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Autocross

Autocross is an ideal discipline for novices looking to get their first taste of competitive motorsport. The aim is to tackle a temporary course, usually between 800 and 1200 metres long in a grass or stubble field, against the clock.

What is Autocross?

There are usually heats of three or four laps, a practice run and at least two timed runs, the best of which counts towards the results. While it is not a racing discipline there may be multiple cars on the course at any one time, depending on course space and conditions. Competing is against the clock, and the quickest person wins. There are different classes, which are determined by engine size. Cars can also be double driven, so you can team up with friends or family and help reduce the cost of competing.

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How do I start?

The Autocross community is very friendly, so go to an event or two and have a chat with some of the competitors and organisers. You need to be at least 16 years old and a member of a Motorsport UK-registered club to give Autocross a go. You will also need an RS Inter Club Licence, for which no test is required.

What kind of car do I need?

You can start out Autocross in a standard road car, some of which are driven to and from the events all the way up to rally-spec cars, as well as saloons and Autocross ‘Specials’. You need to have a fire extinguisher fixed in the car and mud flaps fitted behind each wheel. Roll cages and harnesses are recommended, and are mandatory in Junior Autocross. Before you get started on these modifications, make sure you read the Autocross section of the latest Motorsport UK Yearbook carefully.

What equipment do I need?

You will also need to have a fire extinguisher fixed in the car and mud flaps fitted behind each wheel. Roll cages and harnesses are recommended, and are mandatory in Junior Autocross. As a minimum, competitors are required to wear a helmet and flame resistant overalls to approved standards. Details can be found in sections N and K of the Motorsport UK Yearbook