Ju­nior Sa­loons push­ing for 30-car grids af­ter en­try boom for Saxo se­ries

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The Ju­nior Sa­loon Car Cham­pi­onship is push­ing for 30-car grids by the end of this sea­son af­ter a surge in en­tries.

The Citroen Saxo-based cat­e­gory has strug­gled with low num­bers in the past but sev­eral mea­sures in­clud­ing a ma­jor so­cial me­dia pres­ence has helped gen­er­ate in­ter­est with 22 cars en­tered at Brands Hatch last week­end.

“I aim to have 29 or 30 cars for the last round at Sil­ver­stone,” said cham­pi­onship or­gan­iser Dave Beecroft. “I took it over in March 2013 when there were six or seven cars.

“We got into so­cial me­dia as that’s what the kids are in to. We have tweaked and got the reg­u­la­tions bet­ter and I’ve made it as easy as pos­si­ble for peo­ple to get in­volved. We also have a fan­tas­tic re­la­tion­ship with Ian Wat­son at the BARC. The key is we have a per­ma­nent clerk of the course – they get to know the kids.”

Driv­ing stan­dards have im­proved as a re­sult and the low-cost na­ture of the se­ries has also proved pop­u­lar.

“You can’t get into mo­tor­sport any cheaper as a ju­nior,” added Beecroft. “I know now I’ve got kids for 2018 who are al­ready build­ing cars and are get­ting into it.”

De­spite the Saxo ceas­ing pro­duc­tion 13 years ago, Beecroft isn’t wor­ried about the fu­ture of the se­ries as the car ages.

“There are still thou­sands out there,” he said. “If some­one can start a se­ries and get full grids of Austin A35s then I don’t think the Citroen is a prob­lem.”

Ju­nior Sa­loons is thriv­ing in num­bers

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