Club 100 is definitely in pole position when it comes to “arrive and drive” karting, not only in the United Kingdom but in Europe as well.
Formed in 1993 and now with over twenty years experience, Club 100 gives karting drivers the chance to enter numerous championships, both sprint and endurance in a bid to be number 1. The “arrive and drive” system used by Club 100 is a perfect way to take part in the fast paced world of karting, without a massive monetary outlay.
Be warned, Club 100 is difficult and racing is intense. With over 50 drivers in some classes, expect extreme racing, bumps and thrills and spills on the nine circuits used in each championship series.
The invite only Premier/Clubman Sprint and Premier/Clubman Endurance championships are the highlights of the season and drivers are chosen by Club 100 to compete in these premier events.
Club 100 uses 115cc two-stroke engines paired to a Birel N35 chassis. The karts are direct drive and have no clutch. Every machine is setup in exactly the same way, made race ready by a team of Club 100 mechanics and test driven before each race by Club 100 test drivers. This ensures that every driver competing gets a kart that is performing at its peak, leaving the fight for the podium squarely up to the drivers and their skill.
Test days are an extremely important part of Club 100 racing. They are essential in giving drivers new to these high performance karts, the chance to see how they perform and handle out on the track. These karts are very different to most others and there are a number of important techniques that need to be mastered if a driver hopes to compete at the highest level. These include throttle steering, handling the sharper throttle response and applying power out of corners. Testing also allows drivers to learn the finer nuances of the many tracks used in all the championships.
Test days take place on seven Fridays and ten Sundays throughout the season and cost £142 for 2 drivers.
There are two specific race formats in Club100 racing.
1/ Sprint series
This series is the ideal way for a new driver to discover where they stand on the Club 100 track. It includes numerous classes ensuring a broad spectrum of skill levels out on the track. The Sprint series championship incorporates 11 rounds of racing driven on karting circuits found around the United Kingdom.
The elite level of the sprints, the Premier and Clubman series are by invite only and ensure that the top drivers fight it out for the title. The weight limit for this class is 85kg and all drivers under that will drive with ballast. The series comprises 11 rounds with 22 races taking place. Only a driver’s best 16 races count towards championship points.
There are three other sprints in the form of the Lightweight, Heavyweight and Super Heavyweight series. These are open to rookies and veterans of Club 100 racing alike. The weight requirements for this series are 75kg for Lightweight, 85kg for Heavyweight and 95kg for Super Heavyweight. Rookie drivers new to Club 100 will be assigned a “buddy” driver. This driver is available to give advice, answer questions and to help a rookie driver out on their first race day. The series comprises 11 rounds with 22 races taking place. Only a driver’s best 16 races count towards championship points.
2/ Endurance series
This series is aimed specifically at teams of anything between 2 to 5 drivers. Other than racing for a longer period, the unpredictable element of pit stops, either to change drivers or to add fuel means even more excitement. Endurance racing calls for focussed driving, incredible teamwork and sometimes just a little bit of luck.
The elite level of the endurance rounds, the Premier and Clubman series, are by invite only and run as a single event. The weight requirement for an endurance event is 85kg. A race day consists of a compulsory 40 minute practice period for all teams. This is followed by a 10 minute qualifying run, carrying full tanks of race fuel. The race itself takes place over 2 hours and 15 minutes. A team must make 5 pit stops during the duration of the race. Driver changes take place during these pit stops. There are 11 rounds of endurance racing during the course of the season.
The other endurance races are specifically for intermediate and rookie teams and are also run as a single event. The weight requirement for endurance races for these classes is 82kg. Times are slightly different from the Premier endurance races with 30 minutes allowed for practice, 5 minutes for qualifying and two hours for the race. A team must make 5 pit stops for fuel during the duration of the race. Driver changes take place during these pit stops. There are 10 rounds of endurance racing during the course of the season.