Toyota Racing Series celebrates 15 years at Speedshow

New Zealand’s premier motor racing championship, the Castrol Toyota Racing Series will celebrate the start of its 15th anniversary season at the CRC Speedshow at the Greenlane Showgrounds on 21 and 22 July. Designed as a class to provide a stepping stone between junior single seater classes and international categories like Formula 3 and 2,…
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RECORD FIELD LOOMING FOR TOYOTA 86 CHAMPIONSHIP

A record field, featuring the cream of the country’s young up and coming motor racing talent is expected to contest this summer’s Toyota 86 Championship. “We’ve never had so many potential drivers three and a half months before the first round,” said Geoff Short, the category manager. When registrations officially open, he expects 17 drivers…
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More drivers on 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series radar

Asian, British and European based drivers are being sought for next summer’s Castrol Toyota Racing Series, which starts at Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell from January, 10-13. In a mirror image of next January and February’s races, Series Manager Nicolas Caillol, is visiting five different race meetings in five weekends to recruit drivers in the junior…
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Feilding teen wins NZ Elite Motorsport Academy camp week

Feilding’s Callum Crawley (17) has topped the points-table at the Elite Motorsport Academy’s intensive training camp at Dunedin. Second in a close-fought assessment was Peter Vodanovich, also 17, of Auckland, with 15-year-old Billy Frazer, of Pukekohe, third. Crawley, Vodanovich and Frazer are part of a group of eight young race drivers participating in this year’s…
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SPEED WORKS CONFIRMS 2018-2019 CALENDAR

MotorSport New Zealand Championship promoter Speed Works Events has today announced the full 2018-2019 calendar for the country’s top categories, with a new venue to kick off the Toyota Racing Series and the cementing of summer season dates for the next four years. Calendar dates have been fixed for the eight events next season and…
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VOLUNTEERS – A CRITICAL INGREDIENT

Motorsport is one of many sports in New Zealand that would not function without volunteers and that’s why MotorSport New Zealand (MSNZ) is marking National Volunteer Week 2018, which concludes 23 June. MSNZ, the governing body for four-wheeled motor sports in New Zealand, has a small team of eight paid employees and contractors based in…
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TRS ON THE HUNT FOR US TALENT

More North American based drivers are being sought for next summer’s Castrol Toyota Racing Series. Series Manager Nicolas Caillol is about to head to race meetings at Road America and Mid-Ohio tracks on consecutive weekends to encourage drivers in the junior single seater classes – USF2000, Pro Mazda and Formula 4 – to consider racing…
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Australian drivers targeted for 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series

Australian single seater drivers have been targeted to compete in next summer’s Castrol Toyota Racing Series. Series Managers, Sarah Brown and Nicolas Caillol, attended the latest round of the Australian Formula 4 Championship at Phillip Island near Melbourne held over Queens Birthday weekend. “There are a number of talented young drivers across the Tasman,” said…
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Toyota alumni to the fore at Motorsport New Zealand awards

Le Mans 24 Hour race winners Earl Bamber (Wanganui) and Brendon Hartley (Palmerston North), were among the Toyota motor racing alumni who received awards at the annual Motorsport New Zealand prizegiving in Wellington last weekend. The pair both competed in the Toyota Racing Series, with Bamber finishing runner-up in 2008 and 2010 while Hartley was…
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BALDWIN SECURES ELITE MOTORSPORT ACADEMY WIN

East Auckland race driver Jordan Baldwin has topped the points-table of the 2017 New Zealand Elite Motorsport Academy to win the Ian Snellgrove trophy. The prestigious trophy, awarded in memory of long-time MotorSport New Zealand general manager and Academy programme trustee Ian Snellgrove, was presented to Baldwin during the MotorSport NZ annual awards dinner in…
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Ronan Murphy wins 2018 SpeedSport Scholarship

Hawkes Bay teenager Ronan Murphy has kick-started his motorsport career after winning the 2018 SpeedSport “Star of Tomorrow” Scholarship, earning him a fully funded season the NZ Formula First Championship and a Formula 4 test in the USA. The 16-year-old schoolboy, who’s father Greg is one of the all time V8 Supercar greats, was put…
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Entries open for 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series

Registrations for next summer’s Castrol Toyota Racing Series have opened, eight months before the first round. As in previous years the championship will be run over five consecutive weekends in January and February 2019, with the calendar details to be released at a later date. Each round will have three races – one on Saturday…
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IT’S OFFICIAL – CRIGHTON AND HEDGE WIN CAREVETS TOYOTA 86 SCHOLARSHIP

Arran Crighton and Callum Hedge are the 2018-2019 CareVets Toyota 86 Scholarship winners and will race for the team over the coming six round championship which starts at November’s Virgin Australia Supercar Championship event at Pukekohe. The pair emerged triumphant over 13 other hopefuls after a full day of testing at the Hampton Downs race…
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Clark: “SpeedSport Scholarship is the best step you can take”

  The SpeedSport Scholarship’s most recent winner, Conrad Clark, has touted the scholarship as the best step you can take in forging a successful motorsport career.  The opportunity for Clark to step up to the international F4 formula came after a partnership between USA open wheeler team, Kiwi Motorsports, and the SpeedSport Scholarship which sees…
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CASSIDY SEVENTH AT SUPER FORMULA OPENER

Nick Cassidy showed good race pace and audacious overtaking moves, to climb up eight places to finish seventh in the first round of Japan’s Super Formula Series at the Suzuka circuit. The 23-year-old had qualified 15th, just missing the second qualifying session. “It was a tough race, but I’m happy with my drive,” said Cassidy,…
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FAMOUS NAMES ON TRACK AT TOYOTA 86 CHAMPIONSHIP TEST

