2018 Driving schools, club racing, and time trials
For 2018 , we will not have a club race but we are planning a TT event with the Spring and Fall Driving Schools. Gary Bohn can answer all your club racing and TT questions. He can be contacted at 303 650 5082, or, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are going to have our own BMW TT rungroup at the Sept 8th DS. The art of a successful run at time trials, is to find a spot on the track where you are not impeded by other traffic, and then to run your smoothest lap. Each participant tests their skills against the track, and by so doing, each time trial participant is compared to their fellow participants. There are no car classifications at this event. It is you against the clock. your best lap time determines your grid position at the next session. It is a lot of fun. It is meant as a fun introductory TT day without all the pressure of the regular TT group. There will be 4 sessions of track time and also 4 educational download sessions to make it like a BMW driving school but with solo drivers. The cost for our group is $175 per person. Instructors can register for the TT group for $150 (as long as they are instructing that day). A transponder is highly recommended. If you do not have one, you can rent one for the day on the registration page. The cost is $35. We want advanced A-students, instructors and recommended B-students to participate. There will be a vetting process to make sure all participants have the driving skills and situational awareness to drive solo in this rungroup. Signing up for this rungroup does not guarantee a spot at this event. You are required to be a member of BMWCCA for this event .
A BMW driving school tech inspection is required. We need at least 12 cars in order to keep our rungroup. If we cannot get the 12 cars, we may have to cancel. Since this is a BMW TT rungroup. a BMW or Mini car is recommended but not required.
Sept 8 Fall driving school. We will have a fall driving school in Pueblo on Sept 8.
BMW Club Racing General Information
BMW makes it very easy to classify your car. You can run in the same class that you normally run with other organizations. Let’s say you run in B Sedan (BS) in vintage racing, then you can run in BS in BMW’s club race, or you might have a GTS car in NASA, then you can run that class in BMW’s race. So you do not have to change your car to meet the requirements of a BMW classification. You do have to meet BMW’s safety requirements and tech inspection. These rules are easily available under the BMW Club Racing web pages. BMW requires a HANS device, but nowadays. most racing clubs require this too. Racers who are in the hunt for BMW Club Racing points, might have to prepare and classify their cars differently, but for those racers who simply want to enjoy the thrills of a BMW club race, they make it very easy for you. BMW club racing does require a HANS device, current window nets, and an installed fire suppression system installed in the car. Further information is available at www.BMWClubRacing.com
Other information can be found here on the drivng school forms page… There are so many logbooked BMW racecars in Colorado nowadays that the time has arrived. Our chapter is going to hold a BMW Club Race in conjunction with our Spring Driving School at the exciting High Plains Raceway. My most memorable races have all been BMW Club Races. There is absolutely nothing like it.
Think about it; there are only BMWs, and the odd newer Mini, on the track with you. The camaraderie is unbelievable. Every one will rally around a racer who needs parts or mechanical assistance, but as soon as you are all on the track, everything changes. You will not give him an inch. You will try your utmost to keep him behind you. Then, back in the paddock you will offer your assistance again.
High Plains Raceway is Colorado’s newest race track. The local car and motor bike clubs own, and developed the track. It has some thing for everybody; a long straightaway for the M cars, and technical sections for the talented drivers. In 2.5 miles you go down a steep hill, up the other side, and then down and up again.
The elevation changes are impressive. There are downhill blind apex corners. Danny’s Lesson is a decreasing radius turn at the bottom of the first hill, and it takes a bit of work to find the correct braking point for a particular car, and then the best line through the corner. This is followed by a long uphill sweeper where you have to find the right balance of grip and throttle, and another blind, off camber turn at the top of the hill. Then you ‘Go to Hell on a Bobsled’ and climb the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ on the other side.
And just when you think it cannot get any better, you have to turn into a corkscrew before you see the apex. A good exit out of the corkscrew results in a higher speed in front of all the fans in the paddock and the bleachers. The straightaway on the south side, adjacent to the highway, is the longest section of the track and where the higher horsepower cars shine. And all this fun is only one hour east of Denver. The track surface is new, so it is very tire friendly.
And BMW makes it very easy to classify your car. You can run in the same class that you normally run with other organizations. Let’s say you run in B Sedan (BS) in vintage racing, then you can run in BS in BMW’s club race, or you might have a GTS car in NASA, then you can run that class in BMW’s race. So you do not have to change your car to meet the requirements of a BMW classification. You do have to meet BMW’s safety requirements and tech inspection.
These rules are easily available under the BMW Club Racing web pages. BMW requires a HANS device, but nowadays. most racing clubs require this too. Racers who are in the hunt for BMW Club Racing points, might have to prepare and classify their cars differently, but for those racers who simply want to enjoy the thrills of a BMW club race, they make it very easy for you.
Other important Information:
High Plains Raceway has over night camping facilities, RV hook ups, flushing toilets, hot showers, a gazebo for meetings in the shade, car ports, and great spectator views. But you never know which car will appear first coming up the two hills.
There is also racing gas right out of the pump, and the concession stand produces a rather tasty meal. There are motels in Byers, Strasburg, and the east (airport) side of Denver. High Plains Raceway is 460 acres of pure fun. Surf through the photos, history, directions, facilities etc at. www.highplainsraceway.com. Here is the Track map for HPR.
What you need to know if you are getting started with BMW club racing!
Where to get information: www.bmwclubracing.com
Start early getting your license! It can take a while to get everything submitted and resolved so start Now!
Take your BMW medical form with you when you go for your other organizations exam. Why go back for another visit?
Getting your car Tech’d
When you get your BMW racing packet there will be a coupon in the packet. DO NOT LOSE THIS. You need to bring this coupon with you in order to turn in and get your log book at race tech. No coupon, no logbook!
You should have all your required sponsor stickers on your car when you get tech’d.
Window-nets/side-nets need to be replaced every 2 years. harnesses cannot go out of date. These are BMW club racing rules and you cannot talk your way out of them.
Get your car tech’d early. Finding out last minute that something is wrong with your car might spoil your event and/or day!