The Club

Our history

The Club was formed in 1998 by a group of racers who participated in the Caterham Scholarship (as it was called at that time) in 1997.

The Club grew significantly as a result of the influx of members from the Scholarship / Academy over several years. 3 of the 5 classes that raced in 2017 in the Club today are the original Academy cars of the late 1990’s and early to mid-2000’s, with the Vauxhall 1600 or Rover 1600 engines. The Vauxhall cars form our Classic Class and the Rover engine cars originally formed our Super and Mega Classes. The Mega Class is an upgrade of the Super, which the Club developed in response to those Members looking to for a higher-powered car.

Following Caterham Cars introducing the Ford Sigma engine the Club introduced a class for that car (called Sigma) and then introduced the upgraded SigMax (equivalent to the Caterham Supersport).

Many of our Members have been with us for years and previous Racing Members include Jon Barnes (British GT Champion and current Caterham test driver and 2002 Super Graduates runner up), current BTCC driver Oli Jackson, and Caterham’s own Simon Lambert (2002 Super Graduates Champion). Caterham technician Lee Bristow (310R Champion 2017) raced in SigMax in 2016 and was runner up in the Championship.

We draw our membership from Caterham Motorsport, in particular, the Caterham Academy and Roadsports, novice car racers (including some ex karters), other types of racing and CGRC alumni, returning to race with us. We don’t expect Members to upgrade or change their cars – many have raced in the same class for years.

Club ethos

To look to provide the best in fair, close and competitive Caterham racing in a social and friendly environment. This is very much as it has always been and something we very much value. We are very friendly / sociable paddock, we have social events, often with a fund-raising theme, as well as an end of season awards dinner.

 

How we are run

The Club is run for Members by Members – it is run day to day by an Executive of 4 who are nominated each year. The Executive are Directors of the Club who, along with 5 “Trustee” Directors, form the Board. Each year three Directors retire by rotation. Elections for Board membership take place each year at the AGM.

Our funding comes from sponsorship and subscriptions. The income is pooled and used to run the Club and provide Members with facilities such as the Club awning, catering, administration and website.

The Club run under the umbrella of BARC, who organise most of our race meetings for us. We do organise our own race meetings – for example our international meeting and the occasional UK race, where BARC cannot access a particular circuit where we want to race. We have a very good working relationship with BARC, being a significant Club in their “portfolio”. We are in control of our Championship Regulations, subject to oversight from the Motor Sports Association.

We do not tolerate poor driving and actively maintain high driving standards. We have a system in place that supplements the normal clerking at each race meeting. It comprises a team of 6 experienced drivers who make up our Driving Standards Team (DST). Members of the DST are available at race meetings for consultation on a particular issue. Any Member can lodge a complaint to the DST which is then fully investigated. The DST have a range of sanctions available, including the right to suspend racing membership. The Club mandated on-board cameras for the 2017 season to assist with reviewing incidents. Our Driving Standards Information and Guidance document can be viewed here.

 

CGRC today

We are one of the largest single make UK Championships in club racing, with over 100 racing members.

A copy of the Club’s 2017 Championship Regulations can be found here.

The Club provide an awning which we use for catering and prize giving. Each driver plus 1 guest benefit from the catering over the weekend as part of their annual subscription. Additional guests are charged as extras.

Some 50 % of Members run themselves and often contract with one of the race teams for emergency support. Some rely on full team support (arrive and drive) and others work on a half-way house basis, with drivers transporting their cars and a team supporting them at the circuit.

 

What does it cost?

There are 2 types of Racing Membership – Full Racing Membership and Guest Racing Membership.

The annual subscription for 2018 for Full Racing Membership is £200 before 01.01.2018 (£250 from 01.01.2018). In addition, there is an annual membership fee payable to BARC – in 2017 it was £95.

Guest Racing Membership is £65 per race weekend with £30 for weekend membership of BARC.

For a full list of benefits for each type of membership see here.

Typical Race Entry Fees - for double headers (including 1 qualifying session and 2 races of 20mins + 1 lap) for 2017 ranged from £415 - £435, if entry prior to 2 weeks before the event (an extra £30 if entry is within 2 weeks of the event). International Race Entry Fee - Zandvoort was £650 in 2017.

Tyres – we have a maximum limit of 3 sets per season – our tyre suppliers are Polleysport and attend at selected rounds to fit our control Yokohama tyres.

Some support teams offer emergency technical support in case of repairs being required because of a breakdown or an on-track incident. GRS carry a good stock of spares available to purchase by all. Emergency support costs range from £500 - £750 per season.

Full support (with arrive and drive) costs in the range of £5,000 - £8,000 per season, depending on supplier and level of support. Lower levels of support – i.e. “you prep, store and transport and the team look after you at the circuit” arrangements are available at a significantly lesser cost than full support.

CGRC in 2018

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. The Sigma Class will include 3 sub-classes. These are as follows: -

Sigma - Cars to the specification of the 2017 Sigma, including cars with TiVCT (2014 onwards) and non-TiVCT engines (2008 – 2013). TiVCT cars will continue to carry a higher minimum weight and run without cold air intake.

Sigma VCT - A 2014 onwards Academy specification car with any or all the modifications 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 with any or all the modifications 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 overall Sigma class based on points scored regardless of sub-class.

Mega Class – this will incorporate 2017 Super specification cars with none, some or all, of the modifications permitted for Mega Class.

Classic Class - unchanged from 2017.

Sigmax Class – unchanged from 2017.

For more information on the racing classes see here.

 

Race Format

We looking to include 15/20 minutes “free” practice at start of the race weekend for those that do not test on Friday. Races are likely to be 20 or 25 minutes. International races are likely to be 30 minutes.

 

Number of Races

16 over 8 rounds (2 are single day meetings). Our international round is at Spa.

 

Race Venues

Our calendar for 2018 is here.

For further information on racing with the Club in 2018 please call Andrew Outterside on 07831 451157 or email membership@graduates.co.uk

CGRC General Flyer

CGRC Season Flyer 2018