Do you want to be the next Craig Lowndes or Daniel Ricciardo?

What We Do

The Tarmac Junior Development Program is a unique driver training program for young people who want to compete in motorsport. It is designed to teach and upskill young people in driving and safety techniques for motorsport competition. Run over 4 days, the students who successfully complete the program are better equipped to compete in a professional and consistent manner.

Who Can Take Part

The Tarmac Junior Development Program is open to anyone between the ages of 14 to 17 years old who is eligible to hold a Motorsport Australia Junior Speed Licence.

People 13 years old can participate so long as they are 14 years old before Day 4.

Previous driving experience is not essential but it is definitely an advantage. However, we are looking for any young people, both boys and girls, who are passionate about motorsport and wish to compete in motorsport events.

Training Activities

Each of the first 3 days of the program consist of the following activities:

  • Classroom theory training sessions
  • Workshops and special presentations
  • On-track driver tuition sessions

The fourth day of the program is the students first opportunity to practice their newly learned skills at a Super Sprint meeting.

The workshops cover such things as using a fire extinguisher, wheel alignment, brakes maintenance and basic car maintenance.

The preparation of the cars for competition is completed by the students at the start of every day.

The students can also participate in the maintenance of the cars during and after the program, further enhancing their mechanical knowledge and skills.

After successfully completing the program, the students are able to hire one of the cars to compete in either a Super Sprint, Modern Regularity, Hillclimb or Motorkhana, but no  off-road events.

Previous students are also able to adopt a car for a year and enter as many events as they wish, until the car is needed again for the next program.

Students can use their own car and helmet if they have one.


Drivers will need to wear enclosed leather-topped shoes and neck to ankle to wrist        non-flammable clothing. Jeans and a cotton shirt or windcheater are suitable.

Long sleeve Tarmac JDP speed shirts are available for purchase but are not mandatory.


The cost to register for the Tarmac Junior Development Program is $600 and includes the following:

  • Tarmac Junior Development Club membership
  • Motorsport Australia Junior Speed Licence
  • Tarmac Junior Development Cap
  • Tarmac JDP car hire and maintenance for 4 days
  • Track hire and Day 4 event entry fee
  • Helmets supplied
  • Ongoing encouragement and support

Dates & Locations

The dates and locations can be found on the Home page.

For more information

The Information pack and Application forms can be found on the Forms  page


Contact the Tarmac JDP Co-ordinator

Darren Mattiske
(mob) 0412 823 171