What is Autotesting?
The art of autotesting is the ability to follow a defined route around a set of markers, with stop astride lines and changes of direction, necessitating the use of forward and reverse gears. All this is against the clock, so maintaining the momentum to minimise time loss during the manoeuvres is essential.
Autotest events are open to drivers over the age of 16 and those without a full RTA license are limited to a saloon car of not more than 1400cc.
Autotesting is one of the most inexpensive motorsports available, standard road cars can be used and double drives are allowed, so car sharing can reduce the traveling costs to and from the events.
Most drivers start out competing at club level and then move onto a Regional Championship, before stepping up to the MSA British Autotest Championship.
Events will have several tests to complete and drivers will normally gets two attempts at each test. The overall winner of an event is the driver with the lowest accumulative time over a fixed number of tests. Awards are also available for the fastest time in each class, so whatever you drive you have a good chance of doing well in an event and of course doing well in the championship.
For further details on what autotesting is all about, this is worth reading: Autotest Information