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P-platers banned from driving Supercars

PROVISIONAL circuit racing licence holders will face increased restrictions from next year, Motorsport Australia has announced.

As of 2023, drivers with a provisional circuit licence will be prohibited from steering a vehicle with a power-to-weight ratio of less than 3.5kg per kw.

The regulatory change was recommended by both the Australian Motor Racing Commission and the Motorsport Risk and Safety Committee, and has been approved by Motorsport Australia’s board.

Affected categories include Supercars, GT3, Carrera Cup, S5000 and Trans Am.

It follows alterations earlier this year including to minimum age criteria.

“As of 1 January 2023, provisional circuit licence holders will not be able to drive a vehicle with a power-to-weight less than 3.5kg/kw,” said Motorsport Australia CEO Eugene Arocca.

“After three races in car of a lesser power, and formally upgrading their licence, drivers would then be permitted to race in a higher power vehicle, so it isn’t an onerous change and provides a level of extra experience on track.

“This is an important tweak to the regulations that is based entirely on safety for all competitors.

“For example, some drivers were obtaining a provisional licence, completing an observed licence test on a Friday and then racing in a high powered vehicle, such as a GT3 car, at state level competition with very limited experience a day later.

“This is a risk to not only themselves, but the other more experienced drivers sharing the track.

“Motorsport Australia is not trying to stop people from competing at these higher levels, instead it’s about providing some certainty that competitors in these high-powered vehicles have the relevant experience before making the step up.”

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