The 2015 MotorPunk sprint series is the ideal way to enjoy some low cost, low risk high jinks in motorsport in your own car. A sprint is 3 laps against the clock at a dedicated circuit. This isn’t potentially expensive wheel to wheel stuff but is equally thrilling, you’re racing against the clock, on your own. You’ll need a helmet (not expensive, see EBay if you don’t have one) but there is no need for any special equipment, race licences or expensive tyres. We think this is an excellent way to enjoy the kind of modern and classic sportscars MotorPunk loves and so for 2015 we’re sponsoring a sprint series which is open to all.

There are different categories to cover different cars. Come along and set your benchmark time and come back as often as you like to try and beat your benchmark time by the biggest margin you can. The person with the biggest time improvement over the 2015 series will win a voucher for a weekend with one of Caterham’s fantastic road cars and the winner of our ‘hero of the series’ award will win a weekend with a new Morgan 3 Wheeler. See details below.

In association with, in no particular order; Mission MotorSport, Caterham Cars, PPC Magazine, and the Morgan Motor Company.
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Costs

There’s a one-off registration fee for the competition of £50, this covers the whole season, regardless of how many events you attend. Then each sprintevent you attend will cost £60 a day. At each event you will get in plenty of sprints (1 sprint = 3 laps), our intention is to ensure you enjoy as much tracktime as possible, in a safe but competitive environment. To book, call Dan on 07402 728337.

Cars

There are different classes to cover the different types of cars competing.

A = Specialist/Race cars
B = Saloon and sports race car (non-road legal)
C = Track based specials
D = Road going track based cars
E = Specialist production cars
F = Supercars
G = British sportscars
H = Over 2 litre
I = Over 2 litre FWD
J = 1.6 – 2.0 cars
K = Up to 1.6 litre cars.

Turbocharged and Supercharged cars are capacity X 1.4.

Confused? No problem – Let us know what car you have and we’ll help you enter the appropriate category.

Competing

You are not trying to beat other people’s times but your own benchmark time, set at your first event, timed by Dan’s trusty stopwatch. Your benchmark time will be checked to ensure you’re not sandbagging, of course. Every run is timed, your aim is to beat your benchmark time by the biggest margin for your class. You can attend as many events as you like, each event costs £60. The person with the biggest improvement over the 2015 season for each of the 11 classes (A to K) above will be invited to a season’s end shootout (provisionally December 2015). The person with the biggest improvement over their previous class winning laptime, from the 11 class winners attending the shootout will be declared the ‘overall winner’. We’ll also pick a ‘hero of the series’. See below for prizes.

The prizes

There are two main prizes; The ‘overall winner’ will get a trophy, sponsored by MotorPunk, and a gift voucher for a long weekend with a Caterham. We will also award a trophy for ‘hero of the series’, judged on effort and chutzpah they will receive a voucher for a weekend with a new Morgan 3 wheeler. These prizes be awarded in late December 2015 and are subject to the organiser’s discretion (if you’ve no driving licence, for example, you won’t be getting your mitts on a car). There’ll be other gongs too, awarded at an end-of season dinner, date and venue to be confirmed. T&Cs apply and the organiser’s decision is final, please contact us for details. We thank Caterham and Morgan for their support of our series and wish you good luck!

Where and when?

Events will be held at Curborough in Staffordshire. These will be on a monthly basis throughout the year and we may add additional days if there is sufficient demand. We hope to add events at Throckmorton later. You don’t need to attend every event to win, remember, but these things are addictive! The calendar will be published on the MotorPunk site and updated regularly.

Results and reports

MotorPunk will publish the results from each event, with photographs and a report of the day’s event. Our aim is to celebrate the fun of motorsport and encourage some interesting cars out onto the circuit, from Minis to Maseratis, there’s a class for all types, and everyone has the same chance of winning the season.

