Contributed by: ACT Staff
The 50 year-old paved oval will be hosting the World Finals, slated for Saturday and Sunday, Sept 17-18, for the first time. In preparation for the event the track has installed spectacular new grandstands.
The "Overseas Entrants" will time trial on Saturday 4:00 pm (10 am EDT) to determine which starting position they'll earn on the grid. According to the F1 website (www.f1stockcars.co.uk), the third, sixth, ninth, 12th, 16th and 17th rows are being held for the guest competitors. The fastest time trialer will apparently start fifth, next fastest, sixth, etc.
Cyr, Scott and the other invited racers will participate in a "Media Day" on Friday, which will include practice in the unfamiliar cars. A reporter/photographer from Motorsports News (the GB equivalent of National Speedsport News) has promised to forward information and pictures as soon as available.
Cyr and Scott (and possibly the others), will have to become accustomed to a couple of things while in the UK...
#1 - Race meets are held rain or shine - even at the dirt tracks (Northampton happens to be paved). Fortunately the weather forecast is now calling for a dry weekend, but being such as small island long term forecasting is not an exact science. And...
#2 - Contact is allowed. According to ACT's media source, "The idea is to nudge your opponents off line if you can't pass them cleanly. That is the biggest obstacle for overseas drivers to overcome. As it is part of the rules it does stop any arguments in the pits afterwards. If a driver is spun out of the lead on the last bend, he will accept it as part of the sport and maybe the roles will be reversed next time. One other thing, we have very few caution flags. If a driver spins and is off the racing line the race will continue."
In the meantime, to further investigate the F1World Finals you can check out www.ukovalracing.info or www.incarace.co.uk