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We’re pleased to announce the details for the 2018 pre-seasontrackday – Sunday 25th February on the Silverstone National circuit.

 

At the request of the club, we will be running this day insessions, with 6 x 30 minute sessions for all drivers at a cost of £195. Thisincludes shared garage space, free additional drivers, free additionalpassengers, and free instruction for anyone who would like it.

 

There will be two groups, a ‘race group’ for Graduatesdrivers and other experienced racing drivers in Caterham style cars, and a ‘novice/ non-race group’ for anyone with a Caterham car that wants to try out theCaterham Graduates experience.

 

We will be using this as an opportunity to raise awarenessfor the club, and invite along some Sevens enthusiasts. By doing so, hopefullyit makes the event as cost effective as possible, whilst still ensuring a lotof track time.

 

The cost will be £220, however if you sign up before 19thJanuary, this will be reduced to £195. Also, there are only 42 spaces in eachgroup, so to guarantee you get into the ‘race group’ please book as soon aspossible.

 

The link to book is as follows: https://torquemotorsport.co.uk/book-online/- if this link doesn’t work please go to the torquemotorsport.co.uk website andclick book online.

 

Please, if you have any friends who would be interested in dippingtheir toe into the world of Caterham racing, invite them along. Look forward toseeing you all in the new year.  

Harry harry.c@torquemotorsport.co.uk on 16 December 2017 at 10:21Link

My beloved Mega is in the For Sale section, for those wishing to have a crack at the Mega Championship next year in a tip top car. 

Ian Noble id.noble@virginmedia.com on 15 December 2017 at 17:17Link

In at No 10 of the Autosport Top 10 Club Drivers of the Year, it's BARC Caterham Graduates Sigma Champion, Jon Harmer - See Page 140 of the 14-Dec-17 Issue (Other motor racing mags are available).

Mark Carter treasurer@graduates.org.uk on 15 December 2017 at 12:31Link

Is there a reason (that I haven't thought of) why we can't have drivers and/or a team entry of 2 or 3 drivers entered into a championship. (as in a couple of drivers sharing a car for the season).


Seems strange to limit potential drivers that might want to join the club?


Glenn glenn@viscomdesign.co.uk on 15 December 2017 at 11:51Link

There is a free choice of seat but IF a Tillet seat is used then the additional support is required behind the head rest.

Nick Haryett haryetnj@airproducts.com on 15 December 2017 at 10:43Link

Can I clarify the seat point. Does this mean that the Caterham Tillett seats are required, or does it only refer to if those seat types are being used (i.e. can I carry on using a Schroth bean beag seat)?

Harry harry.c@aplhealth.com on 15 December 2017 at 10:24Link

Points will stay the same for Classics, Megas and SigMax. Points in the Sigma sub-classes will depend on the number of drivers entered in each sub-class.

Roger on 14 December 2017 at 10:53Link

Is the points system going to stay the same?

Peter Tattersall Peter @ TrackTeach.com on 13 December 2017 at 22:36Link

Caterham Graduates Racing Club - summary for regulation changes for 2018

1. Caterham Graduates Classes

Classes have been re-structured to allow all current and previous Caterham Championship cars with Sigma engines to race with the Caterham Graduates Racing Club.
Sigma Graduates Class, include 3 sub-classes:

Sigma - Cars to the specification of the 2017 Sigma Graduates Class, including cars with VCT and non-VCT engines. VCT cars will continue to carry a higher minimum weight and run without cold air intake.

Sigma VCT - A year 2014 onwards Academy specification car may compete in this sub-class, with any or all the modification that are applied to an Academy specification car to meet the current or previous Caterham 270R Championship Regulations.

Sigmax VCT - A year 2014 onwards Academy specification car may compete in this sub-class, with any or all the modification that are applied to an Academy specification car to meet the current or previous Caterham 310R Championship Regulations.

Trophies will be awarded at each race depending on the number of starters in each sub-class.
Points will be scored in each sub-class depending on the number of starters in each sub-class.
Championship trophies will not be awarded to sub-classes but will be awarded to the Sigma Graduates class based on points scored regardless of sub-class.

Mega Graduates Class
The Mega Graduates Class will incorporate Super Graduates specification cars with none, some or all, of the modifications permitted for Mega Graduate Class

Classic Graduates Class
Class structure unchanged

Sigmax Graduates Class
Class structure unchanged

2. Race length

The standard scheduled race length will be between 20 and 25 minutes. International meetings are likely to have longer races. “Plus one lap” has been dropped at the request of BARC.

3. "Free practice"

Where race schedules permit, a "free practice" session will be included. Priority will be given to competitors have not taken part in a test day or track day in the week prior to the meeting. If "free practice" is oversubscribed any additional places will be allocated by ballot or other method at the discretion of the organisers.

4. False starts

If a false start results in a time advantage of more than 10 seconds then an additional time penalty will be applied. This additional penalty shall be not less than the time advantage gained.

5. Penalties

The current "3x points multiplier" for a penalty that includes licence points will remain but will be applied at the discretion of the Driving Standards Team. This change has been made to avoid inconsistent Clerking decisions from significantly affecting the championship results.

6. Scrutineering

Cars must be presented for pre-event scrutineering in a clean condition. The scrutineer may refuse to check any car that is not presented in a clean condition. To facilitate examination, helmets should be presented for scrutineering in a clean condition and without FHR devices attached to the helmet. An addition at the request of our scrutineer.

