September 26, 2022

The BRSCC’s CityCar Cup is bringing recent faces into racing, with out costing them an arm and a leg. 

Phrases by Graham Keilloh & James Bowers, Motorsport Information. Images by Jon Elsey & James Roberts

Received the necessity for pace, however all the time been postpone by the expense? Properly, this new entry-level tin high collection is aiming to carry motorsport to the lots.

Typically, the most important barrier to automobile racing is cash – it’s tremendous in the event you’ve bought a charitable sponsor or two onboard, or a wholesome wage to suit the invoice, however what about the remainder of us?

The British Racing and Sports activities Automotive Membership (BRSCC) is searching for to reply that query with its CityCar Cup. It launched the competition in 2020, that includes one-litre Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1s, with the promise of going racing for round £7000 all-in.

“An entire aim of creating the CityCar Cup was to carry new individuals in,” Greg Graham, BRSCC’s head of formulae improvement defined. “We didn’t keep away from the truth that skilled racers would get pleasure from it as effectively, however the entire target market had been people who hadn’t raced earlier than.”

Round two thirds of the 38-strong entry checklist at spherical one had been model new to the game, so it’s secure to say that the mission was effectively and really completed.

Now, in 2022, this push for newcomers has been taken a step additional by introducing a student-specific class inside the championship. The Pupil Motorsport Problem permits the subsequent era of motorsport engineers, drivers, and strategists to type, run and fund a race staff for actual, with the backing of their college or faculty. At the latest occasion at Snetterton, the variety of all-student entries had grown to seven, and it’s hoped that the tally will double in 2023.

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The Greater Brighton Metropolitan College's CityCar Cup team.

You don’t need to be a pupil – or perhaps a teenager – to benefit from the CityCar Cup although. Plenty of work has been put in by the collection organisers to make sure that the superminis used within the championship are modified effectively sufficient to really feel like a correct race automobile.

Graham first stumbled upon the little Citroen’s potential when he raced one himself within the C1 endurance competitors, and provided that they share a platform, he knew that the Aygo and 107 would supply one thing related.

“Having sat in [a C1] and raced one at Rockingham within the first 24 hour, it grew to become obvious to me that it’s a correct little race automobile. Folks that have gotten negatives in direction of them haven’t pushed them,” he notes.

“In order that’s the place the concept [for CityCar Cup] got here from. I assumed a dash format could be attention-grabbing, additionally the competitiveness of bringing in three completely different marques fairly than sticking to the one automobile added one other little dimension.

“We’ve specced the vehicles otherwise from the endurance vehicles in that we’ve put race suspension on them and semi-slick tyres, which adjustments the dynamic of the automobile utterly.

“We didn’t skimp on any space however we minimised the quantity of spend that individuals must put into the vehicles.”

The efforts appear to have paid off, as Ben Creanor – an ex-Euro NASCAR driver – testifies. Creanor not too long ago had a go within the Citroen ready by Oxford Brookes College, and was impressed by what he discovered.

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“They’re actually not arduous to drive in any respect,” he mentioned, “however they turn out to be harder on the restrict.

“They’re very momentum based mostly they usually haven’t bought the ability to tug themselves out of corners in the event you make slightly mistake, so that you’ve bought to be completely good with each motion. That’s good as a result of it means that you would be able to have a correct problem on a extremely tight price range, with a variety of different vehicles mere inches away from you.

“It’s very NASCAR-esque, the truth that they’ll race in packs. Up and down the sphere you’ve bought an awesome battle, it doesn’t actually matter the place you might be – it was a number of the most enjoyable I’ve had in a automobile!”

4G Racing's CityCar Cup Citroen C1

That sentiment is backed up Alex Makar, a part of the 4G Racing squad which additionally competes within the MG Trophy.

“It fits each type of a racer, and it’s a stress-free weekend. Very seldom does something go unsuitable, the engines are actually good, and in the event you do handle to explode your engine it’s solely £300 and also you’ll get one other one, it’s very engaging that means.”

Actually, when Makar places the cash into perspective, the numbers turn out to be all of the extra spectacular.

“To run an MG ZR190 cup automobile for a yr you’ve bought to put aside about £12,000-£15,000,” he reveals. “That’s not shopping for the automobile, that’s simply rebuilding the engine and shopping for tyres and working it. Whereas the CityCar Cup, when you’ve arrange the automobile, your solely expense is your entry and your gasoline, they usually don’t use a variety of gasoline.

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“We use 60 or 70 litres in a take a look at day for the MGs, and even 20 litres in a race, whereas the C1 will solely use seven litres in a race.

“The principle factor is the tyres since you’ll spend £240 or one thing on a set of tyres all yr fairly than the likes of a ZR190 [where] £240 is one tyre and also you want 14 of them. So it’s a giant, massive price distinction.”

Put like that, it’s straightforward to see why the CityCar Cup is changing into so standard with drivers on a shoestring price range.

Should you’d like to seek out out extra, or even perhaps get entangled, head over to the BRSCC’s web site.