Additions to Rules

Chief Steward: Phillip Cameron

Driver Bulletin 20 July 2015

 

1. Junior Classes

R. Class K Polaris 170 Kids UTV

Standard competition running and safety rules to apply.
Vehicle to maintain standard production features including motor and drive chain, suspension, wheels and general appearance. (Tyre pattern optional, but size to remain standard).
Structural and safety improvements;
Cross brace in rear hoop.
Intrusion rails on each side
Nerf bars on each side
5 point 50mm wide seat belts for both driver and passenger
1 kg Fire Extinguisher mounted in way that marshal can access
Battery sealed from cockpit area
No additional fuel tanks or modifications to original tank
Safety nets mandatory
Cars to be tagged yearly with standard on the day checks for safety items (i.e. brakes and steering)

 

2. Fly by wire accelerator systems
Addition to rules;
All fly by wire accelerator systems must run a ‘return to idle in case of failure’ arrangement.
Most standard units do this but there are odd (some Honda and other) units do not and are not acceptable within our sport.

REMITS/Proposed Rule Changes

Chief Steward: Phillip Cameron

Driver Bulletin 29 June 2015

 

1. Rule 31 – Effective silencer or muffler
TORC representatives raised at the last Council meeting they are bound by the local resource consent – 90 decibels (50 decibels at the boundary) and will have to make this a ruling with their club. Anyone with exhaust sound emission louder than this will not be able to race in order for them to adhere to the rules of the resource consent.

Discussed if this needs to be changed in rule book or does this need to be addressed as a local issue? It was mentioned Speedway NZ has a requirement in their rule book.

The Council voted in favour of the rules being more specific/or a change to the rule.

 

2. Ages of Junior Class Drivers
This had been raised in the Executive meeting and brought to the Council meeting. It was discussed further to leave it up to discretion of Chief Steward if a child younger or older than specified in the rules can race; has to be signed off by Chief Steward. Some are already racing and want to align this with the rule book. Kids to be considered on an individual basis – some are mature of their age, some are smaller for their age.

The Council voted to add ‘the discretion of the Chief Steward …’ in the rules.

 

3. Fire Extinguishers
Rule 23(c) was discussed with the view of vehicles having on board two fire extinguishers for both the short course and endure rounds. The Council voted to remove from the rule book the words ‘for endurance races’.

It was discussed if marshalls should have fire extinguishers and should this be reflected in the rules? Decided this could be added to the information on events. Seen as problematic to get this information to every Marshall at every event.

 

4. Rule 30A .i]v] and rule B iv]
It was discussed if ‘Steel mesh ‘ needs changing from steel to “metal or alloy”. Also a mesh whole size of maximum 15mm needs to be specified. The Council voted in favour of these changes to metal or alloy.

 

5. 5(a) Log Book rule
It was clarified that if two people are using the same car, the log book can have both numbers on it.

 

a. 21(c) Compulsory use of face mask or goggles with or without a windscreen
This was discussed and it was clarified this was a safety matter therefore did not require to follow the remit process. The wording in the rules will be adjusted and the word “…or windscreen” will be removed. Full face protection required

 

b. All in/Short Course feature configuration in National Rounds.
This had been brought to the Executive by HBORC and was discussed in the Executive meeting. It was raised all classes racing together was not safe. When the track is crowded it is more dangerous. It was put to the Council to look into it being changed or more flexible to change the event depending on the factors of the day. Points were discussed and 18 points for a win.

Council members were asked to go back to their clubs to discuss this and to bring the views of the members to the next Council meeting in August.

Feedback from club required.

 

c. Exec Recommendations for Neck Brace SFI Spec 38.1.
This was put to the Council with the focus being on deceleration of the neck while racing.
Members from AORC were concerned about the impact this would have on the drivers that are using Motorcross helmets. If they have to have this neck brace they will have to purchase a new helmet. This point was supported by CMORC. It was raised that helmets generally have to be replaced after 5 years depending on amount of use, etc, and some people will be looking at replacing their helmets anyway.

Members from WORC had concerns about costings of helmet on new drivers. If the Exec were going to go down that track, need to space it out to give people time to purchase one.

