Race Meeting Procedure
Your first meeting might seem like a daunting affair in terms of paperwork and procedure, but we're here to help. As a general guide, the following will apply to all 750 Motor Club meetings:
- Around one week before each race weekend, you will receive your final instructions (universally referred to as 'finals') through the post, along with your allocation of tickets - this tends to be between three and six, depending on the circuit (who control the allocation). You may also receive a paddock pass for a support vehicle/tow car at some circuits. Final intructions will always be available to download from a 750MC home page banner (or via the Race Calendar page), and exclusively so (not posted) if the meeting is being run with e-tickets (distributed via email, and increasing in popularity per circuit). Extra tickets for spectators can be purchased on the gate, or often in advance via the respective circuit.
- These final instructions detail the arrangements for the weekend, paddock plans (such as where entrants in your formula should park), race day schedules (sign-on, scrutineering, qualifying and race times) and details on mandatory briefings required. For your first time racing at each circuit, there is an additional 'new to circuit' drivers' briefing - read your finals in full each and every time, and bring a cppy with you and make yourself aware of where you need to go.
- As a general rule, access to a circuit is allowed from the early evening of the night before your race. Entry on a Friday night for a Sunday race is usually permitted with tickets, however it may be that your paddock formula space is reserved for another series/championship on the Saturday, so you may need to temporarily stay in an outer paddock 'Overflow' area until it is available on Saturday.
- It is usually the case that testing is available on the Friday before a race meeting. Although there are exceptions, this is usually arranged to coincide with 750MC meetings. Testing is booked directly with the circuit (with the occasionbal exception such as Croft Circuit, which is via 750MC), and it is common for competitors to arrive on the Thursday night before testing and stay right through until Sunday for a double-header race weekend.
- Signing on is usually available on Friday afternoons from 4pm until 7pm and certainly worth doing if you are on site to cut down on race morning administration time - the same goes for scrutineering on a Friday, usually from 4pm until 7pm, on a first-come-first-served basis. Your finals will confirm this for each meeting.
- There are usually few limitations on staying in camper vans/tents around the paddock throughout race weekends, as long as the circuit's own rules are adhered to, with toilet/washroom facilities open throughout.
- Don't forget to take your race licence to signing on at Race Admin, after which you will be presented with a Scrutineering Slip. Take this along with your car and all your personal safety equipment/clothing/helmet to your scrutineering session (the location of which will be marked in the finals). This will be at a set time int he morning, apart from the aforementioned Friday evening. Once approved, you will receive a small cardboard Scrutineering Ticket - this needs to be fixed inside your car and clearly visible through (or fixed to the inside of) a side or rear side window (in a saloon), or on show in the cabin of an open car. This will be checked before you are allowed out on circuit to qualify, and a noise test will typically be carried out around the same time as you head into the assembly area. Listen for tannoy announcements and keep an eye on fellow competitors for when your session is called to assembly, as race meetings aim to run ahead of the marked timetable wherever possible. This is a good time to remember to take the pin out of your fire extinguisher.
- Details on race number sticker positions will be given in your regulations, and don't forget that a novice cross on the rear is required at first. As a general rule, saloons/tin-tops run day-glo yellow numbers in the rear side windows (large) and in the top left hand corner of the windscreen (small), whilst open/sports-racing/single seaters run black numbers on white backgrounds. All the above are the competitor's responsibility in advance, however they are always available to buy at Race Admin if required. Formula sponsor stickers will also be available at Race Admin at any time - these are free and mandatory, and there will be a diagram available to show where they should be positioned. All decals need to be applied before scrutineering.
- If you are hiring a 750MC transponder, these can be collected at Race Admin when you are signing-on, at a cost of £30 for the meeting. Card payment is usually available, but please aim to bring cash wherever possible to help speed up the process.
- Race licence upgrade cards should be left at sign-on and collected at the end of race day. These need to be printed off from this MSA link, and submitted with your details and a passport photo attached.
- If you have any other questions about what to do over the duration or procedure of a race weekend, or have an issue that we may be able to help with, then don't hesitate to get in touch with the Club for advice and assistance. Call during office hours on 01332 814548, and our event mobile is 07753 446592; this is normally in use from 9am onwards on the Friday of a race weekend.