Junior Rods Rules

This formula is a non-contact formula for youth drivers from the age of 11yrs. However, a driver aged from 11-12 yrs may only race under the watchful eye of the promotion until such time as the driver is confident enough to compete fully. The driver’s age must be painted on the passenger side of the car.

All drivers must do at least the first 2 meetings from the back of the grid to get used to the racing condition. New drivers may paint a black cross on the rear of the car. A responsible adult must be present at each race meeting with a Junior Rod driver and must act responsibly. There will be a zero tolerance policy to anyone with a Junior Rod Driver who intimidates or is abusive in any way to another driver or driver’s family.

There will not be any black crosses shown for contact. A black flag will be shown, when you must pull on to the infield as soon as it is safe to do so. After a total of three black flags, the driver will miss a meeting. Junior Rods have a maximum 1200cc 16v capacity and in standard trim.

1. CARS – Junior Rods have a maximum 1200cc 16v. They need to be right hand drive steel-bodied saloon or hatchback and all panels must be as original in design and not shortened or lowered or reinforced with plating. All floors and bulkheads will remain as standard and not weakened in any way at all.

2. THE RACING – All drivers must be aged 11 to 15 years old (although a driver who starts a season as a 15 year old can complete the season as a 16 year old). A driver aged from 11-12 yrs may only race under the watchful eye of the promotion until such time as the driver is confident enough to compete fully.

4. BODYWORK – All panels must remain as original and be made of steel. Doors must be welded shut and if the driver’s door is hinged there must be at least two fixings to secure the door. Passenger door can not be cut down.

Any replacement panels must be the standard 20 gauge thickness. Front and rear bumpers can be retained but must remain in their original positions with secondary fixings in addition. Inner wings must remain original, no steeling up. The only steel allowed in the front is ONE PIECE of 25ml x 25ml max box section to replace slam panel to support radiator. No additional steel allowed. .

If cross member get damaged they can be replaced by genuine / original cross members. No fabricated parts. The original bumper can have two additional bolts for secondary fixing. Bumpers on Fiestas must have end cups on.

5. SUSPENSION – to be as originally designed. No negative camber. Race damage repairs will be allowed with scrutineer’s discretion. Back axle must remain on original mounts. Wheelbase must remain at 92ins (race damage at scrutineer’s discretion). Wheels must remain at manufacturer’s position.

All springs must be original to car. Suspension must remain standard lowering is allowed by cutting or heating only, the use of adjustable shock absorbers is not allowed. Gas or oil shock absorbers are allowed, any standard production but no competition shocks. Nearside front wheel 1inch camber is allowed.

6. ENGINES – Engines must be in car as manufactured, no transplants of any kind will be allowed. Only 4 cylinder inline 16 valve engines will be allowed. Refacing of cylinder head to 60thou max is allowed as is facing of the block on the gasket surface. Maximum rebore 60hou max oversize. The oil filter and housing may be removed and a blanking plate fitted. No performance pistons, conrods or any other performances parts are allowed.

7. SILENCER/EXHAUST – Cars must be fitted with the original, as manufactured, complete and standard exhaust system or a Fordson Major box, part number E1 ADDN 532A. The tail pipe must exit rearwards pointing downwards and no competition exhaust systems are allowed.

8. SCREENS,WINDOW NETS AND MIRRORS – All glass must be removed and the front screen must have a central bar of 25mm x 25mm (or 1” x 1”) SHS welded in place.

A quick release cloth window net must be fitted to the driver’s door window aperture. The netting should have holes not larger than 7.5cm or 3” wide. It should come down level with the steering wheel, and should be flexible and easily removable; separate to the movement of the door.

9. BRAKE LIGHTS – Two brake lights must be fitted at the top of the rear screen aperture.

11. BONNETS – Bonnets may be removable but must be bolted down using four bolts, 3/8″ thick, two bolts in either side of the bonnet with a minimum of 18″ between the front and rear. Corner plates may also be fitted. There may be occasions when certain cars can have no inner wings for the bolts to go through – then a piece of box section may be welded to the chassis (40×40) for the bolt to pass through. This must be 6″ or more from the front of the car.

Bonnets must be removed for scrutineering. The maximum exposed height above the surface for all bolts to be 1.5″ maximum. No added metal is allowed on the bonnets. Shuttering bolts may only be used for bonnet bolts providing they only protrude past the top of the wing nut by 1.5″ and are taped up to ensure they don’t come loose. These are not recommended. No fixing of webs to bonnet

12. BRAKES – To be original and to work on all wheels. Handbrake is compulsory and must work.

13. WHEELS AND TYRES – Standard wheels 5 ½ J only. No camber allowed. Road legal 13, 14 and 15 inch wheels are permitted with either UK remould tyres or UK budget tyres. No competition tyres allowed, no mud and slush tyres and top branded tyres (e.g. Avon, Michelin and Continental). All tyres must be for road use in the UK market.

14. BATTERIES AND ELECTRICAL – The battery MUST be securely clamped in place INSIDE THE CAR and covered with a leak-proof material to prevent spillage of acid. They can be fitted behind the driver’s seat but the floor cannot be cut to accommodate them. They must be fitted at least 6” from the fuel tank and a working electrical cut off switch (marked on ON and OFF) MUST be mounted on the rear nearside corner of the car. Any cars whose cut off doesn’t work will not be allowed to race.

Self starter motors must be fitted and in working order at all times. All wiring must be securely fastened and kept away from fuel lines as much as a possible.

15. RADIATORS – All radiators must remain within the confines of the engine bay and be in their original position. Adequate measures taken to ensure the driver can not be scolded in the case of a burst. No oil coolers or steam tanks.

