THINK YOU COULDN’T AFFORD TO GO MOTOR RACING?
The BMW E30 Series is Australasia’s largest one-make series. Each round has between 30 and 40 competitors racing head-to-head at sic North Island rounds each season.
Running cost; Cost per season starts at about $3,000 (excluding any damage) for the full series. Or if you want to, you can share a car to keep costs down. Only 1-2 sets of tyres per season are required depending on how many events are entered and the number of testing laps completed.
All E30 Race Cars have a warrant of fitness and are road legal, creating the option of driving to and from the track it you wish.
The key to keeping the costs down is that this is a controlled form of motorsport. Most of the car is standard and cannot be modified. Tyres, shocks and suspension springs are all race spec, but controlled to keep costs to a minimum. Engine, gearbox and differential are sealed at the the beginning of each season to prevent modification.
Buddy system; A buddy system is offered to new drivers to help them get started. Even if you have little or no racing experience, you will get plenty of help and advise from other competitiors.
Race tracks; The E30 championship is part of the BMW Race Driver Series at four of New Zealand’s top race tracks – Pukekohe, Hampton Downs, Taupo and Manfeild.
Racing format; Racing is usually over a two day weekend, with one qualifying session then three races over eight laps.
Race cars; A selection of race cars are usyally availble to buy. Prices range from $10k – $18k. You can view current cars for sale on our “For Sale” page.
Season timing; The race season starts in September and consists of six rounds, usually finishing in March.
Check out the regulations & race formats below.