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The Basics - 2016

What does it take to be a Junior Rally Driver?

 

Be 14 and at least 1.4 metres tall

 

Register interest with

the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge

(www.j1000ecossechallenge.co.uk)

 

and join a Scottish Car Club

 

Be assessed and pass four levels of driving

ability:

 

1. Teendrive One (a Knockhill product)

   (or equivalent - optional if you can already drive)

   

 

2. Teen Rally (a Knockhill product)

   (or equivalent - optional if you can already drive)

   

 

3. Pass the MSA BARS test.

   This can be carried out at Knockhill and

    includes a number of additional  tests

    relating to the standard set by the F1000 Club

 

The additional tests include:

 

a    Fitness

b    Eyesight

c    Safety

d    Knowledge of the MSA Yearbook

 

4. Successfully complete 3 Production Car Autotests (One of these being observed  by a  Championship representative)

 

What Happens in The Championship?

 

The Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge Team will run a multiple round (between 6 and 8) single venue tarmac Championship for qualified Junior 1000 drivers. Events will take place at different venues between March and November. The majority will be in Scotland.

 

Junior Drivers will count their 5 or 6 best scores. Full details are in the Championship Regulations (see section 2017 Season)

 

What about a co-driver?

 

Once again there are strict rules about who is permitted to co-drive.

 

1. A co-driver must be a minimum of 21 years of age and qualify for a National A rally driver’s licence.

 

2. Co-drivers must acquire a PVG Disclosure (organised by the Championship organisers)

 

3. Your Father or Mother is not permitted to co-drive for you but they could co-drive for other Juniors if they qualify.

 

What about a car?

 

You could build, buy or hire a Junior Specification

1.0 litre car. Any 1.0 litre non turbo car can be used

 

Refer to the Championship Regulations for detailed technical specifications but essentially you will drive a standard 1000cc saloon car which is fitted with mandatory safety equipment.

 

For example: full roll cage, bucket seats, 6 point full harness belts, fire extinguisher, battery isolator, glass film on non-laminated windows, etc

 

Mechanically the cars are very simple. They must run standard engine and gearbox (no close ratio gears or limited slip differential), standard fuel and braking systems.

 

Tyres are controlled and can only be supplied by the appointed supplier.

 

What does it all cost?

 

The following list is a guide to what it could cost. Each competitor will have their own idea about what they want to spend on specific items so this list is aimed at the least cost option.

 

Training                  £683

 

Teen Drive 1                 99  (optional if you can drive)

Teen Rally                   149  (optional if you can drive)

PCA's (3)                      45

BARS                          325

MSA Licence                   0 (free for first timers)    

Championship Reg/        65

Club membership  

 

Clothing                   £900

 

Racing overalls            250

HANS device               250

Racing boots               100

Helmet                       250

Gloves - optional           50

 

The Car

 

Second-hand ready to go               3000

Junior 1000 Nissan Micra rally car   to 4000

Or

Self-built car - 3000+

no labour charge included

(Refer to website for more details)

 

Running costs

 

A set of 4 tyres –                             £360

these should last at least 3 events

 

Per event costs will vary but the following

gives an average

 

Entry fees(range from £135 to £290) £200 average

Fuel - for rally car                               £25

Travel to and from event,                  £180

plus one overnight stay

(Will vary depending on where you live)

 

Average Total per event                     £405

 

What is not included?

 

Repairs to the car before or after an event

Paying a mechanic to run the car on event

Expensive hotels

Cost of tow vehicle or car trailer

 

And for you to calculate

 

The value of the fun you will have

competing at just 14 years old!

harold