Rallycross was created in the 1970’s as a form of motorsport made for TV. Events take place over a combination of tarmac and loose surfaces. Most competitions involve a series of heats leading to qualification for finals and ultimately the super final race for the fastest competitors on the day.
Rallycross Cars are split into classes ranging from Production cars, through Modified cars and hig performance single seat RallyX buggies to the spectacular 4 Wheel Drive RallyX Supercars that accellerate faster than an F1 Car.
Short, Sharp four lap heats with up to six cars on the grid are run to determine the grid positions for the finals, where the fastest drivers in each class get to race for championship points. The excitement culminates in the Superfinal where the fastest eight drivers across all of the classes race against each other over six laps.
The action comes thick and fast and the addition of a Joker Lap, which each driver must take once per race adding extra spice to the races.
Rallycross is a unique challenge for drivers as they must masters a variety of track surfaces, while battling wheel to wheel for supremacy across three sets of short but intense heats before tackling the all important finals.
More information on the 2023 Parts For Cars Irish RallyX Championship can be found on the Championships dedicated web site www.irx.ie.
A speed category "National B" grade licence is required. The minimum age limit is 16 years. A medical certificate is required, and this is part of the licence form. A Road Traffic Act driving licence is not required. Competitors under 18 years of age require written permission from their parents or guardians. There is a special junior class for 14-16 year olds, with special licence requirements and vehicles as per Motorsport Ireland Yearbook.
A first time licence costs as little as €40 if you are a member of one of our Affiliated Motor Clubs - non-club members pay €80.
Special equipment required
Competition cars must have a full roll cage fitted. The windscreen must be laminated or rigid plastic type. Two extra high mounted brake lights, towing eyes for breakdown, a dual circuit brake system, integrated seat and headrest, electric cut off switch, mud-flaps on all driven wheels, fire extinguisher and a full safety harness are all required. Exact specifications are published in the current Motorsport Ireland Yearbook.
Competitors are required to wear a crash helmet (open or closed face type allowed), fire proof overalls, underwear, socks, gloves and fire resistant boots.