Information if you are a New Competitor
What if I want to Race/Rally?
Then there are a few things that you must do:
- You must be a member of a Car Club - click above to print out our New Membership Application Form
- You must apply for a MotorSport New Zealand Licence - There are several types of Licences you can apply for:
- Temporary M Grade (old Day licence) - This Licence is restricted for use at one (1) Clubsport Event e.g. Dual Sprints, Rally sprints, Hillclimbs. The applicant will have to sit a simple test based on the information contained in the 'Drivers Guide' booklet these are either available from Steward of the race meeting you are attending or by downloading from this link <Drivers Guide>. This means that the Steward will be required to administer the test for Temp M Grade at the event. A pass on the 'Drivers Guide Examination with remain valid for three (3) months. For subsequent issues of Temporary M Grade Licences the applicant providing evidence of a pass result within the three (3) months may be exempt from retaking the examination
- M Grade (old Clubsport) – Requires completion of the Competition Licence Application Form (click on link below) and gaining a pass result in a simple test based on the information contained in the 'Driver Guide' booklet or providing evidence of a pass result within the preceding three (3) months. This is a one (1) year licence. This type of Licence restricts you to only Clubsport Events e.g. Dual Sprints, Rally Sprints, Hillclimbs
- C Grade (old National Race) – There are two C Grade categories C1 and C2. Initially new applications will be issued a C1 Licence. Required completion of the Competition Licence Application Form and the gaining a pass in a C Grade Licence examination. This is a 1 year licence. You can compete in Clubsport Event or National Race Events (excludes Rally Events and events run under an International Permit). Further information about the C2 Grade Licence can be found in the Motorsport New Zealand Manual 35 click here for link - <Motorsport New Zealand Manual 35>
- R Grade (old National Rally) – There are two R Grade categories R1 and R2. Initially new applications will be issued a R1 Licence. Required completion of the Competition Licence Application Form and the gaining a pass in a R Grade Licence examination. This is a 1 year licence. You can compete in Clubsport Event or National Rally Events (excludes Race Events and events run under an International Permit). Further information about the R2 Grade Licence can be found in the Motorsport New Zealand Manual 35 click above for the link.
Click here to print out the Competition License Application Form - <Competition Licence Application Form>
For information about the examinations please click here - <http://www.motorsport.org.nz>
TaupoCar Club Licensed Examiners.
· · Alistair Steele <email@example.com>
Once you have passed the exam, complete the relevant paperwork and post it all, with payment to MotorSport New Zealand. If you have any questions then please contact any of our Licensed Examiners or a Committee Member.
For further information about getting started in Motorsport please click on this link - http://www.motorsport.org.nz/get-started/
What is the personal equipment that a driver requires?
In addition to a Car Club membership and a MotorSport New Zealand licence, the driver needs to have:
· A helmet that meets Motorsport NZ standards, as detailed in the latest Motorsport NZ manual
· A minimum of single-layer fire retardant overalls that are closed at the cuffs, neck & ankles.
· Solid closed toe shoes.
· Socks must be worn - wool are preferred for their fire retardant properties.
What sort of vehicle can I enter in events?
Standard or modified road cars can enter as well as purpose built race cars. There is safety criteria set down by Motorsport NZ and this must be met for all of these vehicles.
What are the Roll Cage requirements for a vehicle?
All roll cages must meet the engineering standards of Motorsport NZ and must be approved by Motorsport NZ (known as "homologation").
For further information about vehicle requirements and Roll Cage Protection information please click here: <http://www.motorsport.org.nz/manual>
If I don't want to compete, can I be involved as a member of the Taupo Car Club?
Of course! We regularly need help with flag marshals and crowd marshals at events, qualified first-aiders, assistance with event set-up and clear-up, timing officials (these people need to be computer literate!), Scrutineers (people with mechanical background).
Please contact us.