Essex Series organizers head outdoors

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The Essex Winter Series team have announced that they will be taking their style of racing event to the next level, by holding an outdoor race meeting later this summer. The Essex Summer Series will be a one-off meeting, to be held on the weekend of the September 13-14, 2014 at the Brooklands Raceway, near Ashford, Kent, in the South East of the UK.

The organizers have been encouraged by many racers to run an outdoor race event and driven by the support received, have secured the facilities of one of the largest and best-equipped tracks in the country. The recently refurbished covered pitting area will mean there is no need to lug gazebos to the event and help create the typical EWS-style atmosphere.

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Following discussions with racers, the organisers are also adopting a brand new race format. Gates to the venue will open at 10:00am on Saturday morning, meaning there is no need to travel the day before. On-track action will kick off at 11:00am, with the exact format to be determined based on the final entry count – but will include controlled practice, qualifying, and triple finals for everyone.

Classes for the event will be Open Modified (any motor from any of the BRCA, EFRA or IFMAR approved lists), and the debut in the UK of a new Super Stock class – 13.5 Zero Timing (“Blinky”). The EWS team listened to feedback from racers who saw the dilution in the UK with two separate “stock” classes as detracting from racing, and with the current ProStock speeds approaching those of the Modified class, the organising team felt this event was perfect to introduce the class to the UK, which is already extremely popular across Europe, Asia and the United States. Any BRCA approved 13.5 turn motor can be used, with any zero-timing (“blinky”) speed controller and a maximum gear ratio of 4.0. Controlled tyres for both classes will be the popular Sorex 32 RY, as widely used across the UK.

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Following its success at the International Carpet Challenge, the event will also feature the return of the HPI Vintage Challenge. For any touring car chassis with a 17.5 turn motor and zero timing speed controller, with controlled HPI Vintage wheels and tyres and any of HPI’s Vintage bodyshells.

Star UK racers including National Champion Chris Grainger and Euros Podium Finisher Elliott Harper have already confirmed their entries for the event, along with a number of other top racers from around the country. As drivers have come to expect from EWS events, the rules will be relaxed and the emphasis placed on creating a fun and competitive event.

Entries will open shortly at www.centralbooking.org. Places are expected to fill up quickly! You can also check out the EWS Events Facebook page for regular updates and to ask any questions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1416808218608318/

If there are any international drivers interested in competing, you can contact Oli Meggitt (oli.meggitt@gmail.com) for more information and help with travel plans. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event – contact Oli Meggitt for further details of how to be a part of this unique race.