Major Changes to the Motorsport Australia Superlicense System
Motorsport Australia paved the way for aspiring riders to obtain a Superlicence, making the system less focused on the Dunlop Super2 series.
The changes announced last year had cemented the importance of the Supercars feeder series in the process of obtaining a Motorsport Australia Superlience.
Barry Rogers, the Australian Racing Group’s biggest shareholder and now a Supercars board member, last week publicly criticized the scheme as a ‘restriction of trade’ and blamed it for dwindling numbers. grid in the Australian S5000 Drivers Championship.
Speedcafe.com understands that Motorsport Australia had been working on revamping the system for quite some time, however – and two major changes have now been made official.
The first is the removal of additional criteria which effectively required most applicants to have completed six Super2 rounds in the previous three years.
While the Super2 is still seen as the first route to the Repco Supercars championship, the change is designed to give the other categories more weight.
This should give a boost to drivers who would have found themselves in the situation that Nathan Herne had in 2020, and Matthew Payne last year.
The criteria of holding at least an FIA International Grade C licence, being at least 17 years old and having accumulated at least 13 points under the FIA or Motorsport Australia Superlience points in the five years preceding the candidacy, all remain.
However, if you do not have the necessary 13 points, a Superlicense can be obtained by meeting one of the following criteria:
- I. Be one of the top six (6) in the final Supercars Australia Super2 Series standings from the previous year. If one (1) or more Drivers currently holding a Motorsport Australia Superlicence are in the top six of the final standings, eligibility for a Motorsport Australia Superlicense will extend to a maximum of the top eight (8) of the final standings from the previous year’s series; Where
- ii. Have taken part in at least 3 rounds of the Supercars championship in the last 5 years; Where
- iii. Hold at least an FIA Gold Driver Categorization
The derogation request also remains an option.
The second key change is that entries will now have to be submitted by Supercars teams on behalf of an individual, rather than being submitted by the individual themselves.
It is believed that this will bypass all enforcement decisions that do not relate to a driver who has a locked formal arrangement.
Revisions have also been made to the Superlicence points table, with the addition of the National Formula Ford Series and the New Zealand Toyota 86 Series.
The first follows its return to Motorsport Australia Series status, announced last month.
A Motorsport Australia spokesperson confirmed to Speedcafe.com that the changes will be implemented shortly.
“An updated Superlicense application form, outlining eligibility changes and point allocations, will be available on our website in the coming days,” the spokesperson said.
Motorsport Australia said its Superlicence system is under constant review.
|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|
|Porsche Carerra Cup Championship (2022 and beyond)||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 (2021 and earlier)||ten||8||7||6||5||4||3||2||1||0|
|NZ Toyota Racing Series*||ten||8||7||6||5||4||3||2||1||0|
|Super3/V8 Touring 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|
|GT3 Trophy Series||7||5||4||3||2||1||0||0||0||0|
|Formula Ford National 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|
|New Zealand Toyota 86 Series||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|
|Formula Ford State Championship||5||4||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|SuperUtes/V8 SuperUtes Series||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 Race Car Series||5||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sports Racer / Prototype 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|
Note: Leagues/series are Australian unless otherwise stated.
* Eligible for FIA Superlicence and Motorsport Australia Superlicence points. All other categories are eligible for Motorsport Australia Superlicence points