Silverstone 24hr 1

Post Silverstone – Bulletin 1

It is extremely disappointing to be having to write this bulletin but it is imperative that solutions are found to prevent the amount of car contact that occurred during the 24hr race at Silverstone this weekend.

We have, over the winter, put a number of rules into place to help remedy these things, one being the mandatory use of cameras. However, we can only act if we have the evidence to use in a disciplinary hearing, where possible we initiate reviews and we spent a lot of time during the race reviewing incidents that we either saw or our attention was brought.

We are now asking you to help us with this situation, your cameras have the evidence that we need to take the culprits to task with anything that occurred during the race. We have already received a number of video clips of incidents which we are now reviewing.

Specifically, within rule 2.22 the following statements are made

  1. Review of the footage is encouraged and anything that a competitor feels needs review be brought to the C1 Series Organisers attention.
  2. Where it is necessary for the C1 Series Organisers or Clerk of the Course to review footage after an event that such footage should normally be reviewed within a period of 7 days of the event.

If you need to remind yourselves what is expected from a driving standards point of view please read our Driving Standards Policy here.

We will do everything within our powers to take action and resolve incidents that are brought to our attention. As an example of action that was taken during the race one driver received 3 points on his licence and a £700 fine by the CoC for a totally avoidable collision.

Please be a positive part of the solution, with suitable evidence we can initiate a disciplinary procedure that still has time to be escalated to the CoC and Msuk. We also have the powers within our rules to take internal disciplinary action and apply penalty points onto members records, ultimately this could mean that a driver would no longer be able to compete in the C1 race series.

Any evidence that you send to us will be treated with total confidentiality and anonymity, send your clips to board@c1racing.club and we will take action.

Best regards

The C1 Racing Team

Scrutineering is going to be really busy as BARC have to safety and compliance scrutineer 100 cars, weigh and seal ballast trays on 100 cars and check the clothing, helmets and Hans devices for 425 drivers. It will start at 9am on Friday morning and run throughout the day. Please remember that the scrutineers are there to help you race safely and not to stop you from racing. These notes are to help you get through the process as quickly as possible.

Cars

All cars should be presented to the scrutineering bay full of fuel and in a ‘ready to race’ condition. This includes all series stickers applied in the correct positions. Please make sure the car’s log book is with the car before arriving at Scrutineering. If you don’t have a log book you can apply for one at Club HQ.
Scrutineering starts at 09:00hrs on Friday morning and will be finished by 20:00hrs on Friday evening. If you are testing on Friday, please bring your car to scrutineering after your last testing session.
The following list of items may, among other things, be checked by the scrutineers, so please make sure you are compliant with these safety checks.

  • Roll cage
  • Fire extinguisher and mounting
  • Seat and mounting
  • Harness in date
  • Windscreen and window film
  • Master switch
  • Remote operation of master switch and signage
  • Remote operation of fire extinguisher and signage
  • Towing eyes and signage
  • Left, right and interior rear-view mirrors
  • Lighting (side lights, rain light, brake lights)
  • Race numbers
  • General condition
  • Transponder present and location
  • Central locking disabled
  • Petrol tank guard

Things that often catch people out and you might want to check are as follows:

  • Fire extinguisher must be in-date. That means that it must have been officially tested within the last 2 years.
  • Your race harness must be in-date.
  • Make sure both external pulls for the fire extinguisher and electrical cut-out are free and working correctly. They often get corroded in the Bowden cable when left over the winter.
  • Check that your rain light (rear fog light) shows on both sides of the car.

The scrutineers may also want to check any other items for compliance with our regulations.

Tuff Jugs

All Tuff Jugs must be presented at scrutineering for checking. If the jug has a vent plug it will be checked and any with holes will be replaced. Every jug will have a seal applied and only sealed jugs can be used during the race.

Weighing and ballast sealing

Once you have passed scrutineering, your car will be weighed and your drivers’ race kit will be checked. It is in your interest for all your drivers to be present for weighing so that your ballast can be wire locked and sealed at this time. If some of your drivers are not present, your ballast will be wire locked and sealed and the missing drivers must present themselves for weighing by 19:00hrs at the very latest. Your car will not receive its scrutineering ticket until all drivers have been weighed and their race kit checked. If your car is subsequently found to be underweight you will have to refill your car with fuel, have it re-weighed, and the ballast adjusted and re-sealed before it will be allowed on track for qualifying.

