” Street Car ” racing has been a sedan category at Barbagallo Raceway since 1978, when cars originally had to be ” road registered ” – hence the name Street Car. Those days are a fond memory of our beginnings.
Today, current Street Cars technical regulations allow quite highly modified vehicles with liberal freedom across most mechanical components. This freedom allows the car owner/builder to enjoy their own ideas of increasing vehicle performance without too many rules saying ” you cannot do that….”
” Outright ” cars could be developing over 500hp, whereas under two litre cars develop around 200hp. Street Cars maintains restrictions on body modifications and aerodynamic aids allows the cars to be easily recognised. The cars are restricted to high performance [ DOT rated ] ” road legal ” tyres, however these tyres are providing lap times in the outright class of very close to 59 second bracket on the long circuit.
Street Car racers choose from a wide variety of makes to include: Mazda, Nissan, Ford, Datsun, Fiat, BMW, Subaru, Honda, Mitsubishi and Holden and are steered by both female and male drivers.
To enter Street Car racing at ” entry level ” you do not need to spend tens of thousands of dollars. A ” hot ” Honda, Escort or BMW could circulate and provide ypou with lots of thrills and enjoyment in motor racing. Of Course, if you budget allows, you can mix it with the big horsepower cars.
The Street Car Racing Association always welcomes new members with support and advice to help you ” get onto the track ………”
Drifting is a extreme sport involving controlled slides around a series of corners. Big horsepower cars, massive angle, heaps of smoke and door to door racing make for the most exciting racing you’ve ever seen!
Competitors are judged by a panel of judges on several factors, including speed, line and angle, with some competitions adding extra factors like crowd pleasing factor and most smoke.
“Drift battles” are two cars pitted against each other, trying to mirror each others driving while maintaining as close proximity as possible.
While the majority of cars partaking in drifting competitions are of Japanese origin, there are no restrictions as to make and model which makes for some very interesting racing!
Generally the vehicles of choice are Nissan Silvia’s and Skylines, but there are massive following of other vehicles as well, with even Commodores and Falcons mixing in.
The lack of technical regulations and vehicle restrictions mean drifting is a very affordable sport to get started in, with many people starting out with a sub $5000 car and working their way up.
Barbagallo Raceway holds 4 competition rounds each season, with multiple practice events over the year as well. Being non traditional in the racing sense, this allows for multiple track layouts to be used which makes for a unique event every time.
While still a relatively new category to the country, the sport is growing year by year as is the competitor field, which enables a more spectacular event each time! How to Start Drifting: Driver requirements: WASCC Drift Membership & CAMS Level 2 Speed License Long Pants, Long Sleeves, Enclosed shoes, Approved helmet
Vehicle requirements: Secure Fire Extinguisher, No Oil or Fluid Leaks, Battery and Tow Point Indicators (Stickers), Battery secured and terminals covered, Seat and Seat belts secure and in good condition, No lose object in the car, No holes in front and rear firewalls, All signal lights working, Fuel systems enclosed, Roll cage padded around head impact area (If Applicable), Neat & Tidy Appearance.
Enter a practice night and join our training track up the back on Jack’s Hill Volunteers: Previous experience in motor sport, although helpful, is not essential with most of the skills and knowledge of officiating gained largely from experience, whether it be in a specialised field such as vehicle scrutiny, flag marshaling or administration.
When you start you will be teamed with experienced officials, and learn how to do most things “on the job”. As you gain more experience, the opportunity will arise to further your skills and development as a qualified CAMS official. These qualifications are recognised around Australia and the world through CAMS affiliation with the FIA, so not only can you help out at your local racing venues, but quite possibly officiate at international events such as a Formula 1 Grand Prix!
Volunteering your time as an official can also help those wishing to carve a career in the racing industry as a mechanic, engineer or potential race manager for a top motor sport team. Becoming an official gives you a great understanding of how the industry works and displays your dedication and determination to succeed
Become a motor sport official today! For more information about becoming a motor sport official contact the WA Sporting Car Club’s administration via telephone, fax, e-mail or visit www.cams.com.au.