Murphy, Stichbury – the names of two Kiwi motorsport legends returned to the track on Friday at Hampton Downs in the northern Waikato as the Toyota 86 Championship hosted 25 fresh race drivers at its post-season test day. Ronan, son of Greg Murphy; and Zac, son of Ashley Stichbury (1971-2002), were among the new group…
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MANUELL WINS BUT MORE RETAINS TITLE

Richard ‘Danger’ Moore retained his PORTERGROUP V8 Ute Championship title with a fifth place in the final race of the season at Pukekohe Park, pipping race and round winner Paul ‘Auto’ Manuell to the title. Chris ‘Hammertime’ Hanley started from pole position but it was Manuell who made the getaway and built up a decent…
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WELCOME BACK HAMMERTIME

WELCOME BACK HAMMERTIME Chris ‘Hammertime’ Hanley is back in the winner’s circle after taking the spoils in the second race of the final weekend of the season for the PORTERGROUP V8 Utes at Pukekohe Park. In another close and dramatic race, Hanley held off a charging Andrew ‘Hireman’ Porter to take the 12 lap encounter.…
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IMPRESSIVE SPRATT WINS IN STYLE

Matt ‘Stinger’ Spratt came out fighting in the first race of the weekend, and dominated it in the Primogrow Ford Falcon FG. In the spotlight after his part in the Hampton Downs carnage, Spratt delivered the perfect race to go with an impeccable qualifying performance. A great start followed by a series of blistering laps…
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LAST EVENT OF THE SEASON AND IT’S HUGE

It’s the Speed Works Motorsport Championship finale and it will be action all the way at the iconic Pukekohe Park Raceway and the Flying Farewell meeting, with the weekend action headed by the PORTERGROUP V8 Utes, unlimited racers from the TRADEZONE GTRNZ series and the fabulous Pirelli Porsche Championship series. With it being the final…
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MOORE LINING UP SECOND V8 UTE TITLE

Reigning champion Richard ‘Danger’ Moore is in control of the 2017-2018 PORTERGROUP V8 championship title chase with one round to go, but isn’t across the line yet with three races remaining at the Pukekohe finale at the end of March. Two wins at the most recent round at Hampton Downs extended the Mitre 10 Trade…
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TOYOTA RACING SERIES GETS FIA POINTS

Drivers in next summer’s Castrol Toyota Racing Series will now be able to score Formula One Super License points. The world governing body of Motorsport, the Federation Internationale Automobile (FIA) has given New Zealand’s premier motor racing series the recognition. “It’s a boost for our series and will certainly make it more attractive for young…
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ENDURANCE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG GUNS BRINGS CAREVETS SCHOLARSHIP FORWARD

The CareVets Scholarship test and evaluation day has been moved from its traditional September date to April 30 at Hampton Downs to give more drivers keen to race in the series a chance to secure the sponsored drive, and for the winner to be in place in time for a crack at Class 3 of…
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Ngatoa takes control of NZ Formula First Championship

Palmerston North, New Zealand, 14th March 2018 – The penultimate round of the 2017/18 Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship saw a dramatic set of events, shaking the championship up. Now only three drivers can take the glory, and with just 69 points between all three of them, the championship will no doubt go down to…
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Jack Milligan is 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Champion with a race to spare

After a punishing season of racing that took him from the V8 Supercar races at Pukekohe all the way to Invercargill and back to Hampton Downs, Christchurch driver Jack Milligan has won the 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship with a race to spare. Milligan, 21, has an extensive history of single-make racing. He was the CareVets…
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Andre Heimgartner Claims BNT V8s Championship Title – MacDonald Does the Double

Andre Heimgartner has claimed the 2017/18 BNT V8s Championship at Hampton Downs this weekend, while Liam MacDonald clinched his second title in class two. Locked in a battle with his teammate Jason Bagwanna, Heimgartner had to merely finish all three races this weekend to gather enough points to win. Bargwanna backed up his win on…
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Bargwanna Takes Opening BNT V8s Win at Hampton Downs

Toyota Camry driver Jason Bargwanna has taken the first win of the weekend in the final round of the BNT V8s Championship at Hampton Downs. Bargwanna earlier clinched pole position from teammate Andre Heimgartner – both drivers locked in battle to claim the driver’s title. At the chequered flag, Heimgartner followed Bargwanna to the line…
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RANSLEY HOLDS OUT MILLIGAN TO WIN RACE ONE

Christchurch driver Jaden Ransley drove the race of his life this afternoon to hold out 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship leader Jack Milligan in the first race at Hampton Downs in the northern Waikato. Ransley had taken pole for the ten lap race and made a well-judged start, balancing power with grip to stay slightly ahead…
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MANUELL BACK IN CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE

Paul “Auto’ Manuell took out Race 1 in style at the third round of the PORTERGROUP V8 Ute Championship at Hampton Downs today, taking a lights to flag victory and bringing his championship challenge back to life after his dramas at Manfeild in the previous round. Having secured pole position in his rebuilt Partmaster Super…
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New entries boost numbers at Toyota 86 Championship finale

Three new drivers – one an international – have signed up for the final round of the 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship, boosting the final round grid to 15 and the whole-series stats to a record 22 entries. The international entry is Broc Feeney (15) from Australia, who is stepping up from a karting career aiming…
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JACKSON AIMING FOR THE RX8 DOUBLE THIS WEEKEND

Mazda racer Andrew Jackson heads to Hampton Downs next weekend on a mission to a second 2018 title in his RX8 machine, in what his only his second season racing in the machine. Jackson (28) secured the RX8 class NZ title at the recent New Zealand Grand Prix meeting. This was the second of a…
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INTENSE BATTLE IN PORTERGROUP V8 UTES

The battle for the 2017-2018 PORTERGROUP V8 Ute Championship is two rounds old and is already shaping up to be one of the most fierce battles in years following an epic round at the New Zealand Grand Prix at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon in February. Leader after the first round at Taupo Paul ‘Auto’ Manuell…
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THREE RACES TO TOYOTA 86 GLORY

