Feilding Auto Electrical
Winter Race Series
The Feilding Auto Electrical Winter Race Series is the best club racing series in the country, with 100+ cars entering in a variety of very competitive and exciting race classes. The Manawatu Car Club makes it easy for as many as possible to come racing with us.
The series consists of 4 rounds and the emphasis is on fun, enjoyment and camaraderie. Keen rivalries on the track lead to strong and lasting friendships off the track. And really, we are just racing for chocolate fish…
See the supplementary regulations for the event for full class descriptions and details. The classes running for the series are:
- Coresteel Buildings IB Cup
- Geartech Automotive SF Cup
- Danny’s Auto Services/BT Advisory RS Cup
These are all open classes where vehicles only need to comply with Schedule A Safety to compete. Modifications to engines, wheels, tyres and bodywork are all free. Lap times determine which class a competitor races in.
- Ernies Engineering GT Cup for open class GT cars.
- The Max Tarr MX5 Cup is for Mark1 Mazda MX5 roadsters built to the MX5RacingNZ rules.
- The GT Radial Taxi Cup is open to normally aspirated six cylinder Commodore or Falcon saloons that comply with Schedule A.
- The Vault 168 Formula First Cup is open to Formula First cars. Other open-wheelers such as Formula Ford, Formula Suzuki etc and Clubmans sports cars are welcome to compete in this class but will not score points.
- The TR Group Classics Cup is for classic cars made before December 1987 with limited modifications. This is the home of Escorts, Falcons, Minis, Toranas, Mustangs etc.
- The GT Oil Group 4 Production Saloons and Retro Classics classes are for modified classic saloon cars under the GDM Classic Race Series rules.
Break-out Lap Times
These apply to GT, IB, SF and RS Cups. This means that if you run too fast a time penalty is applied for each lap. Drivers who break out regularly will be required to move to the next fastest class.
Use the breakout time like this: if you do a time that is equal to or faster than the breakout time listed, time penalties will be applied to your time. It means you are competitive enough to consider moving up to the next class.
Note: New Class Splits For 2018
SF-A/SF-B Split in SF Cup and GT-A/GT-B Split in GT Cup:
In order to provide entrants with more opportunity to win in highly popular and competitive classes, GT and SF Cups have now been split by breakout times, into GT-A, GT-B, SF-A and SF-B respectively. Drivers will now nominate whether they are competing for ‘A’ or ‘B’ class points, and new breakout times have been added to show the separation for each sub-class. Competitors will accumulate points according to their respective sub-class. The highest points scorer in each sub-class will win the trophy for their sub-class, and the highest overall points scorer will win the class trophy outright.
For Example: if the SF-B winner happens to be most consistent with the most SF points total, then that driver will win the SF Cup outright as well as their sub-class.
Break out times are as follows:
|Race Class||Manfeild CCA: Break Out Penalty For Lap Times||BMMP Taupo: Break Out Penalty For Lap Times|
|RS Cup||1:29:999 or faster||1:57.999 or faster|
|SF Cup||1:22:999 or faster||1:57.999 or faster|
|IB Cup||1:22.999 or faster||1:42.999 or faster|
Any other classes running at the meeting have no break-out time.
Note: New Rule For Race Series – No Lap Timing
In-car lap timing devices are now prohibited in the IB, SF and RS classes. Data loggers, lap timers, countdown timers, cell phones or any similar device that provides live information must not operate. Their displays must be removed during official qualifying and races. No pit-to-driver communication is permitted during qualifying and races. Failure to comply will result in the loss of all points accumulated in the meeting.
This rule has been introduced due to erratic and dangerous driving exhibited at previous rounds as drivers attempt to slow their lap time to stay under breakout and avoid a penalty. We want you to go hard and then go home safely, so lap timing will no longer be allowed in IB, SF and RS classes.
All classes have a 10 minute qualifying session and three races.
|Class||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3|
|GT Cup||Scratch based on best qualifying time||Full reverse grid based on race 1 finishing positions||Handicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day|
|IB Cup||Scratch based on best qualifying time||Full reverse grid based on race 1 finishing positions||Handicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day|
|SF Cup||Scratch based on best qualifying time||Full reverse grid based on race 1 finishing positions||Handicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day|
|RS Cup||Scratch based on best qualifying time||Full reverse grid based on race 1 finishing positions||Handicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day|
|MX5 Cup||Scratch based on best qualifying time||Full reverse grid based on race 1 finishing positions||Handicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day|
|Formula First Cup||Scratch based on best qualifying time||Scratch based on best lap time of the day||Scratch based on best lap time of the day|
|Taxi Cup||Scratch based on best qualifying time||Full reverse grid based on race 1 finishing positions||Handicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day|
|Classics Cup||Handicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day||Handicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day||Handicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day|
|Saloon Trophy||Handicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day||Handicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day||Handicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day|
To fit qualifying and all these races within a one-day race meeting is a challenge. Whilst most classes run individually the Car Club does from time to time merge classes if entrant numbers do not justify an individual race. This will be announced on race day, with no more than two classes running together at any one time. Merges will be done dependent on average lap times of the vehicle class so that vehicle speeds are safely matched.
All classes in the series are run under a National Race permit, so C1 or C2 Grade motorsport licence is required for all classes. See the Get A Race Licence page HERE for full details.
Vehicle Safety Requirements
For RS, SF and IB Cup, vehicles must comply with Schedule A Safety. Road cars are permitted. Roll protection such a roll bar or a full roll cage is recommended but not mandatory. As a minimum the vehicle must have installed a minimum 0.9kg dry powder twin-strap fire extinguisher, mounted using minimum M6 size bolts and nuts, within reach of the driver. All cars competing in the series must have a Competition Vehicle Log Book. It is easy to get from MSNZ and costs $30.
For all other classes vehicles must comply with Schedule AA Safety, or regulations as per their specific class.
Note: Clothing requirements have increased for this event type (Clubmans Race Meeting), please pay careful attention to the new requirements laid down by Motorsport New Zealand
Safety clothing minimum requirement is:
- Suit – Single-layer approved race suit with close-fitting cuffs and collar
- Underwear – 100% cotton/wool underwear, short leg/sleeve versions are acceptable if meeting Motorsport Manual standards
- Helmet – A helmet that meets the Motorsport Manual standards
- Shoes – Leather, that completely cover the feet and ankles
- Socks – Non-synthetic material, to at least mid calf
Check the events calendar HERE for an event, familiarise yourself with the supplementary regulations, then fill in the entry details and make payment.
Entry form HERE
Pay for your entry HERE
(Bring the receipt you receive via email with you on race day)
Supplementary Regulations HERE
GDM Classic Race Series Rules HERE
See our events results page HERE for results for the series as they come available.