FAQ

Q: What is the OPEN ENDURANCE SERIES?

 

A: The OPEN ENDURANCE SERIES aims to deliver all the challenges, satisfaction and enjoyment of endurance racing, but on a realistic budget.  There is a fantastic calendar of 50 minute races & 2x sprint races: all dates are confirmed, with regs and registration available online here. The aim of the series is about maximising seat time, delivering value-for-money and reducing the barriers to entry for racing.

 

Q: Who can enter the OPEN ENDURANCE SERIES?

A: The OPEN ENDURANCE SERIES is open to virtually all closed wheel cars. The only stipulations are on the grounds of safety and they are:

 

  • The car must be able to complete a lap of Mondello Park’s National circuit in 1.07.00 or less or Kikistown in 1.12.00 or less.
  • The car must meet MSI safety specifications as per appendix 2 of the current MSI year book.

 

Q: How many rounds are there in the OPEN ENDURANCE SERIES?

 

 

A: There are seven races across 5 track layouts, and 3 circuits: Mondello Park, Kirkistown and Bishopscourt.

 

Q: Are there practice sessions during the OPEN ENDURANCE SERIES?

 

A: For the Bishopscourt round, there will be 30 minutes free practice included in your entry fee. For Mondello & kirkistown rounds, practice is at additional cost as per normal.

 

Q: How long is qualifying in the OPEN ENDURANCE SERIES?

 

A: 20 minutes qualifying, held on the morning of race day

 

Q: How long are the races in the OPEN ENDURANCE SERIES?

 

A: 50 minutes

 

Q: How much track / seat time do I get?

 

A: For Bishopscourt rounds, there will be 30 minutes free practice, and 20 minutes qualifying and a 50 minute race, so total seat time will be one hour forty minutes. For Mondello and Kirkistown rounds there will be 20 minutes qualifying and a 50 minute race, so total seat time will be one hour ten minutes

 

Q: What team set-ups can there be?

 

A: There are three different set-ups that you can choose from:

  1. Solo driver: one car – one driver who completes the whole race, but still has to pitstop.
  2. Two drivers, one car: driver one starts the race, pits anytime and hands over to driver two, who completes the race
  3. Relay Team, two drivers and two cars.

 

Q:  My car will not last 50 minutes on a tank of fuel. Can I still race?

 

A: Yes. The answer is to enter as a relay team. A relay team pays the same entry fee as a regular competitor but has two cars and two drivers. This means that each car only does half of the race distance. The first driver and car will start the race, then come into the pits at half race distance, get out of the car and close the door.

 

As soon as the first driver closes the door, the second driver can get into his car, and complete the second half of the race.

 

Q: Explain the Relay Team Option Again!

 

A: THE OPEN ENDURANCE SERIES is about maximising seat time, delivering value-for-money and reducing the barriers to entry for racing. However, not all cars have the fuel capacity to complete a full endurance race on a single tank of fuel.

 

To allow these cars to take part, you can enter a relay team – a team made up of two seperate cars and two seperate drivers, to enter as a team. Each car would complete half a race distance in relay format.

 

For example, if you have a Stryker and an ASK Supercar that will not last the 50 minute session, you would enter both as a team, with a team name, using the same race number. Driver number 1 in the Stryker would start the race, and pit when appropriate. Driver number 2 in the ASK Supercar would get into their car as soon as the Stryker puts his two feet on the ground (or door is closed if the car has a door!)

 

Sounds a bit different, yes. But this ‘relay’ approach is already used in UK Endurance Racing with great success. – See 75MC Club Enduro.

 

Q: Are there pitstops required in the OPEN ENDURANCE RACING SERIES?

 

A: Each car MUST make a mandatory pitstop during the race. During the pitstop, the driver MUST get out, stand up outside the car with his two feet on the ground, get back into the car, strap in and only then drive down the pit lane and re-enter the race.

 

Q: Is there a minimum pit stop time?

 

A: No, we have left the pit stop time open as slick team work could gain you an advantage and will add to the whole experience of the OPEN ENDURANCE SERIES. However safety is paramount and belts must be securely fastened before a car can move from its pit box.

