Wondering where to begin?
We all had to start somewhere. Here's a list of suggestions for how to get started in motorsport.
The first thing we'd suggest is joining your local Motorsport Australia (formerly CAMS) affiliated Car Club, as you'll find a number of resources through them, and this is also a requirement for a Motorsport Australia licence (required for participation in sprint and racing events). Motorsport Australia also has some great tips for getting started - get a taste for the track on a Come and Try Day.
1. Driver trainingThe best way to start on the journey towards racing a car on track is by pushing yourself and your road car in controlled conditions with an instructor.
This will give you an understanding of vehicle dynamics, understeer and oversteer, cornering loads and so on.
Once you've done some defensive and advanced driving courses, you can progress to on-track performance driver training and track days, often with the same organisations listed above.
2. Club Sprints
After some track days and performance driving instruction, it's time to start pushing yourself a bit harder, against the stopwatch and against yourself. Club Sprint days are offered by the Car Clubs above, as well as other groups such as the Marque Sports Car Association and the Alfa Romeo Owners Club. You can still do these events in your road car, but if you're hooked you might need to start thinking about getting yourself a track car (refer 3 below).
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