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98elise

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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

20,407 posts

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Production Class Hillclimbs? £75 a race approx.

G600

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There are a few different levels for original minis I think some of those were relatively cheap.

davepoth

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87 months

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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

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Sprints ?
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98elise

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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

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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

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97 months

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Banger racing?

ConorE

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In that case, stock hatch or an MX5 championship?

98elise

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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

4,712 posts

137 months

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the XR2 championship in Scotland looks like fun cheap racing...

EDLT

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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

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39 months

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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

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145 months

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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MG metros.. Won't come much cheaper than that.

jds32

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MG Metro cup. It covers all the rover metro's and 100's aswell.
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