What is Supersprinting?
The aim of Supersprinting is to give people the opportunity to drive their cars on a race circuit under conditions similar to a motor race, with the exception that “racing” isn’t allowed so the risk of vehicle damage is quite small.
Apart from just having fun driving quickly on a race tack, in a supersprint each driver’s aim is to set the fastest lap time compared to other cars in the same class. In short, each competitor is “racing against the clock” rather than racing against other cars on the track as can be seen in the video clip below.
Drivers are sent out onto the track in groups with similar lap times. The number of cars in a group that goes out on the circuit at any one time varies depending on the length of the circuit and the lap speed of the Group. Cars are organised to be sent out in a fastest-to-slowest order to minimise the amount of overtaking and to maximise the fun had in chasing the car in front of you.
Motorsport Australia administers a Supersprint competition in NSW where drivers can also compete for a State Championship in their particular class if they wish to do so. Each round of the State Championship is hosted by a Motorsport Australia member Club. Requirements to compete in this competition are basically the same as competing at a Club or Multi Club level.
Register with Motorsport Australia.
You will need to register with Motorsport Australia to obtain a Speed Licence which allows you to compete in any supersprint, track day, Hill Climb or other Speed Event in Australia. Please click here to register for your Motorsport Australia ID.
Join a Motorsport Australia Member Car Club.
You will also need to be a member of a Motorsport Australia Member Car Club and have a card showing your current membership and its expiration date to enter any Motorsport Australia permitted speed event. To enquire about Motorsport Australia Member Car Clubs, please contact the NSW/ACT State Motorsport Australia Office on (02) 8736 1218, or email to email@example.com .
Obtain your Motorsport Australia Speed Licence.
A Motorsport Australia Speed Licence allows you to compete at pace in events such as Regularity, Supersprinting, Hill Climbs, Drifting and Touring Road Events. It is designed for competitors, from the age of 14, who want to explore the full potential of their vehicle and driving ability at speed and against the clock, as opposed to fellow competitors on-track. Please click here to download a Motorsport Australia Speed Licence Application Form.
Determine the Class that you want to compete in.
Below is an overview of the Classes available to compete in. Essentially there is a Class for everyone. For a more definitive definition of Class eligibility please click here to download a copy of the Technical Regulations.
Register for the NSW Supersprints.
Registering for the NSW Supersprints will secure you your own race number as well as enabling you to accumulate points in the NSW Supersprint Championship. Registrants also get priority entry to events so they can secure their place before entries fill.
To register for the 2020 Motorsport Australia NSW Supersprint Championships please click here for the online registration form. This form must be completed and submitted to secure Championship registration.
Once you have submitted your registration form you will be given a link to make your payment directly to Motorsport Australia. Please click on that link to make your payment. Please note that Motorsport Australia has called their form an “Online Registration” form, but it is actually their payment form – our actual Online Registration form is accessed through the link in the paragraph above.
Please note that it is not mandatory for you to register to compete in these events. You can enter as a non registrant and be allocated a race number for the day.
Competitors who are not registered for the 2020 Championships but would like to be advised when registrations open for the 2021 Championships, will be able to complete and submit an online Expression of Interest for the 2021 Championships. Those who have submitted an EOI for 2021 will be advised when 2021 registrations open at the same time current competitors are. Please keep an eye out on this website’s Information page for when 2021 EOI’s open.
Prepare your car.
The most important thing in terms of preparing your car is to understand it’s Class Eligibility requirements that are documented in the Technical Regulations and it’s Safety requirements that are documented in the Supplementary Regulations for each event.
The Safety Requirements will be checked by scrutineers at each event and your car will need to conform to get permission to compete, so it is very important that these items are checked before you leave for the event. Please click on the link to download a Scrutineering Reference Sheet which details all the safety items that are checked at scrutineering. Road Registered cars may not need to comply with items included specifically for race cars.
If you are competing in State or National events your car must be either Road Registered or have a Motorsport Australia Log Book. Cars competing in Club or Multi Club events that are not Road Registered do not require a Motorsport Australia Log Book. Please click here for more information about Motorsport Australia Log Books.
Enter a Supersprint.
Please click here for details of upcoming supersprints including entry information and event status.
Prepare for the Event
Essential Requirements for you, the Driver
Clothing must be of non-flammable material (no synthetics) and cover you from neck to wrist to ankle. This includes your footwear, which will be closed-in shoes or boots (no synthetics, thongs or sandals).
It is not necessary to wear a driving suit – jeans and cotton long sleeved shirts are ok. Shoes need to have a leather upper, or wear driving shoes if you prefer. Joggers with a leather upper are ok as long as they are not synthetic, but sometimes the soles can be too wide for effective pedal operation, so assess carefully.
A safety helmet to AS/NZS1698 standard or equivalent as listed in the Motorsport Australia Manual and can be open or full-face style for Road Registered cars. If your car is not road registered it will need a Motorsport Australia Log Book. Cars whose Log Book category requires the mandatory use of a Frontal Head Restraint (FHR) must also use an FHR at a State or National level event.
Download the Supplementary Regulations for the chosen event. These will be available from the Entries page when entries are due to open. The Supplementary Regulations should be read carefully so that you don’t have any unwelcome surprises on the day.
