British sportscar maker, Caterham Cars, has launched the first ever one-make race series in South America, in partnership with its Colombian dealership.
After delivering its first customer Seven last year, the Superlight R300 series further establishes Caterham’s position in the region.
The fiercely-competitive Superlight R300 race series premiered on the 21st and 22ndAugust at Tocancipa Race Track, Colombia, and follows an ‘Arrive & Drive’ format, offering drivers the opportunity to race cars prepared and operated by Caterham Colombia.
As well as local racers, the Caterham Colombia Race series also offers international drivers the unique opportunity to race a Seven with the same arrangement.
Last Sunday (13th September) saw the second weekend of the 10-round series take place, with 14 drivers battling it out during three heats at the picturesque Tocancipa circuit.
Juan Manuel González from Medellín, Colombia, took the win, achieved pole position and was awarded two extra points for fastest lap and for winning the race without losing the lead. Diego Moran from Ecuador and Camilo Puyo from Medellín, Colombia, completed the podium.
The Superlight R300 series, Caterham’s flagship competition, was first launched in the UK in 2009 and is acclaimed for its close-fought racing. The series is aimed at young drivers aspiring to reach the pinnacle of motorsport and aims to discover a new Colombian racing star.
The opening Caterham Colombia Superlight R300 race, held in August, was won by Juan Manuel González. Juan Camilo Acosta from Cali, Colombia and Diego Moran were second and third respectively.
Caterham Colombia figureheads, Andres Vargas and Joaquin Caicedo, administer the series from its headquarters in the capital, Bogota.
Powered by a two-litre, 180bhp engine and equipped with a Sadev 6-speed sequential gearbox, the R300 is the fifth and ultimate level of Caterham’s motorsport ‘ladder’ and provides a significant step up in performance from the Supersport Series, whilst maintaining the durability and low running costs enjoyed in the lower-powered series.
Simon Lambert, Chief Motorsport and Technical Officer, said: “Motorsport is part of Caterham’s DNA and is very well-established in UK and the rest of Europe. Now we are keen to bring our brand of exciting motor racing to other parts of the world so it is rewarding to see the Colombian R300 series get underway.”