Feilding Auto Electrical
Winter Race Series

Check back early 2018 for dates of the 2018 Series.  Entry and running details below for your information.

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…

Classes
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.

Break out times are as follows:

Race ClassManfeild CCA: Break Out Penalty For Lap TimesBMMP Taupo: Break Out Penalty For Lap Times
RS Cup1:29:999 or faster1:57.999 or faster
SF Cup1:22:999 or faster1:57.999 or faster
IB Cup1:22.999 or faster1:42.999 or faster

Any other classes running at the meeting 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.

Licensing
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 minimum requirement is single-layer 100% cotton overalls (not synthetic or part there of) with close-fitting cuffs and collar, full ‘long john’ 100% cotton or 100% wool underwear from neck to wrists and ankles, a helmet that meets the Motorsport Manual standards, shoes that completely cover the feet and ankles with socks at least to mid calf.

To Enter
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

Supplementary Regulations HERE

GDM Classic Race Series Rules HERE

Results
See our events results page HERE for results for the series as they come available.