Leave the M6 at Junction 6 and follow pick up the A38M (Aston Expressway) towards the centre of Birmingham. After a short section of Motorway, turn left onto the A4540 off the roundabout at Dartmoor circus. If you are heading from the centre of Birmingham then you turn RIGHT at this roundabout. This road is called Lawley Middleway and you follow this road, go over two roundabouts and then turn left into Landor Street. Go down this road and take the second right that is Alderley Road South. Follow the signs for the circuit from here.
The circuit favours the lighter drivers due to three slow hairpin corners. You need to be very precise around this circuit, as mistakes will be punished with a visit into the tyre wall. It is a little difficult to sometimes see around the next corner, as the tyre walls that mark out the circuit, limits the drivers view of the upcoming corners. Therefore, it is essential to pay attention (as it always is!) to the flag marshals to ensure you are aware of dangers that may lie ahead. Drivers should take care on the first lap of the races as the chicane is quite tight, somewhat blind on entry and therefore a 2 or 3 kart pile up can easily block the track.
The hairpin at the end of the back straight is the scene of many a first lap incident and (as described below by Rob Hart) you really need to take care when approaching and turning into this corner in case the ‘do or die’ drivers end up ‘dying’ whilst attempting late braking overtaking manoeuvres!
It is worth pointing out that entrance to the pits is at the entrance of turn 5 (pits hairpin) and you exit the pits on the exit of the same corner. Drivers should make sure that they glance to the right when exiting the pits (more relevant in the Endurance) to ensure there is no oncoming traffic. Drivers should also keep to the left-hand side of the circuit when exiting the pits in order that those at full speed on the circuit can drive around them.
The pit lane is usually extremely tight and it is not normally possible to have a single line of Karts for any given race. Therefore, you must listen carefully to the instructions of the pit lane co-ordinator to ensure you get in the correct Kart in the correct line of karts. Please take extreme care when entering and exiting the pits at Birmingham as it is an overcrowded, small area that can be dangerous.
On the rolling up (formation) laps, CLUB 100 uses the cut-through to by-pass the chicane on the back straight. However, this is the only cut through on the circuit, therefore a slow and steady roll up lap is essential to allow those at the back a chance to catch up and form up in grid order. Remember to keep to the outside perimeter of the circuit on the formation laps in order that others trying to slot into the correct grid positions can get through the pack.
In conjunction with the excellent report written below by Rob Hart, we suggest that you attend the track walks that take place before each Endurance event and in the morning of the Sprint events. This will enable you to get an even more detailed analysis of where to position the Kart on the circuit, brake and accelerate as well as understanding the key overtaking places on the circuit.