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Mondello Park 1/2 June 2002
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Race Review

ECAS swim to Victory

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The tension mounts before the start. ECAS share the front row with Rambo

 

Team ECAS driven by Richard Dalton, Pete Sparrow, and Gary Byatt drove a cracking race to finish just over a lap up on Gajit racing. But it was not all plan sailing with nearly 12 hours of the race run in wet conditions, and at time, monsoon conditions. Richard Dalton lost 9 minutes after midnight beaching the car in the grave at the first corner, and later with a alternator problem when Gary Byatt was driving. wpe3.jpg (18811 bytes)

There were battles all down the field front the start

The ECAS car dropped into the clutches of the second place battle between gadget racing and tete rouge. Tete Rouge had come back well from dropping a number of laps when one of their Mondello rookie drives put the car in the barrers on the long left behind the paddock.

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Top ECAS driver Pete Sparrow set the pole position time.

Race Reports
2002
Championship Results
Club Calendar  
Race Calendar
Endurance Championship
Cadwell Park 7th April

Lydden Hill 12th May

Mondello Park 1/2 June

Silverstone 22nd/23rd June

Snetterton 21st July

Anglesey 10th August

Brands Hatch 8th Sept

Mallory Park 29 September

Pembrey 19 October 2002

Donington Park 3 November

Silverstone 23 November
 
 

 

Behind the top three there was the best finish for an Irish car, with a well deserved fourth place for the number one eurologic car. They were just ahead of the recovering Rambo car of Graham Harper. The Rambo car had run in second place from the start, but a long early pitstop had dropped them well down the order, this left them twenty hours of trying to catch up, and were always one of the quickest on the track.

Sixth place finisher was the second Irish car home of Tony Dennton, whos car ran like clockwork all race.

Another quick car that was in trouble early one was Championship leader Gary Adnitt. Having qualified third, Gary pulled into the pits on the warm up lap with a sticking throttle. At the end of Gary Adnitt's first 2hr 15min stint he came into the pit in 2nd place! back in contention. The second driver went out and on his third lap had the engine blow (dodgy valve).When the engine was replaced a brake pad was dislodged causing uthe number seven car to knacker a caliper, so that then had to be changed and for the rest of the race we kept shooting brake pads on the knackered brake disc.
        Team ECAS had taken pole position with a fine lap in the 1m19secs from Pete Sparrow. At the start ECAS led with Rambo tucking in behind in second, but the biggest shock was the fast starting Graham Wallace in the Myatt, taylor car, he jumped from sixth to third at the first corner, then stuck to the back of the two leaders for the first hour, until finally losing the tow of the leading two in traffic. But all Wallaces good work came to an end with a twenty five minute stop to replace a gearbox after a driveshaft came lose. They fought they way back to eleventh by the end. Of the 33 starters 31 finished  first timer Kate croucher’s car retired having run out of engines early on Sunday morning. Unluckest team have to be Team Pickled Pig, who stopped on the circuit within an hour of the finish.

 

Team ECAS driven by Richard Dalton, Pete Sparrow, and Gary Byatt drove a cracking race to finish just over a lap up on Gadget Racing. But it was not all plain sailing with nearly 12 hours of the race run in wet -and at times - monsoon conditions. Richard Dalton lost 9 minutes after midnight beaching the car in the gravel at the first corner, and later with a alternator problem when Gary Byatt was driving.

The ECAS car dropped into the clutches of the second place battle between Gadget Racing and Tete Rouge, who had come back well from dropping a number of laps when one of their Mondello rookie drivers hit the barriers on the long left behind the paddock.

Behind the top three there was the best finish for an Irish car, with a well deserved fourth place for the number one Eurologic car. They were just ahead of the recovering Rambo car of Graham Harper, which had run in second place from the start, but a long early pitstop had dropped them well down the order. This left them with twenty hours of trying to catch up, and they were always one of the quickest on the track.

