Another point i havent seen raised, i totally agree with the idea that id rather race against better drivers and develope into a better driver, even if that means i dont win anything for a long long time. BUT.... there is a major problem with the top level drivers not being approachable, and ive seen this at ALOT of tracks. Dont get me wrong, theres alot of great drivers who win AND help tune etc new drivers and even regular drivers.
I *HATE* with a passion, to see anyone who has ANY kind of deal, who does well in the sport and doesnt give back to it by helping out the slower drivers. On many occasions, ive put my car to one side while i setup someones chassis, rebuild there motors etc etc etc. Ive even turned up to tune up nights, without my cars, just with my setup gear, and basically tutored some new drivers on easier ways to get around the corners etc etc. What the hell would i do down at the track if we lost the rest of the competitors?
IMHO, if everyone at the top of club level racing were to change attitudes and give back to the sport by promoting it, and helping EVERYONE out, now that would make the sport grow exponentially.
With that been said, at a local track i raced at back home in Aust, they had novice, stock, and pro-stock. Novice was obvious, everyone had to run in the class to start with, u upgraded to stock once you were seen to be able to negotiate the track relatively well. You didnt have to do any quick times etc. Then when you score a few nights under a certain consistency and race time, you got bumped into prostock. It really worked very well. Mod only ever ran when the guys actually would turn up with there car. Expecting someone to run a class they dont want to run or to expect someone to buy more gear that they dont want is not the way to go. You now have the problem of losing people from the sport, because they were forced to go to mod. Just regrade your stock classes.
Now thats for club racing obviously. For national events, dont turn up if you dont want to race against the best, that goes for all classes. Isnt the idea to be the best, you have to beat the best? Factory backing isnt that effective at major races, with handout motors and tyres. From what i heard at the IIC anyone was able to get there motors seen to by the different motor companies also, so no benefit there. Batteries is the only problem. Maybe we have handout batts at these events also. Just my 2c
Aaron "AJ" Freind