SEALED HILLCLIMBS A hillclimb event takes place on a sealed surface. The defining feature is right there in the name – it's a climb! The finish line must be higher in elevation than the starting point, and the course predominantly winds its way uphill. Hillclimbs represent a natural progression from Motorkhanas and Autocross events we've discussed previously. These events provide a fresh challenge and a chance to explore the limits of your vehicle.
LICENCE REQUIREMENTS One notable difference from other ClubSport events is the requirement for a motorsport license. To participate in hillclimbs, you'll need an "M" license. However, if you possess an "R" or "C" license, you're still eligible to compete.
PASSENGERS Hillclimbs offer flexibility in terms of passengers or co-drivers. Single-seater vehicles are welcome participants. If you choose to have a passenger, they don't need a motorsport license, but they must be at least 12 years old and have signed the passenger indemnity forms. For those aged 12 to 16, parental guardians must sign on their behalf.
COURSE LENGTH Hillclimb courses vary in length, typically ranging from 1 - 4 kilometers. Some hillclimbs have been notably longer in the past, such as the legendary "Race for the Sky" held in the Cardrona Valley or the world-famous "Pikes Peak". The diversity in course lengths ensures that hillclimbs caters to a range of preferences and skill levels.
SAFETY GEAR AND VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS Safety is paramount in hillclimbs, and the use of protective gear is mandatory. This includes appropriate clothing and underwear, a helmet meeting MotorSport New Zealand Standards, and, while not mandatory, a frontal head restraint (FHR) is highly recommended. Additionally, note that specific clubs may require competing vehicles to be equipped with a homologated roll protection system. Regulations regarding vehicle safety can vary from club to club, so be sure to thoroughly review the supplementary regulations for the event you intend to participate in.
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