2019 Regulations update.

Following consultation with MSUK and input from a number of competitors, we have changed the wording of clause 2.22.1 which used to say:

Competitors must fit cameras that shall capture an image that provides a view of the circuit ahead with a field of vision at least 160 degrees. The camera shall be mounted to the windscreen. The camera power must be fed from a plug or adaptor plugged into the original 12v socket.

It now says:

Competitors must fit cameras that shall capture an image that provides a view of the circuit ahead with a diagonal field of vision at least 149 degrees. The camera shall be either mounted to the windscreen using a permanent adhesive mount (if double sided tape is used it must be VHB type) or bolted to the top of the dashboard above the radio. If windscreen mounted, the camera and mount must be tethered to the cage or bodyshell using a suitable wire or strap and must not allow the camera to hit the driver in the event it becomes detached from the windscreen. The camera power must be fed from a plug or adaptor plugged into the original 12v socket.

The reason for this change is to allow GoPro cameras to be used, to qualify the field of vision, to allow the camera to be mounted on the top of the dashboard as an option and to specify how the camera is to be mounted to the windscreen. We hope this gives you more flexibility in terms of the equipment you can use.

A number of people have asked for advice on an appropriate camera to buy and there are some good suggestions on the Citroen C1 Racing Unofficial Drivers And Fans Groups on Facebook.

The C1 Racing Club Team

We have been working hard over the winter on many things for you, one of which is to deal with a lingering concern that many of you have expressed to us, that other people are tinkering with their ECUs and gaining an advantage.  We are determined that the Series will have a level playing field for all competitors and that, through rigorous scrutineering, all competitors will have confidence that the field is genuinely level.

We are therefore going to require all cars use the same C1 Club-supplied map.   We aim to create a map that maintains reliability at the same time making the car more fun to drive, with a slightly increased rev limit, a little more power and improved throttle response.

Having solved the riddle of how to access the ECU we have asked the owners of all cars to help us work through this 2-stage process. The first being to analyse everyone’s ECU software and to uniquely tag each ECU for future identification purposes. We would like to complete this stage by the 18th March.

The second stage will be to upload the club ECU map that pertains to the software version installed in each ECU, we are determined to complete this stage before the Silverstone 24hr race at the end of April, to achieve this target we still need your help in supplying as many ECU’s as possible for data collection. There will be a charge of £80 plus VAT per ECU to cover the cost of map development, engineering time and shipping. It is intended that all cars racing in C1 Racing Club races from Silverstone 24hr onwards will be required to use a tagged ECU with the Club map installed.

You are reminded that the Club Regulations state the following about ECUs:

“No modifications or additions to the standard ignition system are allowed whatsoever. The electrical and physical attributes of the Engine Management Systems (ECU) must be totally standard. The C1 Series Organisers reserve the right to download data from a competitors ECU and to upload C1 Series Organiser’s data to the ECU. The C1 Series Organisers reserve the right to require competitors to submit their ECUs for compliance checking at any time”

We will be checking compliance with the Club map and software at each race meeting to ensure that all competitors are running the correct map and software.

The C1 Racing Team

Following a great meeting at Pembrey we’re now getting ready for a trip to the other side of the country and looking forward to some great racing at Snetterton. This newsletter is to let you know about some changes we’re making to clarify the refuelling regulations, to align our race entry procedures with BARC and to let you know about some new brake pads that will be available for Rockingham.

Refuelling Regulations

There has been lots of discussion about the refuelling regulations within the membership and in the board, so we’re going to simplify things for everybody (including the marshals). Section 2.11 in the regulations will be replaced with the following text with immediate effect.

2.11 Refuelling
2.11.1 Re-fuelling must be carried out using an unmodified Sunoco/Fair Trails Enterprises Inc. Tuff Jug fitted with an unmodified Tuff Jug Multi Spout adaptor on the Ripper valve. If the Tuff Jug was supplied with either black or white vent plugs, they must be permanently sealed so as to not allow air to enter the Tuff Jug.
2.11.2 Tuff Jugs must be clearly labelled with the race number of the car on which it is to be used.
2.11.3 A maximum of 2 Tuff Jugs may be used per car and each Tuff Jug may only be used once per pit stop.
2.11.4 Refuelling must only take place in the pit lane.
2.11.5 The filler cap shall be securely in place at any time the car is on the circuit, failure to ensure this could result in the car being black flagged.
2.11.6 Fuel must only be drawn from the filling station nominated by the Organisers in advance of the event and advised by official bulletin. The Club reserves the right to take a sample of fuel from a team’s Tuff Jug.  Refusal to provide a fuel sample will result in exclusion from the race.
2.11.7 During refuelling the engine must be turned off and the driver must vacate the car. The car must remain unsupported with all 4 tyres on the ground and with doors, bonnet and boot lid all closed. No work of any kind may be carried out on the car whilst refuelling. Refuelling is determined to start when the fuel filler cap is opened and completed when the fuel filler cap is closed.
2.11.8 Refuelling equipment may not be used in such a way as to increase the fuel flow rate over that engendered by gravity and non-assisted airflow. The Organisers reserve the right to instruct the team to modify their refuelling procedures and failure to comply with such instruction may lead to exclusion from the event.
2.11.9 The team member who actually refuels the car during a pit stop must wear fireproof overalls, gloves and balaclava. In addition a foam fire extinguisher must be adjacent to another team member also dressed in fireproof overalls, gloves and balaclava during the refuelling process in case it needs to be used.
2.11.10 Smoking is not permitted in the garages, pit lane or on the pit wall at any time during the event. This rule also applies to electronic cigarettes. All team members and guests must be made aware of this restriction and failure to comply will lead to immediate exclusion for the car concerned.
2.11.11 Each team must provide a foam fire extinguisher with a minimum capacity of 6 litres.

Race Entry Procedure

BARC and TSL have requested that we provide them with a firm, unchanging entry list at least 2 weeks before the race meeting. This is to allow them time to prepare their paperwork, publish the program and populate their timing systems with our data. So to bring our processes in line, we will be closing the entry list at midnight on the Sunday, 2 weeks before the race weekend. It will not be possible to make changes once the entry forms have been closed, so please make sure all your entries are completed by that time.

From August 10th 2018 a charge of £40 will be made for each change made to an entry after the closing date.

Advanced Notice of a New Brake Pad Material

We were surprised at the rate of wear of the 1144 brake pads at Rockingham, so we’ve been back to the manufacturer and they have recommended their F4R material. This is a much harder material and has a much higher heat rating. These were tested last season by one of the cars (when brake pads were free) and we have done some testing independently since. We expect these pads to last for at least the Rockingham and Spa 24hr races. They will be approximately twice the price of the 1144s and we will have stock in time for the Rockingham 24hr race weekend. They will be allowed as an option pad, so you can continue to use the cheaper 1144 if you want. We’ll post more details and put them on the shop nearer the time.

2019 Survey

You will shortly receive an invitation to complete a survey for the 2019 season. We want to know what type of races you’d like to do next year. We will always stick to our core objectives of providing low cost endurance racing, but you may like to do some sprint races as well. Please take the time to complete the survey – it will help us provide the racing YOU want to do.

Snetterton Timetable

A provisional timetable for the Snetterton race meeting on the 4th August has been published here. Everything for the C1 Club is happening on Saturday. Race entries for this race will close at midnight on Sunday 22nd July 2018.

The C1 Racing Team