FAST & FURIOUS RACING
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’.