Race car racing has always been a very popular sport. Many spectators gather to watch this most exciting sport. New Zealand has several popular motor racing tracks.
Undoubtedly one of the most supported forms of motorsport is speedway in New Zealand. Drivers can virtually start racing at any level or age. There are different stages and classes pertaining to your budget and ability. This form of motorsport can lead to competing in National and International Competitions.
While many enjoy the competition aspect of racing, it is also a very social sport. There are many clubs available to join and meet and have fun with other competitors. Most clubs have a robust social network.
Speedway NZ Info
23 tracks are licensed by Speedway NZ. These tracks consist of a mix of 24 different speedway classes. However, not all classes are raced at all the tracks. The tracks operate beginning in October through to May.
Deciding on a Class
When you finally decide to take part in speedway motor racing, you must select a class. To decide on the class that best suits you, there are several factors that must be taken into consideration. Some factors include:
- Available time to devote to the sport
- Type of racing; motorcycle or car for example
- Contact or no contact
- Availability in the area where you live
There are separate categories for Youth Competitors. Adults can select Regional or National classes.
There are 13 classes where competitors are eligible to compete for the 1NZ. This is the Official New Zealand Championship. They are also entitled to compete in the North and South Island Grand Prix.
Distinct Groups of Classes
There are four distinct groups of classes. They are contact grades, open wheel, saloon based and motorcycle. In order to compete, you must be 16 years of age.
The Individual Classes are as follows:
- Super Saloon
- Production Saloons
- Open Wheel Classes
- Motorcycle classes
- Six shooters
- Modified sprints
- Quarter midgets
- Youth saloons
- Junior solos
- Peewee solos
Choosing a Race Vehicle
This can be a very tough choice. You should research what type of vehicle suits your needs and budget. The car must meet the specified requirements of the Speedway NZ rulebook. All speedway vehicles must come with a speedway logbook. You can obtain advice from track vehicle inspectors.
This type of sport requires a lot of regard to safety. The speedway rule book states that each competitor must obtain effective personal safety equipment. Other safety items are helmets, seatbelts, neck and head restraints and full containment seats. Ensuring your personal safety equipment fits properly is very important.