Where do Monoposto Racers compete ?
The Monoposto Club races at motor racing circuits throughout the UK. Circuits at which the we traditionally compete include: Silverstone, Anglesey, Snetterton, Mallory Park, Cadwell Park, Oulton Park, Rockingham, Donington Park, Brands Hatch, Pembrey, Castle Combe, Croft and Thruxton. With a championship of fourteen - sixteen rounds, including several weekend events (double headers), a season cannot include all these circuits.
How many races are there each year ?
Typically there are fourteen rounds in the championship (16 in 2016), of which, usually the best twelve results count for championship points. There are occasionally non-championship races (like Spa in Belgium) which do not accrue points.
There may also be an additional series such as the Tiedeman Trophy, which runs in the autumn/winter, with between four and six rounds.
Do I have to compete in all rounds ?
No, you can do as many or as few rounds as you like.
If I only want to do one or two races can I compete as a guest ?
Guest drivers are offered a discounted Guest Membership for up to two races, amount refundable against full membership.
I have not raced before, can I start racing Monoposto ?
Single seaters are the ideal way to start racing. Because they are designed to be raced they are responsive and easy to learn to drive on the track. They do not require adaptation before racing. As a beginner, Monoposto Racing will allow you to concentrate on your track craft, rather than worry about your car. That is why so many of the Motor Racing Schools such as Jim Russell and Silverstone Driving Centre teach newcomers in single seaters. The MRC recognises that the greatest expense in racing falls on the newcomer. The club waives the Championship Registration Fee for all bona fide newcomers to the sport.
Isn’t single seater racing very expensive ?
Well no form of motor sport is cheap, but surprisingly single seater racing is one of the cheapest forms of circuit racing. ‘Pre enjoyed’ (!) single seaters are less expensive to buy than cars for most production based formulae. Because single seaters are designed and built as race cars, there is no need to spend money (or time) on expensive one off modifications to prepare the car for circuit use. Unlike sports cars, many single seaters use standard engines, keeping down the need to buy special engine parts. Also there is a thriving trade in second hand tyres and spare parts.
How much will I have to pay for a car ?
How long is a piece of string ?!
A basic but reliable Mono1600 car could cost as little as £5500. A good Mono1800 should be available from about £9000, whilst a complete Formula Vauxhall car for Mono2000 would cost about £10000. But expect to pay £25 000+ for a recent F3 based Mono2000 Dallara.
I have competed in a road car based series, but will I be able to cope with a single seater?
Certainly ! In many ways single seaters are less complicated than road cars to prepare for the circuit. They only have components which are actually needed to race, so you do not need to waste time and effort on non essential items such as complex electrics and extensive enclosed bodywork. Because single seaters are born to race, their handling and performance are totally suited to the track. As a result they are much more satisfying to drive and once you get acclimatised your driving will improve too.
Will I be able to get spare parts?
Apart from the thriving trade in second hand parts in the club, there are a large number of specialists who can supply new parts or repair/recondition used parts. A good place to start looking is on our On Line market place.
Am I too old for Monoposto Racing?
Although the semi professional, single seater formulae are the preserve of mere children, Monoposto competitors vary widely in age. The majority seem to be in their late thirties and forties, but several of our most successful competitors are in their sixties! And, whisper it, one or two are a decade older. Some start racing when they retire!
I am a female racing enthusiast, but I am not sure that Monoposto racing would be suitable for me ?
Well Amanda Whitaker, a past, multiple-champion ‘made it’ in style in Monoposto racing and Kat Impey was a race winner in the 2009 season, proving that you don’t have to be Macho Man to succeed in Monoposto Racing. Single seaters respond to finesse not brute force.
How do I get started ?
Join the Monoposto Club as either a competing member or a supporter if you don’t want to race this year.
You will then need to get a racing licence if you haven’t competed in any form of racing before. Details on this can be found on the MSA website.
The Club can help you find a suitable car, and put you in touch with either an experienced competitor who can offer advice and encouragement as you prepare for your first race or professional contacts who can 'run the car' for you.