Council members were asked to take this back to their clubs and to bring views to next Council meeting.

Feedback from club required.

Record Entry for New Zealand’s Oldest, Toughest Offroad Race

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  • More than 80 race cars and trucks grid up for punishing 250km event
  • Nelson’s Basalaj heads north to target outright win
  • 35th year for classic offroad endurance race

A titanic battle under the pines is in store this weekend as a record field of offroad race cars and trucks contests the 35th annual Woodhill 100 offroad endurance race.

With entries currently standing at 85, organisers are promising spectacular race action in the qualifying sprints on Saturday and at the main event on Sunday May 31.

The Woodhill 100 is the sport’s oldest and toughest one day endurance race and is the only major motorsport event held in Woodhill Forest, northwest of Auckland.

This year, the race has its highest number of ‘big bangers’ ever, meaning the front 10 rows of the grid will boast more horsepower – and more than twice the torque – of a current Formula One race grid.

Race day will see 11 or more of the sport’s spectacular unlimited-class race trucks line up for a shot at victory including two-times winner Raana Horan.

To take the chequered flag this year, the truck class racers must first claw their way through a field that includes nine unlimited class race cars and 16 class three (1.6-litre) car, with a massive ten car entry in the new Polaris-backed UTV class adding to the race-day mayhem.

Competitors have come from many parts of the country, including the South Island. Leading entries include Nelson’s Nevil Basalaj, who is bringing his massive Jimco Chev race car north to add the Woodhill trophy to his cabinet and will go wheel to wheel with the likes of multiple Woodhill winner Tony McCall of Manukau, driving his single-seater BSL Terra Chev.

Most of the unlimited race cars of Achilles Radial class one are V8 powered, exceptions being Alan Butler (US-built Chenowth Millennium with Mistubishi Evo turbo power) and James Buchanan (US-built Tatum with Mitsubishi Evo power). Both are former Woodhill 100 winners.

With intense competition expected in every class, race pundits are tipping the unlimited-class cars and trucks for the win but also say the 1600cc class three field bears watching. The agile Polaris and Can Am UTVs have shown strong form in the forest in the past two years but never been able to stay at the front as the race wears on.

Organisers say for many racers, the Woodhill 100 has long been the event they most want to win. The punishing nature of the course has always meant even finishing the event is a major accomplishment.

In its 35th year, the Woodhill 100 has gone back to its roots, with a course plotted on the many sand tracks and under the canopy of the pine forest that blankets the northwestern dunes of the region.

Experienced racers say the sand tracks are best tackled flat-out in order to avoid damaging suspension in the many dips and hollows of the course. Racers must also watch for hard tree roots that can pinch a tyre or snag a front wheel with disastrous results.

Qualifying sprints to determine grid position will be held on Saturday 30 May between 9am to 4pm at Black Sand Quarry in Pulpit Rock Rd, Waimauku. The Kiwitruck youth category will also race their own Woodhill enduro on a specially marked course at qualifying.

The 2015 Stihl Shop/ North Harbour Isuzu Woodhill 100 starts at 11 am on Sunday, with forest access from Trig Road, South Head.

Raider takes the prize

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The General came back to Twizel at Easter and took the major prize.

In an endurance event that listed ten finishers from a total event entry of 40, that took competitors over 250 km of high country glacial valley racing, Aucklanders Ernie Hogg and Mike Fraser made good on their promise to return and take the trophy.

Their Scorpion-based two-seater unlimited-class race car runs in the livery of the General Lee from the popular TV series and movie the Dukes of Hazzard, complete with Confederate flag and bright orange paintwork.

Like the original General, their car is V8 powered, though in the case of the offroad race car the grunt comes from a hybrid spec Chev engine based on an LS2.

The MacKenzie Properties Twizel 250 race weekend opened the southern leg of the 2015 ENZED Offroad Racing Championship. Held over two days on land beside the massive Ohau hydro canal, the event featured a first day of short course racing followed by the 250 itself, with points divided equally between the two days. Though Hogg and Fraser were not able to amass points (having begun their championship season with the northern round) they were able to score podium results.

