In circuit racing, two or more cars race one another wheel to wheel. It is held on closed road circuits. And the winner gets automatically chosen by making the earliest arrival to the finish line. The race’s completion can also be noted by a chequered flag which falls from the moment the number of laps designated has been completed.
Circuit race meetings involve practice sessions, qualifications, and then at least one race. What determines the position taken by the competitors is the results from the Qualifying stage. On the grid, first place is usually awarded to whoever the driver had set the fastest lap in qualifying stage. This first position is more technically referred to as the pole position on the grid.
Race circuits are created using one of these two methods – engineering or intuition. When the intuitive approach is in use, the track becomes completely built through adaptation to the environment and terrain in which the track is located.
The other method – engineering approach is that which comes into place when racing circuits are planned, designed and built at a car park with the sole aim to make that specifically chosen location accommodate all users that may show up at the event.
The design of a racing circuit is often chosen in accordance with international and national regulations and recommendations of the FIA and FIM. The selection of the location of the event is usually a premeditated act. This location is chosen based on its proximity to a road network meant for the city.
Also, the distance of such location from residential abodes is put into consideration. This is an attempt to reduce the noise level the location might cause the environment. The exhaust emission is, in fact, another reason for this. The emitted substance should not make a huge deposit on the nearby population anyway.
In addition, the venue should be chosen considering the possibility of extension of the venue. This is because the tendency to put additional content in place is high in race circuits. This may come in the form of a test vehicle polygon, karting racing circuit or training centre.
Seems like a lot of fun, does it not? Well, a number of conditions must be satisfied before you can get a licence to race in these circuit competitions. Motorsport Australia can issue a licence, but that can only be after certain information is provided by the intending participant in a race circuit competition.
The license application form will avail information about the driver’s basic information. This is similarly of basic importance. Consequently, the driver must attest to being of the age of 17 at the very least.
These licenses are of different categories however. A driver may have held an International C Circuit Racing Licence. There is a Super-licence as well. To get a super licence, the participants must have accumulated 13 points minimum under Motorsport Australia or the FIA.
This feat must have been achieved during the 5 years before a driver applies for a Motorsport Australia Super Licence. Also, he must have completed a minimum of 3 rounds in the Virginia Australia Supermarket Championship. These licences determine the kinds of competitions drivers can partake in.