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Old 03-07-2012, 10:56 AM
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Default Types of events & what you need to get involved

As there is a wide variety of local motorsport often posted on P-WRX, I thought I’d start a specific thread on most of the popular events and what you may require to compete in each.
I in no way have competed in every type of event, so those in the know, please add to the list. I have listed events run through CAMS, there are many other events that do not run under CAMS and have different requirements.
If I’ve gone about this the wrong way, please post in the right area mods.

The details below are general only. Individual organisers can impose extra conditions to those listed below. Supplementary regulations are issued for each event with entry forms and contain details of when, where, how much and any extra conditions. If in doubt, contact the event organiser for more details.

Motorkhana (MK):
Designed as motorsport to hone driving skills, MK’s can be run on tarmac or loose surfaces and are set up in open and relatively level areas. MK’s have tight courses called tests that have a set route and direction that must be taken.
The whole test is set out using cones or markers as well as the start/finish garages. Usually competitors will be given a map of the course and test layouts are often taken from a MK book. Multiple tests can be run during the day and often more than one test runs at once.
Only one driver competes on the test at a time and timing is done by stop watches or beam timing. Drivers must start and stop in the correct garage. Knocking over a cone/marker, finishing the test outside the garage or going the wrong way through a test will result in time penalties.
The winner of a motorkhana has the lowest cumulative time for all tests with the least amount of time penalties.

Car Requirements: Car needs to be mechanically sound without major damage and have correctly functioning seats and seat belts. A normal road car is suitable for Motorkhana use.
The vehicle does not need to be road licensed.

Driver Requirements: A current CAMS L2NS (or higher) license is required as well as membership in a CAMS affiliated car club. Usually a requirement of neck to wrist to ankle clothing (AKA long shirt and long pants) with covered shoes is required for Motorkhana. Drivers from as young as 12 years old may compete and multiple drivers may use the same car. A civil drivers’ license is not required to compete in Motorkhana.

MK Cost: Average $20-$30 per driver, depending on organiser, event status (ie National Motorkhana Championship) and venue.

Khanacross (KX):
KX is designed as a step up from Motorkhana. The KX tests are faster and longer than MK.
KX's are run only on loose surfaces only. As with a MK, drivers still need to start and stop in a garage and follow the correct course route. Similar time penalties apply to those of Motorkhana events.
KX tests can be up to 1.5km long, use open or forest areas, weave around man made or natural obstacles and can have straights up to 100m long before a bend.
Depending on who is running a KX and where it is being run, will determine the road conditions and set out of the tests. KX can also run in the dark.

Unlike Motorkhanas, there a generally no maps provided for KX tests. Instead a drive through is conducted where all competitors drive through each test at slow speed in “Indian File” to familiarise themselves with the route.
Multiple KX tests can be run during the day and often more than one test runs at once.
Only one driver competes on the test at a time and timing is done by stop watches or beam timing.
The winner of a Khanacross has the lowest cumulative time for all tests with the least amount of time penalties

Car Requirements: Car needs to be mechanically sound without major damage and have correctly functioning seats and seat belts. Car must have a tagged and in date 1kg fire extinguisher (with metal bracket) securely fitted. A normal road car is suitable for Khanacross use. To aid with traction, many KX competitors fit Mud/snow or rally tyres.
The vehicle does not need to be road licensed.

Driver Requirements: A current CAMS L2NS (or higher) license is required as well as membership in a CAMS affiliated car club. A requirement of neck to wrist to ankle clothing (AKA long shirt and long pants) with covered shoes and a compliant helmet is required for Khanacross. Drivers from as young as 12* years old may compete and multiple drivers may use the same car. A civil drivers’ license is not required to compete in Khanacross.
*Dependant on organiser, used to be a minimum age of 14, however CAMS have now allowed 12 year olds to enter.

KX Cost: Average $30-$40 per driver, depending on organiser, event and venue.

AutoKhana (AK):

Gaining in popularity, AK is the tarmac version of Khanacross. In most circumstances the same requirements apply for AK as for Khanacross.

