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Motorsport’s Endurance ‘gap’ filled – NaZCAR Pro National Endurance Championship

If you’re too fast for NaZCAR but not quite fast/rich enough for the NZ Endurance Championship, where do you go to become a fully-sanctioned New Zealand racing champion? Introducing NaZCAR PRO National Endurance Championship 2021 Season.

NZ NaZCAR PRO National Endurance Championship

NaZCAR Pro National Endurance Championship is a Sanctioned race series targeted at mid-level, mid-priced, mid-performance cars, with teams/drivers competing for NZ Championship Status through three (3) points-accumulated 3-hour and 6-hour endurance rounds (one-day events). With various categories and classes it allows all teams to be competitive and utilise team strategies in order to complete the most laps within the set endurance time-frame. 

Series organiser Jacob Simonsen (aka NZ’s undisputed King of Endurance racing) says “we’re constantly adapting and evolving our events to meet the motorsport market – listening to what the customers want (and reacting) is critical. If the events stagnate or promoters are stuck in their ways, competitors will lose interest – the last thing we need is more couch potatoes. Hence NaZCAR Pro!”

NaZCAR PRO National Endurance Championship

In short, this exciting race series is a multiple distance/time endurance championship with accumulated points across the series. It has multiple classes/categories and relay teams invited to compete.

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Simonsen continues, “in the last 3 years, we’ve watched the Motorsport industry blossom, with a huge surge in participation, particularly at the grass-roots level, however, there seemed to be a great divide between entry-level and top-flight endurance racing – NaZCAR Pro provides the playground for everyone in-between – It’s mid-level, mid-priced, mid-speed cars. Everyone has a chance to be competitive”

According to the rules, any “mid-level/speed” car currently competing in current series, such as: 2K Cup, Honda Cup, SsangYong  racing series, BMW Race series, NaZCAR 24, Mazda Racing series or any car which meets the requirements and lap qualifying times of the NaZCAR Pro Championship rules. Various classes, based on qualifying times and car preparation, will be allocated; with points earned for each class respectively and winners in each class crowned. No Supercars or heavily modified screamers! 

In terms of safety, Simonsen is quick to point out that EVERY car must have the a minimum 6-point full cage (AASA or MSNZ homologated), a fit for purpose, one piece moulded race seat, securely mounted (dual sliding rails OK), minimum 5-point harnesses (in Cert/good condition), Kill switch, Fire extinguisher, Any street-legal road tyres and an Approved fuel tank/system (full Regulations and accredited Articles released soon).

He says, “The safety of competitors is paramount, and our safety track-record speaks for itself, with NaZCAR 24 – being permitted and Sanctioned with AASA sets high (SFI) standards, yet allows us flexibility and makes it far easier for newbies to enter into the ‘scary’ world of Motorsport”

In terms of racing, every car must participate in qualifying to set a lap time (specific to each venue/conditions) which must fall between the set ‘limits’. Any cars exceeding the fastest lap time, or failing to achieve the slowest time may not be eligible to compete. This series is an endurance and attrition event, so is about consistency over speed. Classes will be based on lap times/car preparation.

“NaZCAR Pro is a no-nonsense race series – there’s none of the crazy NaZCAR 24 (Lemons) themes, penalties or antics – most laps in the allotted time wins! Points are earned for each Round (3 rounds in 2021 season) in each specific class. At the end of the season, class and outright winners will be crowned NZ Champions!”

“As with any endurance racing, strategy, planning and preparation are critical– Fast and Steady wins the Race”

NZ Nazcar Pro

Drivers are required to hold a valid Civil Driver’s licence at the time of competing, as well as a AASA Competition Race Licence. Each driver will sign an indemnity form and pass through the NaZCAR Pro documentation process prior to each event. Teams can consist of single car/driver entries for each category, or multiple (relay) cars, with a minimum number of drivers required, 2 drivers for the single car 3/6hr and 2 cars/2 drivers for the relay.

February 6th 2021 has been confirmed for the PRELIM ROUND at Hampton Downs, Waikato, it’s specifically to introduce the series format to the various classes, race format, rules and protocols and allow teams & competitors to get a feel for the series. Therefore, NO POINTS accumulated during this round. 

July 17th 2021 – ROUND 1 has been Confirmed (again at Hampton Downs), with August 14th 2021 ROUND 2 and Oct/Nov 2021 ROUND 3 (FINAL) currently tentatively scheduled.

Round winners will be recognised and Overall class/series winners crowned as National Champions.

NZ Nazcar Pro

Simonsen ends by saying, “as with our other events, NaZCAR Pro is all about bringing more participants into motorsport, whilst sustaining and nurturing the passion of current competitors”
FULL DETAILS released soon on www.nazcar.nz/nazcar-pro and Follow them at www.facebook.com/nazcar24/

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Dave McLeodhttps://aws.tarmaclife.co.nz
New Zealand motoring editor/journalist and published author. Besotted with cars and the experiences they give. I'm a family guy with a bark that's bigger than my bite and prefer football over rugby any day of any week.

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