March 12, 2020
Caterham Championship Achieves National Status
Crack open the champagne! Our 420R Motorsport Championship has officially been recognised as a UK National Series, for the first time ever.
The new Avon Tyres Caterham Seven Championship UK is the premier level of factory-backed racing we offer.
The championship is the pinnacle of our motorsport ‘ladder’ which, at 200 registered drivers per year, is one of the biggest motorsport influencers in Europe and is anchored by the novice-only Caterham Academy, which has created more than 1,200 new racing drivers since its inception in 1995.
Among previous competitors, the championship has welcomed six-time Olympic cycling champion, Sir Chris Hoy – who will return for selected races this year – Formula One commentator Ben Edwards, Isle of Man TT hero Guy Martin, inaugural W Series champion and Williams F1 development driver Jamie Chadwick and former British GT champions Flick Haigh and Jon Barnes.
This year we enter our 30th season of motor racing this year, with the top-flight championship originally starting life as the Caterham Vauxhall Challenge in 1991, before switching to Rover power in 1998 and then again to Ford in 2006.
“It is a terrific honour to be awarded this status,” said Caterham Motorsport Director, Simon Lambert. “Not just for us but, more importantly, for the drivers; recognising the winner as a British Champion. With 30 years of pedigree, few would disagree that the championship has become one of the most hotly contested race series in the country.”
Sir Chris Hoy was quick to offer his congratulations and support: “I’ve been lucky enough to race various exotic machinery all over the world since retiring from cycling, but Caterham racing has provided some of the most exciting and challenging action I’ve experienced. I’m delighted to see the series elevated to national status and I’ll certainly be giving it everything to try and get on the podium this year.”
Stay tuned to find out who will be the first ever Caterham Seven Championship winner... or come along and see for yourself!