September 26, 2005

Warwick Motorsport

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As you'll all hopefully be aware, especially you Freshers struggling through mountains of university-joining advice, tomorrow is Sports Fair in the Union, 10–4, with entry being free. As general advice, I'd say it's always worth joining a few clubs at the start of the year and seeing which ones are the best, most active and most enjoyable; you can always cut down if & when work starts to get too much.

That was the public service reminder; here's the advertising part! I can't recommend highly enough that you join Warwick Motorsport! We have a website (here) which is a little out of date, but the forum is still in constant use.

Why should you join? If you've ever wanted to feel some speed and adrenalin from behind the wheel, you can do so with Warwick Motorsport in a safe but very exciting manner. You might just be a fan of motorsports and enjoy watching; whichever way, there are opportunities to get involved.

We run karting events indoors and outdoors, both as a club and against other universities; we run trips to watch various events such as F1 testing, BTCC races and the forthcoming D1 drifting exhibition next weekend; we're getting into rallying, through marshalling and possibly even doing some navigational rallies; and of course there are regular socials. We're a large club (150 members last year) and are confident of being even bigger and better this year. Members can, of course, take part in as many or as few activities as they want.

Our flagship activity is involvement in the British Universities Karting Championship. We entered 3 teams last year, coming 6th in the championship out of 55 teams from 30 universities, and won a special one-off event which enables us to carry the number 0 on the kart this coming year. The karts are incredibly quick little machines for a first-timer (having two-stroke engines made by TKM), and the standard very varied, with former British national kart champions and F3 and British GT drivers racing alongside beginners. Go and have a look at the promotional video on the BUKC website, it's awesome!

Go and have a chat to the guys at Sports Fair tomorrow and let them convince you to join! You are always able to join any club at any time after the Fair, but this is your best opportunity to say hello and see what it's all about.

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  1. Ello…
    Nice to put a surname to the name/face last night!
    Am v interested in Motorsport – but need it selling to me…
    Also – I will have to join Warwicksport, which, frankly, sucks…

    What will I get out of it – hmm?!

    Are there opportunities to drive things very fast if I've never done so [legally] before?

    Mmm… Cars… Just been texting Siggy RE combination of Lambo and v fit instructor. Am intrigued!


    08 Oct 2005, 16:31

  2. I'll get Siggy to sell it to you – he's on the exec now, after all! But I would say it's well worth it. Plenty of opportunity to drive a kart – 35 mph feels crazily fast and lots of fun on an indoor track, and we race much faster things outdoors occasionally – and possibly other things, like the time we drove dirt buggies 18 months ago. And then there's the races we watch, and the rally marshalling, and… oh I'll let Siggy take you through it all! :-)

    10 Oct 2005, 01:25

  3. Haha! Well I talked to Lorna about this last night, but anyway… Motorsport is quite a decent sized sports club that usually has around 100 members. Our main activity is kart racing – for the beginners and those who just want a taster (and also for those of us with more experience who just can't get enough) we visit our local kart track in Leamington usually between 3 and 5 times a term. We compete in outdoor karting too, such as the Varsity race at Daytona Milton Keynes, this is usually in twin engined pro-karts, and a lot faster (and more fun) than indoor karting. As SiY mentioned in his post (and linked so I won't bother), we also enter at least two teams into the British University Karting Championship. This is about the top level of motorsport that we actually compete in, and truly on another level to any arrive and drive karts you might have raced before. We have an A-Team composed of some pretty skilled drivers whose aim is to win the championship, and a B-Team for those who want to have a go and get better. Last year we also entered a C-Team for novice drivers who just wanted a go, which worked quite well and we're looking at doing again this year. The experience of one of these karts is truly breathtaking (quite literally…) – when you open the throttle and sit back in the seat the combination of the acceleration and vibration makes it hard to breathe I find – my solution is usually to lean forward a bit which helps. The tracks we race on with these are around 800 to 1200m in length (amongst the biggest and best in the country), and you might recognise one of them as being the track that Top Gear tested the Smart ForFour around. Performance – you get to 60mph in around 4 seconds from idle and max out at about 80. Ok so I think that's the BUKC sold!

    As SiY mentioned, we do a fair few other things as well, including rally marshalling and spectating at things like the Formula One test days at Silverstone. We're always open to new ideas from our members, and this year we're considering international trips as well as grass track racing, spectating at Monster Truck races, Drag races and FIA/British GT, and also doing a bit of quad biking if we can find a suitable venue. That not enough for anyone? Then let us know what you want to see and we'll do our best to make it happen!

    It's important that you don't get intimidated if you get an initial impression of people who are very enthusiastic about go-kart racing and seem to have a lot of experience compared to you. A lot of people in our club don't have much experience, and in any case we do a lot more than kart racing. And if it's not your thing then we have a load of other things we do as well. So go join now people!

    10 Oct 2005, 08:18

  4. when you open the throttle and sit back in the seat the combination of the acceleration and vibration makes it hard to breathe I find



    10 Oct 2005, 10:48

  5. Not like that

    10 Oct 2005, 11:34

  6. Oh dear.

    10 Oct 2005, 13:32

  7. Don't worry about it Si – it's RE an MSN conversation we had about my addiction to speed (the fast thing, not the drug…)


    10 Oct 2005, 20:19

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