Offroad racing evolves: the V8s are coming

Achilles Radial Class 1 racer, Tony McCall turns up in Kaukapakapa with more V8 horsepower than ever before

Achilles Radial Class 1 racer, Tony McCall turns up in Kaukapakapa with more V8 horsepower than ever before

The V8 engine may be on the way to ‘endangered species’ status on New Zealand roads, but the muscular bellow of American – and even Japanese – high performance V8 engines is beginning to dominate the spectacular world of offroad racing.

2015 ENZED Champs ButtonWhen the first round of the 2015 ENZED Offroad Racing Championship starts on Saturday at Kaukapakapa, more than 20 per cent of the 60-strong field will be V8 powered, and the assembled power of the big V8 cars and trucks will exceed 5,000 bhp.

Prototypes could rule the day with experienced racers Gregg Carrington-Hogg and Murray Kitt both moving from the Achilles Radial Class 1 unlimited race car class into the Achilles Radial Class 9. They join defending class champion Maurice Bain (VW Beetle V6 turbo) and  leave five unlimited-class entries in the top race car Achilles Radial Class 1: front-runners among that class are Ernie Hogg in the “General” and multiple champion Tony McCall in the ENZED-backed BSL Terra, both running massive race-tuned LS2 Chev V8s.

The ultimate truck class will see a battle between old and new race trucks. There is a new unlimited-class race truck coming all the way from Palmerston North, owner Grant Rosenburg stepping up for class four for modified sport trucks. It has been built in Palmerston North. Another new truck is making its debut with Aucklander Dale Buckley at the wheel, an unlimited-class “ProLite’ design built in America by Kincaid Motorsports. These two go up against Jono Climo’s immaculately-presented Kumho Toyota Hilux Trophy Truck with its twin-turbo V8 and four wheel drive. Also likely to race is raana Haoran in Big Black, his Nissan Titan V8 four wheel drive truck.

More imported race vehicles are flooding into New Zealand as the US-NZ dollar exchange rate continues to favour local racers. Aucklander James Buchanan has imported a Tatum race car and re-powered it with a Mitsubishi Evo turbo engine. Ivan Booth will run a Tatum chassis in class five for cars using engines of up to 1350cc.

Polaris NZ is backing young Tauranga teenager Dyson Delahunty’s step up into the Polaris Class U – UTV or ‘side by side’ class, while another young racer, Tyler Castle, steps up from the VW-powered class seven to race in class five with Suzuki power.

The most numerous class is for cars with engines up to 1650cc, where 11 entries had been received by mid-week.

The weekend’s racing starts at 11.00 am on a new course at Haruru Road and takes the form of ‘short course’ heats for fourteen classes of race car and truck including the Kiwitruck youth category. There is an all-in race at the end of the three heats for each class. Short course races are – as the name suggests – short (five laps) and spectacular, with all race action visible from main spectator locations.

The 2015 ENZED Offroad Racing Championship takes place over seven rounds, with competitors racing at either three northern or three southern rounds before the entire championship field meets for the all-in final, which will be held in early November on a farm course in Hawkes Bay.

 

