Choosing your Championship - Single-seaters

All the UK single-seater championships for 2009

MSVR single seatersThe Motorsport Vision Racing series is new for 2006 but it has already built a strong following thanks to its low entry fees and regulations that allow a wide range of single seaters to take part including Formula Ford, Monoposto and Formula JediCan you buy a car and run it yourself? - YesCan you buy car and have it run by a team? - YesCan the teams provide and run the car for you? - NoHow many races are there a year? - 5 meetingsAverage grid size - 30Race format - Two twenty minute races and a twenty minute qualifying sessionCost of new car - £10-20,000Typical cost of second-hand car - £4-10,000Typical budget - £3-5,000Link to series website - www.motorsportvision.co.ukTypical racer (% professional, % amateur) - 0/100

750 Formula 4 ChampionshipLow cost championship catering for owners of older single seaters running in 5 classes. Class A - cars built after January 1st 1995. Class B - cars built between January 1st 1990 and 1st January 1995. Class C - cars built between January 1st 1983 and Jan 1st 1990. Class D - cars built prior to January 1st 1983. Class E -  Pre '01 Ford Zetec. Class I - Invitation class including International Formula Vee.Can you buy a car and run it yourself? - YesCan you buy car and have it run by a team? - YesCan the teams provide and run the car for you? - NoHow many races are there a year? - 14 meetingsAverage grid size - 20Race format - Two twenty minute races and a twenty minute qualifying sessionCost of new car - n/aTypical cost of second-hand car - £4-15,000Typical budget - £8-15,000Link to series website - www.750mc.co.ukTypical racer (% professional, % amateur) - 0/100

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Stoneguard Monoposto ChampionshipLow cost championship for single-seater racing cars, either self built or four year old factory made cars such as Formula 3, Formula Vauxhall, Formula Renault, Formula Ford 2000 and Formula Ford 1600 or certain specified chassis of any age in five classes. The choice of engine includes 2-litre Ford Zetec, Vauxhall 16-valve, 1200cc and 600cc motorcycle-derived engines and Formula Ford 1600.Can you buy a car and run it yourself? - YesCan you buy car and have it run by a team? - YesCan the teams provide and run the car for you? - NoHow many races are there a year? - 6 meetingsAverage grid size - 20Race format - Two twenty minute races and a twenty minute qualifying sessionCost of new car - n/aTypical cost of second-hand car - £4-15,000Typical budget - £8-15,000Link to series website - www.brscc.co.ukTypical racer (% professional, % amateur) - 0/100

Formula VeeLow cost championship catering for owners of the non-wing Formula Vee cars powered by 1300cc VW engines. Single-seaters, of free design and construction. A variety of constructors offer a complete car or a bare chassis and many cars have been converted from Formula Ford ‘Kent’ chassis. Wings and other aerodynamic aids are prohibited and a minimum weight including driver evens things out.including International Formula Vee.Can you buy a car and run it yourself? - YesCan you buy car and have it run by a team? - YesCan the teams provide and run the car for you? - NoHow many races are there a year? - 14 meetingsAverage grid size - 20Race format - Two twenty minute races and a twenty minute qualifying sessionCost of new car - n/aTypical cost of second-hand car - £4-8,000Typical budget - £4-10,000Link to series website - www.750mc.co.ukTypical racer (% professional, % amateur) - 0/100

Formula Renault UK ChampionshipFormula Renault UK is a popular junior single-seater category and has launched the careers of Kimi Raikkonen and Le Mans 24 Hours winner Guy Smith. Big crowds are assured as it races on the BTCC bill and is covered live on Motors TV. The cars are quick with good levels of downforce and 2-litre 192bhp engines.Can you buy a car and run it yourself? - YesCan you buy car and have it run by a team? - YesCan the teams provide and run the car for you? - YesHow many races are there a year? - 8 double-header meetingsAverage grid size - 30Race format - Two twenty minute races and a twenty minute qualifying sessionCost of new car - £n/aTypical cost of second-hand car - £20-40,000Typical budget - £100-130,000Link to series website - www.renaultsport.co.ukTypical racer (% professional, % amateur) - 50/50

Formula Renault BARC ChampionshipClubmans championship for older specification Formula Renault cars. It runs two classes – the ‘club’ class for cars built between 1995 and 1999 and the FR2000 class for 2004 – 2006 cars.Can you buy a car and run it yourself? - YesCan you buy car and have it run by a team? - YesCan the teams provide and run the car for you? - NoHow many races are there a year? - 12 rounds held over 8 meetingsAverage grid size - 20Race format - Two twenty minute races and a twenty minute qualifying sessionCost of new car - £n/aTypical cost of second-hand car - £10-40,000Typical budget - £10-30,000Link to series website - www.barc.netTypical racer (% professional, % amateur) - 0/100

