Introduction to Motorsport Courses
INFORMATION FOR NEWCOMERS
All newcomer drivers in Circuit Racing and Stage Rallying are required to undertake a Motorsport Ireland "Introduction to Motorsport Course" prior to being issued with a competition licence.
Download our Getting Started in Irish Motorsport Booklet
The aim of these courses is to give each newcomer a safe and enjoyable introduction to the sport and prepare them for their first event. The courses are 6 - 8 hours long and include theory, practical and on-track/stage driving tuition and are taught by Level 1 grade Coaches who have been certified by the NCTC and MI. Also, successful completion of a course is counted as one upgrading signature i.e. one guaranteed event finish!
HERE IS A BRIEF OUTLINE OF WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO DO:
1. APPLY TO MOTORSPORT IRELAND FOR AN INTRODUCTORY PACK:
There is a cost of €10
This can be done by telephoning, sending an e-mail, calling to the MI office at 34 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Phone: 01 6775628, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The pack can be paid for by credit card (if order is placed by phone, e-mail or over the counter), cash, cheque, postal order.
THE PACK WILL CONTAINS:
- A Booking Reference Number
- A Licence Application Form
- An IRDS (Insurance) Application Form (for Rallying not Racing)
- Course Details - how to book, costs, directions etc.
- Other preparatory information
2. BOOK YOUR COURSE BY CONTACTING SCHOOL AND QUOTING YOUR BOOKING REFERENCE NUMBER:
There is a choice of two venues:
RallyConnection, Millstreet, Cappagh, Dungarvan, Co.Waterford, Ph/Fax: 058 47000, - www.rallyconnection.com - Cost of course = €375.00
Rally School Ireland, Gola, Scotstown, Co.Monaghan, Ph: 047 89098
Website: www.rallyschoolireland.ie - Cost of course = €375.00
Please contact the schools directly to find out the dates of their upcoming courses.
Mondello Park, Donore, Naas, Co.Kildare, Ph: 045 860200
Website: www.mondellopark.ie - Cost of course = €250.00
Please Note: You must be able to drive a saloon car in a safe and controlled manner prior to booking a course. Also, Junior Race applicants, that is, children from 14-16 years of age inclusive,
MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire duration of the course.
3. COMPLETE THE COURSE:
Here is a brief outline of the course content:
- Sign-on and Registration
- An introduction to the course
- Safety Clothing & Equipment
- Safety Signs and Signals
- Driving Theory
- Practical Driving Instruction
- Driving Assessment
- Event Procedures (what to expect on the day)
- Rules & Regulations
- Officials and their duties
- Pre-Event Preparation
- Competitor Behaviour
- Oral/Written Theory Test
- Close & Course Evaluation
Your Licence Application Form will be stamped by the School
4. APPLY TO MOTORSPORT IRELAND FOR YOUR COMPETITION LICENCE:
The cost is €50 if you are a member of an Affiliated Motor Club and you have had your form stamped by the club or the club has provided MI with an email confirmation of your current membership, otherwise the cost will be €250 (The non-member supplement fee is €200).
Now you are ready to go!
Best of luck and we hope you enjoy yourselves.