In the short course racing, the battle in the Achilles Radial-backed unlimited class was between Hogg and three Nelson drivers: Nevil Basalaj, Ash Kelly and Cam Stratford.

Though many were picking Kelly’s ex-McCall Cougar Evo VW to dominate, it was Basalaj in the Jimco V6 who ran out the winner of the heats.

Hogg and Fraser were the most consistent threat to Basalaj over the short course heats and for several laps of one heat had the big orange two-seater ahead of the eventual winner.

The Jimco is an ‘evolved’ 2004 car that has run at the Baja 1000 and was NZ national champion at the hands of Kevin Charles. With development work by Andrew Thomason, it is a formidable opponent in short course racing though – like the General – its natural home is in endurance racing. It runs a race-prepared Chev V6 engine and is the quickest Jimco in this country by a significant margin.

In class two for production race trucks and 4Wds, the competition was equally intense. Ian Simcox is running a Mitsubishi Pajero Evo, the road version produced to homologate the Pajero for Dakar. Originally built by Neville ‘Max’ Smith in Auckland, the trtuvck has pedigree extending to several Taupo 1000 races and is significantly more powerful than the Suzuki of fellow Christchurch racer Stephen Boyd. Boyd and Ron Campbell were the rest of the class two field, but took the fight to Simcox in every heat, with Boyd rubbing door handles with the Simcox Evo lap after lap. The short course jump, however, was where the Evo showed its breeding and where Simcox showed his commitment to the race win.

Production trucks and the class four modified trucks are not natural jumpers, in fact many choose to brake on the up-ramp of steep jumps, aware of the havoc the landings will cause to standard suspension.

Simcox ran out the winner in all three heats, with Boyd second in each race; Ron Crosby third.

Class three for race cars with engines up to 1.6 litre engines is usually the property of Christchurch racer Wayne Moriarty in his Euroblast Alumicraft Toyota, but at Twizel  he was harried to every finish by Nelson racer Greg Winn in his strong RV Magnum two-seater. Winn’s car is a former national champion at the hands of previous owner Donn Attwood. Both cars run versions of Toyota’s timeless 4AGE engine.

Third in class but down on points after a DNF in race one was Alex MacIndoe.

Class four for ‘improved’ trucks and 4WDs marked the return to championship racing of Nelson’s Darrin Thomason. Formerly a class champion in a Nissan Navara ute, Thomason has had a break from the sport and is now developing a Mitsubishi Pajero V6. He was slowed by an early misfire, but managed to win all three heats. Dave Ballantyne was second in the first class four race but damaged his Nissan Terrano and retired.

Race wins in class five were shared between Joel Green (two) and Graham Fleming.

In Challenger class the race weekend highlighted generational change. While event organiser Barry Phillips has been trying “for ages’ to win his class at his home event, it was down to his son Jake to bring home the short course trophy.

Nelson’s John Strickett won the first heat but mechanical damage forced him out in heat two, leaving Jake Phillips a straight run to the chequered flag.

Dad Barry says the win was well fought and he was (grudgingly) happy to see his son score the win.

The big trucks in the unlimited class were a firm favourite among the 2,000-strong crowd. With seven entries, the class was equal biggest with the UTVs and the action started on the first lap of heat one.

Donald Preston raced the championship last year in the UTV class, letting son Paul run his supercharged Toyota Hilux V8. This year dad was back in the big truck and out to challenge national champion Owen Chang for the title. That went wrong on the first lap when he ran wide at the bottom corner as the field swept through to the front straight. The Hilux slewed sideways through a berm, over the used tyre all that marks the edge of the track, then rolled onto its side. What appeared superficial damage at first glance masked two split oil coolers, putting the Hilux on the trailer for the day.

Richard Knowles in his new Holden V8 ute had a second in that first heat behind Otago’s Carl Gardner in a new Nissan V8 ute imported from Australia. Gardner went on to take a second win and a fourth, Knowles coming back after damaging his front suspension in heat two to win the final race.

But once again, the championship pace was set by Christchurch’s Owen Chang, running in the GT Radial Ford Falcon turbo Pro Lite. With a four cylinder turbo engine and rear wheel drive, Chang was consistently quickest off the line, having to drive around slower-starting trucks from his bad-luck grid positions at the rear of each grid.

