What is VWDRC Heads Up?

Following on from our long running Sportsman and Pro bracket racing classes we are trialling a new Heads Up class for 2019. It'll run alongside RWYB track time but if it's a success we'll be running it as a full MSA championship in coming seasons. You've asked for it, we've made it happen!

You need a VAG Group door car - i.e manufactured by VW, Audi, Seat or Skoda. If you have something else that you think qualifies then get in touch.

Volkswagen floor pan buggies and kit cars are eligible.

Your car needs to be powered by a VAG Group engine or approved aftermarket derivative power plant, such as an Autocraft or Pauter engine.

Your car needs to run a proven quarter mile time of 11.99 seconds or quicker.

Tube frame funny cars and rails are not eligible.

If you are unsure about the eligibility of your car you can contact us to discuss.

Dates for 2019

  1. GTI Spring Festival - Santa Pod Raceway - 14th April
  2. Das Auto Show - Santa Pod Raceway - 2nd June
  3. GTI Festival - Santa Pod Raceway - 6th October

There's a payment button over on the Join Us! page.

The closing date for each event is two weeks before. The entry fee is £65; this will include two weekend tickets and track time on the Sunday. (Additional track time on the Saturday can be purchased at the track on the day.)

You will also need a VWDRC Membership for the year if you don't have one already, which costs £20. This gives you access to the club forums, a race number, membership card and stickers.

All members will be required to adhere to the rules and safety requirements of the track.

The starting system will be the three-amber "Pro Start" tree. All amber lights are activated simultaneously with a four-tenths of a second delay to green.

The ladder is based on a sportsman configuration. For example, on an eight car field car 1 runs against car 5, not car 1 vs car 8 as with a pro-ladder.

Roll cages are strongly recommended for all vehicles, however they are not compulsory. If you want to install a cage please consult a specialist or the National Drag Racing rulebook to ensure it is fitted safely and correctly.

It is recommended that there is a parachute system for all vehicles travelling faster than 150mph.

Fluid containment devices are highly recommended.

Any vehicle not achieving a valid 11.99 second pass or faster during qualifying will not be included in eliminations.

If you would like any more information please contact us via email: info@vwdrc.com or via social media.

Qualifying points are awarded to all racers who make a qualifying run.

For a 16 car field (maximum entry 24 cars):

  • Number 1 qualifier : 8 points
  • 2nd : 7 points
  • 3rd : 6 points
  • 4th : 5 points
  • 5th and 6th : 4 points
  • 7th and 8th : 3 points
  • 9th to 12th : 2 points
  • 13th to 16th : 1 point

Additional points are earned during the qualifying sessions by running one of the quickest three runs of the session.

  • Lowest ET : 3 points
  • 2nd lowest : 2 points
  • 3rd lowest : 1 point

Eliminations points - based on a 16 car field, each entrant will receive 20 points for each round with 20 bonus points for the winner.

For a 32 car field (if more than 24 car entry):

  • 1st qualifier : 16 points
  • 2nd : 15 points
  • 3rd : 14 points
  • 4th : 13 points
  • 5th : 12 points
  • 6th : 11 points
  • 7th : 10 points
  • 8th and 9th : 9 points
  • 10th and 11th : 8 points
  • 12 and 13th : 7 points
  • 14th and 15th : 6 points
  • 16th to 18th : 5 points
  • 19th to 21st : 4 points
  • 22nd to 24th : 3 points
  • 25th to 28th : 2 points
  • 29th to 32nd : 1 point

Eliminations based on a 32 car field will receive 20 points for each round with 20 bonus points for the winner.

A race number will be assigned to you when you take out your VWDRC membership and you will receive a set of stickers.

If you're already racing with the VWDRC then you can use your existing Sportsman/Pro number. New members are allocated default race numbers, however you can request a personalised number when you sign up by emailing info@vwdrc.com and if it’s available then it’s yours.

You will need to have a helmet, a race suit as well as gloves, footwear, and a neck brace.

Specifications:

  • Helmets
    • FIA 8860-2010
    • FIA 8859-2015
    • SNELL SA2010 (Not valid after 31.12.2023)
    • SNELL SA2015 (Not valid after 31.12.2023)
    • SNELL SAH2010 (Not valid after 31.12.2023)
  • Race suit
    • FIA 1986 standard
    • SFI 3.2/1 For 10 seconds and slower
    • SFI3.2A/5 for 9.99 seconds and quicker
    • FIA 8856-2000
  • Gloves should meet SFI 3.3/5
  • Footwear should meet SFI 3.3/5
  • Neck brace should meet SFI 3.3/5

These can be bought from many racing outlets.

No. You can enter just one, two or all - it’s up to you!

Once your entry and payment has been received we'll send you an email to confirm within 24 hours and details about the event the week before.

You can cancel your entry up to seven days before the event and obtain a full refund.

Maybe! The best thing to do would be to contact us ASAP to see if it's possible to add you to the entry. Late fees may apply.

You'll get priority track access for two qualifying runs in the morning, and then it's on to the eliminations in the afternoon. When you are not in the eliminations ladder you will be free to participate in the RWYB.

No a race licence is not required. You'll need a regular full driving licence which you'll need to bring with you to be presented at the track.

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