Armed Forces to be championship
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.