Bristol Motor Club Championships are open only to paid-up members of Bristol Motor Club. No additional fees are payable aside from entry fees to the events themselves but participants must hold a Motorsport UK Competition Licence where required to enter the qualifying rounds.
You don’t need to do every event, some competitors choose to only do Autosolos, whereas others only do Speed events (Sprints and Hillclimbs). You will need a licence from Motorsport UK though. This is just a paperwork exercise and actually very straight-forward. It costs £69 per year.
This needs to be a “RS Inter Club” if you want to participate in Sprints or Hill Climbs.
For Autosolos, you just need a free “RS Clubman” licence.
You can apply for your licence at the MotorsportUK website: https://www.motorsportuk.org/competitors/competition-licences/
Once you’re a member of the Motor Club and you have your licence then keep an eye out on social media for when the organising club issues their event invitations. We’ll be notified when they’re issued so will also make sure we post them on the Bristol Motor Club social media platforms too. To secure a spot at events it’s often good practice to get your entry in early as it’s not uncommon for events to fill up in hours.
The championship is regulated by Motorsport UK so this means, for sprints and hillclimbs, you need an appropriate helmet, a race suit and gloves [note: this equipment is not required for Autosolos]. As a minimum, you need to have:
Most motorsport helmets you’ll find in the retail outlets will most likely be FIA 8860-2010 or 8859-2015.
Karting Helmets are NOT permitted
There are many retailers, this is not a recommendation or endorsement but are typical places where you might buy the above equipment.
Car Modifications for Sprints and Hillclimbs
If you plan on entering Sprints or Hillclimbs you will need a timing strut which fits to the front of the car which essentially provides an appropriate silhouette to activate the timing equipment. These can be bought however the majority of competitors make them from plywood or aluminium sheet cut to size, painted matt black and attached to the number plate plinth. The specifics are in the Blue Book Rule S.10.9
Your ignition switch must be clearly marked with the “On-Off” position. A sticker, visible to a marshall, adjacent to the ignition barrel will usually suffice.
The negative lead on the car battery must be marked with yellow tape.
Competition numbers must be displayed clearly on a contrasting background on both sides of the car (S.9.2.5) to the satisfaction of the Chief Timekeeper. We’ll endeavour to liaise with the organising club to try and maintain the same competition number for your sprints and hillclimbs throughout the season.
This list is not exhaustive therefore for peace of mind please refer to the Blue Book section S.
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