SPRINTING

Is a high-speed discipline in which drivers take turns to set a time around a lap of a race circuit or a set course, with the fastest times determining the results. Sprinting is a very diverse discipline, with vehicles ranging from standard road cars to f1-style single-seaters.

Sprints are typically held on racing circuits and disused airfields, with venues spread right across the country.
Competitors are given practice runs before the competition proper starts. Usually you will get two runs against the clock, with your best time counting in the final results. The best part about Sprinting is that if you get your first run wrong you still have a chance of making amends on later runs.

First, join your local Sprint club, which you can find using the Go Motorsport club search function. You may also want to have a look at the Hillclimb & Sprint Association website.
You then need to apply to the Motorsport UK for your National B Speed Competition Licence, available to anyone aged 16 or above. You don’t need to take any tests, or have a medical.
Next, go to some Sprints and chat with the competitors to get a real-life feel for the discipline and what it takes to be a competitor.

There are many different Sprint classes, including categories for standard or near-standard road-going vehicles, so you may already be driving your future competition car.

You can use your standard road car, which may require some minor safety modifications depending on the class you’ll be competing in.
You can also build (or buy) a modified car or even a specialist single-seater, there are a wide variety of classes catering for many options.

ou will need Motorsport UK compliant safety equipment such as a helmet, fireproof overalls, gloves and, for some classes, a Frontal Head Restraint device.

Remember that it is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that their vehicle and equipment comply with both the Motorsport UK’s General Regulations (detailed in the Motorsport UK Competitors’ and Officials’ Yearbook) and the Supplementary Regulations (SRs) of the event or championship.

Hill Climbs

To most people, ‘hill climbing’ is an activity involving Ordnance Survey maps, rainproof clothing, wellies and aching limbs. But to car lovers it’s a sport that involves driving quickly up a narrow asphalt hillside course, often little wider than the car itself. Hill climbing has been part of British motor sport since the early days and many famous drivers, including Sir Stirling Moss, have competed on the hills. These days it’s a discipline mainly for amateurs, although three-time FIA World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx MBE used it as his springboard.

Cars tackle an uphill course one-by-one, with the quickest time dictating the winner. Competitors are given practice runs before the competition starts, and you’ll get a minimum of two competitive runs, with your best time counting in the final results. The good thing is that if you make a mistake first time out, you still have a chance of making amends on later runs.

First, go to some meetings and chat with the competitors, then join your local hill climb club. You may also want to have a look at the Hillclimb & Sprint Association website.

You then need to apply to the Motorsport UK for your Non-Race National B Competition Licence, available to anyone aged 16 or above.
Many events are one-offs, so you can enter a variety of contests without committing to any championship. Beyond that there are numerous regional championships and at the pinnacle is the Motorsport UK British Hill Climb Championship.

You can use your standard road car, which may require some minor safety modifications depending on the class you’ll be competing in.
You can also build (or buy) a modified Hill Climb car or even a specialist single-seater, there are a wide variety of classes catering for many options.

Due to the high-speed nature of Hill Climbs you will need to buy some Motorsport UK-compliant safety gear such as a helmet, fireproof overalls, gloves and, for some classes, a Frontal Head Restraint device.

Remember that it is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that their vehicle and equipment comply with both the Motorsport UK’s General Regulations (detailed in the Motorsport UK Competitors’ and Officials’ Yearbook) and the Supplementary Regulations (SRs) of the event or championship.
If you have any questions about vehicles or equipment you can speak to a member of the Motorsport UK Technical Department by calling 01753 765 000.
• Include “Competitor Information” section which includes a button for “Regulations” and “Entry Form” under both “Sprints” and “Hillclimbs” sections