Burnout Competitions

The Burnouts

The most outrageous and exciting part of the Summernats are the burnouts, and there’ll be tyre shredding action a plenty at the smoke storm at the Summernats burnout track.

There's not one, not two, but three burnout competitions at the Summernats ...



The Summernats Last Chance Shootout is the wildest of wild card burnout competitions, where some of the best burnout cars in the country can grab the LAST THREE PLACES in the Summernats Burnout Masters.

To see the drivers currently in the Last Chance Shootout Wildcard Burnouts, click here.



The Summernats Burnout Championship starts on Friday afternoon as we select the finalists for Sunday.  

The Top 50 will be invited back for Sunday's final.



The Burnout Masters started at the Nats many years ago, and Chic Henry's burnout pad is still the coliseum where Australia's Burnout Masters come to battle ... to the death (engine-wise). 

Saturday afternoon sees Australia’s top burnout warriors fight for the right to compete for the title of Burnout Master.

The drivers come from all over Australia, and the National Burnout Masters is without a doubt the world’s biggest and best burnout competition.

Sunday is a bloodbath of rubber and smoke as both the national Burnout Masters and the Summernats Burnout Championships come to a conclusion.


NOTE:Competitors must be a Summernats Entrant to participate.

In the interests of continuing to improve the safety for all Summernats participants, commencing from Summernats 31 all burnout competitors and their passengers are required to wear a fire suit. Click here for more detail.




Burnouts are scored in two categories - Smoke and Driver Skill. Each category comprises half of the total score with the scoresheet breaking down these categories into specific elements of the burnout. The judging sheet (below) also includes points deductions that may be incurred by a driver during the course of their burnout.

NOTE: Burnout Masters and Wildcard Shootout Time Penalties

Competitors will be judged on the basis of a minimum burnout period of 1 minute (60 seconds). An overall deduction of 10 points for each 5 second interval less than 1 minute will apply until a 40 second threshold is reached (maximum 40 point deduction). Any burnout less than 40 seconds will receive a Did Not Finish classification (DNF).