 

Q: Is refuelling allowed?

 

A: No, refueling is not allowed as a number of circuits do not have the required permits for refueling during a race.

 

Q: How much fuel will my car use in 50 minutes?

 

A: For reference we’ve compiled some accurate fuel consumption data from current competing cars for Mondello Park National Circuit:

 

 

Car Fuel Ltr Per Lap Lap Time (secs) Fuel for 55 mins (L) Size of Tank (L) Less 15% for Surge (L)
SEAT Supercup 0.65 58 34.56 55 46.75
Civic EG Modified 0.75 61 41.94 45 38.25
BMW M3 E46 0.65 60 35.75 63 53.55
Fiesta ST 0.55 65 32.77 45 38.25
Peugeot 106 GTI 0.45 66 27.23 45 38.25

 

Q: The OPEN ENDURANCE SERIES is sponsored by Yokohama. Is there a control tyre?

 

A: No, Yokohama is the title sponsor for 2018, but there is no control tyre in place for this year. The only stipulation is that other tyre manufacturers branding must not be displayed on cars taking part.

 

Q: How much does the OPEN ENDURANCE SERIES cost to enter?

 

A: In order to race you must first register for the series or a single race (both fees include your decal packs, kindly supplied by FISH Graphics) Full Series registration is €100 and single race registration is just €30.

 

Entry Fees for the 3 circuits on the 2018 calendar are as follows:

 

  • Mondello Park: €425 – 20 min Qualifying + 50 min race (€212.50 if double driving)
  • Kirkistown: TBC
  • Bishopscourt: £330 (€372.90) – 30 mins free practice + 20 min Qualifying + 50 min race (£165 (€186.45) if double driving)

 

Drivers entered into sprint races at Bishopscourt on May 12th/13th who also want to enter the Open Endurance race can do so at the reduced rate of just £130 in addition to their standard £250 entry fee.

 

Q: What sort of value for money is the OPEN ENDURANCE SERIES?

 

A: We don’t need to tell you motor-racing is not cheap, but we do believe that the OPEN ENDURANCE SERIES delivers the best value for money for minutes on track of any series in Ireland.

 

For example, here are some sample calculations on cost per minute racing

 

 

2018 Entry Fees Euro Minutes on track Price per minute Price per hour
Mondello €425 n/a 70 €6.07 €364.29
Kirkistown £275 €310.75 70 €4.44 €266.36
Bishopscourt £330 €372.90 100 €3.73 €223.74
Compared to typical 2017 costs
2017 Entry Fees Euro Minutes Price per minute Price per hour
Mondello €320. €320 45 €7.11 €426.67
Kirkistown £200 €226 45 €5.02 €301.33
Bishopscourt £250 €282 45 €6.28 €376.67

 

 

Q: Where can I find the regulations?

A: You can find our sporting regulations HERE.

 

The OPEN ENDURANCE SERIES is open to all closed wheel cars, designated saloon, sports, GT, rally or sports racing. Technical regulations are free for all cars with the exception of cars competing in the SEAT Supercup Ireland, which must comply with the technical and sporting regulations for that class. All cars must comply with Motorsport Ireland safety regulations as per appendix 2 of the MSI yearbook.

 

Q: I’m interested, what are my first steps?

 

A: Click here, and register to enter. You can register for the championship or an individual race. The fee is €100 for the championship and €30 for an individual race.

You cannot race if you are not registered.

 

Q: What is the prize money?

A: Each Mondello round has a €1000 prize fund to to be split between the competing classes. We are working hard to secure the same for all rounds. You must be registered for the series to win points and cash prizes. You cannot race, and therefore, cannot win any prize money if you are not registered

 

Q: What are the classes?

 

  • Saloon/Sports/Rally Cars up to 2000CC
  • Saloon/Sports/Rally Cars Over 2000CC
  • SEAT Supercup Cars
  • Sports, GT & Invitational

 

Q: I have a caterham 7. Can I enter and what class would I be in?

