There is not any scarcity of recent championships and collection that come onto the nationwide scene yearly, and regardless of the looming spectre of the COVID-19 pandemic that did not change in 2021.
9 new classes appeared final 12 months, a few of which attracted full grids and an eclectic mixture of vehicles, whereas others struggled to achieve entries in double figures.
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Autosport has rated people who appeared final season, whereas additionally wanting forward on the new-for-2022 collection and what to anticipate from them within the nationwide season to return.
Zeo Sports activities Proto – 3.5 stars
Numerous grids of vehicles entered the BRSCC-run collection, which attracted a grid of 19 at Donington
Photograph by: Mick Walker
There was a surge of curiosity in prototype racing within the UK over the previous couple of years. New and up to date choices from Radical, together with Czech producer Praga specializing in the British market and Phil Abbott’s launch of Revolution, has created a plethora of various choices for racers.
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However many of those vehicles have their very own one-make collection. And, following the demise of the Open Sportscar Collection on the finish of 2019, there has not been a devoted multi-marque prototype class within the UK that doesn’t have strict rules regarding engines or chassis. That’s a niche available in the market that former OSS racer Duncan Williams has sought to fill along with his new Zeo Proto Collection (so named due to Williams’s Excool firm’s improvement of sustainable cooling programs, and is due to this fact a fusion of ‘geo’ and ‘zero’).
In partnership with the British Racing & Sports activities Automotive Membership, three occasions have been held for the inaugural season final 12 months – and a various mixture of vehicles was attracted, with a excessive of 19 at Donington Park. In addition to a spread of Radicals, there have been extra uncommon vehicles comparable to Mike Jenvey’s Jenvey-Gunn TS6 and Matthew and Richard Chamberlain’s self-built CTR 01. However, maybe most notably, there was the UK debut of the NP01-EVO.
A tie-up with the Sports activities Prototype Cup for a shared grid on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit this June ought to make for an awesome spectacle because the collection seeks to construct additional momentum.
Snetterton Saloons – 4 stars
Launched by the Undertaking 8 Racing Membership, the Snetterton Saloons proved to be one thing of a shock success in 2021 having not been introduced till April. 4 rounds have been held on the Norfolk circuit, with a plethora of vehicles in a position to compete, from two and four-wheel-drive equipment, saloons, coupes, sizzling hatches or convertibles. Broad rules allowed for such all kinds. Drivers additionally competed in ‘county’ groups in a bid for the East Anglian County Cup.
Its inaugural assembly – that includes a 40-minute pitstop race – attracted 25 vehicles, which elevated to a excessive of 34 for the third occasion, though the season finale by no means happened as a consequence of heavy rain. That hasn’t dampened spirits for 2022, although, with seven occasions deliberate together with an ‘away day’ at Silverstone for the March opener, whereas it should help British GT at Snetterton in June and a two-and-a-half-hour relay race is about for August.
Ecurie Traditional Racing – 4 stars
Regardless of competitors from Equipe GTS, Ecurie Traditional Racing reached a 36-car grid at a soggy Silverstone
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Given the sheer quantity of Nineteen Sixties Appendix Ok small-engined sportscars on the market, it maybe was not a shock that the brand new Ecurie Traditional Racing contest attracted respectable entries, even with the favored and near-identical Equipe GTS collection in the identical market.
Operating with help from the Traditional and Trendy Motorsport Membership, grids started at 19 vehicles however elevated to a formidable 36 by the ultimate Silverstone spherical. Following the Jaguar Fanatics’ Membership’s choice to not run its personal classes, the Massive Cats of the Mike Hawthorn and XK Challenges have discovered a brand new residence with Ecurie, serving to to spice up the numbers.
911 Problem – 1.5 stars
The most recent initiative from Porsche Membership GB was not a right away success, with the brand new 911 Problem – for variations of the 911 from the Nineteen Sixties, ’70s and ’80s – failing to get into double figures at any of its 5 occasions in 2021 and averaging simply seven entries.
Contemplating a few of these poorly supported races lasted an hour – whereas some have been shorter sprints – it was not the most effective use of monitor time. However collection administrator MotorSport Imaginative and prescient Racing believes the pandemic was a major consider creating that state of affairs, and is optimistic that extra vehicles from Europe will head over to compete and bolster grids for 2022.
Mazda MX-5 Clubman – 4 stars
The British Racing & Sports activities Automotive Membership has positioned an emphasis on listening to its clients and creating accessible entry factors over the previous few years. And that’s how Mazda MX-5 Clubman happened.
The thought was to present drivers a less expensive and fewer daunting possibility than its thriving Mk1 MX-5 collection. As an alternative of getting three races over two days, the Clubman collection options qualifying and two races all in in the future to cut back prices.
Given the recognition of the MX-5, the idea was profitable. After a sluggish begin, some occasions attracted over 30 vehicles, with a median of 25.
