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Highlands Sprint Series – Round 4 featuring TCR New Zealand and Mazda Racing Series

April 23 @ 8:00 am - April 24 @ 5:00 pm

Highlands is as committed to grass roots racing as it is to higher profile events and we are back, bigger and better than ever for the 2020/2021 Highlands Sprint Series (HSS) season.

For the HSS, the circuit configuration will be circuit A and circuit C of Highlands joined together creating a 2.9km circuit.

ROUND 4 featuring TCR New Zealand and the Mazda Racing Series


View the Stars and their cars here


TCR New Zealand

The inaugural TCR New Zealand champion will be crowned after a single winner-takes-all round at Highlands during the Highlands Sprint Series.  Initially, the championship was set to be held over four meetings, starting at Manfeild in January but the calendar was revised due to shipping delays from Europe as many cars would not be able to make it to the grid in time for a full four-round season.  Thus, the winner of the April 23-24 round at Highlands will receive the TCR NZ title.  The winner will take away the title on TCR NZ Champions and also receive free entry into any of the remaining 2021 TCR Australia rounds, including the Bathurst International event, for the winner of the TCR New Zealand Championship, is on offer at Highlands.

Kiwi motorsport legends Greg Murphy, Hayden Paddon, Paul Radisich and Chris van der Drift are just some of the featured racers lining up on the grid to compete for the championship.  We are expecting some fierce not to be missed racing action out on track during the event.

The Super Production Series is open to production-based race cars such as the Ginetta or Porsche 996, 997 and 991 as well as the likes of Ferrari Challenge or even a MINI Challenge car.  The Super Production Series incorporates both the Allied Petroleum TCR NZ and Production Racing Championships’ on the same grid.

Mazda Racing Series

The MAZDA RACING SERIES features MAZDA RX7’s and RX8’s competing across New Zealand for the North Island Championship, South Island Championship and New Zealand Championship.  The Highlands round of the Mazda Racing Series is Round 4 of the South Island series and final round of the NZ Championship.


31st October 2020 – Highlands Sprint Series Round 1

8th November 2020 – Highlands Sprint Series Round 2

11th April 2021 – Highlands Sprint Series Round 3

24th April 2021 – Highlands Sprint Series Round 4



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Spectator tickets are not required for this event.

  • Watch from the Highlands Cafe and enjoy the action from the elevated deck.
  • Head down to the grass berm beside our Go Kart track and see the competitors as they make their way under the bridge, through the carousel and down to the hairpin.
  • Head over to the Pit Area via Cemetery Road and see the cars and competitors up close. Level One of our Pit Lane Building will be open for that elevated standpoint.



The HSS is open to all competitors with the required MSNZ licence and vehicle with a minimum of a MSNZ certified half roll cage. This opens up the opportunity for people who haven’t raced at Highlands to give it a go.

Races consist of 3 x 6 laps races plus 1 x 8 Lap “Fast and Furious” race per round, there will be 4 classes. These classes will be determined on “break out” lap times. Points will be awarded per race.

Entry Fees – Competitors will be able to enter the full 4 rounds at a discounted price and will have priority over those who chose a round by round option. The full entry fees are in the Supp Regs.

Prize giving – There will be a prize giving at the Control Tower, after the last race, at the end of the 2020/2021 season.

Entries are limited so act now and become part of the history that is Highlands.

Download Entry Forms here

Download Supplementary Regulations here


  • Rolling Starts: We introduced rolling starts last season to give competitors something new that they may have never tried before. Rolling starts are mainly used in Endurance racing formats across the globe like the WEC at Le Mans. Make sure to read the Supplementary Regulations AND Also the MSNZ manual on the Rolling Start procedures.
  • Placing Points: We have change the finishing place points table this season to reward consistency and penalise DNF’s.
  • The new Points table is as follows from 1st place down: 75,67,60,54,49,45,42,39,36,33,30,28,26,24,22,20,18,16,14,12,10,8,6,4,2,1.
  • Break out Penalty: This season the “breakout” penalty is a 50 point deduction. This means you really need to make sure you are competing in the correct class and manage your lap times. To incur a “breakout” penalty will definitely hinder your Championship points. Unlike last season you will not change your grid position for the next race following a “breakout” penalty.
  • FHR: Just another reminder to all competitors that Forward Head Restraints mandatory at Highlands. We totally understand that it adds additional costs to racing but we do feel the safety advantages outweigh the cost. We also believe that it will become mandatory across New Zealand in the near future. Suppliers are also working hard to get the pricing down as low as possible to the competitors. Please note that you do need a FHR compatible helmet, do not go trying to drill your non FHR compatible helmet as this will damage the integrity of the helmet and will not pass scrutineering. The is a list of approved FHR Device and Helmet Standards in the Motorsport NZ Manual – Appendix Two- Schedule A – 4.2. There are some interesting video online showing the differences in “with” and “without” head and neck restraint devices, with so much proven testing and data, there is no real reason not to wear one and a LOT of reasons to wear one

As the Sprint Series is getting more and more popular, it is advisable to get your entries in ASAP as we do have a max grid number of 40 cars on the A + C track configuration. This mean that we only have space for 20 cars per Class.



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April 23 @ 8:00 am
April 24 @ 5:00 pm

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