 

A: Yes you can enter. A Caterham and most 7 derivatives have a space frame chassis and as such would be in the sports, GT & invitational class.

 

Q: I have a sports racing car. Can I enter and what class would I be in?

 

A: Yes you can enter. You would be in the sports, GT & invitational class.

 

Q: Are open wheel cars allowed?

A: No, the OPEN ENDURANCE SERIES  is for closed wheel cars only. No single seaters, formula cars or buggies are permitted.

 

Q: I have an ‘X’. Is its eligible?

A: Yes, probably, as long as it is a closed wheel car.

Types of eligible cars by class:

Saloon type cars up to 2000cc

Types of car eligible for this class are:

Saloon, hatch, rally cars or sports cars up to 2000cc NA or up to 1176cc with forced induction. Here are some examples of popular models that would fit into this class:

  • Fiesta ST,
  • Renault Sport Clio,
  • Honda Civic, Integra, S2000
  • Peugeot 205 gti,
  • BMW 3 series,
  • Mazda MX5,
  • MGB, MG Midget, MGF,
  • Lotus Elise,
  • Toyota Celica,
  • Fiat Punto.
  • MG Midget,
  • mk 2 escort

 

2wd, 4wd and forced induction are all permitted.

Race cars, rally cars, drift cars, time attack cars & rallycross cars are all permitted as long as they comply with MI safety regulations as per appendix 2 of the 2018 yearbook.

 

A multiplication factor of 1.7 times engine cc will be used to determine the capacity of a forced induction engine and a multiplication factor of 1.5 times engine cc for rotary engines. Eg for a 1.3 turbocharged Glanza use the following equation: 1.3ltr x 1.7 = 2.21ltr (which would place the car in the over 2000cc class)

 

Space framed cars or partially space framed cars are not permitted in this class.

 

Saloon type cars over 2000cc

Types of car eligible for this class are:

Saloon, hatch, rally cars or sports cars over 2000cc NA or ove 1177cc with forced induction. Here are some examples of popular models that would fit into this class:

  • BMW 330d, M3
  • Nissan Silvia s13/14/15, Nissan skyline,
  • Glanza Turbo,
  • Ford Sierra Cosworth, Focus RS/ST
  • Audi S3, S4
  • Renault sport Clio with Megane turbo conversion,
  • Porsche boxster, Porsche 911,
  • Mazda rx7 / RX8
  • Subaru Impreza/Legacy,
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution,
  • VW Golf GTI,
  • Lancia Delta.
  • Sunbeam Tiger
  • MGB V8

2wd, 4wd na and forced induction are all permitted.

Race cars, rally cars, drift cars, time attack cars & rallycross cars are all permitted as long as they comply with MI safety regulations as per appendix 2 of the 2018 yearbook.

 

A multiplication factor of 1.7 times engine cc will be used to determine the capacity of a forced induction engine and a multiplication factor of 1.5 times engine cc for rotary engines. Eg for a 1.3 turbocharged Glanza use the following equation: 1.3ltr x 1.7 = 2.21ltr (which would place the car in the over 2000cc class)

 

Space framed cars or partially space framed cars are not permitted in this class.

 

SEAT Supercup Cars

Open to all SEAT Supercup Ireland cars. A class for the MKII Seat Leon Supercopa

 

Sports GT’s & Invitational

This class is the for cars that do not fit into any of the above categories and caters for space framed cars, low production prototypes and modsport cars. Examples of cars suitable for this class are as follows.

  • Global Light,
  • Ginetta G50/55,
  • Radical SR3, SR8 clubsport
  • Norma, Spire, T5 Mission
  • Caterham 7 derivatives,
  • ASK Supercars,
  • Fun Cup Cars,
  • RAW Strykers,
  • TMC Costin, Davrian Imp, modsports cars

2wd, 4wd na and forced induction are all permitted.

Race cars, rally cars, drift cars, time attack cars & rallycross cars are all permitted as long as they comply with MI safety regulations as per appendix 2 of the 2018 yearbook.