BRSCC NEXT-GEN JUNIOR RACE CAR TO FEATURE AT KARTMANIA AT SILVERSTONE
The British Racing & Sports Car Club is delighted to announce that their next-generation Junior Championship race car will be on display at Kartmania 2021, at the Silverstone Wing complex over the weekend of 27th/28th November.
Based around the 1.6 Sigma engined Mk7 Fiesta Zetec, the first example of the next-generation car will be on display prior to being introduced in the 2022 season to race alongside the current model. BRSCC staff including Junior Championship Coordinator Laura Payne will be on hand to answer any questions to those looking to move into saloon car racing as the next step in their racing career.
The BRSCC is delighted that long term club associates Cooksport Ltd have been appointed to the role of technical development and supply partners for the next generation junior car. Working closely with Josh Cook and his Cooksport team on every aspect of the new car, the technical development of the new car is reaching completion, and the first build kits will be made available in January.
To support future junior racers as strongly as possible in terms of sourcing the relevant parts to ensure ease of building next-generation cars, and to help manage and control costs, the BRSCC have partnered with Cooksport to introduce a “single supplier” initiative for all mandatory and control parts, this to include engines. Not only will this allow the club to carefully manage build costs on behalf of competitors, but more importantly, it will ensure technical and on-track performance equality of the new cars.
Paul McErlean, BRSCC’s Chief Operating Officer:
“One of the most important aspects of what we do as a club, is to ensure that we offer attractive access points to those new drivers who are the lifeblood of future motorsport. Proof of this is the success of our CityCar Cup Championship where around 60% of drivers are first-time race licence holders, and our Mk1 Mazda MX-5 Clubman Championship which regularly attracts new racers.
Whilst we’ve worked hard as a team to secure the foundations of our junior category, and no one more than our Junior Championship Coordinator Laura Payne, we strongly believe that the introduction of this next generation car will create an exciting, affordable and attractive access point for even more junior racers to become involved”.
Greg Graham, BRSCC’s Head of Formulae Development:
“Our senior Fiesta Championship has historically proven that the Mk7 1.6 Sigma engined car is reliable, plentiful and also cheap, and this gave us the confidence to base our next generation junior car on that model.
I’m a firm believer in the importance of equality of performance and costs in single make racing, and from the outset wanted to utilise the well proven “single supplier” option, this aimed at simplifying and controlling the parts supply chain for all key components of the new car. Through discussions with Josh Cook and his team at Cooksport Ltd, it became clear that they had the skills and expertise to provide exactly what we envisaged, and they have been appointed to the role of technical and development partners, as well as championship parts and engine suppliers”.
Simon Joy, Cooksport:
“Cooksport are extremely proud to be the official technical & supply partner to the BRSCC for the next generation of Junior drivers. Our background of regulated single make racing from Karting, through Junior Programs and onto high profile manufacturer backed racing gives us a great insight into how we can offer future drivers the best opportunity to let their talent shine through. The development direction of the car is aimed at it being fun to drive, modern and safe, as well as delivering equality of performance which is hugely important in single make racing series.
Having professional racing driver Josh Cook leading the technical development of the project, will provide the touring car drivers of the future the confidence that he has personally put his engineering expertise into the car…and also thoroughly put it through its paces on track! Not only will we build and test the new car, we’ve already put together a cohesive specification that really works together, and at the target price point is unrivalled”.
Josh Cook, Professional Racing Driver & Director at Cooksport Ltd:
“I’m very fond of club level motorsport and especially Junior tin top racing, after all it’s where I started my own racing career! I think it’s a really important proving ground for young people who are looking to have a career in car racing, and who need the assurances that they can begin their careers in a well managed championship at an affordable level. This project proves just how committed the BRSCC are to the future of British Motorsport and that’s something that myself and Cooksport can really get behind”
Whilst developing the next generation car, both the BRSCC and Cooksport have been fully focussed on delivering a package that offers genuine value for money to new racers, yet without compromising on safety, quality or driveability. Through the appointment of carefully chosen partners, the build kit for the next generation cars will include:
– Build Kits will be available to despatch from January, and the package includes:
– Fully Rebuilt and Championship Sealed 1.6 Sigma Engine
– Homologated Junior Spec ROPS by SW Motorsports
– FIA Junior Formula Side Impact Protection System
– AST Adjustable Coilover Suspension Kit
– ACW Motorsport Polycarbonate Window Kit
– Fire Safety System
– Corbeau Junior Spec Race Seat and Harnesses
– Bespoke Race Exhaust System
– 4 x Braid Alloy Wheels
– FIA Compliant Fuel Tank Protection Guard
– Ramair Engine Air Intake System
– Powerflex Poly Bush Suspension Kit
– Race Brake Kit
– Front Splitter
– Rear Wing & Fitting Brackets
– Steering Wheel & Boss Kit
– Bonnet Pins and Tailgate Straps
– Front & Rear Tow Straps
– Interior Door Panels
– Rain Light
The estimated target price of the full build kit is under £14000 plus VAT, which offers fantastic value for money, especially when considering that donor cars are available for as little as £1,500.
Cooksport are now operating a deposit system for build kits, so to find out more or to secure your build kit, please head to the dedicated Formulae page on the BRSCC’s website linked below and complete the enquiry form found in the About section.