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Getting Started in ClubSport

ClubSport events are competitions held usually on a road, circuit or paddock, where competitors compete against the clock for the time taken to complete the course. The event format/type can be an autocross, a motorkhana, a bent sprint, a dual sprint, a hillclimb or a sporting trial. Drifting competitions are also run under ClubSport Regulations in New Zealand.

Types of ClubSport events

A Motorkhana involves the competitor maneuvering their car through a tight test as quickly as possible – one car at a time – on either dirt or bitumen surfaces. This usually requires sliding and spinning the car accurately while maintaining speed through the test course. Some reversing is usually included. Each test takes from 15 to 60 seconds to complete and is defined by flags. Hitting flags or going the wrong way incur time penalties which are added to the total time.

An Autocross is a timed competition in which drivers navigate, one at a time, through a defined course on either a sealed or an unsealed surface. It is a form of motorsports that emphasises safe competition and active participation. Autocross differs from road racing and oval racing in that generally there is only one car on the track, driving against the clock rather than other cars.

A Hillclimb is a sprint up a hill, usually on gravel or tarmac. These are popular events for most clubs.

Sprints can be straight, bent (where the course has bends), street, or circuit sprints (on a permanent motor sport circuit). A straight sprint is in effect, a drag race, but a bent sprint can be either once over a course, or several laps of a track.  All these types of event can be run on closed roads or proper race circuits. Cars run either one or two at a time, if the course is suitable.

There is also various types of Trials available for drivers to compete in. These range from Sporting Trials in which competitors negotiate a precise off-road obstacle course on hilly and undulating terrain defined by marker pegs, designed to test driver skill, Car Trials which are main route is over public highways, roads and streets. Competitors must follow a set of written instructions and the marking of the competition is primarily for adherence to the correct route and maintenance of the prescribed time and/or speed schedule. If competitors make mistakes they will traverse a different course and travel a different distance, and finally Regularity Trials which can be either Historic or Modern cars where the competitor nominates a lap time and then over the course of their time on track are required to continually lap as close to that nominated time.

Step 1: Car Club Membership

Your first step is to become a member of a MotorSport New Zealand Affiliated Car Club. Click here to find a suitable car club.

Step 2: Getting ready for the Exam

Before you sit the exam, you can test yourself using the examination paper

This page includes information and links for the competition licence application process, the types of competition licence and licence exam questions.

Step 3: Register

It is recommended that you register online with us before you sit the test as the examiner can then find your record online and complete the examination section that is required.

To do this please follow the steps below:

  • Got to http://online.motorsport.org.nz/
  • Click “New to Motorsport NZ? Register here”
  • Complete the details as requested and click the email button to submit the form
  • You will receive an email from the database with a temporary username/password
  • Enter these details into the username/password fields and click the big blue start button
  • You will then be taken to a page you will be asked to change the username/password to something you will remember
  • You can then log in using the username/password you have set up

Note: If you have previously held a MotorSport New Zealand Licence or a Vehicle Logbook we may have already created a record for you in this database which means you may not need to register. If this is the case, please advise or select the ‘Forgot Password’ option on the log in page and this will email the MotorSport New Zealand Office to check for you.

Step 4: Exam Time

Please find an Examiner local to you and contact them directly to arrange a time and place to sit your exam.

When you have passed your exam, the examiner will be able to find you in the database as you will have already set yourself up in the system – Your examiner can scan and upload your exam results into the database. If at the time the exam cannot be marked off online another option is to scan/email or post the signed test to the MotorSport New Zealand office where it can be marked off on the examiner’s behalf.

Step 5: Applying for your Licence

It is recommended to do this when you register/before you sit your exam as this then adds the application to the list the examiners access to mark them off.

On the MotorSport Online system: Click “Licences” on your Dashboard – The click “Add a Licence” followed by “Competition Licence”

This will open a new page where you can complete all the necessary details for your application.

The next step is the payment page where you can select the method of payment and will be supplied with an invoice number or a receipt via email (dependant on the method selected).

Step 6: Approval of your Licence

We will be able to see your application every step of the way and will be watching for the following to be completed:

  • The Licence has been applied for
  • All personal details completed within your Profile tab
  • A suitable Passport style photo has been uploaded (this will print onto your licence card)
  • The licence fee payment has been received
  • The Exam has been passed/marked off

Once all of the above has been completed your licence application may be approved and a licence card sent out to you.


Next steps...

Initial Registrations: from the Login screen, click on the ‘MotorSport Online’ button

You will be redirected to a page that requests your name, current email address and DOB. Fill in all the required fields and read, agree to the declaration by ticking the box and answer the security question. (The security question has been included to prevent unauthorised automated attempts to gain access to our system).

Initial Registrations: from the Login screen, click on the ‘MotorSport Online’ button

Once registered in the MotorSport Online system complete your personal details and select the ‘Licence’ tab. Add the required licence and follow the application process through to the end.

Initial Registrations: from the Login screen, click on the ‘MotorSport Online’ button

Then study the MotorSport Manual and contact your local licence examiner to arrange to sit the relevant licence test.

Initial Registrations: from the Login screen, click on the ‘MotorSport Online’ button

Once all the requirements have been met, the competition licence is approved and posted out to you.



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