Archive for December 2017

Vodanovich takes the fast way forward

Peter Vodanovich joins the 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship with a mission. The young Aucklander is a late comer to motor racing, and has taken a thoroughly modern approach to his new found passion. Prior to stepping into a Toyota MR2 to race in the popular 2K Cup, Vodanovich’s first taste of motorsport was online –…

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Last chance to redeem your free ticket!

Hey folks! Today is officially the last day for Palmerston North City Council and Manawatu District Council rate payers to claim their Free Weekend Ticket to the 63rd New Zealand Grand Prix at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon over the weekend of 9-11 February 2018. Thousands have done this already, so don’t miss out – it’s…

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Ryan Yardley is the fourth Kiwi to sign up for Castrol Toyota Racing Series

Christchurch driver Ryan Yardley has become the fourth New Zealander to enter the 2018 Castrol Toyota Racing Series. Yardley (19) may be the most excited of the four about his opportunity – in fact the Christchurch racer says he wishes the championship “could start tomorrow”. Though he knows many of his rivals have more experience…

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FERRARI DRIVER ACADEMY RETURNS TO TOYOTA RACING SERIES

Robert Shwartzman will be the latest driver from Ferrari’s Driver Academy to race in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, when he starts the first round at Ruapuna Park, Christchurch, on January 12-14. The 18-year-old from St Petersburg in Russia is the fourth driver in successive years to come to New Zealand to gain more experience…

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RICHARD VERSCHOOR RETURNS FOR TOYOTA RACING SERIES

Dutch teenager Richard Verschoor, one of the stars of last summer’s Castrol Toyota Racing Series is returning for another crack at the title he narrowly missed back in February. Verschoor, who has his 17th birthday today (Saturday 16 December) won three races last summer when he was the youngest driver in the series and finished…

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BRAZILIAN DRIVER BRANQUINHO FOR TOYOTA RACING SERIES

Luiz Felipe Branquinho will continue the now well-established tradition of Brazilians racing in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, when he starts at the first round at Ruapuna Park, Christchurch, on January 12-14. He follows in the foot steps of Pedro Piquet, who has competed in the championship for the last two years finishing fifth in…

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Rush Hour moves to Teretonga, and the GP gets one too

Speed Works Events has today announced a move to Teretonga for the second Rush Hour race in January, replacing the race scheduled for the Saturday evening of the January 13 event in Christchurch. With speedway running on the Saturday evening nearby, there were problems with resource consent for a Saturday evening motorsport event at the…

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BRITISH F3 RUNNER UP SET FOR TOYOTA RACING SERIES

James Pull, who has just finished runner-up in the British Formula 3 Championship, is the latest driver to enter this coming summer’s Castrol Toyota Racing Series, which starts at Ruapuna Park, Christchurch, on January 12-14. Singapore born but England-based Pull was the model of consistency in the 24-race series, finishing on the podium at least…

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Lexus to lead race line-ups this summer

Lexus’ high performance RC F coupe and GS F sports sedan will be front and centre at all the summer’s major motor racing meetings performing Safety car and Course car duties. The 5 litre V8s will set the pace at the five rounds of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series starting at Ruapuna on the outskirts…

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Clark takes round win as Ngatoa’s lead crumbles

Local boy Conrad Clark has taken his first round win in the Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship following a string of strong results at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park. Despite Clark taking the round win, it was Reece Hendl-Cox and Kaleb Ngatoa who produced the biggest stories of the weekend. Hendl-Cox toke pole position while…

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