Intro

Hi, I'm Scott Helme, and in 2024, I'll be racing in the Caterham Academy! I've been interested in cars for as long as I can remember, from tinkering and upgrading them through to track days and now, racing.

As we get closer to the 2024 season I'll update this site with more information, so stop by to check on my progress.

Car

A side view of my car.

This is my 2024 Caterham Academy Car! Before I could get used to the car, there were a couple of changes that I needed to make.

The process of making a new seat for my car.

The first thing was to make a new seat, custom moulded to my body. I'm a little too tall (and a little too wide!) to fit into the factory bucket seat, so this was a requirement for me.

My new racing shoes.

The second thing was to get some new shoes. With any standard trainer, my feet would always press at least two pedals, making the car impossible to drive! These racing shoes fix that.

The car in the new black colour.

Whilst not required, I got the car wrapped black so it looked 'finished' when I was driving it around. It's starting to come together!

Gold reflective heat tape applid to the pedal box in my engine bay.

After driving the car properly for the first time on track, and doing ~20 minute stints to simulate a race, my feet got hot. Very hot! I had to apply gold reflective heat tape to the pedal box to manage the temperature of my toes!

The car with most of the livery applied.

As we get close to the start of the season, the sticker packs were sent out to us, and it's starting to look like a race car!

Practice

Here are the track days and test days that I'm putting in to get myself ready for the 2024 season!

A front shot of my car driving at Oulton Park.

After putting 100+ road miles on the car and doing its first oil and filter change, I hit the track at Oulton Park. This was the first time I'd driven the car properly, and I was a little apprehensive, so I took it easy!

A scenic shot of my car driving at Croft.

My next track day came at Croft, a circuit that will appear on the Caterham Academy calendar. I'm a long way off the pace of the cars in the Academy last year, but I got faster throughout the day and kept it out of the gravel.

Me going through the old chicane at Donington Park.

My first track day with other Caterham Academy drivers from the 2024 season came at Donington Park. It was a great day, with some close calls, but now I know I need to keep pushing, I need to improve!

The pit straight going clockwise at Knockhill Circuit.

Next up was a test day at Knockhill wih a lot of other Caterhams, including several from the Academy. It was a damp and slow start to the day, but after a few sessions I found a little pace.

On track at Cadwell Park.

To visit another track on the Academy Calendar, I went for a track day at Cadwell Park with several other Academy drivers. Again, it started slow and damp, but I managed to find more pace throughout the day.

Caterham Track Day at Castle Combe Circuit.

Caterham organised an exclusive track day for us at Castle Combe circuit where we were out on track with other Academy divers! It was a great day and I really found some good pace by the end of it.

Season

This is the current status of the 2024 season and my position in the Championship. Catch up with me on social media for more pictures and videos!

Curborough Sprint - 6th April 2024

Me standing in 2nd place on the podium.

The first event of the season is the Curborough Sprint. It's a lower pressure event to get started with no other cars on the track, you race individually against the clock, the fastest time wins.

I had a reasonable start to the day in practice and then got quicker through my timed runs, but a poor last lap saw me beaten to the top spot on the podium by 0.02 seconds!

Here's the video of my fastest lap, which was my penultimate lap, and links to the timing sheets for the day. The videos for all of my other laps are in the description on the YouTube video.

Practice Laps - 64ft Times
Practice Laps - Lap Times
Timed Laps - 64ft Times
Timed Laps - Lap Times

Current Championship Position: 2nd 🥈