Who would have thought that two guys having a yarn and a few beers after the 2010 Barry Sheene Festival of Speed would sow the seeds for what was to become the “Trans-Tasman Challenge” and evolve into a two round series fought out between friendly rivals Australia and New Zealand.
To understand the challenge it is important to understand the Teams Point Score System:
- Teams are selected using the number of riders fielded by the visiting team as the basis, i.e. number and class. All visiting entrants are part of the visiting team, providing they post a qualifying time.
- The local team is selected based on a match-up of local rider versus a visiting rider in the same class and same race.
- The match-up is based using qualifying lap times.
- Each race should therefore contain the same team numbers of visiting and locals.
- In the event a very close-matching lap time is not possible, discretion can be used to allocate team positions up or down based on lap time, but with a similar adjustment made to another team rider.
- The overall aggregate advantage / disadvantage should be checked when all team positions are allocated and any adjustments made, if required, to keep the aggregate to a minimum.
- Points are awarded on the basis of number of entrants in any one event i.e. 5 of each team in any one race would result in 10 points for first team finisher, 9 points for the next finisher etc. If there are only 1 of each team in any one race then the points would be 2 for the first finisher and 1 for the next finisher.
- DNF’s or DNS’s for whatever reason result in nil points for the entrant in that race. There are no reserves for either team.
- The ‘Series’ consists of one round in Australia with a second round in New Zealand. A ‘Round’ win equals highest Team points.Series win equals highest overall point – both rounds. Trophy awarded to Series winner.
- Host team retains discretionary rights regarding classification rules.
Since its inception New Zealand has won the trophy each year with the exception of 2014, 2015, 2016 and Australia is in a good position to retain the trophy in 2017.