About Our Track

The circuit at Farnham is a four-lane setup built from Ninco plastic track – widely agreed to be the best of the commercially-available tracks for a large setup like ours. The advantage of running plastic track is that this is the surface upon which the sort of ready-to-race cars that we use were designed for – no need for fancy guides, special tyres or exotic tyre treating ‘goop’ to be applied between heats.

Although our club track is equipped with brakes (see wiring diagram for hand controllers), for most of the classes that we run those brakes are switched off. It’s simply a preference of the majority of members, but is up for discussion at every annual general meeting, which is held each May.

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A lap of our track sees the main start/finish straight lead into a right-left-right complex that can win or lose a serious amount of time. Then it’s a short, sharp blast up to the hairpin.

The hairpin is where it is eminently possible to outbreak your rivals and, all too often, yourself. Hence the chicken wire on top of the barriers to stop too many cars hitting the floor.

There then follows a series of four short, sharp left-hand bends to take you under the crossover – these are fast and a touch bumpy but can often be taken flat-out in the outside lane.

Bursting out from under the flyover there’s a sharp right into the twisting, climbing section where it’s important to have a car with its guide well seated. If the front wheels lift the guide from the slot then the barrier beckons.

Cresting the rise brings another short straight over the flyover then a naughty little left-hand kink that unsettles the car as you slow for the downhill, cambered parabolica that takes you back down to ground level.

Another short straight ends with the right-left Esses where too much ambition will find you parked amid the loose change on the infield. Two ninety-degree right-handers, separated by another quick squirt, complete the lap and then you’re off down the main straight to see how fast your car is.

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Infra-red timing beams and starting lights – all for no extra charge

The timing and starting system is simple, usually set for 10-lap races and tells you when you’ve set your fastest lap. It is possible to check the fastest laps after each race, but there are no printouts, data logging or coffee making facilities.

For a fast non-magnet car, a lap time in the region of 10-11 seconds is right on the pace – the record of 8.7 seconds was set by a car with a highly magnetic motor, so doesn’t really count. Our fastest cars are the ‘Super Magnet’ Formula 1s, which have seen the fastest racers verging on sub-7 second laps. Our curiosity classes like Small Wheel Saloons or Trucks are generally around 13-14 seconds per lap.

The lanes are coloured red (inside lane), then green, blue and yellow (outside lane). With a predominance of right-hand turns, red lane is usually the shortest but also the tightest, and there are several sections where it is faster to be on the outside. Everyone races once on each lane in the course of a class, so there is no unfair advantage.