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    Clinics and upgrades

    I'm a bit confused about how clinics apply to your upgrade eligibility.

    Just starting out, clinics would help me tremendously but in readying the rule book it looks like if I completed a clinc it would count as 3 races! My fear is that if I take enough of these clinics I would automatically be bumped to the next category early on and I would be at a severe disadvantage on upcoming races.

    I've only just started and it was hard enough just trying to hang on. I can't imagine how much more difficult it would be at the next category and want to make sure I don't automatically screw myself by not understanding how clinics count.

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    Unless someone is actively looking at your results and keeping track of your races (other than yourself) I wouldn't worry about automatically being upgraded. Get your races in and just use the clinics as more experience.

    I wish there were more clinics around here. And by more, I mean any

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    Quote Originally Posted by nokia8860 View Post
    I'm a bit confused about how clinics apply to your upgrade eligibility.

    Just starting out, clinics would help me tremendously but in readying the rule book it looks like if I completed a clinc it would count as 3 races! My fear is that if I take enough of these clinics I would automatically be bumped to the next category early on and I would be at a severe disadvantage on upcoming races.

    I've only just started and it was hard enough just trying to hang on. I can't imagine how much more difficult it would be at the next category and want to make sure I don't automatically screw myself by not understanding how clinics count.
    The level between 4 and 5 isn't that great, if you are pack fodder as a 5 you'll be pack fodder as a 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nokia8860 View Post
    I'm a bit confused about how clinics apply to your upgrade eligibility.

    Just starting out, clinics would help me tremendously but in readying the rule book it looks like if I completed a clinc it would count as 3 races! My fear is that if I take enough of these clinics I would automatically be bumped to the next category early on and I would be at a severe disadvantage on upcoming races.

    I've only just started and it was hard enough just trying to hang on. I can't imagine how much more difficult it would be at the next category and want to make sure I don't automatically screw myself by not understanding how clinics count.

    nobody is looking at your results in norcal unless you win enough 5s races to make guys complain to someone. and since they are upgrading out after their 10 races, no one is doing that either.

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    Thanks everyone for your input. So it looks like it does count but if I don't ask to be upgraded I can stay the course.

    This works out great for me.

    Again, thanks everyone!

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    Not all clinics count towards upgrades. Just do any clinics you can, do your ten races, and upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nokia8860 View Post
    ...My fear is that if I take enough of these clinics I would automatically be bumped to the next category early on and I would be at a severe disadvantage on upcoming races...
    The rule book states that you can get a maximum of 5 points/starts from attending clinics (1E2c). So you shouldn't be allowed to just do three clinics and a single race to upgrade to Cat 4. The rule isn't 100% clear on the limit for the 4->3 upgrade (no max, 3 points, or 5 points); however, I can't imagine anyone receiving a 4->3 mandatory due to any number of clinic points.

    Also there is no mandatory upgrade out of Cat 5, but once you upgrade you can never request a downgrade back to Cat 5. In theory you can race and win in Cat 5 your whole life, but I don't know why someone would do so.

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    Can you tell I'm really new to this?

    Ended up being worried about nothing. Even the organizer of the clinic assured me I'd be good to go.

    Thanks again everyone for your help!

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