2015-2016 AGM / Prize Giving Dinner FINAL REMINDER

Hello all,Final reminder / last opportunity to book!  

  1. CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Prize Giving Dinner.

 Attached to this e-mail is your invitation to attend the 2015-2016 Season’s CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Prize Giving Dinner. This is being held in two weeks time on Saturday 18th June 2016 at the Ellerslie Convention Centre Guineas 3 Room, Remuera, Auckland.(next to the southern motorway’s Greenlane off-ramp). Official start time is 7.00pm, with a cash bar open from 6.30pm onwards.Full details can be found on the enclosed invitation. FOR CATERING PURPOSES THE FINAL RSVP DEADLINE FOR THIS EVENT IS TUESDAY 7th JUNE.If you plan to attend, but haven’t yet done so, please get this underway as soon as possible.As with previous years, this event is again subsidised by the CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series, please take advantage of this opportunity to come along and meet our sponsors, and congratulate those that have done well throughout the 2015-2016 season.Last year saw a fantastic turn out for this event, so make sure not to miss this one!Please Note: If posting in your payment remember to send a confirmation e-mail to us c/o bmwraceseries@hotmail.com with numbers attending etcetera as this will help us reconcile those attending in a timely manner.Unfortunately NZ Post is not what it used to be!!  

  1. CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Annual General Meeting.

 Also on Saturday 18th June 2016, and held prior to our Annual Prize Giving, is the 2016 CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series AGM.Venue: Ellerslie Convention Centre, Remuera, Auckland.Location: Pakuranga Hunt Room. Starting time is 12.30pm, finishing with a “Happy Hour” at approximately 3.30pm. Copies of our 2015 AGM minutes, 2016 Treasurers report, financial statement and the AGM agenda are also attached above.Please Note:Agenda topics enclosed include an update to the Open Class remits (Remit 4). 

  1. CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series 1 Hour Endurance Championship.

 Results from the inaugural running of this “Championship within a Championship” are also enclosed above.NOTE: Due to a vehicles “Class Change” these results differ from those previously circulated.Trophies for 1st / 2nd / 3rd place in each division will be presented at this month’s Prize Giving Dinner.


The footage taken at this year’s NZ Motor Cup meeting at Hampton Downs is scheduled for playing on TV3’s CRC Motorsport program on Sunday 10th July at 2.30pm.Please mark your calendars accordingly. Regards.CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Committee.



CASTROL BMW OPEN A / B Final Round. PLUS Round 2 of the 1 Hour Endurance Championship.The final round of the CASTROL BMW OPEN GROUP A / B championship is being run as a 1 day event this Saturday (May 7th) at Hampton Downs.This is followed by the final round of our 1 Hour Endurance Championship on Sunday the 8th May.This 1 Hour event is open to all CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series competitors, with 1 x grid planned for E30 competitors and another for BMW 2.0 Litre and Open A / B competitors.To get these two separate grids requires suitable numbers, if not, it will become a combined grid for all competitors.If you are still to enter, PLEASE DO THIS ASAP using the www.motorsportentry.com web site.Thank you

CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Committee.


