I hope to be out bothering people again, Nick!
Hi Mercurystar. Get around an dtalk to lots of people at Brands. We’re a friendly bunch and you will get lots of advice. Starting out can seem a bit daunting but in reality it’s easy.
Tim J, sorry to hear this happenned. Very frustrating. Are you still going to attend? I’d say that there’s a good chance of getting a race. Brands is known for the odd bump and breakdown.
Congrats Tim. That is a quick car. Check out the changes to this years regs as there are a couple of things which have come out over the winter eg minimum weight and ignition system.
If you’er entering for Brands best to get the entry in soon as this year’s registrations are up and Brands has a fairly low max grid.
Welcome to Vee!
Welcome to Vee, Miles. We have had everything from 16 year olds to 77 in the last ten years. There’s a good variety of ages and abilities which means that there is always someone at your level to have a good battle with if you start at the front or back of the grid. There’s no problem running as a one man band once you know your way round the car. It’s good to get some help at the outset and there’s lots of ways to do that. As Benny says come to some meetings and chat to us to get some advice about how to get going. There are always lots of people willing to lend a hand and give guidance at the circuit.
I’ll be out making a nuisance of myself again!
The best way to learn is to get out there. We have big grids which result in great racing throughout the field. Even if you’re not in the top half of the grid the first few times out you will find you are racing with others and its great fun from the outset. Testing is beneficial but not esssential. Depending on your ambitions, doing as many rounds as possible in the first season gets you familiar with the circuits. I did one test day before my first ever race and managed not to come last. I’d recommend at least a daystesting just to get familiar with driving the car and make you safe in it. As you say you’ve done some karting then you’ll be fine to go racing after that. Novices and slower drivers shouldn’t overly worry about the faster cars; it’s their responsibility to avoid you.
Welcome to Vee. I started Vee at the same age as you and I’m still here loving it 12 seasons later!
The cars are reasonably simple to run once you know your way around it. I was a complete mechanical beginner when I started out and now do everything myseld apart from engine rebuilding which is worth leaving to the professionals. People in the paddock will give you help but it could be worth your while to pay one of the teams to help you out for your first couple of meetings. Of course if you don’t want to DIY then you can get a team to do everything, it just pushes up the budget.
If you have a camper or something to stay at the circuit then self-run you can do a season from about £5.5k including tryes, consumables, race entries, club fees, licence and fuel for both the race car and tow vehicle. If you want to test, budget an extra £150 per day plus a little extra for fuel and tyres. A set of tyres will pretty much last a season depending on your driving style.
£5.5k will get you a good car if you are careful. The diiference between class A and B in technical terms will be very small this year. Both will have the same engine set-up and th eonly real difference is that a B class will have 4 shockers hanging outboard off the chassis out in the breaze. A B class car with a good engine will compete against an A class. The advantage of some of the newer chassis is aero. They are slimmer and make a smaller hole in the air which helps at the faster ciircuits and is less relevant at others. Dominators and Storms are usually A class as they were designed with inboard suspensio, you’ll find GAC’s in both classes. Sheanes and most leastone’s will be B class but competeive none the less in the right hands.