2015 ENZED Offroad Racing Championship

Confirmed entries, round one

157 Tony McCall

190 Ernie Hogg

109 Alan Hilliam

187 James Buchanan

151 Shaun Russell (TBC)

333 Brendon Old

324 Brendon Midgley

369 Tony Marwood

341 Andrew Green

363 Lance Cargill

303 Greg Mullins

306 Kohl Midgley

318 Graeme Henderson

327 Eric Teers

396 Vincent Boortman

305 Devlin Hill

450 Rex Croskery

457 Glen Turvey

530 Taine Carrington

544 Ivan Booth

517 Nick Magness

521 Tyler Castle

680 Keri Louie

697 Warren Adams

724 Ollie McCall

730 Jaden Carrington

700 Fergus Crabb

860 Grahame Steedman

861 Nick Hall

852 Dale Buckley

898 Grant Rosenberg

869 Jono Climo

804 Allan Joy

899 Raana Horan (TBC)

917 Murray Kitt

920 Gregg Carrington Hogg

900 Maurice Bain

1012 Jimmy Johnston

C27 Justin Williams

C88 Ken Rowe

C75 Campbell Witheford

C76 Ricky Jessen

C18 Geoff Matich

U39 Daniel Hartridge

U23 Carl Ruiterman

U20 Ben Thomasen

U87 Dyson Delahunty

U16 Joel Giddy

U37 Ross Misson

U88 Mike Small

J03 Trae Carrington

J05 Marcus Runciman

J89 Brooklyn Horan

J95 Arron Crabb

M89 Boston Horan

2015 ORANZ New Zealand Offroad Racing Champs – kicks off next weekend!

2015 ORANZ Rnd 1 sign

Last call for regular entries: the first round of the championship is eight days away and the 28th is the cut-off for normal entries.
• Entries Close – Entries close on 28th February 2015. Full refund provided to those unable to attend due to change of circumstances therefore no need for late entries. Enter on time and if you do not end up making it, the club will fully refund your entry.
• Grid positions for first race based on order of entry forms / payment and indemnity form received.
• Race Format – Races – 3 short course races of 5 laps plus (TBC), Feature – short course race of 15 laps (TBC). All as per ORANZ Rulebook.

 

New vehicles this year –
• Grant Rosenberg (Rowdy) from PNORC – New “Van der Wal” built Class 8 racing truck with Peter Hogg stepping out of his Class 3 and stepping in as co-driver.
• James Buchanan from AORC (pictured with his car and team) – new Class 1 buggy – US imported Tatum Engineering chassis fitted with NZ built Mitsi Evo 10 engine.
• Ivan Booth – new Class 5 buggy – US imported Tatum Engineering chassis fitted with 1300 engine
• Dyson Delahunty – new Class U Polaris RZR
• Dale Buckley – imported Class 8 Prolite – Kincaid truck with Toyota 2.2L engine
• Jarrod Marwood – has purchased the Ryan built Geoff Glover Class 3 buggy.
• Tyler Castle – moving from C7 to C5 in a Cougar chassis with Suzuki 1300cc engine
• Class 9 – the big change – two former C1 buggies moving to C9: Gregg Carrington Hogg in his Shores NZ chassis and LS V8 engine and Murray Kitt in his Jimco chassis and Subaru engined buggy.

 

Could C9 become the new C1 this year?

 

NZ1000 – Event Update

_MG_6058 Clive Lowres EVENT UPDATE !!

Thank you everybody who has been patiently awaiting news of this year’s NZ1000 event. We have been very busy in the background sorting / beginning all the logistics for this great event and whilst we still have a couple of permits to get signed off, we thought it was timely to send out some event information to help with your planning.

Please note, certain items below are our current proposals at this stage and are subject to compliance, permit, permission or simply just more time to firm up.

Here we go …………

NZ1000 LOGO OFFICIAL

Event – The NZ1000 is a 1,000km (minimum) forest enduro event held over two days of racing. It is widely known as “the largest offroad race in the southern hemisphere”. This year will be the 13th running of the 1000km event.

Dates – Thursday 24th September to Sunday 27th September 2015 (Qualifying Friday, Race Saturday & Sunday).

NZ1000 Head Committee – The head organisation committee is Ernie Hogg, Phil Cameron and Shane Wilson.

Intent to Enter – Will be posted out to all registered ORANZ members and will also be available on this FB page and the www.nz1000.co.nz website within the next 4 to 6 weeks.

HFM Event Application – Is currently been processed by Hancock Forestry Management.

ORANZ – Will be officiating at the event and vehicles will need to comply with the class rules as per the ORANZ rulebook. ORANZ will be supplying Chief Steward, Chief Technical Officer and Clerk of the Course.

Scrutineering – All race vehicles must arrive at the event “tagged” ensuring compliance with the ORANZ Class & Safety Rules as per ORANZ Rulebook. Some additional safety items will be required (thermal blanket, food, water etc).

Drivers – Up to 2 drivers may compete in each vehicle but one driver must be a current ORANZ member and the second driver can purchase a day / event licence if they were not an ORANZ member in 2014.

Track – Current proposed track is approximately 50km plus long and varies from open gravel roads to open clay roads to tight clay single tracks. There is one section of gravel road which is 15km long and is a rally drivers dream and will reward the brave. There is at least one tunnel and there will be some technical single track used to link tracks together.

