C1 Racing Club stars as the BARC basks in the Silverstone sun

The British Automobile Racing Club basked in the bright sunshine at Silverstone this past weekend (May 28/29/30) as the C1 Racing Club took centre stage around the legendary Grand Prix circuit for its hugely-popular 24-hour race.

In what proved to be another pulsating spectacle for the budget-conscious category, a bumper 58-car grid would hit the track however nobody ultimately could stop Hybrid Tune – Full Circle Racing from triumphing in emphatic fashion.

Hitting the front in the fourth hour after qualifying eighth, the four-man driver line-up of Stephen James, Sam Weller, David Meenan and Mark James would remain a constant presence towards the front of the field throughout before grabbing the initiative in the closing stages.

Completing a total of 431 laps and setting the fastest lap along the way, the quartet finished just under 50 seconds ahead of AB Motorsport’s Oliver Allwood, Brian Trott and Stuart Symonds.

Rounding off the podium, albeit two laps down on the leaders, was Fake-Shake n Bake-with Team Gaz Shocks. Behind the wheel of the #312 machine and in contention until the latter hours was Tommy Field, Max Maxted and Graham Coomes.

Before the C1 Racing Club embarked on its epic day-long contest, a number of other championships wrote the latest chapter in their 2021 campaigns around the 3.67-mile layout of the Northamptonshire venue.

Boasting a highly competitive entry list, the Caterham Graduates Racing Club was always going to serve up edge-of-the-seat entertainment and did just that with four races that will undoubtedly live long in the memory for many.

The Sigma 135 and Sigmax categories amalgamated together to create a mammoth 53-car grid, with wheel-to-wheel battles running throughout. At the front of the field, Harry Senior narrowly edged Ben Winrow, Stephen Clark and Simon Griffiths in race one to triumph before producing a repeat performance in race two.

In the Sigma 150 class, a slightly smaller entry of 33 cars took to the track but the battle for supremacy proved to be just as close. Jamie Ellwood and Jason McCormack proved to be the class of the field as they netted a win apiece.

The Max5 Racing Championship possessed a competitive entry list too but nobody was able to stop Paul Roddison from continuing his strong start to the new season. Running alongside the Sigma 150 class of the Caterham Graduates Racing Club, the one-make category delivered a memorable showing.

Starting at the back of the grid in race one, Roddison served up an overtaking masterclass as he scythed his way up the order to narrowly claim victory ahead of Jon Halliwell. The series stalwart then doubled his tally for the weekend with a superlative performance in the second encounter to extend his winning streak to four straight races.

Rounding out the weekend’s on-track entertainment were two races from the Sports Prototype Cup. Showcasing the very best of UK prototype racing, the ‘Silverstone Open’ saw a variety of machines go against each other around the Home of British Motor Racing. 

Whilst the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, Bradley Ellis and James Abbott all featured,  Bonamy Grimes underlined his class behind the wheel as he powered his Duqueine LMP3 to a brace of victories.

To view the full classification of results from all sessions at Silverstone, CLICK HERE.

If you missed any of the action over the course of the weekend then you can watch it back on our YouTube channel HERE.

F1 support race return announced for Sports Prototype Cup at Monza

The Sports Prototype Cup and Revolution Trophy will make a return to the Formula 1 paddock on September 10/11/12 as an official support race for the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN GRAN PREMIO D’ITALIA at Monza.

Following on from a hugely successful debut at the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN GRANDE PRÉMIO DE PORTUGAL last year, the popular one-make series will once again take on a starring role as it tackles the infamous high-speed Italian venue.

With the Revolution A-One having turned plenty of heads already, it is believed that Monza’s combination of fast, flowing corners and challenging chicanes will perfectly demonstrate the high downforce and exquisite design of the car, which complies with the latest FIA safety regulations.

James Bailey, Sports Prototype Cup Promoter, said: “We’re thrilled to confirm a return to the Formula 1 paddock for Sports Prototype Cup and the Revolution Trophy. Our debut Formula 1 support race last year was a resounding success and brought the Revolution A-One to new audiences.

“Adding Monza to the calendar provides our customers with a rare opportunity to race on one of the most famous Grand Prix tracks in the world, in front of the ‘Tifosi’ on a Formula 1 weekend.”

Phil Abbott, Revolution Race Cars Founder & Managing Director, added:  “Our 2021 car moves the Revolution A-One to a new performance level with 530hp/tonne, enhanced aerodynamics and the highest safety levels in its class with the innovative full carbon construction and double-halo head protection.  It will be perfectly suited to the fast and flowing Monza track.” 

The two scheduled Monza races are now open for Sports Prototype Cup teams and drivers to enter. The 2021 season for the category is scheduled to begin on May 29 at Silverstone.

Revolution A-One to feature on F1 support bill once again in Portugal

The Sports Prototype Cup’s flagship category for Revolution A-One machines will take centre stage at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve this year as they play a supporting role alongside the Formula 1 Heineken Grande Prémio De Portugal.

After starring at the event in 2020, the series has been invited back for the second successive year on April 30-May 2. This time the Revolution A-Ones will race as a class within O Campeonato de Portugal de Velocidade by Sport TV, with three races currently scheduled to take place.

No less than 17 drivers representing 11 different countries served up a feast of entertainment last October when the Revolution A-One contingent raced in front of 27,500 spectators. It is hoped that crowds will be permitted to attend this years as well.

Places on the grid are limited, with one already having been secured. Six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy will once again compete, this throughout the whole season, which is scheduled to begin at Silverstone on May 29.

Sports Prototype Cup launches ‘Silverstone Open’ event for May race meeting

Silverstone’s legendary Grand Prix circuit is set to host a special double-header for some of the fastest prototype race cars this coming Spring Bank Holiday weekend as PitBox91, promoters of the Sports Prototype Cup, launch the ‘Silverstone Open’.

With neither the FIA World Endurance Championship or European Le Mans Series heading to British shores this year, the event on Saturday 29th May will give fans a chance to see powerful, high downforce endurance racing cars in action.

The Open will feature classes for Le Mans style prototypes (including Ginetta G58, LMP3 and historic LMP cars), the Revolution A-One, Radical SR3 and an Unlimited class for cars such as Jades, Junos, Clubmans, other Radical models and Sports 2000 type cars.

James Bailey, Sports Prototype Cup promoter, said: “Silverstone Grand Prix circuit is the perfect venue for high downforce prototype cars. In 2018, the Open Sportscar Series ran a Silverstone GP event, attracting 41 cars representing twelve different manufacturers.

“Since the demise of that series, we have been lobbied by competitors to recreate that event and we are delighted to be able to provide an hour of racing with our double-header format.”

Entries for the event are now open, with more information being found at www.sportsprototypecup.com.