Amon Cup – 2 stars
Royal Vehicle Membership Pall Mall Cup – 5 stars
Two occasions for Ford GT40 machines named in honour of 1966 Le Mans winner Chris Amon attracted slender grids, though not helped by lack of abroad entries
Photograph by: Richard Types
Motor Racing Legends launched two new collection in 2021, with various levels of success. The Amon Cup – named in honour of 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours winner Chris – for Ford GT40 machines held two occasions throughout the season on the Donington Park Historic Competition and Silverstone MRL assembly.
Grids of 11 and 7 vehicles respectively weren’t huge – COVID-19 restrictions seemingly discouraged abroad entries – and each 80-minute contests have been received by three-time British Touring Automotive champion Gordon Shedden and Miles Griffiths. The collection continues in 2022 with an additional spherical at Snetterton in July, added to returns to Donington and Silverstone.
The Royal Vehicle Membership Pall Mall Cup was a continuation of the profitable Pre-’66 Three-Hour race held on the finish of 2020, and final time period the 2 three-hour fixtures at Donington and Silverstone proved extremely widespread, attracting grids of fifty and 43 vehicles. Courses for pre-’61 sportscars, pre-’63 GTs and pre-’66 GTs and touring vehicles ensured an eclectic mixture of equipment and, just like the Amon Cup, the collection is about to develop to 3 rounds in 2022.
GPR Trophy – 1 star
An arrive-and-drive bundle that includes Audi TTs and put collectively by FF Corse founder and Grand Prix Racewear proprietor Anthony Cheshire, the GPR Trophy struggled in its maiden season.
Three proposed rounds turned two, with simply seven drivers attracted to every. Unreliability plagued the collection all through each weekends – just one automobile completed the finale – and for 2022 it joins the MotorSport Imaginative and prescient Racing Allcomers collection as improvement on the vehicles continues.
Ginetta GT Academy – 4 stars
The most recent collection from Ginetta proved to be a success with drivers and groups. Utilizing the G56 GTA – a toned-down model of Ginetta’s GT4-spec G55 – and branded as an entry degree into GT racing, 5 rounds have been held throughout the 12 months, 4 of which supported British GT, whereas the occasion at Silverstone was on the identical invoice because the British Touring Automotive Championship.
In whole, 21 drivers competed throughout the season, eight of whom have been within the rookie class, and grids by no means dipped under 15 vehicles. Though the outright wins have been shared amongst solely 4 drivers – Toby Trice, Angus Whiteside, Martin Wills and Wes Pearce – competitors was usually robust throughout the sphere. This 12 months the championship will construct on its maiden season, with 5 extra rounds deliberate in help of British GT and the BTCC, and powerful curiosity is reported.
Ginetta’s new GT Academy for the G56 GTA welcomed 21 drivers in the course of the season
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And the collection coming in 2022…
From Fifties sportscars to some very trendy prototypes, and every thing in between, there’s a various vary of recent collection deliberate for this 12 months too.
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Scottish Junior BMW Championship
A brand new junior collection for 2022, the Scottish Motor Racing Membership-run championship will use BMW 116i vehicles constructed between 2004 and 2006. Open to 14 to 17-year-olds, the class is one in every of 4 junior collection permitted by Motorsport UK.
Self-build kits from Raceworx shall be obtainable from £7200 plus VAT, whereas full vehicles are set to be £11,450 plus VAT. Six rounds are scheduled to happen, 5 at Knockhill on each the clockwise and anti-clockwise layouts, with the opposite at Cadwell Park in July.
BMW 1 Collection Supercup
One other new British Racing & Sports activities Automotive Membership providing is the BMW 1 Collection Supercup, which is designed to be a top-level membership class.
This isn’t only a copy of the 750 Motor Membership’s profitable 116 Trophy – as a substitute a wealth of bespoke components have been developed by the BRSCC and its companions to make this 1 Collection a critical little bit of equipment. The suspension, engine mapping, brakes, entrance splitter and rear wing have all been created to provide a rear-wheel-drive collection that drivers can progress to from different classes, such because the BMW Compact Cup.
It is because of run as a category throughout the Clubsport Trophy this 12 months forward of getting a standalone grid for 2023.
Reid shall be reuinted with wonderful Nissan Primera he took to second within the 1998 BTCC
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The Traditional Touring Automotive Racing Membership was one of many success tales of 2021 as its plethora of collection loved a surge in recognition. And it’s now aiming to have one other hit on its fingers with the creation of a bespoke collection for a really particular type of tin-top: the Tremendous Tourers.
Whereas the collection additionally caters for the marginally newer BTC-T and Tremendous 2000-specification British Touring Automotive machines, the Tremendous Tourers will get probably the most consideration.