AK Cost: Average $50-$70 per driver, depending on organiser, event and venue.

Autocross (AX):
If you ever watched Langley or Gloucester Park special stages during Rally Australia (when it was in Perth), you have already seen Autocross.
Basically Autocross is two cars (however can be just one car) racing on a set (loose surface) track against the clock and each other. Autocross is a speed event where the same track is used multiple times during an event. The track is also licensed to comply with CAMS requirements. Competitors have a standing start that is indicated by either flags or lights and a flying finish. Flag marshalls (or warning lights) are also used around the track to indicate a problem that may require a competitor to slow down or stop. An AX track can be up to 3 or so km long and competitors may have 3 or more runs during an event.
AX can have classes for vehicles and grades for drivers.
The winner of an Autocross has the lowest cumulative time for all runs. Often if an AX has multiple runs, the slowest run is dropped from the final result ie: best 3 of 4. If classes or grades are used in an AX, there are awards for each class/grade.

Car Requirements: Car needs to be mechanically sound without major damage and have correctly functioning seats and seat belts. Car must have a tagged and in date 1kg fire extinguisher (with metal bracket) securely fitted. A normal road car is suitable for Autocross use. To aid with traction, many AX competitors fit Mud/snow or rally tyres.
The vehicle does not need to be road licensed.

Driver Requirements: A current CAMS L2S (or higher) license is required as well as membership in a CAMS affiliated car club. A requirement of neck to wrist to ankle clothing (AKA long shirt and long pants) with covered shoes and a compliant helmet is required for Autocross. Multiple drivers may use the same car. A civil drivers’ license is not required to compete in Autocross.

AX Cost: Average $70-$90 per driver, depending on organiser, event and venue.
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Hill Climb (HC):
Hill Climbs are fairly self explanatory. If you have watched Targa West at the Zig Zags in Goosberry Hill, you have seen a hill climb.
Most hill climbs these days are conducted on twisty, steep tarmac roads. The events often use closed public roads. Like Autocross, HC’s are considered speed events.
Competitors have a standing start that is indicated by either flags or lights and a flying finish. HC can have classes for vehicles and grades for drivers.
With a hill climb event, a practice run may be allowed first before competition starts.
The winner of a Hill Climb has the lowest cumulative time for all runs. Often if a HC has multiple runs, the slowest run is dropped from the final result ie: best 3 or 4. If classes or grades are used in an HC, there are awards for each class/grade.

Car Requirements: Car needs to be mechanically sound without major damage and have correctly functioning seats and seat belts. Car must have a tagged and in date 1kg fire extinguisher (with metal bracket) securely fitted. An oil catch can of suitable size must also be fitted as well as a 150mm blue triangle indicating battery position. A normal road car is suitable for HC use.
The vehicle may need to be road licensed. Whilst the actual competition area is on a closed road, it me be required to transport along public roads back to the start area at the base of the hill.

Driver Requirements: A current CAMS L2S (or higher) license is required as well as membership in a CAMS affiliated car club. A requirement of neck to wrist to ankle clothing (AKA long shirt and long pants) with covered shoes and a compliant helmet is required for HC. Multiple drivers may use the same car. A civil drivers’ license is not required to compete in a HC, however will be required if transport on public roads is needed to return to the starting area.

HC Cost: Average $80-$100 per driver, depending on organiser, event and venue.

Tarmac Sprint (TS):
Tarmac sprints are somewhat like a sealed surface version of an autocross.
Basically a TS is one car racing against the clock on the track, however multiple cars can be on the track at the same time. Unlike circuit racing, cars are not permitted to overtake another car and do not start at the same time. Tarmac Sprints are speed events where the same track is used multiple times during an event. The track is also licensed to comply with CAMS requirements. Competitors have a standing start that is indicated by either flags or lights and a flying finish. Flag marshalls (or warning lights) are also used around the track to indicate a problem that may require a competitor to slow down or stop. A TS track can be up to 3 or so km long and competitors may have 3 or more runs during an event.
TS can have classes for vehicles and grades for drivers.
The winner of a Tarmac Sprint has the lowest cumulative time for all runs. Often if a TS has multiple runs, the slowest run is dropped from the final result ie: best 3 of 4. If classes or grades are used in a TS, there are awards for each class/grade.

