History of TQ Racing in Auckland
Three Quarter Midget (TQs) are pocket rockets on four wheels and provide some of the closest wheel to wheel action you'll see anywhere.
The first TQ was built by Johnny Missen in 1950, he was also responsible for starting the TQ class at Western Springs in 1951. Below is a picture of the first official meeting for the TQ class on 6 Mar 1951.
The first New Zealand Championship was held the following season and the rest is history.
The TQ Midget class has been used by many drivers as a stepping stone to the higher horsepower classes such as Midgets and Sprintcars.
Some past Auckland TQ drivers include:
Ryan O’Conner - 1NZ 2006-2007
Shane O’Conner - 1NZ 2008-2009
Shane Van Gisbergen
Hayden Williams - 2NZ 2008-2009
Graham Standring - 1NZ 1985-1986
Carl Wilson - 2NZ 1997-1998
Brock Maskovich - 3NZ 2008-2009
Bryce Townsend - 1NZ 1998-1999 & 1999-2000
Kevin Hyde - 3NZ 1988-1989
Current TQ Specifications:
Length 2794mm including bumpers
Width 1425mm approx.
Minimum weight: 260 kg - without driver
Most cars run 2005 Suzuki GSXR 750 Watercooled EFI Engines - All parts to remain standard
Other Engine Options:
4 Stroke Motorcycle derived engine mounted in front of car
Kawasaki or Yamaha air cooled 917cc - 2 valves per cylinder
Suzuki GSXR Air cooled 771cc - 4 valves per cylinder