Round 6 Review

 Hello all,

A big thank you must go out to all those competitors that were able to attend the Hampton Downs “Legends Of Speed” meeting last weekend.
And after thinking that racing couldn’t get any closer than what we experienced during Round 5 of the Championship at Pukekohe, we were proven wrong!!
After all three races of the weekend had been completed, race points for the top 3 competitors in the CASTROL BMW 2.0 Litre Championship had all three tied on 558 points for the round.
All three having scored a 1st / 2nd and 3rd placing from the three races.
Final placing’s being decided in favour of Peter Ball in first place courtesy of the fastest time in qualifying moving his overall tally out to 568 points, followed by Ashley Blewett in second, ahead of Graham Ball by virtue of setting the faster overall lap time of the two.
Similarly the top two placing’s in CASTROL BMW Open A also ended tied on 558 points once the additional 10 points for top qualifying had been added.
1st place again needing to be decided by fastest lap of the meeting, giving the round win to Andre Mortimer ahead of Andrew Nugent, with Rob Berggren third for the round on 512 points.
In CASTROL BMW Open B it was another close run competition for round honours.
Two out of three race wins was not quite enough for Michael Starnes, who was the class pace man all weekend, after a very wet and slippery reverse grid race played havoc with his horsepower and tyre combo.
A well measured wet run by a returning Neville Findlay had him at the top of the point sheet for the weekend on 558 points (again!!) ahead of Michael on 549 in second.
Steve Lawrence was relishing the power of the 3.0 Litre E30 over his normal E46 2.0 Litre class mount taking out 3rd for the round on 490 points.
CASTROL BMW E30’s this time experiencing slightly more breathing space for round results, with Matt Griffin taking out the round on 583 points ahead of Matthew Seddon on 551 and Aaron Hodgeson on 544 points.
The same couldn’t be said for overall series podium placing’s though, with this coming right down to the wire in the last two race groups.
The first scenario had Mark Crompton needing to do all he could from a last grid starting position for the “Bottom Half Final” to salvage any chance of hanging onto 3rd place for the season after a last corner DNF in Race 2 took away any chance of making the Top Half final group.
Mark ably cutting his way through the field to take the chequered flag (and an effective 16th place points finish).
With 200 for 1st and 185 for second the pressure was now back onto Matthew Seddon who now trailed by 182 points going into the “Top Half Final”.
Up ahead Matt Griffin held a comfortable series lead over 2nd placed Aaron Hodgeson, requiring no worse than a 9th place finish in the final race of the season.
After some early 11/10ths moments the implications of a potential DNF seemed to kick in, with Matt dropping back to a covering 3rd place position for the rest of the race.
This allowed Matthew Seddon to battle it out with Aaron for the race win, and after several side by side attempts up the front straight Aaron held on for the win ahead of Matthew who also grabbed another 10 points for the fastest lap of the race, his first since competing in the series!
Provisional Season Results;
Matt Griffin                 2793
Aaron Hodgeson        2733
Matthew Seddon       2596
Things were even more intense going into the CASTROL BMW 2.0 Litre final with Peter Ball holding a slim lead of only 33 points over Ash Blewett, with Graham Ball only 22 point further back in 3rd position.
For Peter it meant a top 3 finish was needed, for the others a win was critical, with everything else left up to the gods of speed.
A partly damp / slippery surface for the 2.0 Litre final did its best to test this trio as they pushed to the limits throughout the race.
The final result being the win for Peter ahead of a fast closing Graham in second, with Ash coming home in third.
This cemented the provision season win for Peter Ball on 2877 points ahead of Ash Blewett on 2817, with Graham only 10 points behind on 2807 for 3rd place.
2. The CASTROL BMW OPEN A and CASTROL BMW OPEN B championship final round was scheduled to be part of the MSNZ Summer Series Final being held next weekend.
(16th – 17th April at Pukekohe Park Raceway).
Due to changes made, outside what had been agreed with meeting organisers, within the last week to race formats it has been made impossible to run our season deciding finale in a fair and equitable manner for all competitors.
As a result we have withdrawn the CASTROL BMW Open A / B group from this meeting.
Your final three races for the season will take place at Hampton Downs on Saturday the 7th May.
This will be followed by the final round of our 1 hour endurance series on Sunday the 8th May.
For those still wishing to compete next weekend the offer to run within the NZV8 and V8 SuperTourer grid is still extended to our Open Group A competitors.
Online entry is open at www.motorsportentry.com
2016 AGM / Prize giving dinner.
The Ellerslie Events Centre will again be the venue for our yearly AGM and Prize giving dinner.
More information will be sent out closer to the event, however you can lock the date in as Saturday the 18th June 2016.
The Dunlop 800 is an 800km race being held at Hampton Downs on the 2nd July 2016.
While this has been organized for 2K Cup competitors, an invite to compete has been extended to our BMW E30 competitors.
You will find a copy of this invite and associated rules / regulations etc in an earlier e-mail.
If anyone is keen to participate please, in the first instance, get in touch with James Watson c/oj@mez.co.nz to express your interest.
We’ll keep you updated, and will help with putting teams together for any interested individual drivers if needed.
CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Track Day.   
The newly finished (by then) Hampton Downs extension has been booked for our “Pre-season” track day and E30 Scholarship program.
This will be the ideal introduction to a new set of interesting corners!
The date to mark on your calendar’s for this is, Saturday the 30th July 2016.
CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Committee.


HD TRS NZ Motor Cup.

Hi all,Final reminder.This weekend is the running of the NZ Motor Cup Meeting at Hampton Downs.This is also the fourth round of the 2015/2016 CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Championship for all classes.The final race schedule and a current entry list is enclosed.For those still to enter please get this underway ASAP using the www.motorsportentry.com web site.Currently E30 entrants number 20 and this needs to improve to guarantee two separate grids for the meeting.The NZIGP have put up some prestigious trophies for the winners of Sunday’s reverse grid races that go back to the early Ardmore days and these have many famous names on them.E30’s will be competing for the “Hall Trophy”BMW 2.0 Litre the “Cooper and Curd” cup and BMW Open A / B the “Corban Wines” trophy.Provisional Results from Taupo (Round 3 also enclosed). See you all this weekend.RegardsCASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Committee.

