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The Affordable First Step on the V8 Pathway

As young New Zealand drivers look for the next step of their racing career, increasing numbers are looking towards Class Two of the BNT NZ Touring Car Championship as a way to hone their V8 tin top skills. Since the class was incorporated into the BNT NZ Touring Car Championship, a number of drivers have…

Baldwin tops Elite Motorsport Academy points to date

Nineteen-year-old race driver Jordan Baldwin has topped the points-table following the intensive week-long camp in Dunedin which commences the New Zealand Elite Motorsport Academy programme for 2017. Baldwin, from Howick, Auckland, is one of eight young motorsport competitors selected to participate in the year-long training and coaching programme designed to provide the competitors with an…

CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING CARS LINE UP FOR CRC SPEEDSHOW

"In a year when Kiwis have won at Le Mans, in Indycar and are dominating Supercars across the ditch, we wanted to showcase all of the top categories in New Zealand that are producing the stars of both today and tomorrow," explained Speed Works Events promoter Geoff Short. It will be the first time that…

Toyota Racing New Zealand ramps up 2018 Championship plans

New premises, new people: the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, New Zealand’s premier racing category, is once more raising the standard for top-level motor racing. Toyota Racing New Zealand has now confirmed all five rounds of the 2018 Championship which once more begins at Ruapuna near Christchurch with the coveted Lady Wigram Trophy and concludes five…

Bamber and Hartley champion Kiwi motorsport with Le Mans win

Kiwis Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley, with German team-mate Timo Bernhard, staged an incredible comeback to win the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours. The drivers and Porsche crew never gave up even though the number two Porsche 919 LMP1 Hybrid was, at one point, 19 laps off the lead and second to last in the…

Young Rookie Ready for V8 Challenge

Seventeen-year-old Inglewood student Matt Podjursky will make his touring car debut when he joins the BNT NZ Touring Car Championship for round one in November at Pukekohe. Podjursky will line up in class two of the championship in a recently purchased Ford Falcon – previously campaigned by Brad Lauder.Having climbed his way up the ranks…

Christchurch secures first 2018 Premier Motorsport Championship South Island date

Motorsport promoter Speed Works Events has confirmed 12-14 January 2018 as one the key dates of this year’s championship calendar for the 2017-2018 summer racing season, with the Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna hosting The Lady Wigram Trophy – the first round of the international Toyota Racing Series. The circuit, which hosted the first round…

One hour GT, Porsche and V8 races aim to boost series fields

New Zealand’s Premier Motorsport Championship is set for a shakeup next season, with Speed Works Events confirming a dedicated one hour feature race for GT, Porsche and V8 race cars as part of the 2017–’18 calendar. Promoter Geoff Short confirmed the yet to be named feature race series will form a key part of four…

Manfeild successful with New Zealand Grand Prix bid

The support of seven city and district councils in the Horizons region played a key role in the decision to award a multi-year contract to host the New Zealand Grand Prix to Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon. The New Zealand Grand Prix (NZGP) is one of only two current national Grand Prix events that are not…

TITLE FEST AT PUKE THIS WEEKEND

A host of racing titles are set to be decided this weekend (April 1 and 2) at Pukekohe Park in the final event in the Speed Works Motorsport Championship. Principal among these are two more championship titles – the NZ SuperTruck title and the Pirelli Porsche title. In the big rigs Troy Wheeler heads to…