The 2013 Challenge will be conducted over 23 rounds, and consist of 3 Super Sprints, 7 Hill Climbs,3 Oz gymkhanas, 3 modern regularities, 4 drag races and 3 Motorkhanas. Further information about these event formats are provided below. The S&J Automotive 2013 Championship Calendar can be found on the forum.
IMPORTANT: Entry Forms are usually due a week before the date of the event or 9 days in the case of the Super Sprints – there is also a late entry fee of $50 for super sprints so don’t forget!
Motorkhanas are run in asphalt car parks, usually at the Cole distribution centre situated on the way to Monarto. A standard course layout is setup using flags or witches hats. Entrants start from a set line and must navigate the course in a set pattern and park the car in a marked “parking bay” at the end of the run. Time penalties are applied for knocking flags over or incorrectly navigating the course. With names like crazy 8 and inside-outside, it is easy to understand that half the challenge is remembering which way to go around the course! The courses are also fairly tight, and you will not need to change out of first gear. So low speed, low car stress and high in fun!
The Motorkhanas are run in association with the Porsche Club of South Australia (PCSA). An entry form must be completed for each event and are made available for download from the PCSA website (under their downloads section) 2-3 weeks before the date of the event. Entries are typically due a week before the date of the event. They must be submitted with your entry fee to the PCSA, not WRXSA.
Because of their lower speed, these events have a lower CAMS license requirement (Level 2NS instead of 2S) and are generally cheaper to enter ($65 licence fee 2012). You do not need a helmet or fire extinguisher either. So definitely the event to consider for your first taste of club level motor sport. For more details on entering see the Rules and Regulations.
Super Sprints at Mallala
All Super sprints are run at Mallala Motor Sport Park, located just north of the town of Mallala, about 45 kms north of the Adelaide CBD. Further information on the circuit can be found at the Mallala Motor Sport Park website.
The events typically follow the format of vehicle scrutineering and a drivers briefing, followed by several untimed practise sessions throughout the morning. This is then followed by a single timed practise session, which is used to determine your starting position in the three timed super sprint sessions run throughout the afternoon. The day typically starts about 9am and finishes around 4pm.
It is your single best lap time in any of the 3 super sprint sessions that counts towards the round’s results. The grid order in the sprints goes from fastest to slowest car from timed practise, with a maximum of 8 cars allowed on the track at the same time. You are not allowed to overtake under braking or mid-corner, and people who break these rules will be warned and then stopped from competing if they do it again. This ensures that you are only racing against the clock – there is no bumper to bumper racing, no-one wants to damage their car.
There is time between the different group’s sessions to allow you to catch your breath, have a chat or a bite to eat and watch the other groups race. In 2011 entrants will also be rostered to do flag marshalling between runs. This is due to the difficulty in getting officials to help out at events.
The sprints are run with the PCSA, with WRXSA cars generally running in their own group. It is worth the trip just to watch the Porsche GT3′s take turn 1 at full noise in a 140 km/hr power slide!!
Entry forms must be completed for each event and are made available for download from the PCSA website (under their downloads section) 2-3 weeks before the date of the event. Entries are typically due 9 days before the date of the event and there is a late fee of $50, so don’t forget! They must be submitted with your entry fee to the PCSA, not WRXSA.
For more details on entering see the Rules and Regulations.
Hill Climbs at Collingrove
Hill Climbs are run at the Collingrove Hill Climb track. The event consists of several timed runs (usually 4-5 runs) up a 685 m long asphalt track, which was specially constructed for racing up the side of a hill near Angaston in the Barossa Valley. The track is set in quite a scenic spot, with plenty of good viewing positions, and many people bring along barbeques and their families and make a day of it.
The track is owned and operated by the Sporting Car Club of South Australia (SCCSAA). See their webpage for more information, including a map of the track and directions on how to get there (Collingrove Hill Climb Track).
The day typically starts with scrutineering and a drivers briefing. The cars then simply run up the hill one at a time against the clock. The next car is not allowed to start until the previous car has finished. Once all the cars have had their first run, it starts all over again. Racing continues until the day is over or you’ve had enough and want to go.
There are usually a wide spectrum of cars racing, ranging from older classics like MG’s, Ford Escorts & even the occasional vintage car, to high tech Porsches & Mitsubishi EVO’s, to custom built open wheeled hill climb cars. And of course our own WRX’s always make a strong showing here. So there is plenty to watch between your runs and the event always has a good atmosphere.
These events are run by the SCCSAA and entry forms and supplementary regulations for these events are usually available for download from the SCCSAA website 2-3 weeks before the date of the event. Entries are generally due 1 week before the date of the event and must be sent to the SCCSAA with your payment, not WRXSA.
Modern Regularity at Mallala
Modern Regularity is a relatively new competition that is a variation of the Historic Regularity rules (the main changes are that later model cars are allowed), it is where the driver nominates a lap time and endeavours to maintain that time over a number of flying laps (usually 4) of a racing circuit. Each tenth of a second away from the nominated time scores penalty points. The driver with the least number of points wins, or the driver with the most points i.e. furthest from their nominated lap time comes last! (You see, you get excited and forget what you’re doing).
It is a relatively safe form of competition, as outright speed or lap time is not a consideration in scoring.
Therefore, you don’t need to buy an expensive rocket, the family shopping trolley can be just as competitive as the latest sports car. A car passing you on the track is not perceived as beating you. This has the effect of competitors not trying to block or dice with each other, as in racing or sprinting, and generally much safer competition results. In fact, blocking and dicing is not tolerated and will attract a penalty from the officials of the event.
Modern regularity is a great motor sport event for the beginner or the seasoned campaigner in motor sport.
In basic terms, a drag race is an acceleration contest from a standing start between two vehicles over a measured distance at a specifically designed drag race facility. These contests are started by means of an electronic device commonly called a Christmas Tree.” Upon leaving the starting line, each contestant activates a timer that is, in turn, stopped when the same vehicle reaches the finish line. The start-to-finish clocking is the vehicle’s e.t. (elapsed time), which serves to measure performance.
Drag Racing in South Australia is held at Adelaide International Raceway.
OZGymkhana takes a regular bitumen motorkhana, opens it up, gives it a few more gears and adds a dash of speed. It will allow the competitors to show much more flair in tests and is expected to provide faster and more exciting action for competitors and spectators alike.
Tailem Bend Motorsport Park, which has been developed from the old Mitsubishi testing and proving grounds, was chosen because it is the perfect venue for this type of event. The 1.4km long drag strip, carparks, skid pans and access roads provide almost limitless opportunities to design the series of challenging and exciting tests, whilst providing a safe environment with little risk of injury or damage.
The team behind OZGymkhana, Ultimate Motorsport Events, is the same team who organise and run the popular Mt Alma Mile hillclimb at Inman Valley and the annual Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally. The OZGymkhana series continues Ultimate Motorsport Events’ push to grow affordable grassroots motorsport that is accessible to as many people as possible.
For more details on entering see the Rules and Regulations.
This series is considered to appeal to Club members interested in club level motor sport. The Impreza WRX Club of South Australia Inc. stresses that competing any racing or sporting events may void your warranty with Subaru. In addition, your typical motor vehicle insurance policy does not provide cover during such events.