The Club

Our history

The Club was formed in 1998 by a group of racers who participated in the Caterham Scholarship (as it was called at that time) in 1997.

The Club grew significantly as a result of the influx of members from the Scholarship / Academy over several years. 2 of the classes that race in the Club today are the original Academy cars of the late 1990’s and early to mid-2000’s, with the Vauxhall 1600 or Rover 1600 engines. The Vauxhall cars form our Classic Class and the Rover engine cars originally form our Mega Class.

Following Caterham Cars introducing the Ford Sigma engine in 2008 the Club introduced a class for that car (called Sigma) and then introduced the upgraded SigMax (equivalent to the Caterham Supersport).

Today our classes are structured to allow both older and newer Caterhams to compete. Our classes for more modern cars follow the follow the specification of the current Caterham Motorsport Roadsport, 270R and 310R classes.

Many of our members have been with us for years and previous racing members include Jon Barnes (British GT Champion and current Caterham test driver and 2002 Super Graduates runner up), current BTCC driver Oli Jackson, and Caterham’s own Simon Lambert (2002 Super Graduates Champion). Caterham technician Lee Bristow (310R Champion 2017) raced in SigMax in 2016 and was runner up in the Championship.

We draw our membership from Caterham Motorsport, novice racers (including some ex karters), other types of racing and CGRC alumni, returning to race with us. We don’t expect members to upgrade or change their cars – many have raced in the same class for years.

Club ethos

To look to provide the best in fair, close and competitive Caterham racing in a social and friendly environment. This is very much as it has always been, and something we very much value. We are very friendly / sociable paddock, we have social events, often with a fund-raising theme, as well as an end of season awards dinner.

 

How we are run

The Club is run for members by members – it is run day to day by an executive of 4 who are nominated each year. The executive are directors of the club, who, along with 5 “Trustee” directors, form the board. Each year three directors retire by rotation. Elections for board membership take place each year at the AGM.

Our funding comes from sponsorship and subscriptions. The sponsorship income is pooled and used to run the Club and provide members with facilities such as the club awning, race weekend catering and administration etc.

The Club run under the umbrella of BARC (The British Automobile Racing Club), who organise most of our race meetings for us. We do organise our own race meetings – for example our international meeting and the occasional UK race meeting, where BARC cannot access a particular circuit where we want to race. We have a very good working relationship with BARC, being a significant Club in their “portfolio”. We are in control of our Championship Regulations, subject to oversight from BARC and Motorsport UK.

We do not tolerate poor driving and actively maintain high driving standards. We have a system in place that supplements the normal clerking at each race meeting. It comprises a team of experienced drivers who make up our Driving Standards Team (DST). Members of the DST are available at race meetings for consultation on a particular issue. Any Club member can lodge an investigation request to the DST about driving standards which is then fully investigated. The DST have a range of sanctions available, including ultimately the suspension of racing membership. The Club has mandated on-board cameras to assist with reviewing incidents. Our Driving Standards Information and Guidance document can be viewed here.

 

CGRC today

We are one of the largest single make UK Championships in club racing.

The Club provide an awning which we use as a hub for our catering and prize giving. Each driver plus 1 guest benefit from the catering over the weekend as part of their annual subscription. Additional guests are charged as extras.

Some 50 % of Members run themselves and often contract with one of the race teams for emergency support. Some rely on full team support (arrive and drive) and others work on a half-way house basis, with drivers transporting their cars and a team supporting them at the circuit.

 

What does it cost?

There are 2 types of Racing Membership – Full Racing Membership and Guest Racing Membership.

The annual subscription for 2019 for Full Racing Membership is £295.

In addition, there is an annual membership fee payable to BARC – in 2018 it was £120.

Guest Racing Membership is £75 per race weekend with £40 (in 2018) for weekend membership of BARC.

For a full list of benefits for each type of membership can be found here.

Typical Race Entry Fees - for UK double headers (including 1 qualifying session and 2 races of 20mins and 25 minutes) range from £400 - £450.

Many members test on the Friday before a race weekend and the typical cost for a day is £250 - £300 depending on the circuit.

Tyres – we have a longstanding relationship with Yokohama and our tyres are supplied by Polleysport at a discounted price. Polleysport attend at selected rounds to fit tyres. There is a maximum limit of 3 sets of tyres per season.

Some support teams offer emergency technical support in case of repairs being required because of a breakdown or an on-track incident. Emergency support costs range from £500 - £750 per season.

One of support teams, GRs carry a good stock of spares available to purchase by all.

Full support (with arrive and drive) costs in the range of £5,000 - £8,000 per season, depending on supplier and level of support. Lower levels of support – i.e. you prepare, store and transport and the team look after you at the circuit” arrangements are available at a significantly lesser cost than full support.

CGRC in 2018

Classes - for 2019 we have renamed the Sigma engine sub classes to reflect their power output.

The sub classes are named 125, 135 and 150 and follow the specification of the current Caterham Motorsport Roadsport, 270R and 310R classes. We have also introduced an addition class for 420R/R300 specification cars.

More detail on all the classes can be found here.

We have 8 meetings with 16 races in 2019 (1 is a single day meeting). Our international round is at Zandvoort. Our calendar for 2019 is here.

For further information on racing with the Club in 2019 please call Andrew Outterside on 07831 451157 or email membership@graduates.co.uk

 

CGRC General Flyer

CGRC Season Flyer 2019