The formula is based on a 998cc Mini, as manufactured by British Leyland
The Cars - It is based on an original car with armouring and a 1000cc engine to allow children to partake in a racing formula as a grounding towards racing in the senior formulas raced at ORCi tracks.
Many of the top names in the senior formulas today cut their teeth in minis.
A strict rulebook ensures that all the cars meet the same specification ensuring that the racing is fair. A very strong emphasis on driver safety is maintained throughout the whole process.
The Drivers - The drivers are aged between 11 and 15 years and come from all walks of life, with almost as many girls as boys. There are approximately 200 registered drivers from around the UK.
Racing – is conducted on both shale and tarmac oval tracks with racing most weekends across the UK. There is a handicap system in place that links to a grading, with the more experienced drivers starting from the back and having to fight their way to the front. Controlled contact is part of the racing which adds to the excitement. Each meeting there are a sequence of heats, usually over 12 to 14 laps, with a final and often an all-comers race; to ensure all drivers participate in 3 or 4 races each.
The Racing Season - Starts in March and runs until around November.
Whilst on track there are no friends, but off track it’s a family affair with teams supporting each other to get the cars fixed.
There are several championships contested over the season along with individual meetings also carrying trophies, so drivers can pick and choose which tracks suit them.
Starting out - A starter car can cost as little as £800, increasing upwards. There are always plenty of second hand cars on the market as when the child reaches the age of 16 they have to move away from the minis into a senior formula.
A race licence is currently £55 annually.
More information on rules, can be found here