Rob Oldland Racing

Getting Started In Motorsport On A Budget

My Story

I have owned various Caterhams for many years. However, for 2020 I took the challenge of competing in a season of Caterham Motorsport’s Academy.

For this to be possible, I had to be creative to be able to afford to compete.

Follow my journey where I share how I’ve achieved this and my progress during the season.

I had 2 aims:

  1. Successfully complete a full season of motorsport on my budget whether I finish at the front, middle or back of the grid.

  2. Encourage others that perhaps they can afford to compete in motorsport and live the dream of being a racing driver.

Regards, Rob.

My YouTube Channel

I started my YouTube channel to follow my first season of Caterham motorsport. Also, you will find ‘how to’ videos and VLOGs of other great days out you can experience when you own a car like a Caterham.
Please subscribe, this will give you the best experience of the highs and lows of motorsport and owning a Caterham.

Race Licence Test Day

My first step of motorsport, getting my racing licence. See what’s involved from the Castle Combe ‘ARDS’ day organised by Caterham Motorsport.

Castle Combe Pre-Season Testing

Join me in this video for the official Caterham Motorsport test day at Castle Combe less than one month ahead of our first ever race.

My First Race – Oulton Park

I share how I’m feeling the day before leaving for Oulton Park, follow my test day & finally join me for a wet, but hugely enjoyable race day.

Race Two – Cadwell Park

Talk about a ‘Baptism of Fire’! For our second race we visit the magnificant Cadwell Park circuit in Linconshire known as the UK’s mini-Nurburgring.

Race Three – Thruxton

The UK’s fastest circuit makes for an exciting third race. Join Derek, Garry and I for testing, race day and a day out at Beaulieu Motor Museum.

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Watch Me Race On TV!

Caterham Motorsport races are televised or streamed. Click on the links below for the races where you will see me compete. Follow my fellow competitors and I in the Academy ‘Green Group’. Caterham racing is some of the closest and exciting motor racing you will see, take a look at the other classes including the top category Seven Championship UK.

Oulton Park

Cadwell Park

Thruxton

Come and Watch Us Virtually Race

We are delighted to announce that, as part of Season 2 of caterhamracer.com, we will be running a Caterham Academy Championship, sponsored by Just Add Lightness, starting on 14th July. Drivers will compete over 12 races to be crowned Champion. The race season will mirror the official Caterham Motorsport 2020 calendar. All rounds of the Championship will be broadcast LIVE and be available on demand on our YouTube channel. Make sure you subscribe to the channel to be informed of all our broadcasts.

My Sponsor

SOAR Electric Karting

Thank you to my sponsor, SOAR Electric Karting. Without their support I would be unable to race.

SOAR Electric Karting is situated in Gillingham Kent. This indoor facility boasts a track over two levels, race data logging, the safest barriers available and top of the line, Italian made OTL electric karts.

The result is a high end and thrilling experience.

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Blog

Each month I am writing an article for the Lotus 7 Club’s fantastic magazine, Lowflying.
The articles will follow my Caterham Academy experience throughout the season where I will share my experience of competing in motorsport on a budget and explain how I have balanced the financial books.

Caterham Cars are also featuring the articles on their website.

Have a read, just click on the links.

February 2020

In my first article I tell the story of how I decided to embark on my motorsport journey.

March 2020

Read about my experience of gaining my race licence and the first day out on track with my car.

April 2020

A weekend at Donington Park for the Caterham Academy handling day & Javelin trackday.

May 2020

I share my experience gained when seeking sponsorship for racing.

June 2020

Talking about how I get preprared for racing in a locked down world.

July 2020

This month is a lesson in ‘man maths’,
I talk about additional costs to consider.

August 2020

It’s race time! Find out how I get on in my first race in treacherous conditions.

September 2020

Baptism of fire? How about Cadwell Park, the UK’s ‘mini Nurburbring’ for round 2?!

October 2020

Round 3, Thruxton the fastest circuit in the UK. Read how this 100mph game of chess ‘pans out!’

Special Mention

When you own a Caterham you become part of the community.
To support us owners there are many companies and individuals across the UK who provide exceptional products, service and knowledge.
I’m based in the South East, here are contacts who have supported me over the years of owning a Caterham and which I personally recommend.

Just Add Lightness

Having my first Caterham written off at only 4 months old due to a collision from behind because I couldn’t be seen. Since, I’ve wanted the best lighting for my car and my safety. Check out JAL for fantastic products and service.

Visit Just Add Lightness

BOSS Racing

When asked about the best upgrades for a Caterham there are 2 things I recommend. first, get your car’s suspension set up for the use you intend. BOSS Racing previously set up my 620S which was used for road and track days brilliantly and now they look after my Academy car for racing.

Visit BOSS Racing

Jamie Unwin Racing

The second ‘upgrade’ I recommend is coaching – learn to drive what you have properly. While I have owned a Caterham for sometime, one day of Jamie’s coaching had me lapping Brands Hatch faster in my 125hp Academy car than I could lap my 310hp 620.

Visit Jamie Unwin Racing

Caterham Cars

My Academy car is the 4th car I have bought from Caterham South based at Crawley. Along with a dealer network across the UK they provide new/used car sales, servicing, setup and much more.

Visit Caterham Cars

Lotus Seven Club

Owning a Caterham can open so many opportunities. I have made wonderful friends and attended many ‘money can’t buy’ events and it’s all thanks to the Lotus Seven Club. If you planning to buy, or own a Caterham membership is a must!

Visit Lotus Seven Club

Sevens & Classics

Would you like your Caterham looked after like you do? Sevens & Classics provide wonderful servicing and care for your car.
Friends have also bought their cars from Sevens & Classics and highly recommend.

Visit Sevens & Classics

SnappyRacers

Jon Bryant from SnappyRacers has provided many of the shots I use in my social media and articles. SnappyRacers are the official photographer for all the BRSCC Caterham Motorsport championships, Production GTi championship and the Toyo Tires 7 Race Series.

Visit SnappyRacers

Demon Tweeks

All of my race gear has been purchased from Demon Tweeks. They offer a huge range of products at competitive prices. Best of all is their service. It can be daunting selecting the right gear. I was provided with a personal service to make sure I brought the right products for my needs and budget.

Visit Demon Tweeks

Classic Carbon

Not so much much for a race car, but amazing ‘bling’ if you want your Caterham to look just right. My road-going Caterham’s boasted loads of Classic Carbon. Each item is a handcrafted masterpiece.

Visit Classic Carbon