A group of enthusiastic Scottish BMW Compact racers have approached the Knockhill Motor Sports Club to see if they could host races for BMWs within their Super Lap Scotland events in 2019. During 2018 the number of BMWs racing in Scotland fell to zero but the fondness and enthusiasm for the model still exists within Scotland and the UK so an attempt will be made over the winter to resurrect the formula and get the cars back on track.
Stuart Gray, the KMSC Chairman said, “We have the track time available within our SLS meetings to host other content and BMW Compact Cup race series would be a fantastic addition for competitors and spectators alike. The specification of these cars also fits ideally with our new SLS Class G so owners could potentially enjoy a Super Sprint type of event as well. In addition, with no calendar clashes between SLS and SMRC events, owners will also be able to take part in the 2019 Hot Hatch class of SMRC events. As there will be ample potential competitive outings during the year of differing formats, this will hopefully be an attractive proposition for BMW Compact racers, and I can only see benefits for all of Scottish motorsport.”
Scottish BMW Compact Cup organisers Greg Graham and David Mcnaughton added “With a good number of race cars still sitting in people’s garages, and with competitors keen to be back on-track, we are extremely confident that there is a good foundation to relaunch the Scottish BMW Compact Cup race series. We are delighted that the KMSC have committed to giving us the platform to develop this project. It wasn’t so long ago that grids regularly exceeded 30 cars, and we’re confident we can again see close and competitive Scottish BMW Compact Cup racing starting from 2019. It’s now up to us to push ahead and persuade drivers that BMW Compact Cup racing is again an attractive and exciting proposition. We really do believe we can make it happen as BMW Compacts are such a proven affordable and versatile race car.”
The proposed new series will run on the KMSC’s 2019 SLS calendar, this meaning four Knockhill race weekends offering a 12 race season. Two meetings will be double header rounds consisting of qualifying and two races. The remaining two Knockhill weekends will be quadruple headers, with qualifying and 2 races on Saturday in reverse direction, then qualifying and 2 races in the clockwise configuration on the Sunday.
The cars will run to the same technical regulations as the BRSCC’s English BMW Compact Cup Championship, meaning owners can also race in the BRSCC Championship should they wish.
For anyone interested in finding out more, please contact Greg Graham on 07920 096697 or David McNaughton on 07900 912530, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also keep an eye on the @ScottishBMWCompactCup Facebook page for news and regular updates.