Silverstone 24hr Essential Information
Here is some essential information and the timetable for the upcoming 24-hour at Silverstone. This will be the largest grid ever to start a race in the United Kingdom.
BARC have published the timetable, which can be found here. The important bits for us are:
If you haven’t been to Silverstone before, the circuit has an excellent set of maps and instructions that can be found here.
Don’t forget the speed camera on the A43 just before you get there.
Access to the circuit will be available from 1900 hrs on Thursday 25th April. Tickets will be required to gain access to the circuit at all times, including Thursday evening.
4 tickets will be issued to each driver directly from BARC. Tickets will not be required for support vehicles or motorhomes. If your team needs more tickets these can be purchased from the Silverstone ticket office.
We will have to vacate the area behind the garages by 2300 hrs on Sunday 28th April as Silverstone have another event on Monday. You will be able to camp at the circuit on Sunday night, but will have to move to the Centre 1 Car Park behind the motorhome park. Please remember that the electric hook-up in this area is 3-phase, so you’ll need a splitter.
The paddock is going to be very busy with 100 cars sharing it. Here is a link to a map setting out what you can park where. Please be considerate of other teams, it is not a land grab and everyone has to fit in somewhere.
Car parking for all drivers, mechanics and team members will be in the area marked A on the map
Trailers must be parked in the trailer park marked on the map. Trailers will NOT be allowed into the area behind the garages. If you are towing a trailer, you must drive to the trailer park, unload your car and drive the car to your garage, leaving your trailer neatly parked in the trailer park.
Motorhomes. Each garage (not team) has been allocated an area behind their garage and garages 1A to 9C a bay in the motorhome park. Garages 10A to 12E have an extra area for motorhome parking behind their garages. Each bay in the Motorhome Park can accommodate up to 6 motorhomes/campers depending on their size and the space needs to be shared with up to 3 teams. Please be considerate to the other teams in your garage if you’re the first to park your motorhome.
Electrical hook-up is available from the garages for those parked immediately behind the garage. Those parked beyond the service road behind the garages will have access to the 16-Amp blue round-pin single phase sockets and 32-Amp red round 5-pin 3-phase sockets on the side walls of the ‘pods’. Those parked in the motorhome park will have access to one 32-Amp red round 5-pin socket that is available for each bay. This means that a splitter will be required to go from a 32-Amp 3-phase plug to 3 x 16-Amp single-phase sockets so that everyone from the garage can hook-up. Teams sharing a garage will have to liaise to decide who will bring the splitter.
Garages & Facilities
The garage & Paddock plan has already been sent out separately to each team.
Each garage has the following electrical supplies:
2 x 13 Amp square pin sockets on the back wall
2 x 10 Amp round pin European sockets on the back wall
3 x 16 Amp blue round pin sockets on the back wall
1 x 32 Amp 3 phase red 5 pin sockets on the back wall
1 x TV socket for live timing on the back wall
1 x 16 Amp blue round pin socket on the front wall
1 x TV socket for live timing on the pit wall
1 x 16 Amp blue round pin socket on the pit wall
There is no compressed air available in the garages
Loos and showers (both male & female) are marked as WC on the map. Behind the garages there are 14 ‘pods’ which have a shower, loo and wash basin. There are 4 male and 2 female showers in the main paddock toilet block.
The café is shown on the map. The opening hours are as follows:
Friday 0700 – 1900 hrs
Saturday 0700 – 2100 hrs
Sunday 0700 – 1900 hrs
Testing is available on Friday. It can be booked directly with Silverstone circuit here.
The fuel station is shown on the map. It is unmanned and is open 24/7. You will need to pay for your fuel each time you use the pumps using a credit or debit card. The only fuel that will be available during the race will be 97 RON. The other pumps (99 and 102 RON) will not be available.
The C1 Series runs with HuTags, which are a second transponder worn by every driver on his / her right wrist, in addition to that fitted to the car. The purpose is that we have a constant record of who is in each car at all times. TSL can then publish this on the timing screens and there is no need for teams to fill out driver change and pit stop forms, hand them to marshals etc etc. If you are not familiar with HuTags, please attend the New Drivers’ Briefing, where their operation will be explained in detail.
Signing-on will be in the first-floor office in the Race Control building shown on the map. You will need to have your Club membership card, race licence, HuTag and one driver from each car must have their BARC membership card. You will be breathalysed before signing on, anyone failing the breathalyser test will not be allowed to sign on until they pass the test. Remember the limit is zero.
We will be breathalysing drivers and pit crew throughout the weekend. If you have finished the race and want to have a drink, please feel free, but hand in your HuTag to Club HQ first, and collect it at the end of the race. Anyone found or photographed with drink in their hand wearing a HuTag will lead to their team being disqualified.
