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Expanded class structure for 2018

The post follows on from an email over the weekend to all racing Members.

The Club has been working on the best way of attracting new members with an updated class structure for 2018, whilst keeping existing Members' interests in mind, by not introducing new car specifications into existing classes that could possibly present an unfair advantage.

Charles Elliott and Nick Haryett have been dealing with the future of our Super Graduate Class. Those who continue to race their existing car in 2018 will be racing in the Mega class, which will combine the current Super and Mega Graduate classes.

Those currently racing a Super will have the option to: -

  • Race your Super 'as-is'. You probably won't win races, but you can still have a good race with Megas who drive at the same pace as you.
  • Partially upgrade your Super, starting with the Mega engine upgrade, which will close most of the performance gap, and you can add other elements of a Mega if you want to at your own pace.
  • Fully upgrade your Super to Mega specification 

In terms of attracting new members, our strategy is to open up the Club to as a wide an audience as possible, so we can grow the Club membership and bring ourselves up to date, by offering a viable alternative to all the current Caterham Motorsport classes up to 310R. With our current SigMax cars ceasing production in 2013 we need to fully embrace the latest Caterham products in order to grow.

In order to attract the newer '2014 on' spec cars from the 4 current Caterham Motorsport classes (Academy / Roadsport / 270R and 310R) we are introducing 2 new classes.

SigMax VCT based on the Caterham Motorsport 310R car

and

Sigma VCT based on the Caterham Motorsport 270R car

So, for next year we will have 6 classes - 4 Ford Engine classes, 1 Rover 16v class and the Classic class as follows: -

SigMax
SigMax VCT
Sigma
Sigma VCT
Mega
Classic 

The points system and awards that will apply to the classes are under consideration by the Club and will form part of the 2018 Championship regulations.

Our 4 Ford engine classes for 2018 allow us to accommodate our existing Members and attract new Members i.e. anyone from the current Caterham Academy, Roadsport, 270R, 310R classes, along with the older pre-2014 Caterham Supersport class.

Our Sigma / Sigma VCT / SigMax VCT classes will give progression for both existing Members and new joiners to the Club who wish to race the current specification Caterham.

A link to the Club's press release on this is here.

If you have any queries please drop me an email at commercial@graduates.org.uk or call me on 07831 451157.

Andrew Outterside

Andrew O commercial@graduates.org.uk on 18 October 2017 at 09:24Link

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