A boost issue slowed the truck in the first heats, but third place in the first heat and then second in the next two brought him through the racing in second place for the class.

The Polaris-backed UTV class brought some madness to proceedings with a seven-strong and closely matched grid of racers. Tim George’s blindingly-fast new Polaris won the first two heats convincingly, then he rolled the car in the third heat, causing a brief delay. Righted, he was able to rejoin for the restart and finished fifth. Seasoned racer Roger McKay took the honours for the day with two second places and a win in the third heat.

The sport’s youth category is passionately supported in the south by sisters Brooke and Jorja Storer, both running immaculately turned out yellow J-class Kiwitrucks. Brooke took a brace of wins – and won their Sunday race as well – to take maximum points ahead of Jorja.

The stage was set for the endurance race, the toughest test of the weekend. Overnight, many crews would work to repair race damage to get to the start line of a 250 km race that is unique in the sport.

Into the valley

Hammering across a glacial valley at 200 km/h or more, wondering if the rear tyres are still doing their job or if the sharp flinty frost-shattered rock in the loamy soil have shredded a sidewall. Weaving through thick plumes of dust and trying to make clean passes on lapped traffic. Hitting massive natural jumps at 100 km/h or more and having time to count off the ‘air time’ in seconds before landing.

That’s the challenge, risk and reward of the Twizel 250.

Ernie Hogg came to this race a year ago to test the General against this unique endurance race and ran hard all the way to the race finish. Flat tyres forced him into the pits again and again as he pursued eventual winner Nevil Basalaj.

This year, Hogg was once more battling the course as well as fellow competitors – but this time he emerged the winner. The raider from the north took home the Twizel 250 trophy along with a couple of smashed wheel rims and a tick coating of dust and glacial loam.

Off the start, Nevil Basalaj went out hard with Ashley Kelly in hot pursuit. Hogg slotted into third place as the field sorted itself out. Tim George was the best of the UTvs in fourth overall.

As the field completed the first 13.5 km lap of the track, Basalaj remained in control, Kelly second and Wayne Moriarty had carved through from fifth to be third. Hogg dropped back to fifth, though still in touch. Roger McKay was now best of the UTVs, fourth overall.

By lap four of 19, Ernie Hogg had clawed his way back to the leading bunch, second overall and chasing Basalaj. Ash Kelly was out, having posted fastest lap of the day,  9:03.433 sec with a whole-lap average speed just under 90 km/h. Owen Chang was third and first truck, battling with Carl Gardner. Donald Preston had managed to make a temporary repair to the Hilux but only lasted two laps.

For two brief laps, Roger McKay burst into the lead as Nevil Basalaj struck problems and dropped to tenth; then the General hit the front and was never headed.

Ernie Hogg brushed off punctures, wheel damage and late-race gear selection issues to stay in front to the chequered flag, leading the race for almost half the total distance. He was the only racer to complete the full distance.

 

Overall classification, MacKenzie Properties Twizel 250

1. Ernie Hogg (winner Achilles Radial class 1)

2. Greg Winn (winner class 3)

3. Grant Dixon (winner Polaris UTV class)

4. James Dixon

5. Steven Boyd (winner class 2)

6. Ian Simcox

7. Roger McKay

8. Ron Crosby

9 Owen Chang (winner class 8)

10 Nevil Basalaj

 

Points, South Island sector, ENZED Offroad Racing Championship (top ten)

Ian Simcox 66

Greg Winn 66

Nevil Basalaj 64

Steven Boyd 63

Roger McKay 59

Grant Dixon 57

Owen Chang 57

Ron Crosby 50

Darrin Thomason 48

Joel Green 46

 

