At Clay Pigeon your race application has to be with the Club Secretary the weekend before Race Day. The application form is available as a download on the website.
Practice Day is usually the day before race day, in Clay Pigeons case the Saturday. It is not compulsory to attend practice before the Race on Sunday.
You can arrive anytime after about 8am, but the track doesn't open until 10am. Normally on a Saturday even a non-race saturday it is pretty busy, so the track time is split between different classes to make it safer. Depending on the number of people there you generally get 10 minute sessions every 30 to 40 minutes.
Things to look at
When to do scrutineering at the end of Saturday or come back early tomorrow. Most people seem to queue up after the final practice session and get it done. That gives you time to fix any minor issues.
Arrive at track for 8am
scrutineering will be open and you need to get that completed if it hasn't been already.
Sign on to race control and hand in your license, and check the transponder number is correct.
Drivers Briefing 09:30am
They cover what tyres can be used and general rules.
This is Just 3 laps, but compulsory as I understand. Practice is supposed to be 10am. However, be ready as sometimes they call you straight to the grid after the drivers briefing, which starts at 9:30am and normally is only 5 or 10 minutes.
Normally 3 heats, but there may be extra heats if there is more than 20 karts registered. At Clay Pigeon they get all the heats done and then have a break for lunch. But tihs can sometimes be as late as 14:30
Start after lunch break.
You should be able to get your license back (make sure its been signed if a novice), once the final has been issued. They clerk of the course has to sign them off though so that might take a bit longer.
These happen together at the end of the day, normally around 5pm.
Different types of teams to do different things:
awning costs, mechanical help, driving tuition
a very basic share of another competitors awning could be from £30 a weekend.
At the top end, to be part of a prestigious Racing Team with unlimited help, support, possibly hiring a kart, transport to/from the race could cost as much as £500 a weekend.
Most people, especially when starting out will keep the costs low.
Advantages of a team
For a new karting competitor (and his family!), there are several advantages to becoming part of some sort of a team; at least for the first few races. At the very least they will ensure that you and your kart are lined up on the grid for the start of the race - race weekend is very busy, noisy and there is alot going on, I can imagine it would be quite easy to miss your race!
There are many decisions to be made about your kart set up, these will change as the weather does. If you are mechanically minded you could do these changes yourself, but you will still need advice about what sprocket, whether your chassis is straight....
Ultimately, like many things the decision will come down to cost.
Being complete beginers to Karting and racing we decided that for the first year we would join a team which gave awning space and advice. The team had a few other Novices at our stage, buit not too many that getting on-on-one time is impossible. They also run older racers with more experience who have proved happy to give advice and encouragement.
Chosing a team
It goes without saying that you and your child should like the Team members and be confident that they are capabe of giving you the right advice. Chose a team that has experience of the series and championship that you are racing in.
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