The 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship comes down to the wire this weekend at Hampton Downs in the northern Waikato – and the margins are close. The final round sees the leading pack ranked as closely as they ever have been. Earlier in the Championship just two points separated leader Jack Milligan (CareVets Racing) from second…
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SpeedSport Scholarship prize package boosted by American F4 test

Palmerston North, New Zealand, 6th March 2018 – Entries for the 2018 SpeedSport Star of Tomorrow Motor Racing Scholarship are now open and the stakes are even higher this year with the inclusion of a Formula 4 test to the prize package. The Scholarship has produced some of New Zealand’s most successful drivers including 2016…
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Class Two Championship Down To The Wire At Hampton Downs

The BNT V8s class two championship will come down to the wire this weekend at Hampton Downs when the sixth and final round gets underway. Leading the championship is reigning champion Liam MacDonald who sits on 899 points. Just 12 points behind is Chelsea Herbert on 887. For Herbert, it’s this final round that counts…
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Speed Works Premier Motorsport Championship Grand Final

The summer motor racing season heads back to the Hampton Downs Motorsport Park for a weekend brimmed with top class racing, and the final of this year’s BNT V8 series, where the best of the Class 1 and Class 2 aces will shoot it out for the biggest tin top title in New Zealand. It…
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SCOTT TAYLOR BACK FOR HAMPTON – PERHAPS….

Australian driver Scott Taylor will make his return to the BNT V8s Championship at Hampton Downs next weekend, after missing the majority of the season through injury. Taylor has been recovering from a broken back following a crash aboard his Mercedes-Benz AMG GT3 at Sydney Motorsport Park in August last year. “The intention was always…
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Tyres Crucial in BNT V8s Final

As the 2017/18 BNT V8s Championship approaches its final round of the season – competitors will be analysing the quality of their Dunlop tyres banks for their final three races at Hampton Downs next weekend. Class one competitors are able to purchase a maximum of eight new Dunlop tyres at each of rounds one and…
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VERSCHOOR’S GRAND PRIX, SCHWARTZMAN’S TITLE

A dramatic last five laps of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, has seen Russian driver Robert Shwartzman win the championship and Richard Verschoor of the Netherlands win the New Zealand Grand Prix. For 30 lap’s series leader Marcus Armstrong from Christchurch had led the race after winning the start from pole sitter Verschoor from the…
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ROSS TAKES OUT GRAND PRIX ROUND IN BNT V8s

Nick Ross has taken the round honours at round five of the BNT V8s at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon at Feilding this weekend. Ross claimed two pole positions before going on to take a race win, a second place and fourth placing in the final race. “Really great weekend, two poles, a win and a…
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HEDGE BECOMES YOUNGEST F1600 CHAMP

Callum Hedge is the New Zealand Formula 1600 Championship title winner after the final round at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon over the weekend, in support of the New Zealand Grand Prix. Qualifying fastest plus two race wins and a second place to rival Josh Bethune was more than enough to secure the title. At 14-years-of-age,…
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MILLIGAN TAKES AIM AT TOYOTA 86 CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

Christchurch driver Jack Milligan has extended his lead in the Toyota 86 Championship with victory in the penultimate round of the 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship. In three races at Manfeild’s 3.03 km Circuit Chris Amon, Milligan took two wins and a second placing in a dominant performance. The event was not without its dramas. In…
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Heimgartner Continues Charge with Win at Manfeild

Andre Heimgartner has continued his charge to win his first BNT V8s Championship title by winning the opening race at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon at Feilding – round five of the series. Heimgartner and his Toyota Camry started from second place on the grid, alongside pole sitter Nick Ross in his Nissan Altima Ross held…
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VERSCHOOR WIN CLOSES UP THE TOYOTA RACING SERIES TITLE RACE

Richard Verschoor’s win in yesterday afternoon’s preliminary race in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series at Manfeild has closed up the championship fight with just two races, including the New Zealand Grand, remaining today. With series leader Marcus Armstrong (Christchurch) finishing fifth there is now only 34 points between the top three drivers. Armstrong had only…
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TEENAGERS UNDER PRESSURE IN TOYOTA RACING SERIES

Three teenagers, Marcus Armstrong, Robert Shwartzman and Richard Verschoor have everything to gain and lose when the New Zealand Grand Prix is held at Circuit Chris Amon, Manfeild on Sunday afternoon. The trio are the leading contenders in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, which comes to a climax at the Manawatu track. The trio, together…
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NZ Formula First Round 5: Manfeild Preview

The 2017/18 Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship has hit the halfway mark and there is still no clear championship favourite. Kaleb Ngatoa’s form in the first two rounds saw him stretch a big points lead only for it to come crashing down in round three after a retirement. Then Liam Foster came on form…
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BROCK GILCHRIST STEPS UP TO TOYOTA 86 CHAMPIONSHIP

Another young man in a hurry is joining the ranks of racers in the Toyota 86 Championship this weekend. Brock Gilchrist, 14, has risen out of karting into the popular BMW E30 series, and after just a handful of rounds has brought together a deal to contest the final two rounds of the current Toyota…
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OUR GRAND PRIX

This is our Grand Prix. It’s an actual, official Grand Prix, recognised by the FIA too. In fact, little old New Zealand has one of only two current national Grand Prix events that are not part of the Formula One World Championship, the other being the Macau Grand Prix. And you can largely thank its…
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KEN SMITH TO START HIS 47TH NEW ZEALAND GRAND PRIX AT MANFEILD

Ken Smith, the ageless veteran of New Zealand motor racing will compete in his 47th edition of the New Zealand Grand Prix, the final race in this year’s Castrol Toyota Racing Series at Manfeild this Sunday. Smith, now 76 years-old, has won the race three times and first competed in the event at Pukekohe in…
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FOSTER BURSTS INTO FFIRST CHAMPIONSHIP SCRAP