7. Safety

The Caterham race seat (Tillet) must be fitted with additional support behind the head restraint area of the seat to meet the requirements of MSA regulation K13.

FIA approved roll cage padding shall be fitted to the roll cage main hoop, roof diagonal and driver's side cant rail (roof rail to the right of the driver), within 150mm of the driver's helmet.

Where seats are bolted to the chassis floor, mounting shall be in compliance with K2.2. The Caterham floor is aluminium and therefore particular attention should be paid to the installation of bolts and counterplates.

Exhaust guards may be removed but exhaust catalyst guards must be retained for Sigmas.

A Caterham supplied passenger side rear wheel/cockpit protection bar may be fitted.

All cars must be fitted with towing eyes (Q19.1.3). This regulation is unchanged from 2017 but will be enforced in 2018. Claiming that the roll cage may be used for towing is no longer acceptable.

8. Authorised engine builders

  • McMillan Motorsport (All engines)
  • The Classic Car Workshop, Ben Rockey (All engines)
  • Godfrey Racing Support (All engines)
  • Paul Freeman Motor Services (Mega Graduate engines)
  • Caterham Cars Ltd and their appointed agents, (Sigma engines)

9. Minimum weight

The Classes' minimum weights are:
Caterham Classic Graduates Class  610kg
Caterham Sigma sub-class 2008 to 2013  605kg
Caterham Sigma sub-class 2014 onwards  630kg
Caterham Sigma VCT sub-class  615kg
Caterham Sigmax VCT sub-class  615kg
Caterham SigMax-Graduates Class  605kg
Caterham Mega-Graduates Class  600kg

10. Future possible regulation changes

Tyres will remain as 2017, however a replacement tyre for the A048R will be evaluated during 2018 for possible use in 2019.

Roger Ford chairman@graduates.org.uk on 13 December 2017 at 20:45Link

GRs now have their 2018 Support Packages Available, Please e-mail us on grs-caterham@hotmail.com. 
We are trying something new. e-mail us to find out more

GRs grs-caterham @hotmail.com on 11 December 2017 at 20:41Link

Anyone know of any discounted tickets for public days at the Autosport Show?  Is it possible to get a ticket without paying for the "live action show"...?

Graeme graemes2005@gmail.com on 08 December 2017 at 15:41Link

Just put a wanted ad..


If there’s any ex (or current) super / mega drivers with a McMillan race exhaust that they’d be willing to part with then I’d be very interested.


I have a good condition oem exhaust in px if required.

Kevin KevinBarrett@live.co.uk on 02 December 2017 at 21:56Link

30 people signed up on day 1!

Charles secretary@graduates.org.uk on 02 December 2017 at 11:48Link

Signup glitches : After paying with worldpay, there's a button marked 'Press OK to return' or similar. After clicking that you may receive an error message saying "message was undeliverable". You can ignore that. You should see under the Drivers link if your signup was successful.

New members were previously stuck in a loop, but  that's been resolved. However there may still be issues with the new 'VCT' subclasses.

Finally, I'm not sure if it's still an issue, but if you have problems accessing WorldPay from Apple's Safari browser, see this post.

Roger chairman@graduates.org.uk on 01 December 2017 at 10:05Link

We're pleased to announce that registration for the 2018 Caterham Graduates Championship will open this Friday, 1st DECEMBER.

The championship fee is £250, but entries during DECEMBER will be discounted to £200. Payment, as usual, is through the WorldPay system.

You can sign up through the website, through the Enrol with the Club link under the "About Grads Racing" tab.

There's been a modest increase in the membership fee this year. This will be used to invest in club facilities and for marketing the club to potential new members.  As with all racing clubs, we've seen declining membership over the last year or two, and it's essential that we attract new members to keep our numbers healthy as some members retire or move on.  We have compared our membership fees to other similar clubs and series, and we're confident that they still represent great value for money.

Roger

Roger Ford chairman@graduates.org.uk on 30 November 2017 at 16:19Link

We’ve just launched our 2 promo videos on the CGRC Facebook site. If you are on Facebook please like and share.


If you are not the URLs are here:- 


The short 2 minute video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNyaosfj_i4


A longer 10 minute “Meet the Club” one – this is also on the website front page -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0U0EiBk_1Y


Many thanks to all those that contributed to the videos. Unfortunately, we had too much footage so couldn’t include everyone.


With special thanks to Chris Dawes, for his assistance with the production and Barry Welch, of Digitex Television & Video Production, for piecing it all together.

Andrew Outterside commercial@graduates.org.uk on 29 November 2017 at 22:28Link

Sat in a bar, 4000 miles form home and got talking to a group of guys next to me, who asked what I did in my spare time at home - 'race Caterhams' I said. One of the group said 'oh, my brother does that' - turned out be Ollie Gibson's sister! - unbelievable.

Gareth Cordey gareth1579@gmail.com on 26 November 2017 at 12:15Link

Hmmm.  Tempted.  I'll give it some thought, Charles.

Michael Downing michael@michaeldowning.me.uk on 26 November 2017 at 10:11Link

Sure, but the championship entry fee will need to be £5,000

Charles secretary@graduates.org.uk on 25 November 2017 at 21:06Link

Can we close the entries now please?  My prospects for a few podiums are looking good at the moment. 