The indicators are promising, with the likes of Nineties BTCC stars John Cleland and Anthony Reid set to race their vehicles from these halcyon days. However the Historic Sports activities Automotive Membership was unable to maintain its Tremendous Touring collection going within the face of mounting prices, and it’s no assure that the CTCRC’s model shall be extra of successful.
Griffiths Haig Trophy
The Historic Sports activities Automotive Membership’s latest collection – named in honour of key figures within the membership’s historical past Man Griffiths and Betty Haig – goes additional again in time than lots of the membership’s classes. It’s open to Fifties drum-braked sports activities, sports-racing and GT vehicles constructed and registered between 1947 and 1961, with different fashions accepted topic to particular person entry.
4 conferences are deliberate for 2022, together with on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit (14-15 Might), Oulton Park Gold Cup (29-31 July), Citadel Combe Autumn Traditional (24 September) and Dijon Motors Cup (7-9 October). The Combe occasion harks again to the primary Griffiths System race for historic sportscars, which happened on the Wiltshire venue in Might 1966 and led to the formation of the HSCC.
Praga raced as a part of Britcar bundle final 12 months, however will now department off right into a standalone collection
A few years in the past, few within the UK had even heard of Praga. Now, the Czech producer is increasing its presence and working a standalone grid for its R1 prototypes.
The vehicles had their very own class within the Britcar Endurance Championship final 12 months however the quantity of curiosity generated – little question helped by YouTube star Jimmy Broadbent driving an R1 and his on-line following watching the livestreamed races of their droves – has allowed Praga to deliver ahead its plan of creating its personal championship to 2022, with Britcar helping within the administration.
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Six occasions that characteristic two one-hour enduros, aside from Oulton Park, make up the season, and there’s additionally set to be a non-championship journey to Spa. Praga has pledged a minimal of 16 vehicles on the grid, with the bulk being run by unbiased groups – F3 Cup ace Shane Kelly’s College of Wolverhampton squad and profitable membership racer Tim Grey’s eponymous squad are amongst them.
An intriguing prize bundle can also be on supply, with the drivers’ champion getting a funded seat in an arrive-and-drive 24-hour race, whereas the staff will obtain an R1.
Mazda MX-5 Supercup Clubman
Given the success the British Racing & Sports activities Automotive Membership loved with its new Mk1 MX-5 Clubman championship final 12 months, it was maybe logical that it could apply the identical idea to its Mk3 MX-5 Supercup. And that’s precisely what the membership has finished for 2022.
The MX-5 Supercup turned the BRSCC’s hottest class by way of grid sizes final season, and that posed some issues for organisers as prolonged reserve lists constructed up for some occasions. Including a lower-cost single-day sister collection ought to assist fight this and, though there are usually not as many Mk3s out racing as Mk1s, it’s nonetheless more likely to entice respectable fields this 12 months.
New collection for previous F4 vehicles run by MSVR is focused at karting graduates
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This newest initiative from MotorSport Imaginative and prescient is billed as an inexpensive entry level into single-seaters. It should characteristic the Tatuus F4-T014 chassis, beforehand utilized by System 4 collection in Italy, Germany and Spain, powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged Autotecnica- tuned Abarth engine able to 160bhp.
13 groups have thus far said their intention of competing, together with these already racing in GB3, System Ford operations and worldwide squads.
Driver budgets are anticipated to be between £120,000 and £150,000, with 15-year-olds in a position to compete, and £50,000 shall be awarded to the inaugural champion to make use of of their 2023 single-seater marketing campaign.
The championship is shaped of eight UK-based rounds – six of which can help British GT – with every weekend consisting of three races in the identical format as GB3 (first two grids decided by qualifying instances; full reversed-grid race three with factors awarded for positions gained).
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Turismo X/United System Ford
MotorSport Imaginative and prescient Racing will area two collection with new names this 12 months, though each have beforehand run in different guises. Turismo X takes the place of the defunct MSVT Supercup, and can introduce Class X, for vehicles measuring as much as 240-300bhp/tonne, whereas the pre-existing lessons will bear tweaks.
Six rounds consisting of two 20-minute races are as a consequence of be held at Silverstone, Anglesey, Snetterton, Oulton Park, Donington Park and Manufacturers Hatch, with every assembly that includes a brand new ‘Tremendous Pole’ format the place the highest 10 quickest qualifiers compete in a one-lap shootout for pole.
United System Ford, in the meantime, is the brainchild of James Beckett – founding father of the Walter Hayes Trophy – and can mix the previous Heritage System Ford and Champion of Manufacturers collection. 5 lessons will make up the grid, from pre-1972 to post-1998 machines, and drivers from every class shall be eligible to battle for the outright title. Seven rounds that includes two 20-minute races shall be held, one every at Donington, Silverstone, Cadwell Park and Snetterton, with three visits to Manufacturers Hatch forming the Champion of Manufacturers contest.
Turismo X will exchange defunct MSVT Supercup and stage six rounds
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