The Australian Compact Speedcar Association (ACSA) have decided to write a statement to provide supporters of the Compact Speedcar division and the speedway community with an understanding of their position in relation to a number of points which have been raised on various social media sites over the past few months.
It should be noted that the executive committee of the ACSA have not responded on any of the comments on various social media pages for two reasons:
- The ACSA executive committee wish to avoid a running commentary on any particular point as it believes it is a poor look for the division.
- The ACSA executive committee did not wish to put themselves in a position where they may violate the Speedway Australia Code of Conduct (social media.)
Given the length of the statement, it has been broken it up into sections.
What is the ACSA and how does it work?
The ACSA was formed to be a ‘governing body’ of the Compact Speedcars class in Australia. It’s purpose was to form a set of specifications and rules which all compact speedcars follow in order to provide fair racing wherever a driver may decide to participate. The founding clubs were the Queensland Compact Speedcar Club (QCSC), the New South Wales Compact Speedcar Club (NSWCSC) and the Victorian Compact Speedcar Club (VCSC.) Affiliated clubs pay a registration fee each year which goes towards the running of the Association and an allocated amount is then provided to the hosts of the ACSA Australian Title to assist in running that event.
Each year affiliated clubs can propose changes to the rules and specifications. Engine rules are reviewed every 5 years. A driver or car owner can propose a rule or specification change at their state club level. All registered drivers and car owners are able to vote on the proposed change. Successful proposals are then sent to affiliated clubs for their own drivers and car owners to vote on with state clubs keeping minutes of these meetings and the vote counts. Once this process has occurred, the ACSA delegates from each affiliated club meet and formalise any new rules or specifications. If a proposed rule has been voted on by two states, it is passed. If not, it is rejected. When the delegates meet and there is clarification regarding wording or more information required regarding a proposed change, suggestions can be made by delegates and taken back to their clubs and put through a ratification process including drivers and owners before it is passed, or, not passed.
QCSC – Are they currently affiliated with the ACSA?
No. On the 4/7/17 the ACSA received a letter from the Queensland Compact Speedcar Club (QCSC) that, as of the 18/7/17, the QCSC would no longer be affiliated with the ACSA. This meant that the QCSC would no longer be bound by the rules and specifications of the ACSA.
As QCSC is not affiliated with the ACSA, they have created their own rulebook (which has differences to the current version of the ACSA Racing Rules, Regulations and Specifications booklet) and also the business ‘Compact Speedcars Australia,’ which they use to promote the QCSC.
There is an Australian Championship in QLD and an Australian Title in Victoria. Why?
The VCSC are the hosts of the ACSA Australian Title for the 2017/2018 racing season. Its negotiations were confirmed in writing on 26/6/17 with Rushworth Speedway. This was prior to QCSC withdrawing from the ACSA.
The QCSC have organised an Australian Championship, to be held at Kingaroy Speedway.
Who can compete at each event?
The ACSA rule 1.3.22 states that,
‘Any Vehicle registered through the ACSA. Inc. or its affiliated clubs will be ineligible to compete in any sanctioned ACSA. Inc. event if the Car holds dual registration with any other Association or Club not affiliated with the ACSA Inc.
First offence: $250 fine
2nd offence: 3-month suspension and or $500 fine’
Therefore, a car registered with the VCSC or the NSWCSC would be breaking this rule if they went and raced in any Compact Speedcar event not sanctioned by the ACSA.
To be eligible to race in a sanctioned ACSA event (any races held by the NSWCSC or the VCSC) you must be a member of an affiliated club.
This means that a car registered with the QCSC is not able to compete in an ACSA sanctioned event as their club is no longer affiliated with the ACSA.
It should be noted that this is not a new rule and that it was put in place when the QCSC was part of the Association.
Comments have been made that QCSC drivers have been ‘refused’ entry to State Title events and race meetings. The ACSA cannot comment on how each club communicates with individuals in allowing or disallowing entries other than to say that, based on the rules and specifications of the ACSA, which the NSWCSC and the VCSC abide by, entries could not be accepted from QCSC members as QCSC are not affiliated with the ACSA so are not eligible to compete.
Speedway Australia national recognition
In relation to comments made regarding obtaining national recognition by Speedway Australia, members of the ACSA committee, through the VCSC, were in contact with interested parties in South Australia as late as September 2017 in the hope of assisting with the formation of a Compact Speedcar club in South Australia. At this stage there has been no further developments other than discussion.
For any division of Speedway to be recognised by Speedway Australia as a National Division, a division must be active in four states, with a minimum of 10 licensed competitors regularly racing in each.
Affiliation with Speedcars Australia
The ACSA received a copy of the minutes from the 2016 Speedcars Australia AGM. It was noted that a member of the QCSC was listed as an invited guest and discussed options in relation to affiliating with Speedcars Australia. The ACSA, NSWCSC or the VCSC were not invited to this meeting nor were they made aware that this person was attending. Therefore, it is assumed that the member was acting either individually or representing the QCSC.
Shortly after this at the ACSA AGM, representatives of Speedcars Australia met with Compact Speedcar delegates to propose how a partnership with Compact Speedcars and Speedcars Australia could work. Delegates took this proposal back to their clubs for discussion and for a decision as to whether to adopt this proposal. Each club advised the ACSA to communicate to Speedcars Australia the results. NSWCSC and the VCSC declined to proceed with the proposal as presented. QCSC agreed with the proposal. The ACSA also advised Speedcars Australia that they would be willing to discuss the concerns both NSWCSC and VCSC had with the proposal. To date no official correspondence has been received in relation to this offer.
Can QCSC re-join the ACSA?
Yes. The QCSC, or any other organisation of people wishing to compete under the rules and specifications of the ACSA, are able to apply for affiliation.
The ACSA hope that the statement above provides those with an interest in the Compact Speedcar division some clarity on the purpose of the ACSA and its position in relation to the points addressed.
If you would like to discuss any of the above further, or wish to seek clarification on other matters, please contact the ACSA committee via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The ACSA will shortly be finalising its Annual General Meeting date and venue. Any interested parties, including the committee of the QCSC, are warmly welcomed to attend to discuss any matter in relation to Compact Speedcars and the ACSA.