Sprinting is a high-speed discipline in which drivers take turns to set a time around a lap of a race circuit or a set course, with the fastest times determining the results. Sprinting is a very diverse discipline, with vehicles ranging from standard road cars to F1-style single-seaters.
How does Sprinting work?
Sprints are typically held on racing circuits and disused airfields, with venues spread right across the country.
Competitors are given practice runs before the competition proper starts. Usually you will get two runs against the clock, with your best time counting in the final results. The best part about Sprinting is that if you get your first run wrong you still have a chance of making amends on later runs.
How do I start?
You then need to apply to the MSA for your National B Speed Competition Licence, available to anyone aged 16 or above. You don’t need to take any tests, or have a medical.
Next, go to some Sprints and chat with the competitors to get a real-life feel for the discipline and what it takes to be a competitor.
What kind of car do I need?
There are many different Sprint classes, including categories for standard or near-standard road-going vehicles, so you may already be driving your future competition car.
You can use your standard road car, which may require some minor safety modifications depending on the class you'll be competing in.
You can also build (or buy) a modified car or even a specialist single-seater, there are a wide variety of classes catering for many options.
What equipment do I need?
You will need MSA-compliant safety equipment such as a helmet, fireproof overalls, gloves and, for some classes, a Frontal Head Restraint device.
Remember that it is the competitor's responsibility to ensure that their vehicle and equipment comply with both the MSA's General Regulations (detailed in the MSA Competitors' and Officials' Yearbook) and the Supplementary Regulations (SRs) of the event or championship.
If you have any questions about vehicles or equipment you can speak to a member of the MSA Technical Department by calling 01753 765 000.