Guidelines for New Entrants to Motor Sports
Phase - 1
- We have made an attempt to guide you through the various procedures and formalities that are required to be completed by you to enter the World of Motor Sports. This will avoid any unnecessary inconvenience that you may otherwise be likely to face.
- Motor sports in India is controlled by a central body called The Federation of Motor Sports Club of India (FMSCI). While the actual sports events are usually organised by various clubs in the country, the Guidelines, Technical Regulations and Common Organising Conditions are formulated, co-ordinated and implemented by the Federation.
- There are several types of Motor Sports events conducted by the Clubs in the country. They are Circuit Racing, Rally, Motocross / Supercross, SuperMoto, Hill Climb, Dirt Track Racing, Drag Meet, Motor Gymkhana, Autocross, Karting, etc.
- Each type of event mentioned above may be either jointly or separately conducted for two wheelers and four wheelers.
- As a new entrant to Motor Sports, you will need to complete various formalities before you can enter an event.
Phase - 2
- Find out the club nearest to your place of residence.
- Become a member of the same (optional).
- Decide in which category of the automobile you would like to take part i.e. two or four-wheelers.
- Decide what type of event you would like to start participating in. Experienced members from the club will be able to guide you in this.
- You need the basic qualification of being over 18 years of age and possession of a valid driving licence for on-road events like rallies before you go through the following formalities. However, for Off Road / Circuit Racing events , a license may be issued to competitor under 18 years, but not below 15 years, on the basis of strong recommendation from their Club / Team. However, for 2 wheeler unmodified class (Group D) upto 135 cc,/ Mopeds, the minimum age is 13 years. For Karting license the minimum age is 8 years.
- You need an FMSCI Competition Licence which will be issued by the FMSCI only. The application / medical forms can be downloaded from our website www.fmsci.in under “Applications”. The complete licensing procedure is spelt out in our website under “Circulars & Guidelines”.
- This set will consist of an application form for the Licence and Medical Certificate Forms. You will need to fill in the application form and get the Medical Certificate filled in by an approved Medical practitioner with his signature & seal.
- Complete the forms in all respects and send the same to your Club or to the FMSCI direct with all necessary enclosures and the necessary fees.
You may expect to receive the Licence within 1 or 2 weeks of your sending your application.
Phase - 3
Phase - 4
- Having completed these formalities, you will now have to prepare yourself for the actual event.
- What you need basically is a vehicle to take part. If you do not possess one, you must have the capacity to borrow one from your friend or relatives.
- The vehicle must have current registration and a valid Comprehensive Insurance cover.
- If borrowed from somebody, you must have an authorization letter from the legal owner allowing you to use the same in the competition.
- For any event, you also need a special insurance cover for the competition. Your normal vehicle Insurance will not cover taking part in a competition. This will have to be taken to cover the period of competition.
- Once you have decided the event in which you want to participate, write to the Club which organises that event for an entry form. Complete all the data in full and send the same along with the required entry fee to the club concerned. Make sure that you have enclosed all the required documents and the entry is submitted in time.
- Now is the time to start your preparation for the event. There are specific regulations governing the sports.
They are basically in two parts.
First concerns safety and second concerns the technical specifications for the vehicle. FMSCI publishes these regulations (also see “Rules & Regulations” on our site) and you can obtain copies of the same from the FMSCI on payment.
- The following highlights the basic requirement of the vehicle and equipment to be possessed by you for entering Motor Sports. Two wheelers and Four wheelers are dealt with separately.
(A) Two Wheeler - Safety
- You must possess a Riding Gear. This is an overall made of leather or thick material providing full protection against an accident.
- You must have an ISI marked full cover helmet. It must be in good condition. Details of Helmet requirements are provided in the Technical Specification for two wheelers.
- You must have leather gloves. They must be full cover gloves and half-covered gloves will not be permitted.
- You must have leather shoes, which are long enough to cover your ankle fully. Make sure your shoes are atleast 150 mm high, providing adequate protection to the ankle in case of an accident.
- There are several other safety requirements for the vehicle. They vary for different types of events and are listed in the Technical Specification Manual. There may be some additional safety requirement for a specific event, in which case they will be specified in the Supplementary Regulations of that particular event.
- You must conform to all the safety requirements without which you will not be allowed to take part in the event. You can always get guidance from the club of the FMSCI.
(B) Four Wheelers - Safety
- The vehicle must be fitted with a roll cage. The detailed technical specification of Roll Cages is provided in the National Competition Rules (NCR).
- The vehicle must be fitted with a Circuit Breaker. This is a master switch, which will cut off all electrical circuit in the vehicle at all engine speeds.
- Seat belts are a must for both the front seat driver and co-driver. Detailed specifications are in the National Competition Rules.
- Fire extinguisher is a must with a specified minimum capacity.
- Additional Bonnet and Boot Clamp – Details in the NCR.
- Some other safety requirements are First Aid Box, Red Triangle, Bulk Head Sealing, Fuel Line Clips, Helmets, Brake Conditions and Brake Lights, Reverse Light, Fuel Tank ventilation, Fuel line passage etc. Details of minimum requirements are indicated in the NCR.
- You will not be allowed to start in an event if your vehicle does not conform to the Safety Requirements.
- We have only detailed the initial start-up procedure and safety requirements for you to enter the sport. The details of vehicle groups and preparation are not covered in this.
WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST IN MOTOR SPORTS.