2KCUP Season 5 Rules – OBSOLETE for SEASON 6 – NEW RULES COMING July 1st

General Description

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 (use race number as reference)

Entry: ~$300 per car, per meeting. This fee covers entry, practice, track time, paddock pass, & first aid (if required).

  • 2KCUP Independent Board: Tony Roberts, TBC and TBC
  • 2KCUP Committee Chairman: James Watson
  • BBQ Committee Chairman: Chucky Habershon
  • Driver Standards Chairman: Roman Korobeinikov
  • Technical Committee Chairman: Warren Horner-Pascoe
  • 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.


1.0: 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 any committee head either verbally or in writing.

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 – 23rd September – Waikato Challenge – Hampton Downs
  • Round 2 – 25th November – 2KCUP Challenge – Hampton Downs
  • Round 3 – 24th February – IRC – Manfeild
  • Round 4 – 24/25th March – Pukekohe
  • Round 5 – 7th April – Great Lakes Taupo – Taupo
  • Round 6 – 5th/6th May – Season Finale – Hampton Downs

* set to be replaced with a different meeting.


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 500 identical factory 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.
  • 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. Any car released more than 15 years ago and has a normally-aspirated petrol engine of less than 2000cc, provided it was purchased for less than $2000 are permitted. 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.

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 the capacity is under 1300cc. Diesel powered cars can either be turbo or naturally aspirated.

2.10: Any vehicle with a power output of more than 99.9hp 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 vehicle drop below a 1:22.0 at Hampton Downs, TBC for Taupo or TBC for Pukekohe will lose eligibility from all 2KCUP Cups and race solely for the “Golden Sausage Cup”. At the discretion of the BBQ committee the competitor may regain eligibility to all the cups again by submitting an appropriate. Lap times will be assessed at the conclusion of each round. Rules for the Golden Sausage Cup can be found at 4.10.

2.12: Cars with an MSNZ homolgated cage or safety structure may have parts of the interior trim removed but it must still appear installed from the perspective of someone viewing it trackside (dashboards, door cards and center consoles should remain installed). Without a MSNZ homolgated structure you must run a full interior, even down to the ash tray.

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. MR2’s can run a 205/50/15 on the rear.

2.15: Roll cages and Roll bars are not mandatory unless the car qualifies for the fast grid, in which case the series may request the team to have a cage installed. All cars that that qualify in the fast group are required to have a race seat and harness as a minimum safety requirement.

2.16: Any car less than 6.1 kg/hp must get committee approval prior to entry submission, cars with a weight to power greater than 6.1 kg/hp are likely to be accepted without prior approval.

2.17: It is the team’s responsibility to make sure their car complies to the rules. It doesn’t matter if you “Bought it like that” because these are the rules. Get 20 points by citing this particular rule on your season entry form.

The full tech rules at https://goo.gl/Tn14Xu take precedence over anything listed in section 2. As of 18 July 2017 the tech rules are still being updated from last season so may contradict this rule set, they will be fixed up in the coming weeks.

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 gridded by the best lap time from the first race, with the slowest being at the front and the fastest being at the back. The start procedure for race 1 is start lights, race 2 is a flag drop every 10 seconds with groups of 10 going at each flag.

3.3: One hour race (The last round) – The format will be announced 2 weeks before the meeting.

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)
  • Golden Sausage Cup (Outlined in 4.10)

All Classes will also contest for the overall 2KCUP with exception of the Golden Sausage Cup

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 but must compete in the grid they qualified for. With the appropriate permissions from officials and 2KCUP committee’s the team may either run in multiple grids or change groups (In extreme circumstances only)

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 150 points with seconds place receiving 149 points and so on at a 1 point decrease per position until all finishers have received their allocation of points.

4.6: Prior to the last round every competitor’s points will be recalculated and it will be their best 3 results from 3 different tracks. The total points from 3 rounds will be how many points the team start the last round with.

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 189HP or less.

4.7.2: Car models must be European or have competed in a European touring class between 1980 and 15 years (in the past) the from the current year, 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 or an equivalent time at another track as decided by the overview committee.

4.8: Series Cups:

  • Series – Taxi Cup – Highest Placed 4 door.
  • Series  – Rookie Cup – Highest Placed rookie.
  • Series  – Hairdresser Cup – Highest Placed 2 door 2 seat car.
  • Series  – 1oak (one of a kind) – Highest Placed car that there is only one of.
  • Series  – 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 – Euro Cup – Highest placed Euro Cup car.
  • Series – Junior Plate for drivers under the age of 25 (as at round 1 of that season)
  • Series – Master Plate for drivers over the age of 50 (as at round 1 of the current season
  • Series – Golden Sausage Cup – Highest placed car made ineligible from all other cups.
  • Series – Family Cup – Highest place family with all point combined.

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 calculated at 50% of the previous seasons times:


  • Hampton Downs – 1:25.0
  • Taupo – TBC
  • Manfield – TBC
  • Pukekohe – TBC

4.10 Golden Sausage Cup – As per rule 2.11, the Golden Sausage Cup will run to the same rules as 2KCUP apart from the following:

4.10.1 – The following items are free:

  • Brake Cooling
  • Engine Cooling
  • Air Intake before the throttle body
  • Exhaust System but it must still conform to WOF standard regarding noise.
  • Limited Slip Diffs if not an option from factory.
  • Spoiler
  • Sway Bars
  • Non Adjustable Shocks
  • Suspension Bushes


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 will be handled on a case by case basis.

6.6: Only the 2KCUP overview committee can exclude a team/driver from the 2KCUP.

6.7 Drivers standard will only investigate whatever is reported to them if appropriate video evidence is supplied.

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:BBQ Committee

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 overview 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.