Getting Speedy With It! @ Highlands 101
Have you ever seen a Le Mans running start at Highlands Motorsport Park? Or, wondered how a skilled driver can complete 101 laps of the 4.1-kilometre race track in less than three hours? For those new to the world of high speed and high spec motor racing, the Highlands 101 weekend from the 13th to 15th November 2015 is the place to start your education.
The main feature race is the 101, 101 laps of the Highlands 4.1km circuit (approximately 3 hours of racing), as well as the support categories including the two key endurance events: the 1+01 and the 10+1 Euromarque. The 1+01 is won by the first car across the finish line after one hour and one lap of racing. While the 10+1, is a new category of race known as a Euromarque. This is open to all European based vehicles and the driver that completes the fastest 11 laps (as in 10+1) wins.
For the record, a Le Mans running start means that the cars are stationary with their engines revving until the race begins. The phrase ‘come feel the noise’ might just refer to the feeling of your ribs rattling if you are near the start line seconds before the green light.
Checking out drivers in their flameproof suits ripping up the track in the Australian GT Championship final will be another weekend highlight. Up to 30 cars will be making the trans-Tasman journey to finish their 2015 GT season in Central Otago style. The big names are coming to town including, Tander and van Gisbergen who have paired up with McLaren-driving father-and-son rivals Tony and Klark Quinn; and Jono Lester and Graeme Smyth will be competing in a Ferrari 458 GT3 as part of the Trass Family Motorsport team.
Even if you aren’t in touch with your inner petrol head, you can set your heart racing by taking a look at the display cars or visiting helicopters. After all, who doesn’t want to experience a little bit of Hollywood glamour and get up close and personal with a Lamborghini, Aston Martin or British Army Air Corps Westland Scout? The only question is, would you rather be Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman or Bond 007?
Younger family members can enjoy the rides and activities on the Top Terrace and a trip to the Jurassic Park-style adventure playground will be free for everyone. If you are hungry a smorgasbord of food vendors will be on offer, and live entertainment will keep the party going all weekend.
Whatever your age, and regardless of whether you are a seasoned motorsport pro or a complete “newbie” it’s time to book your tickets for the Highlands 101 weekend. For more information and to book online, visit the Highlands Motorsport website.