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Motor racing on a budget

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by obi_waynne, 13 October 2012.

  1. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    40,692
    From:
    Deal, Kent UK
    Car:
    A3 2.0 TDI
    How much would it cost for a season to get into motor racing and what would be the cheapest way to get into it?

    Is banger racing the budget option or would you recommend another route?
     
  2. T9 man

    T9 man TC Pro Founder Moderator

    Messages:
    20,328
    From:
    London, UK
    Car:
    Saab 9-3SS T9
    I wonder about this as well and I can only think of Banger Racing as being about the cheapest there is!

    Example: I do an open track day which has been pre-arranged with numbers in mind to keep the costs down. Typical price is £170 for the day usually on a Sunday. Factor in an overnight stay at a local hotel (Between £60 & £100 inc breakfast plus your evening meal) as invariably the signing on gets done on track early between 07:30 and 08:30. You have a days fun or as much as you can handle, then it's homeward bound.

    For me the very next day is always pre-booked at my local garage for routine checks and parts replacement. The oil and filter are changed along with the performance brake fluid. Brake pads, coilovers, discs, tyres are all thoroughly checked and replaced if necessary. On average I can be looking at a bill of between £400 and £1600 if the tyres are shot as well.

    I realise there are savings to be made by the person or team doing these tasks themselves, but multiply this by say 10 outings and along with fuel and transportation costs, you are looking at a fantastic amount of money for a relatively short burst of fun; and that's if nothing gets crashed or engines don't go bang.

    I take my hat off to those brave souls who risk everything and sometimes mortgage themselves to the hilt, just to compete in the motorsport of their choice.
     
  3. claymore

    claymore The Torque Meister

    Messages:
    1,885
    From:
    Shrewsbury
    Car:
    T-10k,
    Road rallying, I haven't checked lately, but standard 4 cylinder road car, 100 competative miles for about £150.
     
  4. stamford

    stamford Pro Tuner

    Messages:
    3,762
    From:
    Hampshire
    Car:
    MG ZS200
    SEGTO or Autograss are one of the cheapest. Plenty of different groups to suit a budget, friendly, sociable etc. Did it for many years, started in Mini's and ended up in Supersaloons, cheap fun.
     
  5. Twamgl3

    Twamgl3 Road Burner

    Messages:
    313
    From:
    Essex
    Car:
    Mitsubishi Carisma
    ^^^ got to be the cheapest way, as, unlike banger racing, you still have a car at the end to take home!
     
  6. TCJBOLDIE

    TCJBOLDIE Torque King

    Messages:
    4,184
    From:
    Brisbane
    Car:
    JB Starion
    Autocross and motokanas almost certainly have to be the least expensive motorsport.
    Heaps of fun and no panel damage provided you don't hit the scenery.
     
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