Historic Touring Cars – Known as Group N not only caters for production touring and touring cars built before 31st December 1972 it also caters for Group A & C Touring Cars.
Group N is divided into three time periods defined as Na, Nb and Nc, and is unique in that individual cars are not required to have a competition history in order to be eligible.
Group Na is for production touring cars as recognised by CAMS and commercially available in Australia prior to 31st December 1957, with the inclusion of certain run-on models
Group Nb is for series production type touring cars manufactured prior to 31st December 1964 of which 100 of the particular model must have been produced (also known as Appendix J). This group is open to cars which were built and established a competition history either in Australia or overseas, provided the make and model was homologated with the FIA.
Group Nc is for touring cars of a make and model which competed in Australia between 1st January 1965 and 31st December 1972 in either the Australian Touring Car Championship or in races specifically for the 3rd Category Group C Improved Touring Cars.
Group A caters for vehicles with a competition history established in Australia and elsewhere in the period 1 January 1984 to 31 December 1992 in events run to regulations promulgated by FISA and or as adopted by CAMS for Group A Touring Cars.
Group C caters for vehicles with a competition history established in the period 1 January 1973 to 31 December 1984, in events run to regulations promulgated by CAMS for Group C Touring Cars in
The aim of Historic Touring Car Racing is to emulate the great cars & Drivers of the past in what many consider to be Australia's greatest period of motor racing.
It is the responsibility of all competitors to drive in a manner to minimise the risks of accidents & show consideration to other competitors & the investment in their cars.
Driver Behaviour: (Cams Manual of Motor Sport 5th Category Circuit Races 2.1.3)
Compared with contemporary racing, Historic racing enjoys several exemptions from vehicle safety standards as apply to modern cars. These exemptions could result in a lower level of driver protection & thus the code of conduct in historic racing must recognise this situation. Drivers of faster cars shall abide by a code of conduct whereby they do not seek to improve their position in the race during the lapping of slower cars. Similarly, drivers of cars being lapped must not seek to improve their position in the race when being lapped.
1: Drivers must remain on the circuit proper at all times, when passing others you are to ensure all four wheels remain on the circuit proper.
2: Driving down the centre of the circuit with the aim of preventing overtaking is not appropriate.
3: Deviation from your racing line to prevent an overtaking manoeuvre is Blocking & not appropriate. The overtaking drivers responsibility is to go around the other competitor safely.
4: When approaching a corner a competitor may change direction once to position themselves for the corner, further changes are deemed weaving/blocking & are not appropriate.
5: When being passed /overtaken by another competitor Racing room must be given, when a faster car is approaching maintain your line the faster car has the obligation to go around you, but do not hinder the faster car.
6: Overtaking into a corner! “Unique to Historic Racing” is the requirement that if your vehicle is not completely side by side (Front Wheels alongside front wheels) the corner is not yours & the competitor you are challenging has the corner, but racing room must be given by both competitors at all times. Side by Side racing is good for our sport & requires good sportsmanship.
7: If a pass cannot be performed safely then wait for another opportunity.
8: Do not abuse or by physical with other competitors or officials, no matter how aggrieved you may feel , allow time to cool down before addressing any issues you may have.
9: Circuit re-entry, if you go off the circuit ensure your re-entry will not affect other competitors.
10: Race Starts, Have a plan to allow for stalled cars, often in Historic vehicles breakages occur at the start line, also what will you do if your car stalls/malfunctions on the grid. Motor Racing is competitive no matter what level you are competing at. It is exciting & fun to say the least but mistakes do happen resulting in damage to vehicles. Maintaining an awareness of these guidelines & what is happening around you will help to minimise these occurrences. Races are not won in the first corner in Historic Racing but can be all over very quickly if due care is not realised. We race our vehicles for Fun & Passion & Historic Motor Racing should be all about a balanced & controlled behaviour. These guidelines should be read in conjunction with the relevant NCR`s.