Formula BMW UK ChampionshipFormula BMW UK is open to anyone passing their 16th birthday during 2006 and therefore it is popular with young career minded drivers. Powered by BMW bike engines the cars offer a good stepping stone for those drivers. It runs as a BTCC support race and is featured live on Motors TV.Can you buy a car and run it yourself? - YesCan you buy car and have it run by a team? - YesCan the teams provide and run the car for you? - YesHow many races are there a year? - 8 double-header meetingsAverage grid size - 30Race format - Two twenty minute races and a twenty minute qualifying sessionCost of new car - £n/aTypical cost of second-hand car - £20-40,000Typical budget - £80-100,000Link to series website - www.barc.netTypical racer (% professional, % amateur) - 50/50

Formula Palmer AudiEstablished as one of the most cost effective championships for both aspiring F1 drivers to advance their careers and amateur drivers wishing to have hassle free, safe, high performance racing at some outstanding circuits. Supporting DTM, WTCC, British F3, British GT, Euro F3000, FIA GT and there is a 30 minute FPA TV programme on Sky Sports TV, featuring all 15 rounds. The top tree drivers win an F3 test with Carlin MotorsportCan you buy a car and run it yourself? - NoCan you buy car and have it run by a team? - NoCan the teams provide and run the car for you? - YesHow many races are there a year? - 15 rounds at six double or triple-header meetingsAverage grid size - 30Race format - Thirty minutes testing plus two twenty minute qualifying sessions and thirty minute races at each meetingCost of new car - £n/aTypical cost of second-hand car - £n/aTypical budget  - £60-80,000Link to series website - www.formula-palmer-audi.comTypical racer (% professional, % amateur) - 50/50

Formula JediThese small single-seaters are fast and very popular with club drivers. The class A engine is the Honda CBR 600cc 4 stroke, water-cooled, 16-valve motorbike engine producing 100bhp. This delivers a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 130mph. Introduced in 2003, class B allows any bike engine up to 1000cc - tool of choice is currently the Yamaha R1 engine, but the class currently features Honda Fireblade and Suzuki GSXR machinery.Can you buy a car and run it yourself? - YesCan you buy car and have it run by a team? - YesCan the teams provide and run the car for you? - YesHow many races are there a year? - 16 rounds at 11 double or single-header meetingsAverage grid size - 30Race format - Twenty-minute qualifying sessions and races at each meetingCost of new car - £30,000Typical cost of second-hand car - £10-20,000Typical budget - £15-30,000Link to series website - www.formulajedi.comTypical racer (% professional, % amateur) - 10/90

Club Formula FordClub Formula Ford is a real cost effective way to enjoy motor racing in a competitive environment. The 1600 Kent engined class together with the 1800 Zetec class demonstrate that mature technology aligned with an ever improving approach to settings and race craft will give any competitor a real feeling of being at the front edge of single-seater club racing.Can you buy a car and run it yourself? - YesCan you buy car and have it run by a team? - YesCan the teams provide and run the car for you? - NoHow many races are there a year? - 7 roundsAverage grid size - 24Race format - Twenty-minute qualifying sessions and races at each meetingCost of new car - £n/aTypical cost of second-hand car - £8-20,000Typical budget - £10-30,000Link to series website - www.brscc.co.ukTypical racer (% professional, % amateur) - 10/90

Club Formula ThreeClub F3 is a completely new series, created, organised and promoted by BRSCC for its members. Its aim is to make genuine F3 racing come within the financial reach of the majority of its members, by ensuring the annual race budgets required will normally be less than 6% of full British F3 costs. In this way, club competitors have the opportunity to race modern (current British National class) F3 cars at a fraction of the normal costs.Can you buy a car and run it yourself? - YesCan you buy car and have it run by a team? - YesCan the teams provide and run the car for you? - NoHow many races are there a year? - 7 roundsAverage grid size - 24Race format - Twenty-minute qualifying sessions and races at each meetingCost of new car - £n/aTypical cost of second-hand car - £15-50,000Typical budget - £20-50,000Link to series website - www.brscc.co.ukTypical racer (% professional, % amateur) - 10/90

British Formula 3The top level national single-seater racing category in the UK. It has lauched the Formula One careers of many stars including Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen, Damon Hill  and Jenson Button to name just a few. There is also a National class for older machinery.Can you buy a car and run it yourself? - NoCan you buy car and have it run by a team? - YesCan the teams provide and run the car for you? - YesHow many races are there a year? - 22 rounds over 11 meetingsAverage grid size - 24Race format - Two 30 minute qualifying sessions and two thirty minute races per meetingCost of new car -£100,000Typical cost of second-hand car - £40-60,000Typical budget - £300-500,000Link to series website - www.fota.co.ukTypical racer (% professional, % amateur) - 10/90

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