MEDIA ACCESS AT SMSP
Sydney Motorsport Park and the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club, the official managing authority for the venue, require that any media attending any event or activity at the venue (including motorsport experiences, driver safety and training, corporate events and general media coverage) apply for media accreditation prior to gaining access to the venue. Please note that accreditation will be supplied to professional working media only. Private Bloggers and non-commercial amateur media outlets are not eligible, except at the discretion of the venue or event promoter.
For media assistance or enquiries, please contact the media department on firstname.lastname@example.org
Media accreditation will be given out on a case-by-case basis. There is no season pass media accreditation at SMSP.
Applications should be submitted no later than one week (7 days) prior to the requested event, utilising the media application form found here, or requested directly via the event promoter or ARDC Media Manager. Media applications after this deadline and up to/including on the day will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances.
Media accreditation is at the discretion of the ARDC at SMSP, unless specified by the promoter of an event, who will take all responsibility, insurance and liabilities for media on the premises during their event. The ARDC may approve or deny media access at any time, ie inappropriate behaviour or violation of event rules.
GENERAL ACCESS – NO ACCREDITATION REQUIRED
Pit building, Paddock, and general spectator areas. Pit Lane Access at the discretion of SMSP/Pit Lane Control. No infield access.
Credential Access: Pit building, Paddock, and general spectator areas, Media Centre, Pit Lane (unless otherwise specified), and infield with the exception of Turn 2/3, Turn 17/18, and the South Circuit/Corporate Hill area.
The minimum age for approved media credentials is 18 years.
Photographers must keep a concrete barrier between themselves and the track at all times.
Photographers must NEVER cross a hot track. If any member of the media or the public crosses a hot track at any time, they are to be escorted off the premises with an official warning.
Photographers can only cross a dead track with the express permission of the Clerk of Course, and must carry a radio (organised by the event promoter).
Photographers must follow the instructions of track officials or flag personnel at all times.
The appropriate vest MUST be clearly displayed at all times during events. Presentation of a credential signifies to security and flag marshals that the bearer has signed the required release forms and meets the qualifications for entrance into restricted areas. Credentials are non-transferable and will be revoked if used by any other person.
The only media vests in use at SMSP at any time are the Sydney Motorsport Park official vests, or current year CAMS vests. Any exception to this rule ie a hirer using their own branded vests MUST be submitted to and accepted by the ARDC, and all security and event staff notified with details and an image of the vest no later than seven (7) days before the event.
Collection points of vests varies between events. Approved media will be notified of the location of collection of their media vests by email.
Photo Vests must be returned to Security at the exit of Gate A unless otherwise specified.
Failure to return a vest will result in a $50 +GST charge invoiced to the photographer.
SMSP DRONE POLICY
The permission for use at Sydney Motorsport Park (SMSP) of Drones, Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and Model Aircraft will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please be aware that unless specifically permitted by SMSP, UAV’s are not permitted to be used and doing so could result in your eviction from the circuit. This rule applies regardless of the size or use of those UAVs.
Should a UAV be permitted for use, the user must adhere to the below restrictions:
• Have their own public liability insurance, or be named on the PL policy of the event promoter
• No UAV use over a live track
• No UAV use over or in the vicinity of people
• No UAV use under, over or within the vicinity of the power lines crossing the track.
For more information on the use of UAVs, refer to this link on the CASA website OR for CAMS permit events, refer HERE.
HOW TO APPLY
Many of our events have their own accreditation process, and individual promoters must be contacted for applications. Please email email@example.com if you are unsure of your application process.
Accreditation through the ARDC is available for the following events:
2017 MEDIA ACCREDITATION - ARDC EVENTS
In order to be considered for accreditation to Sydney Motorsport Park, the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club requests that you complete all sections of the form and return it with your signature by fax or email no less than seven days before the event. Receipt of this form is not an automatic approval of credentials. We will contact you to confirm approval.