Types of Rally Events
In South Australia, we have a number of different styles of events from entry level for beginners at club level up to state and beyond which provides an excellent training ground for competitors wishing to get involved move up to national and international events.
Khanacross is conducted primarily on unsealed surfaces on a course up to 2km long and is all about car control at higher speeds. The competition is designed to test the acceleration, braking and general manoeuvrability of a vehicle and the skill and judgement of the driver, in a controlled and safe environment.
Khanacross is an excellent way to get your first taste of a rally style motorsport event, at a low cost and can be entered with a standard road car. Khanacross events do also cater to the most skilled and experienced drivers in modified or purpose built cars. Each vehicle is entered into a suitable class or grouping with similar types of vehicles.
Khanacross is a great family style event, with parents and children often sharing a vehicle and taking part in the competition.
Khanacross drivers can compete from the age of 12 upwards. Drivers will require a Motorsport Australia Speed Licence (conditional until age 14) and can take part from the time they turn 12 years of age.
Autocross is fast paced action on dirt! Autocross sees cars released onto the track one at a time with each vehicle racing against the clock (not other cars) around typically tight, twisty and challenging dirt tracks for a single lap. Essentially club based motor sport, Autocross is a fabulous introduction for drivers to driving quickly on dirt, and a teaser for those who might wish to try their hand at Rally or Off Road events.
Autocross events encourage standard and modified cars, and usually a range of classes are catered for.
Drivers must be at least 14 years of age to participate in autocross and hold a Speed licence.
Rallysprint is a competition held on closed or private roads of sealed and/or unsealed surfaces. These events are organised in two levels: 1 and 2.
The course may comprise up to two separate lengths of road, each being no longer than 8km, and each length of road, comprising a section, may be traversed in both directions, making a maximum of four sections. Each section may be attempted a maximum of three times (ie, three runs on each section).
Competitors must start each section from a standing start under the vehicle’s own motive force, and must complete the section in a reasonable time. The minimum age for drivers and co-drivers in Rallysprints is 14 years. Level 1 rallysprint can be done on a Speed licence but level 2 needs a Rally licence.
Running in conjunction with a special stage rally, a regularity rally challenges crews to complete the stages in a time as close as possible to the time allowed. With maximum and minimum speed limits usually monitored by RallySafe equipment, there is a fine line to be found between too fast and too slow.
Under these limitations, cars can be prepared to a lower level than a full SARC competitor but crews can still experience the thrills of driving on some of the same roads and stages.
Special Stage Rallies
Rally events consist of competitors competing over a predetermined course comprising multiple stages, using competitive and transport sections. Instructions to traverse the course are given to competitors prior to the start of the event. Crews consist of two competitors – a driver and co-driver, with the co-driver delivering the instructions to the driver to complete each stage.
Cars leave the start of competitive sections, usually at one(1) or two (2) minute intervals and competition is against the clock. The crew with the lowest aggregate time (including penalties) at the end of the event is determined the winner.