Armed Forces to be cham­pi­onship

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The Armed Forces Chal­lenge has been granted cham­pi­onship sta­tus for next sea­son.

The se­ries has been run­ning since 2006, orig­i­nally as the RAF Race Chal­lenge, and will still fea­ture four races at 750 Mo­tor Club meet­ings in 2017. Driv­ers are mainly veter­ans or serv­ing mem­bers of the armed forces, with some guest driv­ers.

Se­ries or­gan­iser Chris Sla­tor said be­com­ing a cham­pi­onship will en­hance the com­pe­ti­tion. “It helps raise our pro­file from a com­mer­cial point of view,” he said.

“With the help of Giles [Groom­bridge] at the 750MC we’ve gone from six-car grids in 2014 to av­er­ag­ing about 25 now.”

Driv­ers will score points on a per­for­mance in­dex that takes into ac­count av­er­age time and fastest lap times, rather than just the over­all po­si­tions, re­ward­ing the most con­sis­tent.

“The rac­ing is great fun. You can imag­ine the ban­ter be­tween the three ser­vices!” said Paul Water­house, who has raced in the cat­e­gory since 2008.

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