Honda Cup Newsletter Number 15 - March 1 2012

We need entries in Now for Hampton round 5 Please make the effort to get to round 5 so we can continue to show track owners and promotors that we are a class worth supporting.

Driver Safety It was surprising to see that many drivers at Hampton [round 4] were not wearing gloves and/or balaclavas. While we accept they are not compulsory safety items for our Series, at SuperTourer level, we would expect drivers to have concern for there own safety and do what ever possible to minimise the risk. We would like to see EVERYONE make the effort and be wearing driving gloves and a balaclava at round 6 Manfield Prior warning - next Summer driving gloves and balaclavas will be compulsory in all Honda Cup races.

Winter Series Winter Series for 2012 has now been confirmed - with just under 4 months until round 1 at Taupo on May 27th if you intend competing you can pre-register on the Honda Cup forum www.hondacup.co.nz. The Winter series is being run as a feeder series for the Summer Hondas Cup. All Rookies are encouraged to enter. Experienced Honda Cup racers will be on hand at the rounds to give assistance with setup and driving skills Race formats will be a mixture of the traditional grid, reverse grid and handicap plus time attack and enduro formats. Grids will be limited, 2011 summer tech-regs will apply and a current National Race Licence required.

Scrutineers tech report from round #4 Hampton Downs While all the Honda cup cars were lined up at Hampton a number of MSNZ scrutineers had a chance to look over them. The scrutineers spoke with the Honda Cup Series Co ordinator and the issues raised were as follows:
1. Sharp objects under and around the steering column that may be dangerous in the event of a roll over. This has been an ongoing request for over 12 months now. Solution: cut them off or add padding.
2. Holes in the floor pan and rear of car that may allow exhaust fumes into the drivers area. Solution: seal off with tape.
3. Exhaust pipes exiting under car. Refer to rules and redo exhaust or apply to MSNZ for a specific exemption.
4. Fire extinguisher mounting. Refer to rules: you cannot rivet your extinguisher to the floor or retain it with tape or cable ties! Mount as per rules.
5. Ground clearance. Front splitter / air dam cannot come below the lowest part of the front rim. There is also concern about the number of splitters that seem to "deform" when car is running on the track. Solution: measure correct and securely mount allowing for any downforce.
6. Dangerous items. Front splitters with alloy lips are considered as a sharp edge are not permitted to protrude from the front of the car.
7. No front protrusion over 200mm from front bumper. Our class preference is for soft tow hooks or hooks that do not protrude further forward of the foremost point on the bumper (same applies to rear toe hooks). JDM bling hooks are considered dangerous so please remove them and fit a soft strap.

Refueling at the track Well it had to happen, with all the people and cameras around at Hampton Downs. Two photos of Honda Cup drivers in t-shirts and shorts refuelling their car have been publicly posted. Not sure what we have to do to get the message across but if someone gets caught they will be made to leave the track and excluded from the meeting plus suffer monetary penalty. In addition it also lets the side down and counters all the good work the Series and majority of the drivers have been doing to show that we take safety seriously. Come on guys.

News Flash Next news letter due out after round 5 will feature a full indepth review of rounds 3, 4 and 5 and details of the Delayed TV coverage from Hampton Downs round 4.

SUMMER

Round 5- Hampton Downs, March 3/4 - two day

Round 6- Manfeild, April 27/28/29 - three day

Series contacts

Race Director
Alan Stewart
racedir@hondacup.co.nz

Series Secretary
Bronwyn Donald
secretary@hondacup.co.nz

Marketing and Promotions
Richard Gee
promo@hondacup.co.nz

Technical Officer
Wayne Chapman
tech@hondacup.co.nz

Racing with the Super Tourers at Hampton

What a monumentous achievement in such a short time. From an idea floated over a few beers a year ago to a full blown 30 car Honda Grid at New Zealand’s biggest race meeting of the year.

Everyone involved in the class should give themselves a well deserved pat on the back.

