Rush Hour’s back and it’s going to be the perfect opportunity for ENEOS North Island endurance competitors to shakedown their cars ahead of the season opener at the end of next month.
Speed Works Events – who promote both the summer championship series and now the winter enduro – has confirmed there will be a Rush Hour race on the Saturday evening of its forthcoming season finale at Hampton Downs over the weekend of March 8th and 9th. There’ll be practice sessions on the Friday and qualifying on Saturday ahead of the race and as always with the Rush Hour concept, anyone entered at the meeting will be able to run as well as wild card entries coming along just to compete in the one hour handicap format race.
“We’ve got a very busy schedule at Hampton Downs with it being the season final for quite a few championship categories but having a Rush Hour race there is a great opportunity for some of the endurance focussed runners to get some race miles in over the weekend ahead of the first round of the ENEOS North Island series, which takes place at Taupo on 29th and 30th of March,” explained Speed Works’ Geoff Short.
Rush Hour rules are liberal in terms of cars that can enter, and Dean McCarroll in his Ford powered Juno is a likely starter at Hampton. Short is hoping for a good mix of cars from the meeting categories, which include both TradeZone GTRNZ fields, Pirelli Porsches and BNT V8s as well as a good selection of ENEOS series cars and wild cards like McCarroll’ s machine, adding; “There’s potentially a huge field of cars there given the timing of it at the end of the summer season and just three weekends before the start of the longer winter races.”
The other two rounds of the ENEOS series take place on 10/11 May at Pukekohe and on 7/8 June at Hampton Downs. The national endurance final date and venue is set to be confirmed shortly.
The race is handicapped with pit stop duration defined by the car’s qualifying performance. The better the qualifying time (or predicted lap time), the longer the pit stop.
Pit stops must also be taken during a defined window. If the car beats its qualifying time during the race, or beats the alternative lap time predicted, time will be added at the end of the race for each lap where the car ‘broke out’ of its lap time target. There are also other restrictions limiting the ability to execute refuelling or wheel changing quickly – all designed to give every team and driver a fair chance at victory.