Group Three dial-your-own racing in Australia will get one of its biggest shake ups in years for the coming season with the introduction of Top Sportsman eliminator among the new rules introduced for the 2015 season.
Top Sportsman will be run as an additional bracket for one season before Super Street is merged into Super Sedan with a cut off of 11.99 from the 2016/17 season.
To quote from ANDRA: “Top Sportsman is for full bodied cars running between 5.80 and 8.49 (1/4 mile) regardless of engine combination. Superchargers, turbochargers, nitrous oxide, four cylinder, six cylinder or rotary – they’re all welcome here. Super Sedan becomes a bracket with a lower elapsed time cut-off of 8.50 and an upper cut-off of 10.999, with the long term plan being that from 2016/17 Super Street will be amalgamated into Super Sedan with an upper cut-off of 11.999.”
Group Three brackets have remained static for over two decades, with the exception of the introduction of Supercharged Outlaws in the mid-2000s.
The other big news from the rule changes implemented is that new American body styles will be included. Rules in Top Doorslammer allow for modern Australian-built bodies, but with the death of the Australian car manufacturing industry ANDRA is choosing to open up the body styles available in a move that should breathe some new life and looks into the category.
Again, to quote from ANDRA: “The most visual change in Group One is the revision of some of the body rules in Top Doorslammer. With the local manufacturers in a sunset phase, the current model Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger will be allowed to compete, and if the rumour mill is correct, a number of cars have already commenced construction!”
Safety wise, ANDRA has stepped up and made frontal head restraint systems mandatory for cars going quicker than 7.99 after July 1, 2015. The move follows other motorsports who have made the devices compulsory, which significantly reduce the number of fatalities from high impact accidents.
Factory Xtreme will be introduced as an official exhibition category in what appears to be a move towards official championship inclusion at some stage in the future.
The full set of ANDRA rules is available here – http://andra.com.au/latest-news/andraupdates/2366-summary-of-2015-rule-changes.html.