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Student Motorsport Challenge set for growth in 2023

As the Student Motorsport Challenge moves into its second season, seven teams have announced their campaigns for 2023 so far. With more entries and series partners to be announced before the opening round at Snetterton, Student Motorsport and the CityCar Cup Championship are set for an important year for growth.

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2022 Student Motorsport Challenge teams and cars gathered together

Setting out the Student Motorsport Challenge

There is no education-led competition like it. The Student Motorsport Challenge provides an attainable yet challenging project where success isn’t governed by the largest investment or in-house resources. Led by tutors, student teams will compete in the BRSCC CityCar Cup Championship and compete against professionals and their peers.

Set up a race team

Challenge students and educators to set up a race-team and find a qualified driver (or enter a new qualified driver).

Build a race car

Convert a road-going Citroën C1, Peugeot 107 or Toyota Aygo to BRSCC CityCar Cup race car specifications.

Compete on-track

Compete against other college and university teams in the CityCar Cup's Awards class for Challenge entrants and against regular competitors in the Drivers Championship.

Compete off-track

Enter a series of awards to measure your team's professional development, media and commercial savviness and car preparation skills.

Embed the project

Make the project part of your curriculum and make use of resources and consultancy provided through your Challenge entry.


Work with other departments to bring students into specialist areas such as marketing or business studies, and consider how you can collaborate with external partners.

Provide industry experience

Provide your students with real-world experience and develop them into the skilled, work-ready professionals the industry needs.

Create a year-on-year project

Create a rebuild project with lower investments after the initial first year and hone your performance in all areas to keep up with or ahead of the competition.

Car specification and costs

Take a look around a CityCar Cup Challenger

The cars provide a great year-round project – a perfect blend of performance, affordability and close racing. The regulations are based on the 3-door 2005-2014 Citroën C1, Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo.

CityCar Cup Challenger
2005-2014 - 3-door models

3 door models of the 2005-2013 Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1

Engine - standard 1KR-FE 1.0L with remapped ECU

Completely standard 1KR-FE engine with series controlled ECU remap

Suspension - Series controlled Powerflex Suspension bush kit
Tires - Nankang NS-2R 165/50 R15 73V
Wheels - ATS Streetrallye 15 inch alloy
Suspension - GAZ adjustable coil-overs with series control springs
Exhaust - Series controlled exhaust silencer.
SW Motorsports Bespoke Bolt-in Roll Cage

SW Motorsports bespoke bolt in full cage

£ 0 +
Donor car and kits
£ 0 +
Turn-key (race-ready) car
£ 0 +
Consumables, tyres and fuel

Order your conversion kit

SW Motorsports is the official parts supplier to the BRSCC Nankang Tires CityCar Cup

2023 Calendar

City Car Cup Championship cars being lead by Ben Creanor In Oxford Brookes University Team Citroën C1

2023 Standings (and new teams to come)


Northbrook College Challenge Team Logo

Team Northbrook Racing

Emma Norton

#57 Richard Jepp

Peugeot 107



West Suffolk College Challenge Team Logo

West Suffolk College

Leon Wilde

#38 Leon Wilde

Toyota Aygo



BarrackSport Challenge Team Logo


Harry O'Donoghue

#11 Duncan Horlor

Citroën C1



East Surrey College Challenge Team Logo

East Surrey College

George Keith

#57 Jack Wheeler

Citroën C1



Greysheep Challenge Team Logo

Barracksport GSR

Harry O'Donoghue

#49 James Smith

Citroën C1



Queen Ethelburga's Challenge Team Logo

Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate

Matthew Clayton

#12 Arthur Simondet

Citroën C1



Coleg Gwent Challenge Team Logo

Coleg Gwent Newport

George Jones

#9 George Jones

Citroën C1




Wiltshire College & University Centre

David Campion

#174 Emilia Vincent

Toyota Aygo



Coleg Menai Challenge Team Logo

Menai Motorsports

Arron Peel

Driver TBC

Peugeot 107




Boston College Racing

Lee Crisp

Driver TBC

Citroën C1


Competition and award categories

Awarding excellence and outright performance

We are constantly looking for ways to help you and our industry. Whether you want to be in the workshop, dealing with the press, welcoming guests to hospitality or striking deals with sponsors, we have resources that everyone needs to work in motorsport.