Link to Form / http://www.cams.com.au/get-involved/officials/officials-forms/licence-forms Contact: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org WASCC Office: 9306 8022 email@example.com Facebook.com/wadrift
Formula Vee Racing provides the thrill of fiercely competitive open wheeler single seat motor racing at a budget cost using a Volkswagen Beetle for donor parts. Permitted modifications are minimal –the emphasis is on driver skill rather than budget. As a result, the class is the first proving ground in motor racing and has always been a stepping stone to higher levels of motorsport.
Racing a 1600 costs considerably more to purchase and run than the 1200’s – the Vee grid is split evenly between both classes and you will always be racing hard against someone whether you are near the front or the back. You will have every chance of being a front runner in the first season but this will be harder in the 1600’s.
Visit the FVAWA website at www.fvawa.org.au for contact information and available cars.
Is a group interested in rear engined racing and sports cars from 1960 up to the mid 80’s and formed in 2008 to help promote this class of car and to encourage new drivers into the sport.
Brabham, Lotus, Ralt and McClaren are among the many names synonymous with the period as racing cars evolved to rear engine and on wards to wings, slicks and ground effects.
The Formula Classic group has made many trips not only to the eastern states circuits like Philip Island and Eastern Creek but also further afield to race in New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and Europe. This has helped enhance the experience of owning and driving these magnificent pieces of history.
For further information – please visit www.formulaclassic.com.au
Formula Ford is the world’s premier junior development category in motor sport. Many of the current V8 Supercar field, raced in the Formula Ford category in their early careers, as did many Australian stars racing overseas, including WA ‘s own Daniel Ricciardo and former Formula One driver Mark Webber. An open wheeled racing car, Formula Fords comply with stringent rules designed to reduce costs for newcomers to the sport, and to allow every driver to compete on his or her own merits.
Every Formula Ford is constructed from a light-weight tubular space frame designed to maintain the highest levels of driver safety. Aerodynamic modifications, such as wings and spoilers, are prohibited.
A number of manufacturers both local and international build the basic Formula Ford body and chassis. The most common being the French Mygale and Australia’s Spectrum chassis.
The Ford Cortina and Escort powered Kent engine that has been with the category for over 30 years.
The key to the category’s long-term success is the uniquely level playing field dictated by the performance parity rules, allowing the differing skills of the drivers to determine the victor. The relative parity between the vehicles also guarantees the category’s reputation for some of the most exciting and close racing to be seen on any Australian or international circuit.
HQ Holden Racing is the definitive entry level category for car racing in Australia.
Providing the opportunity to enjoy close racing and develop race craft at an affordable price.
HQ Holden racing is a one make series based on the 202, 3 speed, 4 door sedan with front disc brakes as produced by GMH between 1971 and 1974. The class has been designed to produce close racing at a minimum cost.
HQ racing in W.A. continues to attract new and old blood into the category. With large grids at each meeting and the only state to run a reverse grid race, we put on some bloody exciting racing!
Such an iconic vehicle, racing in a competition controlled to ensure competitiveness has created a following, which is steadily increasing. Spectators love watching the HQ’s rubbing door handles in the return to a style of racing where overtaking is possible almost anywhere on the circuit.
Regulations ensure that all cars are presented in the same manner, and that all competitors compete on an equal plane. Some items, camshafts, springs, shock absorbers and tyres are controlled items, which keeps competition close and costs contained. Major components, engine, gearbox and diff are examined and sealed on assembly, ensuring adherence to the rules.
For more info www.hqracingwa.com
It’s all about the cars, an array of racing machinery from Veteran through to the 1970s with the emphasis on the preservation of motor sport heritage here in Australia and around the world.
All CAMS 5th category vehicles are welcome and traditionally compete as Formula Libre, being the by word for the American adage “Race what yabrung”. Fields traditionally contain competitors with Australian specials (home built racing and sports cars to 1960), Sports and sports racing cars from the pre and post war eras as well as later model specialist racing machines from some of the world’s premier racing teams and factory cars. All competitors within the group continue the racing history of their much cherished rides and a rich history of competition they have. Several are still driven by the competitors from a bygone era of Australian Motor Sport. Many have Grand Prix history having raced at many world famous racing circuits, Brooklands, Goodwood, Bathurst, Phillip Island, Port Elizabeth, some with rich homespun history of classic circuits like Caversham and the Around the houses circuits for which Western Australia is most famous, many in the hands of some of Australia’s great race drivers.
If you are interested in Historic Motor sport, you are a welcome addition to the very dedicated group, and car ownership is not a prerequisite.
