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It is with regret and disappointment that we have to inform you that there will be not race meetings at Taupo in 2014/15.
For those of you that have pre entered for any meetings the promoters will be contacting you to refund any funds paid.
The Board wish to advise that we respect the decision made by the promoters of Taupo Thunder Dragway and wish them all the best for the 2015/16 season.
Photos kindley provided by John Faulkner
NZDRA, Meremere Dragway Inc and Pegasus Bay Drag Racing Club are very pleased to announce to all our mutual members that a Heads of Agreement has been signedsubject to the NZDRA making certain changes by 30 April 2015, that a reunification of our sport is on schedule for 1 May 2015.
This is as a result of a lot of hard work by members of the NZDRA and Meremere Dragway Inc/Pegasus Bay Drag Racing Club boards over the past two years to come to an agreement that is greatly beneficial to the sport of drag racing whilst being mutually beneficial to all involved.
It will start with a joint points series at the Spring Nationals at Meremere on the 29th & 30th November 2014 and another at Ruapuna Raceway hosted by Pegasus Bay Drag Racing Club on the 25th January 2015.
The 2015/16 season will see us competing as one entity allowing for a great National points series to be held at many tracks around New Zealand. The NZ Nationals will once again be held at Meremere in 2016 with the final points round being held at Masterton Motorplex.
Licencing for the 2015/16 season will be business as usual for the current NZDRA licence holders with the IHRA licence holders completing a transfer of licence form (if their licence has not expired) free of charge until their expiry date of their IHRA licence. Those IHRA licence holders that have expiring licences as at 30 June 2015 will apply using the current NZDRA on line form.
If an IHRA licence holder wishes to compete at a NZDRA sanctioned event this season they can simply complete a transfer of licence form free of charge and if applicable have their vehicle tech inspected by NZDRA.
We, Meremere Dragway Inc, Pegasus Bay Drag Racing Club and NZDRA are sure you will all join us with a positive attitude and your full support for a united future.
The Board The Board The Committee
Meremere Dragway Inc NZDRA Pegasus Bay Drag Racing Club
The uptake of licencing online is exceeding our expectations. Although there have been a few minor issues we are pleased that, overall this has been a positive step.
The National Series Calendar which has been released incorporates rounds to be held at Meremere and Ruapuna. A number of Racers have enquired about how the points will be allocated and after completing a group survey among our members, it has been decided to allocate points as per the rule book.
Clash of Dates: Taupo / Masterton
Firstly, the Board wish to be clear that having two events on the same date is not ideal. That said, NZDRA does NOT select or set event dates. We endeavour to build a National Points Series within the dates supplied by the Promoters.
The 3rd January 2015 date was booked in advance at Taupo in October 2013 albeit there was no confirmed Promoter. MMP was informed of the booking and declared openly that they would run on that date regardless. Both the MMP and Taupo Promoters have been informed and the NZDRA National Points round at Taupo has been shifted to the December 28th meeting to enable Racers to choose their meeting fairly.
Going forward, ALL Track Promoters must meet and ratify the following seasons dates at a Track Committee Meeting no later than 30th May of the preceding season. This committee meeting is only facilitated NOT ruled on by NZDRA.
The Board wish to thank you all for your help and assistance in understanding that the Association now operates with a part time Administrator (Monique Duckett) backed up by the Directors each carrying greater responsibility. If there is something we have missed or misunderstood, please be considerate and contact us in the appropriate manner to enable the correct outcome for all.
The current rulebook is available for you on our website under the Technical tab. We encourage all members to check it out and in particular, any new rules that may apply to your class.