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Award Racing Class

Outright honours for teams on-track

Award Racing Class

The Awards Class for teams is written into the official BRSCC CityCar Cup Regulations. 2022 Regulations to be published February.
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Team Professionalism & Development Award

The motivation to be the best a team can be

Team Professionalism & Development Award

A level of professionalism and an awareness of how to improve are important qualities for any team or individual in motorsport. This award will assess a team's ability to demonstrate their commitment to both aspects. Details and entry method to be announced early March.

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Car Preparation & Build Awards

Attention to detail and performance

Car Preparation & Build Awards

A well-prepared car is a well-performing car. This award will assess a team's ability to get a car ready to compete, factoring in elements such as maintenance budget, damage repair and even the car livery. A separate award will go to the best full car build. Details and entry method to be announced early March.
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Media & Commercial Activity Award

Creating returns and generating buzz from your project

Media & Commercial Activity Award

Each team has the ability to create commercial opportunities that lead to ongoing returns. We will be looking for the best examples of developing commercial partnerships, and the marketing and media activity to promote the college, the partners and the series. Details and entry method to be announced early March.
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Pit Stop Challenge

An intense pit-stop scenario to test teamwork against the clock

Award Racing Class

Each team completes a set of tasks in a pit-stop scenario, that will require a group to perform quickly and safely in the fastest time. Teams can compete on Parts Delivery & Activity Days. A 'final' will be arranged during the season and a grand prize awarded to the fastest team.
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CityCar Cup Driver's Championship

Outright honours for your driver on-track

CityCar Cup Driver's Championship

Every driver that competes is entered into the official BRSCC Nankang Tyres CityCar Cup Championship *2022 Regulations to be published February*

How to enter the Challenge

Affordable, sustainable and flexible options

When you order your kit through Essential Racing, you can arrange for Student Motorsport to join the delivery, bring a demo race car and run workshops with your students, including a go at the Pit Stop Challenge! It’s the perfect introduction to the Challenge for teachers, management and students.

Step 1. Choose car ownership and register interest

Essential Lease

Build car

Buy race-ready

Driver collab.

Car ownership

Car build


Self-build from donor car



Car cost (approx)

£1k+ p/race weekend





Workshop needs





Car storage

Essential Racing




Equipment at circuit

Shared / Own




Awards eligibility (max)





Learning scope (max)

Circuit activities




Level of investment

Low / Spread over time

High 1st yr / Low 2nd+

High 1st yr / Low 2nd+

Low / Custom

Lead time to race




Short to long

Step 2. Prepare your application to funders

Getting you on-track

We’ve created an Entry Guide to supply you with all the information you need to approach your stakeholders. But if you need extra support, please get in touch.

Step 3. Complete registrations and order kit

Confirm entry and pay your Challenge entry and membership fee


Register your free membership + register and pay for intended event entries

Essential Racing Logo - Order parts once registrations completed

Order any needed kit conversion parts from Essential Racing

Your Student Motorsport Challenge entry and membership

What's included in your entry

There isn't a competition which provides educators and students so many benefits. Whether you are running a team for the first time or an experienced-hand, Student Motorsport has engineered the Challenge to provide value at all levels.

Digital resources and on-tap expertise

Access to one-to-one consultancy, webinars and additional resources

Compete in over 6 award categories for a range of prizes and opportunities

Trophies - Student Motorsport Challenge Awards
RaceParts partnership

Exclusive access to offers from our series and network partners

Expand the project's reach through cross-departmental activities

Entry and Membership Fee


Resource Access

£3,500 p/season

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When the project becomes a reality

Book a Parts Delivery and Activity Day

When you order your kit through Essential Racing, you can arrange for Student Motorsport to join the delivery, bring a demo race car and run workshops with your students, including a go at the Pit Stop Challenge! It’s the perfect introduction to the Challenge for teachers, management and students.

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Register your interest

Request a call with our team