Our Weltch Media hot rod racer Mark Shelper suffered serious engine trouble in his Peugeot-bodied car at the latest world championship qualifying round.
It meant Mark missed out on a significant points haul at Hednesford Raceway in his bid to reach the world final in July, but he remains in a qualifying position.
“The car had a misfire so I only did one lap and pulled off,” he explained. “Unfortunately, the engine had something gone wrong internally. We tried to investigate at the track to see if we could fix it but it needed the engine stripping”.
Back at their Bristol base, the team discovered the problem: “We found the crank sensor pick up ring has snapped. It must’ve cracked hence misfiring that was intermittent, and then stopped when it snapped.”
The engine is now in for repair.
The Weltch Media logo has been on Mark’s Peugeot 206cc since the start of last season, continuing our long-standing involvement in motorsport. In the past we have supported Ben Power in the UK Legends Car Championship and James Holman in the Irish Championship. We’ve also backed James in several online iRacing events, and in 2018 we teamed up with Mendips Raceway to present the Weltch Media West of England Hot Rod Championship.
Mark made headlines in 2022 by being the only driver from the South West to qualify for the world championship final. He is hoping to repeat the feat this year by finishing in the top 16 in the English points table.
National hot rods are the top level of short track racing in the UK, with sophisticated lightweight production car replicas whose engines produce around 240bhp.
Photos: Mark’s Peugeot (788) in action at Hednesford by Martin Kingston