To compete in most (non-race) track events you will need a CAMS Level 2S (S for speed) or higher licence. (Click here for a description of the CAMS licence types.) For a 2S licence you aren’t required to pass a written or practical test. They can even be obtained on the day you turn up; a temporary (1 month) paper licence will be issued until your application is processed. A race-level licence (C3) requires a medical examination, attending a motor sport lecture and test, and an observed driving session.
For sprints and other track events, you’ll need the following items:
- A helmet meeting AS1698 (or equivalent) standard (eg, a motorcycle helmet).
- A fire extinguisher meeting AS1841, minimum 900g, securely mounted within reach of the driver (metal bracket, not plastic), no more than three years old.
- A secondary restraint for the bonnet. This can be a simple strap through the latch hook and tied to the chassis rails, allowing limited bonnet travel. Elastic type cords are prohibited. Bonnet pins or other permanent modifications are not necessary.
- A 150mm blue triangle (sticker) on the body marking the battery location (these can often be purchased on the day).
- Non-flammable neck-to-wrist-to-ankle clothing (no flammable synthetics, wool or cotton is fine).
- Non-flammable, close-fitting footwear (normal runners are fine, thin-soled shoes are ideal).
Additional safety equipment
Whilst not a mandated requirement by CAMS for speed events, some event organisers choose to demand roll bars for open cars, four-point safety harnesses, or metal valve caps on the wheels. Certainly these are highly recommended accessories for the regular participant, and can be obtained fairly cheaply from a range of suppliers. Read the event’s supplementary regulations carefully before turning up unprepared! Contact the event organiser for further clarification.
If you have any more questions feel free to contact your Club Captain – Motor Sport.