The Rush Hour mini-endurance race will return to the Speedworks programme at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park later this month for the season finale.
Rush Hour will give teams and drivers a perfect pre-season dust off with the opening round of the Golden Homes North Island Endurance Series around the corner.
The one-hour race will be held on Saturday, April 17.
A pair of 20-minute qualifying sessions will precede the race, and there will be three practice sessions on Friday.
As usual, technical regulations are largely open to allow many different cars to be eligible to enter.
There is a maximum of two drivers per car, and the entered car cannot have a fuel tank larger than 120-litres.
However, there is no restriction on driver rankings in terms of co-drivers, which means entries can include two professional racers.
The race will include one mandatory pitstop, which will be conducted during a 20-minute window in the middle of the race.
The length of each car’s pitstop will differ courtesy of a Balance of Performance system.
It means that the faster machinery will have a more extended pitstop than the less powerful cars.
Pitstop rules adhere to normal Motorsport New Zealand regulations. No more than four crew members from each team are permitted to work on the car in the lane, and teams can use only one wheel gun during the stop.
The Taupo round will bring the curtain down on several national championships.
Categories on the schedule include the Racer Products NZ V8 Allcomers, NAPA Central Muscle Cars, Best Bars Toyota 86, NEXEN Tyre Mazda Racing Series, HI-Q Components Formula First, Motul Honda Cup, GTRNZ and the Ryco 24/7 V8 Ute Championship.
The meeting will be held on April 16-18.