WHAT DO I NEED?
Most people start off in their road cars; small hatchbacks have proved popular and competitive in recent years as well as MX5s. When you get to National level, most people use modified special cars.
The Motorsport UK championship has seven classes to enable drivers to compete against similar machinery and most other events have class structures too. These are split into saloons, sports cars and modified Specials. They may also be split by engine size and vehicle length as well as front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive.
It’s estimated that, competing with your standard road car, you can complete a season of the Motorsport UK British Autotest Championship for as little as £700, while Regional or Club level championships can be even cheaper with club memberships from £10/year and entry fees from £12 for an evening event and £25 for a full day event.
Tyre wear is likely to be experienced on an autotest (particularly a tarmac event) and therefore it is highly recommended to take a spare set of wheels and tyres with you to ensure you can drive home legally afterwards. Tyres must comply with the relevant rules in the Motorsport UK Yearbook (the rule book for all disciplines of motorsport). Some people will buy new tyres for events, but others will talk to their local garage/tyre dealership or even negotiate with the local scrapyard to keep costs down.
If Autotests seem a little daunting and you would rather have a go at something simpler to start with, consider AutoSOLOs, which are much the same but don’t require any reversing, generally use simpler course layouts and are only open to standard road cars, which must be driven to and from the event.
Because Autotests are low-speed events you don’t need special safety gear such as helmets or overalls, which makes this one of the most readily accessible motor sport disciplines. Whilst they may be low speed, they are still highly competitive and leave thousands of competitors all over the country smiling.
Remember that it is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that their vehicle and equipment comply with both the Motorsport UK’s General Regulations (detailed in the Motorsport UK Competitors’ and Officials’ Yearbook) and the Supplementary Regulations (SRs) of the event or championship.