Palmerston North, New Zealand, 5th February 2018 – Liam Foster’s surprise burst of pace saw him clean sweep round four of the 2017/18 Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship and burst into championship contention. The Papatoetoe student’s dominant display moved him into second place on the championship ladder, just nine points from the lead! On…
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RANSLEY RETURNS TO TOYOTA 86 CHAMPIONSHIP

Two weeks ago, Christchurch teen Jaden Ransley was staring despondently at the wreckage of his Toyota TR 86 race car and thinking his championship challenge was over. Just a couple of days after his 16th birthday, and with the championship battle firmly in his sights, Ransley and another racer tangled at Teretonga. The end result…
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CLASS 2 CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE HEATS UP

With two rounds of the BNT V8s Championship remaining, the class two honours are set to be hotly contested with just 1-point separating first and second as round three gets underway at Manfeild this weekend, February 10-11. 19-year old Chelsea Herbert of Albany took the championship lead from reigning champion, Invercargill’s Liam MacDonald at the…
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SHWARTZMAN WINS DENNY HULME MEMORIAL TROPHY

Robert Shwartzman became the fourth different feature race winner in four weekends of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, when he won the Denny Hulme Memorial Trophy race at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo this afternoon. He led from start to finish. “It’s a really good feeling,” said the 18 year old from St Petersburg, who…
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HEADGE HEADING FOR F1600 TITLE AFTER PERFECT TAUPO ROUND

Callum Hedge has made a clean sweep at the penultimate round of the New Zealand Formula 1600 Championship held at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in Taupo. Having qualified fastest on Saturday morning, the Auckland teenager went on to win all four races, leading from start to finish in each. He has now increased his…
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JUAN-MANUEL CORREA TAKES SECOND TRS WIN

Juan Manuel Correa has taken his second win in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series with a lights to flag domination of this afternoon’s preliminary race at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo. English teenager James Pull was second, with Richard Verschoor (Netherlands) completing the podium and slightly closing the gap on series rivals Marcus Armstrong (Christchurch)…
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DAS SURPRISES IN PRACTICE FOR TOYOTA RACING SERIES AT TAUPO

American Cameron Das, surprised his rivals by setting the fastest time in practice, for this weekend’s fourth round of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo this afternoon. Das set his time in the dying seconds of the session as all the leading contenders bolted on new or near new tyres…
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It’s competition time!

As we build up to the Grand Prix we’re going to give some people a tune up and an upgrade! So here we go. Between 6pm tonight and 6pm next Wednesday night, if you join the Speed Works Club (It’s free and takes just a small amount of time and you can join HERE) then…
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Grand Prix shaping up with much bigger crowd

Attendance at the New Zealand Grand Prix race meeting at Manfeild on February 9-11 will definitely be boosted by a regional ticket giveaway promotion. Promoter Speedworks Events, working in conjunction with the Manawatu District Council and Palmerston North City Council, provided the offer on a flier that arrived along with the November 2017 rates bill.…
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Hedge is the young man to beat as the NZ F1600 championship heads to Taupo

Callum Hedge continues to lead the New Zealand Formula 1600 Championship heading to its penultimate weekend at Taupo Motorsport Park this weekend (2-4 February).  The 14-year-old hasn’t had it easy with fellow Aucklander Josh Bethune showing on track that he is his closest rival when the two traded first and second places at the last…
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VERSCHOOR WINS IN A HAMPTON DOWNS HEAT HAZE

Richard Verschoor has won his third Saturday race in a row in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series at Hampton Downs yesterday in stifling hot temperatures of 42 degrees. The Dutch teenager led from start to finish from pole position and has slightly closed the gap to his two main championship rivals. “I didn’t push from…
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FRENCH TEENAGER MILESI SURPRISES AT TOYOTA RACING SERIES

Charles Milesi, the youngest driver in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, surprised his rivals by setting the fastest time of the day in practice at Hampton Downs today, for this weekend’s third round. The 16 year old was pleasantly surprised in his achievement in the first of three sessions he and the other drivers had…
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Lows and highs for Ross in Invercargill

Cambridge racer Nick Ross experienced the highs and lows of motorsport at Teretonga this weekend with one of the biggest off track incidents of his career. In Saturday’s opening BNT V8s race, Ross was holding down third place in the leading pack and with only a handful of laps to go, the rear wing of…
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BEHIND THE SCENES STAFF HELP MOTOR RACING YOUNG GUNS

Leading drivers in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, which has its third round at Hampton Downs in the north Waikato this weekend, don’t only rely on their engineers and mechanics to go as fast as possible on the track. Five of them are accompanied by support staff under a variety of guises. Mats van den…
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NOVALAK UPSETS FAVOURITES AT TERETONGA

Clement Novalak has put the cat amongst the pigeons with a lights to flag victory in the main race at the second round of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series at Teretonga, Invercargill this afternoon. In only his second race meeting in a single seater car after a career in karting which netted two world titles,…
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Heimgartner Wins at Teretonga and Extends Championship Lead

Andre Heimgartner has continued his charge to a maiden BNT V8 title by winning round four of the championship at Teretonga this weekend. Following up his win in race one of the weekend on Saturday, he banked more valuable points with two-second placings in today’s races. Race two of the weekend was won by his…
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Championship rivals Scott and Milligan to the fore at Teretonga

Michael Scott and Jack Milligan are emerging as key rivals in the 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship, after round four at Teretonga near Invercargill. While in past years a clear leader has emerged at the six-round championship’s mid-point, both Scott and Milligan are sharing race wins and locking down the top of the points table –…
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Heimgartner wins Invercargill opener

Andre Heimgartner has continued his championship charge by claiming his fourth consecutive pole position and winning the opening race at round four of the BNT V8s at Teretonga. The race for Heimgartner was relatively straight forward, holding off his teammate Jason Bargwanna and the Nissan Altima of Nick Ross through turn one off the start.…
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VERSCHOOR WINS TERETONGA OPENING RACE

