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MOTORSPORT NEW ZEALAND MANUAL

The New Zealand MotorSport Manual (Edition No. 36) is designed to ensure safety and fair play across all motorsport in New Zealand.

All regulations proposed are worked through with multiple parties, including the Rules Committee, the relevant Advisory Commissions, MotorSport New Zealand Office and the Board.

A record of amendments made to the MotorSport New Zealand Manual can be found below in the drop down “MOTORSPORT MANUAL AMENDMENTS” table.

NATIONAL SPORTING CODE

The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (hereinafter referred to as “the FIA”) –

The sole international sporting authority entitled to make and enforce regulations for the encouragement and control of automobile competitions and records and the final international court of appeal for the settlement of disputes arising therefrom has, so that these powers may be exercised in a fair and equitable manner, drawn up the International Sporting Code in and by which each national club or federation belonging to the FIA shall be presumed to acquiesce and be bound; and

Subject to such acquiescence and restraint, the FIA shall recognise one single national club or federation per country (hereinafter called “the ASN”) as sole international sporting power for the enforcement of the International Sporting Code and control of motor sport in its own country, dominions, dependencies, protectorates and colonies (provided however that if one of such territories is represented directly on the FIA, the control of the sport in that territory shall be exercised by that territory’s ASN) and each ASN shall have the right to delegate the whole or part of the powers conferred upon it by the International Sporting Code to another or several other clubs of its country and to withdraw such delegation (provided it first obtains the prior approval of the FIA to any such delegation or withdrawal of delegation) and each ASN may draw up its own Competition rules which will compulsorily be sent to the FIA.

MotorSport New Zealand Incorporated –

Being recognised by the FIA as sole international sporting power for the enforcement of the International Sporting Code and the control of motor sport under the authority of the FIA in New Zealand and such other territories, the control of which may be granted to it by the FIA from time to time, and having acquiesced in and agreed to be bound by the International Sporting Code, has drawn up its own national Competition rules to ensure that Motorsport Competitions held in New Zealand under the authority of MotorSport NZ (pursuant to any MotorSport NZ permit or licence, or otherwise) are fair and safe, being this National Sporting Code as follows:

