Get Started In Motorsport
There are a number of ways to make a start in motorsport.
There are different types of events from circuit racing to motorkhana that car club members can participate in.
Each participant needs either a Motorsport Australia license or an AASA license. If you are planning on participating in the MSCA events you will need a minimum of a Motorsport Australia LS2 license.
An application can be made directly to Motorsport Australia. The LS2 license allows you to compete in speed events (i.e. not races). MSCA sprints, regularity, hillclimb and motorkhana events are speed events. At each of the events, your car will be scrutineered. The car will need to pass a safety inspection and will need to have a securely fitted fire extinguisher.
The fire extinguisher must be less than two years old and be secured with a metal bracket. All loose objects must be removed from the car and the driver must have an Australian Standards helmet in good condition and must be wearing fire resistant clothing covering neck to ankle, including arms.
Fire resistant clothing includes wool or cotton. Fire resistant shoes need also be worn. Most shoes are suitable except for those made of synthetic materials. The different types of motorsport events in the MSCA calendar are:
The driver will nominate a lap time after the morning practice. each driver will be given approximately four 12 – 15-minute sessions. The aim is to record a series of lap times as close as possible to the nominated time. There will be a small number of cars sharing the track. Regularity is a great way to begin in motorsport as the emphasis is not on outright speed but is on being consistent. Regularity fields are generally small so there is plenty of space on the track.
The aim of the sprint driver is to post the fastest lap time for the vehicle class. Vehicle class in MSCA is sports cars by capacity, non-sportscars by capacity and racing cars and other types of cars by capacity. Each driver will have approximately five 12 – 15-minute sessions during the day and shares the track with approximately twenty other cars. Flag marshals will warn drivers of hazards ahead or fast cars looking to pass.
A hill climb is held on an undulating, point to point course. The aim is to post the fastest time for the vehicle class. Only one vehicle is on the track at a time.
A motorkhana is held over a compact, bitumen course where a number of circuits are laid out using witches hats. The drivers best time for each of the circuits is totaled at the end of the day and the driver with the least elapsed time is declared the winner. Classes are the same as for the sprint events. The courses are very short and drivers only use first and reverse gears.
Come and Try
Come and try is an initiative of Motorsport Australia and supported by MSCA. Come and try participants receive two sessions with an instructor as part of the schedule at selected MSCA Sprint Days. The come and try driver will then be able to complete two 12 – 15-minute sessions by themselves. These events have been very successful and well subscribed. For further information, consult the MSCA website or send an inquiry through our Contact page.