Speed Works brings back Rush Hour in South Island

It’s going to be busy in Cromwell and Invercargill for a couple of Saturday evenings in January, but this is one Rush Hour that people are going to enjoy in the new year.

But don’t worry, the local roads are going to be as free and easy as they always are, it’s the local tracks that are going to get busy.

Speed Works Events’ confirmation of a Rush Hour race its forthcoming championship meeting at Highlands Motorsport Park over the weekend of January 12-13 provides the high quality meeting not only with a one-hour endurance feature race open to all, but a rare chance for drivers to get track time at one of the country’s finest motorsport facilities.

"There are normally only four opportunities or so every year to get onto the Highlands circuit," promoter Geoff Short.said.

"And having an open one-hour format race open to anybody gives drivers across the country and particularly on the South Island a special opportunity to come along and race at a high quality event, with top national categories, top drivers and additional features like live streaming."

Rush Hour races will be open to stand-alone entries or to those already competing at the race meeting in a different category.

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The Rush Hour race meeting on January 12th is open to any race car complying with Schedule A and any driver with a MotorSport New Zealand racing license and includes a qualifying session and full one-hour race on the Saturday.


It will be the first of two Rush Hour races on the South Island, with the second taking place a week later at Teretonga Park.


Both meetings feature the internationally acclaimed Castrol Toyota Racing Series, BNT V8s and other New Zealand championship categories.


Rush Hour’s format means one or two drivers can form the team with the driver change during the mandatory pit stop that must be taken by each car during the race. One driver can complete the race, however, but must get out the car during the pit stop, go once around the car and the get back in and re-join the race.


The race is handicapped with pit stop duration defined by the car's qualifying performance. The better the qualifying time (or predicted lap time), the longer the pit stop.


Pit stops must also be taken during a defined window. If the car beats its qualifying time during the race, or beats the alternative lap time predicted, time will be added at the end of the race for each lap where the car 'broke out' of its lap time target.


There are also other restrictions limiting the ability to execute refuelling or wheel changing quickly – all designed to give every team and driver a fair chance at victory.


"We are confident there will be lots of demand for track time at Highlands from both our existing entries and potentially a few of the very cool cars that are based in the Otago or Southland regions of New Zealand," Short added.


"This is a chance to have two one hour races over back to back weekends at circuits that are in relative close proximity."


Entries can be placed by contacting Geoff Short on 021 825 911.