29 Sep – Autocross Rnd 3 Grass

Our penultimate event for the season was a grass autocross at Kirwee. It was a new paddock so it was a fresh track, ready for some dirt slinging fun.

What an awesome day racing around a paddock! Monster 48 driver field with the usual fast guns and plenty of first time competitors. Great to see how much rallying is a family sport with proud parents, daughters, sons, partners, siblings and mates all giving it a go.

Congratulations to Matt McGlinchey WRX 1st overall at the Kirwee Grass Autocross today. Garet Thomas WRX taking 2nd place by only 0.09 seconds from father in-law Dave Ollis also in a WRX.

Well done to our class winners: 0-1300cc Class 1 Karl Celeste Mini 1301-1600cc Class 2 David Fahey Escort 1601+cc Class 3 Sean Sands Escort 4WD Class 4 James Macdonald WRX Road car (no rally tyres) Class 5 Gavin Williams CRX Well done to all involved. Huge team effort to make the day run so smoothly.

Huge thanks to Allan Pritchard from River Retreat Photography. He even helps setup at events. Legend.

Reminder for Autocross events:

  • Entry is only $30 per driver.
  • Anybody is welcome to join in (you don’t need to be a club member).
  • Licence requirements; a minimum of MotorSport New Zealand Clubsport (Competition) Licence. Those who do not have a Competition Licence may enter on their Civil Drivers Licence. Competitors may compete in two autocross events before being required to join a Motorsport NZ affiliated club. 
  • To join Autosport Car Club, download a membership form and send this to [email protected]. This will be monitored and enforced on the day.
  • Autosport Club rules for Autocross can be found in section 3 of our Club Championship Articles
  • It’s incredibly cheap funand great way to becoming a better driver on the road.
  • Bring your mates and find out who is the true, fastest driver among you.
  • Car must meet Schedule A of the Motorsport NZ Manual or be WOF standard. Often small road cars are hard to beat!
  • You must have 100% cotton or approved flame proof overalls according to Schedule A of the Motorsport NZ Manual.
  • You must have a Motorsport NZ approved helmet. Read what that means in Schedule A of the Motorsport NZ Manual