Please find attached the notice for next Saturdays AGM, ahead of the awards dinner in the evening.
The meeting will be held at DeVere Staverton Park, Staverton, Daventry Northamptonshire NN11 6JT, starting at 2.30pm
Refreshments will be served from 2.00pm, and following the formal part of the AGM, there will be a short break, after which there will be an informal discussion forum, similar to that held at Silverstone.
We have seen a golden era for the Mono2000 / Mono F3 class over the last 16 years. The rules that have been in place for this time have given us a choice of reliable, competitive engines that have been easily and cheaply available. We have seen 2000cc engines from Vauxhall, Toyota, Ford and Volkswagen win Mono races outright in this period.
Other that a relatively small change to the regulations in 2010 to allow fuel injection, the stability of the regulations has been seen to be very beneficial to the membership. Unfortunately, these engines are now getting long in the tooth, base engine and parts availability for some of them is becoming difficult. This situation of parts availability is not going to improve over time.
This availability problem has not yet become critical, we should use this time we have available to look at the future regulations for the class. This time gives us the possibility to formulate, discuss and implement a regulations roadmap for the largest of the Mono classes without the need for emergency measures.
The attached document below, drawn up by Russ Giles and the Technical Committee, is intended to be the start of a discussion process, with the intention to have reached a consensus by the summer. The regulations would be implemented for the 2020 season, allowing all current and future competitors plenty of time to prepare, and for those regulations to be stable bar minor adjustments until the 2025 season.
Technical Director Russ Giles has approached the MSA concerning the recent issues over Roll Over Protection Systems ("ROPS") as the issue applies to Monoposto. The following response has been received from the MSA Technical Department.Many thanks to the MSA for their help.
I thought it best to answer your questions (in italics) in order so please see my comments in blue below. But I will stress that there is nothing new, no new regulations, no new enforcement, the single seater ROPS regulations were last amended in 1987 and before that in 1977. The “focus” is due to it being highlighted to us that a few manufacturers of Sprint and Hill Climb single seaters were producing cars with ROPS that did not comply with MSA regulations. Note that the ROPS regulations for Single Seaters in Sprints and Hill climbs are the same as for circuit racing. The manufacturers were brought together for a meeting and following this most manufacturers are being proactive in rectifying the issue.
Due to the number of queries received on this topic we are developing a guidance article to be published in the MSA newsletter and on our website stating what the existing requirements are. We hope for this to be available within the first couple of weeks of the new year.
To answer your specific queries;
Most of our members use cars that have been used in other professional race series in the past. Some do not conform to the dimensional requirements for tube diameters Etc laid out in the blue book, but have been approved and certificated by the MSA or FIA in period. The proof of this is the existence of the certificates for the various vehicles. I am led to believe that the MSA holds a comprehensive record of these certificates, and these can be made available for those owners that do not have access to the certificates for their car.
Any vehicle certified by the MSA, FIA or any FIA recognised ASN is acceptable and remains acceptable providing the ROPS is as detailed on the certification. We hold records of all MSA certified ROPS. Owners of vehicles with MSA issued certification can contact us to obtain an official copy.
Can you please confirm what your guidelines will be for the scrutineering teams for next season regarding the ROPS?
No different, there are no new regulations so scrutineers should be enforcing the existing regulations as they always have done.
Will you be expecting all the competitors to produce ROPS certificates at scrutineering?
No, ROPS certificates are only required to be presented where a ROPS is certified by an ASN or the FIA. For a ROPS built to the Blue Book specification does not need any certification. Where a ROPS is certified it has always been a requirement for it to be presented at scrutineering (K1.5.1). Also vehicles with ROPS built and approved to FIA Formulae regulations (F3, F3000 etc..) or FIA Appendix J are not required to present certification providing the vehicle structure still complies to these regulations, the onus on proof of compliance lies with the competitor.
Can you provide a listing or catalogue of what ROPS certificates are available from the MSA?
It would be better for any competitors who want to check for certification to contact us directly and we will advise.
