The Trade Team Citroen C1 Challenge makes a triumphant return to Rockingham this weekend (August 31 – September 2) for one of the marquee events of the year as part of the British Automobile Racing Club’s latest visit to the Corby venue.
Making history in May by not only making its inaugural visit to Rockingham, but also by becoming the first series to stage a 24-hour race there, the one-make tin top category is back for another pulsating weekend of track action.
In what is set to be a fond farewell to Rockingham by the C1 contingent, due to the venue ceasing motorsport activity at the end of the 2018 season, a three-hour and 24-hour race is set to get pulses racing.
Providing drivers and teams with the opportunity to go endurance racing at a low cost, the C1 Challenge has proven to be a smash-hit since debuting in 2017, with more than 100 cars having been built in that time.
Events at Rockingham, Pembrey and Snetterton have underlined the popularity of the series already this year with bumper grids at each event. As was the case at the 2018 curtain-raiser at Rockingham, the level of interest to compete in the 24-hour race has prompted an additional three-hour encounter to be added to the race programme.
Such is the popularity of the series, this weekend’s three-hour race boasts 35-car grid whilst the longer 24-hour race currently has 38 cars set to take the start.
In the inaugural 24-hour race earlier in the year, Team C’est La Vie emerged as the winners – two laps ahead of their nearest challengers. Whether they can produce a repeat performance however remains to be seen as they go up against a bumper entry list which includes BTCC race winner Rob Austin and former touring car star Daniel Welch, amongst a host of others.
In addition to the Trade Team Citroen C1 Challenge, two of the BARC South East Centre categories will also be in action. The BARC South East Modified Saloon Car Championship and BARC