BMW Drivers Club NSW prides itself in providing Motorsport opportunities for all its members.
As a Drivers Club we offer Driver Training and competitions in MotorKhana and Supersprint. All members are invited, actually encouraged to improve their driving skills and give their car a run on a race track at speeds that the car was designed to do but are not allowed on our public roads. Motorsport in a BMW is fun and it doesn't matter if your BMW is an older 4 cylinder sedan or a new M2 Comp., they all perform well on a race track. We run all our competition Motorsport events under a Motorsport Australia Permit.
Download and take a look at the Motorsport Australia Standard Regulations.
Driver Experience, Driver Training and Introduction to Supersprint.
Please Download Introduction to Motorsport Course Notes.
Download Intro to Motorsport 2022
Please Download our basic guide to Performance Driving, read, understand and apply this guide to your daily driving and racetrack driving. Our thanks to Club Secretary, Randall Lumbewe.
Driver Experience days at Sydney Motorsport Park are Motorsport Australia "Come and Try Days". Take a look at the https://motorsport.org.au/events/come-and-try event policy. These are very successful days with around 50 drivers improving their driving under instruction from our club's experienced drivers.
Try out your skills and your BMW on these driver training days.
Motorkhana is a low cost, great fun, form of motorsport which involves you manoeuvring your car through tight courses (known as tests) conducted on the smooth, wet and slippery surface of the Sydney Motorsport Park Skid Pan. The challenge is to drive the test in the shortest time and you are actually practicing car control in adverse conditions without any damage to your car. Great for new drivers but we can all improve our driving skills. For 2022 MotorKhana is again a five round championship with trophies. Download MotorKhana rules
Supersprinting is timed motorsport – not door handle to door handle racing. We like to see all our club members enjoying this entry level motorsport. Cars are on the track in speed groups so new drivers are not intimidated by faster drivers and the faster drivers are not held up by slower drivers. There is a place for everyone and all BMW models. You and your BMW will love a run on the race track. To make an interesting and competitive Supersprint Competition, our BMW cars have been divided into 8 classes plus 1 or 2 class for all other cars. We compete for points in the annual competition of 7 or 8 rounds to win trophies presented at our annual dinner. The competition rounds are conducted at Sydney Motorsport Park car race circuits, Pheasant Wood Circuit near Marulan, Wakefield Park near Goulburn and Winton near Benalla in Victoria, Lakeside and Morgan Park in Queensland.
At the beginning of the day at our Supersprints we have a Driver Experience session. This is a “Follow the Leader Session” for those drivers who are not familiar with the track. There is one leader for each group of 3 or 4 cars and the order of cars changes each lap on the main straight. Leaders may take inexperienced drivers in their cars during this session. All drivers and passengers will wear helmets and appropriate apparel with speed appropriate for the cars in the group to keep up and follow the leaders’ lines. The time for this practice session depend on the number of new drivers.
To enter the BMW Drivers Club Supersprints all drivers must read the 2023 Supersprint Regulations, look up you vehicle's base points in Annex A, work out Modification Weighting from Annex B, download 2023 Annex-C form, sign it for permission, fill it in for the automobile that is entering and submit it to the Club's Motorsport Panel. Motorsport Australia requires that the Competitor must have consent from the owner authorising the use of the Automobile in the Competition. That permit is on the 2023 Annex-C form.
All cars entered in our Supersprints must have an exclusive 2 or 3 digit Car Number. When you register for an event, choose your desired car number, enter that number on your registration form. If no other driver has selected that number then that car number is yours and will remain your number for the year as long as you continue to enter the championship. If someone else has that number then you will receive an email with a list of unused numbers from which you select.
You purchase your own 230mm high Helvetica or Aerial or like font car number digits in black or white to contrast on your car and have them on both sides of your car for checking at scrutineering. You can use magnetic panels for your car numbers but they must be secured with race tape. Magnetic panels are no good at 100KM/H. We do not accept numbers made out of bits of tape.
