Brave. That's how one of the Clubmans Sports Prototype competitors describes the Clubmans Register's decision to end a 50-year association with the British Automobile Racing Club and move the series to be part of MotorSport Vision Racing's stable for 2020.
And it's difficult to argue with that assessment. Putting decades of shared history aside and jumping ship is a bold move from the championship's promoters. It was not the work of a moment or undertaken lightly. But the early signs, at least, suggest it could pay off handsomely.
While Clubmans, first launched back in 1965, featured a wealth of up-and-coming star drivers in its early days, the same cannot quite be said of recent years. There's no denying its illustrious history. Among those to have cut their teeth in the category have been British Touring Car champions Will Hoy, Frank Sytner and Chris Hodgetts, and multiple Le Mans 24 Hours winner Derek Bell.