Hillclimb & Sprints
Hillclimbs take place on closed roads where competitors compete to achieve the fastest time driving up a hill. The hill is usually about 1 mile long with competitors getting a practise run and 3 timed runs.
Sprints are similar type events to a hillclimb but take place on a relatively flat surface and the venue may be a closed road or a race track.
Click on the image above to see Hillclimbs and Sprints in action
TYPE OF VEHICLES:
Cars competing are of a type suitable for circuit racing and rallying. Saloon Cars and Single Seater Racing Cars are permitted.
WHEN AND WHERE:
Events take place from April to September at various locations around the country. There are currently 9 weekends during which events take place. There are 18 championship rounds for 2007. The events are double headers with an event on the Saturday and another on the Sunday.
LICENCE REQUIREMENTS AND STARTING AGE:
The licence required for competition in Hillclimb/Sprint events is a speed category "National B" or higher. The minimum age limit is 16 years. A Medical Certificate is also required and this is part of the licence application form. It is not necessary for applicants to hold a Road Traffic Act Licence. Competitors under 18 years of age require written permission from parents or guardians. A first time licence costs as little as €40 if you are a member of one of our Affiliated Motor Clubs. Non club members pay €80.
HOW TO GET STARTED:
If you are interested in becoming involved then the first step is to contact Motorsport Ireland, the governing body of the sport, at phone 01-677 5628. Motorsport Ireland issue competition licences and we annually publish a "Yearbook" containing all the rules and regulations for Irish Motorsport. The "Yearbook" in DVD format is issued free on CD with every competition licence or you can purchase a hard copy from Motorsport Ireland for €30. A calendar of events is also published on this web site and you can download a licence application form from the documents section of the site.
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:
All competition cars must have rollcage, fire extinguishers and safety harnesses as required for circuit racing and rallying.
Competitors must wear helmets, fireproof overalls, gloves, balaclava and fire resistant footwear.
CLOTHING / EQUIPMENT OUTLETS:
EARS Motorsport, Muddy Hill, Mallow, Co.Cork (022) 42050
Marks Models, 14 Hawkins Street, Dublin 2. (01) 6715809
Murray Motorsport, Unit 20, Beechlawn Industrial Complex, Walkinstown, Dublin 12 (01) 4500555
PR Reilly Ltd., 221 Howth Road, Killester, Dublin 5 (01) 8336924
AVERAGE COST OF EVENT ENTRY FEE:
- Weekend €240
- Single Day €130
OFFICIALS / MARSHALLING:
One of the best ways to learn all about a particular division of Motorsport is to get involved in the day to day organisation. So if you do not feel ready to compete, or you would simply like a sociable, friendly attachment to Hillclimbing/Sprinting, your invaluable help would be more than appreciated. Contact anyone involved in the Clubs and get started. It could change your whole life and at the same time help others enjoy a great sport held in a responsible controlled environment.
For more information please go to www.irishhillclimb.com
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