Caterham Challenge Cup – British Racing on American Soil

Caterham is crossing the pond to one of the USA’s most famous circuits, Laguna Seca, for the inaugural Caterham Challenge Cup (CCC), 1st – 2nd December 2018. New to Caterham this year, the one-off race weekend is being billed as the ultimate climax to the Caterham Motorsport racing calendar.

Laguna Seca circuit to host first ever Caterham Challenge Cup (2)

The celebrated British car brand is blazing a trail with this announcement, proudly becoming the first manufacturer to offer drivers from a club championship in the UK the chance to compete in an exclusive event on American soil. As such, Caterham will have drivers’ cars packed and transported over to America for the racing extravaganza as entrants go wheel-to-wheel against friends and foes from the Caterham racing fraternity.

What’s more, after months of negotiations and work with the Motor Sports Association (MSA), Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the Automobile Competition Committee for the United States (ACCUS), Caterham will provide read-across of UK rules and regulations meaning the race weekend will mirror the regulations of the UK motorsport calendar.

Olympic legend Sir Chris Hoy has become the first competitor to sign up for the trip and will be one of around 30 drivers participating in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Laguna Seca circuit to host first ever Caterham Challenge Cup

The four-day Caterham Challenge Cup package available to club racers includes two days of exclusive open pitlane testing on the Thursday and Friday before four races over the weekend. Cars on show will span the whole motorsport series, right up to the Superlight Seven 420R Championship.

Built in 1957, the lucky racing drivers will race on the 11-turn, 2.2-mile world-class circuit. The Californian based track has hosted numerous two and four-wheel racing events including American Le Mans Series, Superbike World Championship and MotoGP.

While the track is a favorite of racers and fans worldwide, it’s the well-known ‘Corkscrew’ section of the track which will have Caterham drivers chomping at the bit as they get ready to descend an eye-watering 59ft – the equivalent of a 5½ story drop – in just 450ft.

Laguna Seca circuit to host first ever Caterham Challenge Cup

Sir Chris Hoy:

When the race was announced I signed up instantly. What an adventure it will be and what a way to finish off the 2018 racing calendar.

Simon Lambert, Caterham Motorsport Director, added:

If we were to put a sporting analogy to the Caterham Challenge Cup, this is our World Cup Final for Caterham Motorsport. It will be the pinnacle, the climax to our racing season. It’s a huge deal to us and we want it to be for our drivers, too.

The only thing I’m disappointed about is we have to wait to December to take part.

To register your interest contact Abi Hay, Senior Championship Coordinator, on [email protected]

Note: Press release courtesy Caterham Cars