Round 3 Review


Hi all,

1. Denny Hulme Trophy Meeting.

Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park Taupo.

 Please find attached above the pit paddock map for the upcoming CASTROL BMW OPEN A / B and 2.0 Litre meeting being held at Taupo on 6th – 7th February 2015.

Also attached is the meeting Draft Schedule.

 Entry for both Round 4, TRS Hampton Downs (January 30-31st) and this event is still open online throughwww.motorsportentry.com

2. CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Round 3 Press Release. Courtesy Lance Hastie of Com Technology.

Karters dominate BMW racing

Press release: Castrol BMW Race Driver Series – round 3, 15-17 January 2016.For immediate release: Monday 18 January 2016.

Auckland’s Aaron Hodgson led a list of karting graduates who shared the limelight at the weekend’s round of Castrol BMW Race Driver Series action held at Taupo’s Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park.Contesting the E30 category in the seven round North Island based series, Hodgson emerged as the most prolific performer against fellow graduates Matt Griffin, Richard Oxton and Shane Hodgson.The 32-car E30 class field was split in two and competed in conjunction with the Open and 2L classes for the series round for the 2015/2016 season. Each class contested three eight lap races.The entry-level E30 category car has become a preening ground for graduating karters – including Hodgson, brother Shane, Richard Oxton and Matt Griffin – as regular front runners.“I knew Oxton was going to be back and Matt (Griffin) had his motor sorted so I was going there to battle those two and Shane as well – to hopefully come away with the top spot,” explained 2009 Speedsport Scholarship winner Aaron Hodgson.“While I got second in the qualifying group behind my brother Shane it was Peter Ball who saved my weekend thanks to his help changing a water pump.“Then in race one Shane and I managed to break away from the field before I got to pass him for the lead. Straight after that he dropped down two cylinders. I looked behind me and saw him pulling off the circuit – and that was his race.“To get that first win pumped me up for the weekend. You know by then you’ve got the car setup right and I could concentrate on adjusting tyre pressures to tweak the handling rather than tune it.Although proficient rivals Matt Griffin (electrical) and Rich Oxton (overheating) had performance hold-backs their demise didn’t detract from the door handle-to-door handle racing.“In karting you are used to being wheel-to-wheel so when you have Richard, Matt and Shane around you know their moves and know they are honest in their intentions by leaving good racing room. It also shows in other karters competing – how they can race so closely and still leave room.Also in the timesheet highlights was Castrol BMW Race Driver Series Scholarship winner Robert Hill, who got his New Year into high-gear early with a second placed finish in the opening race.In the Open class the E92 M3 V8 of Auckland’s Andrew Nugent was ahead of the field in qualifying and took a comfortable opening race win.Stealing away from Nugent’s dominance; Dan Slater took his first win of the season, in Saturday afternoon’s reverse-grid handicap start. Rapidly losing engine power as the racing progressed, the win would be his last outing for the weekend as a fueling problem damaged the engine in his 535i model BMW.“The engine fully Chernobyled itself after that race – meaning I couldn’t go on,” explained Slater of his hero to zero result.“I noticed it in the previous round, that it wasn’t going right, and while I’ve been trying to remedy it the problem has recurred.“All I was wanting to do this weekend was bring it home in all three races – to finish the weekend with the car undamaged and engine still running.”Nugent started the reverse grid handicap race in last place – seven seconds behind Robert Berggren.That gave Slater an early opportunity to claim places while Berggren and Nugent raced to narrow the time deficit to the front pack.“Normally I’m matched lap time wise with Berggren so I knew my car wasn’t going properly when I was so far off his pace in the opening race.Then in the second race it dropped a cylinder to be only running on five – although I still managed to get past the rest of the field. Then on the last lap it dropped to four and started losing water – that was it,” he explained.Leading the 2L category for the first half of the weekend Hamilton’s Martyn Seddon came to a grinding halt mid-race Sunday morning. Fastest in qualifying and having taken the opening race win he was adding to his weekend lead by finishing second in the reverse-grid handicap race. Starting at the front for the weekend’s final race he discovered he faced a race driver’s worst nightmare.“I ran out of fuel,” explained Seddon. “I was pouring the last of my fuel for the weekend into the car and thought ‘here we go – this isn’t going to get me the distance’. So I tried to conserve as much I could while letting a few cars get past me and thought I wasn’t likely to make it so might as well go have some fun – so I put the hammer back down.“Sure enough – I ran out with two laps to go.“What got me by surprise and where I came unstuck this weekend – I was enjoying myself too much in the 20 minute qualifying session. Normally we only get eight laps and that extra time out on the track this weekend is what took up the extra six or seven litres that would have had me home safe in the final race.”During that qualifying session Seddon validated his car’s setup strategy – by opting for less tyre camber: “Early in the weekend I found the other guys were struggling with grip level and so I stood my tyres up – and that seemed to work for me rather well.“I thought the track was excellent and with the right setup the car goes well there.”With only two weeks until the mid-way mark in the season the action returns to the evolving Hampton Downs circuit 30-31 January. The BMWs will compete as part of the international TRS single-seater weekend.Supporters of the series and scholarship car include BMW New Zealand,  Castrol, Toyo tyres,  Koni shocks/King Springs, Stocks, P and S Autocentre, Tracktime and Classic Car Cover.ENDS.