Essential requirements for your Car
Road registered cars in Motorsport Australia events require a fire extinguisher of at least 900g capacity, which must be restrained on a metal bracket, if possible, and removable by the driver without tools. Extinguishers are date stamped and only valid for 3 years from that date as required by the Australian Standards. Hunt through the stock at your favourite auto parts retailer for the earliest date on the fire extinguisher so you get the most life out of it – they are rarely used. Check it before each event to make sure it’s indicator is in the green section of the gauge – if not, buy a new one. At the expiry date, buy a new one, as it is not worth having your old one recharged or tested – it costs about twice as much as purchasing another one.
A battery location indicator – a blue triangle with sides measuring 150mm, usually a sticker to indicate where the battery is located. Do not use the blue triangle with a lightning bolt in it – this indicates a “kill” switch. You can also use blue insulating tape to make that triangle.
Competition numbers in a contrasting colour (280mm high) on the sides and Dayglo yellow on the top passenger side of the windscreen (150mm high). Alternatively, numbers can be formed with tape, but must be clearly visible at a distance.
If you are a casual entrant a race number will be assigned by the organisers for the day, however if you intend to enter regularly or semi-regularly, we recommend that you register for the Championship where you will be allocated your own competition number.
Brake lights must work. If the weather threatens rain you may also be asked to show that your windscreen wipers work too.
If your car has glass headlights / driving lights they must be covered or otherwise secured to prevent glass falling out in the event of damage. Clear contact is one of the easiest ways to achieve this, especially on road registered cars and can last the season without replacement if your car is garaged and kept out of the weather. Headlights that have plastic lenses as standard are exempt from this requirement. Covering up forward facing glass can also be done with insulating tape.
Cars using carburettors must have a second return spring fitted on each carburettor.
Towing hooks or straps are required to be fitted both front and rear to allow for the speedy recovery of the vehicle by the rescue team. OEM tow points are permitted to be used on road registered cars as long as their location, if not clearly visible, is marked with a red “Tow” triangle sticker or made from insulating tape.
Remove all loose articles from the car, including jack, floor and boot mats, spare wheel, tools, and anything in the cabin. Scrutineers will check for loose items and will pay particular attention to cameras, which must be fixed in the cabin away from the driver, and have a secondary tether (eg cable ties) if removable.
A harness in place of standard seat belt. A harness keeps you in place more firmly than a 3-point seatbelt but must not be out of date. Note that harnesses are not road legal so road registered cars will need to retain the OEM belts.
R spec tyres improve grip, handling and predictability on the track, although tend to wear out quickly if used on the road due to their softer compound. A worthwhile investment for regular competitors.
Gloves are optional, but considering that the rest of you is covered up, may be a worthwhile addition.
Improved driving seat. Leather and vinyl seats don’t hold you in place very well. Neither do older, armchair style seats. Consider changing to a fabric covered, well-fitting seat, although it doesn’t have to be a dedicated racing seat unless you want to spend the money. Make sure that if you do change the seat that the mounting points are secure, air bag system is not interrupted and meet RMS requirements for road registered cars.
What to do on the day.
Arrive at the circuit early as garages/car ports are occupied very quickly and the scrutineering queue can become very long.
Unload everything from your car, leaving only your Club membership card, Motorsport Australia licence, helmet and any other racing apparel in the car.
When finished (and presumably passed), return to your garage and replace the fire extinguisher – it should be removed for checking and is intentionally left on the seat for you to replace.
Fix your numbers to the car, tape them on if they are magnetic.
Change wheels if necessary – double check the wheel nuts for correct tightness!
Check your apparel – either change into it or put it in your car for scrutineering.
Take your Club membership card, Speed licence and car registration papers to the “office” for “sign on” and get your paperwork processed – you’ll need the scrutineering sheet that the organisers will give you to take to scrutineering.
Take the car (and your apparel) to scrutineering in a ready-to-race condition and join the queue with your scrutineering sheet under your wipers.
When it is your turn, drive into the scrutineering bay and open the bonnet and boot, but don’t raise them until the scrutineers are ready to look at your car.
Do exactly as the scrutineers instruct and let them do their work, and only offer information if asked. Once the brake lights have been checked get out of the car and stand clear.
If you have hired an electronic timer, go to the Timing Area, most often in the Control Tower and sign for it.
Last minute checking might include adjusting your harness if you are using one and checking that bonnet, boot and doors are all shut properly, the wheel nuts are properly tightened if you have changed your wheels and that your starting tyre pressures have been set.
Attend the Drivers’ Briefing when called – it is COMPULSORY. Sign the attendance sheet – that’s compulsory, too.
If there are scheduled familiarisation laps for “first time” drivers to that circuit, take an experienced driver with you to help you learn the driving lines.
Follow an experienced driver for your first few laps to learn the lines, if there are no familiarisation laps.
Have a cup of coffee and go the loo!
Queue up for your first timed run in your allocated group when instructed.
Go out and have fun but take it easy for your first few runs!!!
When you return to your garage after a run, do not apply the parking brake as your brake pads could adhere to your hot disks.
Immediately open your bonnet to help the engine cool down then quickly check your hot tyre pressures and let them down to the pressure that you want to run at. Check your fan belts and for fluid leaks and levels. Repeat this after every session.
At the end of the day, don’t forget to return your timing transponder before you leave as you really don’t want to have to pay for a replacement!
When on the track, start with late apexes and then bring them in earlier until you achieve maximum corner speed without running wide off the track when exiting.
For further improvement in your driving, please click here for some Track Driving Basics.
Want to talk with someone?
Please click here to contact an experienced member of the Motorsport Australia NSW Supersprint Panel who will be only too pleased to answer your questions and provide you with advice.