Season 8 Rules 2020-2021

General Description

The purpose of this series is to give competitors an opportunity to compete in motorsport at a relatively low entry cost covering a vast variety of vehicles. Competitors are to use vehicles that are comparable in performance and offer no additional performance from when the car originally rolled off the factory line.

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 we urge the appropriate 2KCUP committee be consulted.

Aim: Racing of unmodified production road cars that are generally available for less than $2000.

Series/Event Entry: There is no membership fee but all prospective competitors are required to fill in their information at (LINK TBC). Entry to each round will cost $299+GST and for this you will get a qualifying session and 2 x 33min races but pricing and format may vary for special events. 


    • 2KCUP Independent Board: TBC, TBC and TBC
    • 2KCUP Committee Chairman: James Watson
    • BBQ Committee Chairman: Paul Smith
    • Driver Standards Chairman: Neil Mallard
    • Technical Committee Chairman: James Watson
    • 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: The Special Ops committee reserves the right to immediately (but not retrospectively) change the rules in the interest of event, vehicle or driver safety.

1.1: Committee Decisions: Any committee decisions can be appealed to the 2KCUP Overview committee ( and if no resolve can be found, then the “2KCUP Independent Board”.

1.2: Unsafe Vehicles and/or Drivers: At the sole discretion of a 2KCUP committee chair they may stop a competitor from competing with or without reason. This may be related but not limited to dangerous driving (driver standards), the breaking of rules (technical) or bad sportsmanship (BBQ).

1.3: 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) at the discretion of 2KCUP. Drivers must reserve the upper section of their front windscreen for the placement of series supplied window banners.

1.4: Series Dates:

2KCUP Season 8:

    • Round 1 – 30th August – Hampton Downs 2.8km – ACC
    • Round 2 – 4th October – Pukekohe – ACC
    • Round 3 – 15th November – Hampton Downs 2.8km – HRC
    • Round 4 – 5th December – Manfeild – MCC
    • Round 5 – 28th February – Pukekohe – HRC
    • Round 6 – 21st March – Hampton Downs 2.8km – HRC
    • Round 7 – 11th April – Taupo – HRC
    • Round 8 – 16th May – Hampton Downs 2.8km – HRC


Competitors must assume that unless a modification is specifically permitted then it is prohibited. The eligibility of a car is the responsibility of the driver and for the  2KCUP Technical Committee (2KTC) to confirm.

2.0: Vehicle Eligibility: Entry is limited to mass-produced four-wheeled vehicles that were legal for NZ road use at the time of their manufacture. The vehicle’s manufacturer-stated curb weight must not exceed 1375kg and the factory weight (curb weight in kg) divided by power (flywheel hp) must not equal less than “6.1”. Final say on what is the correct factory weight and power sits with the 2KTC. 

2.0.1: The following parts are open AS LONG as they retain the same design, dimensions and functionality, anything not listed is assumed to be of factory or OEM specification:

    • Brake pads and lines.
    • Suspension Springs.
    • Suspension bushes can be rubber or urethane. No ‘pillowball’ except OEM.
    • Engine Air filter (panel design).
    • Strut Braces, one per axle allowed.
    • Engine Clutch
    • Mag wheels
    • Steering Wheel
    • Engine mounts can be rubber or urethane. No ‘pillowball’ except OEM.
    • Radiators

Any other replacement parts should be OEM or OEM equivalent and cannot be of a higher performance than factory standard. Any intended change away from factory design must be stated in full via the series entry form and must not disadvantage a competitor who doesn’t have the change.

2.1: Individual waivers may be granted at the overview committees discretion but in general the model of car entered must be released at least 15 years ago and be of similar or less performance than a Honda Integra DC2 SiR.

2.2: Vehicle road 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. All cars must have a minimum of a half cage with side intrusion bars once their log book is more than 12 months old.

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: All cars must conform to the current New Zealand Motorsport Manual Appendix Two Schedule A standards. All drivers must have a minimum of a C1 grade (National) MSNZ Race License. All cars require an MSNZ logbook.

2.5: Petrol engines must be Naturally Aspirated unless the engine capacity is under 1500cc.

2.6: Cars with an MSNZ homologated cage may have parts of the interior trim removed from the front seats back, carpet may also be removed. Without a MSNZ homologated structure you must run a full interior, even down to the ashtray.

2.7: Cars must run the original sized tyre OR

  • Have the option of running 195/55R15 if they came with 14 or 15” Rims factory OR
  • 205/50/16 if the car came factory with 16” wheels.
  • MR2’s can run a 205/50R15 on the rear.

2.8: A cars post race weight must be no more than 10% under the factory stated wet curb weight. The factory weight for a E36 BMW is considered 1332KG, this means it must be no less than 1200KG post race (excluding the driver).