Sprint Format – Currently proposed to be run similar to last T1000 where one class at a time will be on the track for a qualifying period of 15 minutes where your fastest lap will be your qualifying time.

Top 10 Shootout – There will be a Top 10 Shootout of 2 laps each where your fastest lap will be your final qualifying lap time for the Saturday start.

Marquee Hire – Marquee hire will again be available for the pit / camping area and booking details will be included in the “Intent to Enter”. A deposit will be required to confirm your booking.

Main Marquee – Will host meals on the Thursday and Friday nights, host the registration and scrutineering on Friday, host the drivers briefing on Friday night and will also contain the Media Centre showing live results throughout the event.

Sponsorship – Our sponsorship manger is Hayden Dickason – if you wish to support the event with sponsorship of services or products please contact Hayden on hayden@haansolutions.co.nz

Transponders – MXT Timing will be supplying transponders for the event and the cost of these will be included in the event fee.

Camping – Will be available on-site at the track where we will be supplying toilets and a 10 cubicle hot shower unit. Please note there will be a small surcharge for the use of a shower.

TV Production – We will have a production company attend the event and prepare a quality TV package to be shown on TV3’s CRC Motorsport Show.

Entry Fee – Yet to be confirmed, but the entry fee for the last event was $850 and this time we need to add the ORANZ Drivers Levy of $55 (for ORANZ attendance) plus added track and tree restitution costs, therefore the Entry Fee may be $950 but will be confirmed in the “Intent to Enter” package.

Overseas Entries – If you wish to attend the event and you are based overseas, please contact Ernie Hogg direct on aucklandoffroadracing@gmail.com and we can offer some assistance where applicable.

Programme – Currently proposed briefly as following:-

Thursday – Registration, Display & Safety Check / Scrutineering, Kiwitruck Racing, Kiwitruck Demo Races, Kiwitruck School Competition Ride, Have a Ride Sprint all held at the Tokoroa Events Centre.

This to be a carnival type atmosphere with plenty for kids to do (bouncy castles / Kiwitruck demos etc) and food (food trucks and caravans etc) and drinks and music etc.

Friday – Registration & Scrutineering, Track Recce, Qualifying Sprints, Drivers Briefing all at the NZ1000 track.

Saturday – 500km Race

Sunday – 500km Race and then Prizegiving (with bar, buffet meal and a band) at the Tokoroa Events Centre.

Security will be provided at the pit / camping area and shuttle buses will run between the track and the Tokoroa Events Centre throughout the night.

Trade Displays – If you would like to place a Trade Display at the Tokoroa Events Centre on the Thursday or at the Track during the event please contact Ernie Hogg on aucklandoffroadracing@gmail.com

2015 ORANZ New Zealand Offroad Racing Championship Series – North Island – Round 1 – hosted by Auckland Offroad Racing Club

Details about the 2015 ORANZ Offroad Racing Championship Series – North Island – Round 1

2015 National North Island Championships 

Round 1 

Short Course Racing 

Saturday 7th March 2015 

Competitor Entry Package 

The Auckland Offroad Racing Club is proud to host the 1st National North Island Round of the NZ Championships.

Venue: Haruru Road, Kaukapakapa.

Follow the signs from Kahikatea Flat Road if you are coming from Kaukapakapa.

Follow the signs from Dairy Flat Highway if you are coming from SH1 and turning off at the Silverdale Motorway Off Ramp.

Track: Natural Rolling Farm Terrain Short Course Track.

Entry Fee $300.00 and includes the following:-

ORANZ Drivers Levy $55.00

ORANZ Transponder Levy $25.00

North Island Finals Trophy Fee $15.00

AORC Event Costs $205.00

Kiwitruck Entry Fee $25.00

Entries Close: Entries close on Friday 28th February 2015.

Full refund provided to those unable to attend due to change of circumstances therefore no need for late entries. Enter on time and if you do not end up making it, we will fully refund your entry.

Grid positions for first race based on order of entry forms / payment and indemnity form received.

Race Format Races – 3 short course races of 5 laps plus (TBC)

Feature – short course race of 15 laps (TBC)

All as per ORANZ Rulebook.

Prizegiving & Dinner To be held 1 hour after the last race finishes at the Silverdale United Rugby Club, 6 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Silverdale, 0932.

