How to become a Rally Driver Part 3 – Club Motorsport

Part three of our series is where the fun starts!

We’re introducing you to club level Motorsport called Khanacross. These “grass roots” events provide a strong foundation to start rally driving. They are cheap and easy to enter and you don’t need full rally cars to compete. Check out part 2 of the series if you’ve missed it.

What is a Khanacross?

Run on sealed or unsealed surfaces, these events are designated as low speed. They are designed to test braking and manoeuvrability of the car. Each competitive section is known as a test and can be no longer than 1.5km. The events can run in open areas or weave around man made and natural obstacles. Each test is timed with multiple tests being run during an event. Markers usually delineate the course and if you knock one over, you get a time penalty. The winner is the driver with the fastest total time over the day.

Khanacross is a great way to learn and hone driving skills which translate into higher levels of the sport. Even though we may compete at top level rallies, we still compete in club events. You only require a basic competition license (L2NS), safety equipment and car to compete. You don’t even need a road licensed car which really open your options and makes for cheap racing. They are extremely popular family events too (multiple drivers can use the same car). Kids as young as 12 years old can get behind the wheel and enjoy relaxed competition. For the adults there’s the chance to drift sideways and race against the clock as well as pick up tips from experienced competitors.

More info

If you haven’t read our Khanacross blog posts, click here to have a read. There are videos, photos and results to go with the words. To find out more information on club level competition and upcoming events click here

What is a Khanacross video

All countries and regions will have some form of club level motorsport. If you don’t have this type, there’ll be something else like grass track racing, autokhana or autocross. Ask at your car club and they can hook you up.

Part four of the series is down to the mechanics of how a rally works and let’s not forget the role of your co-driver.

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