Michael Downing michael@michaeldowning.me.uk on 23 November 2017 at 19:14Link

The race schedules are looking good, with the Classics currently being the largest class :-)

Peter Tattersall peter @trackteach.com on 23 November 2017 at 16:13Link

CGRC race schedules: Jamie has just updated the race schedule for 2018. Please fill this out as we actually do use it to plan grids and numbers....and history shows that the people that don't fill it out are often the same people that complain when the grids are allocated! If you are 'intending to race' (e.g. if you don't smash up your car) then please put 'Definitely'.

Charles secretary@graduates.org.uk on 23 November 2017 at 11:14Link

For those that couldn’t make it to Brooklands celebrations on Saturday a full list of award winners is set out below, along with links to the two videos shown on the night - our provisional calendar reveal video (credit to Mark Johnson) and the annual "thrills and spills" video (credit to Chris Rome).

Classic Class

1st - Graeme Smith
2nd - Robin Webb
3rd – Peter Tattersall
Best Consistent Finisher – Paul Hawker

Super Class

1st - Toby Briant
2nd - Andy Molsom
Best Consistent Finisher - Barry White

Mega Class

1st - Declan Dolan
2nd -  Glenn Burtenshaw
3rd - Roger Ford
Best Consistent Finisher - Kim Rayment

Sigma Class

1st - Jon Harmer
2nd - Ben Winrow

SigMax Class

1st - Oliver Gibson
2nd - Jamie Ellwood
3rd - James Russell

Club Awards Class

Viscom Design Trophy (the “Spirit of the Club”) - Rob Winrow

Martin Kay Trophy (the “Love of Racing”) - Mark Carter

Ben Vickers Trophy for Driving Standards - Glenn Burtenshaw

Revolution Racing Novice Trophy - Mark Johnson

ALP Heath Drivers’ Driver Trophy - Oliver Gibson

Many congratulations to all our winners and many thanks to Charles Elliott and the other members of the team that put a great evening together.

Here’s the link to our 2018 calendar reveal video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnoHbz0CFnI

Here’s the link to the "thrills and spills" video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuchxHDrAxQ - the Bentley that was getting close up and personal with Mr Downing at Brooklands was being driven by Matt LeBlanc – watch out for the feature on the Birkett Relay in the next series of Top Gear!  

Photos of the Dinner will be with us shortly – a link will be advised and they will also be on the CGRC Facebook page.

p.s. if you’re on Facebook and haven’t liked / followed the CGRC Facebook page please visit and do so - it’s here https://www.facebook.com/CaterhamGraduates/

Andrew O commercial@graduates.org.uk on 21 November 2017 at 11:31Link

Calendar has been updated for 2018.

Charles secretary@graduates.org.uk on 20 November 2017 at 10:57Link

Mallory Park are running the  ‘Plum Pudding’ meeting on Boxing Day (Tuesday 26th December). 

As in 2016, the Sports Cars category will consist of 15 minutes practice and two 15 minute races. 

The entry fee is just £125 and you can now enter online via http://brscc.prosolvehosting.co.uk/  

Alternatively, call BRSCC HQ on 01732 783143.

It's usually a very well attended meeting with 4 categories:-

Motorbike, Motorbike and Sidecar, Saloons and Sports Cars.

There are already a good number of Caterhams entered.

Peter Marsh peter_jag@yahoo.co.uk on 19 November 2017 at 20:01Link

Karting Update - Martin 'Wizard' Jeffs has been replaced by Jon 'Hard-core' Harmer, and there's a 60% chance of rain.

Mark Carter treasurer@graduates.org.uk on 17 November 2017 at 22:23Link

Karting and awards dinner tomorrow - looking forwards to seeing everyone there.

Charles secretary@graduates.org.uk on 17 November 2017 at 21:40Link

Everything you need to know about our awards dinner can be found here. Please contact me if you have any questions....otherwise see you on Saturday for what will be a great evening.


Charles

Charles secretary@graduates.org.uk on 15 November 2017 at 22:41Link

Unfortunately I will not now be doing the karting at Sandown Park this Saturday afternoon and so there will be a spare place going. If you fancy it, you can take my spot in exchange for a decent bottle of Sauvignon Blanc (payable at the dinner) :-)

Martin Jeffs martin@wizardapplications.co.uk on 15 November 2017 at 19:35Link

Just listed a very sucessful Sigma Graduate car for sale at a very cheap price in the For Sale section ;-)


If anyone knows how to rotate the photo then I would appreciate it as it was horizontal before I uploaded it!

Mark Gibson markgibson27@hotmail.co.uk on 14 November 2017 at 16:22Link

Sandown Park Karting - the timetable for karting on Saturday 18th November is:

14:00 - Sign On / Kit.

14:30 - Mandatory Briefing.

14:50 - Practice (10 minutes).

15:15 - Heat 1 (10 minutes).

15:40 - Heat 2 (10 minutes).

16:05 - Final (10 minutes).

Please make sure that you arrive at 2pm to sign on. If you have not races at Sandown Park before, please register online before Saturday, using this link and the Event Code 296827.

Mark Carter treasurer@graduates.org.uk on 13 November 2017 at 22:48Link

You are right Suzie....the code phrase is 'I'm attending the Caterham Graduates event in the Clubhouse this evening'.


