I want to spend more time on the track so I'm considering to start racing in 2015 and could use some advice. I live in Denmark and the class I'm looking at is called Youngtimer. The class is for 15 years (or older) production cars and it has three sub-classes based on weight/hp.
Basically, I want to start in the lowest sub-class with a low costs > speed mindset and if it grows on me, progress towards the fastest sub-class and speed > low costs.
For each race there is 20 minutes qualifying and three heats of 15 minutes plus one lap. Standing start.
The three sub-classes are
- > 16.3 Lbs per crank hp
- > 14.1 Lbs per crank hp
- > 9,7 Lbs per crank hp
- Weight is including the driver
Max rim width allowed:
- 1931 - 2151 Lbs: 8”
- 2151 - 2370 Lbs: 8,5”
- > 2370 Lbs: 9”
Tires are unrestricted.
Suspension pretty much no rules except that ground clearance must be at least 2" (disregarding mufflers).
Brakes are pretty much unrestricted too except for no exotic materials.
Engine work, FI and modified exhaust is allowed. No race fuel.
The transmission is limited to 5 speed unless the car was produced with more gears. Diff ratios can be changed. LSD allowed.
It's allowed to strengthen the chassis/construction but not to remove or swap in lighter material. However, non-supportive bodywork can be replaced with lighter material.
Non-OEM front and rear spoilers are allowed as long as they don't breach the top-down silhouette and the rear-spoiler has to be discreet and mix well with the body shape. Rear wings are not allowed unless they were an original option. Wider fenders are allowed up to 100 mm increase in overall vehicle width (approximately 2" per side).
Padborg Park (1.3 miles)
Aarhus Classic Race (1.6 miles)
Jyllandsringen (1.4 miles)
Ring Djursland (1.1 miles)
Ring Knutstorp (1.3 miles)
Here is a heat with the 2013 overall winner. He is starting from the pit lane in this one so you will see him working his way up through the field:
So, for the first (cheap) step I'm thinking a '99 with a 6 speed and LSD. '01 Sport brake system, cheap coilovers, a Megasquirt, better cooling, cage, seat, harness, wheel, mild weight reduction, no aero.
Would it be realistic to aim for 2370 Lbs (that's just under 2200 plus driver), allowing 145 crank hp and 9" wheels. What size slicks would make the most sense, keeping in mind that I can widen the fenders 2" per side?
Do you think the MX-5 is a good choice for this class? Any other thoughts?