Wheel-to-wheel action all the way
Think of Rallycross as a combination of Rallying and Circuit Racing. There’s plenty of close, sideways, wheel-to-wheel action all the way.
How does Rallycross work?
Up to eight cars at a time go wheel-to-wheel on a circuit that is part asphalt and part gravel/loose surface, with the winner being the quickest person to complete the required number of laps. The races are usually short, lasting a maximum of three minutes, so events often comprise 60 separate races.
The flagship series is the British Rallycross Championship but there are plenty of other events and series to get involved in, such as the BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship, at venues across the country.
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So how do I start?
If you then find yourself keen to have a go, you need to be at least 16 years old and a member of a registered club. If you’re aged 16 or above you can then apply to Motorsport UK for a RS Inter Club Competition Licence with no medical required. You can compete in Junior Rallycross from age 14.
What kind of car do I need?
There are many classes of Rallycross, and which one you choose to compete in will determine the spec of vehicle you need. For example there are championships for BMW Minis, Suzuki Swifts and ‘hot hatchbacks.’
What equipment do I need?
Because Rallycross is such a high-speed discipline you will need Motorsport UK-compliant safety gear such as a helmet, fireproof overalls and gloves.
Remember that it is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that their vehicle and equipment comply with both Motorsport UK’s General Regulations (detailed in the Motorsport UK Yearbook) and the Supplementary Regulations (SRs) of the event or championship.
If you have any questions about vehicles or equipment you can speak to a member of the Motorsport UK Technical Team by calling 01753 765 000.