EXTRA RACE FOR HOT HATCH AS 2017 ENTRIES FLOOD IN
Photos: Ollie Read, Jakob Ebrey, Mick Walker, Kerry Dunlop
The Castle Combe Racing Club has scheduled an extra event for its new Hot Hatch Series this season after more than 30 competitors registered for the category.
The series was launched late last year ( MN, November 30) and has been designed to cater for non-turbo cars that were no longer competitive in the CCRC’S burgeoning Saloons Championship, as well as older Saloons that are no longer eligible for the Saloons category.
It also takes the place of the club’s Sports Series, which struggled to attract numbers last year.
An additional race has therefore been added to the timetable for the May 1 Bank Holiday weekend meeting at the Wiltshire circuit, taking the total number of events for the series’ debut season to five.
Headlining the early registrations for the new series are a trio of Peugeot 205 entries, which are set to be driven by Saloons frontrunners including Dave Scaramanga and former champions Gary Prebble and Will Di Claudio.
Championship co-ordinator Jo Lewkowicz commented: “The popularity of our new Hot Hatch Challenge Series has proven extremely pleasing. I don’t think anyone expected it to start so well, it usually takes a bit of time to grow a new series.
“Being a same-circuit category is definitely a huge benefit, making it fantastic value for all of our drivers. The variety of eligible cars is immense, and it should prove to be a highlight of the weekend for competitors and fans alike.
“With so many current registrations and so much more interest in the series we are all hopeful it will be a long-term success and evolve into something great.”
New series is based on successful Saloons model