Championship Insight


About Fun Cup

Fun Cup offers the excitment, drama and passion of long distance endurance racing, with a team of like minded drivers.

The tension of the start …fuel stop strategy…driver changes…refuelling…and the drama of dealing with racing incidents…just a small part of the adrenaline rush which goes with this type of racing, whether behind the wheel, or working in the pits.

Just look at your time in the seat too. Unbeatable! In a year’s average club sprint racing you’ll maybe drive for around 3.5 hours total. In Fun Cup, in a season of just competing in the UK races and the Spa 25 hour, you’ve got something like 58 hours. Even split 2 or 3 ways, that’s a huge amount of driving for your money!

Originally conceived in mainland Europe in 1997, this unique class of racing has been supremely successful, spreading from country to country; Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and of course, the UK…Fun Cup is growing all the time.

With an incredible 160 identical cars starting the Spa 25 hour race and some 900 plus drivers competing, it is the most successful one make endurance championship in the world.

It has been born out of a passion to provide motor racing which is enjoyable for eveyone concerned. A fun based championship, but with some of the closest, most competitive and affordable racing you’ll find anywhere.

It couldn’t be easier to take part…

120965828308043903716962132364143502852611n

The Racing

The races usually last between 4 and 8 hours, with a 1 hour qualifying session on race day. Exclusive Fun Cup testing takes place the day before the race and the grid positions are made from a random ballot, rather than times set in qualifying. At each round, the winning team from the previous event starts the race from the back of the grid too.

Each race is split into stints of between 30 and 60 minutes, at the end of which, there is a ‘pit stop window’ when each car must stop and may refuel. Refuelling cannot take place at any other time. When in the pits, the driver must get out and either run round the car before getting back in again, or be replaced by another driver. That way, how ever many drivers in a team, there is no disadvantage.

The racing is ultra close, with fractions between the leaders. Frequently, just 1 or 2 seconds separate them at the chequered flag, after hours of action!

 

For Rick 1The Teams

Team sizes range from 2 to 6 drivers for UK events and up to 8 for the prestigious Spa 25 hour race. Every driver must have a minimum of an MSA National B race licence (national A for Spa 25 hours). In addition, if you are running your own car, then you will need a couple of mechanics and someone to hang out the pit board.

For experienced racers, you can be sure of some extremely quick and accomplished competition, with championship winning drivers and BTCC racers etc taking part. For the novice, you will receive plenty of support and find there are other racers who are beginners just like you. We can even help you gain your race licence through one of our ARDS Fastrack days. The ARDS day consists of a theory, practical and medical (all on the same day). So, there is no messing around and at the end, you can walk away with a national B race licence.

Whether experienced, or total novice, you can still enjoy your racing and gain excellent results. If you have your own team, that’s great, but if you don’t, then we’ll be pleased to introduce you to a team of similar ability which is looking for another driver.

The Events

Held at prime UK circuits, including famous names like Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Anglesey, Donington Park, Silverstone, Snetterton and Rockingham, we have already raced at them all. You will also be allocated a pit garage at all events and benefit from prime parking and top billing. Normally, they are 2 day events with exclusive testing on Friday, followed by qualifying and the race on Saturday. This means that you can be at home on Sunday!

All of our teams can purchase hospitality in our Fun Cup awning if they wish, where you will find tea, coffee, juice, beer and wine on offer, for the entire event. This works well if you have family, friends, guests, or sponsors attending. All JPR hire teams will receive two complementary hospitality wristbands per driver.

Fun Cup UK usually hosts 7 or 8 events, spread throughout the year. Also, UK drivers are invited to race in other Fun Cup championships across Europe at many famous circuits, such as Zolder, Jarama, Dijon, Magny-Cours, Nurburgring and Spa Francorchamps, to name but a few. So, your season can be as small, or as large, as you wish. If you compete in the European races too, you could easily race every weekend! Help is provided for those drivers tackling overseas events, to make arrangements easier.

At all events, special steps are taken to keep you out there racing. So, should you have an accident or breakdown, then we will deploy a safety car, allowing your car to be recovered back to the pits. That’s when the real hard work begins! Since the Fun Cup’s inception into the UK in 2002, not one race has ever been red flagged due to an accident. Cars are always recovered as quickly as possible and 99 % of the time, they are repaired and sent back out to race!

11722172102067941255642428225803076373406801o

Spa 25 Hours

Every July, the phenomenal Spa 25 hour race is held at the famous Spa Francorchamps circuit in the beautiful Ardennes Forest. Over 160 Fun Cup teams from all over Europe compete in the world’s longest race. Over 900 Fun Cup drivers take part and more than 30,000 fans travel from near and far to watch the spectacle. For those who compete in the 25 hour race, they will never experience anything quite like this awesome event.

Many believe that the circuit demonstrates the importance of driver skill, more than any other in the world and so, it is no surprise that many Fun Cup teams from across Europe, flock to the event to battle for the honour of their country. With twists and turns such as the famous Eau Rouge, which launches drivers steeply uphill, combined with the high speed left hand turn of Blanchimont and not forgetting the epic Raidillon, Les Combes, Stavelot and La Source, it is no surprise that there is always a staggering amount of Fun Cup teams competing.

Fun-Cup-05The Organisation

Fun Cup UK has its own organisation team making every race weekend as efficient and enjoyable as possible. We have a fully staffed office, dedicated to answering your questions and tackling many of the detailed arrangements, where other championships leave you scratching your head. Our website provides you with a great deal of information on the Fun Cup, the cars, the team line up for each event, rental drives available and much more.

