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Old 22 Jul 2017, 19:02 (Ref:3753556)   #16
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And don't forget Petrov started out in Lada racing, ok that's not in the UK, but still. And of course Damon started in club racing on two wheels
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Old 23 Jul 2017, 11:00 (Ref:3753715)   #17
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F Jedi and Monoposto are both club racers series - and good for that - but not on the career ladder, which is what i thought we were talking about here.
I really am out of touch and know little of those two series, must get out more!

If I were to attend a clubbie at say Croft or Mallory would those series be part of the programme? I think my ignorance shows another change. Back in the day weekly Autosport and MN were bought and covered the whole spectrum but now it is all on the web and certain websites report on my main interest, no news on club events on the Autosport website or DSC
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Old 24 Jul 2017, 04:48 (Ref:3753868)   #18
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F Jedi and Monoposto are both club racers series - and good for that - but not on the career ladder, which is what i thought we were talking about here.
Agreed but getting seat time before attempting to do something like BRSCC Formula Ford might not be a bad idea. And applying to as many Young Driver Scholarship programs as possible.
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Old 24 Jul 2017, 12:00 (Ref:3753918)   #19
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I'm not a fan of "scholarships", some of which appear to be means of funding a driver who's already been chosen! Certainly Historic FF, Jdei etc are good to get seat time.

How many haven't done karting? Very few! They leave at 14 to go to car racing, a constant source of irritation to those of us trying to keep talent in our branch of the sport.

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Old 24 Jul 2017, 18:25 (Ref:3754003)   #20
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I wonder if this thread shows part of the problem, in that it's immediately assumed that a low cost entry series is for young lads aspiring to move on to greater things.

One thing that stood out to me in the various articles about FFords 50th anniversary was that it was started to give club racers a cheap single seater that sounded nice. It's status as a development series came latter and at least one article was critical at the way it started to chase the young talent at the expense of the club racers. It would certainly affect numbers if the only people buying new cars are the teams running drivers in a National Championship. There where 38 cars running in the last race at Brands Superprix, all of them over 45 years old. I can't imagine ever getting a field that big of Duratec FFords.
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Agreed but getting seat time before attempting to do something like BRSCC Formula Ford might not be a bad idea. And applying to as many Young Driver Scholarship programs as possible.
But you would be getting seat time in the wrong cars and at no less cost. Would be barmy!
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Old 24 Jul 2017, 22:00 (Ref:3754088)   #22
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But you would be getting seat time in the wrong cars and at no less cost. Would be barmy!
I don't know about the costs of F Jedi but racing in Monoppsto in a F Vauxhall Junior 16v car was the cheapest racing I have ever done, by a long way. all race experience must surely be good race experience, and if you are not at the front of your class in Mono, there is no point in pursuing ideas of a career in the sport. You can therefore find out if you are vaguely quick without spending a fortune, or whether you are just going to enjoy being a clubman, and nothing wrong in that. Indeed, it is to be encouraged.
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There where 38 cars running in the last race at Brands Superprix, all of them over 45 years old. I can't imagine ever getting a field that big of Duratec FFords.
But there were no where near as many Duratec engined cars built as Kent engined ones due to the different market st the time. And that's a shame as the Duratec engine is fantastic - robust and light weight and if I was looking to do Monoposto,again, I'd be looking for one of these.
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I don't know about the costs of F Jedi but racing in Monoppsto in a F Vauxhall Junior 16v car was the cheapest racing I have ever done, by a long way. all race experience must surely be good race experience, and if you are not at the front of your class in Mono, there is no point in pursuing ideas of a career in the sport. You can therefore find out if you are vaguely quick without spending a fortune, or whether you are just going to enjoy being a clubman, and nothing wrong in that. Indeed, it is to be encouraged.
Well said. My point exactly.
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I'm not a fan of "scholarships", some of which appear to be means of funding a driver who's already been chosen! Certainly Historic FF, Jdei etc are good to get seat time.

How many haven't done karting? Very few! They leave at 14 to go to car racing, a constant source of irritation to those of us trying to keep talent in our branch of the sport.

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