I am pulling together a document with all the info.....but am first just trying to close out a few loose ends....hopefully tomorrow.

Charles secretary@graduates.org.uk on 13 November 2017 at 20:57Link

Hopefully Caterham Graduates Racing Club will be enough Graeme?!!!

Suzie Black suz1e@hotmail.com on 13 November 2017 at 13:22Link

How do we get our free entry to Brooklands on Saturday?  Is there a code word...? ;-)

Graeme on 13 November 2017 at 11:11Link

Sandown Park Karting - we have 26 entries, which are:

Alison Benfield; Jon Benfield; Toby Briant; George Burtenshaw; Glenn Burtenshaw; Simon Busby; Mark Carter; Andy Cooper; Joel Doherty; Dan Freeman; Paul Gardner; Oliver Gibson; Tom Haryett; Stuart Higgins; Tony Jaffe; Martin Jeffs; Mark Johnson; Peter Mullineaux; Max Noaro; Ben Rockey; Ben Russell; James Russell; Michael Segal; Peter Tattersall; Robin Webb and Samuel Wilson.

Final Instructions will be issued early next week.

Mark Carter treasurer@graduates.org.uk on 11 November 2017 at 15:44Link

Anyone looking for a Mega plenum and throttle body to upgrade a Super? One for £75 on Facebook’s “Caterham 7 - Marketplace” group.

Roger chairman@graduates.org.uk on 08 November 2017 at 20:34Link

Any chance of a summary of the current set of proposed changes? i.e. before they are submitted?

ChrisB on 08 November 2017 at 17:05Link

2018 Championship Regulations.  It is that time of year when the Graduates Club submits draft 2018 regulations to BARC for their approval on onward submission to the MSA.  I have advised BARC that required changes will be sent to them by 17th November.  If you have any changes that you would like to be considered for the 2018 regs, please let me know before 12th November.

Nick Haryett haryetnj@airproducts.com on 08 November 2017 at 16:27Link

Jamie has added a Circuit Guides Page under ‘About Grads Racing’ which has Scott Mansell’s videos on it. I hope you find them useful. 


Charles secretary@graduates.org.uk on 05 November 2017 at 10:46Link

Bit of an odd request, but does anyone have a spare A539 tyre they're about to chuck away that they don't mind me having? Ideally with a bit of tread remaining. I'm finally decorating my new garage and would like to do something interesting with the tread pattern. Thanks!

Dave Pearson davidpearson38(at)hotmail(dot)com on 02 November 2017 at 10:50Link

I would suggest more crashes :-)

Charles secretary@graduates.org.uk on 02 November 2017 at 09:39Link

Dinner Vid

Many thanks to those who sent through footage so far.  

Final, final call for any photos/videos.   

I seem to have plenty of crashes, so anything light-hearted or embarrassing also welcome.   Final editing this weekend.

Thanks, Chris

ChrisR grads2017@romehome.net on 02 November 2017 at 09:03Link

Many thanks for the votes cast over the last few days.

Please note anyone else who wishes to vote needs to do so by no later than 7.00pm this Friday 3rd November.

Andrew Outterside commercial@graduates.org.uk on 31 October 2017 at 21:58Link

Imperial narrow track wishbones - does anyone want to make me an offer for upper and/or lower wishbones?

Charles charles@tripleeracing.co.uk on 30 October 2017 at 20:40Link

2017 Awards – the APL Health Drivers Driver Trophy

Following the first round of nominations, the top five drivers are now put forward for your vote.

In alphabetical order they are: -

Declan Dolan
Oliver Gibson
Andy Molsom
Samuel Wilson
Jamie Winrow

An email has just been sent to all racing members with a link to a short survey form for you to cast your vote.

Please note your vote needs to be received by no later than 7.00pm this Friday 3rd November.

The winner will be announced at the Club Dinner on Saturday 18th November.

If you have any problems, please contact me at commercial@graduates.org.uk

Many thanks


Andrew

Andrew Outterside commercial@graduates.org.uk on 29 October 2017 at 17:59Link

Photos of the Grads at the Birkett are here (with a few guest appearances from Top Gear).

Hazel hazelsphotos [at] outlook.com on 29 October 2017 at 17:39Link

Congratulations to our 3 teams on their excellent results at the Birkett Relay yesterday.

2nd in Class A and 5th overall on handicap - Six Sevens (Michael Downing Chris Buckley Barry White and Peter Marsh)

3rd in Class A and 6th overall on handicap - Gradsports (Zoltan Csabai Scott Lawrence Tristan Judge Alex Gurr and Jason Gale)

17th in Class A and 36th overall - MEGAnificent (John Benfield Kim Rayment and Dave Hewitt)

Andrew Outterside commercial@graduates.org.uk on 29 October 2017 at 15:14Link

Dinner video - final appeal for footage

If you want to appear in Chris Rome's amazing dinner video them please get in touch now!

To get footage to me: 

* Email me at grads2017@ROMEhome.net, and we'll sort something out (Dropbox, CD in the post, FTP...)

* Point me at HD online videos or photos and I'll see if I can download them

Thanks!

Charles on behalf of Chris Rome grads2017@ROMEhome.net on 28 October 2017 at 18:43Link

Sandown Park Karting - there are just 4 places left if anyone else fancies a bit of competitive fun before the Awards Night on 18th November. WAGS welcome!