Is there an age of vehicle where there are different ROPS requirements, I have seen Pre 1986 mentioned, but I can see no mention of this in the blue book.
The Blue Book specification changed for the 1987 season, prior to 1987 the MSA regulations allowed either a 35x2mm Chromoly Tube or a 42.4x2.6mm CDS tube, from 1987 only the 42.4x2mm CDS tube was permitted for an MSA Specification ROPS. Changes in ROPS regulations are not retrospectively applied, so a pre-1987 car with a 35x2mm Chromoly ROPS remains eligible. Remember that for a certified ROPS the Blue Book material specifications do not apply, the dimensions will be detailed on the certificate.
The championships have long been settled, but there are also awards for more subjective activities. The tables below show who has won what. The awards will be presented at the AGM (Click here for details)
MONO 2000 Class
MONO Classic 2000 Class
MONO 1800 Class
MONO 1600 Class
MOTO 1400 Class
MOTO 1000 Class
VINDALOO (Any Class)
To the "hottest" driver, based on the number of fastest laps
NEW MEMBER (Any Class)
To the most successful new member based on their position as a percentage of the average grid in their class in the overall class results
ENDEAVOUR (Any Class)
To the driver who came nearest to winning championship honours without doing so based on the number of points scored in the Mono Championship
ONLINE-LANDLORD (Any Class)
To the driver scoring the most points prior to any deductions for dropped scores
SUNBAC NOVA (Any Class)
For the novice drivers scoring highest points:
STEM TROPHY(Any Class)
STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics
To the University or College team whose championship points are the biggest percentage of the championship winner
College of West Anglia
University of Wales, Trinity St David
To the driver who never managed the top placings despite a full and hard season
STEVE PASHLEY MEMORIAL
(Mono 1600/ 1800)
To the driver of the self-prepared car prepared to the highest standard
(Mono F3/ 2000/ Classic/ 1400/ 1000)
To the driver of the self-prepared car prepared tothe highest standard
To the driver with shocking problems but who made a positive effort to overcome them
DAVID COOMBS MEMORIAL
(Mono F3/ 2000/ Classic/ 1400/ 1000)
To the driver whose endeavours and enthusiasm have added to the spirit of the MRC
(Mono 1600/ 1800)
To the person most typifying the Club's spirit and pursuance of its aims
(Mono 2000/ Classic/ 1000)
To the mechanic(s) considered to have contributed most to a driver's success
(Mono 1600/ 1800)
To the mechanic(s) who has done the mostest to get their driver to the circuits and keep the car going
To the Club Member who made an extraordinary achievement during the year
To the driver "with the biggest balls" !
To the person doing much in the Club's interest
Rachel Lovett & Ewen Sergison
To the person who over many years has made a unique mark on the club
MONOPOSTO RACING CLUB AGM, Dinner and Awards Presentation
Saturday, 4th February 2017
DeVere Staverton Park Staverton, Daventry,
The Monoposto AGM, Dinner and Awards Presentation will again be held at DeVere Staverton Park. Come and join us for some good food, wine, a catch up with friends and fellow racers and of course the all important prizes!
This year, tickets are available to buy online by clicking on the link below. There is also the option to download and complete a paper form if you would prefer. There is no need to do both, if you choose to buy a ticket online you will be contacted to confirm any special dietary requirements and preferred table companions. No postage or collection of tickets is required, any reference to these on the payment page should be ignored.
If you will be attending the AGM only, please let us know by email, so we can plan numbers.
Dinner & awards presentation in the County Suite. Entry by ticket only (£41 per person)
Drinks - 6.30 pm
Evening dinner - 7.30 pm
Awards presentation - 9.30 pm
Disco - 10.00 pm – 01.00 am
Dress code: Black tie, or lounge suit for men.
Rooms can be booked directly with hotel reservation on 01327 302000.
The room rate with bed and breakfast is:
£59 (Single occupancy)
£69 (Double occupancy)
Please quote discount code: DNFB040117 and book before 18th December to secure the special rates.
