Also known as ‘Race Your Mates’, Bracket Racing is used in SA as our entry level event class. It is only open to C and D grade riders, but D grade have preference when entries are limited.
This concept was borrowed from drag racing and they are essentially handicap races based on your lap times in qualifying. Any rider/bike entered can potentially win their time bracket.
Qualifying sessions are held in the morning where your best lap time is taken and that time determines your row on the starting grid for the whole day. There are 4 riders in each row on the grid and while there are other riders in that race, you will only be competing against the 3 riders in your row. So you have a 25% chance of winning a trophy.
As there are riders of differing ability on the grid, the fastest riders are in the front rows and the rows are double spaced to reduce tangling in the first corners. As you gain experience over the year, your times will improve and you will move up the grid into faster groups.
The fastest rider on each row is placed in the ‘pole ‘position (left side of track) and their qualifying time is used for the bracket. If you go under that qualifying time by more than 1.5 seconds during a race you will ‘break out’ of your bracket and will be awarded 0 points for the race. This is to prevent riders going slow during qualifying to get an ‘easier’ bracket then going faster to win. In the event of inconsistent weather conditions, break out times may be waived or varied at the promoter’s discretion.
What kind of bike do I need?
Your lap times will depend on your bike and your ability to ride it. A good rider on a 650 may have lap times equal to a poor rider on a 1000. Because you are only competing against people doing similar lap times, it doesn’t matter what bike you ride, it can be a street bike or a modified racer as long as it meets the Rules.
P Plate Rules
Don’t want to fully race prepare your bike? Usually, bikes have to be prepared to the same level as in Class Racing. However, If you have not raced in the last five years, you may race in Brackets for up to two meetings with exemptions from several preparation rules. This will allow you to try the sport whilst developing your bike. A P plate must be displayed at the rear of your bike as an indication to following riders. The plate is available from the Race Secretary at the event.
- Tyres must be designed for highway use only. No slicks or wet weather race tyres.
- Front brake calliper bolts to be lock wired in the tightened position.
- Only water allowed in the cooling system.
- Bike centre and/or side stands should be removed. If not removed must be securely fixed in the up-position by secure mechanical means (e.g. hose clamp or bracket). Wiring, taping or plastic “zip” ties are not considered to be an adequate mechanical method of securing.
- Sump plugs, caps and filters which, if removed, permit the discharge of any lubricating, cooling or hydraulic fluids must be lock-wired. Where front fork drain plugs are recessed, taping is permitted to prevent loosening.
- Front brake reservoirs with screw cap closures must be taped to prevent loosening.
- Mirrors and indicators to be removed.
- Head and tail lights must be removed or completely taped to prevent light from being seen and to fully contain broken glass in case of accident damage.
- No gear racks, sacks or panniers.
- Number / registration plates to be removed.
- Rider Numbers to be placed on the front fairing, and both sides of the bike.
The Phoenix Motorcycle Club of SA