So your looking at getting into Motorsport and you have chosen Circuit Excel Racing as your entry point into this sport? That’s Fantastic and Congratulations!
The Circuit Excel Association of Victoria provides a great means of competing in affordable, grass roots, circuit based motorsport. By joining the association, you can go on to compete at a level of motorsport that suits your interest and budget.
The category is based around Series X3 competition vehicles including and limited to Hyundai Excel X3 models manufactured between 01/07/1994 and 31/06/2000.
All model iterations of GX, GL, LX, GLX and Sprint are eligible. Both the 1495cc double overhead camshaft (DOHC) 74kW and single overhead camshaft (SOHC) 66kW engines are eligible.
Each vehicle must remain in standard specification except where modifications are permitted.
Prior to being eligible to compete or apply to become a CAMS member and licence holder, you will need to belong to an approved CAMS affiliated club. We recommend becoming a member of the Hyundai Excel Association of Victoria, this also will be the best way to keep up to date with whats happening on and off the track in the Circuit Excel category.
Hyundai Excels Race Circuit Cars are regularly becoming available, as drivers either chose to upgrade their cars or moving on to other class in circuit racing. If you wish to buy a race ready Excel, and you’re on Facebook, join groups such as Hyundai Excel Racing Association Of Victoria or Hyundai Excel Track Cars for the occasional posting of second hand race ready cars being sold. These two Facebook groups are also a great place to ask questions to a friendly excel racing community, from all over Australia.
If you enjoy the challenge and are mechanically minded or not and looking at converting a road car into a Hyundai Excel Race Spec car, Gumtree / Facebook or Ebay always has a healthy listing of x3 Excels – The latter model twin cams (Built Between 1998-2000) have a better and stronger engine (Silver Top).
A base vehicle that meets the category requirements and can be converted to race specifications has typically traveled between 120,000 and 280,000 kilometers on Australian roads. Vehicles can be purchased from as little as $300 to $1500.
There are two options for roll cages – either purchasing a pre-fabricated bolt-in kit and installing yourself (kits are available from both AGI Roll Cages a club sponsor), or having a roll cage fabricated and welded in by a professional fabricator.
Series X3 Vehicles compete on a high-performance 15″ Federal 595RS-R “Controlled Tyre”.
Suspension is controlled under the CAMS regulations for group 3E Excels.
For CAMS race meetings, your car must be fitted with an appropriate timing system these can be purchased from most good Race Shops – please refer to the technical regulations for the exact mounting location on the car.
A Typical total build cost for a Series X3 Excel race car, is between approx. $6000 and $10,000.
All general safety equipment; Helmets, Suits, Seats, Harnesses etc. can be purchased from most professional race shops located in most states. Please check with your local CAMS office for specifications and requirements.
CAMS Technical Regulations
To go racing with us, your car will need to comply with the category specific technical regulations, which is the Group 3E – Circuit Excel regulations along with all other CAMS general requirements.
Engine & Gearbox Sealing
Starting in 2018, all engines and gearboxes must be sealed by an approved engine sealer.
If you are having your engine re-built, the engine must be inspected during re-assembly and sealed at completion. For those just running an engine stock standard as it came with a road car, you can opt to simply have the engine sealed without inspection, using the honesty system but if your car is amongst the top performers, you may be requested to strip down your engine for a full inspection and re-sealing. Information on how to prepare your engine for sealing is on our website.
Please follow the below links for information on how to prepare your Engine and Gearbox for sealing:
Log Book your vehicle
Once you have completed your build and the car is race ready, you must apply for a log book and have it inspected by a CAMS approved prelog book scrutineer, to ensure the car is safe and compliant with all regulations specific to the category.