……………………….and while it was a very exciting meeting for all involved and the busy Saturday format covering the two test sessions, qualifying and two races, along with a midday finish on the Sunday were a welcome change for most, some of this excitement again resulted in a number of “contact incidents”.

And while there was no particularly major incident to speak of, there is again too many “rear end contacts” happening between drivers with enough time in the series to appreciate the standard of driving that is required from our competitors.

While some, such as #12 Hodgson vs #92 Tork are a victim of circumstance, with Anthony blowing his diff on a gear change coming out of the LH hairpin in heavy traffic, the multiple incidents involving #104 Power, #555 MikkeIsen, #65 Fava, #47 Smurthwaite and others do require driver feedback, along with #59 Sparg vs #700 Donaldson and #167 Ball vs #36 Yule from the BMW 2.0 Litre class.

 Along with any other competitors that may have something to contribute to this list.

 Please send in your own understanding of these events and any video footage available before the next committee meeting on Monday 25th January.

 As a further reminder a copy of our “Culture Document” is also attached, please reacquaint yourself with what we are trying to achieve before the spotlight falls upon us at the end of month TRS meeting at Hampton Downs.  


CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Committee.


Round 3

Hello all,Here’s hoping you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

  1. ROUND 3 / TAUPO

FINAL REMINDER:Next weekend (16th-17th January 2016) is Round 3 of the CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series 2015/2016 Championship.This round is being held at Taupo Motorsport Park, with an open practice day scheduled on the Friday for those wanting to get in some “pre-meeting” testing. All classes will have Qualifying and 2 x 8 lap races on the Saturday, with the 3rd and final 8 lap race for all classes being held on the Sunday morning.A corporate suite will be booked for your Saturday viewing pleasure, as well as for the Saturday night BBQ function.Attached above is an additional Entry Form for those still requiring to enter.Further Supplementary Regulations are also enclosed.


New Zealand TRS Motor Cup Meeting.Please find attached the race schedule for the upcoming (January 30-31st 2016) NZ Motor Cup meeting.Also attached is a paddock layout showing our allocated pit areas.A Friday test day will also be running for those requiring testing etc.Entry for this event is now open online through the www.motorsportentry.com website.    We look forward to seeing you all at Taupo. RegardsCASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Committee.


Hello all,

Firstly, a couple of pre-Christmas updates;

1. Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park TAUPO. Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th January 2016.

Round 3 of the CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Championship.

 There will be a test day on the Friday prior to this meeting (15th January).

This will be starting at 9.30am and finishing at 4.00pm.

Cost is $100.00 per competitor, with a $50.00 cost for any additional drivers.

 For those still needing to enter, an additional entry form is enclosed above.

Due to organizational requirements please aim to complete these prior to heading off for your Christmas / New Year break. 

 2. Pit Garages.

These are available for this meeting and can be booked through;



Phone (07) 376-5033   |   Fax (07) 376-5034  |  Mobile 021 765- 034.

 3. NZ Motor Cup. Hampton Downs.

Round 4 of the CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Championship. Our next meeting following Taupo is the NZ Motor Cup meeting at Hampton Downs (Saturday 30th – Sunday 31st January 2016). This is part of the Premier Toyota Racing Series.   Entry for this event is now open through  www.motorsportentry.com

There will also be a test day on the Friday prior to this meeting (Friday 29th). This will be starting at 8.30am and will run through to 5.00pm. We will confirm costs once these come through.

Pit Garages are all allocated to TRS, however most of the remaining pit areas will be fully sealed prior to the event.

Have a good Christmas / New Year break, and we look forward to seeing you in Taupo.


CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Committee.