You also require a 150mm on a side, equilateral, blue battery triangle attached to your car to indicate the battery location. If your car is blue then please have a white triangle background. You must have an appropriate tow coupling on both front and back of your car.
Further to the BMW drivers Club NSW Supersprint Regulations 2023 Point 6.4 and 6.5, all competitor must volunteer themselves or provide an associate as a volunteer at least once in the year. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can assist as a Flag Marshal. Flag Marshal competitors have volunteer points added to your championship score.
To run our Supersprints we do need Motorsport Australia qualified Officials and volunteers. Please take out Motorsport Australia qualifications and lend a hand running our motorsport. There are even Supersprint Championship points for drivers who volunteer as Flag Marshals. Download Motorsport Australia's Officials Pathway and work on being an Official.
Motorsport Program for 2023
MotorKhana Championship on the Skid Pan at Sydney Motorsport Park:
26 Feb – Sunday – MK.1
23 Apr – Sunday - MK.2
4 Jun – Sunday - MK.3
27 Aug – Sunday - MK.4
8 Oct – Sunday - MK.5
Driver Experience / Come & Try / Intro to Motorsport
29 Mar – Wed. evening – Driver Experience.1 Skid Pan, oversteer, understeer and drifting training evening
24 Jun – Saturday Amaroo Driver Experience DE.2
22 Oct – Sunday Amaroo Driver Experience DE.3
8 Feb – Druitt Wednesday Night Supersprint SS.1
17 Mar – Friday Lakeside with CQ Car Nationals ½ SS.2
21 Mar – Tuesday Morgan Park – Warwick with CQ Car Nationals ½ SS.2
16 Apr – Pheasant Wood Supersprint SS.3
9 Jul – Sunday Gardner (GP) BMW/Porsche Challenge Supersprint SS.4
12 Aug - Amaroo Circuit Sydney Motorsport Park. Supersprint SS.5
22 Sep – Friday Night Druitt Supersprint SS.6
28 Oct – Saturday Night Amaroo Circuit
2 Dec – Saturday Druitt SS.8
Motorsport Program for 2024
27 Jan – Saturday Night DX.1 Driver Experience on the Skid Pan
26 Apr – Friday Night DX.2 Driver Experience on Amaroo
13 Jul – Saturday night DX.3 Driver Experience on the Skid Pan
17 Mar – Sunday Skid Pan MK.1 MotorKhana No.1
11 May – Saturday Skid Pan MK.2 MotorKhana No.2
28 Jul – Sunday Skid Pan MK.3 MotorKhana No.3
15 Sep – Sunday Skid Pan MK.4 MotorKhana No.4
9 Nov – Saturday Skid Pan MK.5 MotorKhana No.5
3 Feb – Saturday Amaroo SS.1 Supersprint Rnd.1
9 Mar – Saturday Druitt SS.2 Supersprint Rnd.2
5 May – Sunday Gardner Day SS.3 BMW Porsche Supersprint PCNSW Host
29 Jun – Saturday Druitt SS.4 Supersprint Rnd.4
9 Aug – Friday night Amaroo SS.5 Supersprint Rnd.5
8 Sep – Sunday Gardner SS.6 Supersprint Rnd.6 BMW Giant Car Show
24 Nov – Sunday Amaroo SS.7 Supersprint Rnd.7
Introduction to Supersprints.
Our Club runs Supersprint events so that club members can experience driving their BMWs on a race circuit. It may appear to be a bit of a challenge to get involved and I hope that this introduction may assist.
Many BMW models were designed and built to be able to be driven faster than allowed on the public roads of Australia. In fact, all models are more capable than the speed limit. Your BMW, no matter what model, will perform nicely on a racetrack and you will experience the excitement.
Supersprinting is entry level motorsport and we run our Supersprint under regulations and licence from Motorsport Australia (CAMS Confederation of Australian Motor Sport). It is time-based motorsport with you in your BMW against the clock, not door handle to door handle racing.
