Registration The new online form is no longer in two parts and it is capable of calculating the correct monies for membership and/or registration for your series and, if you wish, additional discounted series for that car. If you are lucky enough to have two or more cars you can refresh to submit a new form. If you have raced with us in 2021 and wish to retain your same racing number in that series all you need to do is register with us before the end of January 2022. If you are a new member, or an existing member joining a new series we will confirm your race number in February.
General Series Changes
We have listed below a number of changes and improvements made to our regulations, note that an updated sticker guide will be available later in the winter, that forms part of the regulations. Rather than re-print all 12 sets of 2022 regulations (that you can now view here), we'll summarise just some of the main changes affecting all series below.
Pit Stops and Winners Penalties
As previously mentioned, we can now honour the end of 2019 driver survey preferences, with regard to pit stops and winners' penalties. This will please some of you and disappoint others, but give it a try and give us your feedback at the end of the season. Vive la différence!
Removal of Taster Classes
These were introduced as a way of allowing a driver new to the club to dip their toe in the water, without having to pay a registration fee for the first round. This did come with conditions, namely that there is not an award in class T and those fully paid-up members have priority of place when grids are full. This has, on occasion, produced a negative first experience for new members, the very opposite of what was intended. Whilst we have now removed Taster classes, we will of course, continue to make new members feel as welcome to our club as we can.
Bodywork 'Appearance' A number of our series run to a common theme of showroom silhouette, with no aftermarket wings, scoops and the like. It's human nature that some like to find small ways to make improvements to their cars, but louvers, shark gills and large holes don't fit our vision for what cars on these series grids should look like. Bending down to an angle where you can't see said body modifications doesn't make them disappear, so, whilst vague, we have added the word 'appearance' alongside silhouette. The club office and Series Representatives all welcome approaches from drivers before they brandish the hole saw to their pride and joy! Ultimately it is they and the scrutineers who decide if they are happy with the appearance of the car. Alternatively, the JMC Racing Special Saloons & Modsports, Liqui Moly Slicks and Verum Builders Open Series all allow a great deal of vehicle modifications, should you want to develop your car further.
All series now make reference to running an onboard camera. Whilst this is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. On the odd occasion the Clerks need to investigate an incident, having a camera in your car, or those around you, makes a big difference in explaining what happened and how it can be prevented again in future. Yes, it could show guilt, but it has proven innocence too.
Your camera has other benefits of course, such as being able to replay your glorious racing performances in the future, help find ways of getting quicker and sharing your hobby with others online.
'A driver disqualification or exclusion in the case of a 2-driver/2-car team, will result in the loss of that drivers laps only, with no award for the team.'
This is a new CSCC rule to ensure sporting fairness. Whilst rare, we have experienced occasions where a serious incident has occurred that has excluded a driver from a race, but has left the car and other driver in the results, winning an award. It was felt that if you enter as a 2-driver team you win or lose as that team, with the results and lack of award reflecting that. The moral being that whether a single or 2-driver team, it is important to play fair to claim the spoils.
Winner's Penalty List
Those series that have winners' penalties that carry over to the next round will now show which cars/drivers have a penalty in two places. The final entry list before a meeting will continue to show a winners list, it will also be duplicated on the CSCC regulations page, giving drivers more notice and avoiding doubt.
Whilst these are not new regulations, or a change, we would like to remind members of the following:
1. Working windscreen wipers are required on cars with a windscreen (regardless of weather conditions on the day). Rain X is not a substitute in drying conditions, or if
you have 60 cars ahead of you at a wet Spa! Q 13.11.3 If a closed car or an open car required to run as 'road going' with a windscreen, have an operative windscreen wiper.
2. If you have an accident/pick up damage, for example in qualifying, it is your responsibility to present your car to a scrutineer for their approval, before you go out on track again. This is a Motorsport UK regulation.
3. All cars must have a method of determining that they are travelling at 60 kph. This can be a marker on your rev counter, a speedometer, data logger, anything as long as you can show to an official you can tell you are travelling at 60kph. This is essential for you to comply with Code 60 rules and the pit lane speed limit at most circuits. Note that at Cadwell Park later in the year the limit is lower, at 50kph.
