Tarmac Sprints

What is a Tarmac Sprint?

One driver and no co-driver/navigator
A tarmac sprint event, in the context of motorsport, is a competition that takes place on a closed, smooth-surfaced track or course, often resembling a circuit or a specially designated section of road. Unlike traditional rallying where a co-driver or navigator assists the driver with route instructions/pace notes, a tarmac sprint event typically involves a single driver racing against the clock without the aid of a co-driver.

Examples of Tarmac Sprints

Here are some key features of a tarmac sprint event with one driver and no co-driver:

Solo Driver: In a tarmac sprint event, there is only one person in the car, who also serves as the driver. Unlike traditional rallies where there’s a co-driver helping with navigation and providing pace notes, the solo driver in a sprint event relies solely on their own knowledge of the course.

Against the Clock: The primary objective of a tarmac sprint is to complete the designated course in the shortest amount of time possible. Each driver typically gets multiple runs, and the best time recorded is used for scoring.

Closed Course: Tarmac sprint events are conducted on closed roads or designated tracks. This ensures that the environment is controlled and safe for participants.

Shorter Duration: Compared to traditional rallies, tarmac sprint events are usually of shorter duration. They are designed to be more fast-paced and intense, with a focus on speed and precision.

Variety of Vehicles: Tarmac sprint events often cater to a wide range of vehicles, from standard road cars to highly modified racing machines. Different classes may exist based on factors like power, weight, or level of modification. 

No Codriver or Navigator: As there is no codriver or navigator in a tarmac sprint event, the driver relies on their knowledge of the course, visual cues, and previous experience to negotiate the course effectively at speed. To make it easier, Sprints are shorter and easier to follow the designated course.

Accessible for Novices: Tarmac sprints can be a great entry point for individuals new to motorsport. They offer a taste of competitive racing without the complexities of coordinating with a co-driver.

No cage required: Due to Sprints being shorter and a slower average speed, it is possible for novices to start without the need for a cage, harnesses, Frontal Head Restraint, competition seats, although we strongly recommend installing these items.

Timing Equipment: Precise timing equipment is crucial in tarmac sprint events. This ensures accurate measurement of each driver’s performance.

Tarmac sprint events provide an exhilarating and challenging motorsport experience, emphasising speed, precision, and driver skill. They are popular among enthusiasts who enjoy the thrill of competitive racing on smooth, closed-surface tracks.

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