Mark Carter treasurer@graduates.org.uk on 27 October 2017 at 19:39Link

Good luck to all our drivers who are competing in the 750 Motor Club Birkett Relay on Saturday 28 October at Silverstone.

This year we have three teams entered:

- Six Sevens (Michael Downing, Chris Buckley, Barry White and Peter Marsh)

- MEGAnificent (John Benfield, Kim Rayment and Dave Hewitt)

- Gradsports (Zoltan Csabai, Scott Lawrence, Tristan Judge, Alex Gurr and Jason Gale)

Best of luck and we look forward to seeing the results!

Kate Outterside raceadmin@graduates.org.uk on 26 October 2017 at 21:46Link

A quick reminder that there is only two days to go for your award nominations.


Thank you to those who have contributed to date.


Andrew Outterside commercial@graduates.org.uk on 26 October 2017 at 21:26Link

Just had a 'proper' seat fitting from Andrew Bentley, a professional driver, who spent nearly all day getting it spot on - it is soooo comfortable and complies with FIA standards.

Anyone interested in having the same, please drop me a line, oh, and he was nearly half the price of the competition!

Gareth Cordey gareth1795@gmail.com on 26 October 2017 at 16:42Link

Thanks for the confirmation Andrew. I guess time will tell how many land in each class. I just wish I'd been around for this year's SigMax championship which looks like it was a cracker! Although ending at Silverstone International is not my idea of fun! 


If there are some end-of-season races (Sept onwards) I might have a bit of a run out next year.

Jez on 25 October 2017 at 03:34Link

2017 Awards

Please look out for an email to all drivers requesting your nominations for 3 of the awards that will be announced at the Dinner on Saturday 18th November.

The email is being sent to your primary address listed in the membership database and contains a link to a short survey form. Time is short. Please note your nominations need to be received by no later than 7.00pm this Saturday 28 October.

If you have any problems, please contact me at commercial@graduates.org.uk

Many thanks

Andrew Outterside commercial@graduates.org.uk on 24 October 2017 at 21:09Link

Jez good to hear from you.

Nick Haryett did a full analysis of the SigMax VCT (310R) and SigMax (Supersport) lap times this year and Jon Curry of CTS Motorsport ran his 310R as a development car in Silverstone testing and our races.

The times are very similar, but the higher top speed (where the length of straights permit) and the gearing difference (Mazda box) led us to conclude that for the purpose of introducing the cars in 2018 we should run it as a separate class.

If you are back in the UK next year, why not try one out?

Jon Curry may well have a rental, contact details here http://www.ctsmotorsport.com/

Re the Sigma VCT you are right it is the old Tracksport, now 270R. The reason for introducing it is to allow 2014 on ex Academy and Roadsport cars to be upgraded to higher power at a very modest cost – just an ECU flash taking them up to some 131bhp.  Our new Regs will not require the full 270R spec to run as a Sigma VCT – i.e. you don’t have to run the 270R's wide track/ race dampers and springs unless you want to. 

Re a 420R spec car interesting you mention it, you are not the first who would like to see it race in the Club and if we can get enough members committed to this why not! They would probably need a separate grid given their speed differential.


Andrew


Andrew Outterside commercial@graduates.org.uk on 24 October 2017 at 09:05Link

Neil - and for Roadsport cars it is windscreen off to get to our current Sigma class spec. You may also need to add weight as our current Regs state 630kg minimum for your 2014on car. The mimimum weight may be revised next year.


Andrew

Andrew Outterside commercial@graduates.org.uk on 23 October 2017 at 22:36Link

Neil - the 270R spec is the same as our new Sigma VCT spec, save for the tyres. A set of Yokos can be obtained from our tyre suppliers - http://www.polleymotorsport.co.uk/ - speak to Steve or George and mention you are with the Club. Look forward to seeing you out with us next season and well done with that podium at Silverstone.


Andrew  

Andrew Outterside commercial@graduates.org.uk on 23 October 2017 at 10:01Link

I believe there are a few drivers including myself that will be doing a full year of Caterham tracksport, and would like to Guest at a few Grad meetings. To be clear what class will the Tracksport Spec drop into. Also I assume we will need to change to Yokos or will we be able to stay with Avons?

Neil Fraser njfraser@hotmail.co.uk on 23 October 2017 at 09:25Link

Jez, as far as I can see, Sigmax-VCT is the equivalent of what was Supersport before Caterham's upgrade.

The current version of Tracksport would go into Sigma-VCT, I think.

Michael Downing michael-at-michaeldowning.me.uk on 22 October 2017 at 19:31Link

What's the expectation on the SigMax VCT times relative to the SigMax? 


Class evolution looks good, but my guess is that there won't be many Sigma VCT. If I've got it right, that's the equivalent (in old money) of Tracksport, which is a bridging formula for the Caterham series and there are not that many around. 


Not next year, but I could be interested in a return in 2019 and I'd also be interested in a 420R equivalent class. 

Jez on 22 October 2017 at 04:47Link

Just posted my Classic for sale....

MarcN on 21 October 2017 at 17:25Link

Thanks Peter. 

Yes, it would be good to have some more Classics - surprised JamesCarvey's car has not sold.

I would add to what you said re the Sigmaclass. The press / media release says: -

"The existing Sigmaclass continues and accepts 2008 to 2013 non-VCT cars and Caterham Roadsportand Caterham Academy cars from 2014 onwards."

