"Enjoy the Journey"
Getting into motorsport can be daunting. That's why we'll happily guide you through the steps needed to get going. In the process you can get to know some of our club members, who also have that contagious passion for motorsport.
1. JOIN THE CLUB
Being a member of the club provides you with:
- club-affiliated membership with Motorsport Australia (formerly CAMS)
- the ability compete, and score points in the Supersports NSW Championship
- the opportunity to meet fellow minded folks, passionate about motorsport
- assistance and advice on all manner of motorsport related topics
- the opportunity to contribute to the club's operations and decisions
You can apply to join the club here.
2. TAKE A TEST DRIVE
Have a go first. Our racing support teams offer "arrive and drive" days where everything's prepared including a car for hire, apparel, helmet if you need one and an instructor to sit alongside you. But be warned: we can't recall a time where someone has done a test drive and then NOT ultimately ended up with their own car...
To arrange for a test drive, have a chat with one of our racing support teams:
(in no particular order)
3. BUY A CAR
You don't have to get a brand new one - and that's generally not recommended when you're starting out. Through our motorsport network there are always cars for sale with varying ages, conditions and prices.
Talk to one of our racing support teams above about the sort of car you'd like, and they can advise on what they might have for sale, what others might have for sale or can start putting the feelers out.
There are approximately 100 Radicals and other Supersport type cars throughout Australia, so there's bound to be one with your name on it.
ALREADY GOT ONE?
Great! You're more than welcome to join. We look forward to learning what you have, and how you've been using it to date.
NOT READY TO BUY?
You can continue with the arrive-and-drive for as many times as you like, where our racing support teams provide you with a car for hire, and an instructor on each occasion.
4. CHOOSE A SUPPORT TEAM
Unless you're an absolute whizz, you'll need your car looked after. And if you've not already selected one by the time you've got a car, talk to one of our racing support teams above.
Your team will then provide the following services:
[ some may vary between teams, the following is a guideline ]
AWAY FROM THE TRACK
- secure storage of your car, with insurance
- prep your vehicle to an event or track day
- all maintenance and repairs
- engine and gear drive rebuilds if required
- overall car setup and wheel alignment
- everything to have it ready for action!
AT THE TRACK
- deliver and unload your vehicle
- set up in your assigned pit garage
- dedicated technician to look after you and your car for the day
- car-to-pit radio communications
- driving instructor if applicable
- data engineer for post session debriefing
- team manager
5. DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS
Get out on track. As well as the exhilaration of going fast in a high performance car, there's plenty to learn about race craft and how to get the most out of your car. Most members aim to be competing in Supersports races sooner or later, but it's not essential and for many just the thrill of driving is plenty.
Either way, getting the car out and about is done at a track day, or a race, and when this virus blows over we'll be posting details of upcoming events.
6. GET A LICENCE
Before you can race, you need a licence from Motorsport Australia (MA, formerly CAMS). They're our governing body and part of their role is to ensure that those competing in races have the sufficient skills, knowledge and understanding to race intelligently and safety. Motor racing comes with inherent risks and one way of minimising those is the assurance that those competing alongside you are approved to do so.
Getting a licence involves an initial application along with a medical check you're required to get, followed by an online course.
Once you've completed the course successfully you can then book in for an "Observed Licence Test" where an appointed Motorsport Australia officer will conduct a range of observations of you driving to confirm you know what you're doing.
All of these steps we can help you with, to progress as smoothly as possible.
RADICAL FAMILY DAY
In December each year, Radical Australia also holds an annual Family Day at Sydney Motorsport Park, where those with passenger seats can take a limited number of guests on laps around the circuit. It's a fantastic opportunity to bring the family along, but to do this you must also have your licence.
7. GO RACING!
Once you've ticked all of those boxes your licence will be issued, and you can go racing. Lookout world...