MOTORKHANA

A Motorkhana is a cheap and enjoyable form of motorsport and at the same time is one of the most competitive.  It is an event in which you can use almost any vehicle (standard road cars can be very competitive) and is primarily a test of driver skill.

Cars compete against the clock, one at a time, with the driver negotiating a set course which is defined by road cones.  The course must be negotiated in the correct sequence, with penalties applying for going the wrong way or hitting the cones.  Part of the course may have to be negotiated in reverse.  Normally competitors are allowed two runs at each course, with their fastest time counting towards the results.

The winner is the person who competes all of the courses in the shortest time.  Events are normally held on smooth grass or tar seal venues such as farm paddocks or carparks.

Because the venue is usually a wide open space and the speeds involved are low (most courses are completed using 1st and/or reverse gear), the risk of vehicle damage while competing is low.  Depending on the number of entries, competitors may be divided into classes thereby providing greater competition.

There is one of the events in the national ClubSport Championship.

Minimum Requirements (for club level competition)

A safe car at least to Warrant of Fitness standards (especially brakes, steering and seat).  The driver must be at least 12 years old and belong to a MotorSport NZ member club such as Nelson Car Club

Note:

12 – 15 year old drivers can only compete on private venues or roads closed under Section 3.4.2(b) of the Local Government Act.

Opportunities exist to enter a maximum of two basic events (such as a Motorkhana) prior to gaining membership of a MotorSport NZ member club


TRIALS

Trials are designed to teach drivers and co-drivers how to use the route books provided in rallies.

They are timed events, generally held on open public roads, in which the driving team has to interpret and follow the provided route, to arrive at the finish point.  The team which takes the shortest time is the winner.

Standard road cars are used, and as these are held on open roads, all NZ road rules apply.

Minimum Requirements (for club level competition)

A safe and fully road legal car.  The driver must hold a NZ Drivers Licence and belong to a MotorSport NZ member club such as Nelson Car Club

Note:

Opportunities exist to enter a maximum of two basic events (such as Trials) prior to gaining membership of a MotorSport NZ member club



AUTOCROSS

Autocross is the ideal environment in which to learn or improve car control skills while at the same time, having a lot of fun.

It is an event that favours driver skill over outright horsepower, but at speeds higher than that experienced in Motorkhanas.

The Autocross course is usually laid out using road cones on a large grass or gravel area such as a farm paddock or carpark.

Competitors compete individually against the clock, with the winner being the person who completes the course in the shortest time.

Because the event venue is usually a wide open space, the risk of vehicle damage is low. 

As for Motorkhanas, it is a cheap event in which to participate and perfectly standard road cars can be very competitive.

There is one of the events in the national ClubSport Championship.

Minimum Requirements (for club level competition)

A safe car to at least Warrant of Fitness standards (especially brakes, steering and seat).  A fire extinguisher is recommended, but is not required (there will be fire extinguishers at the start and finish lines).  The driver must be at least 12 years old, wear an approved crash helmet and fire retardant overalls (cotton as a minimum), and belong to a MotorSport NZ member club such as Nelson Car Club

Note:

12 – 15 year old drivers can only compete on private venues or roads closed under Section 3.4.2(b) of the Local Government Act.

Opportunities exist to enter a maximum of two basic events (such as an Autocross) prior to gaining membership of a MotorSport NZ member club



HILLCLIMBS

These are so named because the finish line must be at a higher altitude than the start line, and the course must be mostly uphill. 

These are considered to be a high speed event and with higher speed events also comes a higher ‘incident/accident’ risk.

The Hillclimb course can be on a private or public road, with either a gravel or tar-sealed surface.  Competitors compete in a Hillclimb against the clock with the winner being the person who completed the course in the shortest time. 

There is a national Hillclimb Championship to aspire to winning.

