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HRC Events run race meetings that feature the best racing classes in the sport in New Zealand today. These include modern international single seaters, single manufacturer series, V8 categories, ‘modern historic’ series like Formula 5000 and Central Muscle Cars, ‘star of tomorrow’ classes like Formula Ford and Formula First, ultra-fast classes like GT1 and GT2 as well as popular club racing categories and unique series like Hooters Vintage Series and Superkarts. In short, there’s something for everyone somewhere on our calendars. Check these awesome motor racing classes out... they’re coming to a race track near you soon...
The world’s fastest museum, only in New Zealand. Sure, you can see these behemoths from the 1960s and 1970s on other race tracks in the world, but nowhere apart from New Zealand will you see as many examples of the breed, and they are all prepared and presented to immaculate high standards. Lolas, McRaes, McLarens, the odd Begg all the Talons ever built. They're all there and more besides. It’s like going back in time. Just ask the greatest Formula 5000 racer of all time, Kenny Smith, now well into his fifth decade of racing in big banger single seaters and still loving every minute. And winning. A must see category for any petrolhead.
ENZED Central Muscle Cars
The best muscle car field in the world? It’s a question asked regularly and the answer is invariably ‘yes’. Like F5000, the muscle cars benefit from New Zealand’s unique expertise in restoring, rebuilding and racing classic muscle machinery. Mustangs, Camaros – they’re all here with plenty of unusual machines adding to the rich mix to make this class a must see for even the newest race fans. It’s good, hard racing too with big fields and big noise.
The purest form of motor racing - ever. And throughout the racing world this formula has produced most of the all-time greats. Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher both served their time in Formula Ford, and nearer to home so did Scott Dixon, Fabian Coulthard, Greg Murphy, Shane Van Gisbergen, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley, Mitch Evans, Richie Stanaway and many, many more.
New Zealand Sportscars
In case you missed it, Kiwi drivers finished first and second at the world’s biggest sportscar race, Le Mans, in 2015. The sportscar series in New Zealand reflects much of what is amazing about the Le Mans field, more so than any open sportscar category in this part of the world. In many ways the cars racing around tracks like Hampton Downs, Taupo and Manfeild are simply 'baby' Le Mans prototypes and a driving thrill for amateurs and pros alike. Machines from Juno and Radical along with home-built specials in true New Zealand style form the backbone of the series. It’s all about downforce, technology and precision…..at maximum speed.
Pirelli Porsche Championship
A great range of 911 variants and other Porsche machinery can be seen in the Pirelli Porsche series. Strong, fast and of course with their own unique engine note, the Porsche series in New Zealand is well established with a good core of drivers who are all members of the Porsche Club of New Zealand. Classics in their own right and very fast on the tight demanding New Zealand race tracks. 911, 996, 997, 924 and 944 - they're all there.
Tradezone GTRNZ - GT1/2
If it has a roof, and four wheels, then it can race in this class. And when they say pretty much anything goes, they mean it. Prototype racers from United Stats endurance series, heavily modified V8 Supercars, TransAm type vehicles, outrageous triple and quad rotor Mazdas, 600 horsepower Evos, TVRs on steroids, Porsches, NZV8s, they’re all here in this amazing class. And as a result, they clock some of the fastest lap times of any New Zealand class. Awe-inspiring, breathtaking, jaw-dropping. We kid you not.
Tradezone GTRNZ – GT3 and GT4
Factory built performance cars blended with a healthy dose of tuning prowess. That's GT3 and GT4. Built and driven by the enthusiasts. You’ll see a lot of heavily modified road cars in this category, and plenty of JDM and turbocharged machinery as well as machinery formerly used in the NZV8 series. There's plenty of innovation in the paddock too. Occasionally you'll see some older classics, repowered with something packing a bigger punch than the original motor. At the end of the day, a great class with some great drivers and a fabulous paddock atmosphere and a class to work your way up towards through some of the lower level one make and mixed makes series.
Motul Honda Cup
A tuner’s paradise – these guys build, prepare and race their own cars and bang for buck, it’s hard to top the lap times they achieve and the intensity of racing. The racing’s cool too, with a rolling start, reverse top ten and handicap format almost guaranteeing different winners as well as giving spectators and fans something a little different from racing at this level. Some of the cars are works of art and it’s a great way to go motor racing with so many Hondas available on the market and production parts and aftermarket parts so accessible. The basic package is good though, and that’s what makes Hondas great race cars.
New Zealand SuperKarts
As mad as it gets. Highly strung engines, sticky little tyres and gearboxes, with manymachines of these way out running futuristic bodywork. And what does it all add up to? Well, Superkart lap times are on a par with the best single seaters in New Zealand at many of the tracks. The cornering speeds are hard to believe and the way these things accelerate is just unreal. You won’t believe what you are seeing when you see these intrepid racers dicing it out in a pack.