Buffet dinner available at the Rugby Club – Details TBC

Programme:

Saturday 7th March

7.00am Gates Open

7.30am Registration & Vehicle / Safety Gear Checks

Race Vehicles must be tagged – No Tag, No Race!

10.30am Drivers Briefing

11.00am Racing Starts

7.00pm Prizegiving & Dinner at Silverdale United Rugby Club

6 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Silverdale, 0932

Gate Entry:

Vehicles towing a race car – free entry

Adult Spectators – $10

Children under 15 – Free

Onsite Food: Coffee Cart - Hot Food Caterers

Click here to download your Entry Form for this event - 2015 ORANZ Nth Is Round1 Entry Form

Highlands Race to the Sky – Offroad Racers invited to race

Highlands Race to the sky

Hi Racers,

Thanks for your interest in competing at Race to the Sky 2015, we are working to make this a truly iconic event. We will endeavour to update you when we have further information such as classes, accommodation packages, entry fees etc.

We are making great progress with the planning for the event and are already fielding enquiries from past competitors, there has been plenty of overseas interest, We are also registering interest for trade stands so if you or your company are interested let us know.

Please send all questions and enquires to entries@highlands.co.nz and the subject line “RTTS”

In this Update:

 Proposed Classes

 Course details

 FAQ

 Proposed Schedule

 

Proposed Classes: 

NOTE: All vehicles entered must meet safety requirements as outlined in the MotorSport New Zealand Safety Regulations or the safety regulations of the Permitted Organisation you are running under, in the case of an entry from overseas meet the Safety Regulations of the ASN or Governing body of the country of entry origin.

Where an entry does not comply with the safety requirements of MotorSport NZ and the entrant seeks to compete under the safety regulations of the ASN or Governing body or of the country of entry origin, the competitor is bound to provide written documentation that satisfies the Clerk of the Course that the vehicle does meet compliance.

As the field will be limited to around 130 entries due to time restrains of completing the necessary runs up the course we will limit vehicles in each Division, these numbers will be dependent upon numbers in other Divisions filling up so entries will be done on a first in basis.

Cars 

Unlimited - This Division will allow any race vehicle capable of obtaining a track record, which the Promoter invites, to take part in this Unlimited Division.

4 Wheel Drive Open - It is the intent of these rules that vehicles competing in the 4 Wheel Drive Open Division are based upon a production vehicle. Innovation and modifications within the rules are not discouraged. Eligibility is restricted to closed-bodied (fabric tops are discouraged) four-wheel vehicles meeting the following requirements:

The vehicle must be based upon a model built by a recognised manufacturer.

Exterior body pieces (i.e. all components of the air stream) must be identical in appearance to the original item of the production vehicle; this includes bumpers. Bolt-on body pieces may be constructed of an alternate material, except for doors that must be original, unless door bars are an integral part of the vehicle safety roll cage. The original window glazing material may be replaced with either identical material or Lexan. The floor pan must be original or replaced with a flat bottom located in the original position related to the production vehicle.

Only fender flares and spoilers sold as original equipment may be used.

Aerodynamic wings and devices are explicitly and implicitly prohibited.

The engine is open, but must be derived from the manufacturer of the production vehicle.

Frames, suspensions, and brakes are open.

Wheel diameter and width are optional but the tyre must be fully covered by the fender.

Exhaust systems are open.

2 Wheel Drives 0 – 2000cc – Vehicle Eligibility – It is the intent of these rules that vehicles competing in the 2 wheel drive Division class be a production vehicle readily available to the public, and produced by a recognized manufacturer. Eligibility is restricted to close-bodied two-wheel vehicles. Vehicles must have a Log Book, and be between 0 – 2000cc

2 Wheel Drives 2001cc – Open - Vehicle Eligibility – It is the intent of these rules that vehicles competing in the 2 wheel drive Division class be a production vehicle readily available to the public, and produced by a recognized manufacturer. Eligibility is restricted to close-bodied two-wheel vehicles. Vehicles must have a Log Book, and be over 2001cc

Showroom Stock SUV – This Division will be a showroom class with vehicles that are stock. Rules and Regs TBC

Showroom Stock Double Cab Ute – As with the SUV these vehicles will be showroom stock.

Rules and Regs TBC

Rally Cars Open (Co driver or no Co driver) – It is intended that these vehicles be a Log Booked Rally Car and 4 wheel drive.

