Getting a feel for rally racing

January 22, 2022 BY

‘Sideways action’: Participants can bring their own front-wheel drive if they wish, but it will be put through a scrutineering process before it is allowed on the track. Photo: DAVID RAYNER

THE Ballarat Light Car Club is inviting the community to their annual come-and-try morning on their smooth, graded autocross track in Mitchell Park next month.

BLCC committee member Darren Watkins said it’s not only a chance for people to check out the club, their home facility, and the feeling of rally driving, but also to receive some basic education on how to properly control a car while travelling on a dirt road with turns.

“The experience is also a taster to see if racing on the track is something people might like to do more of in the future,” he said.

“We have six club cars out there, most of which are automatic, and front-wheel drive. You’ll have a driver trainer in the passenger seat at all times as you experience the thrill of a bit of sideways action.

“A lot of people don’t really know how to drive a car on a dirt road. Come out to the dirt track, have a play, and learn to control one of our club cars, so you can have more control of your own car, if you’re ever travelling on a dirt road in the future.”

If people would like to bring their own front-wheel cars, they can, but the vehicles will go through a scrutineering process to ensure they’re appropriate, with working seat belts and safety features.

“Your average everyday Commodore or Falcon for example will have no problems, or if you want to bring an older still-registered car and give that a run, that’s an option,” Mr Watkins said.

Drivers need to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and covered-in shoes. They can bring their own helmet, otherwise the BLCC has some to supply.

BLCC’s come-and-try day will include three sessions on Saturday, 5 February. Bookings need to be made for either 9am, 10am, or 11am via 0418 110 679, as there are only 40 licences for the day.

It costs $25 for adults, and $12.50 for a 12-to-18-year-old to get their Motorsport Australia – formerly CAMS – licence for the day.

BLCC has over 100 members and welcomes 30 to 40 cars at their against-the-clock race days.