MOTORSPORT MANUAL AMENDMENTS
Amendment NumberDate PublishedManual ReferenceAmendment
360844 June 2024Sch PUpdate to Vehicle Logbook Penalty
360834 June 2024 (implementation date 2 September 2024)Sch A Part 1Update to Window and Racing Nets
360824 June 2024Sch A Part 1Update to Vehicle Logbooks, Protective Clothing, Safety Structures, and Seating.
360817 May 2024Sch BApplication of increased fees and charges applied by MotorSport New Zealand for services
3608011 April 2024Sch RDefinition of New Competitor
36079
11 April 2024Sch ZDefinition of New
Competitor
Handicap Starts
Safety Car Operation
3607811 April 2024Sch BCertificate of Description price adjustment
360771 February 2024Administrative AmendmentsUpdate of NSC Calendar, Penalties, Protests, and updated Schedule L.
360761 February 2024NSC Part XITo clarify the information required when lodging an appeal.
360751 December 2023Sch TPeriodic update of Schedule T.
360741 December 2023Sch BRevision of international licence fee structure to align with the current rates for similar licences issued internationally. And to ensure Clubmans Rally permits align with Schedule R
360732 October 2023NSC Part XITo provide for a Notice of Intention to Appeal.
360721 September 2023Sch DRRequirement added for two Stewards required ClubSport Advanced Drifting events due to complexity of Events.
360711 September 2023Sch CTo encompass drift events under Schedule C, as by their nature they are ClubSport
events. And Requirement added for two Stewards required ClubSport Advanced Drifting events due to complexity of Events.
360701 September 2023Sch Z• To provide additional clarification.
• To reiterate that a New Competitor’s Briefing must be held at the commencement of the
meeting prior to any on-circuit activities taking place.
• Slight rephrase of sentence to ensure clarity.
• To ensure the consistency of race suspensions, irrespective of the race's advancement, and to
also provide the Clerk of the Course adequate time to identify if any penalties may need to be applied without the time pressures associated with an immediate race restart.
• To enhance safety measures relating to pit stops.
360691 September 2023Sch PAmends the structure for penalty A4Z.10, Breach of Circuit Regulations. the standard penalty is changing from a fine to a time penalty of up to 30seconds as the Standard Penalty with a fine being added as an option to Additional Penalty.
360681 September 2023Sch ORemoval of the allowance of a Safety Officer at Race events. International and National Race
events are of such status that a Stewards panel must be appointed and in attendance across the three days. Incorporation of the new Accredited Series structure.
360671 September 2023NSC Part VIIClarification on how many Stewards shall be appointed to a Meeting where a MotorSport NZ Championship class is in attendance. Requirement added for two Stewards required at all other Race Meetings and ClubSport Advanced Drifting events due to complexity of such Events.
360661 September 2023NSC Part IIITo provide clarification of process in regard to competitors as per the NSC.
360641 August 2023Sch BApplication of increased fees and charges applied by MotorSport New Zealand for services.
360631 August 2023NSC Part VIIITo facilitate the integration of digital licenses within the MotorSport Online system.
360621 August 2023NSC Part IVTo align processes with MotorSport Online & to add the option of obtaining a physical licence as well as the digital licence, within MotorSport Online
360611 August 2023NSC Part IIITo ensure that the Clerk of the Course is across any change of Competitor and/or competing vehicle in any Meeting or Event.
360601 August 2023NSC Part IITo accommodate both electronic and written entries and documentation procedures with the introduction of the new MotorSport Online platform.
3605910 July 2023Sch A Part 1To align permissions with changes in Frontal Head Restraint requirements and to add updated standards.
3605810 July 2023App. 6 - CODAddition of regulations for distinct livery and race number specifications for those vehicles holding a Certificate of Description.
360571 June 2023Sch BMotorSport New Zealand has completed a review of the fees it charges. Click here for more details
360561 May 2023Sch ZCOMPLETE RE-ISSUE: MotorSport New Zealand recommends familiarising yourself with Schedule Z as the schedule has been re-written
3605524 March 2023Sch PAddition of penalties in-line with Schedule R amendment 36054 issued 24/03/2023.
3605424 March 2023Sch RTo streamline flow within Schedule R and to align with current practice and to provide an alternative time card method.
3605321 December 2022Sch ZClarity provided for practice starts, overtaking, end of Safety Car Deployment and removal of Meeting Ride protocols from Sch Z.
3605225 October 2022Sch LAddition of Junior R Grade competition Licence
3605125 October 2022Sch BIntroduction of pricing structures for new C Grade and R Grade license applications, the incorporation of Dual Rallysprints, a reassessment of the Rally Testing Day Organising Permit fee, and the implementation of a Participation Levy for Rally Testing Days
3605025 October 2022Sch RSInclude Dual Rallysprints within Schedule RS, and to add requirement that Supplementary Regulations are published for Rallysprint events.
3604922 August 2022Sch PA 4Z.5, A 4Z.6 and A 4Z.7 have been amended to provide for an increase of penalty as the breach becomes more severe.
3604815 July 2022Sch A Part 1
Increase of minimum safety requirements in Rallies, Rallysprints and Clubmans Races, with a lead-in period.
3604711 July 2022Sch KAlign Article 6.6(1) with Sch AA.
3604613 June 2022Sch CKAddition of new tyre to Schedule CK.
