Civic Cup works to equalise classes for ’17

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The Civic Cup will run for a sin­gle class from next sea­son af­ter hand­ing per­for­mance breaks to its Class A field.

The 750 Mo­tor Club cham­pi­onship cur­rently uses a two-tier for­mat, with Class A run­ning for the older 1600cc Civics, and Class B for the more mod­ern 2000cc ma­chines.

For next sea­son se­ries bosses have tweaked the reg­u­la­tions to equalise both classes and make it a sin­gle cat­e­gory cham­pi­onship.

From next sea­son the 1600cc cars will be al­lowed an ad­di­tional 8bhp, bring­ing their out­put to 203bhp against the 2000cc’s 230bhp. Older cars will also be given a 40kg weight break.

Civic Cup man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Steve Laid­law said: “We want ev­ery­body to be able to fight for the win, and the rise in pop­u­lar­ity of Class B has threat­ened to put the older cars in the shade, so equal­is­ing the two will even out the com­pe­ti­tion.

“The Class B cars have in­her­ently bet­ter suspension as they run a dou­ble wish­bone de­sign and they also have a bet­ter cen­tre of grav­ity as well as be­ing lighter. The early cars were ac­tu­ally over-en­gi­neered, so they’re great race cars.

“The Class A cars are eas­ily a match for the newer two-litre cars on shorter cir­cuits, and we’ll look at stan­dar­d­is­ing gear ra­tios too to help them on the longer tracks.”

Se­ries bosses are also con­fi­dent of bumper grids next term. “We have an ex­tra 20 cars in build, so we’re hop­ing for a grid av­er­age of 45 cars for next sea­son,” added Laid­law.

Plans are also be­ing dis­cussed to run up to four Bri­tish­tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship driv­ers dur­ing a fu­ture round of the cham­pi­onship.

West Sur­rey Rac­ing BMW 125i M-sport driver Sam Tord­off was the most re­cent to join the field, scor­ing a podium fin­ish at Croft back in May in his only out­ing in the se­ries this year.

Class A cars (left) will be equalised with newer Civic rac­ers

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