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Old 5 Oct 2022, 19:04 (Ref:4128802)   #1
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Too many club level championships?

a cursory glance at club level motorsport show it appears to be bit broken at the moment.

Take the jumble MX5, every major organising club has championships for them, BRSCC, BARC, 750MC and now new for 2023 MSVR not to mention the numerous classes within existing championships. In theory you could rock up with any club and get on most of the grids that day with you little MX5.

Whilst its good to have choice, its a bit of ''too many cooks spoil the broth''. For the layman non-followerof the car, it seems the grid lining up is idetical to the one the chequered flag waved before on. BRSCCC for example have the following:

MX5 championship
MX5 clubman championship
MX5 mk4 Trophy
MX5 Supercup

Yes I accept that they are for different ages of machines but to Dennis and Doris on the spectator banking they all have Mazda mages, no roof, sound identical so must be the same, 4 grids on the average timetable is 25%. And the pattern repeats in Catherhams under the BRSCC wing where there only noticeable difference Doris and Dennis are the addition of lights and glass to or from each grid:

Caterham Academy championship
Caterham Roadsport championship
Caterham 270R championship
Caterham 310R championship

Heaven forbid the planners put both on during a weekend, 16 races with just 2 types of car!

Of course we've seen one marque/model dominating enough to be replicated across clubs bbefore, Honda Civic EP3s seem to have grids popping up everywhere lately. Is it time for a cull/merging of championships? Never mind the poorly supported ones...
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Old 5 Oct 2022, 21:24 (Ref:4128819)   #2
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a cursory glance at club level motorsport show it appears to be bit broken at the moment.

Take the jumble MX5, every major organising club has championships for them, BRSCC, BARC, 750MC and now new for 2023 MSVR not to mention the numerous classes within existing championships. In theory you could rock up with any club and get on most of the grids that day with you little MX5.

Whilst its good to have choice, its a bit of ''too many cooks spoil the broth''. For the layman non-followerof the car, it seems the grid lining up is idetical to the one the chequered flag waved before on. BRSCCC for example have the following:

MX5 championship
MX5 clubman championship
MX5 mk4 Trophy
MX5 Supercup

Yes I accept that they are for different ages of machines but to Dennis and Doris on the spectator banking they all have Mazda mages, no roof, sound identical so must be the same, 4 grids on the average timetable is 25%. And the pattern repeats in Catherhams under the BRSCC wing where there only noticeable difference Doris and Dennis are the addition of lights and glass to or from each grid:

Caterham Academy championship
Caterham Roadsport championship
Caterham 270R championship
Caterham 310R championship

Heaven forbid the planners put both on during a weekend, 16 races with just 2 types of car!

Of course we've seen one marque/model dominating enough to be replicated across clubs bbefore, Honda Civic EP3s seem to have grids popping up everywhere lately. Is it time for a cull/merging of championships? Never mind the poorly supported ones...
This has been going on for many a year. All clubs seem to run their own championships. Go back over 10 years, the same problems occurred then. Nothing has been done to improve it.
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Old 6 Oct 2022, 07:49 (Ref:4128851)   #3
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Take the jumble MX5, every major organising club has championships for them, BRSCC, BARC, 750MC and now new for 2023 MSVR not to mention the numerous classes within existing championships. In theory you could rock up with any club and get on most of the grids that day with you little MX5.

Whilst its good to have choice, its a bit of ''too many cooks spoil the broth''. For the layman non-followerof the car, it seems the grid lining up is idetical to the one the chequered flag waved before on. BRSCCC for example have the following:

MX5 championship
MX5 clubman championship
MX5 mk4 Trophy
MX5 Supercup
To be fair, BARC's MX5 championship was canned at the end of last year. Also the Mk. 4 Trophy has run as part of other BRSCC championships owing to a relatively low take up, therefore it hasn't been a race in its own right yet. The point stands that there is room for some pruning of championships (and, one would like, some co-operation between clubs to avoid duplication). However, as previously said this is something that has been required for some years.

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Heaven forbid the planners put both on during a weekend, 16 races with just 2 types of car!
It has happened.
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Old 6 Oct 2022, 10:53 (Ref:4128874)   #4
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It has happened.
Not only has it happened, but it's the norm for BRSCC Caterhams to have at least four of their championships in action over a weekend.

The OP's list misses out the 420Rs, and there are some meetings which feature all five championships - typically allowing for three or four non-Caterham categories to take up the rest of the meeting.

Having said that, the finals weekend this year has them split up with some racing at Spa and the others at Silverstone. In fact, the BRSCC have four meetings that weekend...
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Old 6 Oct 2022, 17:12 (Ref:4128915)   #5
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Popular series can often split due to disagreements with how things are being run - its difficult to please everyone all of the time.

Sometimes there is a disagreement over rules and regulations (either considered too restrictive or indeed not restrictive enough) and a faction of teams and drivers sets up a similar championship elsewhere.