Championship Director Paul Rose has more than 45 years experience as a competitor, winning many championships along the way. Race Co-ordiantor, Roxie Marandi Rose, has a degree in Public Relations and focuses on the promotion of the championship. Clerk of the Course, Julian Floyd, is one of the most experienced endurance officials in the UK and is supported by one of the largest clubs in the UK, the BRSCC.

The Regulations

The regulations for the UK championship are in line with those used throughout Europe, so you can race anywhere on the same basis. Strict controls are used on the cars, to rule out expensive modifications.

The engine and gearbox are sealed, so any major repairs must be carried out by JPR Group, the UK distributors.

Most parts on the cars are carefully governed and specified. All parts can be obtained from JPR, who have a parts truck at all events. The suspension allows for a choice of three spring rates. The suspension settings for items such as camber and toe etc, are left for the team to decide, but we will provide you with a detailed base set-up to get you started.

The aim of the regulations, is to keep the racing close, fair and at sensible costs. The regulations are firmly applied with a championship eligibility scrutineer regularly checking cars at each event, to iron out any irregularities.

IMG_0174-3000x2000The Cars

These are race-designed cars using a unique and extremely strong space frame chassis, with a Beetle silhouette GRP bodywork. The suspension is a combination of special race and some production-modified units, with Bilstein dampers and powerful brakes.

The cars are powered by ultra-reliable, mid-mounted VW/Audi petrol engines, which are 1800cc and 130 bhp. There is one class and a podium presentation for the top three teams.

The engine is matched to a Sadev 5-Speed sequential gearbox with flat shift and the option of an auto throttle blipper. Padle-shift and pit-to-car radio are also an optional extra. The cars are are ultra tough and will withstand a huge amount of racing.

Also, what may look like a serious accident to one corner of the car, can usually be quickly and inexpensively repaired, with only extrenal items like the suspension arms being bent and not the chassis. That’s important to keep down the costs and get you back on the track quickly.

The Fun Cup Championship also has a number of twin-seater Fun Cup cars. Passengers can experience the thrill of being driven round a circuit first-hand, by experienced Fun Cup racers, at track days all over the UK. Added to this, in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Ireland, passengers can experience the adrenaline rush of being taken round the track during an actual race.

For 2016 we are using the Giti track day tyre, which offers great performance and durability, in both dry and wet conditions.

The Costs

The championship offers superbly cost-effective racing. If you were to buy a new car (around £39,500 plus VAT for a new one with a standard gearbox, which is dependent on the exchange rate at the time of the order) the actual running costs are remarkably low.

One club racer, who switched from what seemed like low cost sprint racing to Fun Cup endurance racing, found that his carefully monitored costs plummeted from £50 a minute to more like £7. He got more racing in one year than many drivers do in a lifetime!

Alternatively, you could buy a second hand car from Fun Cup UK, from £20,000 upwards, subject to availability. All cars supplied by JPR come with a warranty. As there are no engine, chassis, suspension, or brake upgrades, second hand cars are as competitive as a new car.

The cost of replacing routine items like tyres and brake pads is low. There’s little else you will need on the cars apart from some effort in getting it ready for events. That means real, low cost motorsport and remember, you share all the costs with a team of drivers. Real value!

What’s more, because of the stable nature of the specification, the second hand value of the cars is superb. In fact some owners who bought used cars a couple of years ago will find they are actually worth more now!

IMG4919

Sales-Service-Support

JPR Group (Fun Cup Organiser) is based in Staffordshire and provides a full range of services, from selling new, second-hand and refurbished Fun Cup cars, through to stocking all of the spare parts and preparing cars.

JPR take parts trucks and a tyre truck to every event, ensuring that each team needs to carry only a basic level of spare parts. This keeps down a hidden cost of motorsport and means you have the back-up of real experts at every event.

Also, if you want to buy and race a car without getting your hands dirty, then the JPR team can prepare and look after it for you, between events.

Dynamometer Service

JPR Group offer a full dyno service, using the latest technology single axle 2WD 450DS dynamometer, which is an extremely sensitive, technically advanced dyno machine.

Our fully trained engineers are extremely technical, innovative members of staff, who are highly trained, to achieve the maximum power output from the Fun Cup cars, when they are placed on the dyno.

We, at JPR, pride ourselves on offering this state of the art, professionally engineered, high quality service. Once your Fun Cup car has been placed on the dyno, you will receive a full de-brief and power graphs to illustrate the engines performance.

JPR Group Car/Seat Hire (Arrive & Drive Packages)

In addition to selling cars, JPR Group also offers cars for hire. So, without the need to buy, you can rent one-off drives, a seat for a complete season, or a car for the season. Tell us what you want and we will do our best to make it happen. All of this makes it easy to try out the championship and to enter the world of endurance racing. It is effortless to enjoy real, cost-effective motorsport with Fun Cup.

11960092101536312302786895651586810286439285n

Promotion

Fun Cup receives widespread promotion, across a whole range of prime media, from motorsport magazines through to daily newspapers, general interest magazines and TV coverage. The championship is filmed at each UK event and Spa 25 hours for Sky Sports “Raceworld” programme and Motors TV. Each season, we have approximately 40 hours of TV coverage and an end of year season review DVD. In 2015, we had a staggering 45 hours of air time. Cameras are mounted in, or on, several cars, to capture on-track action during the race, which is brilliant for driver enjoyment and for the sponsors.

Every car must carry specified championship sponsor stickers, but that still leaves plenty of room for the inclusion of your own sponsor’s decals. Apart from a small badge on every race suit, the remainder of space is also free for your promotional use.

Fun Cup UK and Charity

Fun Cup UK is proud to dedicate an event each season to raising money for charity. At Oulton Park, we hold a charity auction the night before the race and are proud to have raised a staggering £50,000 plus, for the children’s hospice, Claire House.