Classic Cars – Vehicle Eligibility – “Classic” Vehicle means a vehicle that was in series production prior to 1st January 1982 that no longer complies with its original homologation papers or does not have a verifiable history of competition in its current form prior to that date.

Bikes 

Lightweight Division – up to 250cc Four stroke + 125cc 2 stroke

Middleweight Division – 251cc to 450cc Four stroke + 126cc to 250cc Two stroke

Heavyweight Division – 451cc and over Four Stroke + 251cc and over Two stroke

Quads 

Light Quads – 201 – 500cc

Super Quads – Details from MNZ TBC

Buggy & Off Roader 

Comply with ORANZ regs and rules TBC

Side by side 

This Division will be run under the SxS rules from New Zealand and Australia and allowing all Side by side vehicles to run.

More rules and information will follow soon regarding classes. 

If you have any feedback re classes please let us know. 

Course details: 

We are endeavouring to have the course as close to the original as possible, we have a link to a video we are producing if you haven’t driven the course or want a reminder take a look. This will be sent out to you soon. With the base track not being used for some time it is hard to show what that is like but once we have some footage we will pass it on.

The surface has change since the last race and is down a bit to the harder base, which looks to be a slicker track.

FAQ’s 

Q: Is it every year or biannual?

A: We will know on the Monday after the event, but if expectation and enthusiasm is anything to go by every year seems the go.

Q: Is there accommodation available on site?

A: We are talking with SHPG with regards to the accommodation and workshop space at the

top of the hill, if this is an option we will release details soon. We will also have camping sites available.

Q: Can I run multi classes?

A: Yes you can run more than on class or one Division, BUT it is up to you to arrange the

flight back down in time to start the next run, we will have details of the Helicopter

companies available to do this for you.

Q: Will there be testing?

A: NO there will be no pre event testing, there will be Controlled Course recce’s on the

Friday for each division to sight the course.

Q: What are the entry fees going to be?

A: We are looking to keep the fees as low as we can, it is perceived that the Bikes will be

around $799 and the others vehicles $999.

Q: Will there be a website for RTTS?

A: Yes there will be a website for all info and forms, this will be launched in the coming

months and all will be notified once it is live.

Proposed Schedule: 

We would like to schedule three runs on the Saturday and two on the Sunday to give

competitors as much track time as possible, a full schedule will be released in the coming months. We are also looking to run the MNZ Hillclimb Champs on the Saturday, details to follow when we get confirmation.

If you are interested in lining up and taking on this race then click on this link:

ORANZ EXPRESSION FORM (1)

2015 ORANZ Racing Calendar

North Island:
Auckland Offroad Club      Short course Event        7th/8th March
Woodhill 100, Auckland    Enduro                            30/31 May, Queens Birthday
ATR, Meremere                 Short course/ Enduro       2 August

South Island:
Twizel                                Short course/ Enduro       4th/5th April (Easter)
Christchurch                      Short Course                    27 June
Nelson                               Enduro                              25 July

National Final
Hawkes Bay                       Shortcourse/ Enduro        7th/8th November

Palmerston North              NZ Shortcourse Champs  26th April

Tokoroa                              NZ1000                           24th-27th September

2014 ORANZ Presidents Report

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Presidents Report 2014

Thank you.  It’s been a privilege to work as a member of the ORANZ Executive for 2014, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow executive members on behalf of the sport for their support and assistance during the 2014 year, your willingness to balance work, family and your commitment to ORANZ is a credit to you all. To volunteer your time so generously, for the benefit of the Offroad racing community should not go unnoticed and I’m proud to have worked with you all.

I would like to especially thank Kim Jones our out going secretary for all the hours of work she has put in and we wish her all the best.

2014 has been a year of changes that I know some have found hard, these changes will make for safer and more streamlined events in the future with the tagging system for the race vehicles already improving the speed of safety checks and lifting the finishing rates at all Enduro events for 2014.  In 2015 we will see ORANZ move to a transponder-based lap scoring system at all national competition events a change that will also help to streamline events in the future.

The racing that I have seen throughout the country this year has been Hard, Fast and Fair with some very good competition in both Islands. The finals in Christchurch did not disappoint with hard racing for all the classes in attendance with all the class winners deserving of their titles and a new NZ1 in Owen Chang, well done to all those that competed throughout the year and I hope to see you all back on the track in 2015.