Another quick car that was in trouble early on was Championship leader Gary Adnitt. Having qualified third, Adnitt pulled into the pits on the warm up lap with a sticking throttle. At the end of his first 2hr 15min stint he came into the pits in 2nd place! The second driver went out and on his third lap the engine blew due to a faulty dodgy..When the engine was replaced a brake pad was dislodged causing the number seven car to damage a caliper. For the rest of the race the team were dogged with brake pad problems because of the faulty disc.

Team ECAS had taken pole position with a fine lap in the 1m19secs from Pete Sparrow. At the start ECAS led with Rambo tucking in behind in second, but the biggest shock was the fast starting Graham Wallace in the Myatt/Taylor car, he jumped from sixth to third at the first corner, then stuck to the back of the two leaders for the first hour, until finally losing the tow of the leading two in traffic. But all Wallace's good work came to an end with a twenty five minute stop to replace a gearbox after a driveshaft came lose. They fought they way back to eleventh by the end.

Of the 33 starters 31 finished. First timer Kate Croucher’s car retired having run out of engines early on Sunday morning. Unluckest team award had to go to Team Pickled Pig, who stopped on the circuit within an hour of the finish.

ROUND 4 MONDELLO PARK (24hrs) 01/06/02-02/06/02

Results

Pos

No

Team

Laps

Best

1

53

Ecas 2cv Parts

926

1:19.72

2

4

Team Gadget Racing

925

1:20.45

3

2

Team Tete Rouge

918

1:20.92

4

911

Eurologic Racing

913

1:20.66

5

26

Rambo

910

1:19.64

6

35

Gartony Immda

908

1:22.45

7

52

MRB Racing

902

1:22.65

8

6

French Auto Racing

901

1:22.19

9

97

Team Rektangle

892

1:20.63

10

15

Team Stinky

890

1:22.60

11

48

Riveara Racing

888

1:20.41

12

21

Paul Dalton Racing

874

1:23.12

13

27

Shark Attack

859

1:20.32

14

66

French Auto Racing

858

1:21.52

15

32

Ecurie Cheveaux Blancs

855

1:20.42

16

50

Red Bull Racing

851

1:23.84

17

71

Hollis Motorsport

851

1:23.78

18

33

OSM Racing

849

1:24.16

19

29

Dayz of Funder

847

1:22.86

20

30

Team NFR

854

1:24.01

21

1

Air Cooled Racing

841

1:22.52

22

36

Raed Nose Scotland

836

1:23.05

23

959

Eurologic 959

834

1:23.13

24

40

Murf Racing Team

834

1:24.99

25

45

Alices Dream Team

830

1:26.15

26

30

Imbroglio Racing

821

1:23.66

27

54

Caterham Graduates

816

1:24.11

28

7

Team Collier Racing

812

1:20.87

29

81

Rocket Dog Racing

785

1:21.22

30

16

Torquies Tortise

762

1:21.26

31

42

Team Hewes Racing

739

1:29.88

NCF

60

Pickled Pig

828

1:24.46

NCF

8

Team Dolly

390

1:24.56

 

Qualifying

Pos

No.

Name

Time

Deficit

1

53

ECAS

1:19.67

 