Sometimes one championship becomes considered a stepping stone championship for well funded young professionals who have a robust attitude to overtaking and passing, which annoys the club racer who was quite content with what was the status quo. The organisers like the influx of money and the press coverage its getting and they don't listen to the core and loyal band of racers. Annoy enough and you've got the makings of a grid elsewhere, so off they and sets up a similar championship.

Occassionally you have a series that starts up and is so popular that the grid allocation is full - witness the initial success of the Citroen C1 series - that led to MSVR creating EnduroKa and then BRSCC setting up the CityCar championship for those wanting to contest 20 minute races rather than 3hr, 5hr or 24hr versions.

Some people don't like travelling far, so those in the south won't support the northern circuits and vice versa, so you end up with a regional divide - those contesting Croft, Oulton, Knockhill and Anglesey, and occassionally they all meet up at Silverstone in the middle.

Sometimes time has passed, people have moved on, and it could well be to reamalgamate some of these championships if people are prepared to talk to each other, possibly accept some compromises, and possibly eat some humble pie - but there is the danger that the reasons that caused the rival camps to separate are still there and it was a silly idea to unify the series.
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Old 22 Oct 2022, 13:45 (Ref:4131072)   #6
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aFor the layman non-followerof the car, it seems the grid lining up is idetical to the one the chequered flag waved before on. BRSCCC for example have the following:
How many laymen (Dennis and Doris) are there though? At the end of the day club racing is aimed at the competitors and their friends/family not casual spectators who don't understand the classes. What attracts competitors to the grids is the most important thing.
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This is true. Dennis and Doris, if they are there, are the Mum and Dad of Declan in the no. 43 MX5.

A lot of these championships are more the equivalent of a Sunday five a side league. A more expensive ball and hopefully there competitors didn’t get wasted the night before.
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Big grids with good racing is good. Big grids with poor racing can also be good.

What's unacceptable, to me, is endurance series with really fancy cars where they don't even have enough to half fill the grid. I marshalled at Donington at the weekend for a BARC meeting where Britcar had their Endurance Championship (2hr race) and Trophy (2x 50 minute races), and a collection of Classic Touring Car Racing Club races. All of these had big grids - between 25 and 36 cars - with really good, enjoyable racing and some cracking showboating on a wet track.

They also had the Praga Cup. They do a 50 minute race on each day. They could be really interesting... but NINE entrants? For 50 minutes? And they didn't all finish - 1 retirement in R1, 2 in R2. I know these folks pay a hefty entry fee, and the cars are pretty impressive looking & fancy and reasonably quick, but the enormous spread of ability between the Pro & Am drivers means they get so spread out it's like watching a test session.

I know it's always been this way - hell, Britcar were almost in single figures at one point - but it drives people away, and it's not like there are three or four competing ShinyCar championships vying for the same people.

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They also had the Praga Cup. They do a 50 minute race on each day. They could be really interesting... but NINE entrants? For 50 minutes?
The Pragas ran with the main Endurance field the last couple of years. That worked fine. I don't think there has been a Praga field much above 10 this season. They should roll it back into the Endurance field as its own class.
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Old 28 Oct 2022, 12:05 (Ref:4131760)   #10
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The Pragas ran with the main Endurance field the last couple of years. That worked fine. I don't think there has been a Praga field much above 10 this season. They should roll it back into the Endurance field as its own class.
I believe Praga Cars are bankrolling it entirely as thet dudn't like their inexperienced drivers in expensive carsgetting punted off by shed built M3s. It all seems strange how their business model works in general. Based off plane sales?

In other news, BRSCC launches yet another new one-make championship for Audi TTs this time.
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Old 28 Oct 2022, 15:43 (Ref:4131818)   #11
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They're trying to get a BMW 1 Series cup off the ground as well.
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Don't the 750MC already run one?
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Old 29 Oct 2022, 22:00 (Ref:4131979)   #13
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Don't the 750MC already run one?
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Old 28 Nov 2022, 15:46 (Ref:4135193)   #14
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Anybody else see the second new Audi TT championship announced for 2023? This one is under the Classic VW Cup banner which itself runs under BRSCC. its Fourth organising club inside the last 6 years since the CVWC founder left/was pushed out.



So BRSCC will be presiding over two new Audi TT series but both on separate grids on different weekends. Farcical state of affairs.
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BRSCC will be presiding over two new Audi TT series but both on separate grids on different weekends. Farcical state of affairs.
To be fair, they won't be on separate grids - the BRSCC confirmed a few weeks back that the Classic VWs (including the older Audi TTs), the new Audi TT series in addition to their new Mazda MX5 Mk. 4; BMW 1 Series; and Renault Clio/Megane series will all race on the same grid in 2023. They'll only have their own grids if/when they generate enough cars to justify it.
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