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WHAT IS THE HONDA VTEC CHALLENGE?
The 2011 VTEC Challenge is a new and exciting Race series that will be running in conjunction with BARC - the British Automobile Racing Club and with support from Yokohama Tyres. The series aims to provide an ideal setting for the newcomer to racing to feel welcome, safe and to quickly learn the ropes and come up to speed alongside a mixture of novices and more experienced drivers. With full tyre sponsorship, on-site spares and service support and with a race car available from as little as £5000, the series aims to be a very financially viable series that caters for all Honda enthusiasts.
WHY A NEW SERIES?
Until now, there were only a handful of Hondas racing on the same grid in the UK, but the VTEC Challenge aims to change that with full grids, huge support from the Honda community and plenty of action at premier circuits across the UK. In addition to a group of people already racing Hondas in various race series already, a number of Honda owners had expressed an interest in taking the next step on from trackdays and sprints, and going racing. It was, however, important to keep the same core values that form the ethos behind the track day club, i.e. safety, sociability and value for money.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
A normal race weekend will involve 15 minutes of qualifying, plus two races of at least 15 minutes each so 45 minutes track time in total. We plan to keep things simple running just 5 classes based on engine capacity which will cater for all Honda models. No Forced induction will be allowed, although engine swaps into different models and engine enhancing modifications are all free providing the engine is originally from a Honda production road car. The classes will be as follows
Class A - 2023cc - 2200cc (min 1100kgs) (e.g. H22, Stroked bored B18s and K20s, K24, C32B)
Class B - 1821cc - 2022cc (min 1050kgs) (e.g. K20, F20C, Stroked/bored B18s)
Class C - 1617cc - 1820cc (min 980kgs) (e.g. B18, stroked B16s)
Class D - up to 1616cc (min 880kgs) (e.g. B16, D15, D16)
Tuner Class - any engine size (min 1000kgs)and cars which fall outside the regs of classes A to D
The only permitted tyres for the 2011 VTEC Challenge will be the Yokohama A048, putting everyone on a level playing field. The tyres will be heavily discounted if purchased through the nominated Yokohama supplier, so costs are kept to a minimum.
WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED COSTS?
Apart from the obvious costs such as your Honda Race car, National B race licence and Safety gear, we expect the costs to be around £280 for each Race meeting (Qualifying and 2 races) with an additional one off registration and BARC membership fee of £200 at the beginning of the year which entitles you to entry to the series plus lots of additional benefits.
HOW DO I EXPRESS AN INTEREST?
You can get on the VTEC Challenge forum where all the relevant information will be easily accessible.
A collection of JDM and UKDM Honda's from the Offical South Mimms meet June 2010
Honda Culture Stand
See a selection of the Drift cars doing there thing at Japfest 2010
18th April 2010 @ Mallory Park The opening two rounds for the Nippon Challenge, Subaru Cup & MR2 Challenge hightlights. Driver Interviews, Qualifying highlights, Race 1 & 2 highlights Leave comments belows
Follow the Action from Race 1 & 2 @ the Nippon Challenge Final, Brands Hatch 2009 After jumping the start Tim Clarke drops to 14th and then claws his way back to the top but an unfortunate incident with a back marker ruins his plans.
Introduction & Qualifying
Pre-Race Interviews with the Drivers
Race 1 (Part 1)
Race 1 (Part 2)
Post Race 1 - Driver Interviews
Race 2 (Part 1)
Race 2 (Part 2)