How to go Racing

The BRSCC has produced a short video on how to get started which can be viewed here:

The BRSCC has built a reputation as one of the most dynamic organisers of circuit motor racing and for the newcomer into competitive motorsport, offers the widest range of championships to choose from. We have a series in our portfolio to suit all tastes and budgets - from single seaters to tin-tops and sportscars. There are many options available in each of these 3 categories, each of which will put you in the driver's seat at world famous circuits such as Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Donington Park and all the track we use across the UK.

For over 40 years, Formula Ford 1600 has offered a cost effective route into single seater racing, with championships available at both regional (Northern and Triple Crown) and National level. It has a brilliant pedigree with many grand prix drivers having come through the ranks. You could even find yourself on the grid competing in the infamous and prestigious Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, with the chance to write your name into the history books alongside many racing greats. Another single seater option is our well established, 'slicks-n-wings' Formula Jedi Championship, which provide something just a little bit different as it's powered by 1000cc, high performance motorbike engines.

If the British Touring Car Championship is your ultimate goal, then you can get going as young as 14 years old in our Fiesta Junior Championship before graduating to the thriving senior ranks of the Quaife Fiesta Championship, which is THE place to race Ford's fantastic little hatchback. There are great opportunities to learn the art of circuit racing in one of our many single marque championships, where everyone is in similar machinery. The XR Challenge will suit if in particular you're based in the North West, while the Production GTi Mk2 & Mk5 series are set exclusively for the popular VW Golf GTi models; both are excellent cost-effective routes into racing. Although a single marque championship, our Alfa Romeo Championship offers great diversity thanks to its class structure, while the most recent addition to the roster comes in the form of the well-populated BMW Compact Cup as well as its new sister series, the 330 Challenge for BMW 3-Series saloons.

All of these championships have short, sharp races, but if endurance racing and teamwork is what gets you going, the longer FunCup races are for you. Sportscar racing has an enduring appeal and a great way way to get a feel for it is with one of our pair of vibrant Mazda MX-5 championships. The series for the the iconic Mk1 model attracts large numbers of first time racers, many of whom decide to move up and try their hand at the increasingly competitive Mk3 SuperCup. For many people, racing a Porsche is just a dream but it's certainly attainable and affordable in our Porsche Championship, which has classes for both the Boxster and 924 models. But if sports prototypes are what you're really gunning for, then look no further than the excellent variety and competition of the Excool OSS Championship which caters to just about any form of open or closed prototype-style machinery.

The Caterham Academy is a fantastic all-rounder, offering both sprints and circuit races. The Academy is the first rung on the Caterham Motorsport ladder and has brought over 1000 drivers into competitive motorsport since its inception. The all-inclusive package include car and tuition to get you started, before helping you progress through the ranks of the RoadsportTracksportSupersport and eventually the Superlight R300-S championships. Continuing the tradition of British sportscars, the Dunlop TVR Challenge keeps the legacy of the mighty Tuscan Challenge alive with many cars from that series still competing alongside various other TVR models. You could also head for the Honda VTEC Challenge if Japanese machinery is more your taste, with the series running in tandem with the quirky, fun and well-priced Smart 4Two Cup.

Once you've decided which route you want to go down and have earmarked which discipline is for you, educate yourself as much as possible about your chosen series. Try to attend as many races as possible and speak to the drivers, teams and co-ordinators in the pits and paddock. You'll find them all very friendly and approachable. Having been there and done it, they'll have the answers to most of your questions and can give you practical advice on some of the equipment you'll need and where to get it. Your own level of engineering skill and the budget you have available can help you decide whether or not to prepare a car yourself or pay for one of the experienced teams to do the job for you. Speak to the co-ordinator and they can give you some really helpful advice on the "arrive and drive" options available to you.

Get in touch today and find out how the BRSCC can get your racing career off to a flying start!

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