Drivers Briefing for Mendip

Drivers Briefing for Mendip

If you are exhibiting any symptoms of the Covid 19 virus do not attend the meeting or access the site.

Please be aware that, with immediate effect, all users of the track will be required to wear a face mask at all times when within the pits, track and concrete apron area. See map below for more information.

Red Area  – Masks to be worn at all times, no smoking or vaping (masks can be removed to eat and drink in your pit area only)

Orange Area – Masks must be worn when moving around but can be removed to use the smoking area or when in a vehicle, fully enclosed pit tent,   caravan or similar in their vehicle alone, or with a member of their household i.e., husband and wife (masks can be removed to eat and drink in your pit area only).

Purple Area – Designated Smoking Area

Note – Orange area  is not set  but encompasses anyone pitting outside the red area whilst a meeting is in process.

Whilst each race class has its own processes and procedures, which will be covered individually by the organisers, this document is designed to give racers an introduction to the procedures and restrictions in place whilst attending Mendip RC Raceway. Whilst this covers the main points for race meetings we also recommend drivers read the clubs full rules and the privacy policy you can also view the site risk assessment.

This briefing is a general briefing, there may be specific stipulations given to you by the organisers, please make sure you are aware of any limitations at your event and comply with those in addition to these below.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Mendip RC Raceway.

Additional Equipment

As part of our Covid protection plan racers must bring their own:

  • Hi-viz Jacket for marshalling
  • Gloves for marshalling (work/riggers style, not latex style)
  • Facemasks/Face-covering
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Pit towel/pit mat to cover the table

Note – The BRCA also recommend bringing a face shield, some disposable latex gloves, surface cleaner and hand wipes.

Drivers Briefing

Site Specific Instructions

  • It is a strict condition of use that any driver, representative, mechanic, friend or family member of a driver or other guest or spectator accessing the facilities under the control of Mendip RC Raceway (MRCR) accept the total authority of the Club Committee and agree to follow all rules and requirements for the site, to render any appropriate payment and follow any directions or instructions given in relation to use of these facilities.
  • All racers and any person within the boundaries of the MRCR tracks are required to hold British Radio Car Assocation (BRCA) membership and the associated insurance. All users are responsible for ensuring they have the appropriate insurance cover and accept liability for any damage caused whilst using any RC car.
  • Guests not holding BRCA membership are not to enter the track area to set down or retrieve cars, to marshal, or for any other reason.
  • All members and users of the site will comply with the BRCA General rules as outlined in the BRCA handbook.
  • All users of the site accept that they use the site at their own risk and understand that the Club and site landlord accepts no liability for loss, damage or accidents that occur whilst within the environs of the site.
  • All users of the site are responsible for reporting any health and safety concerns that they identify on the site to the committee at the earliest opportunity.
  • The launching, flying or landing of any aerial vehicle is prohibited on the Mendip RC Raceway site without prior permission from the committee.
  • Generators are not to be run within the pit area. They can be set up outside the pit area in an area designated by the club, but any cables run from generators into the pit area must not constitute a hazard to others, especially in the form of trip hazards.
  • Dogs are not permitted within the track areas and, whilst welcome on the site, must be kept on a lead at all times within the pit area (pit area starts at the entrance barrier). It is the owners responsibility to clean up after their dog and they are instructed to do so. Please note that the club accept no responsibility or liability for your pet whilst it is on site, please also be aware some products and chemicals used at the track may be harmful to animals, to this end you bring your pet at your own risk.
  • Barbecues are not permitted within the pit area (pit area starts at the entrance barrier). Where they are used they should be set on a solid surface away from combustible materials and vegetation and must be attended at all times. Barbecues found unattended will be extinguished in the interests of fire safety. The committee reserve the right to restrict the use of barbecues to prevent fire or injury.
  • Tyre truers must not be used in the pit area or anywhere within the pit/car parking area. The only place it is permissible to use a tyre truer is in the Truing Shed, next to the container. Users are responsible for disposing properly of any material generated during this process.
  • Cars must not access the concrete apron beside the pits, this area is reserved for pitting. The committee reserve the right to allow access to vehicles belonging to Blue Badge holders but only with the prior agreement of the committee.
  • Lipo batteries will be charged in accordance with BRCA guidelines and be securely sealed in a protective ”Lipo bag” when charging or discharging (other than racing). Only Hard case lipos are to be used.
  • Nitro vehicle must not be run before 09:00hrs or after 20:00hrs or 30 minutes after the track closes, whichever is soonest.
  • CCTV is in use on the site by independent companies with whom we share our site. Monitoring and recording is carried out in the interests of safety and security and individuals and vehicles can by identified via this system. The club has no control of the CCTV system nor images captured. Access of the site is subject to agreement to such use of the CCTV system.
  • Toilets are located at the end of race control, for these events the ladies toilet will not be locked
  • No smoking or vaping in the pits (including gazebos and car pitting areas), race control, rostrum and portakabin – the designated smoking area is the only place it is permissible to smoke
  • Children are the responsibility of the parent/supervising adult at all time. If you have juniors with you please ensure they are under your supervision at all times and they respect the personal space of others
  • All rubbish is to be placed in the bins provided or taken with racers when they leave at the end of the meeting dependant on the requirements of the series they are racing in.
  • Tuck shop is closed for this event, please bring your own refreshments
  • Sandbuckets are placed around the pits in case of a Lipo fire – do not use for extinguishing cigarettes
  • Drivers are responsible for their own timing equipment, ensuring the correct transponder number has been given to race control and is correct on the heat listing and staying within the track limits so that they cross the loop to allow their laps to be counted. Laps will not be added unless the issue is with the timing computer or loop system
  • The tracks are shut other than when the heats and finals are in progress, no free practice is allowed prior to, during or subsequent to the meeting.
  • RC cars are not to be driven within the pit area at any time.
  • Racers are not allowed to enter race control under any circumstances
  • Social distancing of 2m should be maintained between racers outside of family groups. This applies in the pits and on the rostrum.


