Red Bull-CMSC Autocross May 20
The Ceylon Motor Sports Club (CMSC) has announced the conducting of
an Autocross at the prestigious Waters Edge property on Saturday 20th
May. The principal sponsor for the event is Red Bull, the energy drink.
Autocross is an entry-level motor sport event where competitors are
given a single attempt at a course set over rough but completely
traversable gravel terrain.
The time is recorded for each competitor, and the class is won by the
competitor with the lowest time. The course is usually marked out with
series of wooden posts and plastic tape, and the competitor is required
to navigate the course without braking the tapes or knocking down the
Where this does happen, a time penalty is added to the time recorded.
If the competitor leaves the circuit, he (or she) must re-enter the
circuit from the same location.
The beauty of an autocross is that vehicles do not require any
special preparation. The risk of 'contact' is minimal as vehicles take
part one at a time, and therefore accidents are rare. Competing against
the clock takes a particular skill as unlike mass-start events, the
driver has no idea of how well he (or she) has done until the all
competitors have completed their run. Vehicles are classed by engine
power and weight, most cars are quite competitive in their own class.
Classes for the event are as set out by the governing body for the
sport, and will include classes for Jeeps, Double Cabs and other similar
4 wheel drive vehicles. These vehicles will be particularly suited to
In order to attract new faces to the sport, there will be events for
novices. There will be very little preparation needed for vehicles
entering in the novice category, and it is hoped that this event will
help bring new people into the sport.
Motor sport does not easily attract the wealth of new talent out
there, as most events will require a lot of preparation of vehicles and
not all meets hold events specifically for novices. Novices will compete
against each other this time, with awards being given to the first 3
The rules specify that novices are drivers who have not previously
taken part at a motor sport event. The event will take place in the
grounds of Waters Edge, which has many facilities for this type of
Entries for the event are available at the Club Office, at Jinasena
Ltd, No.4, Hunupitiya road, Colombo 02. Entries are limited, and will be
taken on a first come first served basis.