Round 3 of the CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Championship for 2015-2016 takes place at Taupo Motorsport park on the 16th – 17th January 2016.
This is being run in conjunction with 2 x separate 1 day meetings.
For the CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series this is a two day race meeting.
While being raced under 1 race permit, there will be separate Supplementary Regulations for each day.
We will have Qualifying and 2 x 8 lap races on the Saturday, with the 3rd and final 8 x lap race for all classes being held on the Sunday morning.
SS2000 will be running Saturday only, with Sunday being Round 2 of the Manawatu Car Club Summer Series.
This will give us a new group of additional Race Classes to spectate.
Attached above is the Entry Form that is to be used.
Supplementary Regulations are also enclosed.
We look forward to seeing you all at Taupo.
CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Committee.


1 hour Enduro

Hello all,
Coming up on Sunday the 13th December is the first of our 1 Hour Endurance rounds.
This is being held as part of TACCOC’s Christmas at the Downs event.
This event is separate to our 2015-2016 Championship Season with points from this event going towards an Endurance Championship Award.
Entry for this is now loaded onto the motorsport entry website: www.motorsportentry.com

There are two entry points for this event – one for BMW Enduro and the other for all other classes, please ensure you choose the correct option.

The entry fee for BMW Endurance drivers covers two 10-minute practice / qualifying sessions and the 60-minute race.

Qualifying is to be split for 2 driver teams (see Supplementary Regulations enclosed).

 This entry fee compares favourably with the $325 fee charged for 1-hour entrants in the Mahindra Endurance Series.

Vehicle eligibility is for all cars that comply with the current CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series individual class regulations.

Second drivers in 2 x driver teams are not required to be current Castrol BMW Race Driver Series members (correct race licence and MSNZ affiliated club membership will still be required), however I x current Castrol BMW Race Driver Series member driver is required per entry.

NOTE:As published in the Supplementary Regulations re-fuelling is now allowed.

For those competitors requiring this please ensure that you make your crew fully aware of MSNZ’s re-fuelling safety requirements.

ALSO:Driver Safety.

During the compulsory pit-stop driver safety is paramount, particularly in regards to Hans devices and correct belt placement.

Please ensure each team has a “Drivers Assistant” on hand to help with this task.

 The process for both dual driver and single driver change over is quite specific, please read the Supplementary Regulations attached and ensure that your crew is familiar with this.See you on the 13th.


CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Committee.


Racers Products Special

Hi Competitors!

  1. RACER PRODUCTS Sponsorship.

Please see attached a sample copy of the Racer Products Prize Voucher being used for the Castrol BMW Race Driver Series.We are presenting these, in association with Hawk Performance, after each round of the BMW Championship to one recipient from each of our four classes, as chosen via random draw by the BMW Race Driver Series Committee.These Prize Vouchers will be to the value of $100 each, and can be used to purchase, or go towards, any product from Racer Products.Racer Products are the NZ Distributors for Brembo Racing, Hawk, OMP, Sabelt, Bell Helmets, KW Suspension, Woodward Steering, QStarz GPS Lap Timers.These Prize Vouchers can be used in conjunction with the ‘Special BMW Pricing’ already offered to all CASTROL BMW Race Driver Series competitors.Round 1 Icebreaker, Hampton Downs voucher winners are;BMW E30             TONY RICHARDSON.BMW 2.0 Litre     ANDREW SHARP.BMW OPEN A      DAVID LAWRENCE.BMW OPEN B      NIGEL PATTERSON.Congratulations guys, these vouchers will be handed out during our Saturday Night BBQ.Special OfferAs NZ Distributors, Racer Products is proudly supported by Hawk Performance and have a special offer for all BMW E30 competitors.Through testing and feedback they have found that Hawk Blue (front) and Hawk HP Plus (rear) are the preferred pad combination in terms of high performance and ‘bang for buck’. So Until the 31st of December, Racer Products are offering the Hawk Blue/Hawk HP Plus combo for $299 +gst (while stocks last).Special BMW pricing for this combo is normally $350 +gst.For Open Class competitors, please get in touch directly for pricing and requirements on an individual basis.To take advantage of this special offer contact;Gene Rollinson, Racer Productsgene@racerproducts.co.nz61-69 Patiki Road | Avondale | Auckland 1026 | NZPhone  0800 722 358 or Mobile 0275 748 665.


For this weekend’s event the MG Car Club will have pit access open on Thursday up until at least 5.00pm should anyone want to drop off their car / trailer prior to Friday’s practice / qualifying sessionsSee you all at Manfeild, and don’t forget about MOVEMBER!RegardsCASTROL BMW Race Driver Series Committee.