2KCUP Season 4 Rules
The purpose of this series is to give competitors an opportunity to compete in motorsport at a low entry cost and in an vast variety of vehicles. The intention is for competitors to use vehicles that are comparable in performance within their category and as close to factory original as is practically and safely possible.
The intention is that driving ability will be key focus rather than preparation and modification of vehicles. The rules below set out the spirit of the regulations and if a competitor is in any doubt about the legitimacy of their entry the organisers may be contacted to confirm.
Aim: Budget racing of standard road cars, warranted and registered, minimal modifications allowed. Maximum purchase value of $2000 for a car in road going condition.
Series Entry: $50 payable to 38-9017-0266391-00
Entry: ~$300 per car, per meeting. This fee covers entry, practice, track time, paddock pass, & first aid (if required).
2KCUP Independent Board: Tony Roberts, Simon Rollinson and TBC
2KCUP Committee Chairman: James Watson
BBQ Committee Chairman: Chucky Habershon
Driver Standards Chairman: Roman Korobeinikov
Technical Committee Chairman: George Maddever
Special Ops Committee Chairman: Mark Mallard
Organiser: Any Committee Chairman
The makeup of the committee’s are at the discretion of the relevant committee chairman. The 2KCUP committee consists of all committee chair’s.
1: RULES – GENERAL
1.0: WARNING: Racing is exceedingly taxing, both physically and mentally. When driving a racecar, you’ll be exposed to extreme (both high and low) temperatures; to dense smoke and fumes; to intense shocks and vibration; to very loud noises; and to a variety of other unusual, exhausting, confusing, and stressful conditions.
1.1: Committee Decisions: Any committee decisions can be appealed to the 2KCUP committee and if no resolve can be found, then the “2KCUP Independant Board”.
1.2: Unsafe Vehicles and/or Drivers: At organiser’s sole discretion, any unsafe car or driver may be removed from the event at any time.
1.3: Any car sustaining panel damage can be excluded from competing by the driver standards committee.
1.4: Right of Publicity: You and your car may be photographed, recorded, or otherwise reproduced and re-used (including but not limited to television, internet, magazines, radio).
1.5: Series Dates are as follows:
Round 1 – 24/25 Sept Waikato Challenge
Round 2 – 22/23 October Manfield
Round 3 – 3 / 4 December 2K Masters
Round 4 – 4/5 March Thunder in Park Pukekohe (Likely to be replaced with another meeting around the similar date at the same track)
Round 5 – 8/ 9 April Great Lakes Taupo
Round 6 – 6/7 May Season Finale International track Hampton
Competitors must assume that unless a modification is specifically permitted then it is prohibited. The Eligibility of a car is the responsibility of the Technical Committee.
2.0: Vehicle Eligibility: Entry limited to mass-produced (more than 1000 identical units), four-wheeled vehicles legal for NZ road use at the time of their manufacture. The vehicle’s original, manufacturer-stated curb weight must not exceed 1500kg and engine size must be less than 2,000cc. Cars are to be raced in their original showroom specification. No modifications or additions are allowed except parts listed in section 2.0.1.
2.0.1: The following parts are open AS LONG as they retain the same design and functionality (when compared to the standard unit):
- Brake pads
- Braided brake lines in place of rubber lines.
- Suspension Springs. (this cannot be interpreted as valve springs or any other springs)
- Engine Air filter (panel design).
- Strut Braces, one per axle allowed, only if fitted from factory.
- Engine Clutch (this cannot be interpreted as diff clutch packs)
- Steering Wheel (this cannot be interpreted as the turning wheels on the exterior of the car)
Any other replacement parts must be OEM or OEM equivalent and cannot be of a higher performance than factory standard.
NB – Committee decisions on vehicle eligibility are final.
2.1: Individual waivers may be granted at the overview committees discretion, but no trucks or 4×4’s. Any car released as a model before 2001 and has a normally-aspirated petrol engine of less than 2000cc, provided it was purchased for less than $2000. The same rules apply for diesel vehicles, although diesel vehicles are permitted to be turbocharged.
2.2: Vehicle registration is not required; however vehicles that are not registered must have an homologated MSNZ safety cage fitted. Vehicles must have a WOF or be to WOF standard. Roll cages and Roll bars are not mandatory but are strongly recommended.
2.3: Tire Eligibility: DOT-approved street tires only; minimum tread depth 1.5mm; minimum treadwear rating 200, no exceptions. No DOT rated semi slick tires allowed.
2.4: Schedule A : All cars must conform to the current New Zealand Motorsport Manual Appendix Two Schedule A standards.
