TimeattackR.com: Hey Glenn, tell us a bit about who you are, and why you first got into motorsport.
Glenn Hodges: I've been around cars forever — I remember helping (as much as an under ten-year-old can) my dad fit a 350 Chev’ V8 into a Bedford van. It just never stopped, I've always been working on something. I purchased a Volkswagen Beetle and repainted it while I was still at school, the projects just got faster and more expensive from there!
What first drew you to time attack racing and when did you start competing?
I like the concept of being able to compete but not be door-to-door racing — for the most part! (laughs). I ran at the first time attack round at Hampton Downs Raceway and have done a handful there since, but this is the first full season I've attempted.
What was your first time attack vehicle and why did you choose it?
Actually the current project has been the only car I have officially competed in; it's a rare (ish) sub model of the Z32 300ZX, with only two seats and a hard top roof rather than T tops, so it's lighter and more nimble. The downside is it can be very twitchy when driving on the limit.
What development did this vehicle go through, and what development saw the biggest drop in lap times?
I've spent a lot of time on the car over the years trialing various "improvements" and finding the limits of different components. Ultimately the single biggest gain for this particular car is in the choice of tires in my opinion. Obviously with more power and bigger brakes it all helps, but once you are at around about 1400Kgs with near-on 400kWs at the hubs, the tyres can really make a lot of difference.
What was the first circuit you ever competed in time attack?
My first ever circuit was Hampton Downs Raceway.
What advice would you give someone thinking of getting into the sport?
DO IT!!! In New Zealand, we have a great bunch of people participating in the series and it's an awesome way to get out there and compete with minimal risk of panel damage.
Thanks for chatting with us, is there anybody you would like to thank?
Thanks to Beaurepaires, my very understanding wifey, and the guys n gals who put the effort into making the NZ Superlap series happen in New Zealand.