How to enter

Email sprintandtrackday@hotmail.co.uk who will add you to the entry list and give you dates and directions to the next available event, you fill in a form the first time you attend the event, and hand over your one-off competition entry fee of £50 (which covers the whole 2015 season) and the entry fee for the day’s sprint of £60 on the day. We’re aiming to keep it simple. For questions on the event call Dan on 07402 728337 or email sprintandtrackday@hotmail.co.uk or just come along and watch, we’ll be in the paddock with a cuppa somewhere if you want to say hello.

Calendar

Our sprint events will be held mainly on Thursdays (this keeps the cost down), the dates for the 2015 season at Curborough are as follows; January 15th, February 19th, March 19th, April 16th, May 28th, June 18th, July 23rd, July 29th (open day with PPC Magazine, results from this day do not count towards the championship), August 20th, September 17th, October 29th, November 19th  and December 10th (including the season’s end shootout for the winners of each of the 11 classes). Come and attend one or as many as you like. Note that bookings are taken on a first come first served basis, we will add further days to the calendar if there is sufficient demand. Dates for Throckmorton to be added in due course.

Registered competitors for 2015

If you’ve emailed us and are yet to appear here, don’t worry, we’re working on your entry and will confirm shortly!

  1. Robert M – E30 BMW (E36 328 engine) – Road going track cars class D
  2. Peter H – TVR Chimaera 5.5 – British sports car class G
  3. Andrew B – Mk1 Capri – (class TBC)
  4. Steve A – ‘Works’ BMW E46 – Road going track cars class D
  5. Pedro Rodriquez  – Porsche 924S – road going track cars class D
  6. Rob S – Subaru Impreza – Over 2 litre class H
  7. Thumper Shevovic – Porsche 997 Carrera 2s – Over 2 litre class H
  8. Mike Hawthorn – Porsche 944T – Over 2 litre class H
  9. Lewis P – Citroen C2 – Upto 1600cc class K
  10. Richard P – Raw Striker – Specialist production class E
  11. Mark W – Lotus Exige – British Sports car class G
  12. Nathalie M – 991 GT3 / track prepped cayman – Supercar class F / Road going track car class D
  13. Martin S – Mazda MX5 – Upto 1600cc class K
  14. James Hunt – Porsche 944 rally special – Road going track cars class D
  15. Nick A – Mazda MX5 1.6 – Upto 1600cc class K
  16. Richard B – TVR Chimaera 4.5 Supercharged – British Sports car class G
  17. Ian C – Lotus Exige S2 – British Sportscar class G
  18. James S – Mazda MX-5 1.8 – 1600-2 litre class J
  19. Juan Manuel Flangio – Porsche GT3 & Porsche Cayman & BMW M3 Compact – (3 classes)
  20. Lee H – Mazda MX-5 1.6 – 1600cc class K
  21. Nick M – Toyota Corolla – 1600-2 litre class J
  22. Rob D – Lancia Fulvia – up to 1600 cc class K
  23. Carlton B – Mitsubishi Evo I – pver 2 litre, class H
  24. Nigel B – Morgan 4/4 – British sportscar class G
  25. Sam B – Ford Fiesta ST – Over 2 litre FWD class I
  26. Ben A – Fiesta XR2 – Saloon and Sportscar non-road legal class B
  27. “Friend of Ben A” – car TBC – class TBC
  28. Phil A – Mazda MX-5 turbo – Over 2 litre class H
  29. “Q” – Mazda MX-5 – up to 1600cc class K
  30. Cal S – Renault Clio 172 – 1600-2 litre class J
  31. Robert C – Mazda MX-5 – up to 1600cc class K

FAQs

How many laps will I get at each event?

One sprint is 3 laps, you can expect to get at least 20 sprints, and (on a good day) many more, per event. We are limiting numbers per event to ensure everyone gets plenty of time on track. We have the potential for further events if there is sufficient demand. We can’t guarantee the exact amount of laps you’ll get at each event but our aim is to ensure you go home with a smile on your face.

How do I cheat?

There’s a fine line between Colin Chapman style rule-bending and Flavio Briatore rule breaking, but, like Flavio, if we catch you cheating or behaving inappropriately we reserve the right to refuse entry and will not refund any entry fees already paid. We’re not tyrants, we just want to ensure a safe and level playing field for the benefit of all entrants.