16. STEERING – The use of quick release steering wheel mechanisms is permitted.

17. DRIVER’S SEAT – Competition seats only must be used. If the seat is fitted direct to floor pan, extra strengthening to floor panel must be used. The driver’s seat should be bolted or welded to the floor, The back of the seat must be adequately supported and provide a strong head restraint, fitted as high as the top of the driver’s head and 2/3rds of the width of the back of the seat.

18. ROLL CAGES – NO alloy cages or part cages allowed. The all steel roll cage will consist of the following 1 x front hoop, 1 x rear hoop, 2 connecting bars, 1 x dash cross bar, 4 x chicken bars, (2 drivers side, 2 passenger side). An additional bar may be put on to the cill but this does not count as a chicken bar. Remove inner door skin to put the bars in, the two on the driver’s side must be fitted into the door, you may also fit a bar on the cill.

2 x rear diagonals (these must stop at least 4” from rear of car internal rear panel). The roll cage MUST have 9” square plates welded to the base of both hoops and welded to the hoop and floor of the car. All joints must be welded and not clamped. The roll cage must not protrude through the bulkhead or any other structural part of the vehicle.

The minimum thickness of steel for the roll cage are 1.25OD 10swg (3mm) tube or 1.5”OD 12swg (2.5mm) tube or 1.5” x 1.5” 10swg (3mm) box. Centre bar must be welded into place between front and rear loop above the driver, running down centre of car. Plus a 3mm steel plate must be welded in the aperture above the drivers head.

19. FUEL SYSTEMS – Only roadside fuel is allowed with the use of additive or octane booster totally prohibited. Fuel tanks must be metal or FIA approved with a maximum capacity of 2 gallons. They must be fitted behind the driver but in front of the rear axle centre line and at least 6” from the battery. They must be totally enclosed by a adequate fire wall and two 2” drain holes must be drilled at the lowest point under or around the tank. All tank filler caps must be of a secure leak proof metal and screw fitting.

Petrol pipes must be of metal or metal covered and fixed securely to prevent chaffing and have a fuel shut off tap within easy reach of the driver (down the centre of the car). Good condition fuel pipe is compulsory. All tanks must be fitted with a breather pipe in the top of the tank which if inverted would prevent spillage. The breather pipe must have a one-way valve or must terminate below the bottom of the tank on the offside of the car.

Electric pumps are allowed. A 1½” steel box section frame must be fitted to protect the fuel tank from rear impact. This frame must be welded to the rear supports of the roll cage and must not go any further back than the inner back panel.

Single point fuel injection systems are now allowed in this class.

20. CRASH HELMETS – Helmets must fit the driver correctly and meet one of the following standards: BS6658 Type A/FR, FIA 8860-2004, Snell SA2005/M2005/M2010, SFI Foundation 31.1A or 31.2A, European ECE 22-05 or Japanese JIS T8133:2000 & JIS 8133:2007. Shatterproof goggles/visors must be worn although tinted visors are not recommended.

21. SAFETY EQUIPMENT – Neck braces are MANDATORY. Fireproof balaclavas and fireproof gloves are MANDATORY and must be marked appropriately.

22. OVERALLS – Flame retardant Proban or higher specification material must be worn at all times. If wet weather clothing is worn then it must be on top of these overalls and NOT instead of. Overalls should be clean and brightly coloured.

23. FIRE EXTINGUISHER – A 1kg dry powder fire extinguisher is highly recommended and, if fitted, should be in a tube with a spring top and within easy reach of the driver. All tow vehicles must carry a dry powder or gas fire extinguisher weighing at least 2kgs and be within easy reach of the driver and mechanics at all times, especially when re-fuelling.

24. SEAT BELTS – A full five point buckle release harness (including Nascar type) with sub strap must be fitted and bolted to the floor and/or the roll cage. Shoulder belts with a sternum protection latch are highly recommended. The sub –strap must be used at all times and all belts must connect to the quick release buckle.

In the case of Nascar lever latch buckles it is advisable to fit a secondary means of detent to prevent overall sleeves accidently unhooking buckles during racing. A small section of tubegrip elasticated bandage slid over the hooked buckle serves this purpose. Special attention must be paid to the condition of seat belts and fixings once fitted.

An extra bar is to be fitted to roll cage behind driver’s seat approx 4” below shoulder height of driver. Seat belts may be fixed to this bar. The bar is to be of roll cage material specification. Please refer to chapter three for the correct fixings for safety belts.

25. MEETINGS – Drivers and cars should be in the pits at least one hour prior to the advertised start time of the meeting for signing-on and scrutineering.

26. ROOF COLOURS AND NUMBERS – Star Grade = Red roof, A Grade = Blue roof, B Grade = Yellow roof, C Grade = White roof. Numbers must appear on both sides of the car in contrasting colours with a minimum height of 12” in 2” brush strokes. Roof fin numbers must be black on a white background and be a minimum 9” in 1.5” brush strokes. The roof fin must be any higher than 12” from the roof of the car. All numbers must be of a professional appearance.

27. FUEL – Petrol must be in an appropriately marked container and drivers must ensure they comply with current legal legislation regarding its carriage and use.

28. SIGNWRITING AND DRIVER’S NAMES – The driver’s name must appear on the sun visor. All cars must be of smart appearance and this standard must be kept up throughout the season, any cars which appear tatty, dented or dirty will not be allowed to race.

29. FITNESS – Any driver who has suffered an injury may not be allowed to continue racing in a meeting.

30. ONE CAR PER DRIVER, ONE DRIVER PER CAR – Each driver is only allowed to drive one car per meeting and each car is only allowed one driver per meeting.

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