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Old 2 Dec 2008, 12:26 (Ref:2345648)   #1
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Arrive n drive UK hire championships - worth it?

Anyone here done any events with them?

I'm thinking about it for 2009 as i need to exercise my racing demons and cant afford to store a kart of my own.

Whats the general skill level? The words 'Arrive & Drive' tend to send a shudder down my spine.....
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Old 4 Dec 2008, 18:37 (Ref:2347463)   #2
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Yeah, I did a one off race about a month ago. I actually race Easykart but did a race just for some more racing experience.

Like you, I was very apprehensive about the "Arrive & Drive" label but I know all the Club 100 guy from Easykart rounds and decided that if it was a disaster I'd still have a laugh. Turned out to be organised very well, which is what you expect from a great guy like John Vigor. The standard of driving is brilliant. I guess a prime example is James Winslow. James used to race in Club 100 and is now Australian F3 Champion, race in the Macau F3 GP and is also one of the A1GP Team GB drivers and competed in Champ Car tests.

I'm racing again at Rye House in January (twice) and would definitely recommend doing it.

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Old 4 Dec 2008, 21:05 (Ref:2347626)   #3
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I love the way they start the karts with those pusher Prokarts - Id like that job!
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Old 6 Dec 2008, 22:33 (Ref:2349255)   #4
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I have been racing Club 100 now for several years and it is a very well organised series with some very good drivers in.

In the premier class their are several ex-super1 drivers and that series is very very competative!!! I race in the Lightweights and the level of driving is more spread out but still very competative. I think there is some racing footage on youtube or google video, if you search club100 out.

All i would say is do a race or 2 or 3 and see what you think. If you want to turn up and race with upto 60 (20+ on track) other Lightweight (or Heavyweight) racers then give it a go.

Peat, how much karting have you done so far?
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Old 7 Dec 2008, 07:30 (Ref:2349416)   #5
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They reckon they get 100 hours out of their TKM engines, which is amazing - I guess they gear them not to rev quite so high, but still they should be pretty tasty bits of kit, especially for the novice karters. Anyone know if they are 100 or if they have been 'extremed' up to 115? I've got a BT82 engine somewhere thats still a 100, but does have the longer crank so it can take a clutch. Wonder if tis worth spending some dough on?
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Old 7 Dec 2008, 13:15 (Ref:2349573)   #6
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They do run longer gearing and richer fuelling to make the hours up, but in general there is not alot to choose between a kart these days.

For the novice who has never driven a 2stroke kart before they are still quick.

They are moving up to the 115 extreme engine next year which is meant to give 7-8tenths of a second around Rye House, and a bit less around somewhere like Clay Pigeon.

I just thought a good way to see for yourself how competitive the series is, would be to look at the results section of the website and filter any of the results fastest lap to slowest (just select fastest lap and should do so automatically). In the premier class especially there is not alot covering the entire filed in lap times!!
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Old 7 Dec 2008, 23:24 (Ref:2349949)   #7
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im planning on entering the winter series after doing limited rotax max. not really sure what to expect with this whole shared kart thing buy hey ho!

looking forward to driving the tkm extremes though.

who quickly does it get fully booked?

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Old 8 Dec 2008, 08:12 (Ref:2350103)   #8
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I raced in club 100 last year which was a good experience, the competetion is tough in all catogeries but racing fair, John runs a tight ship and is very friendly to new and existing drivers/teams.

Two gripes I had was the booking system and the grid formation which meant it was down to you to slot into your qulifying position, this is fine until other drivers feel they should also be in your position so you end up not normally starting from where you should be.

Electric starts are really needed as the old push system is old hat now.
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Old 8 Dec 2008, 11:21 (Ref:2350228)   #9
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Hi Guys, thanks for your info.

@Tony - I have done tons of 4-stroke indoor style karts & Pro Karts. But i have also done several days testing in a Rotax and was quite comfortably running on a good pace. I feel i should also mention i hold a National B race license aswell for classics racing so i'm not exactly a rookie.

By the sounds of it, its well worth a punt. I have been looking at the 09 sprint calender, i will try and make Whilton and Llandow. As was previously asked, how well in advance is it wise to book etc?
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Old 8 Dec 2008, 16:12 (Ref:2350371)   #10
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What are the benefits in signing upto the full 10 race sprint series at £1550 rather than per race at £148 ?

Unless my maths are wrong or I've missed the obvious ?

I'm not a penny pincher ....... but seems odd to pay slightly more for committing to the full season.

Regardless, seems like a great concept and will give me the motivation to shed a few stone

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Old 8 Dec 2008, 16:27 (Ref:2350382)   #11
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Having worked for Playscape and Club 100 just a couple of years back, I can assure you itís of a very high standard on the most part. You have a select few who know the karts so well, that they can be nigh-on unbeatable in those machines.

Like any series you have a couple of numpties who can just about hang on to the leaders but swerve left, right Ďní centre.

But, JV is a clever man, heíll throw-out the pr@ts who annoy the majority. It has a real Club feel to it, and some of the drivers have been racing in the series since 1996!

The Premier class now plays host to the normal ringers, so if youíre coming in, and youíre very rapid itís possible to get up the sharp-end, but itís not like a normal arrive Ďní drive 4-stroke series, the standard is much higher.

Just watch out you donít accidentally ride the brake a la moi, who found out whilst leading at Buckmore earlier this year, it can be painful to have a bump with the wall!

You usually get 3 heats of approximately 8 laps, one heat you start near the front, another in the midfield, and the next at the back. Thereís usually an A, B and C final tooÖ

Plus, the engines will be Extremed next seasonÖ
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Old 8 Dec 2008, 22:04 (Ref:2350572)   #12
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What are the benefits in signing upto the full 10 race sprint series at £1550 rather than per race at £148 ?

Unless my maths are wrong or I've missed the obvious ?

I'm not a penny pincher ....... but seems odd to pay slightly more for committing to the full season.
Its actually £148 * 11 races, which is £1628. Or you pay up everything in advance at £1550 and save £80.


As for booking into races, most people will save book early to avoid disappointment. Most races in 2008 were fully booked out with a reserves list!!. the first 2-4 races in the year are always very busy with it being a bit easier for races later in the year. Who knows what the credit crunch will do next year.

I think it gets busy after the Autosport show with people booking in for some races. Just book yourself in for the few races you want and then you know your in!!
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Old 9 Dec 2008, 07:47 (Ref:2350782)   #13
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[quote=Tony_Simpson] Most races in 2008 were fully booked out with a reserves list!!. quote]

The booking system was not good this year as loads of teams simply stuck their name down for all events and then cancelled two weeks before leaving you on the reserve list little time to get a team together.

Next year I understand this will be fairer, driving is generally very good and John is a fair chap and will spend time talking to you to offer help.
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Old 11 Dec 2008, 16:54 (Ref:2352879)   #14
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signed up for the 2nd january!!
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Anyone here racing at Rye House this weekend? Im losing my Club100 virginity on sunday in the sprints. Is anyone on-hand for cuddles afterwards?
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