2

26

RAMBO

1:19.94

+ 0.27

3

7

COLLIER RACING

1:20.45

+ 0.78

4

97

REKTANGL 2CV

1:20.74

+ 1.07

5

4

GADGET RACING

1:20.95

+ 1.28

6

48

RIVEARA RACING

1:20.95

+ 1.28

7

2

TETE ROUGE

1:21.03

+ 1.36

8

911

EUROLOGIC

1:21.27

+ 1.60

9

27

SHARK ATTACK

1:21.74

+ 2.07

10

81

ROCKET DOG RACING

1:21.86

+ 2.19

11

32

ECURIE CHEVEAUX BLANCS

1:21.93

+ 2.26

12

66

FRENCH AUTO RACING TEAM

1:21.98

+ 2.31

13

52

MRB RACING

1:22.16

+ 2.49

14

15

TEAM STINKY

1:22.54

+ 2.87

15

1

AIR COOLED RACING

1:22.85

+ 3.18

16

6

FRENCH AUTO RACING TEAM

1:22.98

+ 3.31

17

35

GARTONY IMMDA

1:23.57

+ 3.90

18

959

EUROLOGIC

1:23.59

+ 3.92

19

36

RED NOSE SCOTLAND

1:23.61

+ 3.94

20

30

IMBROGLIO RACING

1:24.59

+ 4.92

21

21

PAUL DALTON RACING

1:24.66

+ 4.99

22

33

OSM RACING

1:24.87

+ 5.20

23

90

TEAM NFR

1:24.90

+ 5.23

24

54

CATERHAM GRADUATES

1:25.24

+ 5.57

25

60

PICKLED PIG

1:25.30

+ 5.63

26

71

HOLLIS MOTORSPORT

1:25.33

+ 5.66

27

29

DAYZ OF FUNDER

1:25.38

+ 5.71

28

50

RED BULL RACING

1:25.48

+ 5.81

29

16

TORQUIES TORTISE

1:25.74

+ 6.07

30

8

TEAM DOLLY

1:26.25

+ 6.58

31

40

MURF RACING

1:26.51

+ 6.84

32

45

ALICES DREAM TEAM

1:27.61

+ 7.94

33

42

HEWES RACING

1:30.05

+ 10.38

 

Results (24hrs)

Pos

No.

Name

Laps

Deficit

Grid

1

53

ECAS

926

 

1

2

4

GADGET RACING

925

+ 1 Lap

5

3

2

TETE ROUGE

918

+ 8 Laps

7

4

911

EUROLOGIC

913

+ 13 Laps

8

5

26

RAMBO

910

+ 16 Laps

2

6

35

GARTONY IMMDA

908

+ 18 Laps

17

7

52

MRB RACING

902

+ 24 Laps

13

8

6

FRENCH AUTO RACING TEAM

901

+ 25 Laps

16

9

97

REKTANGL 2CV

892

+ 34 Laps

4

10

15

TEAM STINKY

890

+ 36 Laps

14

11

48

RIVEARA RACING

888

+ 38 Laps

6

12

21

PAUL DALTON RACING

874

+ 52 Laps

21

13

27

SHARK ATTACK

859

+ 67 Laps

9

14

66

FRENCH AUTO RACING TEAM

858

+ 68 Laps

12

15

32

ECURIE CHEVEAUX BLANCS

855

+ 71 Laps

11

16

71

HOLLIS MOTORSPORT

851

+ 75 Laps

26

17

50

RED BULL RACING

851

+ 75 Laps

28

18

33

OSM RACING

849

+ 77 Laps

22

19

29

DAYZ OF FUNDER

847

+ 79 Laps

27

20

90

TEAM NFR

845

+ 81 Laps

23

21

1

AIR COOLED RACING

841

+ 85 Laps

15

22

36

RED NOSE SCOTLAND

836

+ 90 Laps

19

23

959

EUROLOGIC

834

+ 92 Laps

18

24

40

MURF RACING

834

+ 92 Laps

31

25

45

ALICES DREAM TEAM

830

+ 96 Laps

32

26

30

IMBROGLIO RACING

821

+ 105 Laps

20

27

54

CATERHAM GRADUATES

816

+ 110 Laps

24

28

7

COLLIER RACING

812

+ 114 Laps

3

29

81

ROCKET DOG RACING

785

+ 141 Laps

10

30

16

TORQUIES TORTISE

762

+ 164 Laps

29

31

42

HEWES RACING

739

+ 187 Laps

33

 

DNF

60

PICKLED PIG

828

 

25

DNF

8

TEAM DOLLY

390

 

30

 

Fastest laps

Pos

No.

Name

Time

Deficit

1

26

RAMBO

1:19.64

 

2

53

ECAS

1:19.72

+ 0.08

3

27

SHARK ATTACK

1:20.32

+ 0.68

4

48

RIVEARA RACING

1:20.41

+ 0.77

5

32

ECURIE CHEVEAUX BLANCS

1:20.42

+ 0.78

6

4

GADGET RACING

1:20.45

+ 0.81

7

97

REKTANGL 2CV

1:20.63

+ 0.99

8

911

EUROLOGIC

1:20.86

+ 1.22

9

7

COLLIER RACING

1:20.87

+ 1.23

10

2

TETE ROUGE

1:20.92

+ 1.28

11

81

ROCKET DOG RACING

1:21.22

+ 1.58

12

16

TORQUIES TORTISE

1:21.23

+ 1.59

13

66

FRENCH AUTO RACING TEAM

1:21.52

+ 1.88

14

6

FRENCH AUTO RACING TEAM

1:22.19

+ 2.55

15

35

GARTONY IMMDA

1:22.45

+ 2.81

16

1

AIR COOLED RACING

1:22.52

+ 2.88

17

15

TEAM STINKY

1:22.60

+ 2.96

18

52

MRB RACING

1:22.65

+ 3.01

19

29

DAYZ OF FUNDER

1:22.86

+ 3.22

20

36

RED NOSE SCOTLAND

1:23.05

+ 3.41

21

21

PAUL DALTON RACING

1:23.12

+ 3.48

22

959

EUROLOGIC

1:23.13

+ 3.49

23

30

IMBROGLIO RACING

1:23.66

+ 4.02

24

71

HOLLIS MOTORSPORT

1:23.78

+ 4.14

25

50

RED BULL RACING

1:23.84

+ 4.20

26

90

TEAM NFR

1:24.01

+ 4.37

27

54

CATERHAM GRADUATES

1:24.11

+ 4.47

28

33

OSM RACING

1:24.16

+ 4.52

29

60

PICKLED PIG

1:24.46

+ 4.82

30

8

TEAM DOLLY

1:24.56

+ 4.92

31

40

MURF RACING

1:24.99

+ 5.35

32

45

ALICES DREAM TEAM

1:26.15

+ 6.51

33

42

HEWES RACING

1:29.88

+ 10.24

 

Championship Drivers Finishing positions Mondello

(Note: Non point scoring cars have been removed from list)

        (all Mondello scores are plus 100 points)

1  ECAS Dalton Sparrow   Pole Position                    205

2 GADGET Cowling   Bousfield  Mason                      190

3 Tete Rouge   Callendar                                             180

4 Eurologic   Harnett Coffey                                        175

5 Rambo  Harper    Fastest Lap                                173

6 MRB  P.Taylor  Dodgson                                       165

7 FART  Winn                                                          160

8 Rektangle   Harrold Pattenden                                   155

9 Stinky Thompson Calladine Savage                         150

10Riviera   Myatt M.Taylor Wallace                            154

11Shark  Lott                                                             140

12FART  Storey Woodward Simpson                       135

13Ecurie Blancs    Rottenburg                                      130

14 Hollis MS   R & M Hollis                                       125

15Dayz of F   Howlett Wann                                      120

16 NFR    Heywood                                                   110

17 Aircooled   Cooper Williams                                  110

18Red Nose    Coghill Douglas                                  110

19Murph    P.Murphy                                                 110

20Imbroglio   Dean                                                     110

21Caterhams   Smith                                                   110

22Collier   Adnitt  Panas                                              110

23Rocket Dog Crake P.C-W  Finlay                          110

24Hewes Racing   Hewes                                            110

 

IT'S NOT FUN BEING A RENT BOY

Mondello Park is a mass of contradictions.  The new pit lane facilities are the envy of Silverstone or Brands Hatch - the toilet facilities have been imported following a Calcutta slum clearance escapade.

But this year would be special.  I was approached at the start of the year to be part of a three driver 'Super Team'.  Three drivers means there is more scope to optimise driver changeover and our car was to be built specifically for the event to exacting standards by a motor vehicle engineer with an exemplary pedigree.  Tempted by the bait I took this hook, line and sinker and rented out my car to fund the podium destined record breaking attempt.

