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The Basics

Sprinting is essentially a driver and car, competing against the clock, on a pre-practised course. Cars will start one at a time, from a standstill at 30 second intervals, so you won't encounter other vehicles to collide with. The average course is approx 1.7 miles long, which helps to keep stress on the car to a minimum. Normally you will be given a chance to walk the course, then drive it behind a pace car, before getting a practice run in the morning, followed by timed runs into the afternoon. Times are displayed after you cross the finish line and results are published throughout the day with an awards presentation once the runs have been completed.

Anyone 18 or over with a valid full driving licence is welcome to take part.

Events are run under an independent organisation, a competition licence can be purchased for £15 for the day or £25 for the year. An MSUK competition licence is not required or valid for our events.

Yes you will need to wear a helmet during the event, open top vehicles are full face only whereas closed roof vehicles can be either full or open face. Helmets are checked during scrutineering, we specify that they must be in a good safe condition and suitable for the activity. We do not enforce any one particular standard as there are a lot to choose from and it confuses the issue, if you are unsure then please ask before the event.

The diverse nature of the competition means the experience is as intense or as casual as you decide to make it for yourself. Whether you want to compete with the big boys at the front or simply want to have some fun in your road car you’ll find there is always someone in the same position as you. We have tried to arrange the class structure so that there is always someone in a similar position as you to compete against.

All vehicles are welcome to enter (subject to organiser approval), just so long as they meet safety and noise emission requirements. It is a requirement that all vehicles pass a static noise test of 105dba and the corresponding driveby. As a general rule, your car needs to be up to at least MOT safety standards, should be in good condition and well serviced. All vehicles will be scrutineered before signing on to check they are safe and mechanically sound, safety is paramount so please ensure you meet these standards.

It depends on the class and type of vehicle. Convertible and open top vehicles in any class must have sufficient practical roll over protection in the form of roll hoops, roll bar or a roll cage. Vehicles in the top class are required to have a full cage Vehicles in lower classes are not required to be fitted with a roll cage but it is recommended as most vehicles, especially the track spec cars.

There will be a wide range of vehicles ranging from cutting edge competition vehicles to small engined superminis so no matter what vehicle you have there should always be someone you can have a battle with.

The Javelin Trackdays Sprint Series welcomes all entrants, whether for the whole season or the odd round. Entries are made on a round by round basis so you only need commit to the events that you want to do but that may impact on your championship standings at the end of the year. There may also be some additional individual sprint events available throughout the year that are their own competition and do not count towards any championship.

Firstly, the amount you spend on your car is up to you. We usually run tracks of somewhere between 1.2 - 2 miles depending on the venue, and try to go for a minimum of4 runs in total (1 official practice and 3 official timed, schedules should allow for 1 practice run and up to 6 timed runs to be completed but this is obviously dependent on any delays being caused) - so factor your fuel usage in to that cost. Fees wise, the cost of each round varies by venue and you pay on a round by round basis so it will depend on how many rounds you participate in and whereabouts.

You can share your car with another driver if you wish but you will need to enter both drivers as separate entries. The schedule means that it is not practical to share a vehicle between more than 3 drivers as there would not be enough time for each driver to complete their runs without disrupting the day overall.

For each round trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall, each individual class winner will get a trophy providing there is more than one entrant in that class, 2nd in Class if there are 4+ entrants and 3rd if there are 6 or more.

This is largely down to the individual driver, obviously over the day your car is going to take more punishment than usual in terms of brakes and tyre wear but most of this is down to how you are driving and the runs are relatively short so even your daily road car will have no issues. In terms of accident damage most venues are quite open and have little in the way of ‘solid’ structures to hit, so it be dependent on how much risk you wish to take.

The Events

Entries close on the Wednesday before each event so that we can finalise entry lists, etc.

The circuits are run largely untouched with perhaps the odd cone to make sure that corners aren't cut.

Times may vary between venues but the structure for the day is basically as below :

Check In - Arrive and check In, licence checks, etc

Briefing - Covers the Important points of the day, the full briefing is online as part of the drivers forms completed before the event.

Practice Run - A single untimed practice run, also acts as sighting lap.

Timed Runs - All competitors take part in up to 6 timed runs which determine the results for the day.


Timed Runs - All competitors take part in up to 6 timed runs which determine the results for the day.

Awards Presentation

It is intended that competitors stay within the track limits and do not cause disruption for cars that are following them so if a vehicle is deemed to have gained an advantage  i.e.  2 wheels off or they have hit something i.e. cones then their time is not recorded and they are awarded a void run instead. This is because a cone in the middle of the track is likely to interfere with vehicles behind and with potentially up to 3-4 vehicles following on track this can significantly delay the day if those runs are scrapped and reruns have to take place. The intention is that you stay on the track and not touch any of the equipment in place. There is also the side effect that you will benefit the other competitors by allowing them to partake in a rerun and potentially allowing them to overtake you in the results.

Sprint events are a full day affair so you can expect to be at the venue from approximately 07:15-17:30. Events will start with check in period followed by a safety briefing at around 8:40 and then the untimed practice run starting at 9:00. Runs are completed in order so all competitors will complete run 1 before moving onto run 2, etc. Runs will always cease by 17:00 (if they haven't already been completed) and the awards presentation will take place.

As early as possible, yes. If you have not gone through Check In before it closes then you will not be able to take part in the event. If everyone arrived 20 minutes before closing there would be no way to process that many people in the time allowed and it would severely delay the track time of the event so you need to be there in good time so we can get everyone through.

You are required to attend the one and only morning briefing and it is your responsibility to ensure you attend, if you do not then it is extremely unlikely you will then be permitted to participate in the event.

The timing is managed by timing beams at the start and finish, these detect when any point of a vehicle breaks the beam so an additional timing strut is not required.

You will need to display competition numbers on the side of your vehicle throughout the event, these will be allocated and provided for you on the day in the form of door plates. It is required that these are displayed as supplied throughout the event, if you do not wish to attach stickers to your vehicle then we advise you mount them on a magnetic backing so you can easily remove them after the event is concluded.

You can do if you want to but we only require that you wear normal clothes that cover your arms and legs unless you are in a class where flameproof overalls are required. The extra safety is only an advantage.

No, Passengers are not permitted on a competition event. Sometimes if we finish with plenty of time to spare we may allow 'fun runs' at the end of the day where competitors can run the course untimed whilst we get the awards ready, in which case existing drivers are permitted to passenger with another competitor.

Spectators are welcome to attend and there is no fee to do so however anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please note that animals are not permitted at any motorsport venue.

The Championship

You are not required to register in the championship to take part in the events but you must register prior to the events to score championship points within them.

We award trophies for the top 3 overall in each series followed by trophies for the top 3 in each class providing they have completed enough rounds to qualify (2024 5/7).

Overall Points are awarded based on your overall finishing position on the event with 100 points for 1st overall, 99 for 2nd, 98 for 3rd, etc. Class Points are awarded as 25,18,15,12,10,8,6,5,4,3,2,1. Positions for both Overall and Class only include those who are registered for the championship.

There is an awards presentation at the end of each event and then at the final round there will be the championship awards presented shortly after the event awards. You will need to attend the awards presentation to collect your event trophy, they will not be available after the event.