Participate In Speed While Preparing For Rallies
Rally is a unique form of motorsport that requires both a professional driver and a skilled navigator to compete in. While the driver engages the car to edge out competitors, the navigator, also known as the co-driver reads the course and assists the driver through the terrain. Participating in rallies require both the driver and the navigator to be licenced.
Rallies are usually held on public roads that are gravel or tarmac and are closed to the general public. Despite the risk and stringent rules, the minimum age to compete at a rally is 14 years.
Rally events are diverse and may be organised by a club, state or national government, up to international level. In Australia, rallies and road events are either club events, the Australian Targa, the Australian Rally Championship or the FIA World Rally Championship.
Rallies also take a different style in events known as Autocross. In autocross, cars are released onto the track one at a time and each car races a single lap on a challenging terrain in as little time as possible. The autocross is favoured as a grooming ground for drivers who wish to compete at rallies and road events as they get used to the dirt and thrill of the big games.
To participate in rallies, competitors, both local and international, need to get appropriate licences. While preparing for a career on the road, most future stars prefer to start from getting a Speed licence.
What Is Speed Licence?
Speed is the easiest licence that motorsport enthusiasts can apply for in Australia. It is cheap and requires little criteria to get. Any competitor from the age of 14 can get a speed licence and participate in events that are designed to groom people for the big road events. Some of these events are self-paced, running against a clock, while others require competitors to go against one another.
Events a speed licence gives access to include Regularity, Drifting and Touring Road Events, single and multi-car Speed Events and non-speed events such as Observed Section Trials, non-timed Road Events, Touring Assemblies among others.
These events are held on facilities smaller than those used for rallies and focus more on competitors’ skills than actual speed. Some of them also allow competitors from the age of 12, who are issued conditional speed junior licence until they reach the age of 14.
Categories Of Speed Events
Sprints and Supersprints
Non-Speed Event & Auto Test
Observed Section Trials
As clubs organise road events, they also engage in social activities. These social activities have formed the basis of clubs and they include club meetings, working bees, club runs, shows, and many other social gatherings. After paying the affiliation fees, club members gain access to these activities through the sponsorship of Motorsport Australia Public Liability who covers the expenses.
Motorsport clubs social activities are usually categorised under static vehicle displays, social runs and car clubs monthly meetings. Social runs are conducted under state road rules on public roads and they include breakfast runs, lunch runs, and observation rules.