So with the 2017 season (and year) well and truly over, it's time to crack on with my plans for 2018 - which is to challenge for the title of the 2018 Caterham Roadsport Championship.
The first thing to do was to upgrade the car, I could've done this myself, but decided to get DPR Motorsport to do the upgrades on my behalf.
The upgrades are as follows in order of (in my opinion):-
I think this must be the most eagerly anticipated upgrade from by every Caterham Academy driver... Some decent tyres! The Academy Avon CR322's are replaced with AVON ZZS tyres, and the due to the decreased height of the sidewalls the wing-stays are lowered too.
|Tyres upgraded to AVON ZZS|
2. Brake Master Cylinder
The 2nd most 'wanted' upgrade as an Academy driver is a better brake master cylinder. Made by AP Racing, the upgraded master cylinder means less air gets into the system, meaning less time bleeding brakes!
|The upgraded A.P. Racing brake master cylinder|
The brake pad material is 'free' in terms of the Roadsport regulations, so you can fit whatever spec front and rear compounds you like. There is also an option to fit a brake bias valve too to adjust the brake balance front / rear.
|Newly fitted A.P. Racing Brake Bias Valve|
In Roadsport spec you are also allowed to use a rear anti-roll bar too!
|Rear anti roll bar fitted to my 2018 Caterham Roadsport car|
|2018 Caterham Roadsport having the setup checked|
A few track day pics of the Roadsport spec car below, instantly you can see it looks much more aggressive and a lot lower / stiffer too. First driving impressions are increased grip, stability and cornering speed and I LOVE it! It's like a different car, and can be driven with inch precision accuracy which really helps with getting consistent clean laps in and that all important lap time down!
|me (Daniel French) driving my 2018 Caterham Roadsport at Donington Park|
|me (Daniel French) driving my 2018 Caterham Roadsport at Brands Hatch|