The Beemer Magazine Issue 1 of 2019 is now available for download for BMW Car Club Gauteng Members
Due to the ever increasing printing and postage costs and the unreliability of the postal service, the Beemer Magazine is now available for download for free to current BMW Car Club Gauteng Members as an electronic PDF e-Book.
CLICK HERE to request your access link (for paid up club members).
It is that time of the year and once again the big one is fast approaching! As promised, and as in 2017 and 2018, entries are opened first to those who have supported previous events on the calendar. From 1 November 2019 we will open entries to all other club members. Please note that only payment will secure your entry! If you have entered but not paid, you will only be placed on the waiting list and also please ensure you use your name as reference. So to secure your entry please register and pay as soon as possible. The biggest change is that it will be on a Sunday this year.
Here is the important information, PLEASE READ THROUGH THIS BEFORE DOING YOUR REGISTRATION.
All entries and arrangements will be final on Friday 22 November 2019.
The time trial sessions will run as they have done in the past few years. Cars will be split into 4 groups according to lap time/performance. We are limiting the event to 80 time trial cars and 40 race series entries to lower the amount of cars on track and so that every competitor can park inside the pits. However depending on the demand and if the pits are full we can pit competitors outside behind the pits
This will be a championship round in our normal racing format. Drivers who want to enter their BMW race cars into the races who are not part of the Bridgestone BMW Club Race Series will be placed into a class according to their laptimes, our category’s rules and regulations will apply for driver and race cars, the driver will not qualify for any points in the championships (If you require the rules and regulations please email requesting a copy)
Pits will be allocated to groups on track to ease the traffic flow onto the circuit. Wherever possible, we will accommodate teams and crews that normally stay together, however you will need to notify the organizer in advance of these requests. We would also like to keep support vehicles to an absolute minimum but note NO support vehicles will be allowed inside the pits.
Mandatory clothing for time trials is a helmet, driving gloves, long cotton shirt, long pants and closed shoes. It is highly recommended to carry a fire extinguisher in your car and have tow hooks fitted in case a recovery is required
You are welcome to take passengers on track. They will need to complete a passenger indemnity and pay R50 at the BMW Car Club desk on the day.
MSA licences are required for this event. If you do not have a licence, you may apply for a day licence but this needs to be booked and paid for BEFORE 22 November 2019, Day licences can be applied on the MSA website, www.msaonline.co.za, Contact the organizer for information. PLEASE NOTE IF YOU ARE OVER 50 YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE A STRESS ECG WITH YOUR APPLICATION FOR EITHER A DAY OR ANNUAL LICENCE!
As per last normal, no alcohol will be served at the venue.
Bridgestone Hot Laps
The fee is R200 for 2 laps with a professional driver and will run from the first time trial sessions in Group 2, 3 and 4.
Details of the 2019 Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series
Details of the 2019 Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series
The 2019 season sees the club sticking to its roots. As with 2018, by consensus of the drivers, committee and sponsors, the series will once again run on our own track days. The balance of events will be hosted with the 5 Inland Championships rounds.
We will continue as a regional championship in 2019 and will again crown a regional BMW Champion.
Marketing and PR
The club has retained the services of Racepics.co.za to handle much of the PR and marketing for the race series. Paul Blackburn and the rest of the team have proven themselves to be professional and accountable and we consider them an integral part of what we do. Should you be looking to attract a sponsor for your own car, we are able to provide stats for you that will help in justifying value to a potential or existing sponsor.
Our intention as far as TV and filming goes is to film every round, including those on the track days. These will be broadcast as part of the Inland Championship TV Show as well as on social media. This is however sponsor and budget dependent.
We are in an unfortunate position to have only retained Bridgestone as our title sponsor and partner. We are appealing for additional sponsors for 2019.
We will still be running a breakout-time based classing system which is detailed in the regulations. We have added Class T restricted to forced induction cars that are faster than the Class B breakout. Class A will be restricted to normally aspirated cars faster than the class B breakout. Our regulations state that classes will be determined on your first qualifying session, but you may nominate your class upfront as part of your annual registration. If your nominated class is lower than your best previously recorded lap time, you will be urged to reconsider.
The track days will be run by Bernard De Gouveia with assistance from the club committee.
After every event we will hold a drivers meeting at the Italian Club in Bedfordview for those participating in both the Time Trials and Race Series. You will be notified of these meetings 1 week in advance and are most welcome to attend.
The annual entry fee for the race series is R1600 which includes your annual club membership. It is imperative that you enter the championship as soon as possible to give us enough time to get the correct sponsor decals in time and plan for other administration needs.
Bernard De Gouveia
BMW Car Club Gauteng
083 463 3434