330 CHALLENGE v M3 CUP
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