Rule Changes for the 2020/2021 season
30 June, 2020.
The IHRA NZ rules/safety committee held their annual meeting on the 14th June; the following are the new class rules and safety standards for the 2020/2021 season.
Chassis Sizing. Existing beginner vehicles with 1 inch rails and roll cages will have a speed and ET limit of 13.90 or 50mph as long as they pass the helmet front and top clearance rules.
Towing/Return road. Juniors may drive back up the return road to the start of the junior pits. If a Junior is being towed back or on a tow frame the driver must be seated in the cockpit. They do not have to have their helmet on.
Engine Size. not changed.
Elite JD. Not Passed.E/JD (Elite Junior Dragster) any 15 to 17-year-old driver who has run for more than one season in M/JD and running faster than 8.5 must meet all safety requirements of the M/JD class. Elapsed time restrictions of 7.50 seconds and speeds up to 90 mph.
Modified Bike and Modified, both had a rule submission to change the first/worst rule regarding red lights. They would like to see the worst red light get disqualified not the first. Everyone agreed it was a good idea, but none of the tracks, in NZ, timings systems have the capability to implement this. It was decided to look at this again in the future when all tracks can implement it.
It was agreed to change the rule book to allow centrifugal superchargers (pro charger) to run in TDS, our rules will follow NZDRA regarding weight/over drive and engine capacity.
A submission was put forward to allow the Sainty 3 valve engine to added to the top alcohol rules. This was passed.
Driver Safety / Support
As of the 01/07/2020 any vehicle running 6.00 1/4 mile ET or quicker, it is mandatory to have an Electrimotion safety system fitted, with the following functions, fuel shutoff, ignition shut down and parachute release. Devices must be functional. The use of a momentary button to be driver actuated to override the Electrimotion safety shutdown system may be fitted. It is highly recommended that any vehicles quicker than 6.50 or 210mph have this system fitted.
As of the 01/07/2021 any vehicle running 6.50 1/4 mile or quicker, any vehicle 210mph or faster, it is mandatory to have an Electrimotion safety system fitted, with the following functions, fuel shutoff, ignition shut down and parachute release. Devices must be functional. The use of a momentary button to be driver actuated to override the Electrimotion safety shutdown system may be fitted.
- The complaint must be laid officially ($200 protest fee applies) by the driver (not crew chief or team member, A Junior Dragster driver may have one parent or guardian present). We will not accept complaints from a crew member. Protest forms are available from the Area Steward.
- A statement must be attained from both/all drivers on neutral ground (generally the Pit Tower or base of the Main Tower) and not in any particular drivers Pit space.
- The Starter and/or the Race Director will be consulted if the complaint / dispute involves start line procedures (especially with all those rules that state "at starters discretion") or race rules.
- The Area Steward will be consulted if the dispute/complaint relates to vehicle safety, technical or fuel rules.
- The Race Director will be notified immediately of the outcome one way or another so that seedings, ladders etc can be revised if necessary.