Introduction of Notta Grand Prix (revised 1 November 2018)
What’s it about? The purpose of the Notta Grand Prix is to have family fun on wheels in a safer environment than the road. It has been designed to a price-point where it is easily affordable. Notta Grand Prix is available to all members of the public from the age of 12. Road registered cars can be used and are welcome. Come on, you can get your wife & kids involved and help them develop the right attitude to recreational motoring in this family oriented event.
The Entry Fee is $990 per Vehicle for each event and a Team will consist of between strictly four and six drivers per Vehicle. Teams are required to field at least four drivers for each event.
Anybody who takes this Event too seriously should not consider entering the Event (for which we offer the Queensland Endurance Championship!). Check out the trophies & you’ll see what we mean. Notta Grand Prix is like a long distance-regularity and not an out-and-out race. With this parameter, Drivers will only need a RACERS Clubman Licence to play in these events. Notta Grand Prix is expected to provide an activity for multiple generations in a family and a “Race With Your Mates” team building exercise for groups from a Participants place of work or clubs.
The challenge for each team is to get as far as they can, as soon as they can; for as little as they can, all against a minimum lap time of 72 seconds. Big powerful cars will need more pit stops which, at 7 minutes each, will almost certainly mean the well driven economical cars will have a definite advantage.
Format of the Series:
There will be a series of 4 special Saturday only events which consist of 6 hours of track time at Lakeside Park. No other categories will be attending these meetings. The format and content of this Event is different from anything that has been done before so please read on. Entrants could think of it as a 24-hour race with a LOT of time for repairs.
Vehicles must be based on mass-produced, four-wheeled vehicles that were legal for Registration in Australia at the time of their manufacture. Vehicles must meet the minimum requirements displayed in the RACERS manual. Open top cars must have race-worthy roll over protection.
We would suggest that a maximum of $4000 should be spent on the vehicle. This is a cheap car challenged and any vehicle purchases and parts purchases should be made with that in mind.
All equipment and Apparel must meet the relevant SFI specifications.
Driver's must have long sleeved clothing to be able to compete as well as enclosed shoes and a helmet - this is the minimum requirement for this event.
It is a requirement that every driver on the circuit has a working Race Radio. This is required for safety and traffic management so Race control can advise the driver of incidents and penalties. Drivers Radios are available for purchase or hire from QR. The frequency for the event will be 450.1125.
At Lakeside Park the noise limit for a Vehicle is 90dB at 5 metres. Lakeside has an active monitoring system, if you are recorded as breaching this system; then you will be called in and required to modify your vehicle to meet this requirement before re-joining the event.
Only one set of tyres per Event is permitted without a penalty. Tyres must be roadworthy i.e. have at least 1.5mm tread depth all across the face of the tyre and be free from any significant cuts in the sidewalls. Tyres must be Street legal. Type R street legal track type tyres are now permitted as of this revision, but not recommended.
QR can supply hard wearing street tyres for $80 per tyre pre-booked by calling 1800 RACEWAYS.
Mag Wheels are permitted. The Diameter must be no more than 2" above the standard wheel diameter. The wheels must not protrude out past the bodywork.
How the Event is run:
07:30 Gates open and pit setup can begin.
09:15 pit exit will open, and cars go out onto the track any time they choose before 12:30
09:30 the timing system will begin counting laps.
12:30 timing will cease and pit exit will be closed.
13:15 pit exit will open, and cars will be free to go out onto the track at any time after that
13:30 the timing system will resume counting laps
16:30 timing will cease and pit exit will be closed
16:35 all cars must be back in the carports
17:00 sausages will be available along with cold beverages.
17:30 trophy presentation
Trophies are awarded on the day. The Trophies are decided by recommendations of the officials (so look after your officials!) Some examples of what could be awarded with are as follows:
- “Skinflints” - Cheapest car raced on the day
- “The $tretchers” - Highest number of Laps per $ spent
- “The Impertinents” - Best “Send up” car
- “Pit Queen” – the car with the longest time in the pits with >3 hours on track
- “Rubber Hogs” Car that used the most tyres
- “The Bitsa” - Car that had the most parts replaced
- “The Whining Diff” - Team that did the most whingeing (voted by the other teams)
- “Old PHARTS” - trophy for highest total age of drivers & car
- “Tortoise Wins” - Team trophy for the car that completes at least 5 hours and achieves the lowest No. by dividing the No. of laps by the Total No. of years. (Kids have no chance!)
- “The Bling Blinder” - Car with the most chrome and flashiest paint job
- “The Good Guys” - Team that gave the most help to others (voted by the other teams)
- “Notta Enough” - Best bribe offered to the time-keepers
- “I’m quicker than I thought” - the Most ridiculous excuse for going under 70 Seconds
- “The Gardening Award” to the team that has the most offs
- “Consistent As…” awarded to the team that does the most laps between 70 & 75 seconds
- “See later Grandpa” to the most consistent driver under the 15
Note that there are no winners’ trophies as such. Every Vehicle that finishes gets a medallion for bragging rights. Cars with four (4) medallions at the end of the season will get a special “Tuff Enuff for 24 Hours” with a picture of the car and team members on it to hang up in the shed.
Minimum Driving Age Requirements
The Minimum age is 12 at the date of the race. Clubman licenses are available for purchase for an annual fee of $65 or a single event only licence is available for $20. See www.racers.world for more details.
TEAMS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE 4 DRIVERS.
Every driver must spend at most 50 minutes at the wheel during each session. Because the minimum Pit stop time is 7minutes. NOTE: there is no point putting in a big fuel cell to get an advantage as you are still required to stop every hour.
Conduct during Pit stops
When coming in the Pits your minimum stop time is 7 minutes. There is no rushing in the pits as you have seven minutes to do a fuel and/or driver change. Any regular mechanical work may be done during a pit stop except when refuelling is occurring. Before re-entering the circuit, the Driver will receive a code word over the Race Radio from Race Control and must relay this to the Marshall to gain entry to the circuit.
There is no maximum number of crew members permitted to attend to a vehicle during Pit Stops.
If repairs or adjustments are required underneath the car, jack stands must be in place before any team member puts any part of their body under the Vehicle.
Pit crew must also wear enclosed shoes and long sleeve clothing.
All refuelling of the vehicle must be carried out in the area designated as the Refuel Zone under the supervision of the Fire Marshalls.
The vehicle must be stationary at all times during refuelling.
No servicing of the car may take place until refuelling has been completed.
Pit area Speed Limit
The maximum speed in the pit area is 10 km/h
Minimum Lap Time
There is not much point building a car that can go around Lakeside in much less than 72 seconds as we will give time penalties of up to 10 minutes and you will be sent back to the pit bay to be beaten up by the rest of your team for every time you are caught “breaking out” of the 72-second limit. Yes, Dorothy, 71.9999 seconds will cost your team valuable time!
Penalties will be applied to teams at the discretion of Race Control and the officials. The more you do wrong, the bigger the penalties! (They might even throw in some out of the box penalties). Driver Conduct All Drivers need to remember that this event is designed for families, and as such there will be newer and inexperienced drivers on track. Give room for other Drivers and allow them to drive at their own pace. Any Drivers found to be “bullying” whilst on the track will find themselves with a penalty, and have to explain it to their team!