Thursday, 29 March 2018

Scottish Road Car Series - New for 2018

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Scottish Road Car Series for 2018, which is intended to act as an accessible new entry point into motorsport in Scotland. Anyone with a valid driving licence and a road going vehicle will be eligible to enter the series - which will run over 10 rounds at various locations in Scotland - making it accessible to a broad range of people across the country.
The events will be permitted and insured by the UK governing body for motorsport, the Motor Sports Association (MSA) and will be run by five experienced MSA affiliated clubs, listed in the calendar below. 

 1 14-Apr Ardeer Scottish Sporting Car Club 
 2 28-Apr Knockhill Glenrothes Motor Sports Club 
 3 27-May TBC 63 Car Club 
 4 10-Jun Ardeer Scottish Sporting Car Club 
 5 15-Jul Kames East Ayrshire Car Club 
 6 19-Aug Leuchars Glenrothes Motor Sports Club 
 7 2-Sep Kames East Ayrshire Car Club 
 8 22-Sep Ardeer Scottish Sporting Car Club 
 9 6-Oct (TBC) TBC Saltire Rally Club 
 10 21-Oct Kames East Ayrshire Car Club 

 The events will be run in line with the MSA’s AutoSolo regulations; competitions will be held at a mixture of tracks and open tarmac spaces, where courses of different configurations will be laid out using markers. Participants will be competing against the clock in these events with the aim of the game being to drive the course in the correct configuration, without hitting any markers. Time penalties will be applied for the length of time completing the course takes plus every time participants hit a marker or take an incorrect turn. The winning competitor is the one who completes the course with the least penalties!  

The competition will put emphasis on driver skill. 

Certain courses will of course suit some cars better than others but it will not necessarily be an advantage to have a high performance car, so you should be as competitive in a Ford Fiesta as in a Ferrari 458! 

 Registration for the series – which will include club membership – will be £15 and entry fees to each event will be £20. 
A series website is being developed, which will include an online registration and entry system to make entering events as easy as possible for the participant. The website is expected to go live in early March. 

 Whilst there are 10 rounds in total, series points will only be awarded for participants best 5 event results. This means that whilst participants are welcome to compete in as many events as they like, they have the flexibility to miss some of the rounds and still be competitive in the series. 

In short, the Scottish Road Car Series is all about making motorsport accessible, enjoyable and affordable; there will be no need to decipher complex regulations, spend a fortune on a specialist car or pass a test to compete. Instead, you will be able to enter events with a few clicks of a button from your sofa and turn up in your weekly run around to enjoy some friendly but competitive fun, for less than the cost of an average round of golf! 

 Rory Bryant, Scottish Motor Sports Development Manager, commented: “I’m really excited about the launch of this new series. In the modern world we live in, we - as a sport - have to work hard to keep up with ever evolving customer needs. The SRCS will provide our volunteer led clubs with a platform to help meet some of these evolving needs and in turn, it will also provide participants with a cost effective and easy way to enjoy motorsport. Whilst this announcement reflects a forward thinking and modern approach for grass roots motorsport in Scotland, for me, one of nice things about the series is that it actually captures the spirit of grassroots motorsport from yesteryear, where participants competed in a variety of different motorsport events- rally’s, sprints, races - in their everyday road car! I’m really looking forward to seeing the SRCS grow this year but for now, I would like to say a big thank you to all the contributors and organising clubs for their considerable efforts in getting the series to this stage.” 

More news will be released about the series in the coming weeks, including announcements on prizes, series partners. 

If you have any questions about the Scottish Road Car Series, please email: