EX­TRA RACE FOR HOT HATCH AS 2017 EN­TRIES FLOOD IN

Pho­tos: Ol­lie Read, Jakob Ebrey, Mick Walker, Kerry Dun­lop

Motor Sport News - - Racing News -

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

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