3604519 April 2022NSC Part XCOMPLETE RE-ISSUE: MotorSport New Zealand recommends familiarising yourself with NSC Part X as the schedule has been re-written.
3604419 April 2022NSC Part VIIITo provide for the rectification process to be available only for Judge of Fact decisions.
360436 December 2021Sch A Part 2Clarify best practice engineering requirements for Diagonal Bars.
360426 December 2021Sch A Part 1
To specify minimum accepted wall thickness for seat mount structures.
360416 December 2021Sch a Part 1Clearer recommendations for head clearance in vehicles with safety cages. Clarify non-pressure fluid line requirements.
Amendment vehicle & class identification requirements.
360405 November 2021Sch T&CTo give clarity and reinstate the rear seat as being a critical item. To give clarity in the wording and give a more common example of a Bias Treaded tyre
360395 November 2021Sch BAlignment of terminology as per Manual Amendment 36038
360385 November 2021Sch LMotorSport New Zealand recommends familiarising yourself with Appendix One, Schedule L, as there are many changes.
360375 November 2021Sch PPeriodic update of Schedule P penalties for Truck racing.
360361 October 2021Sch LTo update the requirements for obtaining a Junior Competition Licence and the vehicle eligibility criteria.
360351 September 2021App. 6To further clarify the vehicles which will be covered in class V.
3603423 August 2021Sch ZTo clarify when a driver will be judged to have left the circuit due to ambiguous wording
360332 August 2021Sch RClarification on rally processes added to Schedule R.
360321 July 2021Sch ATo align motorsport requirements with updated LVVTA procedures for MOPS Removal.
360311 July 2021Sch BReview of mileage rates.
3603010 June 2021App. 6Create a Period Group to capture existing TRS cars that are in private ownership now.
360291 March 2021Sch BMedical Review Charge added to cover additional time charged by the MotorSport New Zealand Medical Assessor.
360281 March 2021Sch HTo clarify and expand on acceptable forms of immediate communication.
360271 March 2021Sch A Part 1To update supply details for E85 ethanol blended fuel and update fuel regulations as part of periodic review.
360261 March 2021Sch A Part 1Helmet standard table created to simply what is acceptable for the various disciplines. Snell Standard SA 2000 removed.
3602512 February 2021Sch R
Sch R Addenda
To clarify which form shall be used in the case of a faiulty Safety Tracking System. To accommodate for the addition of a comprehensive RallySafe reporting form in the roadbook.
3602417 November 2020App. 6MotorSport New Zealand recommends familiarising yourselves with Appendix Six, with all new text changes highlighted.
3602317 November 2020Sch TTo provide clarification on when the six(6) kilometre limit applies.
To correct an omission in Article 10.3.
3602213 November 2020NSC 15Review of National Sporting Code (Article 15) and the application of the Public Liability Insurance for an event and clarification on the application of the excess payment (current excess value is $3,500).
3602119 October 2020Sch BTo financially assist those Member Clubs who take out more than one Organising Permit in accordance with Note 17 above.
360201 October 2020Sch OTo ensure an appropriate level of consistency and competency in scrutineering at ClubSport Advanced events.
360191 October 2020Sch CTo ensure consistency for Scrutineering at ClubSport Advanced events. Full audit removed when passengers are carried
360185 August 2020Sch B Update fees and charges
360175 August 2020Sch LClarify the use of Temporary M Grade licences at ClubSport Advanced events. Introduce a licence grade to cover Land Speed Records.
3601629 April 2020Sch CRemove incorrect reference
3601529 April 2020Sch BUpdate fees and charges
360149 January 2020Sch BUpdate fees and charges
360139 January 2020Sch A Amend safety requirements
360121 August 2019Sch A Adds mounting requirements for RallySafe and additional driver escape equipment.
3601118 July 2019Sch HAmend Medical Intervention Vehicle manning levels
3601016 July 2019Sch Z Add Parc Ferme definition and amended Practice definition, Clubmans Race requirements, start delay procedure, and red flag requirements
3600911 July 2019Sch HAmend GPS requirements
3600811 July 2019Sch CRemoval of some articles, and amendment to grid separation
3600711 July 2019Sch PAmends Table of Penalties for Race events
3600618 June 2019Sch LTo update the criteria needed for the upgrading from National to an International competition license.
3600518 June 2019Sch AClarity around useable standard for safety critical items and the location of transponders. Accessibility to become an Accredited Series provided
3600414 May 2019NSC 2(1)Adds the definition of Accredited Series.
Amends the definition of Sanctioned Series.
3600310 April 2019Sch ATo clarify the requirements for exhausts.
360024 December 2018Sch BAdds NZRC Cat 5 participation levy
Amendments to Schedule T (effective from 1 Jan 19).
3600119 September 2018Sch AAmends the requirements of entries to vehicle logbooks

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NATIONAL SPORTING CODE

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APPENDIX ONE – ADMINISTRATION

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APPENDIX TWO – SAFETY

Last updated: 1 March 2021

APPENDIX THREE – RALLIES AND RALLYSPRINTS

Last updated: 1 May 2024

Last updated: 21 February 2021

Last updated: 25 October 2022

APPENDIX FOUR – RACES

Last updated: 1 May 2024

Last updated: 9 June 2023

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APPENDIX FIVE – CLUBSPORT

Last updated: 1 September 2023

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Last updated: 20 August 2018

APPENDIX SIX – HISTORIC AND CLASSIC

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