2.5: Driver Eligibility: All drivers must have a minimum of a C grade (National) MSNZ Race License.
2.6: Drivers Under 18: Drivers under 18 years of age must complete a Motorsport New Zealand underage competitor indemnity form.
2.7: No passengers allowed.
2.8: At the end of the meeting, the organiser may elect to purchase any vehicle from its owner(s) for $2500 cageless or $5000 if a cage is installed.
2.9: Petrol engines must be Naturally Aspirated unless an exemption is given. Diesel powered cars can either be turbo or naturally aspirated.
2.10: Any vehicle with a power output of more than 100.5hp per litre will be entered into the engine capacity class above its size, the same is applicable if a turbocharger is installed.
2.11: Should any one particular vehicle prove to have exceptional performance then the organisers reserve the right to introduce performance moderating measures to that vehicle, including but limited to time penalties, ballast or throttle limiters. The series aim is to have no cars faster than a 1:23 at Hampton Downs or an equivalent lap time on other tracks.
2.12: Cars must be dent free with all trim in place (excepting vehicles with approved roll bar/cages) and no primer paint coats visible.
2.13: All cars need a log book as per MSNZ series rules.
2.14: Cars must run the original sized tyre OR have the option of running a Dunlop DZII 195/55/15 if they came with 14 or 15” Rims factory OR Dunlop DZII 205/50/16 if the car came factory with 16” wheels.
2.15: All cars running a faster Hampton Downs laptime than 1:25.0 must fit a suitable racing seat and harness as per “schedule A” of the MSNZ Motorsport Manual.
2.16: The following approved car list can be used as a guide – https://goo.gl/NKl5oi
The full tech rules at https://goo.gl/KSpQG8 take precendence over anything listed in section 2.
3: Race Format:
3.1: Races at each meeting will comprise of 10-20 minute qualifying followed by either a one hour race OR 2 X 33 minute races.
3.2: 2 X 33min Race Format – When a two race format is used, the first race is to be gridded off qualifying times. The second race is to be a reverse by finishing position of race 1. The start procedure for race 1 is strat lights, race 2 is a flag drop every 10 seconds with groups of 10 going at each flag.
3.3: One hour race – The one hour format is gridded off current season points and then reversed so the competitor with the least points is on the front of the grid. The start procedure is a handicap start with 10 cars released for every 10 second flag drop.
4: Season Classes and Points
The following classes will contested:
0 to 1600cc (1.6L Cup)
1601cc to 1800cc (1.8L Cup)
1801cc to 2000cc (2L Cup)
EuroCUP (outlined in 4.7)
All Classes will also contest for the overall 2KCUP.
4.1: The Season points are against the team, not the driver or the car. Each team can only have 1 entry per race.
4.2: Drivers and cars can be changed between rounds. Drivers and cars can be changed during and/or between races with the appropriate permissions from officials.
4.3: Any round at Manfield will see points awarded at 1.5x the regular points rate (as mentioned in 4.4 and 4.5).
4.4: Points are allocated at the conclusion of each Race to all finishers irrespective of class.
4.5: Points are given once all grids have concluded the same round of racing and the results combined so that the faster grid has a higher position, the highest placed car is given points equal to the number of finishers, the points are then awarded in a minus one logic. e.g. Two grids of 35 cars are then combined to make 70, the winner of the fast grid is given 70 points, the winner of the slower grid is given 35 points.
4.6: Additional Points
4.6.1: Any driver that competes all rounds before that last (Round 1,2,3,4 and 5) will forfeit their worst round result and have it replaced with 200 points. This is to be carried out a week before the last round.
4.7: The Euro Cup runs to the same 2KCUP rules but the following exceptions take precedence over section 2:
4.7.1: Engine capacity is not limited if the factory rated engine power is 180HP or less.
4.7.2: Car models must be European or have competed in a European touring class between 1980 and 2000, unless they are Japanese in which case they are not eligible.
4.7.3: Cars must not be faster than 1:23.00 at Hampton Downs.
4.8: Series Cups:
Every Round – Taxi Cup – Highest Placed 4 door after each round.
Every Round – Rookie Cup – Highest Placed rookie after each round.
Every Round – Hairdresser Cup – Highest Placed 2 door 2 seat car after each round.
Every Round – 1oak (one of a kind) – Highest Placed car that there is only one of after each round.
Every Round – Spirit Cup – Highest Placed car that meets rule 4.9 at each round.
