What age group is the series for
The Series is for senior riders and our current min age limit is 16 Years, with our current average age of just over 30 years, but we do have a good spread of age groups with a few riders in their late teens and almost even number of riders in their 20's, 30's, 40's and even a couple of riders in their 50's, so as long as you are over 16, your age should not be a limiting factor.
How much track time do we get
Clay Pigeon holds a race event every month which is built up from a nine round championship series from March to November and a 3 round winter series from December to February.
Each round is scheduled with 2 x practice sesions, 1 x qualification session and 3 x races for every competitor.
Practice days at clay are normally 1 x 15min session in every hour, so at least 6 sesions per day with time between each session to make adjustmensts and have a bit of bench racing chat with your fellow pit bike racers.
When are the races and what time does it start
The race events are held on one saturday per month which start with signing on from 8.00 - 9.00, safety check scrutineering from 8.30 - 9.15 and the first practice session starts at 9.45
How much does it cost?
We do have members who have purchased a bike and gone racing for a full season and spent less than £1,000, but these are riders who already have a set of motorcycle leathers and helmet, a workshop tool kit and a friend in the series who is moving on his old race bike, but it can be done.
A race ready bike in full supermoto series race spec will cost you in the region of £800 to £1,000 if buying used and in the region of £1,200 to £1,500 if buying brand new, although it is posable to treat yourself to a full works spec race bike with all the fancy bling and race branded billet parts and this could cost you as much as £2,000 but this is not necessary or needed in order to win races at Clay Pigeon due to our tight controls over engine specfication.
You will need a few spares and a budget for consumables such as fuel, oil, tyres and transponder hire (if you have not purchased one) for which you should budget around £500 for a full championship series racing at Clay Pigeon.
You will of course need your leathers, helmet, gloves and boots, which can be purchased for around £300 but most will spend a little more as it is your safety equipment and you should allways buy the best you can, the majority of our riders would be spending in the region of £500 to £700 when buying the full kit new.
Registration to the championship series is £30 and for the 3 round winter series £10.
You can race once without paying the full registration fee - one off day membership is £5.
Race entries are currently £40 and a full practice day at Clay Pigeon is £45.
So in short you need to spend between £1,000 and £2,000 to get yourself the bike and safety equipment and need to budget around £100 per race meeting to cover your entry fee and consumables.
Can I race with or practice on my British Championship spec pit bike at Clay Pigeon Raceway
The series runs 140 Stock Supermoto spec pit bikes with YX140 stock engines with stock CDI unit, but allow a Z40 race cam, lightweight ignition and any round slide carb up to 26mm, with the addition of a DB killer exhaust silencer end can and catch tanks for the carb and engine breather pipes. So yes you can ride your British Championship bike at Clay Pigeon so long as you fit a standard CDI unit, a couple of small catch tanks (which only need be an old drinks bottle) and the DB killer silencer which are available to purchase at £35 to £40 (please see regs for full details)
What prizes are there?
Trophies are awarded at a ratio of 1 trophy for every 4 entrants, so the top 25% of the entry will receive a throphy at each round.
Championship trophies are awarded to the series champion, the runner up, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th,
9th and 10th, with additional awards for the top Novice, Top Rookie and Top Masters rider (combined class for riders over 40 and or over 100Kgs in full race kit) and an award for the most improved rider of the year.
We also have a 3 round winter series and the occasional additional one off event or short series which have their own awards, but this depends on entries and the series/event sponsors, but their will allways be awards for the winners.
How do I register for the series?
Fill in the on line registration form on this site.
How and when should I book into a race meeting?
Entries can be made online via this site or alternatively you can call the Clay Pigeon Raceway team on 01935 83713. Entries close noon on Thursday prior to race day.
Do I need a transponder?
Yes, you will need a transponder, which can be purchase or you can hire one from Clay Pigeon Raceway on the day at £5 per meeting.
What happens on race day?
1st you need to sign on and present your bike and race kit for safety scrutineering. This is followed by the riders briefing which proceeds an open pit lane practice session.
After the warm up practice there are three heats where riders start one heat from the front, one from the middle and one from the back. Grids are worked out equally so that every rider has the same opportunity.
Once the Heats are complete the points that you have scored from the positions you have finished in are added together. The highest points scorer will then start the final trophy race in pole position followed by everyone else in points descending order.
The positions in the Final are rewarded with the event trophies.
Points from both the heats and the final are added together to calculate the championship points table.