2022 will see the fifteenth running of this event and it still remains the most exciting event in the Nation for Club based competitors.
The Victorian 6 Hour Relay came to fruition in 2006 and was started by a group of CAMS Victoria Sate Council members. It came about with the demise of the "race" 6 Hour Relay which had been conducted at Winton in Victoria for many years.
The State Council members had heard about an event being conducted in another state for competitors who only required a speed licence to compete.
The event was a teams relay event which was not a race but where a team of drivers could chase a nominated time and gain points for hitting their time and losing points for missing the time. This sort of event fitted the bill perfectly.
A small working group was set up to look further into this type of event and Philip Island Grand prix circuit fitted the bill perfectly.
After many discussions with CAMS, the governing body for Motorsport in Australia, a permit was granted and the group then approached three of the major clubs in Victoria and asked them to support the event financially for the first year.
The first year saw 27 teams compete, but the ensuing word of mouth about this type of event at the best circuit in Australia saw the next year go to 40 teams and fill within hours of entries opening and for the 3rd year the grid was set at 50 which also filled in a few days.
So successful is the event that most years the grid has been oversubscribed and it has been this way for 14 years.
The event has been designed in the spirit of the 6 hour Relay Race, which has decades long history, however the event now has many different elements and exciting new innovations designed to make it more appealing to a broader cross-section of competitors and has even been referred to as the Bathurst for grass roots motor sport competitors.
What do I need?
The major attraction of this event is that it is open to anyone holding a Motorsport Australia Speed or higher license. This allows grass roots motor sport competitors a chance to sample what higher level motor sport is all about without the added inherent costs. Vehicle requirements are that of a sprint, so you don't need a fully race prepared log booked car. Most cars are eligible and only require the normal safety equipment needed at a sprint event, however all cars need a racing style harness and open cars or cars on racing tyres need a Motorsport Australia complying roll cage.
The event is specifically designed to give club members the chance to form teams of drivers and pit crew to compete against other teams. It is not a race but rather a Regularity event and as such does not just involve outright speed. Each driver nominates a target lap time which they believe can be consistently maintained. If you go quicker than your time the lap doesn't count, if you hit your target time then you get the lap plus a bonus lap, if you are slower than your target time then you get only the lap.
The event is being conducted under the authority of the International Sporting Code of the F.I.A , the National Competition Rules of Motorsport Australia and the Modern Regularity Regulations. A team of Motorsport Australia affiliated clubs are supporting the event, comprising of: the Gippsland Car Club, the Victorian Mini Club Inc. and Phillip Island Auto Racing Club,
Get behind the event, have some fun, and get a taste of competition. This is a great Motor Sport Club development event