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Introduction of Notta Grand Prix

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 BUT there is a challenge that you will read about later. 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 four and six drivers per Vehicle.

Anybody who takes this Event too seriously should not consider entering the Event.  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 70 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.  

Vehicle Eligibility:  

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. 

Total Investment  

Keep it as low as you can afford to lose. If you spend lots on performance parts you are likely to be donating them to someone else when they Challenge for your Vehicle. 

We would suggest that a maximum of $4000 should be spent on the vehicle. If you are willing to swap your Lambo for a Corolla and $2500 – go right ahead and enter the Lambo…

The Challenge:

To dissuade anyone spending too much on their Vehicle it is a condition of entry that, at the end of the event, you can buy any vehicle that finishes the event within 2 places of your position for your vehicle plus $2500.

BUT:

·         Both Vehicles must be circulating when timing ceases at the end of the day.

·         Challenges have to be made on the form QR provides

·         All Challenges must be in the hat before 5:20 PM

·         Drawing from the hat commences at 5:30PM

·         Once the Challenge has been drawn from the hat, the teams will immediately commence the removal of their personal items and the physical transfer of the vehicles

·         no vehicle will be subject to a second challenge unless the team receiving the 1st Challenge Vehicle decides to accept the 2nd challenge for that vehicle

NOTE: If there is a second car you want to challenge for you had better put the two challenges in at the same time – only the first successful draw will be allowed.

Got the message?  DO NOT spend lots on your performance parts or you will be donating your work and money to someone else.  

Safety Equipment  

All equipment and Apparel must meet the relevant SFI specifications and you must have the minimum requirements specified in Appendix B Category 2 of the RACERS Operations Manual 

Driver Apparel 

This is covered by Appendix B Section which sets out the minimum requirement for Drivers to compete in a race. To save money the Apparel can be swapped between drivers in the team to reduce the cost of each driver having to have their own apparel. 

Race suits & other apparel and equipment can be hired from QR at an extremely reasonable price. Due to the availability of rental gear we recommend to book in the required equipment through 1800 RACEWAYS as soon as you can. 

Drivers Radio 

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. 

Noise Limit.  

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. 

 Tyres 

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 not permitted. QR can supply hard wearing street tyres for $80 per tyre pre-booked by calling 1800 RACEWAYS.  

Wheels 

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 all challenges will be in the hat for drawing, sausages will be available along with cold beverages.  

17:30 the process of drawing challenges from the hat will commence and immediately followed by trophies. 

5.3 Awards 

The Trophies are awarded 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.

Driver Duties 

Every driver must spend at least 50 minutes at the wheel during the event. Because the minimum Pit stop time is 7minutes and every Team must make a minimum of 2 stops in each session. 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. 

Mechanical Work 

There is no maximum number 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. 

Refuelling  

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 70 seconds as we will deduct one lap from your score for every second or part thereof that you go under the 70-second limit. Yes, Dorothy, 69.9999 seconds will cost you a full lap.  Any more than ten (10) minus laps in 10 minutes you will be sent back to the pit bay to be beaten up by the rest of your team 


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