There is a full description of our Supersprint and MotorKhana rules and regulations to make a competition with trophies out of our motorsport events. There is also a link to the Motorsport Australis Standard Regulations as well as Supplementary Regulations for the day, Disclaimer, Scrutineering Form and Annex C. You register to enter and pay the entry fee for an event on the club’s website https://www.bmwclubnsw.asn.au/events There is a bit to know about all this but it is really easy and I hope these points help.
If you feel that you are not ready for the challenge of Supersprint we do run Driver Experience / Come & Try days where we accept members driving their TfNSW road registered daily driver. For Driver Experience days your car does not need to be to Supersprint Standards, just road registered and able to pass the normal pink slip check.
For both Supersprint and Driver Experience events, all drivers require a Motorsport Australia Speed licence or, from 14 years of age, a Junior Speed Licences. These are available from Motorsport Australia website and for Driver Experience we also usually have one day Introductory Licences available. https://motorsport.org.au/licence/introduction
1. You need a Motorsport Australia Speed Licence. You get that by filling in the online form on the Motorsport Australia website and paying the Motorsport Australia joining fee. https://motorsport.org.au/licence/introduction This is your contribution to the Motorsport Australia insurance arrangements. The full Motorsport Australia Manual of Motor Sport is available on the Motorsport Australia website. https://motorsport.org.au/regulations/manual
2. You need an approved helmet to Motorsport Australia Schedule D and at least Australian Standard AS1698. Appropriate helmets are available from suppliers like Revolution Racegear.
3. You need non-synthetic clothing, neck to wrist to ankle and non-synthetic shoes. Jeans and a shirt are ok. You don’t need a race suit but that is the best and most comfortable garment.
4. Your car needs a fire extinguisher that is less than 3 years old to Motorsport Australia Schedule H requirements. It is to be on a metal mounting bracket that is to be attached to the car within reach of you, the driver. Most drivers attach the fire extinguisher mount bracket under the passenger’s seat front mounting bolts. Solid fixed installation not screwed to the carpet. Easy to do yourself or there are service companies that will mount the fire extinguisher for you. Bunnings have appropriate fire extinguishers for around $20. We may run an “install your fire extinguisher day”.
5. Your car needs front and rear tow couplings. The car comes with one tow coupling, and you can purchase a second one from a BMW Dealer or one of the BMW Dismantlers like ASV or SWEA. They screw into sockets on the front and rear of the car and are there so that your car can be towed if it breaks down or becomes stuck in a gravel pit.
6. Your car needs valve caps on each tyre. These caps are to have a secondary seal. Metal valve caps are easy to get and do the job. Some plastic caps don’t have the secondary seal so are not approved.
7. You need Car Numbers on both sides of your car. Your car number is the 2 or 3 digit number that you entered on your registration. If that number is not available, you will be emailed with a suggested alternative car number. Car Numbers are to be to Motorsport Australia Schedule K, that is 230mm high in an appropriate font, Black or White and contrasting to your car's colour. You can purchase your own numbers, or we now have stock of car number digits that are for sale at the Sign-on desk for $3.00 each digit plus we have both black and white background vinyl sheets at $10.00 each for you to make reusable number panels. Bring cash or your credit card to purchase digits.
8. On the entry on the website there are some forms:
9. All the rules for the Club’s Supersprint championship are in Motorsport on the website. Read the rules and then complete the Annex-C form and either email it to email@example.com or bring it with you to the sign-on desk. You need to complete Annex-C only once when entering an event for the first time in the year or if you change the modification status of your car. This form has two requirements:
10. If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or chat with one of the experienced club members.
On the Day:
(Using Sydney Motorsport Park Druitt Circuit on a day Supersprint event as an example. The other circuits, as are night Supersprints are like this example.)
1. Arrive at Sydney Motorsport Park North Circuit around 7:30 AM. Enter is via the back gate and if challenged by the gate guard, just tell him/her that you are in the BMW day on Druitt Circuit.
2. Choose a Druitt Circuit garage or carport. Garage hire is included in your entry fee. Meet other competitors, prepare your car for the track, remove all the loose stuff from your car, tighten the wheel nuts, check tyre pressures, attach your tow couplings and drive your car to Scrutineering. It is at the east end of the pits beyond the tower. It opens at 7:30 and closes at 8:45. Don’t be late.
