The ARC Forum Battle is a completely unique event designed to reward Australia’s best online car forum over a competition made up of 6 motorsport and non-motorsport point scoring facets.
The car club forum community has grown in strength and numbers in a very short space of time in Australia. The ARC Forum Battle represents the first event where car forums will compete head to head on a large scale at a national level along side the Australian Rally Championship.
This event will showcase grass roots motorsport to a national audience via the ARC’s Channel 10 coverage as well as print and online media. We hope that the car forums will embrace the opportunity and show their pride in their forum, car and mates by being represented at this battle.
ARC Forum Battle General
- Individuals compete in one of four motorsport disciplines and a show and shine/ overall club category. Points are then scored to their nominated forum to produce the final overall point score that will award Australia’s best car forum.
- Technical Regulations for relevant disciplines with specifics are designed to encourage road going, road registered, high performance vehicles to compete in a competitive yet safe and fair environment.
- Due to the expected number of car forums that will compete a limited number of entries will be allocated to each club for each discipline.
- The driver must be a forum member and must be the owner of the vehicle to be used.
- Club Support : This is a non-motorsport discipline. Each car forum will be provided a unique ticket code for the event and points will be awarded to forums based on the ticket sales per forum and thus the support of the event, each forum and the ARC Forum Battle by the forum members.
- Time Attack : This event will consist of 2 cars and drivers from each forum. Each driver will have 2 x 15-minute sessions to post their best time over the 1.6 kilometre Calder Park National Circuit Short Course (see attached map). There will be up to 8 cars on the track at once.
- Rally Stage/One-Lap Dash :This event will consist of 2 cars and drivers from each forum. Each driver will get 4 runs over the 2km course using the Calder Park National Circuit Long Course, the best time for each driver will be used to determine overall ARC Forum Battle points. Cars will be flagged away (rallystyle!) at 30 second intervals using timing beams at start and finish.
- Gymkhana : This event consists of 2 cars and drivers from each forum. Each driver will get 2 runs over the 750 metre highly technical slalom gymkahana course utilising pit lanes in the middle of the thunderdome. This is the most used section of calder park raceway for Rally Calder and will be highly visible to the public . Cars will be flagged away (rallystyle!) at 30 second intervals using timing beams at start and finish.
- Drag/Quarter Mile Sprint : The event will consist of 4 cars and drivers from each forum. Each driver will get multiple runs over the strip.
- Show n Shine : 20 cars per forum with each forum given an area within the Rally Calder Service Park precinct to “make their own”. A panel of judges will award points to the best presented individual cars and car forum as a whole – so get those creative juices flowing in terms of your areas!
There is a prize pool of $20,000 worth of car parts up for grabs for individuals .The prize presentation for best individual performance within each discipline as well as the overall ARC Forum Battle Champion Forum will be announced as part of a special podium presentation at the event (and before the Rally finals) currently scheduled for approximately 12:30.
The individual discipline winners and a representative driver and vehicle from the winning club will get to do a parade lap and be part of the grid with the finalists in the Bosch ARC, CAMS Tarmac Rally and Side x Side Events.
The ARC Forum Battle will take pride of place amongst other facets within Rally Calder promotional mediums including television commercials etc and will be covered within the live internet and Rally Calder radio. A minimum of 12-minutes of national television airtime (3 minutes on Ten and 9 minutes on ONE) will be dedicated to the highlights of each discipline.