First Gear is the easiest and cheapest intro to motorsport, if you’re aged 12–17.

You’ll be provided with a car for the day, and you’ll buddy up with a race driver instructor to coach you.

First Gear will be the first step for you getting a full Motorsport Australia licence. And you’ll have bragging rights with your mates as the first person to drive a car!

Whether you want to get into circuit racing, rally or off road racing, First Gear is the first step.

Want to get ahead? Click here to find a Motorsport Australia Car Club that suits where you live and what you’re interested in, and ask your parents to help you sign up to a car club.

Information for Parents & Guardians

First Gear exercises are designed for small groups to ensure that every participant gets a chance to learn new skills from our expert instructors in a safe environment. After they have mastered the basics of car control, they will be ready to progress to participate in club level motorsport events.

Motorsport Australia’s First Gear partner, Driving Solutions, will supply suitable road vehicles for the event.

There will be further First Gear initiatives to be announced to give young people more opportunities to participate in a club environment.

State Government Kids Voucher programs assist children and young people with the costs of participation in sport and active recreation activities. Please refer to the FAQ section at the bottom of this page for more information.

Date Location State
Friday 10 May Sydney Motorsport Park NSW
Saturday 18 May Perth Motorplex WA
Saturday 13 July Queensland Raceway QLD
Saturday 14 September METEC Bayswater VIC
Saturday 2 November Sydney Motorsport Park NSW
Saturday 16 November The Bend Motorsport Park SA
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What you'll learn
  • Car control
  • Braking
  • Road & motorsport safety
  • Steering
  • Vehicle dynamics & physics
  • Motorsport pathways
  • How to get a Motorsport Australia Licence
  • Access to industry experts on the day
  • Cars are supplied to you
  • An affordable motorsport experience
  • A friendly, encouraging and safe environment

4 Hours




Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to provide my own car?
Do I need a Motorsport Australia licence to participate in the activities?
How much does it cost to enter?
What State Government Kids Voucher programs are available and how can I apply for one?
Is this program suitable if I have never driven a car before?
Are parents allowed to participate?
Do I need a race suit to participate?

For any other questions, please feel free to contact Motorsport Australia on 1300 883 959 or [email protected].

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