MODIFICATIONS TO THE POINT OF SUPERLICENCE SYSTEM – Automatic action
Motorsport Australia has announced changes to its Superlicence points system, including increasing points awarded in the S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship as well as introducing points for a growing series.
The Australian Drivers’ Championship, which sees competitors racing for the coveted Motorsport Australia Gold Star, now takes a total of 12 points if they win the title. The second receives 10, the points being awarded until ninth place in the championship.
With 12 points awarded to the winner, the S5000 Championship is now considered at the same level as the Second Tier Supercars Championship Super2 and the GT World Challenge Australia Series.
Drivers must accumulate a total of 13 Motorsport Australia Superlicence points before being eligible to participate in the Supercars Championship.
“Although there is some in the S5000 just to compete in a top level open-wheeler championship, it is now quite viable as a means of qualifying for Supercars if that is a driver’s ambition,” said Chris Lambden, S5000 Category Development Manager.
âThere are many lanes to take, but the S5000 makes a lot of sense to drivers, especially with the Superlicence points that now match.
âThe most recent relevant predecessor of the S5000 – Formula Holden – has crowned young Gold Star champions such as Mark Skaife, Rick Kelly and Jason Bright and they have all done ‘well’ in Supercar races after winning the Australian Championships. pilots.
âThe savings built into the S5000 translates into a very affordable production budget for a class at this level, meaning there are young riders out there who can help achieve their career ambitions by competing in a top class with a reasonable level of sponsorship. . “
Motorsport Australia director of motorsport and business operations Michael Smith said the change reflected the changing nature of the national motorsport landscape.
âMotorsport Australia regularly reviews and analyzes the Superlicence points system to ensure that it is fair and in line with current motorsport trends,â said Smith.
âWe have worked closely with a number of category managers on the changes and believe they reflect the current stature of each respective championship and series.
âWith the S5000, given its stature as the holder of the prestigious Motorsport Australia Gold Star title and the vehicles themselves, it makes sense that it would be worthy of 12 Superlicence points for the championship winner and offer the opportunity to provide another route to the supercar championship.
âWe know that S5000 will continue to grow and establish a solid reputation for years to come. It’s an important part of our Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships events and it’s a true fan favorite. “
A notable addition to the Superlicence points system is the Australian Racing Group-owned Trans Am National Series, which sees Aaron Seton, Nathan Herne and Owen Kelly overtake wheel to wheel.
The winner of the Trans Am Series will be awarded seven points for a Superlicence request.
The V8 Touring Car / Super3 series and the TCR Australia Series pocket rocket also registered a slight increase, with the respective category winner receiving 10 points, compared to eight for the TCR and seven for the V8 Touring Cars / Super3.
In addition to the 13 points, several other factors must be taken into account to enter the Supercars championship.
Each driver must hold a Motorsport Australia Superlicence in addition to the minimum of an FIA International Grade C license.
Each candidate must meet the following criteria:
- Hold at least an FIA International Grade C license
- Be at least 17 years old; and
- Accumulate a minimum of 13 points under the FIA ââor Motorsport Australia Superlicence point system within the 5 years preceding the request
In addition to the above, each candidate must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Be one of the top six in the final standings of the Australia Super2 Series Supercars from the previous year. If one or more drivers currently holding a Motorsport Australia Superlicence are in the top six of the final standings, eligibility for a Motorsport Australia Superlicence will extend to a maximum of the top eight in the final World Series standings. last year ;
- Have participated in at least three rounds of the Supercars Championship in the past five years;
- Have participated in a minimum of six rounds of the Supercars Super2 series in the past three years;
- Hold at least one FIA ââGold Driver Category.
An application accompanied by supporting documentation for exemption for items (i), (ii), (iii) or (iv) above will be jointly reviewed by a senior management panel of Motorsport Australia and the Supercars Commission.
|Championship or Series||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||6th||7th||8th||9th||> 9th|
|Supercar Championship *||13||11||9||6||4||3||2||1||0||0|
|Development of Supercars / Super2 Series||12||ten||8||7||6||5||4||3||2||1|
|GT Endurance Championship||12||ten||8||7||6||5||4||3||2||1|
|S5000 Drivers’ Championship / Gold Star||12||ten||7||6||5||4||3||2||1||0|
|Formula 4 Championship *||12||ten||7||5||3||2||1||0||0||0|
|Porsche Carrera Cup Series||ten||8||7||6||5||4||3||2||1||0|
|Toyota Racing Series (NZ)||ten||8||7||6||5||4||3||2||1||0|
|Super3 / V8 passenger car series||ten||8||7||6||5||4||3||2||1||0|
|ARG Trans Am Series||7||5||4||3||2||1||0||0||0||0|
|Toyota 86 series||7||5||4||3||2||1||0||0||0||0|
|Porsche Sprint Challenge Series||7||5||4||3||2||1||0||0||0||0|
|GT Trophy Series||7||5||4||3||2||1||0||0||0||0|
|New Zealand Touring Car Championship||5||4||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Formula Ford State Championship||5||4||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|New Zealand Formula Ford Championship||5||4||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Production car series||5||4||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Touring Car Masters Series||5||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Australian racing car series||5||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sport Racer Series||5||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sports sedan series||5||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Karting Championship (KZ2, KA1)||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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