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> Introduction to Dirt Circuit Racing
post May 5 2009, 07:37 PM
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Dirt circuit Racing is a popular & exciting form of motor sport that through the auspices of the Associated Dirt Circuit Clubs of South Australia Inc. (ADCCSA) is promoted by several member clubs in the Northern and Western regions of South Australia.

Dirt Circuit Racing had its origins when the Whyalla Car Club commenced promotion of the sport in 1974. Within a few years clubs at Pt. Lincoln, Woomera & Pt. Pirie had adopted a similar racing format. Interclub competitions became popular and an inter club championship began to develop.

The interest continued to grow & during 1981 the motor sport clubs of Whyalla car Club, Tumby Bay Sporting Car Club, Pt. Lincoln Sporting Car Club, and the Sporting Car Club of Port Pirie, joined forces to form a management body known as the Associated Dirt Circuit Clubs of South Australia Inc. This body has elected representatives from all the member clubs, and its formation was a major step that has enabled the development, improvement and standardisation of the regulations of the sport.

The Association now has consolidated with 9 member clubs, comprising the Arno Bay Dirt Circuit Club, Black Rock Dirt Circuit Club, Ceduna Dirt Circuit Club, Port Augusta Sporting Car Club, Port Lincoln Sporting Car Club, Sporting Car Club of Port Pirie, Roxby Downs Sporting Car Club, Truro & Districts Raceway Club, & Whyalla Car Club.

From the outset, Dirt Circuit Racing has been promoted as a relatively inexpensive and competitive form of motor sport. It has always had as its basic premise, to be a true club sport for persons from all walks of life with individuals involving themselves not for personal reward, but for the personal enjoyment of just being part of the sport, be they drivers, officials or other volunteers. General consensus is that this has been the fundamental reason for the growth and success of the sport, and must be preserved at all cost.

With dirt Circuit Racing firmly established in a large geographical area, the challenge for all individuals involved is to continue to provide a safe and enjoyable sport that remains within reach of all persons who wish to participate.



Dirt Circuit Racing as the name suggests is a motor sport event conducted totally on a dirt track, that can cover the range of variables from long and short straights, sharp hairpins to sweeping curves, multi directional racing, and often multiple tracks at the same venue.

This offers a wide variation in driving conditions for the participant to be challenged by, as well as providing exciting racing that has allowed the sport to develop a strong spectator following.

Classes of Racing

Dirt Circuit Racing accommodates a wide range of tastes by having broad classes of racing.

Currently Racing are Street Stocks, Modifieds, Super Modifieds, Open Wheelers and Super Open Wheelers.

Racing Format

Racing is generally on tracks of between 750m and 1200m. The events are sprints of usually 6 laps duration, although longer distance events are run on occasions to add to driver and spectator appeal.

The racing is conducted in both clockwise and anticlockwise directions, and several tracks have track variations that can be used during the racing event.

Because of the wide range of performance that can occur between competitors, handicap systems are used to provide a greater opportunity to all persons to enjoy the pleasures of winning. This arrangement is used at most club meetings, but for Championship events all racing is from scratch, using marble draws to allocate competitors on the start line.

The Rewards

Generally each club runs an annual club championship based on the aggregate points a competitor receives over the duration of a calendar year.

The points achieved go towards selecting club champions who receive trophies to recognise their achievements. No prize money is allowed at club and championship levels of the competition.

State Championship events are run annually at 2 host clubs, with the aggregate points from both events going towards selecting the State Champions from the various classes run a State Championship level.


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