Each car will be weighed full of fuel, to enable us to calculate the minimum weight of the car. It is in your interest to make sure the car is completely fuel of fuel, if it is not, you will need to carry more ballast to meet the minimum weight.  Any car arriving at scrutineering not full of fuel may be turned away. Each driver will then be weighed with their race suit, gloves, boots, helmet and Hans device. The weight of the lightest driver will be added to the weight of the car and 28.4kg will be deducted. The resulting weight must be more than 910kg. If it isn’t, you will be told how much ballast you need to fit and you’ll need to go back to your garage to fit the ballast. You will not be allowed to work on your car in the scrutineering area. You can then return to the scrutineering area to have your car re-weighed and sealed.

If you do not need any ballast, a seal will be applied to a drilled cap screw that will be fitted to the rear near-side seat mount. You do not have to use a ballast tray if all your drivers take your car over the weight limit.

A ballast tray and its fasteners weigh 3kg. If you don’t need any ballast on the ballast tray, the drilled bolt supplied with the ballast tray must be fitted to the hole nearest to the B-pillar with the bolt shank uppermost, so that the lock wire hole is easy for the scrutineers to get at.

If you intend to run with alloy wheels, you must present the car with alloy wheels for weighing and scrutineering.  BARC will identify cars so presented with a sticker and any cars running alloys during qualifying or the race without the identifying sticker will be subject to further scrutiny.

Should you need to remove your windscreen (and therefore the rear glass hatch) you must ensure your car still conforms to the minimum weight rules.

Clothing

The scrutineers will be checking that your helmet, race suit, gloves and boots are all in-date. They will also check the specification of your balaclava and socks.

If you haven’t raced before (or if you’ve bought a new helmet or Hans device) they will need to check the approvals on both. They will then place an MSUK sticker on the outside of your helmet and Hans device, for which you will have to pay a total of £5, so please bring some cash with you if your helmet or Hans device aren’t already stickered.

Parc Fermé

The pit lane will be used as Parc Fermé. At the end of qualifying and the race all cars will be held at the pit lane entrance. The pit lane will be cleared of all personnel and all garages doors must be shut. Please assist the marshals in getting the pit lane clear. Cars will then be released into the pit lane, where they should park on the left side of the pit lane next to the pit wall and as directed by the marshals. Some cars will be selected for more detailed scrutineering and they should carry on down the pit lane into the scrutineering bay.

Important note: When you finish qualifying or the race do not touch anything in the car. Just get out of the car and congregate as directed by the marshals. Do not put the safety pin back in the fire extinguisher.

We hope you all have a fantastic weekend and if you have any questions please come and see us in the Club HQ.

C1 Racing Club Board

Quite how all four of us could manage not to have noticed the typo in the summary timetable, none of us can now work out, but many apologies.

Here is the correct summary timetable, with one-and-a-half hours available for qualifying, which is still tight, but at least possible!

The correct important bits for us are:

StartEndActivity
 
Friday
09:0017:00Paid testing
14:00OnwardsSigning on
14:00OnwardsScrutineering
21:0022:30Qualifying
 
Saturday
17:1517:20Pitlane open
17:30Race Start
 
Sunday
17:30Race Ends
18:00Prizegiving

Many apologies and kind regards.
 
The C1 Racing Team

Silverstone 24hr Essential Information

Here is some essential information and the timetable for the upcoming 24-hour at Silverstone. This will be the largest grid ever to start a race in the United Kingdom.

Timetable
BARC have published the timetable, which can be found here. The important bits for us are:

StartEndActivity
 
Friday
09:0017:00Paid testing
14:00OnwardsSigning on
14:00OnwardsScrutineering
21:0021:30Qualifying
 
Saturday
17:1517:20Pitlane open
17:30Race Start
 
Sunday
17:30Race Ends
18:00Prizegiving

Location
If you haven’t been to Silverstone before, the circuit has an excellent set of maps and instructions that can be found here

Don’t forget the speed camera on the A43 just before you get there.
 
Access
Access to the circuit will be available from 1900 hrs on Thursday 25th April.  Tickets will be required to gain access to the circuit at all times, including Thursday evening.
 