Covid Specific Instructions

Due to the higher racer numbers than are normally permitted different restrictions and processes are in place from normal club meetings.

  • Racers are not permitted to enter race control.
  • Social distancing is in place across the entire site at all times.
  • There is a strict one way system around when entering and exiting the track which must be followed at all times
  • Masks must be worn when moving around the pit area (pit area starts at the entrance barrier)
  • Masks must be worn when moving to the rostrum, waiting to enter the rostrum, whilst on the rostrum and when leaving the rostrum (for more details see below)
  • Masks must be worn when moving to the pits, waiting to enter the pits, whilst in the pits and when leaving the pits (for more details see below)
  • Pit bays will not be allocated for “National” events so those in attendance are responsible for ensuring pit bays are only occupied by family groups or individuals in the same “bubble” up to a maximum of 4 people per bay which includes your pit crew.
  • The concrete area behind the off road rostrum is allocated as additional pitting area for gazebos. 
  • It is not permitted to have more than 4 people in any pit area so multiple gazebos or large gazebos must be divided up into groups of 4 (including pit crew).
  • The blue bay divider sheets must not be removed under any circumstances. In these sheets are not in place the adjacent bays will have to be cleared of racers
  • There must be a covering on the table either a pit mat or a pit towel to prevent contamination.
  • It is permissible to remove you mask when you are within you pit area/pit bay but you must put it on when leaving you pit area, for a gazebo this is when stood directly under the “roof” area of your gazebo, for a pit bay this is the area between the two tables. In the case of gazebos it is recommended they have sides to divide your pit area from that of another otherwise a 2 metre gap is required
  • Racers are not permitted to enter any pit area other than their own.
  • The “yellow dots” will be used as location markers for social distancing on the rostrum and the waiting areas for drivers and pit crew.
  • Medical exemptions. The Club Committee must be notified of these using the procedure in the risk assessment no later than 18.00hrs the Friday before the start of the event.

Race Format

This will depend on the event you have entered and the organisers will advise you as to the format for the day.

Heat/Final Change Over Procedure

Drivers – Heats and finals will consist of 6 drivers, due to the size of our rostrum and the placement of the roof supports it is not possible, at this point, to apply social distancing which negates the needs for masks therefore masks must be worn when moving to the rostrum, waiting to enter the rostrum, whilst on the rostrum and when leaving the rostrum. It is permitted to remove your mask whilst racing so long as you do not face other competitors and replace it before moving from the rostrum.

Pit Crew – This is also the case for pitcrew, therefore masks must be worn when moving to the pits, waiting to enter the pits, whilst in the pits and when leaving the pits. There is a strict one way system in place pitcrew enter the pits via the pit gate and must exit the track by walking down the pitlane and exiting via the track gate. Pitcrew waiting to place a car down must not do so until all the pitcrew from the previous heat have cleared the track.

MarshallsMasks must be worn when moving from the rostrum to your marshall point and when returning from your marshall point to collect your car or moving to the pits.

The change over processes are outlined below. Please make sure you are familiar with both processes as there is a good chance that there may be a heat with pit crew following a heat without, in which case you follow the process that applies to you being aware that others may be following a different process.

In the interests of safety no cars are to leave the pit lane until the track is declared open – doing so will result in the loss of fastest qualifying time.

Change Over Process with Pit Crew (Nitro Cars)


Change Over Process without Pit Crew (Electric Cars)



  • Please wear your gloves when marshalling
  • Marshall as you would wish to be marshalled
  • Pay attention to your marshalling area, please don’t watch the race
  • Remember the race is not over until the end of the race is called – continue to marshal moving cars until “race over” is called by the computer or Race Director
  • Use of phones or eating whilst marshalling is prohibited
  • If you are unable to marshal you must arrange a replacement (BRCA members only) or speak with race control – please stick to social distancing guidance here – allow 2 metres distance between you and Race Director
  • If you are being marshalled do not rev your car.


Race Etiquette

  • Drivers are to stay on the rostrum until instructed to leave by the co-ordinating committee member
  • Let faster cars through safely.
  • Slower cars need to move off line or go wider into corners.
  • Faster cars need to be patient and not drive through slower cars.
  • Drivers need to slow down when there is a marshall on the track.
  • If you crash in an area where you are causing a hazard i.e. the straight please call it – “car on the straight!”


Have a good days racing

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