It will save you and your organisers lots of time and paperwork if you could enter Gurston events on line by clicking on the Electronic Event Entries tab above. Over 80% of you did this last year, for which the club is extremely grateful. However, if you prefer to enter on paper forms, the PDF files below are available for download to be printed off, filled in and returned to the Competition Secretary.
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Event Supplementary Regulations
Supplementary Regulations and Championship Regulations:
Remember you need to be a member of BARC and the South Western Centre to join our championship and challenge. For more information see below
Championship Regulations etc
The Turbo Dynamics Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship and Top Ten Challenge Regulations,details of Annual Trophies and Championship / Challenge Registration Form available below.
NOTE: The closing date for Championship Entry is 30th June 2021.
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‘Paper’ Event Entry Forms
2021 Entry Forms AVAILABLE HERE NOW:
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ENTRIES MAY CLOSE PRIOR TO THESE DATES. We would recommend that you use the ONLINE ENTRY system
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Entry Closing Dates
Entry Lists & Final Instructions for the listed events
Competitors are reminded that you can only score point in The Turbo Dynamics Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship and Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Run-off Points if you have the sponsors sticker on the car. These are available at sign-on.
Paddock space allocations are posted a week or so ahead of the event date. Click on the relevant dated link below.
NOTE: The paddock space will ONLY be available after 12:30 on Friday. The paddock will be cleaned prior to this time so you should not arrive before then – thank you.
Competitors are reminded that you can only score Gurston Championship Points and Top Ten Run-off Points if you have the sponsors sticker on the car. These are available at sign-on.
E&OE – Anthony Record – Press Officer
Map of the Gurston Down Paddock Areas
Click on map for the location of your allocated paddock space
NB ‘S/line’ on the Paddock Plan refers to the grassed area adjacent to the Start line approach. (This means we have a very full entry!)
The Timing Services at Gurston Down are provided by Timing Solutions Ltd.(TSL) who are accredited by the FIA and the MSA.
During the event, TSL deliver live timing on the internet and at the end of each event, a PDF booklet containing all the achieved times is published on TSL’s website.
Please click here to visit the Hillclimb and Sprints section of the TSL website, where you will be able to view elapsed times and other parameters for all of our meetings.
Start-line procedures fall into three major areas :-
• preparation by the competitor,
• alignment of the car by marshals, and
• the triggering of the timing computers, actioned by the driver breaking a light beam at the moment of starting the climb.
These notes detail the procedure of alignment and start, and describe how the start interfaces with the timing computers.
The method now being used at Gurston is an electronic system of beams and indicator lights, as used at many Speed events in the UK. A tripod, clearly visible to the Start-Line Marshals will display two coloured lights; one yellow and one white, which enable them to align your car correctly.
Once you are correctly aligned, the start-line marshals will draw your attention to the other set of lights at the start line, i.e. the red and green traffic lights. Initially these will display a red light.
Once alignment is correct, three additional procedures have to take place :-
• the timekeepers need to enter your competition number into the timing computer,
• they must ensure that the timing mechanisms are set ready to record the instant of your start,
• the Course Controller must satisfy himself that the track is clear, and ready for you to commence your climb.
When both the Course Controller and Timekeeper are ready, the lights will change from red to green. This green light is an indication to you that you may now start your climb.
It is important to realise that the green light is only an indication of permission to start your climb. The timing computer will only be triggered by the strut attached to your car interrupting the light beam. Once the green light is on, you may start as soon as you are ready. However, you should not allow your car to move forward whilst preparing to start. If you do, you risk starting the timing sequence even before you think you have started!
Once you start,the timing computer will record the start time, and eventually your finish time. By calculation, it will determine your elapsed time, and offer both visual and printed confirmation of this to the timekeepers.
As you progress up the hill, other light beams will be broken, and timings recorded and displayed. These measure the rate of acceleration away from the line, and intermediate timings and speeds at various points along the course.
As you reach the finish line, the final set of beams will be broken. The breaking of these two beams allow for a calculation of both finish time and finishing speed.
By the time you have reached the top paddock, the timing computers will have recorded all the data, and printed an elapsed time for you in the top paddock hut.
The timings and speed data are recorded and printed by the timekeepers, and passed to the Results Team. The results will be displayed as soon as possible, and once competition is complete, will be used for the final determination of the results.
In addition to the digital timing displays that are available in various locations around Gurston Down, we are also able to display times and associated data on three large monitors which are located in the Administration block in the main Paddock. This enables competitors to compare their times with those of other drivers running in the same class.
Additionally, wireless equipment has recently been installed to broadcast the times etc. around the paddock areas, and the data can be received by any person who has a laptop computer suitably equipped for wireless internet access.
From the start of 2015 tyre spinning before the start line is no longer permitted
Consider the safety of the start-line marshals as you approach the line
Allow the marshals to properly align your car. DO NOT apply your brakes as you are being positioned
Listen to, or watch the start-line marshals; they will be indicating the red and green lights once alignment is complete
DO NOT start your run until the green light is on. A premature start will result in your time being disallowed.
Dogs are NOT permitted onsite at the August or September Meetings*
There is a small fee of £10 for camping. This money is passed to the local village. Please make sure you pay the fee when requested at sign-on.
Here’s the current map for camping arrangements.
* Dogs are NOT permitted at the August or September meetings. This is at the request of our Landlord. Gurston Down is one of the best shoots in the UK and during August birds are released onsite.
BARC and BARC South West Membership
You need to join the BARC and the South West Centre (Gurston Down) if you would like to be part of the Turbo Dynamics Gurston Down Championship and the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge. You also need to join is you want to compete at Gurston Down and don’t belong to one of the invited clubs or champinships. If you are a member of one of the mutal memberships associations, you won’t need to join BARC either. (ASWMC etc)
You DO NOT need Race Membership of the BARC to compete at Gurston Down.
You will need the following two memberships:
- BARC Ordinary Membership – currently (2020) – £40.00 – Join Online – BARC Ordinary Membership
- BARC South West Centre – currently (2020) – £15.00 – Join Online – BARC South West