Tweaks to Superlicence points confirmed

Motorsport Australia has made minor changes to its Superlicence Points System.

The biggest change is the allocation of points for the S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship, where drivers compete for the Motorsport Australia Gold Star, which now sees the winner awarded 12 points.

Australian Racing Group’s National Trans Am Series is now also eligible for points, with the winner of the series to receive seven points towards a Superlicence application.

The V8 Touring Car/Super3 Series and TCR Australia Series have also enjoyed a small increase to the total points on offer, with the winner of the respective Series to receive 10 points, up from eight for TCR and seven for V8 Touring Car/Super3 Series.

Motorsport Australia Director of Motorsport & Commercial Operations Michael Smith said the tweaks reflected the changing nature of the motorsport landscape.

“Motorsport Australia regularly reviews and analyses the Superlicence Points System to make sure it is fair and in line with the current trends in motorsport,” Smith explained.

“We have worked closely with a number of category managers on the changes and believe they are reflective of the current stature of each respective Championship and Series.

“With S5000, given its stature as the holder of the prestigious Motorsport Australia Gold Star title and the vehicles themselves, it makes sense for it to be worthy of 12 Superlicence points for the winner of the Championship and provide an opportunity to provide another pathway to the Supercars Championship.

“We know S5000 will continue to grow and establish a strong reputation in the coming years ahead. It’s an important part of our Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships events and is a real fan favourite.”

Championship or Series 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th >9th
Supercars Championship* 13 11 9 6 4 3 2 1 0 0
Supercars Development/Super2 Series 12 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
GT Endurance Championship 12 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
GT Championship 12 10 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
S5000 Drivers Championship/Gold Star 12 10 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
Formula 4 Championship* 12 10 7 5 3 2 1 0 0 0
TCR Series 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
Porsche Carrera Cup Series 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
Toyota Racing Series (NZ) 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
Super3/V8 Touring Cars Series 10 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
GT Trophy Series 7 5 4 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
NZ Touring Car Championship 5 4 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
State Formula Ford Championship 5 4 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
NZ Formula Ford Championship 5 4 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
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
Aussie Racing Car Series 5 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Radical Cup 5 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sports Racer 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: Championships/Series are Australian unless specifically indicated
*Eligible for FIA Superlicence and Motorsport Australia Superlicence points. All other categories are eligible for Motorsport Australia Superlicence points.

Superlicence Criteria:

Each Driver in the Supercars Championship must hold a Motorsport Australia Superlicence in addition to the minimum of an FIA International Grade C licence.

    To qualify for a Motorsport Australia Superlicence each applicant must satisfy the following criteria:
      • Hold a minimum of an FIA International Grade C licence; and
      • Be a minimum of 17 years of age; and
      • Accumulate a minimum of 13 points under either the FIA or Motorsport Australia Superlicence points system during the 5 years prior to the application

In addition to the above each application also must satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

          1. Be one of the first six of the final classification of the previous year’s Supercars Australia Super2 Series. If one or more driver/s currently holding a Motorsport Australia Superlicence are within the first six of the final classification, eligibility for a Motorsport Australia Superlicence shall extend up to a maximum of the first eight of the final classification of the previous year’s Series;
          2. Have competed in a minimum of three rounds of the Supercars Championship within the last five years;
          3. Have competed in a minimum of six rounds of the Supercars Super2 Series within the last three years;
          4. Hold a minimum of a Gold FIA Driver Categorisation.

An application with supporting documentation for dispensation for items (1), (2), (3) or (4) above will be jointly considered by of a panel of Motorsport Australia senior management and the Supercars Commission.