3: Race Format:

3.1: Races at each meeting will comprise of a 10-20 minute qualifying followed by either a one hour race or 2 x 33 minute races.

3.2: 2 x 33min Race Format 

3.2.1: The first race (Race 1) is to be a standing start with the top 10 reversed by qualifying times. The second race is to be gridded by the best lap time from the race 1, 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. 

3.2.2: Race 1  requires that those who qualified in the top 10 complete a stop go some time during the race (not on the first or last lap).

3.2.3: Race 1 requires that those who qualified within 4 seconds of the pole position lap to complete a drive through in Race 1.

3.2.4: Cars that are not required to do a drive through/stop go must race in the spirit that if they go faster than their qualifying time they must self impose a drive through penalty once during race 1. Failure to do so will see a referral the BBQ committee for judgement.

3.3: One hour race (The last round of the season) – A reverse race based off points with the exact format being announced 2 weeks before the last meeting of the season.

4: Season Classes and Points

The following classes will contested:

    • GTS (cars 8.5kg/1hp or more or invited slower cars)
    • GT7 (cars 7.0kg/1hp or more)
    • GT6 (cars 6.1kg/1hp or more)

4.1: The Season points are against the team. Each team can only have 1 entry per race but can enter whatever eligible driver or car combination they wish. A single team can’t receive points from racing in multiple splits (fast and slow grid)

4.2: Points are awarded irrespective of class in the following diminishing style of 70 points for 1st position, 69 points for second, 68 points for third and so forth until all competitors that finished receive their points. 

4.2.1: The top 10 from qualifying will receive points additional to rule 4.2, 1st = 20 points, 2nd = 19 points, 3rd = 18 points and so on in a diminishing linear fashion until 10th gets 11 points. Points will be applied following race 1 once rule 3.2.2 is satisfied.

4.3: Points will be recalculated between the penultimate and final round where only a teams 5 highest scoring rounds will count towards their points total.

4.4: Teams may be moved up a GT class if their pace is near equal or faster than the leading cars of the class they would move up too.

4.5: Series Cups:

    • 2KCUP – Overall highest points scorer following the last round
    • GT6 – Overall GT6 winner
    • GT7 – Overall GT7 winner
    • GTS – Overall GTS winner
    • Spec Cup – See section 4.9

4.6: Additional Cups:

    • Taxi Cup – Highest Placed 4 door.
    • Rookie Cup – Highest Placed rookie.
    • Hairdresser Cup – Highest Placed 2 door 2 seat car.
    • 1oak (one of a kind) – Highest Placed car that there is only one of.
    • BBQ Cup – Team that accumulates the most BBQ points
    • Euro Cup – Highest placed Euro car.
    • Junior Plate for drivers under the age of 25 (as at round 1)
    • Master Plate for drivers over the age of 50 (as at round 1)
    • Family Cup – Highest placed family with all points combined of the top 2 drivers.

4.7: Constructors Championship – Each Constructor consists of 2 teams and their total points are the combination of those 2 teams points. The 2 teams must be nominated at the start of the season and are not bound by class, but are bound by manufacturer. The constructor with the most points at the end of season is awarded the constructors championship.

4.8: 2KCUP Championship – The 2KCUP is awarded to the highest placed team at the conclusion of the season once the final points have been calculated. Should the final round not take place the 2KCUP will still be awarded if at least 5 rounds have taken place, in which case rule 4.3 will not be used.

4.9: Spec Cups – Should more than 8 entries of any particular model be received, the 8 or more entries for that particular model will be delegated their own “SPEC” cup in place of the GT6, GT7 or GTS cup they were previously racing for. A likely example are SPEC Integra and SPEC Levin.

5:Fuel: Pump fuel only, either 91 – 98 Octane or Diesel where applicable.

6: Driving Standards

The Driving Standards are enforced by the Driver Standards Committee and they may hand penalties if the driving standards laid out in the MSNZ motorsport manual Appendix Four – Schedule Z are not maintained or they feel a penalty is in the greater interest of the series.

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 to maintain the fun of the class. 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 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 the first point of contact for most non tech issues.

8: Disputes resolution process

8.1: The original decision by any committee member can be disputed to the appropriate committee chair.

8.1.1: If no resolution can be reached from rule 8.1, it can then be raised to the organising committee who will make a final judgement from within the 2KCUP.

8.2: 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 and 8.1.1 fail to find a resolution. The bond will not be refunded if the original decision stands.

8.3: Protests must be lodged by the driver and not the drivers parents. If a driver is under 25 and the  parent is seen to be leading the charge then the only resolution for each failed protest is for the parents weight is to be added to the car for the remainder of the season.