What is sprinting?
Sprinting is racing against the clock held at race circuits and specialised sprint tracks (such as Curborough and North Weald). Cars start singly and are timed by electronic equipment accurate to 100th of a second. Cars compete in classes relative to their design, engine capacity and any modifications. Classes start with standard saloon cars and go through to Formula 1 type cars. This allows you to compete against cars of equal standing, giving everyone the chance of winning their class.
Sprinting is regulated by the Motor Sports Association (MSA) and in order to compete there are certain requirements which must be followed. Firstly, you need to join an MSA affiliated car club such as LoTRDC which has a sprinting membership, you can then apply for an MSA Competition Licence. With that licence comes the MSA yearbook (The Blue Book) which contains a wealth of useful information. Mandatory safety requirements include the need for a Crash Helmet and Fire Resistant Overalls, both to minimum requirements.
The next stage is to get your car prepared to the minimum standards in order to pass scrutineering. At the beginning of every meeting, a scrutineer will check your car to ensure it complies with necessary safety regulations.
Road going cars can participate in sprinting; you do NOT need a fire extinguisher or harnesses in your car to take part, and most cars will not need a cage either.
There are 4 classes & 2 championships – Production & SuperSport.
- Production – Lotus road going cars. With a max power based on 111s for K Series cars or 111R if Toyota. Single way dampers, standard interior. Cars must be road registered, MOT and taxed. Tyres are limited to List 1A & List 1B meaning a cage isn’t required.
- SuperSport – S/C Toyota, modified K series/Toyota, Europa S, Evora and normally aspirated engine transplant cars. SuperSport cars compete in two separate classes at events: Original or Modified depending on tyres and engine, some tyre types and engine transplant cars are required to fit a cage/a frame-petty bar.
Obtaining an MSA licence
If you don’t already hold a race licence and are competing in a car that is currently licenced for use on the public highway and will compete in road-legal condition you need to apply for a NON RACE NATIONAL B licence. Those running in class 2 may need to apply for a SPEED NATIONAL A licence depending on the specification of your car. You probably won’t need a medical and there’s no test – simply apply and complete the required payment (£43 for most) – it’s that easy. If your car is not road legal please see section 7.1.5 of the MSA yearbook.
Timing Strut – To enable your car to be timed it is mandatory to fit a Timing Strut to the front of the car. The strut must be: mounted vertically so that it’s leading edge is the furthest forward point; be of solid material (ie metal or wood) and matt black; be 51mm wide, 254mm high with 200mm ground clearance; be in place when presenting the car for scrutineering. It’s very easy to make a strut but if you would prefer to buy one click here.
Crash Helmet – A helmet must be worn during competition and the following standards are accepted : FIA 8860-2004, FIA 8860-2010, FIA 8859-2015, SNELL SA2005, SNELL SA2010, SNELL SA2015, SNELL SAH2010, SFI Foundation 31.1A, 31.2A.
Race Suit – Flame resistant overalls in Proban or Nomex are required. Acceptable standards are: FIA 8856-2000; FIA 1986 Standard. These standards are clearly marked on the overalls. Flame resistant gloves to ISO 6940 standard are also required. Flame resistant boots/trainers, socks, balaclavas and underwear are recommended.
Yellow electrical tape – A small amount of yellow electrical tape is needed to cover the battery earth. We will always have a spare, just ask before going to scrutineering.
Ignition off sticker – Just a small sticker to show which way to turn your ignition off. We will have spares on the day.
FIA-approved FHR (Frontal Head Restraint) – From 2016 some drivers will need to wear an FHR while competing. We would strongly recommend that all drivers competing use an FIA-approved FHR.
- In addition – There is no special requirement just because there is a 4 point belt, BUT if the belts are marked ‘FOR HANS USE ONLY.’ then a FHR MUST be worn ( Applies to 2”/50mm Belts).
Essential equipment to take with you on the day – Tyre pressure gauge; Foot pump or equivalent; Oil; Coolant; Cable ties; Gaffa tape; assortment of tools(wheel-nut wrench etc.); plastic sheet/drip tray(for oil leaks); If you’ve room a jack and axle stands.
On the day
Before leaving home, make sure not to forget your licence etc, and it would be a good idea to pack some food & drinks in case there isn’t any available at the venue. Also important to bring your cars V5 if you are competing in a road going vehicle as this might be required to prove this.
On arrival park your car in the appropriate area and proceed to signing on with your appropriate documents (MSA Licence, etc). After signing on you must then have your car passed by a scrutineer and preferably, walk the course prior to the first practice runs. It is advisable to arrive early to allow enough time for all these things (Generally you should allow to get to the course between 1 and 2 hours before the first practice run).
You are now ready to compete and just have to wait for your practice runs to be called before proceeding to the start. It is important that you listen to and obey all marshals and officials on the day. Depending on the event you will normally get the opportunity to have 2 timed practice runs followed by between 2 and 4 timed runs. The fastest timed run will count. Once on the start line, it is up to you, so put your foot down and go for it!
Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship Benefits
- LoTRDC Sprinting membership is just £25 and includes partner/spouse. (If 2017 Speed championship reg fee is paid by 8/2/2017 membership is free)
- Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship 2017 registration fee is £35.
- Lotus Cup UK Speed championship livery will be provided which includes sun visor and 2x professional door cards.
- Race numbers are supplied free of charge at each round.
- Timing strut can be supplied free of charge, please request 4 weeks before your first event.
- FREE Lotus-on-Track membership worth £30. Email email@example.com for joining code.
- A number of discounted LoT track days for those competing in the championship.
- Trophies provided at all rounds – 1st, 2nd, 3rd for each class.
- Overall champion trophies.
LoTRDC Sprinting Membership
(FREE if 2017 registration fee paid by 8/2/2017 or if an existing fully paid up member of Lotus-on-Track, SELOC, Lotus Drivers Club or NYLOC)
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Having completed entry/registration form, membership, registration and entry fees, you will normally receive final instructions on what you should be doing in the week prior to the event via email. These instructions usually give details of all of the entries in class and number order, which enables you to have your numbers ready in time for the event. They also detail the timetable for the day, where you should park on arrival and when to arrive etc.
Competitors will also receive 2 x door cards and a sun visor – these will need to be displayed at all events. If possible we will have these available at a pre-season track day but if not they will be available at all events, they take about 5 minutes to fit. Additional door cards and sun visors can be purchased. LoTRDC will supply numbers to all drivers at each event.
All drivers will receive one Driver pass, which will require a small passport photo, and three team member passes – the driver pass will be required at sign on and is your membership card. At some rounds, especially at Snetterton and Brands Hatch, these passes will count as tickets to gain entry to the venue. For the opening round at Snetterton these will be left on the main gate of the circuit for collection.