Motor racing in New Zealand has gotten stale.
The same cars on the same tracks driving round in circles in the same direction.
So, a change several months in the making is set to dramatically shake things up.
All New Zealand race tracks, Hillclimbs, rallies and speedway ovals will run in the reverse direction for the rest of the year.
The once-famous turn one at Pukekohe will now close the lap, meaning drivers will have to navigate the hill to start.
Hampton Downs will finally get to operate in its turn direction. A lap of Teretonga will now conclude with the loop rather than start it.
Speedway drivers venture into unchartered waters from today. Instead of the traditional left, they will have to turn right every few seconds.
Hillclimbs now go, um…downhill? And rallies run in reverse to keep routes fresh and unpredictable.
Most circuits around the country are closed today as safety barriers are moved to face the other direction. According to the press release received this morning, most will also be getting a reseal.
Speedway dirt is being turned over, and a few drivers Velocity caught up with this morning have already begun strengthening the other side of their neck.
Spectators and Kiwi race enthusiasts will get their first chance to see the changes in action at next weekend’s New Zealand Endurance final.
The event is at Hampton Downs and will determine this year’s national one- two- and three-hour champions.
All in reverse.
You’ll have to be a fool to miss it.