Season 9 Rules 2021-2022

General Description of the 2KCUP

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 minimal additional performance from when the car originally rolled off the factory line.

The intention is that driving ability will be the key focus rather than 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 $4000.

Series/Event Entry: Series Entry $99+GST. All prospective competitors are required to fill in their information at (LINK TBC). Entry to each round will cost $329+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 Committee Chairman: James Watson
  • Special Ops Committee Chairman: Mark Mallard
  • Driver Standards Committee Chairman: James Whitlock
  • Technical Committee Chairman: Mark Mallard
  • Steering Committee: Lance Gerlach and James Whitlock
  • Organiser: Any Committee Chairman

The makeup of the committees are at the discretion of the relevant committee chairman. 


1.0: The Steering Group 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 ( which consists of all the committee chairs

1.2: Unsafe Vehicles and/or Drivers: At the sole discretion of a 2KCUP committee chair they may stop a competitor from competing who in the opinion of the chair is unsafe to continue. This may be related but not limited to dangerous driving, the breaking of rules or bad sportsmanship.

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 9:

  • Round 1 – 3rd October – Pukekohe – ACC
  • Round 2* – 28th November – Hampton Downs 2.8km – HRC
  • Round 3 – 29-30th January – Taupo – Speedworks
  • Round 4* – 26th February Fast Grid | 27th Feb Slow Grid – Pukekohe – HRC
  • Round 5 – 19 March – Hampton Downs 3.8km – HRC
  • Round 6* – 24rd April – Taupo – HRC
  • *indicates a 2 grid round (fast and slow), otherwise single grid.


Competitors must assume that, unless a modification is specifically permitted, it is prohibited. The eligibility of a car is the responsibility of the driver and for the 2KCUP Technical Committee (2KTC) to confirm. There is a spec document for 2.5L E36 BMWs and DC2 Integras to assist competitors in checking that their car is eligible.

2.0: Vehicle Eligibility: Entry is limited to mass-produced four-wheeled vehicles that were commonly sold new in NZ and 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.

For the avoidance of doubt, the vehicle must meet its NZ specification (or lessor) to be eligible. International specifications for a particular model can not be introduced. 

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
  • Alloy wheels
  • Steering Wheel
  • Engine mounts can be rubber or urethane. No ‘pillowball’ except OEM.
  • Radiators
  • An open differential may be substituted for a limited slip differential.

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 Steering Group’s discretion but in general the model of car entered must be released at least 15 years ago and be of similar or less performance to 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: Tyre Eligibility: From season 9 teams are required to run the Zestino spec tyre. The Zestino 2KCUP spec tyres are to be purchased through Race Tyre Service (details below) for a team to be considered for points and prizes. 

The following sizes will be what we supply and price.

  • 195/50-15 $185
  • 195/55-15 $185
  • 205/45-16 $195
  • 215/45-17 $220
  • 235/40-17 $220

The above prices are a sell-out price to the 2KCUP competitors including GST.

Wayne Scott – 027 5389237 –

2.4: All cars must conform to the current New Zealand Motorsport Manual Appendix Two Schedule A standards. All cars require an MSNZ logbook. 

2.5 All drivers must have a minimum of a C1 grade (National) MSNZ Race License. 

2.5: Petrol engines must be Naturally Aspirated unless the engine capacity is under 1500cc. Diesel engines must be Naturally Aspirated unless the engine capacity is under 2100cc.

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

2.8: A car’s 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).

2.9: A car with a logbook issued after 01/01/2021 must have a receipt to show it was bought for $4000 or less. If the logbook was issued before 01/01/2021 then the car is exempt from this rule (except those that come under 2.10). 

2.10: If a specific car model has not run in the 2KCUP for the length of the previous season then all cars of that model that would have been exempt from rule 2.9 are no longer exempt. E.g. The Peugeot 205 from earlier seasons would no longer be a valid 2KCUP car since they haven’t competed in the last season.

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. The second race (Race 2) is to be a reverse-grid race, with starting positions determined by a bespoke mathematical algorithm. The algorithm will disperse cars through the grid according to their predicted total race duration.  This means that the faster cars may be given lap deficits and have to unlap themselves to catch the pole sitter – who was the slowest car in Race 1. (Any driver considered sandbagging in Race 1 can have their Race 2 starting position decided by the special ops committee)

3.2.2 The start procedure for Race 1 is start lights, Race 2 is a flag drop every 10 seconds with groups of cars starting at each flag handicap format. 

3.2.3: At events with only one grid, those who qualified within 4 seconds of the pole position laptime must complete a drive through in Race 1.

3.3: One hour race (The last round of the season) – A reverse race based on 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 (1800cc and lower)
  • GT6 (Over 1800cc)
  • BMW Spec (2.5L E36 BMWs)
  • Integra Spec (DC2 Integras)
  • Levin (AE111)

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

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
  • Under 1800cc
  • Over 1800cc
  • GTS – Overall GTS winner
  • BMW Spec Cup winner
  • Integra Spec Cup winner
  • Levin Spec Cup winner

Please note, Spec cup cars are not eligible for Series cups (other than the 2KCUP).

4.6: Class 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.
  • 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.
  • Ray Williams Trophy (Most Wins)
  • Spirit of 2kcup

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.

Any model that displays exceptional performance and growing class support (i.e. multiple entries) may also be designated to a Spec Cup.

5:Fuel: Pump fuel only, either 91 – 100 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.