4 tickets will be issued to each driver directly from BARC. Tickets will not be required for support vehicles or motorhomes. If your team needs more tickets these can be purchased from the Silverstone ticket office.
 
We will have to vacate the area behind the garages by 2300 hrs on Sunday 28th April as Silverstone have another event on Monday. You will be able to camp at the circuit on Sunday night, but will have to move to the Centre 1 Car Park behind the motorhome park. Please remember that the electric hook-up in this area is 3-phase, so you’ll need a splitter.
 
Paddock
The paddock is going to be very busy with 100 cars sharing it.  Here is a link to a map setting out what you can park where.  Please be considerate of other teams, it is not a land grab and everyone has to fit in somewhere.
 
Car parking for all drivers, mechanics and team members will be in the area marked A on the map
 
Trailers must be parked in the trailer park marked on the map. Trailers will NOT be allowed into the area behind the garages. If you are towing a trailer, you must drive to the trailer park, unload your car and drive the car to your garage, leaving your trailer neatly parked in the trailer park.
 
Motorhomes.  Each garage (not team) has been allocated an area behind their garage and garages 1A to 9C a bay in the motorhome park. Garages 10A to 12E have an extra area for motorhome parking behind their garages.  Each bay in the Motorhome Park can accommodate up to 6 motorhomes/campers depending on their size and the space needs to be shared with up to 3 teams. Please be considerate to the other teams in your garage if you’re the first to park your motorhome.
 
Electrical hook-up is available from the garages for those parked immediately behind the garage. Those parked beyond the service road behind the garages will have access to the 16-Amp blue round-pin single phase sockets and 32-Amp red round 5-pin 3-phase sockets on the side walls of the ‘pods’. Those parked in the motorhome park will have access to one 32-Amp red round 5-pin socket that is available for each bay. This means that a splitter will be required to go from a 32-Amp 3-phase plug to 3 x 16-Amp single-phase sockets so that everyone from the garage can hook-up. Teams sharing a garage will have to liaise to decide who will bring the splitter.
 
Garages & Facilities
The garage & Paddock plan has already been sent out separately to each team.
 
Each garage has the following electrical supplies:
                2 x 13 Amp square pin sockets on the back wall
                2 x 10 Amp round pin European sockets on the back wall
                3 x 16 Amp blue round pin sockets on the back wall
                1 x 32 Amp 3 phase red 5 pin sockets on the back wall
                1 x TV socket for live timing on the back wall
                1 x 16 Amp blue round pin socket on the front wall
                1 x TV socket for live timing on the pit wall
                1 x 16 Amp blue round pin socket on the pit wall
 
There is no compressed air available in the garages
 
Other Facilities
Loos and showers (both male & female) are marked as WC on the map. Behind the garages there are 14 ‘pods’ which have a shower, loo and wash basin. There are 4 male and 2 female showers in the main paddock toilet block.
 
The café is shown on the map. The opening hours are as follows:
                Friday           0700 – 1900 hrs
                Saturday       0700 – 2100 hrs
                Sunday         0700 – 1900 hrs
 
Testing
Testing is available on Friday. It can be booked directly with Silverstone circuit here.
 
Fuel
The fuel station is shown on the map. It is unmanned and is open 24/7. You will need to pay for your fuel each time you use the pumps using a credit or debit card. The only fuel that will be available during the race will be 97 RON. The other pumps (99 and 102 RON) will not be available.
 
HuTags
The C1 Series runs with HuTags, which are a second transponder worn by every driver on his / her right wrist, in addition to that fitted to the car.  The purpose is that we have a constant record of who is in each car at all times. TSL can then publish this on the timing screens and there is no need for teams to fill out driver change and pit stop forms, hand them to marshals etc etc.  If you are not familiar with HuTags, please attend the New Drivers’ Briefing, where their operation will be explained in detail.
 
Signing On
Signing-on will be in the first-floor office in the Race Control building shown on the map. You will need to have your Club membership card, race licence, HuTag and one driver from each car must have their BARC membership card. You will be breathalysed before signing on, anyone failing the breathalyser test will not be allowed to sign on until they pass the test. Remember the limit is zero.
 
