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Endurance racing, testing the durability of equipment used to race, the drivers as well. Rather than racing a set distance of miles the stated purpose is to drive the vehicle the longest possible distance over the course in a stated period of time
A spectator sport that is extremely popular where racing is usually a weekend event. There are a few clubs throughout the UK dedicated to this sport.
The pressures and skill required for this type of competition is one of maturity therefore is not open to all age groups, but is a progression toward from related sporting events that accommodate younger competitors.
Most endurance races are for either 1000km or six, twelve, or twenty-four hours over road racing courses. At one time driver endurance was a huge factor in that persons would attempt to complete a twenty-four hour race by themselves, and for many years the standard driving team was two drivers; in modern times solo driving is not permitted and the standard team for a twenty-four hour race consists of three professional drivers or four amateurs.
Sports car racing or Endurance racing requires great dedication being a form of circuit racing, with cars that have two seats and enclosed wheel wells. They may be purpose-built or related to road-going sports cars. A kind of hybrid between the purism of open-wheelers and the familiarity of touring car racing, this racing is often associated with the annual Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race. First run in 1923, it is one of the oldest motor races still in existence.
The potential is to race at well known international events such as Le Mans which is the first name that springs to mind with this level of sport.
Engineering, body dynamics, painting/spraying. Pit experience, Team work, Competition, are all related activities with this sport.
There are a few magazines around supporting this sport, newsletters from different clubs. As well as further research through the Hips Directory.
Although motor racing can never be truly cheap, racing at club level is the backbone of the sport in this country and need not be prohibitively expensive. It is still possible to race competitively in a car which you have driven to the circuit. All car racing requires a Race Licence from MSA. This costs ?45 and includes a VHS video. A one-day course for novice drivers costs around ?160 depending on which racing school you use.
Level of Demand
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