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There’ll be some­thing new at Mad Mike’s Sum­mer Bash when the sec­ond round of the all­new 4Guys Au­to­barn Fast and Fu­ri­ous race for­mat joins the party. The brain­child of Tony Quinn, it’s billed as the 20/20 Cricket of mo­tor­sport, as the goal of Fast and Fu­ri­ous rac­ing is to de­liver short, ac­tion-packed races which 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 usual. The twist is 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. The ac­tion will be fast paced, ex­cit­ing, and en­sure that es­sen­tially all the best parts of a tra­di­tional race will be con­densed into six laps, in an event which is open to all com­ers.

This year will see two rounds, the first be­ing at the Laser Plumb­ing and Elec­tri­cal Hamp­ton Downs 500 over Oc­to­ber 28–29, with the de­cider at Mad Mike’s Sum­mer Bash.

Each round will fea­ture four Fast and Fu­ri­ous 3x3 races, with the quick­est qual­i­fiers start­ing at the front of the field in race one. A re­verse grid will de­ter­mine the start­ing or­der in races two and four, while the driver’s com­bined times will de­cide who starts on pole for race three. Com­peti­tors will score points based on where they fin­ish in each of the four races.

The for­mat is open to all lev­els of car and com­peti­tor, and some big names have al­ready thrown their hat into the ring, in­clud­ing Mike Eady of Track Time Driver Train­ing, an ac­com­plished racer and the man who has done more laps of Hamp­ton Downs than any other. “My car sits in a garage most of the time, and only gets used a cou­ple of times a year, so Fast and Fu­ri­ous rac­ing is a great chance to dust off the cob­webs and be part of a ma­jor mo­tor­sport event,” he says. Mike will run his fac­tory-built FD2 Type R Civic, “I’m not ex­pect­ing to be at the front of the field, es­pe­cially if I’m up against Porsches or Fer­raris or V8s, but I’m hop­ing to do well in my class, and I think it’s go­ing to be a great event.”

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