Exciting format for bent sprint

Action from a recent Sprint at Teretonga Park as Roman Cull hustles his BMW. Photo: Ron Veint

A TOP 10 shootout will ensure intense competition for competitors at the Southland Sports Car Club’s first event of the 2021/2022 season, a Bent Sprint at Teretonga Park in Invercargill, on Saturday, May 1.

The club will use an open but technical course using the circuit and internal circuit access roads for the event. Entries are required by 5pm next Thursday and any late entries will incur a $20 late fee. For entry forms and event details, go to www.teretonga.org.nz

Sign in for competitors on the day is from 9am to 10.30am while the competition starts at 11am with a familiarisation run before competitors get the opportunity for up to four runs to set their best time.

Finish outside the top 10 and your best time determines your final placing from 11th down while the top 10 come back after a lunchbreak to go into a shootout where all times are wiped and drivers have one shot to determine their final placing. The pressure will be on for shootout competitors to set a fast time without making any mistakes on their run.

A minimum of an M Grade race licence is required and the event is suitable for race, rally, ClubSport or road cars. Roll cages are not required, although the neighbouring Eastern Southland Car Club is including this event as part of its club championship and for members to score points they must compete in a vehicle with roll protection.

Entries are also expected from Dunedin and Queenstown.

Spectators are welcome, with free admission.