3. Line your car up in the queue with your scrutineering form, track apparel and helmet. You need a battery location triangle for scrutineering. They are blue triangle stickers 150mm on a side. If your car is a dark colour you may need a white background triangle as well to make the blue tringle visible. Triangles are for sale at the Sign On desk in the scrutineering bay for $1. Stick the triangle on the car to indicate the position of the battery.
4. Stay with the car. A scrutineer will check your car, collect your scrutineering form and sign and attach a PASS sticker to your car driver’s side rear window. Then please move the car from the bay.
5. Go to the Sign On desk, (usually in the Scrutineering Bay office) present your disclaimer and Compliance form.
6. Sign On staff will provide your speed group sticker. Groups are numbered 1, 2, 3 etc. Your sticker is to go on your windscreen top right corner.
7. If you are a regular competitor, you will have your own numbers so have then attached to your car. If not. then the number that you registered with or sorted out with Motorsport@bmwclubnsw.asn.au is your number. Sign-on desk has numbers and number panels for sale. Stick your car numbers on the door panels or side windows.
8. Pick up your timing transmitter from timing on second level of the tower. Mount the transmitter on your car. Timing may have a bracket or may supply cable ties but be prepared to sort out attachment of the transmitter to the timing groups requirements.
9. Pick up your MyLaps Track Position Transponder from ARDC staff on ground floor of tower and install it on your car as instructed the MyLaps Briefing
10. 8:45AM Attend Driver Briefing. Location will be announced. Usually at the base of the tower or in the Hinxman room on 2nd level east end of Grid Building. Sign the driver’s briefing attendance sheet.
11. The Clerk of the Course will provide briefing on the running of the day, describe the rules and the flags that will be used.
12. We may run familiarisation laps. They will be in the Supp. Regs. and will be announced at Driver Briefing. These are for drivers new to this circuit and not for bedding in the brakes or warming up the tyres. There will be groups with experienced driver leading. Drivers may be passengers in the leader’s car or my take experienced drivers as passengers. All drivers and passengers are to wear their helmet.
13. All Supersprint session will be timed.
14. Each speed group will run in turn. The turns will be announced and may not be in order allowing for shared cars. Listen for announcements.
15. When your speed group is called, drive your car to the Starting Grid Assembly Area (dummy grid) at the western end of the grid building.
16. You will be in a set position on the grid and the Grid Marshal will have that position number. Your starting grid position has been determined by the time that you gave for this circuit, your previous form, or managers best guess, maybe your car type/model. Your starting Grid Marshal may permit position changes.
17. The Grid Marshal will send you out on the track spaced apart from other drivers. The session is around 10 minutes depending on temperature.
18. Take it easy, warm up your car, tyres, brakes and find your way round the circuit. Learn the lines, turn-in point, apex, exit. For corners – “Slow in fast out”. It is not a race. This is Supersprinting – you against the clock. Take your time to learn the circuit and build speed. You have a whole day to get up to speed.
19. Sessions will continue until lunch time. There will be two or three sessions before lunch. You can move around in your speed group by arrangement with the other drivers and the Grid Marshal. The aim is to have fastest to slowest positioned within the group.
20. Session times will be on Natsoft. Check them on your mobile phone.
21. At lunch time, using the times from the morning sessions, drivers may be regrouped in speed groups from fastest to slowest and those new grid positions will be used for the afternoon sessions. Be aware of announcements.
22. In the afternoon there may be another 2 or 3 sessions. You will get plenty of laps during the day. The number of sessions on the day depends on incidents and breakdown.
23. Towards the end of the day, we may combine speed groups. Be aware, listen for announcements.
24. At the end of the day, around 4PM, or when you are finished, return your timing transmitter to timing in the tower and your MyLaps transponder to ARDC. If you take either of these unit home, there is a problem and a cost for you so please return it before you leave.
25. Enjoy the day.