Autotest is all about car control. The challenge is to negotiate as quickly as possible a memorised, low-speed course without hitting any markers. While you will rarely venture out of first and reverse gears, you will need to get the hang of handbrake turns, J-turns and the like – unless you want to spend all day doing three-point turns and coming last, that is!
How do Autotests work?
Drivers compete on courses – usually on tarmac or grass areas such as car parks or smooth fields – marked out by plastic pylons or cones. They tackle a number of tests, with two attempts at each. The driver with the lowest accumulated time is the winner, although penalties are incurred for hitting cones, failing to stop on a line, or for taking the wrong route.
Larne Motor Club will be organising two simple clubman Autotests in 2018. To encourage people to try this fun filled form of motor sport we have designed easy to drive tests. We will also be doing the following to simplify the evening and allow anyone to give it a go:
All Individual cones or pairs of cones which form “gates” will be numbered in sequence, to indicate the order in which they should be passed. The numbering will be marked on the test diagram.
Additional markers will be laid on their sides adjacent to the course cones to indicate which side to pass.
360° turns will also be colour coded.
Autotesting is a great form of motor sport that everyone can try in their everyday car. Remember even the best autotest drivers were beginners once! You can compete in Autotesting from 14 years old (Adult accompanied) and from 16 years old without an accompanied adult.
There will also be a trophy sponsored by McCartney Motors, for the best “Beginner” over the two clubman events. The winner of the trophy shall be decided by Larne Motor Club and presented at our Prize Night.