07/03/2011 - The Monoposto Championship was a storming success
in 2010, after joining the MSVR fold at the start of the season,
with huge grids and competitive racing. Monoposto Racing Club
Administrator Simon Davey joined Jonathan Palmer on stage at the
MSVR Media Day (23 February) to discuss the success of the
Jonathan Palmer: Simon, Monoposto has been a great success
hasn't it. What is it all about? A lot of people here don't really
know what it is, just that it's the name of a single seater series,
what are the rules for it?
Simon Davey: Monoposto is the largest single seater championship
in the UK and its designed to enable people to run a range of
single seaters, usually second hand and used cars, but not always;
we've got classes for new cars on an equal footing so that you can
enjoy motor racing in the Grand Prix style for the man on the
street. We have six classes and you can race anything from a
Formula Ford up to a full blown Formula Three Dallara.
JP: This is your second season with MSVR. You joined us last
year how did it go?
SD: It went extremely well Jonathan, basically over the last
couple of years we've seen our entries rise by 25% in not the best
of economic circumstances so that we are now the largest single
seater championship in the UK. Our biggest grid last year was
I think 65 and we averaged just under 50 so it's going pretty
JP: One of the good things about it is that it's utilising
existing; quite capable machinery rather than just leaving it in a
shed isn't it?
SD: Absolutely, there's Tony Cotton driving his 301 Dallara
round even as we speak, he's got a Toyota engine in it, he's using
motorcycle carburettors and delivers nearly 200bhp! It's as quick
as an F3 Dallara at probably half the price.
JP: You've launched an awards scheme this year with Sunbac for
the Monoposto series; what's that all about?
SD: Yeah we have. We're unusual in that we're very much a
championship that for the clubman and the experience of our drivers
ranges from all the way from complete entry level so this year we
already have six complete novices sign up for the championship up
to very experienced people. We decided we needed to do something to
encourage novice drivers into motor racing, so we've launched the
Nova awards, basically giving away free race entries the following
year to the two best novices in the championship. Then we were very
pleased when Sunbac, which is in the process of running down its
activities, decided to sponsor us with enough money to make that an
ongoing thing for five years so essentially we've got a scholarship
for novice drivers for the next five years.
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