We will be breathalysing drivers and pit crew throughout the weekend. If you have finished the race and want to have a drink, please feel free, but hand in your HuTag to Club HQ first, and collect it at the end of the race.  Anyone found or photographed with drink in their hand wearing a HuTag will lead to their team being disqualified.
 
If you haven’t got your Club membership card or HuTag yet you will be able to collect them from the signing-on office above Race Control before being breathalysed, after 1400 hrs on Friday.
 
Scrutineering
Scrutineering will be very busy.  BARC have 100 cars to scrutineer, check for safety and weigh in a relatively short period.  Please do not assume that you will be able to turn up at the last minute.
 
Scrutineering will start at 1400hrs on Friday afternoon in the scrutineering bay which is marked on the map.  Cars will be weighed at the same time they are scrutineered at the circuit weighbridge.
 
Please present your car full of fuel, with all the drivers together with their race gear; and with the lock wire post facing upwards located in the corner of the ballast tray nearest the B pillar.
 
Drivers’ Briefings
The time and location of the Drivers’ Briefing will be posted outside Signing On and distributed on the Club’s WhatsApp broadcast.
 
The new driver’s briefing will be outside Race Control or in the garages under Race Control if it’s raining.  Timing will be posted outside Signing On and distributed on the Club’s WhatsApp broadcast.
 
Pit Lane Etiquette
The pit lane can be very busy with 100 cars on circuit; as they tend to come in for driver changes and fuel at broadly the same time.  The Club therefore operates a 40 kph speed limit in the pit lane at all times and enforces it rigorously with the Club’s two speed guns.  The penalties for breaking the speed limit are deliberately harsh; as it is there for your own safety and the safety of the other teams.  The penalties for speed limit infringements and other misdemeanours are set out here.

A maximum of 2 people per car can be on the pit wall at a time and must be wearing a high visibility vest.
 
Pit perches may be used, but they must not cover any access holes in the pit wall safety fencing.
 
WhatsApp broadcast group
We will be using the WhatsApp broadcast group for a variety of updates and messages over the weekend.  At the very least, your team manager should have provided their telephone number to the Club. We would suggest that all Team Managers and Drivers should join it.
 
If you’ve not joined, or if you would like additional numbers added so that you can receive information over the course of the weekend, then please let Nick know by sending a WhatsApp message to the C1 Racing Club phone (+44 7586 460197).  In that message please include: team name, car number, and your name.  To receive notifications from us on WhatsApp, you will also need to have the C1 Racing Club phone number in your WhatsApp contacts, or you will not receive the broadcast messages.
 
Cameras / Driving Standards
New for this season is the requirement to have a forward-facing camera in every car. The principal purpose of this is so that there is evidence of any driving-standards indiscretions. However, if you don’t tell us about it, we won’t be able to do anything about it for you.
 
If your car is involved in, or behind, an incident, please can you tell us about it, with the time, point on the track and as much other information as you can.  We will watch it and, if appropriate, bring it to the attention of the Clerk of the Course.
 
Club HQ
Club HQ will be behind the garages, opposite the burger bar as shown on the map. It will be manned 24/7 during the race weekend.  We will have our usual welcome for you including tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits throughout the weekend.  Please come and say hello!
 
You can contact any of the club directors as follows:

Caryl Willscaryl@c1racing.club+44 7919 260 223
Meyrick Coxmeyrick@c1racing.club+44 7768 392 962
Nick Patonnick@c1racing.club+44 7771 123 899
Philip Myattphilip@c1racing.club+44 7736 906 090


Spares
We will be taking a small quantity of spares to the circuit. Drive shafts, wishbones, light brackets, lights, 1144 and F4R brake pads and Tuff Jug spouts will be available from the Club HQ. Small Cars R Us (www.smallcarsrus.co.uk) will also have their usual cornucopia of parts at the meeting including wings, struts, engines and so on. They will be in bay 1 in the Motorhome Park.
 
Tyres
You will need to bring all the tyres you will need for the race; you will not be able to buy them at the circuit. Tyre fitting services will be available from Amigo Motorsport in garage 6C and RAW Motorsport in garage 6B.
 
Journalists
Peter Scherer has been doing race reports for us during the season and these help us promote the series. Peter may well be contacting teams and drivers to get their impressions of race preparation and the race. He is acting on behalf of the Club, so please help him to write an amazing report on this iconic race.
 