Specific Series Change Highlights
Over the years we have tried various ways of attracting more 1970s models to join the series. Separate classes and an overall 70's winner has helped, but 80s cars still far outnumber their older cousins within the series. We have listened to your feedback and suggestions, particularly from members Andy Yeomans and Tony Blake. For the first time, we will allow 1970s Group 4 cars and those 70s cars with dealer fit/low volume factory options, such as Escorts with X-Pack arches. These cars will slot into our existing cc-based classes, but will move up one class, to ensure fairness. This potentially permits models such as Porsche 911 RSR, BMW 3.0L CSL and M1, Alfa Romeo GT & GTV6, Fiat 131 Abarth, Opel Ascona and Manta and Ford Capri to join us/stay with us, as well as rally models like Lotus Sunbeams and Chevette's. Please help us spread the word to owners of this type of car, Richard Thurbin will keep a close control on cars we do and don't allow. Fear not, this isn't Special Saloons by another name!
Partly as a result of a very fair gesture from the Taylor's to move up a class, turbo-charged rotary cars will have their cc coefficient calculated differently in future, recognising the power- to-weight advantage these cars can have.
Classes remain unchanged, but recognise that among our popular 1600cc classes, there is a potential for difference in performance between those running a single throttle butterfly and those with multi throttle bodies. As always, the club could move cars between classes as required for fairness of car performance and power, no change from the norm.
Pit stops will be 1 minute 30 seconds, measured from pit in to pit out. Even at the longest pit lane this will give two driver teams long enough to re-attach wrist restraints. The reason for changing to pit in to out timing, rather than stationary, is partly accuracy (TSL vs. people with stop watches) and partly that it removes the need for many volunteers to time you individually.
Please add to your diary our final meeting of the year, at Cadwell Park on 29th October. Here we will have separate races for Group 1 and Group 2.
These regulations bring together a varied collection of cars that raced over four decades, making it difficult to ensure compliance and fairness for all in just a page and a half of regulations. New enquiries continue to come in, most are accepted, whilst a few are rejected, being just over that line of what we think is good for the individuals who already support the series. Among those cars in the occasionally rejected pile are some that (with some arguing in period) may have been able to run as a Donington GT/Marque Sport/Special GT. The chances are that new enquiries from cars from these three categories will be accepted, but need permission in writing from Danny Morris, Dave Smith and/or the office. This doesn't mean existing drivers are facing rejection, don't worry, this is just to protect you for the future.
Grid sharing, is something we have done occasionally, with a suitable series, to help bolster grids, increase interest for the Marshals and spectators and pay for the expensive tracktime.
In 2022 the only round that will have a combined grid is Silverstone at the end of the year, where the track is wide and has a 40 car capacity, more than enough space to share with the Sports Racing and V8s Series. We have requested politely that one or two of their cars not join us at this round, following feedback from you, our members. This has been accepted in good spirit from their series committee, thank you. We hope that you will embrace this combination at one round and understand the importance to the series and club for doing so.
Following fruitful discussion with all of our TVR Tuscan members we have a new, dedicated class for TVR Tuscans. Class AT will, as before, be for cars with the Rover or AJP engines. We don't anticipate extra TVRs joining us, this simply provides a 'home' for these cars outside of where they used to race in class A.
We have added further words to make it even clearer that those BMW M3s running the later, S54 (3246cc) engine may not run in the Speedpanel A2 Modern Classics Series, but are welcome in the TrackRoadRace New Millennium series.
As per our Advantage Motorsport Future Classics Series, turbo-charged rotary cars will have their cc coefficient calculated differently in future, recognising the power to weight advantage these cars can have.
After literally years of discussion, pondering, driver feedback and performance comparisons, we are slightly changing the two BMW classes, M1 and M2. These classes have always allowed BMW E36 and E46 with either the S50 or S54 engine. These popular engines were also fitted by BMW to the Z3M and Z4M, something our old regulations didn't acknowledge. Competitors and teams have transplanted these engines into E90, E92 and E82, E87 and more. Regardless of the model, the performance of the cars is very similar when analysing race results, in fact, these later models are often at a slight disadvantage, with additional weight to manage. In conclusion, these two classes now allows any BMW model running either the S50 and S54 engine, provided it complies with all other series regulations, including silhouette and maximum width. This does mean that M3 GTR does still require the V8 engine, as they raced from the factory in period.
Turbo-charged rotary cars will have their cc coefficient calculated differently in future, recognising the power to weight advantage these cars can have.
This series attracts a brilliant variety of cars, with a wide range of performance. Class D, for cars above 3 litres, is by far the largest. With so many of you battling over just 3 class podium trophies, we are now splitting this class, based on power/weight/speed. It's not an exact science, with no weighing or power certificate required, but compared to last year it does mean that those of you with 3 litre+ cars now have up to 6 trophies to fight for, so no-one is worse off than before.
As above, those with turbo-charged Rotary cars will have a higher coefficient added when calculating their cc. Our RX-8 Trophy cars are not blessed with much power and also have heavy weight to pull around, therefore they will race in class A, with the smallest-engined cars.