Additional Caterham Races

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Above is a calendar with all Official Caterham races, 3 Caterham Graduate races, 2 European Toyo Tires 7 Race series and the Mission Motorsport Race of Remembrance.

If you are confirmed to use any of UPE Motorsports support services for 2018 and know there are any rounds of the Official Caterham rounds that you cannot make it would be helpful if you could please let us know, not imperative but just helps with our planning.

Now for the exciting bit, we are looking to give you all the opportunity to increase your racing year with extra UK rounds at Castle Combe and Thruxton, both these rounds taking place before our official races so great practice. These are with the BARC Caterham Graduates that I have paved the way for UPE Motorsport to enter cars into. For the Thruxton round a BARC temporary membership will be required which costs just a few pounds. On top of this is the chance to return to the fantastic Spa Francorchamps in September. I have provided a ball park race entry fee on the calendar FYI. Membership to the Graduate racing club will be required and can be done one of two ways, firstly a single race meeting 'guest' membership which is £65.00 per weekend or full yearly Graduate membership for £200.00. If you were intending to enter all 3 rounds it makes sense to join for the year, another very important reason to have the full year membership is that those members will be given priority over 'guest' members, the is most prevalent for anyone wishing to race at Spa. This is a mixed class grid and I have been reliably informed there could be as few as 10 spaces allocated for guest membership which will go very quickly. The Caterham Graduates open their membership on 1st December. We would like to have a minimum of 4 or 5 cars to make it viable for Spa so if this is of interest could you let me know please.

It gets even more exciting, I have been in touch with the organisers of the Toyo Tires 7 Race Series to enquire about racing at Portimao and Estoril and have been informed they would be more than happy for UPE Motorsport to enter a squad of cars. There is unfortunately a clash between Estoril and The Race of Remembrance but you can read a little more about that below which may help you make your mind up. In a long conversation today with the series organiser, Andy Adhead he comments "everyone's favourite circuit is Spa Francorchamps until they have raced at Portimao", sounds interesting right. Both Portimao and Estoril can be raced on your National A license which is great news, flights are very inexpensive and there is a great mix of accommodation available. You will only need a small weekend bag as UPE will transport everything else. Andy went on to tell me that much of the grid travel to Portimao on the Thursday, race then make a holiday of the ensuing week as Estoril is the following weekend then catch the flight home on the Sunday, simply awesome. Again we would need a minimum of 4 or 5 cars for viability. It may be that we just race Portimao and return for the Race of Remembrance, that will depend on what you guys n girls want to do. 7 Race Series open their race bookings 1st January. Please let me know if these two races are of interest.

Mission Motorsport Race of Remembrance 2018, as mentioned above this clashes with the Estoril race so we must choose! Those that have participated before will I'm sure agree that it is a great race at a terrific circuit. I know there are several that haven't entered before that are looking to join in for 2018. There are a couple of things to consider however, after the storming performance of the Caterham relay teams in 2017 the organisers received many grumblings from the single car entries that it was unfair relay teams can win the event and that the minimum pitstops were too numerous. I've seen remarks from one of the organisers saying that relay teams will be severely restricted for 2018 and that they cannot win overall, only their class. I believe minimum pitstops will also be reduced which is not good news for Caterhams as our fuel capacity cannot compete with the single entry cars with longer running time. All that said it is still a brilliant event and is for a good cause, it would also be a shame for Sofa King Fast not to return and defend the title although this may be impossible due to the organisers. This is really down to what everyone prefers, RofR or Estoril? Please can you let me know as we are happy to run as many drivers in the RofR that would like the services of UPEM.

I know the racing seems an awful long way off but if we are not to miss out on some bucket list events we must prepare early, please get in touch even if it to say that none of the additional races are of interest.