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TOYOTA OPENS NEW FACILITY AT HAMPTON DOWNS

Toyota Racing New Zealand has officially opened its new purpose built headquarters at the Hampton Downs motor racing circuit in the north Waikato. Half-way between Auckland and Hamilton, the headquarters is the largest dedicated motorsport facility in the country and is home to the premier Toyota Racing Series and also the single-make Toyota 86 Championship.…

Brendon Leitch first signing for Castrol Toyota Racing Series 2018

Invercargill race driver Brendon Leitch, 21, is the first signing for the coming Castrol Toyota Racing Series. The championship, which gets under way at Ruapuna near Christchurch in mid-January, consistently attracts the best and fastest Kiwi drivers who go up against a strong field of international drivers keen to hone their skills on unfamiliar circuits…

BNT V8s ALL SET FOR SEASON 10

The New Zealand Touring Car Championship will kick off its season in November with the announcement that BNT will once again be the naming rights sponsor of the championship – the 10th consecutive season the company has supported top-level V8 racing in New Zealand. With extended support from BNT – the leading provider in New…

Cockerton wins in China as Kiwi racers make their mark internationally

The three New Zealand graduates of the 2017 Castrol Toyota Racing Series are making their mark on global motor racing. Pukekohe’s Taylor Cockerton (20) has won the 2017 Formula Masters Series title at the fifth and final round held at the Shanghai International Circuit over the weekend. Cockerton scored a fourth and three victories at…

Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First set for 50th year of competition

The NZ Formula First Championship is gearing up for its 50th year of racing this summer and it’s set to be its best season yet! Increased entry numbers, a return to the New Zealand Grand Prix and a 50th Anniversary celebration are going to be just a few highlights of the upcoming season. Long-time supporter…

MAZDA RACERS SET FOR HUGE BOOST

One of New Zealand’s longest established club categories is upping the stakes this coming season with a brand new title sponsor and plans for televising at least three of the seven rounds of its series, which will run as part of the Speed Works Events Motorsport Championship next season. DTM Wheel and Tyre have stepped…

CareVets to the fore as racers grid up for Toyota 86 Championship

Eleven race drivers have already stepped up for the 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship, which starts in early November at the V8 Supercars race event before settling in for the rest of its season as part of the Speed Works Events premier motorsport championship. Leading entries are the two-car CareVets Racing team, with last season’s rookie…

Cassidy’s Sugo heart break

Aucklander Nick Cassidy’s rollercoaster ride in Japan’s Super Formula Series continued at Sportsland Sugo over the weekend. The 23-year-old qualified on pole position. “I was able to put in one of the laps of my life,” said the triple New Zealand Grand Prix winner. Behind him were both the Japanese drivers from Toyota’s World Endurance…

LAND BACK FOR FULL SEASON IN PANORAMA FORD

PORTERGORUP V8 Ute team Panorama Motorsport is upping the ante for the forthcoming season by becoming a two car team. Jason ‘Mario’ Land will return for the four round 2017-2018 championship at the wheel of the Hamilton-based team’s Betta Autoparts supported Ford BF Falcon, joining the team alongside existing racer and potential championship winner Glen…

Milligan aims for top of the Mountain with Bathurst drive

Every Kiwi racing driver’s dream will become reality for Jack Milligan when he races a Toyota 86 sports coupe at the Bathurst 1000 next month. The 21 year old Christchurch driver has had a challenging few years battling his way through karts and RX7 racing to secure the second CareVets Scholarship car in last season’s…