From its humble beginnings 16 years ago, when just 12 people gathered in Surrey, the Annual Caterham Motorsport Awards now attracts 500 drivers and associates from around the world.
This year, racers from 12 countries, from as far a field as Japan and the USA, gathered to celebrate the British motorsport success story that is Caterham.
For the second year in a row a female driver triumphed over the guys with Melanie Cazzani being crowned the French Champion. Caterham Eurocup R400 champion Nelson Rowe picked up his third championship in as many years with Dan Stilp awarded the flagship R400 series trophy after an exciting finale at Brands Hatch.
The Caterham Academy, where wannabe-Schumacher’s pay £15,950 for a car and season of racing, continued its spectacular success inducting 54 novices into the world of motorsport. So popular is the innovative formula that a fifth of the grid for 2005 has already been sold.
The 2003 Academy champion’s, Nick Potter and Mike Richards, are both looking forward to continuing their racing with Caterham next year.
"It just goes to show the continuing strength of Caterham motor sport in the UK and abroad" said Caterham MD Simon Nearn. He went on to add: "With the Academy sold out and racing in Australia starting next year we look set to confirm our place as the most raced production car on the planet."Published 11 November 2003