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:
License: The minimum Licence requirement is a CAMS Level 2 Licence. A Level 2 Licence costs $125 and is valid for 12 months; application forms are available from the Club.
Vehicle Requirements: Basic vehicle requirements are a fire extinguisher mounted in the vehicle and a blue triangle sticker advising where the battery is located. Competition number.
Clothing: Fire resistant overalls are recommended. Minimum dress standard at Regularity Events is clothing that extends from ankles to neck to wrists. Clothing and footwear of flammable synthetic material, such as nylon, is not acceptable. Drivers whenever on the circuit must wear a safety helmet.
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 competitor 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.
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.
Regularity Contact – Rob Janney