Asked your self the question how do you become a rally driver?
Or how do you become a rally driver in the UK
You’ve tried an experience at Silverstone Rally School and of course you really want more, so how do you become a rally driver? If you want to start competing in rallies you’ll need a licence. Here’s how you go about getting a licence to become a rally driver in the UK.
1. Get your ‘GoRallying’ MOTOR SPORT UK licence pack
Competitive motorsport in the UK is governed by the Motor Sport UK and that covers all forms of motor sport icluding rallying. Go to the Motor Sport UK website and buy the Go Rallying pack licence kit. Inside is everything you need to go about becoming a licensed rally driver. It only costs around £99 and the covers the cost of your first licence is included in this.
Before you can compete in rallies you’ll to become a licensed rally driver
2. Take your assessment with a BARS member rally school
The British Association of Rally Schools (BARS) is the only body that is able to issue you with a BARS accreditation. You’ll need this to be able to apply for your Motor Sport Uk Stage Rally licence. To get your BARS qualification you need to undertake:
– A written multiple choice theory test – a 30 minute test based on the Motor Sport UK Blue Book’s rallying sections and video (included in your Motor Sport UK Go Rallying pack)
– A driving assessment – a Motor Sport UK S licensed rally instructor will accompany you in a rally car and assess your driving for around 10 minutes
The whole thing lasts around two hours and you can organise this at Silverstone Rally School BARS accredited rally school a. You’ll need to bring your Motor Sport UK pack with you, including the licence application form that will be validated if you pass. The licence assessment is just an assessment so to take yourself to the very next level we also recommend that prior to the assessment and competing you take one of our exceptional 121 tuition courses in the same drive line that you will be competing in. If you combine this with your rally licence assessment we offer you a discount and this is a fabulous way to upskill your rally driving ability prior to rallying in your own rally car!. If your rally car has the Motor sport UK passport we also offer tuition in your own rally car!
3. Apply for your licence
Once you have been passed by BARS, you will be able to apply for your very first rally licence (the cost of which is included in that Motor Sport Uk GoRallying pack you bought). Once you’ve received it, you’re qualified to be able to compete in Stage Rally competitions in the UK.
After you’ve got your stage rally licence
Having got your Motor Sport UK Stage Rally licence, that’s just the beginning. You’ll need somewhere to compete and also to find a co-driver (navigator). We also offer exceptional navigation tuition here to kick start rallying..
Where to compete in a rally in the UK
So now you have your licence you can compete in stage rallies around the UK. Join a local motor club this will enable you to meet people in the rallying fraternity. These will be like minded people like your self. The club will organise stage rallies and also have a calendar of rallies available to compete in around the UK
Your rally car:
To rally you’ll need a fully-prepped rally car and that;s not cheap!
For Stage Rally competitions you need a car that complies with all the current Motor sport UK regulations. Thats to say, modifications such as adding roll cages, special rally-grade seats with multipoint harnesses, fire extinguishers and other safety features.
You can buy converted rally cars that are ready to go, or you can get a specialist company to modify a standard road car. You can even do it yourself. Needless to say, it’s not cheap to buy, convert and especially maintain a rally car – rallies are tough races that take it out of the cars.
The rally co-driver:
Having become a rally driver, you’ll need a great co-driver too!
Sitting next to every great rally driver is a great co-driver. Their role up front in the passenger seat is navigator, reading the organiser’s pace notes or tuilips that give details of all the bends, crests and drops of the course, so the driver knows what’s coming up next.
They might not be as well known as the drivers, but serious qudos to the co-drivers who keep it all together in the car during the race. So, when you start competing in stage rallies you’ll need one. Again, the process is pretty similar to becoming a rally driver. Contact us at Silverstone Rally School for dates for our Navigational courses.
Congratulations! You’ve just become a rally driver!
You’ve got the licence, you’ve got the car, you’ve got the co-driver – you’ve become a fully fledged rally driver, now it’s time to get out there and compete on those Stage Rallies!
Recommend for all people who want to get into the sport. Don't just get the licence and go out on the rally stage in your shiny new rally car - start with a entry level rally car and build on your craft. Get to understand rally driving skills and technique with rally driver training in the same drive line as you will be driving. We fully recommend some 121 tuition to keep you and your shiny new car safe. Our licensed instructors are very skilled at what they do! They all rally and can give you some great tips for you new hobby! Silverstone Rally School would love to use our rally driving experience to help you get into the sport. Give us a call today to book your professional rally driver tuition.