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Whats the cheapest form of racing (other than karting)?

Whats the cheapest form of racing (other than karting)?

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98elise

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8,339 posts

68 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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After watching the rallycross episode of top gear again, I was wondering whats the cheapest way to go racing?

I was thinking in terms of racing a small hatch back on the odd weekend. Something where I can just turn up with the car, pay a fee, and race. Something I can do as a hobby rather than it taking over my life.

Ideally I'd like to be able to keep the car road legal, so that I can drive it to an from the track, with just a change of tyres for the journey.

Is there such a thing?

Edit.....I go karting once every couple of months, which is why I want to step up from that.

Pothole

22,172 posts

189 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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Production Class Hillclimbs? £75 a race approx.

G600

1,279 posts

94 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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There are a few different levels for original minis I think some of those were relatively cheap.

davepoth

26,166 posts

106 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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Autotests are pretty cheap too. Saw a local one at Castle Combe by accident a few weeks back, looks fun.

CO2000

2,543 posts

116 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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Sprints ?
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98elise

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8,339 posts

68 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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Sorry, should have been clearer, I mean track racing rather then hill climbs or tests.

I'm looking for something like the rallycross on top gear, but less contact.

ConorE

304 posts

47 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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1/4 mile drags? Quite a few spotted over the country, a whole day can be had for around £20.

Adz The Rat

8,048 posts

116 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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Banger racing?

ConorE

304 posts

47 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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In that case, stock hatch or an MX5 championship?

98elise

Original Poster:

8,339 posts

68 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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ConorE said:
In that case, stock hatch or an MX5 championship?
Stock hatch sounds like the thing I'm after. Do you have any details?

GreigM

5,146 posts

156 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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the XR2 championship in Scotland looks like fun cheap racing...

EDLT

14,795 posts

113 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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Grasstrack racing is very cheap, your local banger circuit probably has a hot rod championship which is bangers without the contact.

You won't want to drive any race car to and from the track for several reasons. Get a trailer.

Jandywa

992 posts

58 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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formula 1 biggrin

I'm interested in this topic though as after uni/when i am working i would like to get into some racing too!

Ferg

15,242 posts

164 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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Autograss Class 1s. I did it for several seasons. £25 license. £2 to race. Probably a bit more now. smile

Twincam16

27,646 posts

165 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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Definitely sprints.

Join one of the larger owners' clubs, they tend to organise them through Javelin.

You can use a totally standard car, you don't need a race licence and you get to race on proper circuits. It's organised like special-stage rallying, based around setting fast lap times.

Alfa Romeo Owners Club have one. A manageable season (race every other month), four classes and a cup in contention. £100 a race, mods actively discouraged in the lower classes.

98elise

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8,339 posts

68 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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Twincam16 said:
Definitely sprints.

Join one of the larger owners' clubs, they tend to organise them through Javelin.

You can use a totally standard car, you don't need a race licence and you get to race on proper circuits. It's organised like special-stage rallying, based around setting fast lap times.

Alfa Romeo Owners Club have one. A manageable season (race every other month), four classes and a cup in contention. £100 a race, mods actively discouraged in the lower classes.
Isn't sprint racing just against the clock though?

Just to be clear, I'm looking to race other cars, on a track (with corners) in a non contact motorsport. Ideally where the cars are almost stock. Stock hatch seems to be the best bet so far.

ConorE

304 posts

47 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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98elise said:
ConorE said:
In that case, stock hatch or an MX5 championship?
Stock hatch sounds like the thing I'm after. Do you have any details?
http://www.750mc.co.uk/F-stock-hatch.php

That should give you all the information you need, and you can buy ready built cars, or if you want something tailored, can build them yourself from a Saxo, Fiesta etc.

DanGibsonRacing

42 posts

123 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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98elise said:
Isn't sprint racing just against the clock though?

Just to be clear, I'm looking to race other cars, on a track (with corners) in a non contact motorsport. Ideally where the cars are almost stock. Stock hatch seems to be the best bet so far.
I have raced in Stock Hatch for the past four seasons, so happy to answer any questions you may have. First of all what is your expected budget? One person's cheap is another's fortune.

Stock Hatch is indeed one of the cheaper circuit racing championships, however the cars are race cars and require a good level of preparation.

All cars are trailered to the circuit or carried in lorries. So not sure it fits your idea of keeping it road legal - risky business when talking about circuit racing.

There are lots of threads in the motorsport section of the forum.

Dan

Dan Friel

1,354 posts

185 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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MG metros.. Won't come much cheaper than that.

jds32

343 posts

54 months

Sunday 23rd September 2012
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MG Metro cup. It covers all the rover metro's and 100's aswell.