Caterham has partnered with Overdrive as its media partner for the 2023 Academy Championship. Overdrive’s Callum McIntyre will race in all eight rounds of the championship, which will take place between March and September at some of the UK’s most well-known circuits, including Oulton Park, Thruxton, Snetterton, and Donington Park GP. The Caterham Academy is a popular all-inclusive ‘introduction to motorsport’ package created exclusively for novice drivers. Here are the details:
Over the coming months, Overdrive will document its experience and progress throughout the series on its YouTube and social media channels. Callum McIntyre, Head of Production at Overdrive, said, “It’s always been a dream to go racing, after hundreds of hours in the simulator, and this year I get to do it in the best way possible: in the Academy Championship with a grid of other novice racing drivers.”
Building the Car
With a highly competitive season ahead, the test for Overdrive has already begun with the challenge of building its race car in just 24 hours. Check out the team’s video to see how they did.
The Academy Race Car
As with the other competitors, McIntyre will race in a Ford Sigma powered road-legal race car. The Academy race car produces 125bhp and weighs just 550kg, with the power-to-weight ratio to match a Porsche Cayman. It has unique ‘Caterham Academy’ tyres to help teach car control.
The Caterham Academy
The Caterham Academy is a unique series for drivers completely new to racing. Since its launch in 1995, nearly 1,300 people have become racing drivers from the Caterham Academy. It’s an all-inclusive ‘introduction to motorsport’ package that includes a road-legal Academy race car, ARDS course, competition license, exclusive track and test days, and a full season of competition with an introductory sprint and seven races, all with ongoing support and guidance from Caterham.
The Championship Rounds
The eight rounds of this year’s Championship consists of one sprint race, five single-header race weekends and one double-header race weekend. The final race of the season at Donington Park will be a special celebration, as Caterham will host its 50th Anniversary Festival on the race weekend. More details about the event will be announced later in the year.
Overdrive’s partnership with Caterham for the 2023 Academy Championship promises to be an exciting opportunity to document the experience and progress throughout the series. As a popular all-inclusive ‘introduction to motorsport’ package, the Caterham Academy is the perfect way for novice drivers to start their racing careers. Stay tuned for more updates on Overdrive’s journey and the upcoming rounds of the championship.