Want to sprint next year...

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Want to sprint next year...

Hello,

  I'd like to do the sprints next year. Is there a novice co-ordinator? Could someone explain the difference between Class 4 and 5? I have a k series r400, which I would be planning to drive to the events. 

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Pete

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Hi Pete

I did my first (albeit short) season this year and 12 months ago was asking the same question.

I have a 420R and was unsure which class I should be looking at. I ended up choosing to compete in Class 4, the road car class.

In this class I knew I would be using list 1B tyres (ZZS) whatever the conditions, whereas the higher classes had greater choices/options. One less distraction for me as a newbie to think about.

In class 4 i don't need a FHR device which would also probably entail a new seat as my original Tillet appears incompatible with a couple of FHRs I have tried. I do think they are a very good idea but didn't want any more initial expense as I put my toe in the water. FHR is mandatory in Class 5.

Class 5 (modified specialist) is limited to 210BHP but weirdly Class 4 (roadgoing specialist) is not limited at all. No idea why, but that's how it is.

Your car would fit into either class, both of which were under-represented for 2020 but to roll up, do an event and drive home, I think Class 4 sounds the ticket.

Just go for it. I should have done it years ago. It's a blast!

Andy

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Thanks Andy - Class 4 does sound like a good fit, and like you said I can avoid the expense of new harnesses and possibly seat without the need for a Hans device (although I think I have one somewhere....). Did you drive to the events? Or am I mad? Would have a 'support car' with me to carry tools etc (I hope...!)

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Hi Pete

 

Whereabouts are you based? I'm In the same position. Really interested in sprinting but I have never done any, having only bought my superlight R earlier this year. Curborough Sprint course do novice days. A full days tuition as an intro to the sport. This year they are on May 4 and September 2. If the circuit isn't too far away (staffordshire), the May novice day might be worthwhile before the season gets underway too much

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It's excellent fun and with a really great group of supportive people.  Don't let not having done it before put you off.  I'm sure you will be able to find a 'buddy' to guide you on the first couple of events.  There used to be a system to partner new entrants with experienced competitors for precisely this reason.  There's a good chance it is still the case of course.

PS - I think you should do it.

PPS - Give it a go.

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Hi Pete

I think Andy has convinced you to enter class 4 which is the correct recommendation particularly as you want to drive your car to events.

Class 4 comes under the MSUK Road Going Specialist production rules and is for any road going Caterham too powerful for classes 1, 2 and 3. HANS devices are optional and you are limited to list 1B tyres of which Avon ZZS are the popular choice.

Class 5 comes under MSUK Modified Specialist Production rules under which HANS devices are compulsory and you can use tyres from list 1c. These tyres are not really suitable for road use.

We don't have a Novice Coordinator at the moment but Andy has given you some great advice and has almost volunteered himself as your mentor at your first event! 

You are not mad to drive to events, many of us do it when we first start. I did it for my first few seasons.

If you want to talk through your options please give me a call. (Also mandalman)

The club is running a novice day in September but that may be too late for both of you, if you want to join in this season there will be lots of help and encouragement both before and at the events. Go for it!

Class 4 could be a lot busier this year.
 

 

Graham Howard - Competition Secretary   Northampton Motorsport Lotus Seven Club Speed Championship 2021    
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Pete

I've sent you a PM.

I didn't drive my car to events last year but it transpired that most of the events that were not cancelled due to COVID seemed to be miles away from me as I am up in the grim North. To be honest after my first outing at Curborough, I was so hooked that distance became irrelevant to me and I entered everything I could, packing 6 events into a shortened season..

For example, Wiscombe Park being a 6 hour drive is almost in another country for me and is closer to Paris than it is to my house. Silly There are many others who drove their cars there and back to events, so yes it is well doable. 

Next year there should be several more local events that I would probably choose to drive to. Don't get hung up on being able to carry loads of tools so much as there will always be someone willing to let you borrow stuff.

Andy

 

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Hi Graham

Thanks for the encouragement. Unfortunately i am going to have to limit myself to just getting a taste at a few  mid-week sprint and hill climbing schools this year. Unfortunately competition dates all seem to be on a Saturday or Sunday which clash with my main job as an event caterer so until I retire  or take a back seat from the day-to-day running of my company I'm not going to be able to compete. 

 

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In a normal year there are usually occasions where a small group of Sevens hire a sprint venue for the day for testing/playtime  mid week (Curborough for instance). That would give you plenty of time in the seat and the ability to get a feel for the ambiance of a real sprint meeting. Keep an eye on Blatchat

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I certainly will. My normal weekend is Monday/Tuesday but being my own boss I do have flexibility so long as I'm not at an event. A lot of the novice days and schools are in the week and so far for nextr year I have booked onto  Shelsley Walsh (April 20), Curborough (May 4), Prescott (May 26), Lotton Park (July7) and Curborough again (Sept 2). I'm also hoping to get to the club novice track day at Castle Combe in April when the date is announced (fingers crossed it doesn't clash with anything). For the time being those, track days and any mid week club sprints will have to scratch my itch.

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I'm starting to gather bits for next year, and am thinking I will need a spare set of wheels to run ZZRs on for the events. Should I be looking for CXR 7" and 8" or would standard 6" and 8" do? If anyone has any spare sets for sale... just missed out on a set :-(