Formula G is the UK's hottest gymkhana race series and offers one of the most affordable routes in to competitive motorsport.
The sport is not judged and is so far removed from drifting, it’s attracting a new wave of drivers who want to pitch their skills against the clock in a tight and technical racing format. Two tracks are laid out on a large asphalt area, the tracks mirror each other and consist of hairpins, 180s and obstacles like the ‘washing machine’ that requires the driver to 360 a barrel with three closed sides. It’s got a certain heritage to Autosolo, but it’s like they’ve given it a shot of 100 octane fuel.Getting Started
You’d obviously need the right tools for the trade, there are two classes, 2WD to include all RWD, FWD and open wheel vehicles and then the AWD class. Pretty much you could join in the action with whatever is on your driveway.
A standard driving licence is the easiest way to sign up, however we do accept competent drivers from the age of 13 with a few pre conditions. While advance online tickets are cheaper, the events often operate as a RWYB and brings that same friendly environment for the new drivers.
A helmet and fire extinguisher is mandatory and you’ll need to get your car checked over by the team to make sure things are safe. All the rules are listed on the website and Facebook page, but it’s nothing more than you’d expect to have in place for any other competitive event.
So from here its simple, complete the online driver registration form, register with MSUK for your free RS Clubman license, and buy your event ticket. Then all you have to do is turn up with your car and helmet and have fun!How do events work?
After signing on, you’ll be presented with race numbers and stickers, the Formula G team will come and check over the car and will then give you the green light to head to the drivers briefing.
Drivers are all given track maps, it’s here that the old grey matter comes into it’s own. You’ll have to study both the left and right hand lane – it’s worth noting that competitive drivers bring along spotters to help with guiding the drivers around the track via radios. The group then head onto the closed track, on foot you’ll walk both layouts. It’s important to make mental notes as time getting lost on the track in race mode will result in DNF’s.
Open practice is as it says, open, all morning you’ll not be limited, you can run as many times as you can, making sure you get that memory cranked as well as being able to cleanly negotiate the obstacles on track.
Each driver will then get four qualifying laps, 2 on each side of the track, with the fastest becoming your qualification entry.
If you’ve done enough to make it through to the top 16, the pressure really starts to ramp up. From now on it, it’s sudden death knock out and the top 16, soon becomes 8, 4 and then it's the finals!