Definition of time race in English:

time race

noun

  • 1(Originally in yachting) a race in which times are adjusted according to an allowance made to reflect differences in size, weight, etc.

  • 2A race in which participants attempt to finish the course, task, etc., in the shortest time (as opposed to competing directly with one another); (loosely) any race against time.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Sporting Magazine.