Autocross

Extract from SWTCC Club Handbook

Autocross is a speed event, run at club level, with timed laps of the circuit in both day and night events.  The running order for cars is usually ascending order for day events while for twilight events run 1 and 2 may be in ascending order,  runs 3 and 4 in descending. The track can be run in two different directions, and the direction will be nominated in the Supplementary Regulations

The Bunbury track is designed to allow two cars to be running on separate tracks at the same time.  Both cars are started from the standing start, with each car going through both a long and short course.  The 1.08km purpose built track includes long open corners and tight hairpin bends on a clay/gravel surface.

The clubs aim is to provide 4 timed runs on each competition day. The cars will be required to pass scrutiny and must comply with the standards listed in the CAMS Manual of Motor Sport.  Some general guidelines are listed in the Scrutineering Tips on page 11.

Drivers must be a minimum of 14 years, be a member of SWTCC and hold a CAMS Level 2 speed licence (competitors who hold memberships with other clubs may take out a day membership at a cost of $10 to allow them to compete but they will not be eligible for series points).  New CAMS licences can be done on the day.

Entry forms are available on the web up to 2 weeks before the event and entries close on the Wednesday prior to the event.  No late entries or entries on the day are accepted.  The event has a maximum of 80 drivers and each car can have up to three drivers.  The vehicle owner must be one of the entrants.

The following guidelines are those generally applied to Autocross events but it is essential you read the Regulations and Supplementary Regulations for each event:

Clothing: (As per CAMS Schedule D: Apparel )

  • Helmet : a helmet that complies with AS1698 standards
  • Non-flammable clothing  :  covering from ankle to neck to wrists.  Clothing of synthetic materials such as nylon are not acceptable
  • Shoes :  shoes with leather uppers that cover the foot.  Shoes which have leather uppers but include elasticised ankle regions are acceptable (e.g. Elastic sided boots)

Replacement vehicle
A driver whose vehicle has broken down may (at the discretion of the Clerk of Course) use a replacement vehicle.  The replacement vehicle must have been scrutineered on the day, and preferably be an equivalent vehicle.

Pit crew 
Pit Crew for each vehicle is limited to three persons other than the competitor. (i.e. 1 driver allowed three pit crew, 3 drivers allowed a total of three pit crew).

Practice Lap
This is an optional observation and car warm up lap and is to be carried out at slow speed only.  Any race speed or wheel spinning is not permitted.

Drivers Briefing              
All drivers will be required to sign an attendance sheet or answer a roll call at the driver’s briefing.
Usual times are as follows but check the Supplementary Regulations for each event:

Registration & scrutiny:      7:15 am by 8.30 am.         (Day/night 1.00pm and 3.00 pm)
Drivers Briefing:                     8.45 am                            (Day/night 3.15pm)  ALL DRIVERS MUST ATTEND
Practice:                                    9.00 am.                           (Day/night 3.20pm)
First test starts:                      9.15 am                          (Day/night  3.30pm)

Penalties
 In the interest of fair and equitable competition a range of penalties have been determined by CAMS and are outlined in each events competition regulations.

 Penalties are applied to the following infringements:

  • shortening the course
  • departing from the course
  • jumping the start
  • striking any penalty marker

Check the Regulations and Supplementary Regulations for each event AS VARIATIONS MAY OCCUR