The Basic Rules
The key ingredients to make this recipe work are:
“Enthusiastic young people, a good structured training plan, some suitable cars, co-drivers and rallies to compete in”
Does not sound bad when you say it quickly!!
Young people – well there are loads of them about – must be aged between 14 and 17 and be a min height of 1.4m.
Training – this aspect is key because cars can be very dangerous things. As with most sports, practice and training are fundamental to being able to achieve good results.
Cars – any non turbo 1000 cc car can be used. Cars must remain standard in most quarters with the addition of safety equipment mandatory. No tuning is allowed.
Co-drivers – rallying is very much a team sport and the person in the “other” seat is as critical to good results as the person behind the wheel. So there are very strict rules on the credentials of suitable co-drivers.
Rallies – where it all comes together. The events that Junior 1000 competitors can tackle are very strictly controlled and defined. Juniors will not be able to compete against “seniors” on stage rallies until they are 17. So Juniors will compete on separate Junior versions of full single venue rallies. These will all be on sealed surfaces. No forests!!!
There are 2 other key ingredients to “contain” the fun:
• A strong and active controlling body. Somebody has to make sure that the rules are obeyed and we have a “level playing field”
• Money – Motorsport is not cheap. But by controlling the key elements, we hope to make it sensible and fair for all. For competitors it opens up the challenges of marketing and seeking out sponsors. A vital ingredient in any rally career.
Recruiting drivers – we take the “Junior 1000 Road show” to as many events as possible. In particular we try and attend all SRC rallies. We also attend several events at Knockhill where the potential competitors can take themselves to us. More details will appear on this website home page as and when we have a timetable set up.
Building Cars – some people may opt to purchase a ready prepared car and if you can do this, it is usually the quickest and most cost effective way of getting started. But for others, they will have to build cars. Any 1000cc 2 wheel drive car can be used, but the favourite starter car to date is the Micra 1000. The Citroen C1/Toyota Aygo/Peugeot 107 has become popular as a newer next step.
Training – this is one of the main building blocks of the Championship. It is likely that the majority of the training will take place at Knockhill and Kames and will be carried out by experienced instructors.
Co-drivers – have to be over 21, qualify for a National A Rally Licence and be Child Protection Accredited. They cannot be a parent or guardian but can be a brother/sister or other relative. We will continue to spread the word and recruit from the rich seam of talent that we currently have in Scotland.
Competing – before you will be considered for a Junior Rally Licence, you must attend and pass all the training courses and compete in 3 small events – Production Car Autotests. Several PCAs will be available in Jan to March each year.
The Formula 1000 Rally Club
The Formula 1000 Rally Club pioneered the Junior 1000 Championship idea. Regional Championships were formed in Scotland and Ireland in 2012 and all 3 Championships now operate to a common set of rules and regulations agreed at National level. All 3 Championships come together on at least 1 event each year.
The Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge
This Championship is the Scottish version of the UK Junior 1000 family of Championships. It is run by a Scottish Organising Committee and works very closely with the other Scottish Rally Championships in terms of training etc.
The J1000 Ecosse Challenge has 2 main goals –
1. To educate and prepare young people for a future in rallying through
training and participation.
2. To do this in a fun and cost effective manner.
What will it all cost?
In this day and age, this is a very relevant question to ask early on. The following information on pricing is intended as a guideline. Some people may be able to achieve things at a lower cost and some may “push the boat out”. But at the end of the day – talent will shine through and what is what we want.
Costs can be broken down into 4 categories:
Personal Prep – Training, Licences etc
Personal Prep – Equipmet
Personal Prep – Training, Licences etc
Courses will be held at Knockhill and will take you from maybe never having sat in a rally car before to performing all the basic skills that a rally driver requires. Safety will be a key element at all levels. Ideally this will be in your own rally car, but cars can be hired for the occasion as well.
Indicative costs are:
Basic Training - £248 (2 courses may be required)
BARS (Incl Junior 1000 Bars) – £325
PC Autotests—3 events at £15—£45
Championship Registration - £40
Junior Rally Driver Licence- first Licence is fre
Car Club Memberships— £2 to £15
So a total of £670 approx. (incl VAT )
Personal Prep – Equipment
You will need mandatory protective clothing. It is sensible to shop around for best deals but a package of driving suit, helmet, HANS, gloves and boots will cost in the region of £900 (incl VAT )
A perfectly adequate starter car like a Nissan Micra can be bought for £3000 to £4000. A car can be built but it will cost the same—or a bit more of you have to pay for labour.
So your total up front cost to get started could be in the region £4500 to £5500.
Running Costs - Cost of competing in a Championship
The Scottish Championship will feature 6 to 8 rounds. Costs will vary depending on where you live but a budget price for each event is suggested as:
Entry - £250 average (they vary from £135 to £300)
Fuel - £25 (for the rally car)
Travel and Accom - £200 (This will depend on where you live)
Total - £475 per event
There will be tyres on top of this. The control tyre will be Yokohama track tyres and
these will be priced at around £90 each (incl VAT). 8 to 10 could see you through the year.
So, doing all rounds of the Championship could cost around £4500
BUT – it is highly likely that the car will need some fettling during the year. This is an
unknown quantity and is down to the driver!!! But with a car like the Micra, nothing
really costs a lot – engine £100 to £150, gearbox £25 to £35.
Unfortunately, there are very few ways of cutting these costs but they could be shared. On certain events, it should be possible to “double enter” a car. This could be 2 Juniors or a Junior and a “Senior”
So, Why do it??
Probably one for the fathers and mothers who will likely be making the major contributions.
1. Rallying is still one of the most exciting and exhilarating sports to compete in.
2. It is one of the safest forms of motorsport.
3. Young people are subjected to conditions of responsibility and strategic planning that is unlikely in any other form of sport.
4. Inter personal relationship skills develop at a much faster pace – not just in their peer group but with older and “elder” members of the sporting World..
5. The competitive element is important but the comraderie is equally so. Team work can achieve a lot more than isolated individualism.
We maintain a "register" of interested people. This will form the basis of an emailing list and we will publish regular updates directly to people and here on this website.
Register via the Project Co-ordinator:
But discuss with your parent or guardian first and get their permission to
Scottish Rally Star John MacCrone demonstrates to an appreciative audience at Knockhill just what a wee 1000 cc car can do
THIS COULD VERY EASILY BE YOU!!!