THE C1 Racing Club is delighted to announce the launch of its 2018 season with a new 24-hour race, the first in the UK for more than a decade, which will be held at Rockingham over the weekend of May 12/13 next year.
Launched in April 2017, the C1 Racing Club was established to deliver low-cost, value-for-money endurance racing. It has been a runaway success, with the maiden season comprising of three UK races, at Cadwell Park, Pembrey and Snetterton, plus the Spa 24-hour race next weekend (October 21-22), which will see over 40 C1s racing together for the first time, representing around half of the 76 UK C1 racing cars now built or in build.
The C1 Racing Club is the first organisation to stage a 24-hour race at Rockingham, which is the UK’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit since the closure of Brooklands in 1938. The three-day event between 11th -13th May, 2018, coincides with Northamptonshire circuit’s 17th birthday, so cause for a double celebration!
Racing on the International Super Sports Car Circuit, competitors will be following in the slip stream of some of Europe’s top racing drivers including those from the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. The 1.97-mile circuit combines the infamous Turn 1 banking, numerous hairpins and the fast sweeping bends of the challenging and technical infield section. It is particularly well-suited to the nimble C1 racing car; so expect to see a lot of action in the braking zone going into the Deene corner.
Since this is not only the first 24-hour race ever held at Rockingham, but also the first time the race series has visited the circuit in anger, the C1 Racing Club has organized a test day at Rockingham on April 20, with a club barbecue from lunchtime for all members included in the entry price. For those who cannot make this date, there will be another chance to test at the circuit on May 11. Both test days will include exclusive sessions and are priced £195.
A full grid of 56 cars is expected with entrants from the UK, Belgium and Holland, with a separate class for 2CVRT C1s. Teams may comprise up to six drivers per car, all of whom need to be members of the C1 Racing Club. There will be a full programme of racing over the weekend.
Entries are now open through the club website – www.C1Racing.club – entry for the C1 Racing Club 24-hour is £2,600 payable as follows:
· Initial non-refundable deposit to secure entry: £100
· Second non-refundable deposit by January 1: £400
· Final payment by April 12: £2,100
Full details are available on the website.
Chief Executive of Rockingham and former racing driver, Peter Hardman, said: “This is the first 24-hour race to be held at Rockingham, so I am delighted the C1 Racing Club has chosen to hold its UK meeting at our circuit next season.
“The C1 Racing Challenge is one of the most successful new series the UK has seen, and I am proud to be able to be part of its growth. Next May is 17-years since I raced at the first public race meeting at Rockingham, so I may even be tempted to dust down my race suit and enter my own Team Rockingham C1 car!”
Meyrick Cox, Chairman of the C1 Racing Club, added: “Rockingham has amongst the best facilities of any circuit in the UK, so we are thrilled that Rockingham and East Northants Council has been so supportive. It should be a great weekend and I look forward to racing Peter in his Team Rockingham C1.
“The C1 Racing Challenge is going from strength to strength. Our first season saw grids building from eight cars at our first race to over 40 cars at the Spa 24-hour. Next season will be really exciting, as we now have over 75 cars built or in build, so we expect full grids and even better racing.
“C1 Racing seems to have caught the zeitgeist of the moment, with its focus on low-cost endurance racing. The cars only cost around £3,800 to build and the regulations allow little freedom to spend money on development, so there is almost no performance difference between the cars. We also have a strong focus on driving standards to reduce accident damage.
“Having had so many C1 entries for the Spa 24-hour race, run by our friends in 2CVRT, we took the decision to run our own UK-based 24-hour race. This is a big step for such a young series and is the first new 24-hour race in the UK for over a decade. We have an exclusive test day at Rockingham in April to get dialled into the circuit; and entries for the 24 hour are now open at £2,600 per team. We are also welcoming inquiries from trade stands and other participants.”