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Posted - 13 Oct 2016 :  10:56:54  Show Profile  Visit CP's Homepage Send CP a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Because Supercars are now part of the FIA Super License system (**** knows why?), CAMS have decided to adopt their own Super License system, for Supercars.

A new CAMS Superlicense will be required for drivers to compete in the Supercars Championship from next season.
The sport’s governing body and premier category have introduced the system to mirror that used by the FIA for Formula 1.
It follows Supercars’ recent inclusion in the FIA Superlicense points system.
The prospect of a Supercars Superlicense was raised earlier this year amid criticism over 18-year-old Kurt Kostecki’s substitute role with Team 18.
Drivers currently need only a International Circuit C Racing Licence to compete in Supercars.
The new system will require a minimum of 13 points over a five-year period before a CAMS Superlicense will be given.
Twenty categories from Australia and New Zealand have been earmarked for use in the license system (see full table below).
They notably include Australian state level and New Zealand Formula Ford, but not the national series.
“Given that Supercars were recently included to the FIA Superlicence structure by the World Motor Sport Council, it was appropriate for CAMS to follow suit and implement a similar structure locally,” said CAMS General Manager of Motor Sport Michael Smith.
“Locally, CAMS has observed an increase in the number of young and inexperienced drivers racing powerful machinery in advanced categories of motor sport.
“Along with Supercars, we have raised concerns of a heightened level of risk. The CAMS Superlicence is intended to maintain the highest safety and driving standards across our sport.
“We have seen a similar case in Formula 1 where a driver is now required to have accumulated a number of FIA Superlicence points in junior categories and be over the age of 18 to be eligible to race.”
In addition to earning the required points, drivers wishing to gain a CAMS Superlicense will need to be 17 years or older.
They will be granted a Superlicense if they’ve competed in three or more Supercars events over the last five years or currently hold a minimum Gold driver rating with the FIA.
CAMS will also introduce minimum ages specific to each national category, which will now be 16 for both the Dunlop and Kumho Supercars series.
Supercars technical director David Stuart stressed that the changes will better prepare young drivers for competing in Supercars.
“The progressions through karting, junior formulae and then into the Supercars Dunlop Series and Virgin Australia Supercars Championship are quite dramatic, and in conjunction with CAMS we’ve worked on the Superlicence concept to ensure that young drivers are as prepared as possible when making these progressions,” he said.
“Supercars are fast, powerful cars, and quite dramatically different to anything else a young driver will be exposed to as they progress up the motor sport ladder.
“This new system will assist in getting them ready for the highest levels of Australian motor sport.”

In CAMS' now mandatory fashion, they have annoyed the Formula 3 and Formula Ford organisers again. Formula 4 offers more Super License points than F3, and if you are a Formula Ford driver, you can only fight for Super License points in state Formula Ford, and the NZ Formula Ford championships, but not the National championship.

There have been some changes to minimum age too. Circuit Excel, Formula Ford and Formula Vee can only be driven by those 14 and older.

15 and up for F4, Production cars and Aussie Racers.

16+ for for F3, IPRA, Radical/Sports Racers, GT Trophy, GT3 Challenge, Kumho V8s and Dunlop Series.

17 up for VASC, TCM, Carrera Cup, GT Championship/Endurance and Sports Sedans.

I suppose changes to minimum age also weeds out more Kostecki and Rullo types.


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Posted - 13 Oct 2016 :  14:03:35  Show Profile Send Sonic a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
guess CAMS had to do what they could to discredit the current crop of Supercar drivers who came through the FF ranks...

the idea behind it is a good one but the implementation is woeful (as we are growing to expect from CAMS sadly)

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Posted - 13 Oct 2016 :  21:21:44  Show Profile Send journeyman racer a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Garbage move because CAMS have nothing to do. If anything it probably helps GT and 12hr. Because it'll be easier to get in a great car, in a decent series, and at Bathurst, through that than v8sc/B1000

No1 fan of James Courtney's ex-wife!

Edited by - journeyman racer on 13 Oct 2016 21:23:08
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