Car Requirements: Car needs to be mechanically sound without major damage and have correctly functioning seats and seat belts. Car must have a tagged and in date 1kg fire extinguisher (with metal bracket) securely fitted. An oil catch can of suitable size must also be fitted as well as a 150mm blue triangle indicating battery position. A normal road car is suitable for TS use.

Driver Requirements: A current CAMS L2S (or higher) license is required as well as membership in a CAMS affiliated car club. A requirement of neck to wrist to ankle clothing (AKA long shirt and long pants) with covered shoes and a compliant helmet is required for TS. Multiple drivers may use the same car. A civil drivers’ license is not required to compete in a TS.

TS Cost: Average $100 per driver, depending on organiser, event and venue.

Stage 1 Rally Sprint: EG (Motorplex)
Stage 1 Rally Sprints are where things get a bit more serious.
Unlike every other form of motorsport listed so far, Rally Sprints require both a driver and co-driver (navigator) in the car during competition. The course may comprise up to two separate lengths of road, each being no longer than 8km. Each length of road, comprising a stage, may be traversed in both directions, making a maximum of four sections. Each section may be attempted a maximum of three times (ie, three runs on each section).
Stage 1 sprints can only be run at venues with a Rally Sprint venue license, however can be conducted on sealed, loose surface or a combination of both. Rally Sprints can be run day or night. All competitors must know about rally procedures such as: time cards, rally signs, controls and stopping in stage. This is explained at the drivers briefing for those competitors that do not hold a Rally License.
Route charts are provided to competitors, stage markers are installed and pace noting may be allowed.

Car Requirements: Production cars only. Car needs to be mechanically sound without major damage and have correctly functioning seats and seat belts. Car must have a tagged and in date 1kg fire extinguisher (with metal bracket) securely fitted. A 150mm blue triangle indicating battery position must be fitted, as well as mud flaps on all driven wheels (for loose surface events). Competing cars must also carry 2 x safety triangles. A normal road car is suitable for Stage 1 Rally Sprint use.

Driver & Co-Driver Requirements: Current CAMS L2S (or higher) licenses are required as well as memberships in a CAMS affiliated car club. A requirement of neck to wrist to ankle clothing (AKA long shirt and long pants) with covered shoes and compliant helmets is required for Rally Sprints. Multiple drivers may use the same car. A civil drivers’ license is not required to compete in a Rally Sprint when the event is on private property and does not use open public roads for any section or transport.

Stage 1 RS Cost: Average $200 per entry, depending on organiser, event and venue.

Stage 2 Rally Sprint:
Stage 2 Rally Sprints are effectively a mini rally.
The course may comprise up to two separate lengths of road, each being no longer than 8km. Each length of road, comprising a stage, may be traversed in both directions, making a maximum of four sections. Each section may be attempted a maximum of three times (ie, three runs on each section).
Stage 2 Rally Sprints are run similar to a normal rally. They can be run on private property, closed public roads or both. Surfaces can be tarmac, dirt or a combination of both. Rally Sprints can be run day or night. All competitors must know how a rally operates.
Route charts are provided to competitors, stage markers are installed and pace noting may be allowed.

Car Requirements: Effectively a full competition rally car with CAMS log book must be used. The car must have a CAMS approved roll cage and harnesses. All necessary rally equipment must be fitted such as triangles, first aid kit etc.

Driver & Co-Driver Requirements: Current CAMS Clubman Rally (or higher) licenses are required as well as memberships in a CAMS affiliated car club. A requirement of neck to wrist to ankle clothing or race suits with covered shoes and compliant helmets are required for Rally Sprints. Multiple drivers may use the same car. A civil drivers’ license is not required to compete in a Rally Sprint when the event is on private property and does not use open public roads for any section or transport.

Stage 2 RS Cost: Average $200 per entry, depending on organiser, event and venue.
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