Time Attack race day formats

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Time Attack race day formats

The UK Time Attack Championship is the world’s most successful series of its kind, and it owes that in part to the exciting and organised manner in which each round is structured.

When competitors run on track, cars are divided into the following groups:

  • Group 1: Clubman, Clubman+, Pocket Rocket, Classic & Retro
  • Group 2: Club 2WD / 4WD
  • Group 3: Club Pro, Pro, Pro Extreme
Each group completes its session in turn. The groups run in separate, subsequent sessions to negate the risk of higher- and lower-classed cars running into each other, as the speed differentials are vast. Drivers complete four sessions over the course of the day, each lasting 15 minutes:
  • Warm up
  • Practice
  • Qualifying
  • Final

The warm up and practice sessions are to learn the circuit and perfect the set-up of the car. They are not officially timed and results do not count towards championship points. The qualifying and final sessions award championship points based on competitors’ laptimes. Points are awarded as follows:

Finishing position

Points (Qualifying)

Points (Final)

First

5

10

Second

4

9

Third

3

8

Fourth

2

7

Fifth

1

6

Sixth

No points awarded

5

Seventh

No points awarded

4

Eighth

No points awarded

3

Ninth

No points awarded

2

Tenth

No points awarded

1

 

Interspersed between Time Attack sessions are support events for the attending public's entertainment – these can include stunt bike demonstrations, drifting showcases, support races or F1 car demonstrations, just to name a few. Public track sessions can also take place over the course of the day. As such, an example Time Attack race day timetable could look like this:

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