Contact the Historic Racing Association of WA President on 08 9293 1220 or go to http://www.hrawa.org.au/ for more details.
Saloon car racing is a six cylinder Holden v Ford Entry
Entry level category at an affordable cost which makes it an ideal place to start for people who want to get into motorsport.
The series originally started in the 90’s using VN commodores and EA falcons and has since expanded into the newer VT commodore and AU falcon. Saloon cars are a controlled class with things such as Tyre’s, Suspension, Brakes and other components are used by each and every car in the field.
Saloon Cars WA can be seen at most major race meetings at Barbagallo Raceway as well as the separate national series for saloon cars which runs at a number of tracks in different states including Bathurst. Head over to the www.salooncars.com.au for more info.
A sports sedan must be derived from a mass-produced car where more than 5000 examples of the model have been built in one year. Naturally, each Sports Sedan must be fitted with a roll cage and include all other safety features and an engine size restricted to 6 litres capacity.
These ‘wild and winged’ Sports Sedans are motor racing’s most modified machines. Under most generously broad rules, constructors can build wild and wonderful works of mechanical art that originated from the family car.
The Sports Sedans category is one where freedom of expression is regarded as a legitimate means to an end – and that end is performance, and lots of it.
Built to CAMS 2A& 2B specifications, cars range from almost standard road registered entries to highly modified turbos. There is a place on the grid for everyone. The class provides extremely close and exciting racing.
The CAMS WA Sports Cars Championship is a CAMS sanctioned state championship for drivers of cars complying with CAMS manual specifications for automobiles 2A Sports Cars. The State championship started in 1969 from 1969 up until 1988 Sports Car racing was a CAMS sanctioned nation title. The Sports Car Category is made up of two-seater sports racing cars and other highly-modified cars. Unlike Sports Sedans these cars are of free construction with no engine size limitations, the use of many electronic aids and no body work restrictions other than having 2 identical seats, mudguards covering 2/3rds of the wheel and comply with CAMS general regulations.
The open slather style of rule book allows for highly modified custom built race cars and Production style race cars. They are the fastest closed wheel racing races in Australia with Rex Meechin’s Ultra sport holding the current Barbagallo raceway lap record. Stuart Kostera dominated the early days of Sports Car racing in WA winning 5 state Championships over an 8 year period and went on to win multiple national titles. Walter Epple another 5 time state champion is still competing today including winning the 2015 WA300 endurance race.
Starting back in 1969 the major race per year held at Barbagallo raceway (formerly known as Wanneroo park) was a 6-hour Le Mans style race for sedans and sports cars known as the Six Hour Le Mans.
In 2016 Sports Sedans and Sports Cars will be racing together on a combined grid but for separate championships with 6 rounds at Barbagallo Raceway Wanneroo and 3 rounds at Collie Motorplex.
Improved Production Racing is a National race category based on “Touring Cars”.
Definition:A race vehicle derived from a registered production automobile, with limited modifications to improve performance and reliability in speed events on circuits or closed courses. To be eligible, the models of vehicles must be or have been mass-produced touring cars.
Classes: 0 – 1600cc, 1601 – 2000cc, 2001 – 3000cc, 3001 – 6000cc.
Allowable Modifications:The allowed modifications are restricted when it comes to chassis and suspension improvements, but allows greater freedom in engine, gearbox and brakes. The full regulations can be had from the CAMS Manual of Motor Sport. 3rd Category -Touring Cars Group3JImproved Production Cars.
Reasons for choosing Improved Production Racing: For the competitors it offers an opportunity to compete at local, club level andnational events. On top of which, we get the opportunity to compete at iconic race tracks such as Phillip Island and Bathurst on a yearly basis,if your budget allows.
Importantly, being a national category it allows the car owner, when they finally want to “hang up” the helmet, the opportunity to try and sell the car to an Australia wide market.
To the spectator IP racing offers a very wide range of cars to enjoy, from old school Escorts and Mazda’s to the very latest Monaro and Commodore rocket ships and even the odd little Honda.
AUS F1000 is at the pinnacle of club level racing in terms of cost effectiveness and we are grateful for the support of WASCC in helping establish the new class. In terms of ‘Bang for buck’ we believe F1000 cannot be beaten with low 58 second laps available with 57’s under threat. Such performance is only matched by the V8 Supercar Series at WA’s Babagallo Raceway. All this, at a capital cost of around $50k and typical operating costs in the $10-15k range.
