Citroen C1 Chal­lenge set for en­durance sea­son

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A new pan-euro­pean en­durance se­ries was launched at Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional, fea­tur­ing the diminu­tive Citroen C1.

The new class is the brain­child of Citroen 2CV reg­u­lar Philip My­att, who brought a hand­ful of cars into the British cham­pi­onship for the an­nual 24 hour event last year.

The new C1 Chal­lenge uses ba­sic one-litre 67bhp cars, with very few per­mit­ted mod­i­fi­ca­tions. The Chal­lenge will tag on to a se­ries of French 2CV race events, and will also be per­mit­ted by the British Au­to­mo­bile Rac­ing Club for events at Pem­brey and Cad­well Park.

Race du­ra­tions vary from four to six hours, and a 24 hour race at Spa is planned for Oc­to­ber.

My­att said: “It’s a bit of a mad con­cept for a race se­ries, but that’s a sell­ing point. It all be­gan when we tried to fit the C1 en­gine and gear­box into a 2CV as a pos­si­ble so­lu­tion to the ris­ing cost of spares. That didn’t work, so we opted to take a ba­sic C1 on a track day with a few mod­i­fi­ca­tions and it was bril­liant.

“We’re fo­cus­ing on team rac­ing, and this has to be the most af­ford­able en­durance rac­ing se­ries out there as cars can be built for less than £3000. We have 16 cars built and ready and more on or­der so we’re hop­ing for grids in the mid-20s.”

The se­ries is very strict on per­mit­ted mod­i­fi­ca­tions, to the ex­tent that the orig­i­nal ra­dio sys­tem must re­main in the car and be in work­ing con­di­tion.

C1 Chal­lenge is cheap team rac­ing

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