Richard Verschoor has started his fightback in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series by winning yesterday (Saturday) afternoon’s race at the second round at Teretonga, Invercargill. The 17 year old Dutch teenager lies third on the points table after failing to finish the Lady Wigram Trophy race at Ruapuna last Sunday. “I’ve just got to focus…
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Teretonga Programme

PDF programme for the action this weekend Teretonga Programme Round 3 Web
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Tight at the top as F1600 Champs head to Teretonga

Callum Hedge has the provisional lead in the New Zealand Formula 1600 Championship as this weekend it heads to Teretonga Park in Southland for the third of five rounds. It is a provisional lead, as the result of the final race at the previous round last weekend in Christchurch will now be decided through an…
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New leader in BNT V8s

As the BNT V8s head to Teretonga this weekend for round four of the Championship, Andre Heimgartner will be looking to continue his fast form in what could be another weather affected race weekend. There was a change in the championship lead at Ruapuna last weekend as Heimgartner took control at the top of the…
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MARCUS ARMSTRONG WINS LADY WIGRAM TROPHY

Victory in the Lady Wigram Trophy race has propelled local teenager Marcus Armstrong into the lead of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series after three races at the Ruapuna track, Christchurch this weekend. The 17 year old, who won the Italian Formula 4 title last year, took the lead from the start and wasn’t headed in…
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Heimgartner Takes Round Honours at Ruapuna

Andre Heimgartner has taken the overall win at the third round of the BNT V8s held at Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna this weekend. Throughout the weekends three races Heimgartner claimed two wins and a third placing. Heimgartner had originally been classified as the race winner in Saturday’s opening race, before a post race penalty…
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Jack Milligan is the new Championship leader

Christchurch driver Jack Milligan has sprinted into the lead in the 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship with victory in today’s race at Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna, Christchurch. Milligan dominated the race from the start and was able to dictate pace over the distance to the chequered flag, though behind him Michael Scott had forced his…
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VERSCHOOR WINS TOYOTA SERIES OPENER

Dutch teenager Richard Verschoor won the first race of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series at Ruapuna yesterday, leading from start to finish. Fastest qualifier, Robert Shwartzman from Russia had to be content with second after stuttering away from the start. “That was the main issue,” the 18 year old admitted afterwards. “I don’t think he…
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Smith Eyeing More Podiums in BNT V8s

Australian driver Jack Smith could be set to become a contender as round three of the BNT V8’s gets underway at Ruapuna this weekend. With tricky and wet conditions conditions greeting competitors and Smith on his debut at round one at Pukekohe, the 2017 Kumho V8 Touring Car Champion came to grips with his new…
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FIRST TIME DRIVERS RACING INTO THE UNKNOWN

First time drivers in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series at the Ruapuna track near Christchurch could end up relying more than usual on their engineers and mechanics when qualifying and the first race is held on Saturday morning. The nine series debutants have spent the last three days practicing in wet conditions, but the weekend…
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ARMSTRONG, VERSCHOOR FAVOURITES FOR TOYOTA RACING SERIES

Six champions from a host of different junior categories around the world and eight drivers under the age of 18 years will line up in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, which starts at Ruapuna Park, Christchurch this weekend. Home town hero Marcus Armstrong, who is still just 17 years-old and finished fourth overall on debut…
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COCKERTON IS LATE CASTROL TRS ADDITION

A last minute deal means Taylor Cockerton, the 2017 Formula Masters Champion, will contest the 2018 Castrol Toyota Racing Series. Until last Wednesday, Cockerton (20) had been unable to find full financial backing for the championship and was not expected to race. To stay close to the action, he had organised a role as a…
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Christchurch Rookie Looking to Capitalise at Home Track

When round three of the BNT V8s gets underway at Ruapuna next week (January 13-14), local driver Justin Ashwell will be looking to get himself further up the grid by the end of the weekend. Sitting fourth in class two points and the highest placed of the rookie drivers the 38-year old is pleased with…
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AMERICAN CAMERON DAS FOR TOYOYA RACING SERIES

A trip to his local indoor kart track near Baltimore in early 2014 has led American Cameron Das to the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, which starts at The Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Christchurch, on January 12-14. Das showed some promise and won some local kart events that year. In 2015 he dipped his toe in…
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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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Brian McGovern wins, as Porsches clean up inaugural Rush Hour enduro

The inaugural Speed Works Rush Hour enduro has been won by Porsche pilot Brian McGovern (pictured below), with a second Porsche driven by Conal Dempsey finishing second, almost 10-seconds adrift.  The pairing, McGovern in particular, benefited from shorter scheduled pit stops, as well as mechanical failures for the once dominant Juno sports cars, as well…
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Manuell wins Ash Cairns Trophy and PORTERGROUP V8 Ute first round

Paul “Auto’ Manuell grabbed his second win of the weekend in the PORTERGROUP V8 Utes at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park to make it two out of three and win the first round of the championship and the Ash Cairns Trophy. The final race proved to be another close run thing with three drivers –…
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GREAT WEEKEND OF RACING KICKS OF CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

The first ever championship race win for a female racing driver and a packed weekend of action were the highlights at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park over the weekend when the Speed Works Events New Zealand Motorsport Championship series came to town. Chelsea Herbert added her name to the record books when she took Class…
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Connor Adam races into Toyota 86 Championship lead at Taupo

Three race winners, three changes in the points lead: the Toyota 86 Championship has a new name at the top of the points table. Racing at Taupo’s Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, International Motorsport driver Connor Adam has surged into a narrow two-point lead with fourth in race one, a win in race two and second…
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Bargwanna Takes Round Honours at Taupo

Australian driver, Jason Bargwanna has taken his Tiger Building Systems Toyota Camry to the overall win at the second round of the BNT V8s Championship at Taupo this weekend. Competitors faced hot track conditions throughout the weekend, Bargwanna showing his experience and coming away with overall victory from the three-race encounter. Bargwanna took a second…
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BNT V8 Championship Battle Resumes at Taupo