Class points, South Island Sector, ENZED Offroad Racing Championship

Achilles Radial class one

Nevil Basalaj 64

Ash Kelly 30

Cam Stratford 24

Class two

Ian Simcox 66

Steven Boyd 63

Ron Crosby 50

Class three

Greg Winn 66

Wayne Moriarty 36

Alex McIndoe 16

Class four

Darrin Thomason 48

Dave Ballantyne 10

Class five

Joel Green 46

Graham Forsythe 32

Class eight

Owen Chang 57

Carl Gardner 40

Gavin Storer 30

Class 10

Rosco Gaudin 36

Wade Halliday 22

Challenger VW

Jake Phillips 34

John Strickett 24

U class

Roger McKay 59

Grant Dixon 57

James Dixon 41

Kiwitruck

Brooke Storer 36

Jorja Storer 32

ENZED Offroad Racing Championship rocks Twizel

ENZED Offroad Racing Championship rocks Twizel

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A bewildering array of high powered offroad racing vehicles will invade Twizel next weekend as the town hosts the second round of the 2015 ENZED offroad racing championship.

More than 40 cars are expected to take the start in the two-day event, which is the first of the year in the South Island and is a firm favourite with the top teams. Racers crome from many parts of New Zealand to race this unqiue event, including Ernie Hogg, who is bringing his Scorpion Chev V8 unlimited class car all the way from Auckland. Ernie Hogg contested the Twizel race last year and says the unique challenge of racing on the massive glacial moraine farm has drawn him back for another crack at the event.

The Achilles Radial ‘unlimited’ truck class has the strongest entry in the event and promises spectacular action. In all, there are seven unlimited-class trucks entered.

Winton driver Donald Preston is back, aiming to wrest the class 8 truck title away from Christchurch’s Owen Chang.

After a dalliance in the UTV class while his son ran his big V8 4WD Toyota Hilux, Preston has once more returned to the ultimate truck class.

The Preston Hilux is one of the fastest race trucks in the sport, and can be expected to take a string of podium finishes in the short course racing on Saturday.

Another Otago driver, Carl Gardner, has stepped up from his 1.6-litre class three race car to a Nissan Navara V8 ute imported from Australia.

Karl Vinton has bought a Toyota Supra-engined Hilux previously campaigned by Auckland’s Dale Buckley.

Christchurch’s Gavin Storer has entered his Toyota V6 powered 4WD ute.

Saturday’s action starts at 11.00 am at the Ohau Channel Road and takes the form of ‘short course’ racing on a compact track that enables spectators to see the entire course from one location. Organiser Barry Phillips of Twizel says the course is overlooked by a low hill that forms an ideal area for spectators to enjoy the action from – enjoying the comfort of  their cars or on picnic blankets in front on the edge of the slope.

The next day the field will contest a 250 kilometre multi-lap endurance race that starts from the same area as Saturday’s short course. The track will run west on the glacial soils of the valley which create a race surface like no other round of the championship, returning in a giant loop of ten kilometres of more. The glacial loam is soft but peppered with sharp rocks embedded by ancient glaciers that can shred a tyre in an instant. The deceptive conditions and fast course have extracted a heavy toll from competitors in past years.

“The Twizel 250 weekend is fast becoming a legend in offroad racing, to the extent that we have at least one competitor coming all the way from Auckland to race the unique course we set out here. There’s going to be a lot to see and enjoy over the two days of racing.”

 

Confirmed entries

Achilles Radial Class 1ENZED Offroad Racing Championship rocks Twizel_Veritas

Geoff Densem
Nevil Basalaj 173
Ernie Hogg 190
Daniel Powell 118
Cam Stratford 185
Ash Kelly 192

Class 2
Ron Crosby 250
Steven Boyd 218
Ian Simcox 217

Class 3
Greg Winn 371
Wayne Moriarty 312
Alex McIndoe 399

Class 4
Darrin Thomason 444
Dave Ballantyne 497

Class 5
Joel Green 552
Graham Fleming 572

Class 8
Carl Gardner 841
Richard Knowles 890
Karl Vinton 852
Gavin Storer 840
Don Preston 800
Bryan Chang 847
James Fleming 811

Class 10
Rosco Gaudin 1069
Wade Halliday 1085
Murdock Halliday 1019

Challenger
Jake Phillips C45
John Strickett C22

Polaris U-Class
Mike Holmes U21
Grant Dixon U15
Bob Uttridge U46
Roger MacKay U66
Tim George U68
James Dixon U07

J-Class
Jorja Storer J31
Brooke Storer J39