Reigning Caterham R300-S Superlight champion, Aaron Head and 2014 runner-up Dave Robinson will continue their head-to-head fight for this year’s title at Brands Hatch this weekend (Aug 1/2).
In one of the most thrilling championship battles in the history of the competitive class, the pair have been scrapping all season long, but it is Robinson who leads going into the race weekend at the famous Kent circuit.
The R300-S Championship is the pinnacle of Caterham’s domestic motorsport programme, which features five series, starting with the entry-level Caterham Academy, which is where Robinson started his racing career.
With just six points separating the pair going into the ninth round of this season’s 14 rounds, the all-important races on the iconic Brands Hatch Grand Prix track will further indicate whether Head can claim a double title or whether Robinson can pip him to the post.
Head, who has a background in karting from the age of 13, has been racing Sevens for four years; he started by purchasing a Caterham Academy car and upgrading it to race in the Caterham Roadsport category, where he finished the 2011 season in fifth place, before graduating through the ranks to the Supersport series, which he won in 2012 in just six rounds. Once behind the wheel of his R300 racer, equipped with ZZR tyres and a sequential gear box, Head soon blazed his way to victory in the Superlight R300-S series.
Starting his Caterham racing career in the Academy, Robinson raced his first Seven in 2011, finishing third. Robinson caught the Caterham bug and moved up to the Tracksport series, where he took the title with nine podium finishes in 2012. It was then onto the Supersport series, where Robinson secured another title before taking on the mighty R300s.
The Caterham Superlight R300-S Championship has been at the top of Caterham’s motorsport programme since its inaugural race in 2009. Widely regarded as the most exciting single-make race series in Europe, the R300s offer hard-core racers the ultimate in lightweight sportscar competition thanks to the R300’s extreme race set-up, 2.0 litre, 175bhp Ford Duratec engine and Sadev six-speed sequential gearboxes, which allows clutchless up-shifts for fast, precise gear changes.
With popularity in the UK at a record high, the race series is growing across the globe; Caterham has recently launched R300-S Championship as far afield as Taiwan and Colombia.
Simon Lambert, Chief Technical and Motorsport Officer at Caterham Cars, said: “We can’t wait to see this weekend’s race. Brands Hatch GP is a great circuit for both the drivers and spectators. To have such talented racers in this year’s R300-S Championship season is tremendous. Dave and Aaron are both veteran Seven drivers now with extensive racing experience. The R300-S Championship really represents the unique experience that Seven racing provides and these drivers are at the top of their game when it comes to handling a Caterham on the track. It’s going to be a great race.”
On August 1/2, the fifth round of the BookaTrack.com Caterham Superlight R300-S Championship will be held as part of the prestigious Avon Tyres British GT Championship weekend. The race will be broadcasted live on Motors TV.
The British sportscar maker offers a championship ladder to suit drivers of all abilities; from the novice ‘Academy’ series, drivers are given the support and opportunity to work their way up to ‘Roadsport’, then ‘Tracksport’ and then ‘Supersport’ with only minor upgrades to their cars required.
For more information on how to get a foot on the Caterham motorsport ladder, click here: http://uk.caterhamcars.com/motorsport