From 2025, all Motorsport Australia licenced competitors must be able to get out of their vehicles in 10 seconds or less.
To allow competitors to become more familiar with the procedure, in 2024 competitors will have 15 seconds to demonstrate the ability self-extract from their vehicle.
This change follows advice from safety committees and international standards. Competitors had tests throughout a trial in 2023, and most were able to get out in less than 10 seconds.
The test will occur at events as part of scrutineering, or during a designated time listed in an event's Supplementary Regulations.
Frequently Asked Questions
• Why are you doing this?
As we all know, motorsport can be a dangerous sport. This self-extraction requirement will equip competitors with the skills and muscle memory, through additional practice, on how to exit their vehicle quickly during an emergency.
Time is so important in emergency situations, particularly those involving fire or dangerous leaks following an incident.
This brings our extraction guidelines brings us into line with the FIA standards used around the world.
• When do I do the test?
Tests will take place at events around Australia as part of scrutineering/during a designated time as listed in the event supplementary regulations.
• Does this include both drivers and co-drivers in events where two people are in the car?
Yes, both driver and co-driver must meet the self-extraction time limit.
• How do I prepare for this test?
You can practice as much as you like, whether that’s at home with your vehicle or in the lead up to the event. Regularly practicing your self-extraction techniques will only make the process simpler and improve your reaction times.
• What if I don’t complete the self-extraction in the required time frame?
The driver is not permitted to compete in that car until a test is passed. You will be able to have multiple attempts at passing this requirement.
• I have a disability, will this prevent me from participating?
As per Motorsport Australia's Medical Standards click here to view, any individual with a disability or other impairment which may reasonably compromise their ability to safely handle an automobile under racing conditions will be permitted to participate, providing prior approval has been granted by Motorsport Australia. Further evaluation may be required, of which this process already exists as noted in Section 2.1 (c) of the Medical Standards.
• Does this include speed events?
Yes, testing may take place at any Motorsport Australia sanctioned event.
• Why do we get an extra 5 seconds in 2024?
This is a staged introduction of a time limit that will give existing competitors the opportunity to practice and improve their self-extraction techniques.