Useful Tips and Advice:
- Listen carefully at the Riders Briefing and if unsure of anything ASK.!
- Make yourself familiar with the flag systems and again this will be discussed at the Riders Briefing.
- Preparation is the key to keeping calm on the day as you will have enough to think about.
- Store your fuel in a safe place and ensure you have enough for the day.
- Tyre pressures….check before each session.
- Give your bike a visual check over before each session, you won’t be popular is parts fall off , or fluids drain on to the track.
- Post the schedule for the day in a prominent position so you can refer to it through the day.
- Always Listen to the marshal’s instructions , don’t forget they are there to help you stay safe.
- If you do fall, and are able to proceed, DO NOT jump straight back on without looking over the bike for fluids leaking. If fluids are leaking, essential parts damaged such as brakes etc , then push the bike safely to the side of the circuit and stand behind the barrier.
- If you fall and are injured, remain where you are, and the marshals and medics will arrive to assist you.
- Do not at any point turn around on the circuit and proceeded in the opposite direction.
This is your opportunity to familiarise yourself with the circuit, and make sure that your bike is set up for the conditions.
You will be instructed when to go out on track from the pitlane marshal and there is no timing official timing against his session (although you can view your times on the notice board in the paddock).
At the end of the session you will be shown the chequered flag and it is at that point you start to reduce your speed and make your way back to the paddock.
Qualifying session is your first official timed session and will dictate your grid position for race one.
As with practice, you will be sent out on circuit by the pit lane marshal. If you are new to the sport, or your first ever race event then please be aware it is best to ensure you set a pace within your limits, as if you fall, or bike failure it could end your day. So, my advice is to set a pace you are comfortable with and at the end of the day you are out to enjoy your first experience and if it means you start at the back of the field, then who cares……you are enjoying yourself..!!
When the session concludes, again you will be shown the chequered flag and at this point reduce your speed slowly and make your way back to the paddock.
Qualifying sessions normally last 10 – 15 minutes.
Your qualifying time, and grid position for race one will be posted by the timing team in a prominent position in the paddock.
Make your way to the holding area in plenty of time and on reaching the area a pit lane marshal will tell you what your grid position is (they repeat it in case you missed the notice).
The marshal will show you out onto the circuit and you make your way steadily to the grid. On approaching the grid, look out for the numbers on the tarmac, which dictate the positions. A start line marshal will be there to assist you.
When every competitor is lined up in the correct grid positions the start line marshal will release you (in grid rows) out on your warm up lap.
On returning to the grid, make your way to your grid position and await the start.
The grid marshal will stand at the front of the grid displaying a red flag to hold everyone one in place.
You will note a red light (illuminated) at the side of the circuit. This is the start light and once the grid marshal walks off the grid, he/she will point at the red light. This is your signal to watch the lights..!!
When the light extinguishes the race starts.
Races last between 10 – 15 minutes
When the race concludes at the chequered flag proceeded to wind down the speed and make your way to the paddock.
Your finishing position in race one, will dictate your start position for race two and the same format takes place as per grid line up procedures.