One of the biggest prizes in New Zealand motorsport history will be won this weekend at Hampton Downs and it’s open to all comers.
All entrants in the final round of 4 Guys Autobarn Fast & Furious Racing at Mad Mike’s Summer Bash this Saturday, December 9, will go in the draw to win a Supercharged 6.2L 2010 Chevrolet Camaro valued at $52,000.
Fast & Furious Racing is a new category open to all cars provided they have a full roll cage and a MotorSport New Zealand log book. The race fee of $595 is essentially your raffle ticket for the Chevy Camaro, with the added bonus of a full day of racing on Hampton Downs international circuit. With entries limited to a certain number of cars, your odds of winning could be as low as 50 to 1 when the draw is made on Saturday afternoon.
Hans Ruiterman entered the first round at the Hampton Downs 500 in October and he’s looking forward to lining up on the start grid again this weekend, with a new engine in his Nissan Silvia S14.
“When the field is bunched up together, it’s a lot of fun and having that second rolling restart gives you a chance to mix it with the guys up the front,” says Ruiterman, who regularly competes in the NZ Superlap Time Attack series. “It’s such a cool concept.”
Fast & Furious Racing has been described as motorsport’s version of Rugby Sevens or Twenty20 Cricket. The goal is to deliver short, action-packed races that give spectators and drivers alike more bang for their buck.
The 3x3 format will see cars line up on the grid for the race start as per usual. The twist is that after three laps, the cars will come together behind a safety car for a rolling restart and another three-lap sprint to the finish line.
All entrants will be qualified into different speed categories and will contest four races on the International Circuit during the Summer Bash, as well as practice and qualifying laps. The fastest qualifiers will start at the front of the grid in Race 1. A reverse grid will be used to determine the starting order in Races 2 and 4 while the driver’s combined times will decide who starts on pole for Race 3. Competitors will score points based on where they finish in each of the four races.
“The opportunity to race on the international circuit at Hampton Downs was a big drawcard,” says Ruiterman. “The chance to win a Chevy Camaro is an added motivation. It would be a nice bonus. You spend so much money going racing, it’s nice to be in with a chance of getting a decent prize in return. Normally I race for a chocolate fish so this makes for a nice change!”
James ‘Huggi’ Urquhart is another competitor who’s fired up by the prospect of winning such a premium prize.
“It would be nice to have another Chevy in the garage,” says the NZ V8 Ute racer. “I’ve got a 2017 Yenko Camaro so this could be the shopping trolley.”
Urquhart will be racing in a modified Holden Commodore Supertourer, formerly driven by Paul Manuell.
“We’ve run it in the North Island Endurance Series but I haven't spent a lot of time in it,” says Urquhart. “I’m still learning it so Fast & Furious Racing is an ideal chance for me to sit in the car and have some fun. It’s my boy Josh’s 10th birthday so we’re bringing three or four of his mates for the day. He’s rapt because he’s really into his motor racing and it promises to be a great day at Hampton Downs.”
Practice and qualifying for Fast & Furious Racing is this Friday from 3.30 to 4.30 with the first of four races starting at 10 am on Saturday morning.
As well as Fast & Furious Racing, there will be a full day of top-class drifting including a Top 32 Shootout featuring the best professional and amateur drifters in the country, the Triple Threat Team Challenge. All pre-purchased tickets are in with a chance to win a ride in ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett’s new MADCAB drift taxi with two friends, or a seat in one of the other cars in ‘Mad Mike’s’ garage. A star of the show will be Whiddett’s RADBUL, a 1200hp, 4 rotor, twin-turbo Mazda MX5 which he will run alongside several other machines that make up Mad Mike’s fleet.