Sydney Sport

Licences – Off Road

The Competition Continues Off The Road

Off-road events are as exciting as track events. These are competitions held on a course over different terrains. There are two types of off-road events; the Short Course Off Road event and the Long Course Off Road event. These events test more than a driver’s ability behind the wheels but also how he is able to navigate the terrain and keep the car from going off course.

Short Course Off Road events are usually up to 15 kilometres while Long Course Off Road events are longer than 15 kilometres. The Long Course Off Road events also include obstacles such as river crossings and jumps.

The events are usually a battle of who is the best in most areas required by the sport. A good off-road driver knows to give himself leverage over others by taking risks only when it is only necessary.

Most off-road events require a driver and a navigator. The role of both in the competition is equally vital to the success of the team. At the club and national level events, the minimum age for a person to be a navigator is 12 years while a driver has to be at least 14 years old.

To compete at off-road events, competitors have to get a licence and register for a competition number. The procedures for getting a licence and registering for a competition number are explained in the manual, a copy of which can be downloaded on the organisation’s website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Competitors and motorsport enthusiasts usually have some questions that are asked over and over again. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQS) about off-road motorsport events.

What Is The Difference Between Short Course Off Road Events And Long Course Off Road Events?

The major difference between short course off road events and long course off road events is the distance. Short course off road events usually have a maximum distance of 15 kilometres while long course off road events are longer.

Also, short course events are typically over a single terrain, whether rocky, hilly, sandy, wet or however else. Long course events, on the other hand, involve obstacles such as jumps, rivers, blockades, and so on.

Can A Person Compete Alone In An Off Road Event?

Most off road events require each vehicle to have a driver and a navigator. Both work hand-in-hand to steer the car through the terrain while keeping on track and time to beat out other competitors. This teamwork is essential in off road events but there are times when a person can compete alone in an off road event. Some events occasionally run classes for single-seater buggies.

What Is The Eligibility Criteria For Competing In Off Road Events?

To compete in motorsport events, you must get the appropriate licence to compete in the discipline you are intending. In off road events, both the driver and the navigator have to be licenced. After applying for your licence, you will be granted one if you qualify. You can also upgrade your licence as you go on.

Age is also another qualifying factor in off road events. You need to be at least 14 years old before you can compete in off road events as a driver and be aged 12 years to be a navigator.