The MR2 Wakefield Park Challenge is a track event like no other and has been described as a track day on steroids, not only because it is for two days, though also because of the varied types of challenges that cannot be found anywhere else.
This is not a normal track event!
The MR2 Wakefield Park Challenge is a two day track event and includes multiple track configurations and disciplines, including;
- Hill Climb
- Clubman Circuit
- Rolling Main Straight Sprint
- Full circuit time attack
- Full circuit regularity
- Hot lap shootout
All events are timed and cars are grouped by class;
- MR2 street class under 2 Litres
- MR2 street class over 2 Litres
- MR2 modified class under 2 Litres
- MR2 modified class over 2 Litres
- MR2 open class under 2 Litres
- MR2 open class over 2 Litres
- Invitational all wheel drive turbo
- Invitational front/rear wheel drive
Drivers are required to have one of the following licenses;
- Wakefield Park license (can be purchased at the track on the day)
Drivers that are found to be driving unsafely on the track will get one warning only and will be sent home if they reoffend.
At the end of Monday competition, we will all retire to the cabins, which are located next to the track, for a BBQ, drinks, and to tell and hear big claims about the day.
Although alcohol is permitted on Monday night, entrants that overdo it will not be permitted to drive on Tuesday. A Breathalyser will be used, so be warned!
After the timed events on Tuesday, it is time for the traditional MR2 ghost chilli burger challenge at a nearby restaurant and some drawing of long bows over a schooner or three.
An awards presentation will be held back at the cabins after the ghost chilli burger challenge dinner on Tuesday night.
HillClimbTwo groups are sent out at the same time for a one hour session of the Hillclimb.
This is a single timed run starting at the bottom of the hill climb located after turn five on the main circuit and finishing at the top of the hill marked by a white line across the road and traffic cones on either side of the road.
Once passing the finish line, drivers/cars must reduce speed immediately to 20km/h until being stopped by traffic control in the designated location downhill from the hillclimb finish line.
The traffic controller will hold up to 10 cars in pairs at the designated location before being released back onto the circuit to the hillclimb staging area located after turn 5 of the main circuit.
All cars will be permitted a minimum of 3 timed runs.
The fastest time achieved by each competitor will be added to their overall MR2 Wakefield Park Challenge score.
Clubman CircuitDrivers are sent out onto the Clubman Circuit, which is held concurrently with the hillclimb.
Cars will be staged in the pit lane / dummy grid.
Drivers enter the track via pit lane (very slowly), with a hard right turn at the end of the concrete pit wall so that the Clubman circuit can be entered. Guidance will be provided on the day for first timers.
All laps will be timed, and the fastest single lap time achieved by each competitor will be added to their overall MR2 Wakefield Park Challenge score
Rolling Main Straight SprintTwo groups are sent out for a one hour session of the Rolling Main Straight Sprint held concurrently with the hillclimb round.
Cars will be staged in the back straight prior to turn 10.
Each driver will have multiple timed runs starting in the main straight just beyond turn ten on the main circuit and finishing at the start finish line on the main straight.
Once passing the finish line, drivers/cars must reduce speed immediately and proceed back to the staging area in the back straight via the access road between turn 2 and 3, the fish hook and turn 9 to the staging area on the back straight.
The fastest single run time achieved by each competitor will be added to their overall MR2 Wakefield Park Challenge score
Full CircuitThe full circuit is much simpler, and cars exit the pit lane at speed whilst checking the right hand door mirror for traffic as the track is being entered.
At the end of each session, a chequered flag will be waved near the tower and cars will then drive a 3/4 cool down lap before exiting the track at the pit lane road at the start of the main straight.