2018 BriSCA F1 Preview
2018 BriSCA F1 Preview!
With just weeks now to go the 2018 BriSCA F1 season is about to get under 'Starters orders' - Following the shock loss of Coventry exactly a year ago, the sport is working hard to ameliorate the loss of this iconic and traditional venue.
The Coventry management remain extremely active in pursuing opportunities for a replacement venue and whilst any chance of a return to Brandon looks exhausted Coventry Racing Club remain upbeat with regard securing a suitable location for the sport in the coming years.
But, it's business as usual with a sensibly constructed fixture programme and gentle but not radical change as the organisation moves the sport forward by evolution into a new era.
For 2018 we welcome Mildenhall back into the fold, it has been many years since the sport took place at the Suffolk venue however, with a change of ownership in the last 18 months and a huge renovation programme, this is rapidly becoming a first class venue and and a valuable shale surfaced addition debuting in April with a World Qualifying Round as a trial event.
Spedeworth / Incarace have also been innovative in announcing an experiment designed to re invigorate the European Championship's with a complete revamp that will from a novelty perspective see the iconic Northampton tarmac raceway converted to shale as a trial for a period that includes the Euro weekend and understandably that has created quite a stir! The Mildands' is again well served with a regular programme also at Birmingham Wheels and the classic, again one off, at Hednesford Hills where the sheer power 'blows your socks off'!
Spedeworth are also considering Aldershot for a trial in 2019. Northampton also hosts the second 2018 World Semi Final in August and Spedeworth's jewel in the crown, Ipswich returns with it's one off Thunder 500 in June!
Elsewhere, Startrax & Spedeworth return to Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly for the bi annual Scottish Championship mid June, always a must do must see weekend with the High Octane Saturday Night thunder of the Racewall and the unique atmosphere it provides followed by a traditional Sunday afternoon at the well appointed Lochgelly Raceway.
Skegness hosts the 2018 World Final and the promotion, now in it's second year under the stewardship of former World Champion Rob Speak has again over the Winter seen further investment as the Lincolnshire venue enters of a new era and demonstrates confidence in the sport.
In Norfolk, the acclaimed King's Lynn raceway continues where it left off with a full season of events including the World Semi as a prelude to it hosting the 2019 World Final.
The North is well serviced with a a total of 13 events, 2 major events 'In the Hills' at Buxton with the September date a rare National Series round which shows promise. Belle Vue, Sheffield and Stoke provide the traditional shale action with a major five figure re vamp of the track surface over the Winter and the venue hosts the 2018 British in July as well as the end of season National Series Finales for both BriSCA F1 and BriSCA F2 in November which provided an electrifying conclusion to the official 20187 season.
The BSCDA [ Drivers Association ] and Promoters Association BriSCA have been working closely, particularly over the last 6 months, to map out a plan for the future. Rule changes implemented during the Winter include the introduction of an RPM limit of 7500 within an ongoing mantra of trying to reduce racer costs together with the whole sport becoming more customer focused and changes to back axle widths have also been brought in to control width and ensure that we maintain the contact and spectacle element of the sport. The other main change has been to the tyre permitted on the back inside of the car, again to improve spectacle, improve availability and hopefully reduce overall racer costs.
As always, the sport evolves and one or two drivers have announced retirement however, there is encouragement with a number of new registrations - and other top drivers promising additional commitment in 2018.
BriSCA and BSCDA are also experimenting in getting the sport off to a good start by introducing for the March events two Wild Card meetings which predominantely means Double Points in an attempt to attract more drivers out on track earlier!
So here we go, from a Heritage dating back to 1954 where everyone predicted the sport to be a '7 day wonder' BriSCA F1 - The Big League prepares for those immortal words 'gentlemen, start your engines as we enter season 65!
Across the seven decades the sport has endured many 'shockwaves' yet the culture, colour, drama and adrenalin remains an enigma that is why BriSCA F1 Stock Car Racing remains a passionate and vibrant sport.
Let battle begin - Sunday March 18th at Manchester's Belle Vue followed by Saturday March 24th at the Norfolk Arena where the green flag will drop on the 2018 season in earnest!