Short guide for those who want to become a racing car driver: requirements, ACI courses and medical examinations to obtain a sports license. The official way to realize the dream of racing on a track like a real motorsport driver.

To many it seems an unattainable dream, but that of the sports car driver is a profession in all respects, with its own rules and criteria for access. And the truth is that obtaining an ACI Sport license to race on the track like a true professional is not a prohibitive goal reserved for a select few. Of course, it’s not even simple, but if you’ve always dreamed of being a pilot , it’s right that you give yourself a chance. Who knows, one day you could be the protagonist of a race on the track of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, the Temple of Speed. This short article is intended to be a quick and easy guide to becoming a racing car driver by earning a sports license . Let’s go!

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The requirements to become a car driver

An aspiring sports driver , by law, does not have to meet special requirements . What is required are only a minimum (and maximum) age and the possession of a license for driving on the road.

The age to become a pilot

As for the age requirement, you must have completed 18 years and not exceeded 80 years , a limit beyond which you are considered no longer able to sit at the wheel of a sports car, within a circuit professional. A clarification, however, is a must. The minimum age, in fact, is required for sports licenses , but getting behind the wheel is an activity that can be started at 6 years (in the case of karts) or 15 years (for sports cars within a circuit Closed).

The driving license B

The second requisite is the possession of a type B driving license, the one normally required for road circulation with vehicles that do not exceed 3.5 tons in weight. Obviously, if you have a higher level driving license, these are equally accepted.

Minimum age Maximum age Driver’s license
18 80 Type B

How do you become a car driver? The complete path

Do you have both the age requirement and the driving license requirement? Well, then your path towards the acquisition of a sports license can begin by submitting the appropriate application at the Sports Offices of the Automobile Club Italia (ACI) , which are present in every provincial capital .

The necessary documents

During the process of obtaining the license you will be asked for :

  • Valid identity document ;
  • ACI membership card;
  • Certificate of psycho-physical fitness for competitive or non-competitive activity (issued after medical examination, to be carried out at an accredited Sports Medicine Center);
  • Tetanus vaccination certificate;
  • Payment of the license fee (see the updated ACI Sport price list and find out how much it costs to become a pilot).

The course for aspiring pilots

But bureaucracy is not enough to become a pilot. It is also necessary to participate in the courses organized by the ACI , which are free, are activated throughout the year and require the issuance of a certificate. They are simple theoretical lessons, without final exams, aimed at explaining the basic rules of motor sports (here is the list of ACI courses scheduled for first licenses ).

The main topics covered are:

  • the sports system;
  • the types of license;
  • car approvals;
  • the conduct of the competitions and the role of the professionals involved;
  • the meaning of the flags displayed in the race;
  • sanctions for technical and sporting irregularities and related complaints.

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