Dan Trent and Matt Prior will both be driving one of the Club cars, and may want to interview you during the weekend.  Dan will be writing for the Goodwood and Jalopnik websites; Matt for Autocar and Pistonheads.  Please support them, since we all like reading about our series.
 
Finally, we’d like to thank you all for your support this season and especially for this race. It’s pretty amazing to have 100 cars going to a 24-hour race at one of the greatest circuits on the planet; and breaking records in so doing.  Thank you all and look forward to racing with you.
 
Good luck to you all and we look forward to meeting you at Silverstone. If you have any questions or need more information please give one of us a call.

The C1 Racing Team

Stop Press – Silverstone 24hr

Today we secured agreement with Motorsport UK and Silverstone that 100 cars can compete at our 24hr race, April 26th-28th.

We would like to thank Motorsport UK for allowing us to run the largest ever grid at a UK circuit race.

The effect of this is that all previous reserve entries can be elevated to fully accepted entries, and we now have one space available for this epic race.

If you would like the last available space, please contact Philip (philip@c1racing.club).


The C1 Racing Team

The news that you’ve all been waiting for is at last here.  Well mostly.  The calendar remains provisional for now, but this is next year as we know it today.  We don’t have prices yet and these are still a couple of weeks away, but at least this will allow you to put some dates in your diary.

As soon as we have firm prices agreed with BARC, we will start to open the entries to the races using our time-honoured system on the website.  We will email you a week before entries open and the forms become available, so you’ll have some notice.  As per Silverstone 24hr, you will need to enter the drivers for your race entry to be valid; and those drivers will have to be members of the club.

Date Circuit Format
27th/28th April Silverstone 24 hour
8th/9th June Pembrey Double-six hour
28th July Mallory Sprints
10th/11th August Snetterton 300 3 hour
6th/7th/8th Sept Anglesey 24 hour
26th/27th Oct Spa 24 hour
16th/17th Nov Brands Hatch 2 hour

As you may know, we have now launched in Portugal, as well has having a sister series in Belgium; and the Citybug series in Holland, so in total we are invited to the following races:

Date Circuit Format
30th/31st March Zolder, Holland 8 hour
7th April Braga, Portugal 6 hour
20th/21st April Magny Cours, France 6 hour
22nd/23rd June Anneau du Rhin 6 hour
23rd June Portimao, Portugal 6 hour
1st Sept Estoril, Portugal 6 hour
14th/15th Sept Zandvoort, Holland 5 hour
8th/9th/10th Nov Anglesey, RoR 12 hour
9th/10th Nov Mettet, France 6 hour

We’ll be distinctly impressed by anyone that manages to do all the races, especially as some of the international ones clash; but there’s enough to keep us all busy in 2019.  We look forward to seeing you there.

The C1 Racing Team

24 hour Entries
A reminder that entries will open on the C1 Racing Club website at 1700hrs on Sunday 28th October.

For an entry to be valid, three drivers have to be named, all of whom must be current club members.  If you have not joined yet, fear not, your Club membership will be valid for the 2019 season.

The entry fee is £3,500 per team, which does not include any testing on the Friday.  We are trying to negotiate the best deal that we can for the Friday for you, but the 24 hour event will start on track at 2030hrs with qualifying.

We expect to have full video coverage of the event; and to have live streaming available.   If you would like to have an in-car camera, please let us know at board@c1racing.club .

Motorsports Days Live 
Motorsports Days Live is at Silverstone on 2nd and 3rd November.  We will be there both days in Absolute Alignment’s garage if you want to come along and have a chat.  We’d love to see you there.

The C1 Racing Team

2018 Season – still a few more races if you want to exercise your C1

Well that’s our official 2018 season over, although there are still a couple of chances to get your C1 out, most notably the simply wonderful Race of Remembrance run by Mission Motorsport at Anglesey on Remembrance Sunday, at which we will be running our somewhat battle-scarred car No 303 (reshell coming over the winter…).  If you think you will be able to pass the breathalyser test, you may also want to consider Ben Atkinson’s “Plum Pudding” event on Boxing Day.

 If you think you may build a car – Let us know now!!!