As Mondello drew nearer, news of the tarmac melter wasn't good - it was being described as the 'Virtual Racer'.  Things were looking desperate, but I was told not to fear, loads of engineering effort was about to descend on the vehicle.  I continued preparation of my car and got it to Ireland ready for my team to race.  The car I was to race travelled overnight in a covered trailer and arrived with the team, totally knackered on the Friday morning for testing. Off came the covers and there it was, the first ACME Flat Pack 2CV, all waiting to be assembled.   Our team leader, who I shall affectionately refer to as Captain Chaos was raring to go – in a “cant keep my eyes open” sort of a way.  Desperate measures were needed, I searched for a pumpkin and four white mice on the basis that if it worked for Cinderella we had to be in with a chance, but I couldn't find a fairy.

So testing began without the virtual car.  Mine was going OK but the garage was alive with the sound of spanners, hammers and the merry tunes of all the little pixies.  By the afternoon it was ready - sort of.  Starting up revealed the exhaust from hell, a couple of things dropped off but so what?  Captain Chaos sent out the test driver wearing the silk scarf of the kamikaze.  Next lap he came in complaining all his fillings had fallen out and the brakes didn't work but that didn't matter much as it didn't really go very fast.  My car continued to circulate. 

The virtual car was worked on until around 11.00 pm.  Captain Chaos worked like a Trojan and behold, something sensible was ready for qualifying on Saturday morning.  We ended up 12th on the grid, with my car 16th.  We could have done better but had to stop to stick some bits back on.

At 3.00 pm, the race started.  The first session went well, the 'splash and dash' fitted in well with the pace car. At the driver change we were up to 8th.  The next session went well and  the car was handed over at 9.00 pm in 5th place.  The Captain took to the track for the next session and was up to 4th when he came into the pits with sheared steering bolts.  People weld the steering knuckles to the hubs, but on whether this is a good idea, opinion is clearly divided. Captain Chaos doesn't think it's a good idea, everyone else does.  However, the steering was subsequently welded and off we went again, albeit in 10th place.

As darkness approached, it was accompanied by a monsoon - it was horrendous.  I took to the track in the dark and rain and it was impossible to de-mist the window.  Vision was a bit worse than nil, you knew you were off the track when you felt it bumping across the grass.   After an hour I was called to the pits to fuel the car to the end of the session and new front tyres.  I complained about the windscreen and a calm lady (a novelty in our pits which exceeded the inverse of karma) wiped fairy liquid on both sides of the windscreens.   I applied constructive criticism along the lines of I wanted to see out not have a bubble bath, but it worked.  There was life beyond the windscreen, and more to the point, I was now in a position to avoid it. It was a difficult drive, on one occasion I rounded a corner to see a car coming the other way – he had spun & was in the middle of the track blinding me with his headlights. The same car passed me again & I tried to keep up. Hes braking late thought I & promptly did the same. Imagine my dismay as he slid off into the gravel trap leaving me secure in the knowledge I was going just as quickly. I managed to miss him & continue but after three hours I was delighted to get out of the car. In went the Captain & I went to bed, I think we were back to 5th.

Id just got to sleep when a great banging came from the door, “Get up, engine change” was the cheery reveille. I fell out of bed (this was 4.30am) and into the garage where the car had been driven. I couldn’t see across the garage, it was so full of smoke. Immediately I demanded a risk assessment for this unfeasibly hot engine removal and a COSHH assessment for the fumes. The conclusion was we would get burnt and the coughing should take our minds off it. The change was depressingly slow with the mad captain being on the track 20 minutes later, leaving a trail of molten rubber & the stench of burning flesh. We were now sixteenth, and still my car circulated, now in 4th. I trudged off to the salmonella van for an invigorating breakfast roll. It had an egg in it that resembled one my daughter has in the play kitchen. I spent the next half hour demonstrating to an appreciative audience on the pitwall how high I could get it to bounce, the strange thing was I had an audience!

