This month we have a very special pace car for the final round. Helicopter Services main man, Leon Smith races a Grand Prix Midget which will be taking to Ryehouse this week.
Leon will be putting in a few demo laps for all of the teams before the start of the final race of the season. As the car is setup for Anticlockwise ovals, he will be driving Ryehouse… Anticlockwise!
Leon races in the GP Midget league, more information can be found here…
What are Midgets?
Don’t be fooled by the word Midget because there is nothing inferior about these racers. The cars are single seaters using independent wishbone suspension, racing tyres and highly tuned engines to a capacity of 1427cc. Cars may be either front or rear engine, but the overall length of the car is restricted to just 130″, the wheelbase to 82″ and the track width to 66″ – hence the name Midget.
Despite being the fastest of the small oval formulas, the Midgets are also the most cost effective with competitive cars available in the region of £4,500. Cars are either purpose-built or converted from circuit racing chassis and there are always cars for sale, details of which the Club will be pleased to supply.