Grid full yet again – that’s the pit signal Caterham Motorsport is hanging out to prospective competitors in next year’s evo Caterham Academy, the race training championship.
For with nine months to go before the start of the 2005 season Caterham has sold all 56 places in the championship, another record performance for the extremely popular Academy.
"Last year we sold the final places on the 2004 grid by the end of July," said Caterham Cars managing director Simon Nearn, "and this year we have beaten that incredible performance by a full month. It just goes to prove that no matter what problems motor sport faces nationally and internationally at the higher levels, there is no shortage of people who want to take it up and learn the right way to go racing."
The Caterham Academy offers the budding racer unique value. The cost to compete next season is just £15,950, which includes a road-legal 1.6-litre Caterham Roadsport to keep, track licence exam, training seminars and all event and championship fees. Competitors get to sample hillclimbing, three sprint events and three circuit races.
"It’s an exceptional price," says Nearn, "and fantastic value for the would-be racer. It’s little wonder that we are now full for 2005 and are already filling up the places for ’06."
An added attraction for would-be Academy entrants is that once they have completed their introductory season they can then move on with their car to one of the many club-level championships organised for the Caterham 7.
Among next season’s Academy intake are two 17-year-old daughters of current Caterham racers: Emma Frost and Katy Richards.
Emma’s father, Steve, has raced Caterhams exclusively during his four-year track career, starting with a Roadsport; he currently drives a Colards Motorsport R400 in the Autosport Caterham Eurocup. Katy is the daughter of multiple Caterham champion Clive Richards, who said: "She is really looking forward to the Academy and I’m really looking forward to teaching her as much as I know…"
The championship enjoys the backing of evo magazine, Arch Motors, Bilstein, Brian James Trailers, Cheesman Products, Comma, Cooper-Avon Tyres and The Finance Partnership.Published 1 July 2004