The championship battle in the BNT V8s gets underway at Taupo again this weekend, and following the opening round at Pukekohe, Australian driver Jason Bargwanna leads the points table having taken the round one win. The 2000 Bathurst 1000 winner was buoyed by the performance of his Richards Team Motorsport Toyota Camry and is quietly…
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Consistency and More Champagne the Focus for Herbert

Having finished her rookie season fourth in points, class two competitor Chelsea Herbert sits in third place after round one of the 2017/18 BNT V8 season and her goal moving forward is for more consistency. “Consistency is my main goal for this season, that’s what wins championships, which is exactly what we strive to achieve,”…
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SPEED WORKS LAUNCHES COMPREHENSIVE APP COMPLETE WITH LIVE STREAMING

Speed Works Events has revealed a unique to New Zealand app that will allow race fans to get closer to the action than ever before – whether they are at the race meeting or not. The app – which is available for Apple or Android devices – provides a comprehensive portal for all Speed Works…
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Programme for Event 1 at Taupo – December 2 and 3

This is a PDF of the programme for the first round of the Speed Works Events New Zealand Motorsport Championship. It will open in any PDF viewer.   Taupo Programme Round 1 TO WEB
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Alexander looks lethal as Toyota 86 Championship comes to Taupo

With two outright wins at Pukekohe and the early points lead, returning champion Tom Alexander is shaping as the danger man in the 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship. When the second round gets under way at Taupo’s Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park this weekend, followers of the Championship will learn whether the Bombay-based racer can fight off…
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Rob Wallace Confident as Championship Resumes at Taupo

As the BNT V8s head into round two at Taupo this coming weekend, Rob Wallace sits in second place on the class two points table and says he is pleased with forward steps his small team has made early on in the season. “I’m so proud for my team we really didn’t expect to be…
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Blast Off!

Summer’s arrived and New Zealand’s premier championship motorsport series blasts off for another thrilling season at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo this coming weekend of December 1st, 2nd and 3rd. And what a way to herald the start of the new season than by enjoying the action of the country’s top domestic categories. Topping…
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Albany racer Reid Harker steps up to Castrol Toyota Racing Series

Albany’s Reid Harker is ‘hugely’ excited by the prospect of stepping up to the single-seater Castrol Toyota Racing Series in January. Harker has been a front-runner in the Toyota 86 Championship in recent years and finished second in that series this year. Now, he says, it is time to test his skill in New Zealand’s…
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Consistent Michels takes the F1600 Championships lead

Southland’s Jordan Michels leads the New Zealand Formula 1600 Championship after the opening round in Timaru on Saturday. Also doubling as the second round of the South Island F1600 Championship, Michels has extended his lead in the series continuing his winning form from a fortnight ago in Christchurch. Fastest throughout the weekend and making his…
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Armstrong takes aim at Castrol Toyota Racing Series title

Fresh from his biggest year of motor racing yet, Marcus Armstrong (17) has confirmed he will contest the 2018 Castrol Toyota Racing Series with one aim: to be champion. The Christchurch-born racer, currently in the midst of winter testing for his 2018 European campaign, won three races in the 2017 TRS including the Denny Hulme…
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Wet, wild and woeful weekend for Brad Lathrope on debut

Brad Lathrope endured a tough time at the opening round of the BNT V8s at South Auckland’s Pukekohe Park, coming away a bit battered and bruised. The weekend started off in the worst way possible ahead of Friday morning’s practice. As the team rolled the Dayle ITM backed car out for practice the clutch cable…
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PRE SEASON TEST DAY FOR NZ RACING CLASSES

Speed Works Events will once again be holding an official pre-season media and test day for all NZ racing categories ahead of the new season, running throughout the day on Tuesday November 21st at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo. BNT V8 category cars, Toyota TR86, Pirelli Porsche, TRADEZONE GT1/2/3/4, PORTERGROUP V8 Utes, SsangYong Utes,…
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COLLINSON’S NEW COLOURS

Hamilton racer Glen Collinson has revealed another stunning livery for his 2017-2018 PORTERGROUP V8 Ute campaign ahead of the new season, which begins at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park over the first weekend of December. Collinson, who scored a second win with his unique Panorama Motorsport New Zealand-built Ford Falcon Ute last season at Ruapuna,…
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FRENCH PAIR FOR TOYOTA RACING SERIES

Two French teenagers, Charles Milesi and Theo Coicaud have signed on to compete in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series which starts at Ruapuna Park, Christchurch from January 12 to 14. Both have just completed a season of single seater racing in Europe after careers in karting. Milesi from Talant, a suburb of Dijon in eastern…
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Former Bathurst winner takes BNT V8s lead

Australian driver Jason Bargwanna has taken the overall win at the opening round of the BNT V8s at Pukekohe. For Bargwanna, two wins and a third placing ensured he now leads the championship from teammate Andre Heimgarter, followed by Nick Ross who sits in third. Bargwanna’s new teammate Andre Heimgartner won a shortened race three…
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Alexander takes early Toyota 86 Championship lead at Pukekohe

Bombay’s Tom Alexander has set his mark of the opening round of the 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship, taking an early points lead with two wins and a second place – and the series now moves to its second round at the first Speed Works Events’ motor racing meeting of the season at the Bruce McLaren…
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SPEED WORKS LAUNCHES MASSIVE GP TICKET PROMOTION

New Zealand Grand Prix promoter Speed Works Events and Feilding and Palmerston North Councils are underway with a major joint initiative that will see around 45,000 households in the region offered a free weekend ticket to the New Zealand Grand Prix at Circuit Chris Amon over the weekend of February 9, 10 and 11.  Each…
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TITLE CONTENDERS LINE UP FOR BNT V8s