Series – 2KCUP – Overall Winner
Series – 2L Cup – Overall 2L Car
Series – 1.8L Cup – Overall 1.8L Car
Series – 1.6L Cup – Overall 1.6L Car
Series – Junior Plate for drivers under the age of 25 (at round 1 of that season)
Series – Master Plate for drivers over the age of 50 (at round 1 of the current season
Cars can compete for all cups they are eligible for but can only claim a single cup at the end of the season with the forfeited cup going to the next eligible competitor.
4.9: The spirit CUP is aimed for those cars that are just slower, be it for any reason. The minimum lap times are as follows:
4.9.1 Hampton Downs – 1:26.0
Taupo – 1:59.0
Manfield – 1:29.0
Pukekohe – 1:27.0
Pump fuel only, 91 – 98 Octane or Diesel where applicable.
6: Driving Standards
The Driving Standards rules are enforced by the Driver Standards Committee.We recommend that all cars have an in car camera for viewing by the committee.
6.1: Driving standards will be enforced as per the current Motorsport Manual Appendix 4 Schedule Z.
6.2: Reckless driving may (will) result in an early shower.
6.3: Rubbing is not racing there is no skill in pushing someone out of the way. Any hit deemed intentional will see an instant ban from the series.
6.4: “Final Warning” is when a driver has no chances left, any contact with another car will result in exclusion for the rest of the season or indefinitely. This can be appealed to the 2KCUP committee.
6.5: The Driving Standards Committee can put any driver on “final warning” at any time, this is enabled by putting “L” plates upside down in the front and rear of the car, the plates can only be removed by the Driving Standards committee.
6.6: Only the 2KCUP overview committee can exclude a team/driver from the 2KCUP.
6.7 Drivers must self report all contact to the driver’s standards committee.
6.8 Drivers standards committee has the power to remove points, provide fun punishments, demote grid positions or any other punishment deemed fit of the committee.
6.9 If called to front the Driver’s Standards committee drivers must attend.
6.10 If a COC or Stewards decision has been issued the driving standards committee can impose an additional penalty if it sees fit.
6.11 As per schedule Z the onus is on the driver returning to the track to rejoin safely
6.12 As per schedule Z drivers must maintain their line and can only make one move on a straight
7.1: The BBQ committee is to consist of a mix of 2KCUP drivers that represent the best interests of the majority of drivers.
7.2: The BBQ committee can make its own rules and rulings. The 2KCUP committee reserves the right to veto any decision and dissolve the BBQ committee at any time.
7.3: The BBQ committee’s focus is to regulate the unwritten rules and make up rules when required in order to maintain fairness and common sense. As well as reining in those that have lost their way and succumb to the competition of the series instead of the intended fun of it, their secondary name “The Fun Police” shall remain for this purpose.
7.4: The BBQ committee is to be dynamic committee with members coming on and off during the season. Members can leave at any time but if the chairman of the BBQ committee decides one should be removed this has to be brought to the 2KCUP committee to vote on.
7.5: The BBQ committee looks after the social side of the 2KCUP, organizes the BBQ, handles off track get togethers, guides newcomers with a “buddy” system if required, and is a first point of contact for most non tech issues.
7.6: The BBQ committee is responsible entirely for the fun of the series and maintaining the “spirit” of the 2kcup. They shall foster friendships and endeavour to introduce rookies around. If found to be in breach of this fun rule they may be asked by the 2kcup committee to do an undie run, or shout the bbq out of their own funds.
7.7: The BBQ committee in conjunction with the 2KCUP committee can impose penalties for rule breakers or those that behave in an inappropriate manner not in the spirit of the 2kcup, this could range from fun activities to serious consequences such as (but not limited to): cooking the bbq, having to pit with another team after a disagreement, time adding penalties, spark plug challenges, round exclusions, final warnings and in worst case scenarios a ban from the series.
7.8: BBQ Flame Grilled – Any car seen shooting flames can be put on a BBQ warning by the BBQ committee (or 2KCUP committee) and the competitor is given the rest of the round to resolve the problem. If your car shoots flames at any round following the warning you will be asked to leave the series
8: Disputes resolution process
8.1: The 2KCUP committee members (standards, technical and BBQ) are tasked with making the day to day decisions in order in order to limit the amount of bureaucratic procedure required.
8.2: The original decision by any committee member can be disputed to the appropriate committee chair.
8.2.1: If no resolution can be reached from rule 8.2, it can then be raised to the organising committee who will make a final judgement from within the 2KCUP.
8.3: Any 2KCUP competitor can choose to take the dispute to the 2KCUP Independant Board for reconsideration, but only once a bond payment of $500 is paid to the 2KCUP and only if Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.2.1 fail to find a resolution.
8.3.1: The bond will only be refunded if the 2KCUP Independant Board vote in favour of the original decision being overruled.