First Gear is the easiest and cheapest intro to motorsport, if you’re aged 12–17.

You’ll be provided with a car for the day, and you’ll buddy up with a race driver instructor to coach you.

First Gear will be the first step for you getting a full Motorsport Australia licence. And you’ll have bragging rights with your mates as the first person to drive a car!

Whether you want to get into circuit racing, rally or off road racing, First Gear is the first step.

Want to get ahead? Click here to find a Motorsport Australia Car Club that suits where you live and what you’re interested in, and ask your parents to help you sign up to a car club.

Information for Parents & Guardians

First Gear exercises are designed for small groups to ensure that every participant gets a chance to learn new skills from our expert instructors in a safe environment. After they have mastered the basics of car control, they will be ready to progress to participate in club level motorsport events.

Motorsport Australia’s First Gear partner, Driving Solutions, will supply suitable road vehicles for the event.

There will be further First Gear initiatives to be announced to give young people more opportunities to participate in a club environment.

State Government Kids Voucher programs assist children and young people with the costs of participation in sport and active recreation activities. Please refer to the FAQ section at the bottom of this page for more information.

What you'll learn
  • Car control
  • Braking
  • Road & motorsport safety
  • Steering
  • Vehicle dynamics & physics
  • Motorsport pathways
  • How to get a Motorsport Australia Licence
  • Access to industry experts on the day
  • Cars are supplied to you
  • An affordable motorsport experience
  • A friendly, encouraging and safe environment

4 Hours



First Gear Challenge

Take your experience gained in a First Gear event and apply it to the First Gear Challenge

This is a perfect opportunity for those looking to compete in a friendly atmosphere. Open to 12-17 year olds that hold an existing Motorsport Australia Licence, and/or have completed a First Gear event before.

Drivers will compete in a motorkhana-style challenge, navigating cones throughout a dedicated course. Testing your reflexes and agility, putting into practice what you have already learned in theory sessions.

Instructors will be available to assist and coach throughout the competition.

Drivers can compete in either the AM or PM session for a chance in the Final Shootout. Drivers will complete a minimum of two practice runs, followed by two timed runs. The top two from each session will proceed to the Final Shootout, where they will complete a minimum of two more timed runs, with the fastest declared the winner.

Cars are provided for this challenge.


AM: 8:00am - 11:30am

PM: 12:00pm - 3:30pm

FINAL: 3:30pm - 4:30pm




1st, 2nd, 3rd

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to provide my own car?
Do I need a Motorsport Australia licence to participate in the activities?
How much does it cost to enter?
What State Government Kids Voucher programs are available and how can I apply for one?
Is this program suitable if I have never driven a car before?
Are parents allowed to participate?
Do I need a race suit to participate?

For any other questions, please feel free to contact Motorsport Australia on 1300 883 959 or [email protected].

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