Motorsport is thriving in Australia, with a record number of competition licences processed in March.
With 3,656 competition licences renewed or issued for the first time in the last month, this represents the best ever month in Motorsport Australia’s (and formerly CAMS’) history.
This record is more than 30% higher than the March average for the last five years and 15% more than the previous best ever month.
Motorsport Australia CEO Eugene Arocca said the record result highlighted the strong interest in motorsport across all disciplines, with people eager to compete in local events.
“After a tough 12 months, where our team worked extremely hard to assist our members through a very difficult period, we are thrilled so many are coming back to the sport,” Arocca said.
“On top of those renewing their licences, we are also thrilled to have welcomed many new members to the sport who are receiving their licence for the first time. This is a real confidence boost for the sport, our clubs and all the other stakeholders that make up the motorsport industry.
“We want to see more people enjoying more motorsport more often – and this record month shows we are certainly on the right track. As we continue to improve our technology and reduce the red tape, we are confident these strong numbers will continue throughout 2021.
“I also want to thank our hardworking officials who continue to renew their licences. With more events taking place, we know our officials are certainly in demand, but they continue to support our events and without them none of us would be racing.”
During 2020, Motorsport Australia simplified its licence and permit structure – aimed at reducing the barriers to participation for competition licence holders, officials and event organisers.
Membership Manager Michael Melilli said the March result was extremely promising for everyone involved in motorsport and highlighted that the recent improvements to the licence structure were beneficial to motorsport participants and stakeholders. The reduction and simplification in licence categories has been overwhelmingly endorsed by the members.
“We’re thrilled to assist our members, new and old, to facilitate their participation in motorsport in 2021,” Melilli said.
“2020 was a very difficult year, but we couldn’t be more pleased to see so many licence holders competing across a wide range of events, particularly at the grassroots level with our affiliated clubs.
“This month’s record confirms how passionate the motorsport community is about this amazing sport. We are excited to see so many people out there enjoying themselves and remain on call to help anyone wishing to return or renew their licence or those who are eager get started in the sport.”
Those wishing to sign up or renew their licence online can do so through the online member portal, or by contacting Motorsport Australia’s membership hotline on 1300 883 959.