You read that correctly, but there's another side to this story as well. it's an all in fee for half a day of driving on the track for allcomers. That means, it's a free for all, with or without a competition license. I don't exactly know what a competition license costs, but it involves a number of medical visits as well. Maybe this fee isn't such a bad alternative for those who want to get in an occasional event without time loss and paperwork, not to mention the cost of safety equipment (which wasn't required by this promoter).
If my memory serves me well, it's about the same amount of money for an equal driving time in the non sanctioned French paved track races. Most of them become ever more popular, so there seems to be a market for that.
And one last thing. As you have experienced earlier: everything is much more expensive in Europe than in the USA. That might also be part of the explanation.
] On Behalf Of RTRYFBAR@...
Sent: 02 April 2013 14:41
Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] TrackChaser update
Did I read that correctly? 259 Euro driver entry fee (well over $300 US dollars) for a single banger-like race on a small dirt oval? Wow. Is that within the range of the standard entry cost for this type of event in Germany/Europe? I'm surprised they had 12 cars to race. I doubt they would get any in the US at that price. Interesting.
From: Vanden Eynde Roland <roland.vandeneynde@...
Sent: Tue, Apr 2, 2013 8:27 am
Subject: [TrackChasers] TrackChaser update
It's been a while since I last trackchased. That's not due to lack of interest,
but to lack of new track opportunities. Aline and I did however spend a week in
the Puglia region of Italy. Bari and Brindisi are such lovely cities full of
friendly and extremely helpful people, good shopping opportunities and numerous
restaurants serving the best cuisine one can find in Italy. On the way back, we
even found an exquisite eating spot in Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport, which
served the best mixed salad I had in years. Not surprising with a name like
that. The place was owned by a producer of sparkling wines sharing its name with
a well known brand of racing and sports cars: Ferrari.
A week in wonderful Puglia is an ideal antidote to sour and dull Belgium. But
Puglia has one drawback. I've seen the only two countable tracks in the region
(of which none is active this year). Therefore, I had to find new tracks
elsewhere and the first of my weekend tracks was situated in the Sachsen Anhalt
region of Germany. Aline was still recovering from her Italian shopping spree
and thus I set off on Friday in dull and cold weather. Five days before I
strolled through Bari in glorious sunshine and 20° Centigrade, now it was
freezing. All along the 400 miles east to Magdeburg, it stayed cold with the
occasional light snow, but driving conditions were good. As this was the start
of the Easter holidays, traffic was dense, but with no real traffic jams. When
it was part of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany to most of you),
Magdeburg was a very rundown city, but since 1989, it's been completely
refurbished. After a very nice breakfast on Saturday morning, I drove the last
40 miles to the little town of Stendal. Magdeburg may be posh, its surrounding
area still looks as desolate as it did when it was part of East Germany.
The old military airfield of Stendal Borstel was part of this bleak picture. A
small portion of it is used as a civilian airfield for small private planes, the
rest consists of disused runways and decaying buildings. But there is hope and
it involves cars and bikes. Some local residents are trying to redevelop a
corner of the old airfield into a poor man's motorsport centre. Part of one
runway is used for 200 m dragster races for cars and bikes and in one corner, a
clever fellow has built a small dirt oval on which he organises 45 minute races
for allcomers. There's no safety check, the only thing checked is that all
participants wear a crash helmet and pay EUR 259 for their race day. For that
amount, they can practice from 8.00 a.m. till 11.00 a.m. and race for 45 minutes
at 11.30 a.m. Spectating was free of charge, but spectators were few. The nicest
feature of this small oval was that it had one part on sandy soil and one on
very greasy clay (more so after a minor snow shower hit the track). A field of
twelve small but varied banger like cars took part and some protected their
front, rear and driver side door with old tyres. The racing was fierce, but the
atmosphere was extremely laidback.
The drive back home went smoothly and after a few hours of sleep, I got on the
road again for my Sunday track in the little town of Chiny (WAL), about two
miles from the tracks of Moyen (another hamlet of this town) which I scored a
few years ago. This time the snow stayed away but in the woods surrounding the
meadow, in which a small road course was traced, there was still quite a lot of
the white stuff to be found. Even though France was not far away, this meeting
for the Belgian kartcross championship attracted only 14 participants (in three
classes). Maybe this was partly due to some confusion. On the promoter's flyers
it was stated the races were to be held on Sunday, March 31, but the regional
federation (and its counterpart in the Netherlands) mentioned Monday, April 1 as
the date of the meeting. Anyway, the promoter was clever enough to let all
crosskarts race together. He started his meeting with three non scoring races,
before having the three 20 minute ones counting for the Belgian championship.
Even though it was freezing and I didn't see many cars in action, both promoters
did their best to have a compact and well organised grassroots meeting. One
can't ask for much more.
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