FAST & FU­RI­OUS RAC­ING

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The mo­tor­sport equiv­a­lent of rugby sev­ens and Twenty20 cricket is set to be launched at the Laser Plumb­ing and Elec­tri­cal Hamp­ton Downs 500 on Oc­to­ber 28–29. ‘Fast & Fu­ri­ous Rac­ing’ is the name, and it prom­ises to be ex­actly that, rep­re­sent­ing a brand-new con­cept de­vel­oped by Hamp­ton Downs owner Tony Quinn. The goal is to de­liver short, ac­tion-packed races that give spec­ta­tors and driv­ers alike more bang for their buck. The 3x3 for­mat will see cars line up on the grid for the race start as per usual. The twist be­ing that, af­ter three laps, the cars will come to­gether be­hind a safety car for a rolling restart and an­other three­lap sprint to the fin­ish line. Tony Quinn came up with the con­cept at a ma­jor New Zealand mo­tor­sport event re­cently. “I won’t name the event or the track, be­cause I might get into trou­ble, but I went there purely as a spec­ta­tor,” says Quinn. “I wanted to see how the fans ex­pe­ri­ence a race meet­ing, and it was ab­so­lutely de­plorable. Get­ting the cars on the grid, then do­ing a warm up lap and start­ing the race took for­ever. When the rac­ing fi­nally started, af­ter the ex­cite­ment of the first cou­ple of laps, it quickly be­came a pro­ces­sion where the cars went around and around the track un­til the fin­ish line.” Fast & Fu­ri­ous Rac­ing is open to all cat­e­gories of race car pro­vided they have a full roll-cage and Mo­tor­Sport New Zealand (MSNZ) log­book, and all en­trants will be in with a chance to win a brandnew car. “We’ll give it a go at the Hamp­ton Downs 500 and Mad Mike’s Sum­mer Bash on De­cem­ber 9,” says Quinn. “If it doesn’t work, ev­ery­one will tell me it was a silly idea and it was never go­ing to work,” says Quinn. It sounds like a plan to us, and if you’re in­ter­ested in find­ing out more, just visit The Mo­tor­hood and search ‘Fast & Fu­ri­ous’.

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