Britcar and Praga strengthen ties for new Prototype Category

Britcar and Praga Cars have strengthened their fledgling partnership by announcing provisional plans and dates for a new Prototype Category in 2023. 

The new-look series is poised to be presented as the Praga-backed Prototype Category within the Britcar Endurance Championship; boasting a five-round calendar which will each include two 25-minute sprint races and one 50-minute endurance contest.

Offering fast and furious wheel-to-wheel Pro-Am action, Praga R1s are expected to make up a majority of the grid – running as a standalone Praga Class – with other qualifying prototypes set to be invited by Britcar.

Mark Harrison, Praga Cars UK CEO, said: “Along with VR Motorsport, we have developed a great relationship with Britcar over a number of years now, cemented during the Covid-hit race seasons in 2020 and 2021. 

“Praga R1s, in a class of its own, dominated the Britcar Endurance races in 2021 and we took on the challenge of running a one-make series in 2022; our vision for a 20 plus grid of R1s still stands as the Britcar team use their experience and enthusiasm to grow prototype racing opportunities in the UK. 

“Praga is backing Britcar through 2023 to ensure a successful race series for all entries and a stepping-stone to an even stronger grid in 2024.”

Claire Hedley, Britcar Managing Director, added: “We here at Britcar have really enjoyed being involved with Praga UK and have seen it flourish over the last two to three years. We can see a future in Prototype racing in the UK so we’re happy to continue with Praga to develop the new Prototype Cup for 2023. 

“Having them as a class within the new category. The Championship will include other cars invited by Britcar only and I think it will be a great support race to the British Endurance Championship next year and hopefully many more to come.”