Womens and Juniors Development Program

In 2019 the AWDCC are continuing their commitment to encouraging more female and junior particiption in our motorsport events.

In our third year of running driver development days for women and juniors, we have been awarded a grant from the Victorian State Government and the “Change our Game” initiative. This has allowed us to develop a multi-part series of driver development events.

These events are open to women of all ages and juniors (all genders) from age 14-20.  The 2019 program consists of:

  1. Getting Started in Motorsport document (see below)
  2.  Workshop: Prepare your Car for a Track Day                                                                                                                                                             Saturday 16th February at Auto One Albury hosted by Matt Chahda Motorsport                                                                                                     Before you get to the track, preparing your car is essential to pass scrutineering and to ensure your safety.  We are fortunate enough to have teamed with Matt Chahda Motorsport and Auto One Albury to bring you an afternoon workshop with Super2 Series Chief Mechanic “JC” to show you the basics of car preparation.                                                                                                                                                               Cost: free, limited to 30 participants. Full information can be found on our Facebook event site: https://www.facebook.com/events/771135363268869/  
  3. Women and Juniors Driver Development Day                                                                                                                                                                        Sunday 28th April held at the Wodonga TAFE, Logic Centre Track at Barnawartha North.                                                                                         Our days are designed to give you basic skills and confidence in understanding your car, the track and how to be safe in motorsport.
    We have a team of experienced drivers in our car club who volunteer their time to help introduce new participants to motorsport.                      Entry fee: $50 (includes CAMS day license). Limited to 30 participants. Full information can be found on our Facebook event site https://www.facebook.com/events/879072232483892/ Entries are now open via: https://www.revolutionise.com.au/awdcc/events/34317/
  4. Motorkhana                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Sunday 5th May held at the Wodonga TAFE, Logic Centre Track at Barnawartha North.                                                                                              A Motorkhana is a great way to develop yor car control skills in a safe and low speed environment. On the day you will participate in timed tests, where you manouvre your car through a series of cones arranged in a pattern.
    This event is held in conjunction with our normal competition event so you will see some experienced drivers battling it out on the day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Entry fee: $40 adults, $20 juniors under 18/student
  5. Lap Dash                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sunday 23rd June, held at the Wodonga TAFE, Logic Centre Track at Barnawartha North.                                                                                           This is it- the main game!
    By now you have a track day under your belt, a motorkhana to hone your car control skills and a workshop in preparing your car. You’re ready to step up to our car club’s competition track day!
    You will take to the track in a “rookie class” group with other drivers of similar experience which means there’s no pressure, it is essentially a day for you to practice and get comfortable on the track.  The day is run in timed sessions on the circuit, of 8-10 minutes per group. Usually 5 sessions on the track during the day. You may have a passenger in your car if you would like some guidance, just ask!             Entry fee: $40 juniors under 18 / $95 adults

 

Getting Started in Motorsport

Women and Juniors Driver Development Series

Author: Annabel Silver, Club Secretary 2019

“Help! I don’t know what I’m doing!!”

Everyone who has started in motorsport, especially if they don’t have a mate or a relative to indoctrinate them into the cult, has felt this way. It’s a complicated beast and some clubs can seem like secret societies from the outside.

Our driver development day is an event to help you understand your car’s limits and your limits as a driver in a safe environment. You will be guided by experienced car club members that can help you feel confident and welcome on the track.

This document is aimed at answering some of those rookie questions, but know: there are no stupid questions when starting in motorsport, your safety and the safety of others depends on you being responsible for your car and understanding the rules and regulations. Always ask questions.

Who will I be racing?

You are only racing yourself. Our driver development day is not a competition event, and while you will have your lap times recorded, this is only for you to see your progress through the day.

 

What do “supplementary regulations” mean?

Entering competitive motorsport comes with reading and understanding the regulations set by the governing body of motorsport for your competition. The higher the level of competition, the more complex these regulations get, incorporating specifications for the vehicle, the running of the event, safety requirements etc. For you, the new competitor, you will likely be starting at grass roots level, competing with a local car club. No matter the level, you should be familiar with the “supplementary regulations” that have been set by the event. This document is usually available during the sign-up process or can be requested from the organising committee.

It is basically the set of rules you need to comply with in order to enter and participate/compete in the event.

It will often set out the safety requirements for the vehicle and competitor. It will outline if passengers are able to be present in the car with you.

If it relates to a competition event, it may outline the different classes of competition and the rules regarding the running of the event and the awarding of points/times.

These regulations outline key people who are responsible for running the event on the day – the “Clerk of Course”, the “Chief Scrutineer” and “Safety Officer” are usually listed at the start of the document.

