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New UK race series for Colleges and Universities -Student Motorsport Challenge

Posted by: padmin - Posted: December 22, 2020

Student Motorsport has announced the creation of an all-new ‘intra-series’ for college and university teams within the BRSCC CityCar Cup for 2021.

The Student Motorsport Challenge will see colleges and universities compete on-track with regular competitors using the budget-friendly Peugeot 107, Citrӧen C1 and Toyota Aygo built to the CityCar Cup regulations. The championship calendar provisionally starts in April and runs across 7 weekends through to October at circuits across the UK. A confirmed calendar is expected to be released in early 2021.

As well as being entered into the outright CityCar Cup championship, colleges and universities will also be competing for outright honours in the Student Motorsport Challenge and a variety of on and off-track award categories, including Team Professionalism, Car Preparation, Media and Commercial Activity.

Student Motorsport – a membership network dedicated to careers and educational development within motorsport, will be providing entrants with consultation, teaching materials and mixed-media resources, offering an unprecedented opportunity for educators to provide a practical learning experience. The resources will cover areas such as setting up a race-team, preparing a car, operating trackside and the peripheral activity that goes into making a racing venture sustainable. 

BRSCC City Car Cup - Cadwell Park 2020
There will be a number of awards to compete for both on and off-track. Cadwell Park on August 2, 2020 by BRSCC photographer Jonathan Elsey

Student Motorsport’s Operations Director, Patrick Hathaway, said it gave colleges and universities a perfectly blended project with options around how they enter.

“I’m thrilled we can now unveil this project. It’s not an exaggeration to say this is one of the best opportunities in the UK for colleges and universities to compete in motorsport. The Challenge series offers a platform to provide learning opportunities across multiple-subjects, commercial opportunities to promote their offering, their partnerships, and a project that can be refreshed each year, without needing the same initial outlay. What’s more, teams can get going in a variety of ways. They can source a donor car themselves and build it to race-spec as a project, purchase a race-ready car for the championship’s provider, or even find a registered driver/car owner and create a partnership. 

“As well as the clear benefits for learning and experience for the students, the educator can tap into the commercial and promotional benefits sports marketing offers. The BRSCC, along with Student Motorsport, will be providing an excellent media package, so there’s great potential for entries to promote themselves or bring additional value to their partners. Also, it’s not uncommon to sell ‘arrive-and-drive’ packages for race drivers – meaning you can create some on-going return.”

Student Motorsport founder John Paul (‘JP’) Latham was keen to stress how important an opportunity this presents not just educators and students, but the UK motorsport industry at large.

“Student Motorsport’s ethos has always been on building stronger bridges between education and industry to provide better opportunities. The UK has some of the best educational institutions with some of the best facilities, particularly where automotive and engineering is concerned. Educators need to be able to demonstrate their capability and their talented students. If the industry can also show them how the motorsport eco-system works and can provide viable careers, not just in Formula 1, then the UK can ensure it’s right at the centre of how motorsport develops in the decades to come. Considering how much technology is expected to shift in that time, education and industry need to be in tandem.

“The Student Motorsport Challenge and the CityCar Cup provide a great foundation for those bridges; the experience, a fundamental understanding of how the sport works and the ability to demonstrate just how professional and talented these educators and students can be.”

Each team will be required to source a driver with an appropriate racing-licence, but with the CityCar Cup’s Novice Driver Trophy offering prizes for the best novice racer, the series is a great way to make the step into motor racing.

Interest in this low-budget and competitive series is already very high. Silverstone on September 13, 2020 by BRSCC photographer Jonathan Elsey

The popularity of the series and order books of SW Motorsport – the official build partner for the series – means around 30 regular entrants are expected on the grid for 2021, while the Challenge series has already developed a roster of 6 colleges looking to confirm funding and entries. John Paul Latham said he wasn’t surprised by the popularity:

“These cars are fantastic. They’re like little touring cars! They’re cheap to build as donor cars and parts are easy to source. I can only imagine what the on-track action must be like. The BRSCC have done an amazing job with the formula. They’ve also been really supportive of our idea and will do what they can to assist entrants. As one of the oldest motorsport clubs going, that’s fantastic to hear.”

Interested in competing in 2021? Colleges and universities can find out more and register their interest at: 

Alternatively, you can e-mail: [email protected]

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Evening Patrick

This looks a fantastic project and a great opportunity for being part of a growing championship which will allow students to be part of a race weekend.

Having looked into the championship on the BRSCC website it looks like my brother will be racing on some of the same weekends all covid permitting of course! I am looking forward to seeing the new challenge throughout the season and most certainly looks and sounds a great series to be part of!

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