How will the winner be decided?

The overall winner will be the person who sets the best improvement over their season’s best result, as a % of that time. This is decided at the shoot-out at the end of the season. If a participant cannot attend this event for any reason they will not be eligible for the main prize. It is also at the organisers’ discretion. The ‘hero of the series’ award will be chosen by the organizers based on effort and chutzpah. Flavio Briatore won’t be getting a gong, Colin might if he participates in the spirit of the event (if he wasn’t dead).

Some of the entrants name’s look iffy. Why?

We’ve had emails from a few folks requesting we don’t publish their real name, because they haven’t told their other half, they don’t want Ferrari cancelling their warranty, or because of other issues. We must know your real name and details when you register but are more than happy for you to use a nom-de-guerre in our series. We particularly look forward to meeting Juan Manuel Flangio at the track, and James Hunt in the bar afterwards.

Can I have multiple drivers in the same car?

Yes, but they’ll each have to pay both the £50 sign-on fee for the championship and the £60 per event.

Can I have multiple cars for the same driver?

Yes, no problem, the £50 sign-on fee is for one driver regardless of what they’re driving but remember that your times are non-transferable of course. You can’t enter in a Mini one week and bring a McLaren the nest and benefit from the massive improvement in performance.

Do I have to join the championship to participate in a sprint?

No. You’re welcome to come along and pay the £60 on the day and just enjoy some sprints (your times won’t be recorded for the championship). For a one –off £50 though you can join the championship and have the chance of winning something, such as the weekend with a Caterham or something shiny to stick on the mantelpiece. Call Dan on 07402 728337 to book.

What kind of cars can I expect to see?

There’s a rich and varied mix of cars expected, including a Caterham R500 (fastest road legal car at Curborough at 1’15.2), Alfa Romeo GT Junior, Renault Fuego, MX5, Ariel Atom, Saxo, TVRs of various sorts, Porsches, Vipers, Clios, Elises and even an electric BMW i3 (3rd fastest in the under 1600cc category). Don’t worry – Senna won’t be there in a works NSX to embarrass you, this is about first-timers enjoying a taste of entry level motorsport in their own cars. The championship is geared to ensure all have a fair chance of winning overall and there’s always something interesting in the paddock to ogle. This is about fun with minimal risk.

Scrutineering

We’re a bunch of happy amateurs here. We expect your car to be maintained to a decent standard and reserve the right to ask you to leave if we, or other people on site, believe it isn’t. We will not be held responsible if the day is curtailed by someone else’s lack of maintenance, so we kindly ask that you help us, and your fellow participant, by keeping an eye on your own car, and others, for the sake for everyone’s safety (and sanity). Thanks.

Who is the organiser?

Dan and Rich of SprintAndTrackday will run the events and will be the point of contact in the paddock. All safety, technical, marshalling and first aid issues will be managed by them, on and off-track, they will ensure fair-play throughout the season.You can contact Dan on 07402 728337.

I love it!

Good! Sign up and we’ll see you there. And when you’ve outgrown MotorPunk’s Sprint series take a look a Caterham’s graduate’s series, info here.

8 Responses

  1. garcon magnifique

    Fantastic idea that deserves support! I’ll be there when I can, we’ll see if Rich can persuade me to track the Merscabies!

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  2. Ray Renchal

    Hi, sounds like a great idea, and could be fun using my standard road car ( Boxster s) however, I have an MSA National A race licence which is probably more important to me – do you know if they (the MSA) have a problem with your series – as far as I can see, they only object to us having other licences from other sporting bodies, and I can do the sprints on a road licence – any comment welcome (constructive please)

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    • Rich Duisberg
      Rich Duisberg

      Thanks for the message, Ray.

      This is not an MSA event, you don’t need a race licence to join and we see no reason why the MSA would revoke your licence if you attended. If you’re unsure, though, you should check with them, we hope to see you there!

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  3. Alex B

    Just wondering what group is be put in.
    Lotus Elise S1, 1.8 rover k
    Thanks Alex

    Reply

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