Rush Hour moves to Teretonga, and the GP gets one too

Speed Works Events has today announced a move to Teretonga for the second Rush Hour race in January, replacing the race scheduled for the Saturday evening of the January 13 event in Christchurch.

With speedway running on the Saturday evening nearby, there were problems with resource consent for a Saturday evening motorsport event at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park and event organisers were unable to fit it into the Saturday schedule any earlier. A regular twilight slot for the race has always been Speed Works Events’ preference.

“With all that in mind we decided the best thing was to shift the event one week later and run it on the Saturday evening at Teretonga where all the same classes and cars should be available,” explained Speed Works Events Geoff Short. “It’s an awesome twilight atmosphere at Teretonga anyway and we would expect an awful lot of people to be interested in staying for the evening to watch these fantastic cars take on one of the most challenging circuits in the country.”

A massive pool of cars could be available for the Rush Hour event given the GTRNZ cars attendance, a massive field of OSCA machines, BNT V8s and Pirelli Porsches. The race is also open to wild card entries from more exotic machines such as GT or sportscars.

The Rush Hour concept has been created to provide not only a fantastic twilight feature event for the Saturdays at each major summer national championship motorsport event, but to also provide a level playing field where the fastest cars from some of New Zealand’s fastest classes can all compete to win. Each has a mandatory pit stop with the duration of the stop determined by the car’s qualifying lap time or a nominated lap time. Each event will be live streamed and televised on terrestrial TV to provide an additional benefit for competitors and their sponsors and is free to those drivers competing already in either BNT V8, Pirelli Porsche, OSCA or TRADEZONE GTRNZ.