It’ll be a clean slate for competitors as the opening round of the BNT V8s kick off their season at Pukekohe this weekend before heading to Taupo for Round 2 and the start of the Speed Works Events premier season. With reigning champion Simon Evans and SMEG Racing not competing this season, it leaves a…
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BNT V8s TO BE POWERED BY GULL ONCE AGAIN

For yet another season, motorsport enthusiasts and champions of the Kiwi motorist, Gull New Zealand will extend its partnership arrangement with BNT V8s, New Zealand’s premier motor racing series. All cars in the BNT V8s compete with Gull Force 10, Gull’s 98 Octane petrol. Gull Force 10 is a high-specification, premium fuel containing 10% bio-ethanol…
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ALEXANDER BACK IN TOYOTA 86

The return of 2015 champion Tom Alexander (23) will fire up the 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship when it kicks off at Pukekohe this weekend. Alexander, of Bombay in south Auckland, will drive Kenny Smith’s #11 car in the six-round, 18 race championship. He faces stiff opposition from other experienced one-make racers and from two Australian…
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Jack Smith to Line Up in BNT V8s

Up and coming Supercar driver, Jack Smith has confirmed he will line up on the BNT V8s grid for round one at Pukekohe next weekend aboard a Hamilton Motorsports class one Holden Commodore. And he’ll be taking part in all Speed Works Events BNT V8 rounds as well. Smith comes to round one of the…
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Reid Harker back for high profile Toyota 86 race

Reid Harker of Albany is making a one-off return to the Toyota 86 Championship for the first round at the ITM Super Sprint, November 3-5. Harker, 22, is something of a single-make specialist and is rated one of the ‘finds’ of the Toyota 86 Championship. He drove three races as a stand-in for another driver…
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LATHROPE READY FOR CLASS 1 DEBUT AND SEASON AHEAD

Making the step up into class one of the BNT V8s this season, former class two front-runner Brad Lathrope says he’s ready to take the next step of his career at round one of the championship at Pukekohe next weekend. Finishing runner up in the class two championship for the past two seasons, Lathrope will…
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MILESTONE FOR ROSS THIS SEASON

Cambridge V8 driver, Nick Ross, will mark a milestone in his racing career as he lines up for his 15th season in the BNT V8s which kicks off at Pukekohe, November 3-5. With a championship title to his name in the 2013/14 season, 42-year old Ross finds himself the longest competing current driver in the…
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CASSIDY PERFORMS ABOVE EXPECTATIONS

Nick Cassidy’s debut season in Super Formula might have finished with a washout race at Suzuka but the Aucklander is happy with how he performed. Home for a fortnight, before returning to Japan for the final round of the SUPER GT Championship Cassidy said his first experience of the nearly 600 horsepower Super Formula single…
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Ransley returns to Toyota 86 Championship with big aims

Young Christchurch racer Jaden Ransley has big plans for his return to the Toyota 86 Championship. Ransley was just 14 years old when he contested last year’s Championship, making him one of the youngest ever. Before making his debut in the Toyota 86 Championship, he had never driven a manual-shift car and as he goes…
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Gulson brings Aussie challenge to New Zealand’s Toyota 86 Championship

Dylan Gulson went wheel to wheel with New Zealand’s own Jack Milligan at Bathurst in October. Now the 25-year old Aussie racer plans to return the favour and race in the Toyota 86 Championship at its opening round, held as part of the V8 Supercar race weekend at Pukekohe November 3-5. Gulson is the latest…
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Conrad Clark keen to follow in footsteps of champions

As the country gets excited about its first Formula 1 driver in more than three decades, another young gun from the same category that nurtured a young Brendon Hartley is also setting his sights high for the coming season. Taupo driver Conrad Clark will run the full Hi-Q Components Formula First season this coming summer,…
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Karting champion Novalak is Castrol Toyota Racing Series’ first international driver

Double WSK world champion kart racer Clement Novalak is the first international driver confirmed for the 2018 Castrol Toyota Racing Series (TRS). Born in France but raised in Switzerland, Novalak (16) began competitive karting in the French championship in 2012. He has been racing in the United Kingdom for the world-renowned Tony Kart factory team.…
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Hartley’s F1 news sensational for NZ motorsport

The announcement that Kiwi racing driver Brendon Hartley will race for Formula 1 team Scuderia Toro Rosso in America next weekend is a yet another major milestone in Hartley’s stellar career and for New Zealand motorsport as a whole. Hartley’s debut F1 race, the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA)…
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Mike Racing confirms Rush Hour entry

Speed Works Events Rush Hour concept is gathering pace, with the first wild card GT3 entry for the three round, televised one hour mini enduro series confirmed with one of Mike Racing’s Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 cars. The Rush Hour concept will add value for competitors taking part in the BNT V8s, Pirelli Porsche, TradeZone…
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Scott and Adam together again for Toyota 86

Lyall Williamson’s International Motorsport team – one of the most enduring and successful race operations in the history of New Zealand motorsport – will run cars in the coming Toyota 86 Championship for young drivers Connor Adam and Michael Scott. Connor Adam made his 86 debut in last year’s series, taking a podium finish and…
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Toyota Racing New Zealand appoints Nico Caillol as TRS category co-manager Motorsport engineer Nicolas Caillol has been named co-manager of the Toyota Racing Series. The appointment fills the final major position to take the championship forward, Toyota New Zealand Motorsport Manager Steve Boyce said. “Nicolas Caillol – Nico – has been a familiar sight in…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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PORTERGROUP BACK FOR MORE WITH V8 UTES

Leading New Zealand equipment hire firm, the PORTERGROUP, has today confirmed it will continue with its title sponsorship of the PORTERGROUP V8 UTE Series for the 2017-2018 season and will expand its corporate hospitality programme with the series. National TV coverage on TV3’s CRC Motorsport show on Sunday afternoons and exceptional racing action over the…
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TIMPERLEY SET FOR V8 DEBUT

