Starting Out

   

We are pleased that you have taken the time to find out about Grand Prix Midget racing - thank you.

On this site you will find a brief description of the formula, list of cars for sale,  a technical specification, rule book and a full fixture list. On this page you can find out how much racing with us costs and what happens when you actually race with us.

Rules and Regulations
Technical Specification
Approved Engines

What does it cost?

A racing licence is 65 per year which is divided between Incarace and the Grand Prix Midget Club. You receive an e-mail between meetings reminding you of the upcoming meetings and the gradings (see below) for the next meeting and any relevant information.

With regard to cost, this varies very much on what you want to put in but given a reliable engine and no major crashes you should be able to attend a full season for just the cost of towing fuel and maintenance of the racing car. GP Midget racers are pay to race at most meetings. The entry fees are the same as spectators, normally 12. Club funds are boosted by the annual licence fees and by running raffles at prestigious meetings.

Cars can be purchased for as little 2,000 for a starter car. A good average price is 3,500 to 5,000 for a competitive car. which become available when drivers decide to build a new one. Cars can be purchased to order, to any given stage, up to complete and race ready for approx 7,000. Help in building, buying, converting and setting up is freely given and once you have a car every advice you could want will be offered on race days or between them.

Bringing us into the 21st century, every car requires a transponder, available on eBay for 200 -250. These provide lap recording and lap times for every car and results and lap times are posted on "mylaps" within a few days of racing. All drivers also need a RaceCeiver. These provide one way communication from the race steward to warn drivers of any dangers on the track. These are available from the club for 150.

What would be expected of me as a driver?

We'd love it if you attended all meetings but would be like to think you will do at least 60% of the meetings staged. Full grids make for exciting racing and keeps promoter/spectator interest, so we get asked back the next year. Qualification for all championship races e.g. World, European, British, National, Southern, East of England etc., are all based on attendance of 60% of the previous meetings that season - newcomers and non-qualifiers run off the back half a lap down (numbers permitting) so it is in your interest to qualify.

What is the race meeting format?

As you will see from the events list we race at a variety of tracks nationwide .

At all domestic meetings the cars are lined up with the most experienced drivers starting further back on the grid with newer drivers at the front. There are white, yellow, blue, red, gold and silver grades. Grades are principally decided on averages over six meetings raced, with averages also determining the positions within the grade until mid season after which the points determine the grid position with averages still determining the grade. The top six are generally red grade. Moves from one grade to another are done one grade at a time. Top points scorer is silver and the World Champion is gold. Both start at the very back of the grid.

Our World & European Championships are International Events open to drivers from Europe (and we hope may possibly be attended by drivers from even further afield in the future). Points are gained during the season to qualify for a place nearer the front of the grid. The main event for the World Championship is run over 25 laps.

Prizes - what could you win?
There are both front engine and rear engine cars. This is a matter of personal choice but the engine rules are exactly the same. There is one overall championship, or National Points Series, in which the top six are rewarded with trophies at the end of the season

There are also trophies for the highest driver is each 'category' - front & rear engine. The essence of our formula is that the designs of the cars can be as varied as the drivers themselves but within the constraints of a strict set of safety biased rules.

We also have a Best Presented Car competition the winner being presented with a trophy at the end of the year. This competition is judged by the drivers at the end of season Awards evening.

So how do I get to join?
To get an application form please email us with your name and address and we'll send it in the post. If you prefer email we can send it to you as an attachment. If you cannot email us please check out our contacts page for more details.

We look forward to hearing from you!