What is scrutineering?

Scrutineering is the process of inspecting your car for its track-worthiness and compliance to the rules set out in the supplementary regulations.

The inspection will be carried out by the scrutineer and assistants and at a minimum will inspect:

  • The engine bay and underneath the car for any fluid leaks or loose material.
  • Functioning brake lights
  • Helmet, fire extinguisher (if applicable), seat belts/harness
  • Bonnet latch
  • Tyres/rims for damage or excessive wear
  • Battery secured
  • Interior of car and boot is empty, nothing loose

The supplementary regulations will set out what other requirements need to be met.

 

What is the drivers briefing?

The drivers briefing is a compulsory meeting of all drivers at the start of the event where the Clerk of Course and other officials will brief participants on the running of the day, the rules of the event and safety procedures. It is also an opportunity to ask questions if you are not sure of something.

Do I need a race car to participate?

I know there are quite a few people who think they need something serious to play, but this is not the case. Use whatever car you are most comfortable or familiar with.

 

What class of car is mine?

Competition is usually divided into classes based on the type of car you have, this aims to make competition fair amongst different makes/models and modifications of cars.

For our driver development day, it is a non-competition event, so there is no need to record your vehicle class.

For our motorkhana and Lap Dash (Sprint Series) events, there are multiple classes within the competition to ensure you are competing against an evenly matched car. This is usually determined by:

  1. engine size (displacement, measured in L or cubic centimeters)
  2. the number of cylinders in the engine (eg V6, V8 etc.)
  3. whether the engine has been supercharged/turbocharged or is naturally aspirated (NA)
  4. the type of tyres used (“slick tyres” are specific racing tyres, they are not road legal).

You can determine your engine size/number of cylinders by looking up the make and model of your car and referring to the manufacturer’s specifications, you can check your owner’s manual also.

For our Lap Dash or “Sprint” events, the classes are as follows:

AWDCC 2019 SPRINT SERIES CLASSES 2019

  1. Class A – Will be for any FWD, RWD & 4WD naturally aspirated 3 or 4 cylinder cars as well as factory turbo’d or supercharged 3 cylinder cars running on radial or R spec tyres.
  2. Class B – Will be for any FWD, RWD & 4WD naturally aspirated 5 or 6 cylinder cars running on radial or R spec tyres. Naturally aspirated rotaries up to 13b will also fit this class.
  3. Class C – Clubman’s & Open-Wheelers: All Clubman’s and open-wheeled race cars. This may also include Aussie Race Cars and Future Racers. Tyres are open.
  4. Class D – Will be for any FWD, RWD & 4WD turbo or supercharged 4 cylinder cars, turbo or supercharged 5 cylinder cars and turbo or supercharged 6 cylinder cars and all naturally aspirated V-8, V-10 & V12 engine cars running radial or r spec tyres. V-8, V-10 & V-12 cars released from factory with turbo’s or supercharger will also fit this class as well as Turbo charged rotaries
  5. Class J – Juniors must have not turned 18 before January 1st of year of competition. Juniors cars must comply with Class A & Class B. If they drive a car that does not fit these two classes, they will not be seen as juniors and will step up into classes their vehicle of choice best fits.
  6. Class M – Modified, there are no restrictions on modifications or tyres. Cars are encouraged to have roll cages but are not a requirement. All race cars to enter this class… Any car with slick tyres will be placed in this class.

 

For our Motorkhana events, the classes are as follows:

Glossary:

wheelbase- the distance between the front and rear wheels

“engine away from drive”- this means the engine is at the opposite end of the car to the driving wheels eg. Front engine, rear wheel drive (MX-5)

“engine over drive”- this means the engine sits over the driving wheels eg a rear engine car with rear wheel drive (Porsche 911, Fiat 500) or front engine, front wheel drive (Ford Focus).

For example, I own a Mazda MX-5, it has a 1.8L, 4 cylinder engine which is not turbocharged or supercharged, I run R-spec tyres during competition. This puts me in Group A of our lap dash (Sprint series) competition.

It is a front engine, rear wheel drive car with a wheelbase of 2265mm which puts me in Group B for the motorkhana competition.

 

What tyres should I have on my car?

For the driver development day just make sure your tyres are in good condition with plenty of tread left on them. Your tyre pressures will increase through the day as they heat up on the track, a good starting range would be 30-35psi.

