Another piece of the puzzle came together today. I wasn’t sure that I was definitely getting a trailer as it is a large block of cash on top of all the other costs. However, a second hand PRG Minisporter came up and so I balanced everything up and decided this was the time to make the jump. It’s actually off season for trailers as most are fully in use!
The PRG Minisporter is pretty much the smallest car transporter on the market. Caterhams or minis are really the only cars that will fit in! It’s roughly the size of a 4×4. For the Academy, the internal tyre rack and jerry can storage boxes are recommended. The minisporter is based around the uncovered PRG Minisport trailer. The other popular option is the Brian James Mino-Max. It is possible to attach the Minisporters GRP shell to a Brian James Mino-Max trailer as well.
Second hand, uncovered trailers come in around £1000 – £1500 and covered trailers come in around £3000 – £4000. New, uncovered start just over £2000 inc VAT and covered, between £5000 and £6000 inc VAT.
I had a fun day at Donnington last Saturday tootling around the GP track in a Book-a-track Caterham R300. Great fun and nice to get a feel for a Caterham, if only briefly. Shame about the sound – have to remember the external mic next time and bury it somewhere out the wind!
So, last Saturday, the 2012 Academy groups were at Donnington Park for their inaugural circuit race. It’s really the start of the season proper, as circuit racing is the end game for most peoples plans.
There are lots of videos online now from the two groups and it’s fun to watch each drivers progress through the races.
One take home from these videos: this is a beginners championship and there is a wide variety of skill, control and general speed on show. There were several incidents and accidents across the two groups and I believe that they could all be put down to inexperience. Of course, that often leaves at least one innocent party. However, everyone pays for their own repairs.
If you’re entering the Academy, or any racing for that matter, you must have an accident repair contingency fund. Whether that is partially supported by race insurance to help with ‘the big one’ is the normal risk/reward calculation.
It’s another place where you can easily bury your head and believe that if your careful, you will bring everything home in one piece. That’s simply not the case!
Having said that, there was some awesome racing on show as well. It’s not always the drivers who’ve had sprint race success that then translate through to the circuits, and that was in evidence to an extent last weekend.
Plans are, currently, to be at Brands Hatch for the next Academy meeting to cheer along and support this years group.
Looking forward to it, and hopefully I won’t get frightened off 🙂
I survived the traffic all weekend, although it did involve some late nights and very early mornings. It’s always worth it though. The weather was also interesting! From absolutely sodden to face burningly hot.
I took an absolute tonne of photos over the weekend, here are just some of them.