The Feilding Auto Electrical Winter Race Series is the best club racing series in the country, with usually  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.

This year 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…

Classes
See the supplementary regulations for the event for full class descriptions and details, but classes running are:

  • Ernies Engineering GT Cup
  • 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.

  • 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 IB Cup, SF Cup and RS Cup. 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.

Break out times are as follows:

ClassBreak Out Time:
Manfeild CCA
Break Out Time:
BMMP Taupo
RS Cup1:30:0001:58.000
SF Cup1:24:0001:52.000
IB Cup1:17:0001:43.000

GT Cup, MX5 Cup, Taxi Cup, Formula First Cup and Classics have no break-out time.

Race Formats
All classes have a 10 minute qualifying session and three races.

ClassRace 1Race 2Race 3
GT CupScratch based on best qualifying timeFull reverse grid based on race 1 finishing positionsHandicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day
IB CupScratch based on best qualifying timeFull reverse grid based on race 1 finishing positionsHandicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day
SF CupScratch based on best qualifying timeFull reverse grid based on race 1 finishing positionsHandicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day
RS CupScratch based on best qualifying timeFull reverse grid based on race 1 finishing positionsHandicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day
MX5 CupScratch based on best qualifying timeFull reverse grid based on race 1 finishing positionsHandicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day
Formula First CupScratch based on best qualifying timeScratch based on best lap time of the dayScratch based on best lap time of the day
Taxi CupScratch based on best qualifying timeFull reverse grid based on race 1 finishing positionsHandicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day
Classics CupHandicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the dayHandicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the dayHandicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the day
Saloon TrophyHandicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the dayHandicap based on 2nd fastest lap time of the dayHandicap 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.

Licencing
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.

Clothing
Safety clothing required is either flame-resistant multi-layer overalls or flame-resistant single-layer overalls with approved non-flammable underwear with close-fitting cuffs and collar, a helmet that meets the Motorsport Manual standards, and non-flammable shoes/gloves.

To Enter
Check the events calendar here for an event, and take note of the links on that event page to register and familiarise yourself with the supplementary regulations.

Entry form HERE

Supplementary Regulations HERE

GDM Classic Race Series Rules HERE