Want to sprint next year...

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Thanks Richard! Will await arrival of the strut and go from there and will contact Bruce at Arch Driving

As it looks like I can use the existing tyres and roll bar, I won't be too disappointed if the strut turns out to be wrong and I have to sell it on and buy another!

Your help is appreciated!

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Rather than create my own thread, I thought I would add to this one....

Also thinking about doing some sprinting in 2021 but confused by which of the MSA licences that I would need.  Is it just the RS Clubman Licence or one of the others?

The club regulations state: 

1.3.1 Entrants must be fully paid-up valid membership card holding members of the Lotus Seven Club and in possession of a current Motorsport UK Entrants Licence. 

Looking on the Motorsport UK site there isn't a licence called "UK Entrants Licence", and "Chart 26: Competitors Minimum Acceptable Licences" from their website would suggest that a Clubman licence is not sufficient for sprints or hillclimbs.  So I would need to look at a 'National' licence which would need a vision test and a medical report I think?

 Unless I have missed something?

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You need an RS Interclub licence which says on it "competition driver/entrant"

The medical stuff is a self declaration.

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Ah, thanks.

Looks like from the guidance that as I'm 42 but haven't held a licence before I need to have a vision test to apply.

I must say, the guidance on the Motorsport UK website could be a lot clearer than some small notes section that's buried  in section 4 on the licence application itself

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Hi Andy

Vision test not required for speed licence, only race, truck or long circuit kart.

It's just a case a filling the form in and making a medical self declaration.

Don't worry the regs can seem a bit confusing but once you have done a few events it will be a lot more straightforward.

Looking forward to seeing you compete this year.

Graham

 

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Thanks Graham

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Apologies for the thread resurrection again.  Have finally navigated the UK Motorsport website to apply for a licence (ugh - I suspect it was designed by a fan of Kafka's work) I have a couple of small questions that I;ve nonetheless not been able to find answers to:

- Family life means I'll only make some of the rounds.  My aim is not to be in last place in at least one of the events so missing championship points is not going to be a problem - think of me as Williams in F1 this 2020, just trying not be last all the time!  Is it considered bad form to miss some of the rounds?

- Once I've signed up and paid my £30, how do I book on to an event and how much do they cost?  Via LoveAdmin in the same way as booking a track day? 

- Is there a British Standard for the helmet?  I have a helmet that adheres to BS6658-85 but I've had it a few years and I know these things move on.  Can't see anything in the regs that specify something

- I see the diagram for the timing strut on the website but it doesn't make any sense to me.  Have had a search through blatchat, but are there any pics of one attached to a car?  Does it just attach via bolts to the grill in the nosecone?  I assume a nice pre-made one can be bought here:  https://caterhamparts.co.uk/nose-cones/1936-timing-strut-fits-to-nosecone.html

Sorry if these have been answered elsewhere and I;ve not found them - have had a look through the articles in LowFlying (including the last two issues) so questions like car class (I'll be in Class 2) and what tyres (I've got a set from List 1a already) are sorted!

 

 

 

 

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Andy,

"how do I book on to an event and how much do they cost?" - other than our own L7C events at Curborough, entries will have to be placed with each events individual organisers. Individual "suplementary regulations" (SRs) will be published by the organising club, which often include an entry form (most of which can be completed online these days). Links to regulations for rounds of our championship can be found on our events calendar (once regulations are published). Event entry costs are normally somewhere between £100 to £150 per event.

The entries to some of the events that we are an invited championship to may fill up quickly, so its worth while entering as early as possible to ensure you get an entry. Some clubs (BARC Yorks for Harewood, and LDMC for Anglsey and three sisters) actually publish lists of who has entered online as entries are made so its possible gauge how entries are going so you know if you've got to rush or not. Sadly, some organizers don't confirm entries until a couple of weeks before the event :-(

"Is it considered bad form to miss some of the rounds?" - Not at all! - Not many folks compete on all of the rounds each year. Most folks pick and choose events. I guess I've done an average of around ten events a year for the last few years.

 

"Is there a British Standard for the helmet?" - BS standard helmets have not been allowed for a while now. The relevant section of the blue book states:-

10.3.1. Standards. Helmets bearing one of the under mentioned ‘standards’ may be approved by Motorsport UK subject to other criteria being met. See also drawing 10.3.1.

(a) ALL MOTORSPORT UK NATIONAL EVENTS

FIA 8860-2004 (Not valid after 31.12.20)

FIA 8860-2010

FIA 8859-2015

SNELL SA2010 (Not valid after 31.12.23)

SNELL SA2015 (Not valid after 31.12.26)

SNELL SAH2010 (Not valid after 31.12.23)

SNELL SA2020

Have you got overalls and gloves sorted out? The applicable standards are listed here:-

Overalls

9.1. Clean Flame-Resistant overalls, must be worn to cover from ankle to wrist to neck. Acceptable standards:

9.1.1. Racing:

FIA 8856-2000

9.1.2. Special Stage Rallies, Sprints and Hill Climbs:

FIA 8856-2000

FIA 1986 Standard

Gloves.

Materials tests to ISO 6940. Each glove to be labelled to that effect. Backs of gloves to be made from at least two layers of 180 gr/m2. Thread must be flame resistant and non-melting. Gloves must be fitted at the wearer’s wrist and cover the cuff of the wearer’s overalls. Manufacturers should register all glove models with Motorsport UK and FIA. 

 Timing strut "Does it just attach via bolts to the grill in the nosecone? " - Yes

 

 

 

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Hi Andy

.......and thanks to Richard for the very concise reply  Thumb Up

We all have other commitments and there are very few of us who do all the events, just do as many as you want to. Only the best 7 count, and for the novice cup it is only the best 5.

Timing strut can also be attached with cable ties. 
 

I will try to send out alerts by email and a posting on here when entry form come out. There will also be links in the calendar page of the competitors area of the website.

Also sounds like you may have not seen the championship regulations, worth a read here

Please keep the questions coming if there is anything else you are not sure of.

 

Graham Howard - Competition Secretary   Northampton Motorsport Lotus Seven Club Speed Championship 2021    
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Thanks for the replies chaps.  All sorted on the overalls and gloves as I bought them last year with a view to doing some events this year but I bought my helment in 2008 and while it met the standard then, clearly safety moves on!

Have signed up via LoveAdmin to the championship and Curborough so far - just negotiating with my wife how many of the other events I can get to!

See you in the paddock!

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