Driver Information

Going motor racing is always going to cost money and karting is no different. However, as CLUB100 is an “arrive & drive” series, racing budgets can be worked out at the start of the season and there are no hidden extras to worry about. No transportation, storage or preparation worries, no damage costs and no engine rebuilds to pay for. This creates a level playing field for all the drivers and allows you to concentrate simply on your racing.

Even if you’ve done some other kart racing, being successful in the CLUB100 Sprint Series takes some specific driver skills that need to be developed. And as you’ll be racing against some of the best drivers in the applicable classes, try not to be too hard on yourself in your first season as it can be a steep learning curve.

Firstly, you need to become very familiar with the CLUB100 Birel karts’ handling characteristics on the limit, on cold tyres, and in heavy traffic. As CLUB100 is an “arrive & drive” series you will probably be driving a different chassis in each of your races in a day, so you need to be able to isolate the slight differences in each kart, whether related to engine and/or chassis, and then use those characteristics to your best advantage, while covering any minor kart deficiency with your skill as a driver.

Secondly, you need to know the tracks. Knowing where you’re going, the perfect line, the best places to overtake, and where you can defend is vital for success.

Then there’s driving in the wet. CLUB100 karts are never fitted with wet weather tyres, the karts stay on slicks whatever the weather conditions. (This is due to the impossible logistics of changing a whole fleet with limited staff and tools within the time frame available). Subsequently, CLUB100 drivers become very good at driving in the wet!

So there’s a lot to learn for the CLUB100 first-time sprinter. However, this shouldn’t put you off. There’s plenty of help on offer for new drivers to the series, whichever level. If you are serious about taking your skills to the limit up against another 71 drivers (per weight category) then this is the series for you.

The ‘buddy driver’ system is set-up to help new drivers competing in their first Sprint event.

A member of staff will personally introduce the buddy drivers on Sprint race days and assign a buddy to each of the new drivers. Rather than have pre-designated buddies within each class, we will just encourage regular drivers to volunteer their services on the day during the briefing thus sharing the activity over the course of the season.

New drivers will benefit from their buddy in the following areas –

  • Format – Your buddy will let you know when you are racing, checking your results, grid positions, race lengths and most importantly, starting your race.
  • The Kart – You will be given tips on how it all works in the pit lane and kart allocation for each of your races. Your buddy will show you around the kart you have been allocated and advise you on which components to check over prior to racing.
  • FAQ’s – You will have the ‘one to one’ benefit of being able to ask a number of questions throughout the day. You can discuss items such as, handling, racing tips and strategies.
  • Social – Getting to know your buddy will naturally lead on to being introduced to other competitors in your class, giving you the opportunity to forge new friendships within the club, which is what CLUB100 is all about.

This safety feature tries to identify some key issues concerned with getting Karts started when pushing them out of a sometimes crowded (and therefore potentially dangerous) pit lane. Circuits like Bayford Meadows have tight pit lanes that make pushing hazardous due to the restricted space available. This safety issue overlaps nicely with one of our operational headaches, which is getting races started as quickly as possible. Therefore this article doubles up to provide some advice on getting Karts started. It is imperative to getting the races started in a timely fashion that you pushers make every effort to get the Karts you are pushing started first time, hopefully without needing a pusher Kart to help out!

This safety feature tries to identify some key issues concerned with getting Karts started when pushing them out of a sometimes crowded (and therefore potentially dangerous) pit lane. Circuits like Bayford Meadows have tight pit lanes that make pushing hazardous due to the restricted space available. This safety issue overlaps nicely with one of our operational headaches, which is getting races started as quickly as possible. Therefore this article doubles up to provide some advice on getting Karts started. It is imperative to getting the races started in a timely fashion that you pushers make every effort to get the Karts you are pushing started first time, hopefully without needing a pusher Kart to help out!

Here are some key things to remember when pushing Karts to get them started:

  • When trying to start a Kart, ensure you keep pushing until the Kart fires and it is obvious the Kart will keep going. If it fires a bit, then stops – KEEP pushing. Many people make the mistake of thinking the Kart is going to start – then stop pushing. If the engine shows no signs of life at all, then stop pushing, but not before you have given it your best shot!
  • Hopefully the driver will have been fully briefed by myself or another member of the Club100 team about the amount of throttle to use when starting a Kart. Just in case any of you are unsure or want some clarification – here it is. You should use no more than 1/3 – 1/2 throttle when trying to start you Kart. Never floor the pedal thinking this will make it go – it won’t. If, having used just the recommended amount of throttle the engine is still showing no signs of life, then come off the throttle completely before trying again but again with only 1/3 -1/2 of the full range of the throttle. Repeat this on/off application until the Kart fires.
  • As a driver, try to lean as far forward as possible. This moves the weight forward and makes pushing easier.
  • Always give the pushers in front a bit of space in order that they can get out of your way once they have pushed their driver off (count to two – then push). As a driver, always look right ahead and ensure you make every attempt to miss the pushers trying to run out of your way!! As a pusher, always get out of the way as soon as you have pushed.
  • At times when we are short of pushers, we may ask you to run back and push another Kart or try to restart a Kart that hasn’t started and is on the race track. Never push a Kart that is in a dangerous position, leave this to the pusher Karts.
  • As a pusher or a driver always look to the Pit Lane Manager for additional instructions. He may have noticed a blockage on the track and would like you to hold back for a few seconds. He, ultimately will control the release of Karts onto the track.
  • Never choke (cover the air intake box with your hand) the Kart unless instructed otherwise. This is not necessary.

Article by Steve Dart

All driver’s must wear a full race-suit and an approved helmet. We can provide these at the events if you do not have your own.

It is important for a driver to have a good snug fit in the seat so they do not ‘roll around’ or get thrown from side to side. This in turn will allow the driver to focus on control of the Kart.

Most lightweight and some heavyweight drivers will benefit from the use of a seat insert. The club do provide 12 – 15 seat inserts for all to share, so cannot guarantee one will be available for you at all times. Our seat inserts are full seat size and made of rubber to line the seat of the kart. They are more universal than a bespoke insert.

By purchasing your own seat insert, you will be more comfortable in the seat and subsequently improve your performance in the kart.

For those drivers needing to carry ballast to meet the minimum weight in their class, by having your own seat insert you can fit the ballast (roofing lead) around your seat. This way, your weight will be centrally mounted in the kart, ensuring better control.

If you are intending to be a regular competitor, we suggest you get a seat insert (if needed) from Tillett Seats (tel 01795 420312) in Sittingbourne. Tell them you race with CLUB100 and they will then know the size of seat we use. They will also want to know if you need a full seat insert or a ‘half’ seat with the bottom cut out. This second seat is much lighter.

They may also request some sort of understanding of your size in order to provide the right size of insert.

It is very important that all drivers arrive on time. It is clearly written in the regulations that drivers will not be permitted to race if they do not attend the drivers briefing. We would like to politely request you allow plenty of time to ensure you arrive at the venue in good time. Late arrivals only delay the process in getting the day up and running.

Please note, we will not wait for late arrivals. We will start racing without you.

Communication is the key. If you need to cancel on the day, or you are running late due to heavy traffic or for any other reason. Please let us know as soon as possible by calling John Vigor (JV) on 07768 486692.

Contact Club100

  • Club100 Racing Ltd.
    Bon Accord House,
    Eurolink Commercial Park
    Sittingbourne
    Kent
    ME10 3SJ
  • +44 (0) 1795 883592 
  • racing@club100.co.uk

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