Minimum Requirements (for club level competition)

A safe car fitted out with a certified safety cage, full harness belts, fire extinguisher etc, in accordance with MotorSport NZ’s Schedule A.  The driver must be at least 12 years old, wear protective clothing in accordance Motorsport NZ’s Schedule A (helmet, overalls, et.), belong to a MotorSport NZ member club such as Nelson Car Club, and be the holder of a MotorSport M class competition licence.

Note:

12 – 15 year old drivers can only compete on private venues or roads closed under Section 3.4.2(b) of the Local Government Act.

There is the occasional Hillclimb event that can be undertaken in a standard road car, but Nelson Car Club does not currently have any venues that suit this option.



RALLYSPRINTS

These are events primarily for vehicles prepared for rallies.  They are held on closed road venues with the course being limited to a maximum of 10km.

The course and the way it is organised is the same as for a rally special stage and so gives the competitors the opportunity to both learn and practice the skills and knowledge required for rallying.

The winner of a Rallysprint is the competitor (including a co-driver) who takes the least amount of time to complete the course.

Minimum Requirements

The vehicle must comply with MotorSport NZ’s stringent Safety Schedule A, which includes having a certified safety cage.

The drivers shall hold a licence appropriate to the event regulations which can either be ClubSport (basic style event – M grade licence), National (generally involving competitors from a large number of clubs – R grade licence), or International (involving competitors from another country – R grade licence).

The driver must be a member of MotorSport NZ, and both the driver and passenger (co-driver) must wear personal safety equipment in accordance with Schedule A, including helmet and fire retardant overalls.




RALLYING

A Rally is an event made up of several high speed “Special Stages” (public or private roads, sealed or unsealed, but closed to the public and ranging in length from 2 to 40km plus) over which each “Rally Crew” (driver and co-driver) competes, attempting to drive the distance in the shortest possible time.  Competitors start each Special Stage at 1 minute intervals.

The role of the co-driver (navigator) is to read route instructions to the driver from a road book (provided by the organisers) which details intersections and some hidden hazards on the course.

Most rallies in NZ are ‘secret’ rallies, with the course unknown to the competing crews until the issue of the route book. 

The Special Stages in a Rally are linked by Touring Stages which are the means of getting from one special stage to the next, and are driven at normal road speeds, observing all road rules.  Opportunities are also provided during the rally for the servicing of the rally car.

The major events are the NZ Rally Championship (consisting of rounds held throughout NZ) and the World Rally Championship (not currently held in NZ, but efforts are being made to get an event held in NZ)

Also very popular are Targa style rallies run on closed sealed roads, predominately for older Historic and Classic vehicles.

Minimum Requirements (for club level competition)

A fully prepared rally car, registered and with a current Warrant of Fitness, equipped with a roll cage, full harness seat belts, protected fuel lines, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, tow rope, etc. (as per Schedule A).  Both crew members must belong to a MotorSport NZ member club, be holders of an R grade licence and the driver must also hold a civil licence.



RACING

A motor race is an event where many cars compete at the same time, over the same course, with the aim of being the first car to complete the required number of laps of the track.  This race track could be either a permanent racing circuit or constructed by using several joining public roads (closed to the public).

Races may be held for specific groups of cars, based on engine capacity, make/model of car, type of car, etc.

There are two different types of races.  “Scratch” races (where the fastest cars start at the front of the starting grid) or “Handicap” races (where the slowest cars start first, with a varying start distance or time back to the fastest cars)

Races can be over a variety of distances, ranging from just a couple of laps, up to as many laps as can be completed in a 24 hour period.

Although motor racing can never be truly cheap, racing need not be prohibitively expensive.  It is still possible to race competitively in a car which you have driven to the circuit.

Minimum Requirements (for club level competition)

Due to the variety of different Racing events available, refer to the Supplementary Regulations for the event as to the requirements for both the car and the driver.  They will, however, be in accordance with MotorSport NZ’s Schedule A.  Drivers must belong to a MotorSport NZ member club, and be holders of a C grade licence.