It is already clear from the various chat forums that a number of people are considering building a car.  If you are planning to do so, you should order the club kit and cage no later than the end of November.  The main issue is the cage, the lead time for which is already 12 weeks.  So if you were to order a cage today, you wouldn’t get it until mid-January.  This is Safety Devices’ busiest time of year, we have no influence over their lead times and we do not carry spare stock.  If you are building, or thinking of building a car, especially for Silverstone, we would encourage you to get an order to us as soon as possible.

 2019 season opener will be Silverstone!

We’re going to start with the fabulous Silverstone GP 24-hour.  We’ve tested at Silverstone, in the damp, and it was utterly fabulous.  And, well, its Silverstone.  Its what you asked for in the survey, so we took a brave pill or two and signed a big contract.  We’re just working out the support races at the moment.

 The rest of the calendar is currently being nailed down.  We will announce it as soon as we can.  Entries will follow the same procedure as last year, with the race entries opening on the website with plenty of notice.  Again, reflecting what you asked for in the survey, there are going to be a couple of sprint days and four or so enduros, hopefully with the season being rounded off with Spa again.

 Spa 24 hour – well done to MacAttack for a fast and clean race

Spa was fabulous, wasn’t it?  Many congratulations to MacAttack who have had quite a season and rounded it up with a class win at Spa.  It was a very well measured and confident drive after a spectacular qualifying lap from Simon Walker-Hansell, who managed to get a tow both up the Kemmel straight; and from Stavelot to Blanchimont.  The MacAttack car also still sports the same bodywork that it started the season with; so it is possible!

 We all arrived at Spa in blazing sunshine, well except for Nick, who didn’t get in until nearly midnight. Having come from a decidedly chilly UK, it was lovely to feel the heat of the sun again.  They have a slightly different approach at Spa, so its always a bit of a voyage of discovery as to what’s going to happen; and sure enough, the welcome packages weren’t as expected, but they were in a very large orange bag.  We could learn things from them, we thought.

 Scrutineering proved to be a whole lot easier than last year, mostly because we had organized for an MSA scrutineer to be over in Spa with us, who was marvellous.  Keith, thank you.  So we all got stuck into practice.  Well, two sessions of practice, unless you wanted to go and play with some very quick and awesome-sounding DGMC (a German category) series cars.  That Mustang must rate as one of the angriest-sounding race cars in history.  It went pretty well and looked stunning as well.  Somehow, over the day, we managed to get all the cars weighed and scrutineered (or thereabouts).

 You really should attend the Spa driver’s briefing.  It could only happen at Spa.  Of course it started late; and of course it was in French.  But we had Steve Sykes translating, which was just brilliant.  The Clerk would speak loudly and enthusiastically for some time.  Steve would then translate briefly and drily something like: “Respect the marshals, they’re there to keep you alive”.  It was also the shortest drivers’ briefing in history; and failed to cover any of the material things that it would have been nice to know about, like full-course yellows or two safety cars.   Not that any of us asked any questions of course.

 It is an FIA requirement for every driver to complete three laps of night qualifying in order to be able to drive in a 24-hour race.   Not in Belgium, its not.  Quali was one and a half hours, which is mighty tight when you have 6 drivers, and daylight only.  Its even tighter if you forget (despite half a dozen text reminders) to have your car weighed.  And its underweight.  And the seat is out of date.  You had to admire our American friends style of walking over to the reassuringly expensive shop and just buying another seat, though.  We managed to get them out in quali.  Just, with their car sporting some lead that was somehow (and somewhat worryingly) procured from a nuclear power station. Most of the rest of Saturday passed in a cacophony of noise from the BGDC, the standouts being that Mustang, a Mondeo which sounded like it had much the same engine and, of course, a brace of 911s.  It would best be described as an eclectic bunch.

 The race proper started at 4.30pm…  well, it should have done.  More like 4.45pm and it took a while for the timing system to catch up.  Obviously, the drivers’ briefing hadn’t covered the start procedure, so we had no idea what was going on, but it all worked in the end and off we all went!  Atomic Racing turned a mistake into misfortune, somehow getting caught up in the wrong group and starting from the pitlane.  They enjoyed leading the class for the first 5 laps until a safety car bunched things up again.  There’s nothing like rain to shake things up at Spa; and boy did we get rain.  Those lucky enough to be in the cars at the time could watch the thunderstorm coming up the valley towards the circuit until the deluge hit.  At times, visibility was down to 25m or so.  The rain stayed with us until the closing stages of the race, but dried out eventually.

