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New Tarmac Rally Licence announced

MOTORSPORT Australia has announced changes to its licencing system as part of a recent review into Targa-style tarmac rallying.

From August 1 this year, all new National Rally Licence applicants will be mandated to complete medical examinations every two years.

The same will apply to all renewing National Rally Licence holders aged 45 and above, effective January 1, 2024.

Furthermore, a new Tarmac Rally Licence structure will be introduced in line with recommendations from the Targa Review Panel, for competitors wishing to tackle that style of event.

Three different categories will be in place: A (200km/h), B (165km/h) and C (130km/h).

“We are working hard on implementing all recommendations from the Targa Review Panel and I am pleased to say that we have made great progress in recent weeks and months,” said Michael Smith of Motorsport Australia.

“Work on all 94 recommendations is well underway, with the majority now in place, and that will allow the return of Targa-style tarmac rally events in 2023.

“These changes to the licence structure are a significant part of the ‘hard reset’ of tarmac rallying here in Australia and an important part of ensuring the safety of all competitors, officials and spectators.

“The introduction of a medical for National Rally Licence holders is also a logical step. This requirement is the same for the large number of Australian motorsport competitors who hold a circuit licence.

“While the focus of the medical is to ensure safety when competing, there have been many reported cases of the Motorsport Australia medical actually saving lives having caught other medical matters that might have otherwise been missed.

“It’s a small price to pay for safety and wellbeing both on and off the track.”

Tarmac rallies have been on hold in Australia since a series of fatalities in Targa Tasmania events.

Former driver Adrian Coppin was earlier this year appointed to oversee the return of such rallies.

Q&A SUPPLIED BY MOTORSPORT AUSTRALIA

Why are you making all new and existing Rally Licence holders aged 45 and over complete medicals, not just Targa competitors?
This change brings rallying into line with circuit racing and is an important step in making sure competitors are safe while competing. Medicals have also been very beneficial for competitors in catching other medical issues early, an outcome that has saved lives.
 
How do I apply for a National Rally Licence?
Head to motorsport.org.au/licence/rally and complete the forms online. Alternatively, you can apply through the Motorsport Australia Member Portal.
 
How do I apply for an International Rally Licence?
Head to motorsport.org.au/licence/rally and look for the International Licence application. This form will allow you to choose the appropriate International Licence that meets your licence level.
 
I am an existing National Rally Licence holder, do I need to do a medical when I renew my licence after 1 August?
Existing National Rally Licence holders aged 16-44 will not need to complete a medical until they turn 45.

Existing National Rally Licence holders aged 45 and over will need to complete a medical ahead of renewing their licence next year (when they renew their licence in 2024 for a licence with a 2025 expiry).
 
I am planning to apply for a National Rally Licence for the first time, do I need to complete a medical?
Yes, as of 1 August ALL new National Rally Licence applicants will be required to complete the medical, regardless of age.
 
How do I complete enough events to progress through the licence system to become a Category A Driver?
Many drivers that would compete at this level will already qualify for the Category A requirements. For those who don’t, there are many events around the country that will allow you to build the experience to then apply for Category A. Motorsport Australia’s membership team will be able to assist you in finding suitable events. Gravel rally events are also acceptable.
 
I am an experienced competitor with many years of competition, do I still need to complete the ADI Driving Course?
Yes, it is a condition of the new licence structure that all drivers complete an ADI Driving Course. Even as an experienced driver, there will likely be valuable information learnt during this course.
 
Where do I complete the ADI Driving Course that is now required?
This can be done by contacting the Australian Driving Institute, with course locations around Australia. The direct contact to book and find more about the course is info@motorsportacademy.com.au.
 
What are the costs and time requirements of the ADI Driving Course?
The course consists of some pre-course online learning, along with three days of practical training. The costs are available from the Australian Driving Institute, with an expected cost of approximately $800 per day. New competitors will be required to take part in some additional training covering the basics of competing in events. 
 
I am highly experienced, do I still need to do the ADI Driving Course?
Yes, all Category A and B drivers must complete the course to receive their licence.
 
Do co-drivers need to complete the ADI Driving Course?
Yes. If you have a regular co-driver, you will need to do this together. Co-drivers can also complete a modified course on their own. Contact the ADI for more information: info@motorsportacademy.com.au.

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