The 2015 year is looking to be a good one for racing with the Counties Classic series, The new track at Hampton Downs and a refurbished Meremere track in the North and the Christchurch club track in the South all offering good opportunities for summer racing, and the new NZ1000 taking place in Tokoroa alongside the National Competition we are set for an exciting year ahead.

Bring on 2015.

Paul Smith

ORANZ

President

Records tumble at Offroad Racing Final Round

The 2014 ORANZ Offroad Racing Champion - NZ1 Owen Chang - on his way to taking the title during the Enduro at labour Weekends Championship Final

The 2014 ORANZ Offroad Racing Champion – NZ1 Owen Chang – on his way to taking the title during the Enduro at labour Weekends Championship Final

 

Christchurch unlimited-class offroad racer Owen Chang has become the youngest-ever national champion in the history of the sport.

Chang, 27, won his national class title with four class wins and one third placing over two days of racing at West Melton near Christchurch during the weekend. He survived a frightening near-rollover in the GT Radial Ford Falcon and completed seven laps of the 15 km endurance course before the organisers declared the race on safety grounds.

“Saturday was fantastic, the short course at West Melton is great to race on and the truck really handles the jumps very well.Sunday was quite scary because it was really dusty. You had to go as hard as you could but we really couldn’t see anything except when the wind dragged the dust away from the road. The organisers made the right decision when they pulled the pin,” he said afterward.

The year-long championship campaign has been supported by dad Bryan and a close-knit group of mates who have helped prepare the truck, which was the first to be built to American Prolite design blueprints and remains one of the few to retain a second seat for a navigator.

Competing against the fastest trucks in New Zealand, Chang first won the southern regional title across three rounds in April, June and August, which brought him to the final with a maximum 72 points and 20 bonus points for running in all three rounds.

Then in the short course racing on Saturday, Chang was up against the championship contenders from throughout New Zealand including Justin Leonard who won the northern regional title in his V8 Chev Silverado, Michael Cox of Rotorua in his American built ‘Prolite’ Toyota Hilux V8 and Gavin Storer of Christchurch in his 4.0-litre V6 engined four wheel drive Prolite Hilux.

The GT Radial truck but consistently beat the more powerful truck off the start, meaning Chang was able to simply drive away from his rivals over ensuing laps in each heat. His drop from first to third in one heat was after being tapped from behind by Mike Cox and spinning the Falcon ute across the dividing tyre wall.

“The truck tipped up on two wheels and could have gone over, but I just kept the accelerator on the floor and steered it through then spun her round to go back onto the track,” he said afterward.

Class nine Baja driver Maurice Bain had taken a clean sweep of his heats and would carry a points advantage through intoSunday’s racing. Chang said he was mainly focussed on his in-class standings and aiming to stay ahead of Cox, Leonard and Gavin Storer.

In Sunday’s enduro, Chang qualified far ahead of his rivals and rose to a podium finish despite the hazardous racing conditions. High winds had stripped the forest course of any hint of moisture and dried the silty soils to a flour-like consistency.

“The dust we kicked up was thicker than fog, and we had to hold off a bit but when it was blown away we were able to give the pace a push. When we started lapping slower cars it got very difficult. Tricky stuff but it was the most exciting drive of the year for sure.”

With Nevil Basalaj leading the race, there was no chance to go for the outright race win but Chang needed to stay well clear of his class rivals and make sure of a good finish. Both Mike Cox and Justin Leonard were watching for any sign of weakness from the GT Radial truck.

“Man it was tough out there. We even came up on Tony McCall in the dust and got past him – he’s an offroad racing legend!”

With the race stopped at half distance due to the dust hazard, Chang emerged national champion ahead of Polaris racer Ben Thomasen and Nelson unlimited class race car driver Ashley Kelly. Tony McCall was fourth. In the unlimited class trucks, Mike Cox followed Chang home and was sixth in the championship; Justin Leonard was ninth.

Chang’s win marks only the second time a truck-class competitor has been national champion. Andrew Thomasen was the first, taking the title in 2007 in his four wheel drive Toyota Tundra V8.

ORANZ Finals Points 2014 (updated)