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Manfeild’s big race on the buses

Caption: Uzabus driver Alan Hamilton admires the NZGP advertising that’s giving a horsepower lift to the local fleet.ONE of the buses on the daily Palmerston North to Feilding return run has received a huge horsepower lift in celebration of an impending major Manawatu event. The extra grunt meted the 38-seater MAN Optare won’t push passengers…

Randle delivers on promise

Thomas Randle has delivered on the promise he has been showing for the last two weekends of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series when he won the New Zealand Motor Cup at Hampton Downs on Sunday afternoon. In doing so he set a little bit of history, becoming the first Australian in 42 years to win…

Cockerton top Kiwi in Toyota championship at Hampton Downs

Pukekohe driver Taylor Cockerton is reflecting on a challenging weekend at his ‘home’ circuit and planning a strong finish to his 2017 Castrol Toyota Racing Series campaign. Coming into the weekend at Hampton Downs sixth in the championship and with good car speed, Cockerton was confident he would bank valuable points across the three races.…

The inconspicuous technical side of the Toyota Racing Series

Forget the image of grubby overalls and oil ingrained fingernails and hands. Engineering a modern single seater racing car is more about cerebral smarts and computer analysis. Two Aucklanders, David Versalko and Ash Blewett are among a number of degree qualified engineers, using their knowledge for the preparation of cars for the Castrol Toyota Racing…

F1 Stars of Tomorrow Descend on Taupo

Formula One Grand Prix Racing remains the pinnacle of motorsport in the world today, and 17 international young guns and three talented young kiwis will come to the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park over the weekend of February 4 and 5 hoping to take a giant step towards a career in the sport’s top class. The…

Armstrong emerges from chaos to win

Christchurch’s Marcus Armstrong has won this afternoon’s Castrol Toyota Racing Series event at Hampton Downs after grabbing the initiative in a chaotic first lap. Fastest qualifier Thomas Randle (Australia) slid wide on the second corner and Armstrong who had started third took his chance. Invercargill’s Brendon Leitch who had a great start from fourth to…

Ickx recalls Amon as one of the fastest

Caption: Chris Amon (left) and Jacky Ickx flank Swiss driver Jo Siffert at prizegiving for the 1968 British Grand Prix. Amon and Ickx were Ferrari team-mates that year, a special period that Ickx will discuss at the Chris Amon Celebration Dinner at Manfeild on February 12. (Photo: Sutton Images) “His personality was amazing. He was…

Moore wins race, Manuell the round

Richard ‘Danger’ Moore took his second win of the weekend after another thriller in the PORTERGROUP V8 Utes, holding off a three car train of Paul ‘Auto’ Manuell, Matt ‘Stinger’ Spratt and Peter ‘Kaos’ Ward for most of the race, but it wasn’t enough to stop Manuell securing the round win and extending his championship…

Cockerton heads to home tracks after solid points haul in the South

Kiwi driver Taylor Cockerton heads to the next three rounds of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series sixth overall on the leader board after gaining more points over the weekend at Teretonga Park in Invercargill.  In a weekend of wet, cold and windy weather, the Waikato University student finished sixth, fifth and ninth in three races…