So, there is no need for currentAcademy and Roadsport spec cars to upgrade to Sigma VCT or SigMax VCT, they canrun as they are in terms of engine spec.

Andrew Outterside on 20 October 2017 at 10:17Link

I have to say well done to the board for their work in putting together the new class structure. The simple fact is that our current numbers are reducing and, if we want relatively well-priced entries to top-quality circuits, we needs the numbers.

On first reading about the details of the new classes I was a little confused, but that was because I was looking at the entirety. If, instead, you look at it from an individual's perspective then it is actually very clear. For example, an Academy driver wanting to continue with his car can take the official Caterham route or make the same modifications to join either of our VCT classes.

For somebody new to racing and looking at the Graduates, the decision is even simpler: buy a Classic.

Peter Tattersall on 20 October 2017 at 08:04Link

EIGHT different winners in Sigmax this season. That must be some sort of Grads record?

Jamie webmaster@graduates.org.uk on 19 October 2017 at 13:56Link

Following on from Andrew's announcement below, if anyone is interested in an 'arrive and drive' car rental option for next season we have a 2015 Sigma VCT car, currently in Roadsport spec, that could be built to either the new Sigma VCT or Sigmax VCT specs for the 2018 season.

Feel free to drop me an e-mail if it might be of interest

Regards

Jon Curry
07725 263003

Jon Curry jon@ctsmotorpsort.com on 18 October 2017 at 09:35Link

Expanded class structure for 2018

The post follows on from an email over the weekend to all racing Members.

The Club has been working on the best way of attracting new members with an updated class structure for 2018, whilst keeping existing Members' interests in mind, by not introducing new car specifications into existing classes that could possibly present an unfair advantage.

Charles Elliott and Nick Haryett have been dealing with the future of our Super Graduate Class. Those who continue to race their existing car in 2018 will be racing in the Mega class, which will combine the current Super and Mega Graduate classes.

Those currently racing a Super will have the option to: -

  • Race your Super 'as-is'. You probably won't win races, but you can still have a good race with Megas who drive at the same pace as you.
  • Partially upgrade your Super, starting with the Mega engine upgrade, which will close most of the performance gap, and you can add other elements of a Mega if you want to at your own pace.
  • Fully upgrade your Super to Mega specification 

In terms of attracting new members, our strategy is to open up the Club to as a wide an audience as possible, so we can grow the Club membership and bring ourselves up to date, by offering a viable alternative to all the current Caterham Motorsport classes up to 310R. With our current SigMax cars ceasing production in 2013 we need to fully embrace the latest Caterham products in order to grow.

In order to attract the newer '2014 on' spec cars from the 4 current Caterham Motorsport classes (Academy / Roadsport / 270R and 310R) we are introducing 2 new classes.

SigMax VCT based on the Caterham Motorsport 310R car

and

Sigma VCT based on the Caterham Motorsport 270R car

So, for next year we will have 6 classes - 4 Ford Engine classes, 1 Rover 16v class and the Classic class as follows: -

SigMax
SigMax VCT
Sigma
Sigma VCT
Mega
Classic 

The points system and awards that will apply to the classes are under consideration by the Club and will form part of the 2018 Championship regulations.

Our 4 Ford engine classes for 2018 allow us to accommodate our existing Members and attract new Members i.e. anyone from the current Caterham Academy, Roadsport, 270R, 310R classes, along with the older pre-2014 Caterham Supersport class.

Our Sigma / Sigma VCT / SigMax VCT classes will give progression for both existing Members and new joiners to the Club who wish to race the current specification Caterham.

A link to the Club's press release on this is here.

If you have any queries please drop me an email at commercial@graduates.org.uk or call me on 07831 451157.

Andrew Outterside

Andrew O commercial@graduates.org.uk on 18 October 2017 at 09:24Link

CATERHAM - GARAGE - CLEAR OUT

I've just posted lots of Caterham bits in the For Sale section - guide prices as shown - give me a ring to discuss some of the items - but, be reasonable 

Peter Marsh peter_jag@yahoo.co.uk on 15 October 2017 at 12:52Link

Karting Update - we have a healthy 25 entries confirmed for Sandown Park on Saturday 18th November with 5 more places available. I've been asked to point out (though I won't say who by) that Peter Tattersall is the Club's reigning kart champion ...

Mark Carter treasurer@graduates.org.uk on 14 October 2017 at 20:57Link

I've posted a link to lots of imperial suspension etc. and K series spares in the For Sale section, and there's probably a lot more I haven't found yet!

Charles caterham@charleselliott.co.uk on 14 October 2017 at 20:17Link

If you are planning to buy tickets for the wonderful CGRC Awards Dinner at Brooklands Museum on the 18th November, please do so by the end of October at the latest. We need to gather meal choices and final numbers by then, so don't miss out. We have 100 people attending already so it should be a great event.

You can buy tickets via the CGRC Event Entry page in the Members' area. If you are after Karting tickets, they are in the same place.

Charles secretary@graduates.org.uk on 13 October 2017 at 12:20Link

With regard to the latest thread  concerning bead seats.  Both Duncan and I had our own bead seats supplied and fitted by Vaughan of reale Equipe seats several years go.  I would agree with Johns comments regarding the first fit being uncomfortable there’d ore need img some adjustments.  But once minor adjust are made the seat is very comfortable and stops any body movement within the car.  So retaining the body from lateral movement and the require t to brace yourself whilst cornering.  However, the primary benefit is when disaster strikes! As Duncan found out to his cost when hitting the pit wall at Donington at 80 mph because the seat absorbed a vast amount of energy during an impact, whilst maintaining the position of the driver the level of personal injury is greatly reduced.  But there’s only one way to find, but don’t try it!  Personally I would strongly recommend the seats.  Yes they are quite expensive, around £1k but in my view and experience worth every penny

Martyn Lewis Madlewis@btinternet.com on 13 October 2017 at 09:10Link

Go to http://www.realequipe.com/, a number of have had seats made by these guys (Brett, Matt Thompson, Kim Rayment). They are not the cheapest option but I would now struggle to use anything else. They are the company that DPR use. Basically for the price they spend around half a day molding the seat with you jumping in a out of the car all of the time. They then create the final version and let it set. They can arrange for it to be covered and some other extras like extra lumbar support. The odd thing with my one, when they first fitting it, it was the most uncomfortable thing I have ever sat in. I managed about 15 laps at Donnington before I swapped back to my old seat. One of Real's guys then came out to me and spent another half day with a surform taking bits off the seat here and there. As I say, now the most comfortable seat I have ever been in. There are pictures of me at the Birkett last year asleep in the car!

JohnB on 11 October 2017 at 10:57Link

Morning all. Silverstone photos are up. If you go to hazelford.smugmug.com, it's the first link on the front page. I'll see some of you at the Birkett...

Hazel hazelsphotos [at] outlook.com on 11 October 2017 at 10:08Link

the DPR seats always look lovely but make sure you're sitting down when they quote you...

Simon Longman simonlongman@hotmail.com on 10 October 2017 at 22:09Link

Gareth - suggest you ask Brett Ray - best custom seat I’ve ever seen.

Andrew Outterside on 10 October 2017 at 21:06Link

Any drivers have experience of having a professionally fitted seat in their car?

Gareth Cordey gareth1795@gmail.com on 10 October 2017 at 18:59Link

Hi Nigel - best improvers have always been based on all places when grids are mixed (e.g. at Spa). So at Silverstone, Megas/Supers were combined for Best Improvers whereas Classics were kept separate. In the past when we had four classes, there was less combining of grids, but now it is more common. So at least if you overtake a load of cars you get credit for it, even if they are in a different class.

Charles secretary@graduates.org.uk on 10 October 2017 at 10:59Link

Thanks everyone for making the last weekend outing a success, only my second race this season and a result for me as I finished both races (which is more than I managed at Donington...) 


QQ - when I last did a full season which was way back in 2011.. the best improvers were based on how many places you made up within your class of racing and not based on all cars on the track, looking at the Mega's best improvers from Silverstone, its based on total places made up on track irrespective of class.    When did the club make that switch from class to all cars on track for best improver...? 


Not bitter or anything.. :)  all the improvers from Race 2 and myself made up 4 spots in class. 

Thanks, Nige

Nigel Smith nigeasmith@gmail.com on 10 October 2017 at 09:39Link

Results, lap records and tables have all been updated. Congratulations to our 2017 champions

Oliver Gibson - Sigmax

Jon Harmer - Sigma

Declan Dolan - Mega

Toby Briant - Supers

Graeme Smith - Classics

Charles secretary@graduates.org.uk on 09 October 2017 at 21:08Link

Best Consistent Finisher - awards are given to those that finished every race, with the highest championship position but did not win a championship trophy.


Megas - Kim Rayment

Classics - Paul Hawker

Supers - Barry White

Sigmas - No BCF

Megas - No BCF

Charles secretary@graduates.org.uk on 09 October 2017 at 15:44Link

Dinner video - appeal for footage


Chris Rome needs your footage/photos for the dinner video.  if you have anything which you think will work please do get in touch. Here is what Chris needs:

All welcome: Crashes (mainly crashes!) , stunning overtakes, hand gestures, paddock photos, family & friends... I never know how it's going to turn out until I get the material.

To get footage to me: 

* Email me at grads2017@ROMEhome.net, and we'll sort something out (Dropbox, CD in the post, FTP...)

* Point me at HD online videos or photos and I'll see if I can download them

Thanks!

Charles secretary@graduates.org.uk on 09 October 2017 at 14:50Link

Good to be back out on track and to catch up with everyone. Thanks to everybody who helped out when I had a couple of minor technical issues.  Hopefully I'll be out on track a bit more next year, but I have a wedding and subsequent honeymoon that have to be given priority, otherwise I may not have a loyal mechanic to help me!

Darreng on 09 October 2017 at 12:05Link

Last Call For Birkett


Anyone who is looking to join a Birkett team, please get in touch.. Peter Marsh and I are looking for at least 1 other driver to take part in this fantastic event.  We need to confirm by Tuesday latest.. Thanks, Nigel 



Nigel Smith (Mega 120) nigeasmith@gmail.com on 09 October 2017 at 09:41Link

Link doesn't seem to work - is this better? http://chrisdickenphotos.weebly.com/caterham-graduates-silverstone-81017

Graeme on 09 October 2017 at 08:18Link

http://chrisdickenphotos.weebly.com/caterham-graduates-silverstone-81017.html


Some photos from Chris Dicken today. 

Andy Molsom on 08 October 2017 at 23:36Link

Thanks John, see you Sunday!

Charles secretary@graduates.org.uk on 06 October 2017 at 17:46Link

Charles, Please wear a name tag so that we can regonise you (and I promise not to bring up dbCAR :-) )

JohnB on 06 October 2017 at 13:16Link

In advance of my no doubt triumphant return to racing next season I will be at Silverstone on Sunday morning. It will be good to say hello to you all!

Charles secretary@graduates.org.uk on 05 October 2017 at 22:26Link

There's a fast and tidy Sigma in the For Sale section. You know you want to...!

Jon Harmer jon@horam-manor.co.uk on 05 October 2017 at 20:32Link

 Harry, I have 1 ticket spare. I'll be there from 1100 tomorrow.

MarcN Marc.noaro@gmail.com on 05 October 2017 at 19:25Link

 Harry, I have 1 ticket spare. I'll be there from 1100 tomorrow.

MarcN Marc.noaro@gmail.com on 05 October 2017 at 19:25Link

Post has been and no tickets :( 


Never mind, the staff on the gates are known for being friendly and helpful so I'm sure we won't have any issues 

Harry Cramer harry.c@aplhealth.com on 05 October 2017 at 14:16Link

Hi Harry, my tickets only turned up in today's post. The last batch was sent out from the BARC on Tuesday.

Jamie webmaster@graduates.org.uk on 05 October 2017 at 11:36Link

Hi all, our tickets never arrived. Hopefully other people's have, and if so, can we possibly use a spare anyone may have over the weekend please as we were hoping to have a guest? 

Cheers

Harry Cramer harry.c@torquemotorsport.co.uk on 05 October 2017 at 10:49Link

Silverstone Garage and Paddock Plan - booking the Friday Test Day with Silverstone Circuit and booking the Weekend Race Meeting with BARC are two separate things, and the Garages are sold separately. The Garage and Paddock Plan for Saturday and Sunday is here. We have been allocated Garage No's 14 to 20 for Saturday and Sunday. Please endeavour to site yourself adjacent to your allocated Garage for Friday Testing without impeding those that have booked and paid for the Garages.

During Friday Testing, beverages will be available in Garage No 20, where catering will be sited on Saturday and Sunday.

If you've read the Silverstone Testing Confirmation, you'll already know that access to the Paddock is from 9pm this evening due to another event in The Wing. However, security will allow admittance just as soon as this event finishes.

If you want to read how the APL Health Caterham Graduate Championship stands while you're waiting outside, there's an article here on the various class battles.

Mark Carter treasurer@graduates.org.uk on 05 October 2017 at 07:27Link

Any idea what time we are allowed to access the paddock tomorrow (Thursday)? I'm hoping to arrive mid-afternoon.

Peter Tattersall Peter @ TrackTeach.com on 04 October 2017 at 22:49Link

Thankyou to all who got in contact regarding my test day sale, just to advise that its gone as of today Oct 4th. Best to all, Simon

simon wilson simonwilson911.co.uk on 04 October 2017 at 22:01Link

Afternoon all, anyone needing tyres at Silverstone please let me know, cheers

steve polley steve@polleymotorsport.co.uk on 04 October 2017 at 17:16Link

The run to the line...


After 13 of the 15 APL Health Caterham Graduates Championship Rounds, only the Sigma Class has been decided. The four other classes will be decided at our final meeting at Silverstone this weekend, and possible in the last race of the season.


Classic

With five wins to four, Graeme Smith leads Robin Webb by 4 points, and with a 3rd place dropped score at his disposal, Smith could just aim to finish immediately behind Webb in both races to secure the title. Third place will be contested between Peter Tattersall, Paul Hawker and Marc Noaro who are currently third, fourth and fifth in the standings.


Super

Toby Briant's lead over Andy Molsom is 6 points and he has a 3rd place dropped score to fall back on should he pick up another DNF. The remote possibility of two DNFs for Briant at Silverstone would see Molsom win the Super Championship. Barry White is guaranteed 3rd place.


Mega

Glenn Burtenshaw and Declan Dolan have been trading places at the top of the Mega Championship all season, with Burtenshaw now leading Dolan by a single point. Both have two 3rd place finishes as dropped scores, so it all depends upon what happens between these two drivers in the two races at Silverstone. Roger Ford will be defending a 4 point lead over Kim Rayment and an 18 point lead over John Benfield for 3rd place in the Mega Championship.


Sigma

Jon Harmer wrapped up the Sigma Championship at Snetterton, whilst Ben Winrow has secured 2nd place and will race a Mega at Silvertone. David Morris has secured 3rd place.


SigMax

It couldn't be closer in SigMax, with all of the top five having been race winners this season. Oliver Gibson leads the standings with four wins and a 4 point lead over Jamie Ellwood and are the two contenders for the title. Second and third are between Ellwood, Jamie Winrow, James Russell and Harry Cramer.

Kate Outterside raceadmin@graduates.org.uk on 03 October 2017 at 20:37Link

Final Instructions - I've informed BARC of the error with Brooklands Corner being on the National Circuit when we will be racing on the International Circuit. Unfortunately, this wasn't picked up in time for Version 2, so expect Version 3 of the Final Instructions tomorrow.

Mark Carter treasurer@graduates.org.uk on 03 October 2017 at 20:02Link

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