Back on track with the thread..and a quick look at what's required to even get on a race grid as it's been a journey of discovery for me.
1. Get a car that meets all the regulations (easy if you buy a racer)
2. Decide if you're going to get the car transported/stored by a race team (from about £6k/year for a caterham) or if you're going to tow it around the country
3. Buy a suitable trailer but beware that in the off season everyone is trying to buy a trailer so they're in demand and expensive
4. Buy a suitable tow car
5. Figure out where on earth you store a race car, trailer, tow car, VX, wife's car, kids bikes....when the house goes on Rightmove you realise that the transported option was actually quite cheap but you've started now so you may as well carry on.
6. Acquire some spares (2nd set of wheels, spare pads, etc.)
7. Upgrade your trailer to include a wheel rack and tool box as there's no way to get all this stuff in the tow car
8. Upgrade the tow car as you realise that with all the stuff you need to carry it's over the tow limit of the car
9. Check your driving license has B+E categories and that you're legal to drive with a loaded up car and trailer
10. Buy some more security for your trailer to avoid it driving off on itself
11. Jerry cans - get a couple of 20L metal can and find a local garage that will allow you to fill them up
12. Get some straps to hold the tow car down
12. Buy/fit a transponder for lap timing (reqd. obviously)
13. Make sure fire extinguisher is in date or update if needed
14. Get yourself comfortable in the car (lower floor in my case, adjust pedals/seat etc.)
Sign up to clubs (each cost ££)
1. Join the racing club you want to race with (in my case, Caterham Graduate Racing Club)
2. Sign up to BARC (British Automobile Racing Club) as they're the ones that organise the races
Study the regulations (this bit is free!)
1. Study the relevant bits of the MSA blue book to make sure you and the car are compliant with all the regs (518 pages for 2017)
2. Study the championship regulations for the series you're racing in
Buy your racewear
All of the below is needed/recommended and has to be to current regulation and in date: 1. In date harness
3. HANS/FHR device
4. Race Suit
10. Fire proof Y fronts (giggity)
11. Arm restraints (if in open top car)
Don't expect much change from £1500 if you're buying name brands (and this is your ar$e so why would you scrimp on this bit).
Get a race License
1. Buy the MSA go racing pack (£100)
2. Pass your ARDS test (£250)
3. Pass a medical (£70-£100 cash to your local GP for 15 mins of their time and then pocket the cash)
Congratulations you now have a National B license and you have to drive with your learner plates (black cross) until you have 6 signatures on your upgrade card. Then you can upgrade to a National A which will enable you to race in Europe (if your racing with a British club)
Track side support
1. There's a few options available for the Grads racing from an 'emergency' track side support where you pay an upfront fee that pays for labour and access to spares on race day. This can go right up to transported/prepared car with hospitality and people on hand to help with setup on the day.
Then the real spending can start on:
- Entry Fees for racing
- Entry fees for testing
- Hotels / camping
- Fuel (for tow car, race car, driver & entourage)
I'm working through these lists. I haven't got the the end of any of them yet...
Edited by Captain Vimes, 30 January 2017 - 10:14 PM.