In Europe Autocross is car racing on a race track with unsealed surface (dirt, gravel or soil). Cars compete against the clock, and start at the same time. A well attended international series is the FIA European Championship for Autocross Drivers.
Autocross started in the end of the 1940s in the United Kingdom as a club competition. It took until 1968 when the first Autocross event was staged in continental Europe (Austria). In 1976 the FIA created standardized Autocross rules and started a European Autocross cup for specialized cross cars. In 1979 a cup for touring cars was added. In 1981 both categories were promoted to be a European Championship for Autocross Drivers.