As some of you may know, I’m helping Ron Dixon to organise and promote his Rallycross event at Baypark Stadium on 27/28 February 2016. I’ve been chatting to a few people over the last couple of evenings, and was surprised that most were unaware of the event, or had some concerns about it, so I thought I’d put a short post out explaining what is happening and to answer any question you may have.
Although the event is called the NZ International Rallycross, it certainly doesn’t exclude any of you from entering. The classes have been designed to try and include cars from ALL levels. The event is being held at Baypark Stadium over two days, with approximately 30 races per day. This will be a great event to get any of your sponsors some much needed exposure. The event is being televised (delayed coverage) so those of you who enter will be seen on the big screen.
The track has been designed to allow ALL types of cars to enter, and uses several surface types including clay, concrete and tar seal. That means any vehicle from a Targa car to a 2k Cup car can enter. Your car doesn’t need thousands of dollars worth of suspension to come and have fun. We’ve had entries from “tar seal” cars already. There’s also a section for off-road type race cars and UAV’s, so I’m pretty sure there’s a class for most people/cars wanting to enter.
There will be some jumps for those who want to do them, but they are NOT compulsory, as there is a chicane around each one. The jumps themselves will be 400mm high and table topped (i.e. no gap). There will be a minimum of at least 3 practices per entrant with over 5 hours of practise allocated, so you will get an opportunity to try out the track before any racing starts!
Tyre choice is completely up to you within the regulations (which I believe is pretty open so long as they comply with MSNZ Motorsport Manual 35, App 2, Sch A, Art 4.9 (3). ORANZ competitors must comply with their ORANZ class specific regulations.
Some of you have expressed concern over damage. There are strict rules in place around contact, and rule breakers will be dealt with harshly. There were a couple of rounds run in Australia which resulted in next to no damage whatsoever.
One class that might appeal to those really worried about damage is the Superstars Sprint. This will see cars set off one at a time with 15-20 second intervals.
Full regulations and entry forms can be found here http://www.mbop.org.nz/events/nz-international-rallycross/ Luckily for those of you just hearing about this event and want to enter, the early bird entries have been delayed to 12th of February due to a delay in getting Part Two of the regulations published on time.
If you have any questions / concerns about this event, please get in touch via email – firstname.lastname@example.org.