Beginners Guide to the E36 Race Series Part 1

Updated: Oct 3, 2021

Do you want to race with us but don't know where to start? Don't have friends in motorsport circles to help guide you? Read on.

This 7 part blog post is for beginners and new people who want to race with us (when we eventually return to racing). When you look at the amount of work required to get you and your car on the track, it would be completely normal to say to yourself, is this worth the time and cost? My answer is an emphatic, yes!

Despite the hours of preparation behind the scenes, when you're on track competing with other cars, it's exhilarating, it's an adrenaline filled rush that never gets old, in fact, it's very addictive and once you get the bug for racing, it's very hard to see yourself doing anything else on the weekend, at least in my opinion.

In this series of 7 posts, I'll attempt to answer the following questions:

  1. What type of licence is required to race in the E36 Race Series?

  2. What safety gear do I need?

  3. Where do I buy my motorsport gear and car parts?

  4. What is a basic car setup I can start with?

  5. How do I make my car reliable?

  6. What performance improvements can I make within the rules?

  7. Some things I've learnt along the way

1. What type of licence is required to race in the E36 Race Series?

There are two sanctioning bodies where you can obtain a licence from, Motorsport Australia and Australian Auto-Sport Alliance also known as AASA. As we run our events under AASA Regulations, our preference is AASA but MA licences are accepted. The cost of the AASA National Race Licence is $260.00 annually.

The AASA licence application process is as follows:

Step 1. Visit the AASA website and download the application form. AASA requires an online account to be created first.

Step 2. Get a medical completed. I went to our family Doctor, it was the first time he had been asked for a medical for motorsport licencing but after some explanation, he was fine.

Step 3. Send the completed form with the attached medical results to AASA with your hard earned cash and wait for a reply.

Step 4. You should receive an email requesting you to make a booking to complete an Observed Licence Test. The OLT is your opportunity to demonstrate a basic understanding of manoeuvring a vehicle at speed, ensuring the safety of yourself, other competitors, officials and spectators. You'll also be tested on your understanding of rules and regulations.

Step 5. Complete your OLT and submit the paperwork to AASA for processing. You will receive your provisional licence and you'll be required to display a P plate on the back of your car. To convert your licence into a full licence, you will need to compete in four AASA sanctioned race events (E36 Race Series) and be observed by an official and be signed off after each event.

In addition to your AASA Licence, you'll also need to have a AASA Passport for your car. The Passport also known as a Logbook, is a document that records ownership and competition. It enables competitors, officials, event organisers and sanctioning bodies to keep track of the competition car. If there is damage to or an issue with eligibility with the vehicle, the Passport is used to communicate this information to officials at future events so that they may satisfy their due diligence requirements in relation to the safety and/or eligibility of the car. The cost for the AASA Passport is $100 annually.

In my next blog post, I'll discuss the required safety gear you'll need for yourself and your car.

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