SMRC Launch Scottish C1 Cup

Back to August 2018
Minimax built it into a race car over the BTCC race weekend, here at Knockhill in August.

We are extremely excited to announce our new series, 2019 will mark the inaugural season for the Scottish C1 Cup. The Scottish C1 Cup is backed by the Scottish Motor Trade Association, and aims to bring budget Motorsport back to Scotland. They may not be the fastest car, however the racing will be close and competitive! This Cup will give our members the chance to not only buy a Citroen C1 car, and all the safety gear required to race, but also you should run a competitive car for a season for less than £6,500 for the first year (the cost for a second season would be under £2,000). This includes building your car, your race entries, getting a race licence and everything else which is needed to go race, It doesn’t matter if you have just passed your ARDs test, or consider yourself a seasoned veteran, everyone is welcome to take part.

The C1 Cup will consist of 6 weekends throughout the year and will run within our current SMRC events. Each round will consist of 2 x 10 lap sprint races, with the main emphasis being on close, clean and competitive racing. Driving standards will be closely monitored, with the Cup having its own licence system that will keep drivers on the straight and narrow. This allows drivers with a small budget to still race in a competitive sprint format championship. Additionally, you can also take part in The C1 Racing Club, which also hosts endurance races in places such as Pembrey, Croft, Snetterton and even Spa-Francorchamps. More information can be found on the SMRC web site. Technical Regulations for the Scottish C1 Cup are not ready yet, however they will be heavily based on the C1 Racing Club’s technical regulations. The club commissioned Minimax to build a Citroen C1 race car, and they did a superb job turning a standard road car bought a few days prior into a race car.

Steve Burns, Rory Bryant and Malcolm McNab raced the car in the 3 hour endurance race at Rockingham only 6 days after it was built. Steve Burns recounted events, saying, ‘With no testing, they went straight into qualifying, needing to qualify 3 drivers, plus a session interrupting red flag, each driver only managed around 4 laps. Having qualified 36th out of 37, a few minor tweaks were required to the setup in a bid to improve the handling, particularly under braking.

As the lights went out for the rolling start (not that they could see the lights from so far back!) Steve Burns made good progress through the field benefiting from the set-up changes, and taking advantage of a Safety Car period after 55 minutes to make the first of 3 mandatory Pit stops, handing the car over to Rory Bryant in 21st place. 30 minutes later Rory was back in the Pitlane with fuel surge issues as the tank began to empty, losing a few places. They again took advantage of a Safety Car just before the final hour to make the 3rd pit stop, with Malcolm McNab piloting the final stint and bringing the car home, unscathed, in a credible 24th position out of 34 finishers’. All 3 drivers reported that the car was great fun to drive and will provide some excellent racing around the tight undulating turns of Knockhill. The C1 was to be on display adjacent to the SMRC Podium at