Stand out heroes?  There’s a deep bench to chose from here, but mentions have to go to Hurricane, for giving their car to another team after an accident concussed one of their drivers – that is proper sporting behaviour and we love you for it chaps.  To 416, our American friends who had never seen a C1 before; arriving at the circuit with six drivers and mostly-finished car.  It even had a stick shift, but at least it was left hand drive.  They beat all odds and finished the race.  Gents, and lady, well done, and we look forward to having you back over here again soon. To Mission Motorsport, who brought two cars and fifteen injured veterans over, one of which finished, the other of which had an accident; and to all the team crews who repaired broken drive shafts (we ran out), body work, suspension arms and kept everyone on the road.

 Wheelgate… Citroen are investigating

We had some more wheels fail at Spa.  All bar one of the failed wheels have now been given to Citroen to analyse, so we will come back with their report as and when we have it.  The only additional news we have is that each wheel that failed appeared to have come from a different batch; and that most had clear kerb or accident damage to them.  Safety comes first of course, so although we do have some options for different wheels that we could use, at this stage we don’t know whether they would be stronger, and they are a multiple of the cost of the current steel wheels.  Our advice remains that if a rim is damaged – dispose of it.

 2019 regulations

We are meeting shortly to agree what changes there will be, but we hope that you will be reassured to know that they are likely to be minimal and aimed at safety and keeping costs down.  One will be the requirements will be to have an operating forward-facing video camera. This is a low-cost way of ensuring that the Clerk of the Course will have the evidence to investigate any contact; and support a continued improvement in driving standards.

 Autosport 2019

We’re going to be there again on the BARC stand for all four days.  Come and see us for a catch up, to ask questions and look at cars.  We will have a car on the stand for the children (young and old) to play with.  Look forward to seeing you there.

 Charity Day on behalf of the Stroke Association at Castle Combe

On Saturday 27th October, the Stroke Association is running its long-standing day at Castle Combe to raise money for itself.  This dates back over 25 years and has a simple formula:  owners of interesting and exotic cars bring them along and provide 5-lap passenger rides to the public in exchange for a solid donation.  There is no cost to the owners; and every penny goes direct to the charity.  We’ve been invited along, so if you would like to take your C1 along (you’ll have to have a passenger seat, obviously), please get in touch with Richard Jones, who is the volunteer organiser on  07961 565970 or by email at  richard_c_jones@hotmail.com

 Thank you

This has been an amazing first full season for us; so we would like to thank each and every one of you for making this possible.  We hope that you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have, we feel somewhat humbled by what we’ve created, and of course if you’re receiving this newsletter you are part of that success, whether you are a driver, mechanic, car builder or interested reader!  As always if you have any ideas on how we can improve things, drop us a mail at board@c1racing.club.  We’re already excited about next year and look forward to racing with you all next season.

 

The C1 Racing Team

We are ridiculously excited to announce that we have agreed with BARC and Silverstone that our first UK 2019 24-hour race will be held on the Silverstone GP circuit on the 26th, 27th and 28th April, 2019.

 That’s right:  the same circuit that the Formula One race takes place on.  With 110 C1s, which means two start groups.  We are of course inviting our Belgian, Portuguese and Scottish friends to join us, but also expect teams from Germany, Hong Kong and the Unites States of America too.

Outline timetable is:

Qualification                        Friday 26th April 2030-2200hrs

Race start                               Saturday 27th April 1700hrs

We have elected for the old Formula One garages, because they have more space, especially in the paddock behind the garages; they are next to the showers and other amenities; and because we just prefer the pit lane entry there.

The entry fee is £3,500, payable 50% on booking; and 50% before 28th February, 2019. Entries will open, as usual on the C1 Racing Club website, at 1700hrs on Sunday 28th October.   Please remember that to book, you and your drivers need to be current Club members.

The balance of the 2019 season calendar will be announced shortly, once it has been finalized with BARC and the circuits; but rest assured that we have reflected what you all asked for in the survey.

 Excited?  Its going to be a long winter.