Rallysprint is the training discipline for competitive rallying, using shorter stages and permitting a wider range to vehicles although a cage and restraints are mandatory.


What is the Minimum Age to Compete?

16 years of age with a valid driver’s licence for the crew member listed as driver. Passengers (minimum age 12 years, minimum weight 36 kg or (80lbs) and minimum height
145 cm or (4’9”)) are permitted. For any participant (driver or passenger) under the age of majority of the province, a written permission signed by a parent or guardian must be provided.

Additional Licensing Requirements

The following documents, valid on the day(s) of the event, must be presented at registration:
 Driver’s licence for the crew member listed as driver
 Vehicle registration (if any portion of the event runs on public roads)
 Liability insurance for the entered vehicle (if any portion of the event runs on public roads)
 When the owner of the vehicle is not entered as the driver or co-driver, a written authorization
from the owner of the vehicle
 Rally sprint competition licences, issued by the CARS region, for both driver and co-driver are required (regional or national CARS licences also accepted)

What Kind of Cars are Acceptable?

Vehicles must be based on a production, closed body and chassis to compete, and must meet the following requirements under CARS Rules (the following is only an overview, please see the latest requirements at https://carsrally.ca/documents/competitors/) ::
 Vehicles with forced induction engines must meet the requirements of 12.6.3 Turbocharger/Supercharger restrictions.
 All competing vehicles must be roadworthy and the following items, in particular, must be adequate and functioning properly: all brakes, horn, windshield wipers, all legally required exterior lights, tires and exhaust system.
 Fuel, fuel tanks & lines must comply with 12.3.11.
 All competing vehicles must have towing eyes as per 12.3.13.
 Vehicles must comply with noise limits as outlined in 12.4.4.
 All loose items in the vehicle must be fastened securely during the event (including items in the trunk).
 Mechanical condition and safety of the vehicle is the responsibility of the competitor.

What Equipment Do I Need In the Car?

Equipment must meet the following requirements under CARS Rules (the following is only an overview, please see the latest requirements at https://carsrally.ca/documents/competitors/) :
 Helmets meeting 11.1.6 or meeting the Snell SA 2000 standard must be worn by all drivers and co-drivers. Helmets must be in good condition, with no visible defects or damage.
 Each competitor must wear a frontal head restraint system (FHR), as outlined in CARS 11.1.7.
 Competitors must carry: Fire extinguishers conforming to 12.3.4; First Aid kit conforming to 12.3.5.; Warning devices/Safety Triangles conforming with 12.3.6 (note placement within vehicle); Towrope conforming to 12.3.16 (note all parts of tow rope must be within the competition vehicle at all times while not in use.)
 A minimum of five point safety harnesses for driver and co-driver are required. There will be no expiry date restriction. Harnesses must be in good condition with no visible defects.
 Roll over protection – All vehicles must be fitted with a roll cage. All cages must be of a minimum six point mounting design, must include two door bars per side and two diagonal members within the main hoop. It is recommended that rollover protection meet 12.3.2. Canadian Association of Rallysport 100 2020 However; Cages currently approved by CARS or used in vehicles with CARS logbooks issued since 2000 are acceptable; Cages used in vehicles with CARS logbooks issued pre-2000 may be acceptable if the cages are 6 point, have two door bars and a minimum of two diagonals in the main hoop; Cages in race vehicles with logbooks issued by an ASN Canada FIA territory or other race sanctioning body may be accepted after being approved by a CARS Regional Chief Scrutineer; Other cages, if approved by the Regional Chief Scrutineer, may be accepted. Roll cage padding must comply with Cages and roll bars may be bolted to the floor. The mounting plate requirements are the same as a welded cage
 Seats – Seats must be fixed back, one-piece FIA approved racing seats. There will be no expiry date restriction. Seats must be in good condition with no visible defects.
 Driving suits conforming to 11.1.8 are recommended.

How Can I Prepare for My First Rallysprint?

Speak with existing competitors by joining the Ontario Rallysprint Championship Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1010398825799223/


Rally Sprint is like a mini performance type rally but without the stringent safety requirements of a performance rally. Entry fees and equipment requirements are considerably less than those required for performance rally. Vehicles need to be caged but the seat and harness requirements are not as strict, where certain expired racing seats and harnesses can be used. Participants must wear flame retardant suits and safety helmets. The course is not as long as that of a performance rally and events are held on closed roads. Speed restrictions are imposed. A team includes both a driver and a navigator. 

Rally Sprint is a great way to experience performance stage rally roads at a reasonable cost. Entry fees are lower than those of performance stage rally. Currently there are three events scheduled on a yearly basis with a set number of entries. The Ontario Rallysprint Championship (“ORSC”) is a new series for rallyists – 2020 will mark the second season of ORSC events. PMSC will be involved in the organization of the third and final event of the 2020 season – check our the calendar for more information.

Next Steps

  • Contact a rallysprint organizer to answer any questions that you may have. Organizers can be found in the event sections of the site.
  • Signup for an event, also in the event sections of the site
  • Come early at least two hours before the first car is to leave as there either a parade or reccee lap to drive the course and then immediately before the start there is a drivers meeting for last minute route and event information
  • Make it to the start point at least five minutes before your designated departure time
  • Start the event and have fun!