POLL: Should CAMS review the Superlicence?

Tom Howard

Monday 13th February, 2017 - 3:26pm

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The introduction of the CAMS Superlicence system has sparked an avalanche of debate.

The system has been introduced this season to ensure a certain driving standard is met by competitors in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

CAMS elected to grant 16-year-old Alex Rullo a special dispensation to make his Supercars debut at Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport despite the teenager failing to meet the specified criteria to qualify for a Superlicence last week.

A day later the sport’s governing body declined to grant a dispensation to 23-year-old Dunlop Series driver Matt Chahda which blocked him from taking the second seat at LDM.

The decision arrived despite the Albury-based Chahda meeting at least half of the criteria.

Under the new procedure drivers wishing to race in Australia’s premier series must obtain a CAMS Superlicence instead of the International Circuit C Racing Licence requirement from previous years.

To qualify for a Superlicence applicants must be at least 17-years-old and meet CAMS’ points criteria.

Drivers must accrue a minimum of 13 points which is calculated from championship finishes in national categories over a five-year period.

Following last week’s events, the CAMS Superlicence has come under intense scrutiny with Supercars CEO James Warburton calling for the system to be reviewed.

Warburton claims the points system is weighted wrongly with categories such as the CAMS-run Formula 4 Championship carrying far too many points compared to other series.

While many agree a system should be in place, this week’s Pirtek Poll asks, should CAMS review the Superlicence system?

CAMS Supercars Superlicence Points System

CAMS Superlicence

CATEGORY

1ST

2ND

3RD

4TH

5TH

6TH

7TH

8TH

9TH

10TH+

VASC *

13

11

9

6

4

3

2

1

0

0

DVS

12

10

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

GT Endurance Championship

12

10

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

GT Championship

12

10

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

F4 *

12

10

7

5

3

2

1

0

0

0

Carrera Cup

10

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

Toyota Racing Series NZ

10

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

NZ Touring Car Championship

5

4

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

Formula Ford (State Champ)

5

4

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

Formula Ford (NZ Champ)

5

4

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

Production Cars (V8 Utes, Toyota 86, Group 3E)

5

4

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

V8 Touring Cars

5

4

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

Touring Car Masters

5

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aussie Racing Cars

5

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

GT3 Cup Challenge

5

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

GT Trophy

5

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Radical & Sports Racers

5

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sports Sedans

5

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Formula 3

5

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Karting (KZ2, KA1)

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

NOTE: Unless specifically indicated in the table above, the categories listed are those which compete in Australia under the auspices of CAMS. 

* Eligible for FIA Superlicence and CAMS Superlicence points.
All other categories are eligible for CAMS Superlicence points.

Pirtek Poll