Perth Motorplex to make complete switch to IHRA sanctioning for Drag Racing
The world-class Perth Motorplex will move to full International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) sanctioning for Drag Racing events from 1 December 2015.
The venue’s management will make the switch to the internationally renowned IHRA with long-term sustainability and growth at the forefront of its decision making process.
The move comes after the local governing body; the Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) made it clear it would not sanction upcoming 400 Thunder events at the multi-million dollar venue.
Perth Motorplex General Manager, Kevin Prendergast said IHRA sanctioning ends months of turmoil and uncertainty, and brings a host of benefits for competitors.
“We’re proud to align our world-class venue with the globally recognised IHRA to sanction all future events at Perth Motorplex,” Prendergast said.
“Perth Motorplex has continued to attempt to work with ANDRA, but its unreliable behaviour over the past few months and last week’s announcement left us no option but to explore other sanctioning options in the best interest of our competitors and the future of the sport.
“The IHRA will significantly reduce competitor costs through lower license and membership fees, ensuring drag racing has a strong future in Perth, and also give competitors the opportunity to race overseas at other IHRA sanctioned venues and events.”
Prendergast said the venue’s insurance policies would not be affected by the change.
“Like a number of Australian tracks, Perth Motorplex has organised its own Public Liability and Personal Accident Insurance separate to ANDRA for a number of years,” he said.
“Those insurance arrangements are placed with SLE Worldwide who are also the insurers for ANDRA. So competitors can take comfort knowing they have the same insurance underwriter and the same levels of coverage as they have always enjoyed.”
The IHRA is the second largest drag racing regulator in the world, with more than 100 member tracks across the United States, Canada, New Zealand and the Caribbean.
Founded in 1970, the U.S. based body is also responsible for the promotion of the IHRA Drag Racing Series, Summit Pro-Am Tour, Summit SuperSeries, Summit Junior SuperSeries, and the Summit Tournament of Champions.
“The Perth Motorplex will work closely with racers and the IHRA to ensure there is a smooth transition,” Prendergast said
“We are committed to providing Western Australia with a world-class venue, and IHRA sanctioning brings us further in line with leading tracks around the world.”
Full details regarding IHRA licences, safety regulations and class structures will be announced soon.
A racer information briefing has been arranged for this Tuesday 24th November at 7:00 pm at the Perth Motorplex for all who wish to attend. This meeting will be attended by Perth Motorplex management and Venues West Chief Executive Officer David Etherton.
IHRA Key Points
IHRA LICENSE PROCESS:
Current ANDRA licenses will be recognised to facilitate a complimentary IHRA license.
The complimentary license will be available for current ANDRA licence holder from 1st December 2015 until 30th March 2016.
Any complimentary license will be valid until the expiry date of the current ANDRA license.
Each competitor must show the current ANDRA license and complete an IHRA License form prior to being issued a complimentary IHRA license.
The IHRA license will be complimentary until the expiry date of the existing license.
The Competitor’s Racing number will transfer to IHRA License.
Prior to renewal of a current license all competitors must complete a Medical unless they can produce a Medical certificate which is less than 2 years old.
License Cost: $70 USD per annum
For new license applications visit IHRA.com and complete the online forms
Any current ANDRA Vehicle Technical Inspection will be recognised to facilitate the IHRA Technical sticker.
On sighting of current Technical sticker and presentation of current log book an IHRA Tech sticker will be supplied to attach to vehicle.
ANDRA Vehicle Logbook must be presented at scrutineering and once sighted an IHRA Log Book will be issued for the Vehicle.
400 Thunder Series Stickers to be located on each side of Professional entrant vehicle in a location to be confirmed in Series Regulations.
Bi-Annual Technical Inspection Fee: $100.00 USD for quicker than 7.50 ET seconds and $75.00 USD for slower than 7.50 second ET.
Responsibility for the safety of a race vehicle and its safe operation rests solely with the competitor.
Fuel Checking: IHRA Director of Competition and IHRA Stewards
Class Compliance: IHRA Director of Competition and Scrutineers
Technical Checks: IHRA Director of Competition and IHRA Stewards
Safety Spot Check of Entry: Scrutineers
Licence & Log Book Checks: Scrutineers
SENIOR OFFICALS & STEWARDS:
Meeting Director: Rod Britton
IHRA Director of Competition: TBC
Race Director: Kate Luyer
Head Scrutineer: TBC
IHRA Stewards: TBC
Judicial Panel: Meeting Director, Director of Competition and One Steward
Public Liability: $50mil placed with SLE Worldwide through Transwest Insurance Brokers in Sydney.
Personal Accident Insurance: To cover Drivers, Crews, Officials and Media in placed with SLE Worldwide Insurance through Transwest Insurance Brokers which is commensurate with existing coverage.
Proof of Insurance and a summary of benefits will be made available for competitors.
All Racing regulations and classes are based on existing Australian racing.
An IHRA Australia rulebook supplement to be produced in the near future.
Existing technical specifications for all vehicles will be applied.