Getting involved in Motorsport is a relatively easy and painless process and is suitable for nearly all levels of driver. It can be on a totally casual basis or you can choose to compete in a series on a regular basis. You level of involvement and expense is really up to you.
For the general enthusiast who wants to experience the thrill of seeing what their car can do and having a blast without worrying about breaking any laws the Track Day is generally the best place to go.
A Track Day or “Sprint Event” is usually held on a race circuit and you are in a group of cars with drivers of similar experience and capability. These events are not Wheel to Wheel racing, you are only competing against the clock and it is expected that all drivers show courtesy to others on the circuit and passing is generally done on the straights.
There are 2 ways to get involved
Come and Try Days
These are held several times a year for people who have never competed in Motorsport and offer a very good environment for the first timer. They are held as part of a normal Track Day Event so you get to experience and meet people at all levels of the sport.
The events generally include:
You will need to have an approved Helmet AS1698 and clothing from ankles to neck to wrists. Clothing of flammable synthetic material, such as nylon, is not acceptable. shoes with leather uppers that cover the foot.
Current event list http://cams.com.au/get-involved/events/come-and-try-days
Track Day or Sprint Event
These are generally run in conjunction with CAMS and are a fully sanctioned motorsport activity you will require 2 things in order to enter an event like this
Both of these items are very easy to obtain and only require the submission of an online application.
The NDSOC membership can be found here https://www.ndsoc.com.au/how-to-join/
The CAMS license Application can be found here http://cams.com.au/get-involved/competitors/licence-forms
Once you have completed the above your car will be required to pass through scrutineering to ensure it is safe to compete. The Supplementary Regulations for the event will specify any special requirements but you will need the following:
So now you are ready,
The NDSOC is a member of the Marque Sports Car Association (MSCA). The MSCA runs approximately 10 meetings a year. The NDSOC Club Championship is run in conjunction with these meetings.
A full list of upcoming events is on the MSCA Website www.msca.net.au
Entry to these events is via the CAMS online event entry system, you will need to register for this once you have your license and Membership www.meecamsau.com
The MSCA also have a FB group MSCAV, which you can join to see more of what is coming up.
The NDSOC run a Club Championship within the MSCA events.
There are 4 Competition Categories as follows:
1. Classic Prince/Datsun (eligible vehicles are those from the NDSOC “Prince”, “Roadster” and “Classic Z” Registers)
2. Modern Nissan (eligible vehicles are those from the NDSOC “Modern” and “GT” Registers)
3. Nissan-Datsun Fours (eligible vehicles are those from the NDSOC “Fours” Register)
The following Capacity Classes run within each of the above 4 Competition Categories:
d) 5000cc and above
Motorsport Australia (formerly CAMS) rules for factors applied to cubic capacity (cc) for rotary engines and supercharging (which includes turbocharging) will be applied e.g. 1.7 for supercharging of petrol engines.
NDSOC Club Championship Points are awarded to drivers within each Capacity Class of each Competition Category as follows:
|P1 – 15 points||P6 – 7 points||DNF - 1 point|
|P2 – 12 points||P7 – 6 points|
|P3 – 10 points||P8 – 5 points|
|P4 – 9 points||P9 - 4 points|
|P5 – 8 points||P10 – 3 points|
The following rules apply for NDSOC Club Championship Points:
1. Competitors must compete in at least 4 MSCA Championship Rounds in any normal Championship Year to be eligible for a trophy.
2. One round can be dropped. For example, where there are 10 MSCA Championship Rounds in a Championship Year if a competitor runs in all 10, the best 9 results will count. Alternatively a competitor may elect to only run 9 rounds of choice.
3. If there is only one competitor in a Capacity Class within a Category, the maximum points available are 10 points (the equivalent of P3).
The MSCA also runs a class based championship, which you are also eligible to win.
If you would like any further information or would just like to ask some questions contact the Motorsports secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you on the track soon
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