29 November 2018
New business Valluga Racing has taken advantage of recently constructed 8000 sq ft premises at Silverstone Park to launch its competition and track day car preparation and logistics service.
A close proximity to the neighbouring Silverstone circuit was a deciding factor in owner Benji Hetherington’s decision to expand his business.
Notably, the building is also located within the Park’s Enterprise Zone which offers significant business rates relief to enable companies with growth ambitions to invest in staff and equipment.
Valluga’s premises are part of 125,000 sq ft of new industrial units built by Silverstone Park developer MEPC.
Some of the UK’s most exciting tech/manufacturing names have been quick to secure them including Mercedes-AMG F1, Envision Virgin Racing, Baumot, Lotus Cars Silverstone, David Brown Automotive and TotalSim with its 26,000 sq ft sports engineering hub.
Valluga is therefore in prestigious company and has already begun to attract individuals who are keen to test themselves and their cars – including Porsches, BMWs, Lotus and Ferraris – on the Silverstone circuit.
“The logistics of being at Silverstone Park ticked a huge box for us,” commented Benji, himself a successful factory-contracted driver for Porsche and Mercedes in sprint and endurance motor racing.
He added: “Being so close to the circuit significantly reduces any transportation costs.
“It gives us quite a niche offering on the track day side. A customer might own three cars and, with us, they can test them all in one day because we’re here to shuttle them back and forth to a timetable that makes that happen.
“Also if there should ever be an issue then we are only a few minutes away with a van full of tools and diagnostics.”
“We are very much about putting the driver first,” continued Benji.
“If the customer wants to enter a higher standard racing category we can put them through a series of steps from a driver coaching side in an efficient way that enables them to get the most of being on the grid.”
Valluga’s technicians are highly skilled when it comes to car preparation – each has at least a decade of experience working in categories such as Le Mans or the British Touring Car Championship.
And they need to be: Valluga’s workshop, now with accompanying offices and mezzanine floor fitted out, can hold up to 50 cars from a diverse range of racing categories including historic saloons to modern day sportscar and GT competition.
“That means we need to know the technical regulations according to which championship that car is for and our technicians’ knowledge is exemplary. We are very proud of the product we put on track,” explained Benji.
“On saying that, we have discussed already with the National College for Motorsport and Silverstone Technology University which are both on site the possibility of a taking on students next summer.
“Our technicians would be good role models. Their stories are inspirational – remember they started out perhaps reverse engineering road cars for racing and then re-engineering them again.
Offering youngsters an opportunity is smart thinking and Benji also has a clear vision for Valluga’s business model.
He concluded: “Keep doing what we do because we do it well and it is in demand, but also look to gear ourselves up to run our own exclusive track events, something we are in the advanced stages of planning for 2019.
“The aim, though, is to continue building our reputation as the leading competition car management service in the UK.”