Crashnet > Guide Index > 1. Track & General
Oval racing can be traced back almost as far as the motor
car, forming one of the simplest courses that you can race
on. Oval racing in the UK is based around the stock car
formula as imported from America in the mid-1900's, and the
other formulas were developed from there, including the
popular banger (or jalopy) racing formulas. These are covered
in the sixth chapter.
armco: Fencing used usually for road
fencing, usually used in single or double rows on outer
walls. You may recognise it as the curved metal sheeting
from which motorway and roadway safety fences are made, the
name coming from the manufacturer of the system.
catch fence: second fence structure used
to catch pieces of cars that break up on impact.
figure of eight: A short circuit track
with a cross over in the middle. Racing figure-of-eight
requires that cars cross and, sometimes, crash. Strictly a
full contact type.
full contact: contact allowed between cars
including fencing and spinning
jays: short for RSJ (rolled steel joist)
used sometimes as posts to hold up fence cables.
limited contact: varies according to
formula, contact is limited to race gaining manoeuvres
only, no wrecking.
non-contact: Contact expressly forbidden
Oval/Short Circuit racing: Motor racing
performed within a flat oval circuit of up to a quarter of
a mile in circumference.
pit: holding area for cars not racing,
where repairs and refuelling can take place.
Shale: Loose surface circuit
Tarmac: Layered hard surface (tarmac!)
Grass: A circuit set out on a grass
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