Jim Morris, at Bognor
Autotesting
Damian Bell,Judgement Day

One of the cheapest, but still challenging forms of motorsport, where you can use a standard road car, and driving skills make the biggest difference.

Each car competes alone, against the clock, following a set route, defined by cones, and often involving direction changes from forward to reverse, and vice versa. Tarmac, grass, and loose surfaces, may all be used, sometimes in combination. FDMC's events include the Challenge Shield and Summer Sort-out grass events, Judgement Day tarmac event, and Autumn Antics loose surfaced Slalom.

Shown here is one of the tests from Judgement Day 2000. Dotted lines show where the car has to travel backwards. The front runners were completing this in between 32 and 34 seconds, using handbrake turns and reverse flicks (J turns).... After a few events, you too will know how it's done!

"Autotest know - how"... some advice for the novice.

It's usually possible to walk the tests before driving them; this helps you to memorise the route, and decide the best ways to turn or position the car.
Your times will depend on driving technique, more than the performance and/or size of the car:   watching the more experienced drivers can be very educational.
The test diagram is best taped or clipped within easy view, as a quick look at it may save a mistake.

Our Event Reports section includes some pictorial reports of autotests, and for more information, see the Contact Us page.



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