With the introduction of Motorsport Australia’s “Return to Race” protocol in 2020 designed to create a safe Covid-19 environment, Self Scrutiny has been introduced and is being used in all NSW State Supersprint Championship events. Having said this, the Chief Scrutineer may conduct Target Scrutiny at the event at their discretion.
If Targeted Scrutiny is conducted at an event, it will be done in a Covid-19 safe manner with no physical contact by the scrutineer with the vehicle or apparel. A “show me” approach will replace physical contact.
Targeted Scrutiny – Introduction
In 2016 the decision was made to allow the roll out of Targeted Scrutiny to be used in Club and Multi Club speed events. Previously Targeted Scrutiny was only permitted at State and National level speed events.
Now Club and Multi Club speed events can enjoy the benefits that Targeted Scrutiny brings to both the speed event organising Club and competitors.
A range of documents are referred to on this page and all can be downloaded from the selection at the bottom of this page.
What is Targeted Scrutiny?
The targeted scrutiny program is an ongoing program based on a combination of routine and random audits of log booked vehicles and driver’s apparel to ensure such equipment remains in compliance with all relevant regulations.
After the “New Vehicle Inspection” ( a complete check using form SSP 24) routine audits will be conducted on a vehicle every 12 months or at every fourth meeting where the program is in operation, whichever comes first, and a record of audits or nil audits are noted in the vehicles log book.
Targeted Scrutiny Benefits
For the Organiser
- Reduces the number of scrutineers required.
- Smooths scrutineer’s workload throughout the day.
- Reduces the length of scrutineering vehicle queues.
- Allows a more complete vehicle inspection.
- Helps prevent start time delays due to late scrutineering.
- Encourages Championship competitors to run in Club or Multi Club events
For the Competitor
- Does not have to queue vehicle for scrutineering.
- Having a Motorsport Australia log book can add value to the vehicle and make it much more readily saleable should the need arise.
Targeted Scrutiny Program in NSW Speed Events
- Proven invaluable in NSW Supersprint Championships, for example Wakefield Park rounds average over 70% of competitors with log books and this includes a majority of road registered vehicles with log books. This means that scrutineering has only to check 30% of the field which means better quality checks, shorter queues and fewer scrutineers required.
- Administered for NSW Speed Events by the Motorsport Australia NSW Scrutiny, Supersprint and Hill Climb Panels.
- A complete set of event documentation is available free of charge to Motorsport Australia NSW affiliated sporting car clubs.
How Targeted Scrutiny Works
- Completion and submission of form SSP 05 Declaration & Disclaimer or SSP 07 Self Statement of Vehicle Compliance TSP03EE (mandatory with Target Scrutiny in NSW Speed Events) permits vehicles to compete without prior inspection providing they have been approved by admin & scrutineering to do so.
Where Self Scrutiny is not being conducted:
- Driver doesn’t queue his vehicle at scrutineering, just brings his log book and helmet with his Scrutineering Check Sheet (form SSP 21) to scrutineering for checking. (It is recommended that a scrutineer familiar with the log book check process be tasked with that duty and provided with a separate area to conduct these checks on ALL the log book drivers.)
- If vehicle is not required to be audited, (less than the 4th event since last audit or 12 months since last inspection):
– The log book is stamped “Nil Audit” and returned to the driver together with the car’s scrutineering approved label. The Scrutineering Check Form (SSP21) is retained by the Scrutineers
– Once the label initialled by the Scrutineer is affixed, the vehicle is permitted to compete.
- If the vehicle is required to be audited (greater than the 3rd event and before the 4th since last audit, over 12 months since last inspection, or random selection – noting that the Chief Scrutineer can require any vehicle to be audited):
The process is:
– After the helmet has been checked, the vehicles log book and scrutineering check form (SSP 21) are both retained by scrutineering.
– A note is made of the vehicle’s location (ie carport no.) on the scrutineering check form.
– The driver is issued a scrutineering approved label permitting the vehicle to compete on the day.
– Through the day scrutineers proceed to audit vehicles using Scrutiny Audit Worksheet form (SSP 25) and return the log book stamped “Audit” when audit is successfully completed.
- Prior to each calendar month, each nominated Club Chief Scrutineer is emailed the Scrutiny Audit Plan (on Form SSP 24) with the required check items for that month highlighted based on the confidential Scrutiny Audit Matrix (refer form SSP 25) for that year.
- Prior to the event the Chief Scrutineer transposes the check items onto the top section of the Scrutiny Audit Worksheet form (SSP 25).
- At the event, after scrutineering is complete, the Chief Scrutineer goes through the Scrutineering Sheets (form SSP 21) for each vehicle to be audited and lists each vehicle in the left column of the Audit Worksheet (form SSP 25), grouping cars to be audited on these worksheets in a geographically similar area to limit the travel of each auditing team.
