Classic Outback Regularity is a Time-Speed-Distance (TSD) competition of precision driving. It will follow the route of the Classic Outback Trial on dirt surfaces and will include approximately 20 regularity tests over the special stages.
The challenge for the participating crews will be to drive along a special stage keeping to the average speeds set by the organisers, which will be no greater than 80km/h. And, the speeds may vary within a stage. The organisers will calculate the precise time participants should arrive at any point on the route if they kept to the exact set speed. The perfect team would be on time at any given point along the stage. Times will be recorded by the RallySafe device fitted to each vehicle.
So. What makes this competitive and fun?
The co-driver’s task is to keep on the prescribed route using the road book. The co-driver needs to continuously work out whether the vehicle is ahead or behind the ideal time.
The driver’s task is to drive with precision and keep an eye on the speed. The driver will need to make up time if there are delays where the road conditions mean the crew is traveling slower than the set speed – and to slow down in the opposite situation. There may be different speeds for different classes of vehicles. A maximum permitted outright speed of 100km/h will be specified by the organisers and exceeding this limit may result in exclusion from the event.
The crew will not know where the vehicle will be timed, with penalties applied for each second early or late at each timing location.
Penalties are expressed as minutes and seconds. The crew with the lowest total is the overall winner, the next lowest second, and so on.
Penalties, expressed in time, will be applied for any stages that are missed.
Who takes part?
Anyone and everyone. A crew of two of all ages (12 years old or over) can be nominated, with experience levels from national competitors to novices.
Anyone with a valid driving licence can drive. A competition licence issued by an FIA National Sporting Authority (eg: CAMS) is required by both driver and co-driver and it needs to be the minimum equivalent of a CAMS Level 2NS (Non-Speed) or superior.
Crew members are not required to wear helmets or any clothing other than that normally worn. Footwear must cover the feet.
All vehicles must be registered and roadworthy for use on public roads and do not need to have roll cages fitted or any special preparation. Vehicles will be accepted at the discretion of the organisers. Sump and tank guards are recommended and additional safety precautions (eg: fire extinguisher, first aid kit, safety triangles) will be required.
Classes will be:
- Class A – Classic and Historic Cars
- Class B – 4×4 Recreational Vehicles
- Class C – Other Suitable Vehicles
Regularity is very popular in events like Targa Tasmania and Classic Adelaide – as well as being huge overseas. It gives crews a challenging driving competition, albeit at a more measure pace that full special stage rallying. And, it takes crews to some very special parts of the world.
In Classic Outback Regularity you will run on some amazing stages on cattle stations around Alice Springs. The Red Centre is fabulous country – you will enjoy some great roads, challenging drives and see a postcard around every corner.