Importantly, the class is both FIA and CAMS recognised.
The cars provide the newest and most technological advanced open wheel racing for the amateur, whilst avoiding carbon-tub costs and associated access restrictions, in favour of a more user-friendly space frame chassis. With performance and safety features to compare with Formula-3, it is a powerful combination.
The series started in the US in 2006, where it now boasts two separate F1000 Championships, then spread to the UK and Europe. Strength of competition and many technological breakthroughs in chassis and aerodynamic design has enticed global manufacturers such as Ralph Firman, JKS and Stohr to develop cars and push the boundaries of this formula.
This has seen major improvements in safety taken from Formula One and now meeting FIA standards. All this and the use of cost effective 185 HP motor cycle engines in a 475 Kg package provides outstanding power to weight ratios. The latest paddle shifter technology, with auto-blip on downshift, data logging etc, will bring the ultimate experience to the amateur or those destined for GP2 or F1.
These are the main reasons that Gulf-Sport chose F1000 in 2011 as a format to develop world class drivers. The data-logging has enabled them to pin-point driver weaknesses and help develop technique, whilst the motorbike engines and modern aerodynamics challenge set-up decisions in terms of the trade-off between down force and drag.
An F1000 drive will provide a visual and sensory experience for those ready to meet the challenge of forces close to 3G.
Regularity Trials are an ideal way to enjoy motor sport without purchasing a purpose built race car. Regularity Trials are not races. The club conducts Regularity Trials each year and we encourage non-racing members and officials to attend and have an enjoyable day. The requirements are:
A Regularity Trial is conducted on a permanent or temporary circuit. There are two permanent circuits, Barbagallo Raceway Wanneroo (short and long circuits) and the Collie Motorplex in Collie. Two temporary circuits are used by the Vintage Sports Car Club at Northam and Albany.
In Regularity Trials, competitors are grouped in classes; Historic Cars 1920s to 1950s; Historic Production Sports Cars 1950s to late 1970s; Historic Touring Cars 1950s to mid-1970s, historic and modern open wheeler and open sports cars and finally modern sedan/sports cars. The maximum number of cars permitted on a track is between 25 and 30 – depending upon the circuit and group of cars.
After the 10-minute practice session each competitors nominates a lap time that they will circulate the track. The object of a Regularity Trial is to circulate as close as possible to your nominated time. For each second of each lap you are below (faster) your nominated time you receive 2 penalty points. For each second of each lap you are above (slower) your nominated time you receive 1 penalty point. The winner of the event is the driver with the least penalty points. Hence, you do not need to have the fastest car to win the event.
Unlike most races which are standing starts, that is cars positioned stationary on the start/finish straight waiting for the extinguishing of the red light to signify the start of the race, Regularity Trials are flying starts. Cars proceed onto the track via the north ramp in single file behind the Safety Car for a warm up lap. At the last corner the Safety Car withdraws to pit lane and competitors will be shown a green light/waved green flag to signify the start of the event. Each event is between 4 and 5 laps in duration.
The WA Sporting Car Club conducts a Regularity Trial series in which competitors are able to score points towards end of season awards.
All drivers must complete and sign the Entry form. Entry forms are available before the events and generally close the week of the event. The entry fees, inclusive of GST, for Regularity Trials are $180.
With up to 30 cars on the track, electronic timing is used and competitors are required to fit a timing transmitter to their vehicle with cable ties. If you do not have a timing transmitter a unit will be loaned to you. If the transmitter is damaged, you are responsible for the repair or replacement of the transmitter.
Leaded Racing 100 fuel is available at Barbagallo Raceway Wanneroo at Regularity Trials conducted by the WA Sporting Car Club, however, you must have a Fuel Passbook to enable you to purchase this fuel.
Please stay with your vehicle if it breaks down on the circuit. If you feel you are in a vulnerable position, move to a safer position, eg. on top of a wall or behind some bundled tyres. And wait for an official to assist you.
Any person, in the view of an official, found to be racing might be removed from the circuit. The day is about achieving the least penalty points by lapping as close as possible to your nominated time – not racing another competitor on the track or trying to attain the fastest speed.
No driving tuition is available at Regularity Trials.