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.
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
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
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 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!