If you haven’t got your Club membership card or HuTag yet you will be able to collect them from the signing-on office above Race Control before being breathalysed, after 1400 hrs on Friday.
Scrutineering will be very busy. BARC have 100 cars to scrutineer, check for safety and weigh in a relatively short period. Please do not assume that you will be able to turn up at the last minute.
Scrutineering will start at 1400hrs on Friday afternoon in the scrutineering bay which is marked on the map. Cars will be weighed at the same time they are scrutineered at the circuit weighbridge.
Please present your car full of fuel, with all the drivers together with their race gear; and with the lock wire post facing upwards located in the corner of the ballast tray nearest the B pillar.
The time and location of the Drivers’ Briefing will be posted outside Signing On and distributed on the Club’s WhatsApp broadcast.
The new driver’s briefing will be outside Race Control or in the garages under Race Control if it’s raining. Timing will be posted outside Signing On and distributed on the Club’s WhatsApp broadcast.
Pit Lane Etiquette
The pit lane can be very busy with 100 cars on circuit; as they tend to come in for driver changes and fuel at broadly the same time. The Club therefore operates a 40 kph speed limit in the pit lane at all times and enforces it rigorously with the Club’s two speed guns. The penalties for breaking the speed limit are deliberately harsh; as it is there for your own safety and the safety of the other teams. The penalties for speed limit infringements and other misdemeanours are set out here.
A maximum of 2 people per car can be on the pit wall at a time and must be wearing a high visibility vest.
Pit perches may be used, but they must not cover any access holes in the pit wall safety fencing.
WhatsApp broadcast group
We will be using the WhatsApp broadcast group for a variety of updates and messages over the weekend. At the very least, your team manager should have provided their telephone number to the Club. We would suggest that all Team Managers and Drivers should join it.
If you’ve not joined, or if you would like additional numbers added so that you can receive information over the course of the weekend, then please let Nick know by sending a WhatsApp message to the C1 Racing Club phone (+44 7586 460197). In that message please include: team name, car number, and your name. To receive notifications from us on WhatsApp, you will also need to have the C1 Racing Club phone number in your WhatsApp contacts, or you will not receive the broadcast messages.
Cameras / Driving Standards
New for this season is the requirement to have a forward-facing camera in every car. The principal purpose of this is so that there is evidence of any driving-standards indiscretions. However, if you don’t tell us about it, we won’t be able to do anything about it for you.
If your car is involved in, or behind, an incident, please can you tell us about it, with the time, point on the track and as much other information as you can. We will watch it and, if appropriate, bring it to the attention of the Clerk of the Course.
Club HQ will be behind the garages, opposite the burger bar as shown on the map. It will be manned 24/7 during the race weekend. We will have our usual welcome for you including tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits throughout the weekend. Please come and say hello!
You can contact any of the club directors as follows:
|Caryl Willsfirstname.lastname@example.org||+44 7919 260 223|
|Meyrick Coxemail@example.com||+44 7768 392 962|
|Nick Patonfirstname.lastname@example.org||+44 7771 123 899|
|Philip Myattemail@example.com||+44 7736 906 090|
We will be taking a small quantity of spares to the circuit. Drive shafts, wishbones, light brackets, lights, 1144 and F4R brake pads and Tuff Jug spouts will be available from the Club HQ. Small Cars R Us (www.smallcarsrus.co.uk) will also have their usual cornucopia of parts at the meeting including wings, struts, engines and so on. They will be in bay 1 in the Motorhome Park.
You will need to bring all the tyres you will need for the race; you will not be able to buy them at the circuit. Tyre fitting services will be available from Amigo Motorsport in garage 6C and RAW Motorsport in garage 6B.
Peter Scherer has been doing race reports for us during the season and these help us promote the series. Peter may well be contacting teams and drivers to get their impressions of race preparation and the race. He is acting on behalf of the Club, so please help him to write an amazing report on this iconic race.
Dan Trent and Matt Prior will both be driving one of the Club cars, and may want to interview you during the weekend. Dan will be writing for the Goodwood and Jalopnik websites; Matt for Autocar and Pistonheads. Please support them, since we all like reading about our series.
Finally, we’d like to thank you all for your support this season and especially for this race. It’s pretty amazing to have 100 cars going to a 24-hour race at one of the greatest circuits on the planet; and breaking records in so doing. Thank you all and look forward to racing with you.
Good luck to you all and we look forward to meeting you at Silverstone. If you have any questions or need more information please give one of us a call.
The C1 Racing Team