Kumho Tyres Pre-65
The classics of a bygone era lovingly restored and run by a group of enthusiasts with one eye on history and one eye on racing. Big fields of 20-25 cars means the racing is hard fought, but the real treat is a wander around the paddock to enjoy the quality of the cars and the history that they bring. Entry is restricted to vehicles produced before the 31st December 1965. Cars must retain their original bodies, block material, crankshaft stroke, heads and use gearbox housings in production before Dec 1965. Limited slip differentials are not allowed and brakes are heavily restricted too. However, contrary to what people may first think, they are not simply 'hotted up' classics parading around the track! - They are pure race cars, developed to a point that most, if not all are superior in performance and development to any similar car racing in the sixties and then raced hard!
Got two grand burning a hole in your pocket? Go buy a road legal car that’s not too old and you, like almost 150 new drivers in the past couple of years, can go racing in a club sport series that has captured the imagination of the racing community. There is no limit to how much you can spend on safety, but you can’t modify the car for performance. You race for 2,000 seconds, and if you’re too fast the organisers can buy your car off you for two and a half grand. Fun, fun and fun again. Don't get caught cheating or bending the rules either, or you may end up doing the series BBQ for a round or two as your sentence! Like the web site says, it;s all about racing the car, not the bank.
New Zealand’s own time attack series. There are classes for road going machines and track only cars and the level of modification is extreme to say the least. Giant wings, tyre warmers, big boost turbos and aero sprouting out of every corner make these cars unique in New Zealand. It’s them against the clock, so watch out for the shoot outs…!
Having said all of that if you want a great way to get into circuit motorsport where there is no contact then this is the discipline for you. Street class allows you to drive your car to the track, comepete and go home and at the very top of the ladder are the amazing Pro Open category.
Rotary Race Enthusiasts
If it’s got a rotary motor and you want to race it – then this is the class for you.
NZRRE is a class set up by a group of rotary enthusiasts and run with the NZRDL and V8 SuperTourers. The category offers turbocharged, normally aspirated and beginners classes for the drivers. Any MSNZ-compliant rotary-powered vehicle from a relatively standard club level racing car to a highly modified garage special that may or may not have started life with rotary power will be eligible and encouraged to run.
Rotary-powered vehicles have been used in nearly all forms of motorsport in New Zealand over the years from motorcycles and even jet sprint boats as well as circuit racing and rallying, where there has been a strong following going as far back as the 1970s when the power-to-weight ratio benefits of the rotary power plant were first realised. The group hopes to attract all vintages of vehicles to the race weekends, with racing, fun and community the main focus.
The rule book is simple and the main objective is to get rotary people out racing and competing in their machinery. A great range of vehicles has provided exciting racing, from classic RX2 and RX3 vehicles through to the latest Rx7 and Rx8’s with a sprinkling of non-Mazda chassis with rotary power plants makes for an interesting and colourful class.
Contact Julius Coffey the NZRRE club president on 0274 465 436, email NZRRE@foxair.co.nz or click through to the NZRRE facebook page for all the latest news and event information
New Zealand SuperTrucks
Bic Macks……but not the type you think. These big boys weigh 5,000kg or more, have an absolute mountain of horsepower and torque and are built to race. And it’s not just Macks. There are Kenworths, Bedfords, Scanias, Volvos and much, much more besides. Stand well back when you watch one of these races and enjoy the awesome spectacle of these racing behemoths defying the laws of physics and what you or I think your average everyday truck can do…The 1500 horsepower trucks recently returned to Pukekohe after a ten year absence and continue to thrill the crowds. In the Premier Motorsport Calendar you can see them at Teretonga and the season finale at Pukekohe. Awesome is an understatement.
The first series in New Zealand to become sanctioned and still a great series for racing and innovation with the Mazda brand. It is still the home of the various types of RX7 machine, but these days also has a class for the more contemporary RX8 model and the open top MX5 or 'Miata', which if you did not know already, is the most popular two seater roadster of all time. Great racing and great camaraderie in the paddock, it's brillaint to see them appear at events on both the Premier Motorsport Calendar and the Club Motorsport Calendar.
Castrol BMW Series
When you get a bunch of guys who are genuinely interested in motorsport and who also have a love of the BMW marque, sit them around a table and start throwing ideas around, you come up with the Castrol BMW Race Driver Series. Over the last seven years this series has developed into the Australasia's largest race groups with over 100 race cars gathering at meetings to compete. We all enjoy close racing and camaraderie. BMW race series culture!
A race weekend normally runs with a practice day on the Friday all day, qualifying Saturday morning to get the first race grid for the first race on Saturday afternoon. Sunday morning is a reverse grid or handicap race and Sunday afternoon the final race seeded on weekend points score.
Hooters Vintage Race Series
New for the 2017 Season is the Hooters Vintage Race Series. Sponsored by Hooters Vintage Car Hire of Napier, the series is designed for Pre December 1960 cars and they run under a VCC Permit rather than MSNZ.
There is a huge variety of vehicles competing - from a 1931 Blower Bentley 4.5 to a 1956 Standard 10 Saloon. Terry Roycroft competes in his Bugatti and Ray Ferner runs one of Ralph Watsons early cars - the BSA Special.