At time of writing, these prices are cheaper than booking.com for rooms with breakfast, rooms without breakfast are cheaper on booking.com and of course there may be some Black Friday deals on 24th November.
16/17 September – Donington Park GP - 1 Qualifying , 3 Races
14 rounds, 11 to count
Several events will trial the three race format discussed at the Silverstone discussion forum.
This is still being discussed and will be announced as soon as possible
Three single day meetings
One practice and two races at each meeting
Meetings to be held after the end of the Monoposto Championship
There will be no Monoposto race at Spa-Francorchamps in 2017 as it is not economically viable, however Monoposto has been offered the opportunity to have a grid at Zandvoort for their 'British Race Festival' weekend on 8th & 9th July 2017.
The weekend that has been offered to us is 1 week after the Silverstone GP rounds of the Monoposto Championship and 3 weeks before the following rounds at Oulton Park.
Zandvoort is a town on the Dutch coast, to the west of Amsterdam. It is approx 245 miles from Calais ferry terminal or 55 miles from the Hook of Holland ferry terminal. There are regular flights to Amsterdam Schipol airport, and a train service to Zandvoort town. The circuit is nearby, near the coast.
The costs have yet to be decided as they will be dependent upon interest from the club but should be less than previous events at Spa.
They will shown on 'Sports Tonight' Freeview HD Channel on 29th October (Mono F3 etc) and 30th October (Mono 1800 etc). It will be promoted on Motorsport News TV listings page. For Freeview HD you need either a Freeview HD set top box, or a smart TV connected to the internet.
Mono F3/2000/Classic Race 1
Mono F3/2000/Classic Race 2
Mono 1800/1600/Moto1400/Moto1000 Race 1
Mono 1800/1600/Moto1400/Moto1000 Race 2
If you are not sure which car your favourite driver was in... try our Spotter Guide
This notice is a clarification and does not make any changes to current regulations.
There have been queries from members considering using the Piedrafita engine in Mono F3.
Regulation 5(7).1 allow for the use of Standard Production Engines as specified.
Regulation 5(7).2 allows for the use of the specified “Piedrafita” engine without modification, with a restrictor as specified and with the original Piedrafita seals intact. Previously issued Championship Technical Bulletin MRC/2016/1 sets the air restrictor aperture size at 28.5mm for Piedrafita engines.
Engines used in Mono F3 must comply with Regulation 5(7).1 OR 5(7).2 OR 5(7).3 as specified in the regulations.
Standard production engine parts and components and Piedrafita engine parts and components cannot be mixed and used together to make a single engine. This would produce a hybrid engine which is neither a standard production engine nor a Piedrafita engine, and a hybrid engine is not allowed.
Please also note that it is not a straight swap to fit a Monoposto compliant Toyota 3GSE Gen 3 engine in to a Piedrafita car as the head is different and changes to manifolds and engine mounts will be needed.
Cars using either the 3S-GE Piedrafieta engine or other Formula 3 specification engines must comply with the current F3Cup regulations on induction vacuum, notably:
“The material for the air box is free providing that it is not porous. The total air box system must be capable of sustaining a vacuum of ‘3 inches’ of mercury when using a pump drawing a maximum of 0.9 cubic feet per minute of free air. In the event of a failure of the vacuum pump test the following secondary test will be offered to the competitor concerned. With the engine at tick over, when putting a plug on the air restrictor of the intake system, the engine shall be stopped in less than 2 seconds. Declining the secondary test will be considered as a failure to comply. Any device or construction that is designed to adjust or alter the size, shape or length of the inlet tract/trumpets, or improve airflow, operated by any manner (electrical, mechanical, hydraulic or pneumatic) whilst the car and engine are in use, is prohibited under all circumstances. The engine shall have no mechanism which is capable of adjusting the valve timing following a mechanical, hydraulic pneumatic or electrical input whilst the engine is in operation.”