Pegasus Bay Drag Racing Club Racer Information

Want to give racing a go?

Whether you want to bring your daily driver for a blat down the track or have been working tirelessly in your garage on something higher spec and are now ready to race, you are welcome to join us to race at our events. All street cars/bikes require a current WOF and Rego and you must bring your drivers license to be checked. Competition cars must be tech inspected, please organise prior to race day.

What happens on race day?

- Head down to the Leggett Road entrance of Ruapuna Motorsport Park – 7.30am.

- Street Cars/Bikes, pull up next to the racer check-in shed (in the middle of the pit area) to be scrutineered. You will then receive your scrutineer slip you need to take into the racer check-in shed.

- In the racer check-in shed, fill in the appropriate forms, give your forms and scrutineer slip to the check-in team to register. Once you’ve paid your race fees the team will allocate you your race number to have the scrutineers write on your car window. If you have previously raced in the current season the team will find your existing forms for you and you will maintain your season race number. Certain race meets you will be given a sticker that you must display on your window alongside your race number – staff will advise/issue on the day.

- A racer safety briefing will be announced over the PA system in the pits, which you are required to attend before you will be allowed to race. This takes place at the base of the control tower.

- Once racing begins, announcements are made over the pit PA system calling each class up to the staging lanes throughout the day. Listen out for these calls and make your way to where you need to be so you don’t miss out on any rounds of qualifying or racing.

- Once you have completed each run you will receive a timing slip at the end of the return road with your times etc.


Leggett Road entrance of Ruapuna Motorsport Park


Racer entry 7.30am


Pit side of the racer check-in shed


Racer check-in shed


Payable in racer check-in shed, CASH or eftpos only (priced by race class, membership discounts apply)


Allocated to racers by check-in staff, to be placed on car window or bike, with stickers (if applicable)


At base of control tower in pits, announcement for meeting made over pit PA system


Announcements made by race class over pit PA system throughout the day, see staff for directions on where to line up


Given to racers at the end of the return road after each run.

Racing rules

All racers must provide their drivers' license, and where applicable their IHRA or NZDRA racing license, medicals and other information stated by either governing body.

All street cars/bikes must have a current WOF and Rego and are required to be scrutineered at each race event. If you do not have a WOF or Rego, a tech inspection can be arranged, however, this is not always available on race day so needs prior arrangement.

Yes, burnouts are permitted at the start line of our track.


If you're unsure about rules and regulations, check out the IHRA NZ Rulebook on our downloads page.

Do I Need A Tech Inspection?

Any car running under 11.0 seconds, bike under 10.0 seconds or vehicles without a WOF at any IHRA NZ event is required to have passed an annual IHRA/NZDRA Tech Inspection consisting of a comprehensive check of all General, Safety and Class Regulations. A valid log book and tech sticker must be displayed at all times during events. 

Modern Street Vehicles - Slower than 10.00 seconds, factory manufactured after 01/01/2008, must have a current WOF and registration and may compete using standard sedan-based vehicles (and derivatives such as utilities and wagons), no convertible style vehicles permitted. Late model vehicles with a high-centre of gravity (such as SUV and vans are not accepted) OEM equipment as minimum. Air bags/ABS must be in working condition if factory fitted. Prohibited modifications include alterations to structural/floor pan/firewall and wheel tubs. Chassis must factory stock, vehicle must be teched and driver must have an IHRA license. Driver must have all current safety apparel and a fire extinguisher. 

NOTE: A tech inspector / scrutineer is there to aid the competitor to ensure their vehicle complies with relevant class / safety regulations. There are no warranties expressed or implied as to the safe condition of any vehicle so checked. That responsibility and legal liability is put in the hands of the Driver / Entrant. The Driver / Entrant must sign tech inspection / scrutineer forms, thus indicating that their vehicle complies with all relevant regulations. 

No signature = No racing

Racer Car/Clothing Requirements

Racers must wear an approved helmet, long sleeves, long pants, closed footwear, ideally non-flammable materials. Your car windows must be up when on the track.

If your street car/bike runs 10.99 seconds or less (faster than) you will require a tech inspection.

If you have a radiator, it must have an overflow bottle.

All carburetor cars require two return springs.

Slicks must be street style slicks with the legal tread depth.

Street cars must run DOT approved tires.


DYO stands for ‘Dial Your Own’. Race day begins with practice/qualifying runs for each class, so you can see what your vehicle is capable of time-wise. After your qualifying runs you can decide on your dial in time, which we then place on your car beneath your racer number. Your DYO is the time between the light going green and you passing the finish line.

How to select your DYO:
For example, if your car has been running 15 seconds, you might select 14.9 as your dial in and then aim to achieve that. If you run faster than your dial-in time, this is classed as a ‘break-out’. The idea is to race as close to your dial in time as you can.

What you are racing against:
In DYO racing, you are racing against the clock and also the car you are up against.

Reaction Time

Reaction time at the tree lights (start of the race track) also counts. The tree lights count down 3 yellow lights and then you go on green. The perfect reaction time would be 0.000 of a second. However, under 0.200 is classed as a good reaction time. American Pro Drag Racers achieve around 0.050.

Elapsed Time (ET) starts when you ‘break’ the staging lights. This is measured by a laser beam light which detects your wheels, so once you move off the line, the ET begins.

At the end of each run, you receive a printed ticket at the end of the return road (before you re-enter the pits) which provides you with your run time, half track time and 60ft time. Valuable information to help you test and tune your car to get the best results each race meeting!

If you lose…

You can continue to race even after being eliminated from point scoring rounds. We offer ‘Grudge Match’ runs where you can line up and race whoever you are next to or pair up with someone of your choice who you’d really like to beat! Sticking around to partake in grudge matches makes the most of your racer fees and allows you to enjoy a full day of racing/track time.

PBDRC do encourage racers to stay at the track and join in grudge matches to make the most of your day racing, put on more of a show for our spectators and to be in the pits to join in the end of race day BBQ and prize-giving. Show some support for your fellow racers and enjoy some social time, stick around!

Pit rules for racers…

No alcohol, smoking or animals are permitted in the pits during the race event. Do not speed in the pit area and keep an eye out for foot traffic.

Please note: Spectators are welcomed to visit the pits and may not be as aware of your movements as yourself and your team. We encourage racers to welcome spectators to view their cars and talk with them, helping involve people in our drag racing community.

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