330 CHAL­LENGE v M3 CUP

Motor Sport News - - Club Racing Preview -

There are a num­ber of one-make BMW se­ries. Now, there are two more added to the col­lec­tion: the M3 Cup and the 330 Chal­lenge. And both are based around the pop­u­lar 3 Se­ries E46 model.

It will be fas­ci­nat­ing to see which proves the most suc­cess­ful, but so far the signs are good for both. Each is or­gan­ised by a team with a proven track record of grow­ing se­ries. The M3 Cup ( right) is co­or­di­nated by Civic Cup or­gan­iser Luke Sedzikowski, while the 330 Chal­lenge is over­seen by BMW Race Days, which mas­ter­mind the mas­sive grids of the Compact Cup. Both have also had a good take-up.

The 750 Mo­tor Club’s M3 Cup has the ben­e­fit of the iconic M3 name, while the 330 Chal­lenge – with a BRSCC li­cence – is based around a cheaper car. It seems th­ese sub­tle dif­fer­ences could be enough to en­sure both get off to a fly­ing start and it will be in­ter­est­ing to watch their de­vel­op­ment. SL

Be­sides the 750 Mo­tor Club’s of­fer­ing, sev­eral other clubs have launched new se­ries or re­vamped ex­ist­ing ones for this year.

Brit­car’s new owner Claire Hed­ley has over­seen a re­launch of the club’s Brit­car En­durance Cham­pi­onship. There is also the in­tro­duc­tion of a new Pro­to­type Se­ries open to ev­ery­thing from Rad­i­cals to Ligiers. That Ginetta has de­cided to en­ter four of its new G57s into the first race at Sil­ver­stone is a good start. The club aims for it to be granted cham­pi­onship sta­tus in 2017 so driv­ers can progress up from its pro­duc­tion class through to pro­to­types.

Brit­car isn’t alone in tar­get­ing the pro­to­type mar­ket, as the GT Cup has in­tro­duced a new pro­to­type mini-se­ries. This is also open to LMP3 cars, which pre­vi­ously could only race in the Euro­pean Le Mans Se­ries.

The As­ton Martin Own­ers Club has re­vamped its GT4 Chal­lenge cat­e­gory, which will be open to other mar­ques as well as older GT4 cars, while the Clas­sic Sports Car Club has in­tro­duced an Open Se­ries, cater­ing for a va­ri­ety of ma­chin­ery with classes based on power-to-weight ra­tio. SL

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