Volunteers

Motorsport is an exciting sport and anyone can participate! If you want to be more involved than just spectating, clubs are eager to have people involved in the organising and running of events. Volunteer organisers are essential to any event, and there can be as much a sense of achievement at being part of a successful event organisation team as there can be from being in the actual winner’s team.

Click here to select from the list of clubs to join in New Zealand
 
The following are just some examples of how you and your family can get involved:
 

Club / event management

Most clubs and events are run with a business-like approach, so if you have secretarial, organising, marketing, numeracy or literary skills then this may be your niche.
 

Flag marshals / pit marshals

If you’re looking for close to the action excitement, then become part of a team of marshals. As a flag marshal you will be responsible for relaying important messages to the race car drivers. The pit marshals have the responsibility of controlling the movement and location of vehicles within the pit area.
 

Rally marshals

Rally marshals have the task of controlling the starts and finish of all Special Stage (closed road) sections of a rally. They keep a record of the time and order that cars enter and leave the special stage.
 

Timekeepers

Becoming a timekeeper makes you responsible for timing each competitor correctly over the course and recording their time. At race circuits lap scorers check off completed race laps for each competitor, and handicappers assess the starting order and grid positions based on times from previous races.
 

Rescue marshals

This is an exciting and specialised activity for reasonably fit men and women. You will assist with recovering cars from off-track spins and rescuing the driver when necessary. Rescue Marshals work and train as a team, and will assist ambulance officers when called to do so.
 

Technical officers and scrutineers

If you are interested in all things technical and mechanical, then maybe you would like to become a MotorSport NZ Scrutineer. Scrutineers are required to check competing vehicles, and the safety equipment of the driver prior to an event to ensure mechanical integrity, safety and compliance with the event regulations. Technical officers are appointed by the sport to ensure eligibility compliance of vehicles at championship events, and to provide their expertise in inspecting vehicles when requested by the Technical Department. Both these positions will require you to attend training courses and gain the appropriate knowledge and experience in the regulations of the sport.

ClubSport

ClubSport events are competitions held usually on a road, circuit or paddock, where the placings are decided by the time taken to complete the course.

Competitors may compete in ClubSport Basic Events without a competition licence. For ClubSport Advanced Events, competitors must either have an M Grade or higher grade licence.  In some instances it may be possible purchase a Temporary M Grade licence on the day for that event (excluding drift events).

To obtain an M Grade licence, competitors must first be a member of one of our member clubs. Once you have a current club membership you'll need to pass the M Grade licence test (see Licence Examinations), and complete the licence application process through the MotorSport NZ Online system.

Racing

A motor race is an event where many cars compete at the same time, with the aim of being the first car to complete the required number of laps. Races can be over a variety of distances, ranging from just a couple of laps, up to as many laps as can be completed in a 24 hour period. Although motor racing can never be truly cheap, racing needs not be expensive. It is still possible to race competitively in a car which you have driven to the circuit. Races may be held for specific groups of cars, based on engine capacity, make/model of car, type of car, etc.

To obtain a C Grade licence, competitors must first be a member of one of our member clubs. Once you have a current club membership you will need to pass the C Grade Exam (see Licence Examinations), and complete the licence application process through the MotorSport NZ Online system.

Rallying

A rally event is made up of several high speed “Special Stages”. These stages can be held on public or private, sealed or unsealed roads (which are closed to the public) and each driver and co-driver competes, attempting to drive the distance in the shortest possible time. The role of the “Co-driver” is to read route instructions to the driver from a road book which details intersections and some hidden hazards on the course. The “Special Stages” in a rally are linked by “Touring Stages” which are the means of getting from one stage to the next, and are driven at normal road speeds and rules.

Also very popular are “Targa” rallies which are run on sealed closed roads.

To obtain an R Grade licence for both Drivers and Co-Drivers, competitors must first be a member of one of our member clubs. Once you have a current club membership you will need to pass the R Grade Exam (see Licence Examinations), and complete the licence application process through the MotorSport NZ Online system.