Sure a few things need to be fettled in regards to the running of the meeting but considering that it was the first time for everyone it was a massive achievement and the event organisers deserve a big thumbs up for bringing such a huge undertaking together in such a short time.

The crowds came in droves and the weather could not have been better. Honda Cup got to run at a tier 1 plus level meeting with a full practice and qualifying session, four full length races without paying an exorbitant entry fee or being treated like a poor cousin.

How good was it to be able to finish a race and then walk unhindered around the Super Tourer pits – something that could only happen in NZ!

The feedback the Honda Cup has received from the Hampton organisers, the STV8 teams and the public has been 100% complimentary and can only confirm that Honda Cup are on the right track.

Manfield with its improved track and spectating facilities should see another step up with crowd numbers expected to be as big as Hampton.

Where to from here? There is still room for us to improve our act and we are already working on it so onwards and upwards for rounds five and six.

"Granny's shopping basket" leads the points after round 4

Well Mark "Mr Motivation" Walters took it to the 30 strong Honda field in front of a 20,000 plus spectators at Hampton Downs. Many of the crowd watched in disbelief as the little white B18C EF with no aero or signage matched it with, the on paper, much quicker cars 2.0 litre B and K series power cars and put on another giant slaying performance to keep the 1800cc EF close to the front in all 4 races and finished with 101 points to win the day and retain the top slot from Martin Dunn in the Filtermaster Dc5.

The two fast chargers Shane Parsons in his 2000cc CRX and Gavin Yort in the Hankook/Squarking Magpie 2000cc Dc2 both missed a race and took a little pressure off Walters.

With Walters on 387 points both Parson who is running second on 330 and Dunn at third on 262 could theoretical overhaul Walters over the last two rounds so its looking like a fight to the end.

Walters is a clear leader in the 1800cc class and unlikely to be headed by second place Rik Wakelin but the 1600 class is extremely close with newbie "Nuttie" Tunley just ahead off the long time campaigner Gazza Wilson and with only 22 points separating the two expect a Rookie vs Vet battle here over the next 2 rounds.

Hankook dominate at Hampton

Almost most a feather in the cap for Honda Cup to see both the V8 super Tourers and the new V8 development series both running Hankook slicks as their spec tyre.

Three years ago Honda Cup Race Director Big Al decided it was time to look for an alternative to the Dunlop that the majority of racers were using. He contacted Hankook NZ with a view to importing a range of Hankook V200 slicks to test.

After a season of testing various compounds and combination Big Al negotiated an agreement with Hankook NZ to supply a mix of sizes and compound of Hankook race slicks to Honda Cup. Hankook agreed to supply fresh tyres direct ex factory made with the same carcass construction as those supplied to the European DTM series.

Honda Cup racers quickly found that the new Hankooks offered significantly advantages in improved levels of grip, reduced lap times and reduced wear. Over 70% of the Honda Cup field is now racing on Hankook race slicks.

Look for more support from Hankook in Honda Cup 2013.

Honda Cup lift their act for Round 4

Just goes to show what happens when something big comes along – a bit like going to a family wedding .Many competitors picked up on what the Honda Cup organisors had been saying and really did a good job on vehicle presentation, with some even taking the opportunity to give their cars a complete revamp for round #4.

Trev Strong took the bull by the horns and after his crash at Taupo decided to give both of his race cars a birthday with the EK K20 getting a complete new color scheme and new sponsors livery. The car now look amazing in its new baby blue and white with new sponsor Evolve Lighting proudly emblazened down the sides.

Warren Tunley – know as Nuttie

Just goes to show what happens when something big comes along – a bit like going to a family wedding .Many competitors picked up on what the Honda Cup organisors had been saying and really did a good job on vehicle presentation, with some even taking the opportunity to give their cars a complete revamp for round #4.

Trev Strong took the bull by the horns and after his crash at Taupo decided to give both of his race cars a birthday with the EK K20 getting a complete new color scheme and new sponsors livery. The car now look amazing in its new baby blue and white with new sponsor Evolve Lighting proudly emblazened down the sides.

Overall Top Ten after Round 4