Another driver change & off again. The car was a couple of seconds a lap slower on this engine. Into the pits it came sounding horrible. A quick check of compression, this was OK, try to start & the air filter almost caught fire. It was a broken rocker, changed that and off again. Then it was my turn. The car was going well & back to eight place we did a good fuel stop & then it started banging & popping & had to get towed back, another broken rocker, and still my car kept circulating.

We changed the rocker and carried on until the end with Captain Chaos taking an emotional flag in 12th place. My car succumbed to alternator failure & finished 8th. So I was beaten by my car, not only that, but it achieved its best ever result & I wasn’t in it!

During the engine change we had selected an engine to fit when the Captain told us not to as it was seized. “Why did you bring it” – he shrugged his shoulders. Basically, we had transported a scrap engine from Maidstone to Ireland and back, via Harwell. The engine had been on a little holiday; it met lots of other engines & had a nice time. Mad as a corned beef bun. We considered giving it a decent burial at sea on the ferry on the way back.

And so the end of the race. In typical Irish fashion, the bar ran out of Guinness (we had stocks in case of this eventuality). Some competitors went for a curry & some were directed to the Chinese. “What’s it called” we asked “bejaysus, its called the Golden Ring” – this blokes taking the **** thought I & settled for beans on toast in the van, but on the way home, there it was, the Golden Ring – it must be true about the Irish sense of humour.

 

A brief guide to a 2CV 24 hour Racer

 

The whole concept of 2CV racing is that it’s inexpensive, fun formula that means that anybody can do it.  The rules have been written by the drivers for the drivers with safety and cost in mind. A copy of the rules are available on the 2CV racing website, or by post.

 Sensible engine tuning means engines can last a whole season, including a 24-hour between rebuilds, and it only costs between £400 and £1000 to build in the first place.  Performance is better than most people think. With 45-50HP and a car weighing only 530Kg the cars can still do 95 mph. Modifications are limited to higher compression pistons from a Dyane, gas flowed heads, lighted flywheels, and skimmed down barrels for even more compression.  It is possible to run 2CV racing club approved electronic ignition, but half the field still don't bother running it. You must still run a standard valves, crank, camshaft and carburettor, but you can change the jets and air filter. Front running engines cost around £1000 to build.

 Chassis - In the current 2cv rules, you have the choice of three different chassis. There is not much difference between them all; the standard Citreon chassis is the lightest, whilst the SLC and Frome ones are slightly stiffer.

 Roll cages - need to be as per the MSA ‘blue book’. The addition of a tube between the front feet of the cage is highly recommended, and is compulsory for 2002.

 Tyres - have to be 15 inch Firestone road tyres. Sizes used are 125, 135, or 145. Most people these days run 145s. A set can last more than a complete season - not including the 24-hour race when between 4 and 8 tyres are needed to complete the distance. Scrubbed tyres are available through the club at a discount.

 Suspension - The one area were racing 2cv’s are noticeably different from road 2cvs, is that the race 2CV’s suspension has been lowered and stiffened. This means there is none of that ‘scrapping the door mirrors on the road’ when cornering like standard road 2CVs.   Suspension mods are very limited, modified front arms can be supplied by a number of teams or simply modified by yourself to reduce the front wheels caster due to lowering of the car. The springs inside the suspension cans can be changed. Normally 150 to 200 percent stiffer springs are used. Shock absorbers can be replaced with alternatives and bump stops can be removed. Camber and caster angles are free. It is possible to fit an Ami super anti roll bar to the front suspension but this seems to be out of fashion these days.

 The steering rack has to be standard, but track rods are normally lengthened while track rod adjusters can be strengthened or replaced. Through the racing club it is possible to buy improved adjusters.  The steering column has to have a universal joint added to the bottom. This means you can lower the steering wheel position to suit your driving position.

 Standard wheel bearings and kingpins are still used, but its best to replace them every year.If the car is doing the 24-hour race then it’s advisable to replace them before the event. There's nothing like changing a wheel bearing at two in the morning in the middle of the race if you don't!

 Exhausts systems must pass MSA noise levels. There are two main types of system used, a modified road system or a 2 into 1 race system. The basic rule of thumb is that the standard system gives better torque whilst the 2 into 1 gives better top end power. 

