Formed in 2001, the 750 Motor Club’s RGB Championship has often been the go-to formula for those seeking as much performance as possible per pound in UK club motorsport. Utilising standard 1000c motorbike engines but running cost-effective semi-slick treaded tyres, the formula has flourished from its roots, where kit cars owners could compete with affordable motorcycle power and sequential gearboxes – the original ‘RGB’ acronym representing Road-Going Bike-engined. Over the following 16 seasons and with manufacturers developing various RGB-specific models along the way, the formula has progressed into a bone-fide sports-racing car championship; something reflected in the new-for-2018 name: ‘RGB Sports 1000’.
Whilst cars have evolved, the emphasis on low cost still remains a key attribute. The formula offers in excess of 300bhp/tonne but still remains accessible to novice drivers on a National B licence, and these genuine two-seater (regulation-enforced), trackday-eligible cars are easy to maintain, develop and run, in addition to offering a 13000rpm soundtrack and six-speed sequential gearbox.
Running on control Yokohama AO48s, annual tyre costs are as little as £500 and realistic all-encompassing season budgets from as little as £5000, meaning that the formula’s longstanding attribute of unbeatable performance per pound still rings true, with some of the fastest lap times seen in club motorsport for the costs involved.
Changes for 2018 include one ‘Sprint’ and one longer ‘Feature Race’ of the weekend (23mins + 1 lap), only one championship table and RGB Sports 1000 Champion, but with different weight limits for cars with engines in the front and rear.
A change to the points system ensures that everyone benefits from overtaking, whilst a ‘Sporting Cup’ offers a secondary class for the less experienced or drivers of older machinery. An invitational class will also be on offer for other bike-engined cars (subject to approval) that are not fully compliant with RGB Sports 1000 regs but run on MSA List 1A, 1B or 1C tyres and use a standard, untuned bike engine and no wings.
Why choose RGB Sports 1000?
- RGB Sports 1000 lap records
include Brands Hatch Indy circuit in 48sec (less than the BTCC lap record), and post a 1:10 around Anglesey Coastal - 2.6 seconds faster than a McLaren P1 as tested by evo Magazine.
- The 2018 RGB Sports 1000 Championship calendar features seven weekends encompassing 14 races at the UK’s top circuits. 750 Motor Club membership
costs just £25 for 12 months, whilst registration for 2018 RGB Sports 1000 is £130. Entry fees typically vary between £260 and £360 depending on the circuit for a double-header race weekend.
The provisional 2018 RGB Sports 1000 Championship calendar is as follows:
Rounds 1 & 2 – Donington Park GP – 17th/18th March
Rounds 3 & 4 – Brands Hatch Indy – 21st/22nd April
Rounds 5 & 6 – Croft – 26th/27th May
Rounds 7 & 8 – Pembrey – 30th June/1st July
Rounds 9 & 10 – Cadwell Park – 28th/29th July
Rounds 11 & 12 – Silverstone International – 11th/12th August
Rounds 13 & 14 – Snetterton 200 – 13th October