The Army Sports Car Racing Team
This discipline remains the biggest growth discipline in the British Army Motorsport Association. The Team has been striving to develop this exciting sport ever since its establishment and recognition by the Army Sports Control Board in 2011. What started as a few members joining the Race Grid, has now leapt to over 20 Army Race Drivers joining their fellow competitors from the RAF, Royal Navy and Veterans on the grid. The entry costs alone are significant and estimated to be in the region of £1400 per person per season. These fees are on top of the personal operating costs of running a race car. Without the support of our many sponsors we would be unable to compete, the team remains forever grateful to the many companies that provide the much needed assistance. Our sponsors our linked below.
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Army Sports Car Racing
The Army Sports Car Racing team consists of 3 tiers of driver:
- Novice (Development)
- Intermediate (Representative)
- Advanced (Elite)
The Novice and Intermediate drivers will compete in 20 minute sprint races whilst the Advanced drivers will compete endurance races which can exceed 2 hours in duration. These are explained below.
Novice and Intermediate drivers will compete within the the Armed Forces Race Challenge (AFRC) against service personnel from the RAF, Royal Navy, Veterans and guest entries. The AFRC is organised by a committee of volunteers from all three Armed Services, some veterans and some civilian guests. The AFRC’s aim is to primarily provide a motor racing community for Service personnel and veterans, but we also invite all members of the UK Emergency Services and selected guests to compliment the competition.
The AFRC operating as an official championship since 2017 has become a firmly established part of 750 Motor Club’s staple of race series’ with over 30 cars regularly filling its own grid. As the official UK Armed Forces race series it prides itself on offering excellent track time and value for money with its ethos firmly mirroring that of the military. The paddock is renowned for its relaxed but professional atmosphere, with each of the Armed Services and drivers prepared to help each other out in a tight spot. This doesn’t detract from the competitive edge with all races strongly contested. Cars are grouped in 4 categories based upon power to eight with prizes awarded for class positions.
- Class A upto 300 hp/ton
- Class B upto 240 hp/ton
- Class C upto 180 hp/ton
- Class D upto 130 hp/ton
The championship has a unique points scoring system, that ensures any driver from any class is in contention to become overall AFRC champion. Parity and the balance of performance between all race cars is brought about by a number of handicap measures, but emphasis and award is based on lap time consistency over “first to the chequered flag”. Points are awarded for consistency in lap times for each round (8 in total) with the best 6 rounds counting towards the overall championship. The championship is contended over four race weekends, each consisting of 2 x 18min + 1 lap sprint races. Further detail on the Armed Forces Race Challenge can be found on its own dedicated website here.
This will see the 4 advanced Army drivers compete in the Club Enduro formula of the the 750 Motor Club with 2 drivers per car. Club Enduro offers all the challenges and satisfaction of endurance racing, but with a grid of production sports and saloon cars on a realistic budget. The Army will be competing in two cars within the highly contested Class A over 7 weekends with duration's ranging from 100-180 minutes which means not only do they need to drive with pace, but they must maintain concentration for prolonged periods of time. Pit and mechanical support is provided by members of the Army Sports Car Racing Team.
To finish off the motorsport calendar for the year, a 6 person relay team of Intermediate racers within the team will enter the 6 hour Birkett Relay at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit to compete for the Inter Service Motor Race.
The 2019 Season Preview
The 2018 Season proved once again that Army Sports Cars can lead the way and compete in the Armed Forces Race Challenge. The 2019 Season sees the Sports Car Racing team return to the AFRC grid at some of the best known circuits in the UK in addition to a dedicated Endurance racing team competing at National Level. The Army will be competing with more racing drivers than ever before alongside our colleagues from the RAF and Navy. Army Motorsport remains the dominant brand in the Tri-Service Race Paddock and this strength has led to a number of media/PR opportunities that have, in turn, increased the profile of Army Motorsport among potential sponsors. This discipline still requires the highest personal contribution of all Army Motorsport by virtue of all the mandated equipment required to race. The 2019 Season will continue to see all levels of racing detailed above continue to be developed and, where possible be funded.
How to get Involved!
The reality is that the Army Sports Control Board doesn’t have access to funding that would enable the formation of a British Army Formula 1 Team or even that of a British Touring Car Team. Motorsport, as a rule, is an expensive sport regardless of discipline; it is therefore unlikely that any significant funding will ever be available for individuals to compete in a fleet of Army Motorsport owned cars. In order to help offset the personal contribution, this motorsport discipline has worked hard to secure a number of discounts from various motorsport suppliers. Further information can be requested by completing the contact form below.
The Authority, Motorsport UK, has a useful webpage that gives a good guide on how to get started in racing. Also linked in the right column is GoMotorsport which was set up to provide a useful fast track guide into all areas of Motorsport whether as a competitor, volunteer or spectator.
Sports Car Enquiries
For more details please contact:
Team Principal & Army Secretary Sports Car Racing
Maj Farard Darver RLC
Mil Tel 94393 6374
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Driver Development Officer
Cpl Ben Gundry RE
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