 A standard 2CV 602cc gearbox is used, the only modifications permitted are that you can extend the gear stick and put a bung in the speedo cable hole if no speedometer is fitted to the car. Gearboxes even in race trim seem to last for ever, and can be easily rebuilt. Normal problems are oil leaks from the front oil seal.

 The standard 2CV braking system is used, and is more than capable of lasting the 24-hour race even in road car condition. 2CV’s from the mid 70’s onwards had discs on the front and drums on the rear, and if anything a standard 2CV is over braked anyway. Brake pads are free, and there are a number of different pads on the market. But in general the standard front brake pad is just as good.

 On the exterior of the car it is possible to remove the front and rear bumpers and the fitting of a front spoiler is mandatory. The side and rear windows can be replaced with 4mm thick Perspex sheet.

 The cost to build a 2CV racing car can be as little as £1500-£2000, but it depends on how much work you do yourself and how competitive you want to be.

 

Getting A Race Licence

Before you can race in a 2CV event, you will require a 'National B' Race Licence, issued by the UK Motor Sports Association (MSA).

For Novice drivers, getting a race licence is relatively simple:

1. Contact the MSA (see their website for details at www.msauk.org) and purchase their 'Go Racing' Pack for £39. The pack contains instructions on how to obtain a 'National B' Race Licence, a video, a Competitors Yearbook (known to all as the Blue Book), and the official licence application form.

2. Book a half days training (which should cost under £200) at a race drivers school belonging to the Association of Racing Drivers’ Schools (ARDS) - see below. After your training you will need to pass both a track driving test on basic car control, plus a written exam on the contents of the Blue Book. Don’t panic! - its easier than it sounds; all the answers are on the video sent in your 'Go Racing' pack.

Aintree Racing Drivers School, Wigan, Tel: 01942 270230

Anglesey Performance Driving Centre, Anglesey, N Wales, Tel: 01407 840253

Castle Combe Racing School, Chippenham, Wilts, Tel: 01249 782417

Everyman Motor Racing, Mallory Park Circuit, Leics, Tel: 01455 841670

Ian Taylor Motor Racing School, Thruxton Circuit, Andover, Hampshire, Tel: 01264 773511

Knockhill Racing Drivers’ School, Fife, Scotland, Tel: 01383 720044

Nigel Mansell Racing School, Oulton Park Circuit, Tarporley, Cheshire, Tel: 0990 125250

Nigel Mansell Racing School, Brands Hatch Circuit, Kent, Tel: 0990 125250

Nigel Mansell Racing School, Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk, Tel: 0990 125250

Road & Track Events,Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, W Sussex, Tel: 01243 778118

Richard Peacock’s Race School, Kirkistown Circuit, Co Down, N Ireland, Tel: 01247 452322

Silverstone Driving Centre at Croft Circuit, Darlington, N Yorks, Tel: 01325 722272

Silverstone Driving Centre, Towcester, Northants, Tel: 01327 857788

3. If you pass the tests you can now apply for a licence - send the completed application form to the MSA, along with the correct application fee (around £40). Your licence will be sent to you in around 2-4 weeks.

Entering A Race

To enter as a driver in any 2CV race you must be a member of the 2CV Racing Club, either as a full Race Member (recommended - annual cost £30) or a Day Member (cost £10).  Day membership only allows entry for one race at a time.

With the exception of the 24 Hour Race at Mondello Park, Ireland, you must also be a member of the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) which organises the 2CV Championship. The annual cost is around £55 - for details of how to join visit their website at www.barc.net

Before you can get in the car, you will need to buy or borrow an FIA approved helmet, a fireproof racesuit, gloves and balaclava, plus (optional) race boots. Safety is a priority, so buy the best equipment you can afford.  Try www.demon-tweeks.co.uk or www.grandprixracewear.com for a brochure.

