Inexpensive racing option sure to be a winner
Anyone with a desire to race and can afford a $2000 car is in luck at Levels this season.
An exciting new class, the 2K Cup, will invade the South Island motor racing scene after a highly successful debut in the North Island.
Organiser Chris Dunn said it promised fun and close racing at the most affordable level possible.
To keep costs low, all cars must be purchased for a maximum of $2000 and must run in stock standard condition, he said.
"The only modifications allowed are minor intake and exhaust modifications and brake pads and all cars must run on standard road tyres."
To discourage anyone from spending money on such illegal modifications, the series has a rule allowing the 2K Cup committee to purchase any competing car, at any stage, for $2500.
Dunn said the rules are simple with all cars having a maximum capacity of 2000cc and must be naturally aspirated.
"Basically you can take your mum's car and put a fire extinguisher in it and you are ready to race."
The 2K Cup cars are allowed to race without roll cages, race seats or belts, he said.
"All competitors are, however, actively encouraged to exceed this minimum safety standard."
Dunn said although the series doesn't start until spring, there are upwards of 25 cars being readied for the series, including Peugeot and Volkswagen.
The idea behind the 2K Cup was to encourage anyone who had an urge to race to have a go.
"The organisers have also planned several preliminary events to help novice drivers gain racing experience."
Three from Timaru who have already signed on are Joel Rawson, and couple Vaughan Moloney and Tania Samuels.
Rawson said he had been to a couple of club days but the 2K Cup appealed because it was low cost.
The 21-year-old mechanic was working on his Subaru Legacy but couldn't wait to start racing.
Moloney was also keen to get out on the track after buying a VW Golf GTI.
"It is a great entry level form of racing at a reasonable cost," he said.
He joked his biggest concern was lasting the six rounds.
"Everything is so cheap it is potentially unreliable but it will be a ball.
"We are not racing for a sheep station, so your competitors are likely to be your biggest source of help if something goes wrong."
Samuels said she was also keen to step into the car at some stage.
Dunn said it had already had a positive spinoff for the South Canterbury Car Club with 15 new licences.
"It will be like the old days with a barbecue and beer afterwards."
- The Timaru Herald