LO­CAL MAR­KET RE­PORT

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The first ever round of Fast & Fu­ri­ous Rac­ing was held at the Laser Plumb­ing & Elec­tri­cal Hamp­ton Downs 500 on Oc­to­ber 28–29, where 18 com­peti­tors suc­cess­fully launched the new rac­ing for­mat. Those en­trants are now in the draw to win a su­per­charged 6.2-litre 2010 Chevro­let Ca­maro val­ued at $52,000, pos­si­bly the rich­est prize ever of­fered for a mo­tor­sport event in New Zealand.

“I think if you trawled through the his­tory books, you’d strug­gle to find a more valu­able prize in New Zealand mo­tor­sport his­tory,” says Mike Mars­den, com­mer­cial man­ager at Hamp­ton Downs Mo­tor­sport Park.

All those who en­ter the two-round 4 Guys Au­to­barn Fast & Fu­ri­ous Rac­ing se­ries go in the draw to win the Ca­maro, and for those who missed out on en­ter­ing the first round, en­try is now open for round two which will be held at Mad Mike’s Sum­mer Bash on De­cem­ber 9. The event is open to all race cars, pro­vided they have a full roll-cage and a Mo­tor­sport New Zealand log book.

Round two is lim­ited to 47 cars, mak­ing for a one in 85 chance of win­ning not bad odds, if you ask us.

“It costs $595 to en­ter each round, and for that you get a raf­fle ticket to win the car, and a week­end of top-class mo­tor rac­ing on Hamp­ton Downs in­ter­na­tional cir­cuit,” Mars­den says. “It doesn’t get much bet­ter than that.”

The new rac­ing for­mat has been de­scribed as mo­tor sport’s ver­sion of Rugby Sev­ens or Twenty20 Cricket. The cars line up as usual for the race start, and af­ter three laps they come to­gether be­hind a safety car for a rolling restart, and an­other three-lap sprint to the fin­ish line.

En­trants are qual­i­fied into dif­fer­ent speed cat­e­gories for four races, with the fastest qual­i­fiers at the front of the grid in race one, with a re­v­erse grid for races two and four, and the driver’s com­bined times de­cid­ing the order for Race three.

The or­ga­nizer’s aim is to de­liver short, ac­tion-packed races that give spec­ta­tors and driv­ers alike more bang for their buck, and with a $52,000 Ca­maro up for grabs, you need a good rea­son not to en­ter.

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