slinger) at Brands in 2015 that led to the formation of MLP Developments shortly after so it seems fitting our final MK2 meeting will be there."

 

Engineering Director, Wes Chatterton adds:

"The Production GTI Championship MK2 class will continue to run indefinitely however things are moving forward at MLP as the organisation continues to mature. Personally, I am excited to build on our past experience as we transition to the future with a challenging new project." 

 

MLP Development's association with the MK2 Golf continues with customers cars and close links with the MK2 Golf Owners Club.

 

Mat Rhodes, who also has strong association with the MK2OC will be looking to continue to build on his pace after completing his first race weekend at Donington Park last month. Wes comments: 

"Mat is a pleasure to work with and improved in every session. His cool and methodical approach to his first race meeting really worked and we are looking forward to seeing him out again at Brands."

 

C1 Racing FAQ

Posted on 9th August, 2019

C1 Racing FAQ
Thanks for all the enquiries. We've collated a few answers to the frequently asked questions we have received so far.

 

If you have a question and can't find the answer below or on our C1 page please mail us at c1@mlpdevelopments.org.uk and we will answer at our earliest convenience.
Where do C1s Race?
In 2019  the C1 Racing Club have organised 9 UK events ranging from 2 to 24 hrs in duration and 1 24 hour race at Spa Francorchamps.
There are also 8 European events in Belgium, France, The Netherlands and Portugal.
 
Is there a championship?
No each race is a one-off event.
 
How many drivers per race?
The length of the race determines the number of drivers required.
 
Duration         Drivers
2 – 4 hrs                3
12 – 24 hrs            4
 
What is included
Entry fees, fuel, tyres, logistics,sundries and refreshments
 
When will the MLP car be ready?
As you may have seen we are currently developing our car to ensure that our drivers will have the means to be competitive.
The will be ready to compete in the 2hr meeting at Brands Hatch   9th & 10th of November.
 
Will I be paired with inexperienced drivers?
We welcome enquiries and look forward to working with drivers with diverse racing experience background. We will endeavour to ensure all team mates are as closely matched as possible.

New drivers may be invited to a private test to meet the team, try the car and ensure  they have the best experience with the team and car.

 
What licence do I need?
For UK events a MSUK National B licence is required.
 
Do I need to join a club?
Each driver is required to be a member of the C1 Racing club. Membership is £50 per annum and further details can be found here: https://c1racing.club/join-the-club/

What if the car is damaged or fails during the race?

We will have a comprehensive spares package available at each meeting and a dedicated team with experience from WTCC that will make every effort to repair the car and return it to the track if possible.
 
What if I crash the car?
An insurance quote is available upon request from our Insurance partner, you may also work with your own motorsport insurance provider or settle privately for any significant damage.
 
How do I get behind the wheel?
For a drive at the Brands Hatch 2hr event please drop us a line on c1@mlpdevelopments.org.uk and we will forward you with an MLP drivers pack and collect your details.

MK2 Owners Club Meet

Posted on 29th July, 2019

MK2 Owners Club Meet

 

Thanks to @vwgolfmk2ownersclub for inviting us yo thier annual meet at the Curborough Sprint course.

 

It was great to meet everyone, see some fantasitc cars and give a a few folks chance to tak out or Production GTI Championship spec MK2 for a spin around the track.

We also had the oppurtunuity to provide some handling tips and carry out wheel alignment on some owners vehicles.

 

Next stop Norfolk

Posted on 24th June, 2019

PGTI Rounds 8 & 9 // Snetterton

 

 

This Sunday brings the next two rounds of 2019 PGTI Championship to Snetterton in Norfolk.

 

After a dominating Race 1 victory last time out Pete Milne is looking forward to returning to the circuit where he claimed his first double victory last year.

 

Pete relished the challenging wet conditions in Wales putting the #44 machine on Pole and leading from lights to flag.

After an adjusted schedule Pete crossed the line 4th in races 2 and 3.

 

Despite Milne's mastery of the wet, Engineering Director, Wes Chatterton is looking forward to dry racing at Snetterton:

"Although we are used to the wet conditions in the North of England it will be nice to have two dry races. There are some demanding corners at Snett and the MK2s really move around underneath you when you get them right"

Keep up with the action from our Live Timing page.

2009 Mini Cooper D

Posted on 4th June, 2019

2009 Mini Cooper D Auto

 

£2650

 

£2385

 

Full Service History

 

MOT

 

info@mlpdevelopments.org.uk for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

C1 Build Vlog

Posted on 4th June, 2019

Jordan Morrison Racing // ROAD CAR TO RACE CAR

 

Jordan is currently documenting our C1 build in his ROAD CAR TO RACE CAR series. You can find all the episodes on our Videos page
Check out Jordan's channel for other vlogs including our pre-season day at Oulton.

C1 Endurance Racing

Posted on 11th May, 2019

         Now for something a little different........

 

 

We are currently in the process of building a car for C1 Racing Club endurance racing. 

After visiting the Silverstone 24hrs last month and witnessing 99 cars door-door for 24hrs we couldn’t resist being part of the action next year.

Our good friend Jordan Morrison will be documenting the build in a series of videos coming soon on his channel.

 

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