After being swept up into a cloud of future racing happiness, I came back down to earth this morning with a thud. I have been reviewing the forecast costs for 2017. If you have the car, and are mechanically competent, PBMW is actually one of the most cost effective ways of getting into racing. The entry fees for all 7 race meets is around £2k. So adding on transport, consumables like tyres, accommodation for a few far flung meets I reckon you could do the season for £5-6k. Which when you consider the fun to be had that is a great deal.
However, in my case, I am mechanically inept. Rather than playing with cars from a young age, computers and tech was a more interesting option. Sadly that means there is no chance of me being able to prep a race car, and more importantly, keep it running throughout a season. So faced with that reality I have a load of extra costs.
The reason I chose GFR for the support was after doing some reading, Gary and his team come up pretty often in blogs, where people have praised him for helping them out prior, and during, the meets. Plus Gary has a record of being a great driver, and he qualified 1st and placed 1st in pretty much every 2015 race. That is a cracking record. I need a decent instructor to push me. Gary is an International Instructor with form: ticks the box.
Cost wise the numbers are adding up, but I am still contemplating the various menu of options. I don’t know yet, and probably won’t have to a final decision until the New Year.