We are a popular club in Hinckley that strives to provide a good, fun environment to race various classes of remote controlled car. Whether you’re a beginner, someone who is making a comeback or a highly experienced driver, you’re welcome to attend our Race Meetings. If you’re new and still yet to buy your kit, it’s recommended that you come down to a meeting to watch and talk to our members so that we can point you in the right direction.
Location and times
Our location varies depending on the time of year. During the Summer, we race on our grass track at the Hinckley Rugby Club and on our carpet track at Heath Lane Academy (previously the William Bradford College) the rest of the time. The Race Dates page will specify our current location.
Heath Lane Academy
If racing, you should aim to arrive at 12, midday. There are a number of pit tables available, however, it is always best to bring your own….Booking in from around 12.30 with the race fees for 2015 set at £7.00 for members and £8.00 for non members. Club membership (£5.00)is always available either online or at the club.Subject to getting the track set up in good time, there will be a short ‘open practice’ before the meeting starts. We will run three rounds of qualifying followed by two legs of finals – yes thats five competitive runs at each meeting!
Hinckley Rugby Club
For our outdoor season, aim to arrive around 11:15 to 11:45. We race on a grass track in front of our container which also is used as a rostrum. It’s in an area towards the back of the venue and isn’t visible from the entrance. Parking is by the side of the track. See on Google Maps.
We only race electric RC cars. If you wish to get an idea of how popular each class currently is, you can look at our results page or visit a race meeting during a Saturday.
- GT12 and GT10
- 4WD Touring Car 17.5 (Blinky)
- 4WD Touring Car 13.5 Open
- 1/12 Circuit
And during Summer at Hinckley Rugby Club.
- 2WD Buggy
- 4WD Buggy
These are the main classes. Please check the rules section for more detailed information like battery and motor limitations.
A 3 week trial is available to new comers before we require you to become a member of the BRCA, the British Radio Race Car Association (brca.org). After this, you will required to present your BRCA membership card to Race Control during booking in. Club membership is treated separately and is not required to race, however, Club membership is quite cheap and will allow you to take part and score points in the current championship. The mebership form can be found here.
- Club Membership: (annually) £6
- Race meeting cost: £7 (plus an additional £1 for non-members)
- BRCA Membership needs to be purchased through the BRCA web site.
The club encourages drivers of all abilities and ages. For the newcomer to racing, we have a number of Quick Silver and Mardave club cars for use at no extra cost. This is highly recommended if you’re new to the hobby and if not, at least attend a meeting to watch and talk to other drivers before purchasing any kit. If you’re interested in booking a club car, please post in this forum topic or send us an e-mail.
A lot of members bring tables and chairs to work on their car etc during the day and setup beside the track. We rely on our members to help setup the track at the start of the day so any help you can offer is appreciated.
Shortly after the track is set up, Race Control will open booking in. This will be announced over the PA system. Booking is required to race; don’t miss it. You will be asked your name and what class you’re racing. If you’re new we will ask you a few more details such as the crystals you own (if you’re not on 2.4GHz).
Qualifying and Finals
Not long after booking in closes, Race Control will print a list of everyone booked in. This will tell you what Race and Car Number you are as well as crystal (this may have changed from your chosen one during booking in). Qualifying will consist of 3 or 4 rounds of which your best will decide on your starting position during the one or two finals. The finals are the actual racing. You will be competing against the drivers of your final for points.
At the end of the meeting, help packing the track away is much appreciated and can be done in a very short amount of time with lots of help.
- Chairman – Mark Stevens
- Vice Chairman – Chris Forrest
- Treasurer & Membership Secretary – Roger Cosgrove
- Secretary – Ian Smith
- Webmaster – Benjamin McQueen
- Competition Secretaries – Mark Stevens and Ben Cosgrove