Supercars outlines Superlicence replacement plan

Action from the 2023 Gold Coast 500. Pic: Supplied

SUPERCARS has cemented the requirements which drivers must meet to compete in its championship once the controversial Superlicence system is killed off at year’s end.

With Motorsport Australia gradually relaxing its Superlience requirements to encourage various categories as a pathway into the main game, Supercars itself has increasingly set its own eligibility criteria.

Motorsport Australia decided in July to abolish the Superlicence as at January 1, 2024 – but that doesn’t mean it will now be open slather.

Supercars has now formalised its own entry requirements, which effectively are a continuation of the existing system which was last revised mid-2023.

To be eligible, a driver must have meet one of the following means of experience-based criteria:

  • A minimum of three Supercars Championship rounds in the past five years
  • A minimum of six Super2 Series rounds in the past three years (including endorsement signatures from the race director)
  • A minimum of three Super2 Series rounds in the past three years, plus a top three end-of-season ranking in either the Super3 Series or Porsche Carrera Cup Australia in the past three years

Supercars also reserves the right to provide an exemption to drivers “based on his/her international or historic Supercars racing achievements”.

Beyond that, drivers must be at least 17 years of age and hold a minimum FIA International Grade C licence and Motorsport Australia International Competitor licence (minimum Grade C).

Connor O’Brien joined V8 Sleuth in 2022 as website Editor. He won the Supercars Media Award in 2017 while working as a sports reporter at the Gold Coast Bulletin, before stints at Supercars and Speedcafe. During his time at V8 Sleuth he's twice (2022, 2023) been named Journalist of the Year at the Supercars Media Awards.