You must submit an entry form to the BARC for the race you wish to enter (or Mondello Park Management if you wish to enter the 24 Hour Endurance race). Contact them direct for the appropriate form. Send your entry fee (usually around £130) and completed form (with your licence number, and car details) to the organising Club before the closing date - usually 2-3 weeks before the event.

Once your entry has been accepted, you will then be sent final instructions and paddock tickets. Then you just need to turn up at the track on the right day, at the right time and wait for the fun to really start.

If this sounds too daunting, many of the 2CV races are two driver endurance events. If you have a licence, you should be able to double up with an experienced driver who will do all the hardwork for you.   Of course you will be expected to pay for the privelege of driving someone else's car - contact the 2CV Racing Club direct if you are looking to share a drive.

 

 These a the actual cost for one of the teams in last years race.

Engine 450 rebuild of old 1996 spec race engine.
Mondello entrance 460
Insurance (not taken) 0
Tyres fitted on rims 35 including balancing
New Tyres 160 8 new Firestone 145x15 tyres
Spare parts 40 (throttle cable, points, & wiper blades)
Flood light for garage and pit board 13 
Car prep  550 New wheel bearings and kingpins etc.
Membership to 2CV club 30 £10 per day membership.
post race rebuild 200 To repair car for next race
Mondello testing 80 For all day Friday.
Red Bull 15 used by pit crew
Transit rental 240
Fuel (transport & ancillary running around) 187
Fuel (race) 134 Unleaded. No reported problems in using unleaded.
Ferry 157 For van and trailer. Booked with Irish Ferries
Team stickers/ shirts 27 well its got to be done!  
Spotlights 48 100w bulbs maximum if you don't want a flat battery!
Mobile home hire 300 It is possible to camp at the circuit for free.
TOTAL   

3126

  total cost for team thats only £781 per driver!


These costs are based on 'A' team racings race.                
This novice team with four drivers, three of who were having their first race. The team was running 11th with 50 minutes to go, until the engine was over revved on a missed gear change.                
The team had one spare engine and gearbox, but had to borrow a front suspension arm after a testing crash on the Friday.                
The two front tryes were changed in the middle of the race. Six were used in total all weekend.                
Race refueling is by circuit supplied jerry can and nozzle. A couple more Jerry cans are useful. Fuel is supplied at the track throughout the race.                

 

NEWS

Martin Woodley is the Mondello 24 hour race co-ordinator from the 2CV Racing club. Please email Martin Woodley with your Mondello enquires [email protected]

05/3/02 Martin Birrane team need drive

Norrie Taylor has decided to bring Le Shark out at Mondello
with a family team. This leaves  "Le Patron" Martin
Birrane and crew without a car. Has anyone got a quick car for sale or hire?                                      If he either buys or hires we need a team of mechanics to run the effort.
Inducements could be discussed (ferries)
Email Martin Woodley if you can help.

22/2/02 The Belgium's are coming to Ireland!

The Santa Fe Belgium 2CV Series have full approval for them to have a 4
hour race on the Saturday Morning before the 24 hour race.
At present they have between 10 to 12 cars set race at Mondello. If you are
planning to enter and have not yet let me know please e-mail by return.

22/2/02 - Do you need a caravan in the Paddock for the 24 hour race?                                                 

A limited number of Caravans will be available to hire on a first come                                                    first servered basis.
Do you need a caravan? I need to let them know ASAP

4/2/02 Details firm up for this years race!

1: Practice & Qualify 31st May
2: Race 1st & 2nd June
3: UK Bank Holiday 3rd + 4th June
4: Entries open 1st March
5: Entries close 3rd May by which time 30 cars must be on the grid
6: Subject To licence we will be supported by the Santa Fe Belgium 2CV Series who will be having a 4 hour race on Saturday morning
7: Race cost 1000 euros
8: Friday cost 135 euros
9 : Caravans 22ft 6 berth £290 stering 485 euro
Tourers 3 to 4 berth £250 sterling 420 euro - 2 berth the same cost
We have been asked to get an indication of how many cars will be entered and how
many caravans will be required so please e-mail me ASAP.

 

 

 

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