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Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Stephen Lickorish

Team BRIT is plot­ting to run four cars for its rookie driv­ers in a new en­durance cat­e­gory for the BMW 1 Se­ries from the 750 Mo­tor Club.

The squad, which is made up of dis­abled driv­ers and has a tar­get of be­com­ing the first all-dis­abled team to race at Le Mans, has pre­vi­ously run rook­ies in the Fun Cup but now feels the new 116 Tro­phy se­ries is a bet­ter op­tion.

“We had a great time in Fun Cup but this new se­ries is re­ally ex­cit­ing be­cause it’s low bud­get and has a re­ally re­li­able car,” ex­plained Team BRIT founder Dave Player, who added the out­fit will again run an As­ton Martin GT4 for more ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers.

“You can buy a 1 Se­ries car for about £1000 – by the time you’ve put a rollcage and ev­ery­thing in you’re only look­ing at about £5000. That al­lows us to look at en­ter­ing four cars.

“Fun Cup is a re­ally fan­tas­tic se­ries with some top driv­ers in it and it’s get­ting more and more com­pet­i­tive. But for some of our rook­ies it’s too much. With the BMW se­ries, it’s low bud­get enough for peo­ple to come in as guests for the third and fourth car and we’re of­fer­ing an ar­rive-and-drive pack­age with coach­ing.

“The peo­ple run­ning it have the same sort of ethos as Fun Cup of cre­at­ing a fun, friendly en­vi­ron­ment.”

The 116 Tro­phy se­ries has been cre­ated with af­ford­abil­ity in mind and is open to Mk1 1 Se­ries cars built be­tween 2004 and ’06. It is sug­gested the cat­e­gory will sit some­where “be­tween the Com­pact Cup and Citroen C1 Chal­lenge”.

James Win­stan­ley of the 750MC said: “The idea is that it’s a slightly more pow­er­ful car than se­ries like the C1s and [Ford] Kas, it’s rear-wheeldrive and it’s a mini-en­durance se­ries.

“We will be start­ing off with shorter rac­ers of about 45 min­utes and build­ing up to two or three hours to­wards the end of the year.”

There has been a lot of in­ter­est in the new se­ries with 20 cars al­ready set to en­ter.

Pho­tos: Steve Jones, Ol­lie Read

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