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Club Guide to Motorsport

There is always a hurdle, percieved or real, for people to get started in motorsport. It can be very daunting starting out, and for most, heading straight out onto a track with a dozen or so other cars can be very intimidating and potentially unwise if you're not going a similar speed to others.

It's best for beginners to start out with a type of event where other drivers aren't zooming past you and where you can have an instructor with you, helping guide you in how to drive on a track. There are therefore three types of events that best meet these criteria.

1. Motorkhana - Slow speeds, usually only 1st and 2nd gear, no other cars in close proximity and can have a passenger/instructor. This is a great place to start, learning car control in a very safe environment.

2. Hillclimbs - Typically slower speeds than on a racetrack and you will have the track to yourself, even if it's only a short run, so you can go at your own pace. Typically passengers are not allowed, but some events will have free practice sessions before commencing competition where passengers are allowed. The only downside is that hillclimb tracks can be very technically challenging and require an extra degree of caution.

3. Sprints (especially Come & Try) - Sprints or Super Sprints are your typical club level track day, where a group of cars are on the track together for a session of 10-20 minutes at a time racing only the clock, not each other. Usually these groups are organised by expected lap times, but there can still be a lot of variation. Many events cater for beginners by having a run group of slower cars and less experienced drivers.

Come & Try days (or sessions of sprint days) are a variation of this where instructors are provided to new drivers and they go out on track without timing and without being pressured by those aiming to set new PBs. These sessions are much more relaxed and a great way for people to learn a track and how to drive their car without the added stress of going it alone.

If you are unsure where to start, please get in touch with someone from the club, we'll be more than happy to help!

What is required from you and your car in order to participate in club motorsports events?
You will need:

Club membership and Speed Licence.

Long sleeves and pants of flame-resistant material (wool or cotton), closed leather or suede shoes.

Helmet (AS1968 / ECE22.05 or better, pref SA2020).

Fire extinguisher (high tensile bolts for bracket).

Tow hook(s), factory is fine.

Metal tyre valve caps.

You do NOT need:

Racing suit, gloves and shoes.

Racing mods, bucket seat, roll cage etc.

Racing wheels, tyres, oil and brakes

You can check the requirements for driver apparel here:

FAQ: What mods do I need to do to get my car ready for the track?


- Well ok, that depends on how hard you're planning to drive it and how often you're going to track it.

If you're just starting out on your first foray into motorsport, you should not be driving hard enough to strain the car.

As such, no mods are required, though it doesn't matter if you have some already.

Once you've got a taste for motorsport, you'll also want to think about what kind of events you are doing and what mods suit the type of event, and what mods are allowed in various classes for those events if you plan to compete!

In most cases, a decent set of tyres will make a world of difference in what the car can do! The factory Michelin Primacys are good fun for motorkhana, but aren't very good when it comes to performance. The factory performance options and 2nd generation cars all come with a version of the Michelin Pilot Sport, which is much grippier, able to withstand some abuse and even hold up well at the track!

If you're feeling confident on the track and are going to push your car a bit harder, then upgraded brake pads and fluid are a good idea.

If you're going to track regularly, our cars run fairly hot, so an oil cooler is recommended for those longer stints on the track.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the club, we are more than happy to help!

As a registered business and a non-profit organisation, our events have public liability insurance, as well as Motorsport Australia insurance (both included in your membership). This is not to be confused with your personal "car" insurance and coverage.

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