Autotesting is one of the cheapest and most enjoyable forms of motor sport, where you can use a standard road or a modified car
Cars compete alone against the clock. The aim of autotesting is to drive around a set of cones adhering to a set route in as short a time as possible. The route is set out in a test diagram and can involve competitors using both forward and reverse gears. They are required to cross lines, stop astride lines, park in “garages”, pass and circle around cones, perform spin turns, handbrake turns and reverse flick turns.
Penalties are given for striking cones or incorrect manoeuvres. The competitor with the fastest time and the least penalties is the winner. The entry is divided into classes, according to the physical size of the car and it driving wheels (front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive, for example).
The minimum requirements are a roadworthy car and you must be at least 14 years old to drive in a Production Car Autotest or 16 years old to drive in a “normal” autotest; you must hold either a valid motor club membership card, or an MSA Clubman Competition Licence (depending on the status of the event)
This diagram shows what might be expected of the driver at a simple autotest. The finish is located in the same place as the start, and the only section requiring reverse is indicated with a dotted line.
R&DMSC organise and run two series of Autotests each year one in the summer on grass and one in the winter on tarmac. These are very relaxed events and are very fun to both watch and compete in. You don’t have to be Petter Solberg just come along and have a go, they are great for learning news driving skills and how to control your car.