When it comes to tyres, you will soon realise that the choice of tyres can be the most important and cheapest way of improving safety and confidence on the track. Normal road tyres, the kind sold down the road at the tyre store are built for safety and durability in normal driving conditions. They often don’t cope well with the high temperatures created on the track and you find they squeal and skid around corners when pushed on the circuit. The next step up is performance road tyres, then R-spec, and then slick race tyres. R-spec tyres give the best performance on the track, while still being road legal. The race construction implies very stiff sidewalls and the ability to deal with a high levels of heat whilst providing maximum grip. The downside of a soft compound tyre being they wear out much faster than normal road tyres, so you will need to replace them more regularly.

The confederation of Australian Motorsport releases a list of R-spec tyres.

http://docs.cams.com.au/Manual/GeneralRequirements/2018%20Edition/2019%20Schedule%20E%20-%201.pdf

 

What about brakes?

Make sure you have more than 4mm of brake pad left, otherwise replace them before your track day. There are brake pads that perform better at high temperatures, you may consider replacing your road brake pads for high performance ones to improve track performance but do your research if you plan to use them on the street also.

The rating and quality of brake fluid is very important for track days. It is advised you replace your brake fluid with a DOT 4, 600degrees boiling point fluid. This will prevent brake fade on the track.

Some good articles regarding brakes and technique are below:

https://www.roadandtrack.com/motorsports/a20771252/everything-you-need-to-know-about-brakes-and-track-days/

https://www.roadandtrack.com/motorsports/a18663299/how-your-commute-is-teaching-you-to-do-the-exact-wrong-thing-on-track/

 

What license do I need?

For the Driver Development Day you will need a CAMS Level 2S license, if you don’t have one you will be given a complimentary day license from CAMS.
For this event AASA licence will not be accepted.

All other events run by the AWDCC are through AASA, and a CAMS or AASA license is permitted for these other events (ie motorkhana, Lap Dash at Logic).

 

What safety equipment is needed?

Helmet – Helmets bearing any of the following markings are approved for use:

FIA 8860-2010, FIA 8860-2004, FIA 8859-2015, Snell SA2005, Snell SA2010, Snell SA2005, Snell SA2010, Snell SA2015, Snell SAH 2010, BS 6658-85 A/FR, SFI 31.1, SFI 31.1A, SFI 31.2A, SFI 24.1, Snell SA2000, AS1698, E22 (with 03, 04 or 05 amendments)

Full details of permitted helmets can be found in section 3.1 of the Apparel Standards section of the CAMS Manual found at:

http://docs.cams.com.au/Manual/GeneralRequirements/GQ05-Schedule-D-2017-1.pdf

Clothing:

All competitors must wear non-flammable clothing such as cotton or wool to cover the body from neck to wrist to ankle, and fully enclosed shoes made from leather or another non-flammable material whilst competing.

Fire extinguisher:

For the driver development day you will not require a fire extinguisher in the vehicle.

For our Lap dash/Sprint events you will need a minimum 900g fire extinguisher mounted within reach of the driver. The extinguisher must not be more than 3 years old, (or serviced every three years). AASA has information on requirements for mounting extinguishers in the car safely and can assist in recommending commercial mounting brackets.

Seat belt or harness:

The seat belt must comply to Australian standard. The seatbelt supplied in your road car is adequate. If using a race harness ensure it is installed to the manufacturers specifications, it is strongly advised to use a head and neck restraint device if using a race harness.

Optional:

Fire retardant race suit, fire retardant gloves, fire retardant underwear, HANS device or other head and neck restraint.

 

Where can I get information on safety procedures, flags and rules associated with motorsport?

Check the Confederation of Australian Motorsport website: https://www.cams.com.au/

Or the Australian Auto Sport Alliance website: https://aasa.com.au/

 

Do I need insurance?

CAMS insurance covers you for personal injury while participating in CAMS sanctioned events. Likewise for AASA events. This insurance coverage includes our Driver Development Day.

This does not cover the cost of any damage to your car or to the track facilities. Your road car insurance will not typically cover you for any damage incurred on the track, whether it was your fault or not. You are responsible for any damage to your car whether it is your fault or not.

You can purchase track day insurance for your car  from Famous insurance or Affinity Motorsport Insurance, though this is often quite expensive.

“If you cant afford to break it, then you cant afford to track it.” This being said, our driver development day is very low risk, with only two other cars on track at any one time, large run off areas and passing only when safe on the main straight. It is a great way to develop your driving skills on a track, without the added risk of high speed/high track density events.

 

How do I enter online?

Go to: https://www.revolutionise.com.au/awdcc/events/

Click “Register” next to the event “Women and Juniors Driver Development Day” and follow the sign up process, either as a current AWDCC member or complete the fields in the bottom section of the page if you are not a current member.

If you don’t have a current CAMS license, put “1” in the license number field and “23/04/2019” for the expiry date.