- The number of check sheets (form SSP 21) the Chief Scrutineer has should match or exceed the number of vehicles competing, which the Event Secretary can provide.
- Once all worksheets are returned completed by the audit teams, the number of cars audited is noted on the Scrutiny Audit Report (form SSP 27).
- If the number of check sheets (form SSP 21) is less than the number of vehicles competing, the Chief Scrutineer should investigate to ensure that every vehicle competing has been approved to do so by Scrutineering.
Targeted Scrutiny: Motorsport Australia Log Book Recording
- Stamp (or write in green pen) in Green “AUDITED” when Audit is complete before handing log book back to driver.
- Stamp (or write in red pen) in Red “NIL AUDIT” if Audit is not required and hand back to driver with scrutineering label.
- Stamp (or write in red pen) in Red “SELF SCRUTINY CONDUCTED” if forms SSP 07 Self Statement of Vehicle Compliance (TSP03EE) and SSP 08 Self Scrutiny Checklist (20V2) have been signed and received by the Event Organiser.
- Scrutineer to record Motorsport Australia licence number, venue and date then sign.
Checks to be performed at each audit are highlighted and will include at least:
Critical Safety x 5 checks
Non Critical Safety x 4 checks
Non Safety x 2 checks
(Driver’s Apparel is now being checked at every targeted audit.)
The Chief Scrutineer is to transpose these check items onto form SSP 25 (TSP05 Scrutiny Audit Worksheet) which is the worksheet that Scrutineers will use to record their observations on (shown below). These nominated checks are the minimum checks that need to be performed. Scrutineers should be observant and perform other checks as they deem necessary.
Form SSP 27 together with form SSP 24 and the completed SSP 25 forms are to be handed to the Event Secretary at the completion of the Event, for inclusion in the Event Report that is forwarded to CAMS. Form SSP 27 will also let the Chief Scrutineer know if a car is competing without having been through scrutineering.
Motorsport Australia NSW Panel Assistance
The Motorsport Australia NSW Scrutiny, Supersprint and Hill Climb Panels will assist Motorsport Australia affiliated sporting car clubs introduce Targeted Scrutiny into their competition series or stand-alone events.
Road registered vehicles can also benefit having a Motorsport Australia log book, in particular, having a log book means your car doesn’t need to join the scrutineering queue before the event each morning. You can have your road registered car inspected for a new log book during a Supersprint Championship Round by an Authorised Speed Event Log Book Scrutineer. To make a booking or ask any questions please email: email@example.com. This service is at no cost to the competitor except for the one time Log Book Application fee payable direct to Motorsport Australia.
NSW Speed Event Scrutineering Check Sheet SSP 21
This document (or similar) is issued at Registration for all vehicles. Scrutineers use the check list to scrutineer Non Log Book vehicles. For Log Book vehicles the checklist is not used but the log book number and garage number is recorded if subject to an audit, if it is not subject to an audit, “Nil Audit” is noted in the comments section.
Please click on the following link to download a copy: SSP 21 Scrutineering Check Sheet
NSW Speed Event Scrutiny Audit Worksheet SSP 25
This is a worksheet that is completed on the day from the Log Books that are held at Scrutineering for Target Scrutiny checks.
The Chief Scrutineer is to transpose the check items for the relevant month (refer schedule under SSP 24 above) onto this form for Scrutineers will use to record their observations on. These nominated checks are the minimum checks that need to be performed. Scrutineers should be observant and perform other checks as they deem necessary.
Please click on the following link to download a copy: SSP 25 Scrutiny Audit Worksheet Template
NSW Speed Event Scrutiny Audit Report SSP 26
Form SSP 26 and the completed SSP 25 forms are to be handed to the Event Secretary at the completion of the Event for inclusion in the Event Report that is forwarded to CAMS. Form SSP 27 will also let the Chief Scrutineer know if a car is competing without having been through scrutineering as the total number of SSP 25 forms must not be less than the total number of vehicles competing.
Please click on the following link to download a copy: SSP 26 Scrutiny Audit Report
Target Scrutiny Notes SSP 27
Motorsport Australia has published an update on Targeted Scrutiny, please click here to download a copy.
NSW Target Scrutiny Club and Multi-Club Handout
Prior to 2017 Target Scrutiny was only available at State level Speed events and above. In February 2017 Target Scrutiny was made available to Club and Multi-Club events in NSW and an information evening was held at Sydney Motorsport Park to present the benefits of Targeted Scrutiny to Clubs and to show Clubs how to utilise this system. A handout was given to each Club representative at that evening and can be downloaded as below: