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 Pukekohe with a 25 point lead over Alex Little with local racer Dave West in third a further 18 points behind.

It’s even tighter in the Pirelli Porsche Championship, with Matt Whittaker’s absence from the last round allowing veteran Brian McGovern to head to the Park with a narrow 10 point lead. Class titles are also up for grabs in the Porsches, with Robert Dong and Sean Kirkpatrick very close in Class A. The Ssangyong Actyon Ute title will also be decided at the weekend, with no fewer than five drivers in with a shot of taking the title with a maximum of 734 points up for grabs. Previous series winner Daniel O’Connor sits out front, although he is only 120 points ahead of Rowan Sheppard. Mitch Osbourne and Mark Walters will duke it out in the Motul Honda Cup, with Walters aiming for his second title in the series. Osbourne has had the speed this season, and Walters the reliability so it should be a fascinating battle to see which one comes out on top. Titles are also going to be decided across the board in the Pro 7 Mazda class, with Tim Forster the man most likely to come away with a title, and the RX8 class likely to be the most closely fought with Roger Beuvink and Leo Bull just 15 parts apart at the top of the table. Perhaps the tightest fight of all will be in the TRADEZONE GT3 class, where the points lead seems to have been changing round by round. With Pukekohe concluding arguably the most closely fought class in NZ, Shaye Freeman leads a tight pack comprising himself, Shane Whiteley, Maurice Shapley, Richard Wagstaff and Eric Budd. Fastest man of all at the weekend is likely to be Glenn Smith in the Crawford Porsche as the GT1 and GT2 field do battle. Smith and GT2 leader John De Veth are both comfortable leaders, but neither can afford disastrous weekends. The Pre-65s add some historic flavour to the meeting, which begins with testing on Friday and runs throughout Saturday and Sunday, with racing on Saturday including a bit of early evening action. Andre Mortimer should be the man to beat in the BMW open field, which also adds further spice to a wide variety of classes racing this weekend at the Park. Tickets are available in advance from Ticketek.com by searching for Speed Works, or will be available on the gate.