23-year-old Auckland driver Brock Timperley will make his BNT NZ Touring Car Championship debut in November when round one gets underway at Pukekohe. A former Rookie of the Season in the Mazda Pro 7 Championship, last season Timperley went on to Win the New Zealand Championship for Pro 7 Plus finish 3rd in the North…
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Toyota Racing New Zealand at full speed in 2018 championship preparation

Australian Sarah Brown, a veteran of almost a decade in key management roles with the V8 Supercars organisation in Australia is joining the Castrol Toyota Racing Series as one of two category managers. Her appointment comes as championship preparations hit top speed, marking the 150-day milestone on the countdown to TRS 2018. She will take…
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SPEED WORKS ANNOUNCE TV FOR RUSH HOUR FEATURE RACES

Premier Motorsport Championship promoter Speed Works Events has today confirmed that each of its three Rush Hour races to be held during the upcoming season will be televised on Three’s CRC Motorsport show. “We’re really excited with the interest so far – we’re looking for the fastest cars in the country to compete in the…
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Liam Lawson wins CareVets Scholarship for coming Toyota 86 Championship

Pukekohe student Liam Lawson will be the CareVets Racing Team’s scholarship driver in the coming 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship. “It’s a real honour to be selected, the scholarship has been a fast track for the drivers chosen in past seasons and I’m looking forward to racing in a two-car, professionally run team like this,” he…
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HARKER EYEING CASTROL TRS

2016–’17 Toyota 86 Championship runner-up Reid Harker has signalled he wants to be a contender in next year’s Castrol Toyota Racing Series. The 21-year-old recently tested Toyota’s FT50 open wheeler at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park following on from his success in the feeder series. With a taste of the wings-and-slicks platform, the former New Zealand…
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Toyota 86 Championship moves to Hankook tyres

The category manager of the Toyota 86 Championship has announced a switch to a semi-slick tyre from Hankook for the 2017-2018 series. At the CRC Speedshow in Auckland, Geoff Short said the decision came after extensive on-track testing of six brands and means drivers will have an ‘all new’ championship thanks to the different performance…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Team mates Yardley and Milligan deliver Toyota 86 Championship result

Christchurch drivers Ryan Yardley and Jack Milligan have handed CareVets team owner Keith Houston the perfect championship result. The team-mates dominated the latter part of the championship and at Hampton Downs today. CareVets Scholarship driver Milligan won the rookie title with a race spare and helped Yardley in his unstoppable run to the 2016-2017 Toyota…
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Nick Ross Battles Wet Conditions at Hampton Downs

Cambridge V8 driver Nick Ross, has finished sixth overall in the 2016/17 BNT NZ Touring Car Championship following the final round held at Hampton Downs over the weekend. With wet conditions hampering the efforts of competitors at the North Waikato circuit, Ross qualified his Total Lubricants Nissan Altima in fourth position, and went on to…
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Evans and MacDonald Take Round Wins at Hampton Downs

The BNT NZ Touring Car Championship has wrapped up its season with a final day of racing at a very wet Hampton Downs today. Race two of the weekend was won by Jason Bargwanna followed by Simon Evans and Lance Hughes. Class two of the championship was won by Nick Farrier who claimed his first…
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MOORE TAKES TITLE

Matt ‘The Stinger’ Spratt took the Race 3 win and the round at the final round of the PORTERGROUP V8 Ute championship at Hampton Downs, but the weekend was all about the drama of the title fight and it was Richard ‘Danger’ Moore who completed a season-long comeback with the championship title. Starting off second,…
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MOORE TAKES SERIES LEAD WITH ONE RACE TO GO

Richard ‘Danger’ Moore could not have hoped for more. A race win effectively gifted to him when the front row starters spun off together at the first corner, brake failure for the championship leader Paul Manuell on the penultimate lap and a zero points haul when he couldn’t get out of the gravel trap to…
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Evans and MacDonald Take Wins and Titles at Hampton Downs

Simon Evans and Liam MacDonald have won the class one and class two BNT NZ Touring Car titles respectively at Hampton Downs today. Evans, in his Smeg Holden Commodore started from pole for race one of the weekend but lost the lead to the Toyota Camry of Jason Bargwanna off the start. The pair battled…
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Down to wire in BNT Tourers

As the BNT NZ Touring Car Championship heads to its final round of the 2016/17 season at Hampton Downs this weekend, there is still plenty to play for in both class one and two. Reigning class one champion Simon Evans in his Smeg Holden holds a healthy lead, with 198-points over Tom Alexander. With 75…
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CHRISTCHURCH TEEN YARDLEY AIMS TO WIN

Yardley has been on the podium at all five rounds of the championship to date. Driving with the CareVets team he has won two races, finished second no less than seven times and has a 74 point lead over second-placed Reid Harker of Albany. Yardley says he is looking forward to the weekend and is…
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MotorSport NZ confirms long-term contract for race championship series promoter

MotorSport New Zealand (MSNZ) has confirmed a long-term contract with Speed Works Events as the promoter of the premier race championships which take place each New Zealand summer at race circuits around the country. MSNZ owns the commercial rights to the top-tier motor racing championships, and in conjunction with the Series Organisers Group* (SOG), MSNZ…
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The final countdown!

On March 11 and 12 we’re at Hampton Downs for the season climax of the BNT NZ Touring Cars, the Toyota 86 Championship and the PORTERGROUP V8 Utes, the Pirelli Porsches, the Ssangyong Actyon Utes, Formula First, the TRADEZONE GTRNZ classes of GT1/2 and GT3/4 and the fabulous Central Muscle Cars. All of these classes…
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Applications for 2017 Elite Motorsport Academy close soon

Motorsport competitors keen to further their career aspirations by being selected to participate in the New Zealand Elite Motorsport Academy have until 17 March to submit their applications for the 2017 intake. The Elite Motorsport Academy is managed by the MotorSport New Zealand Scholarship Trust and run by world-class tutors from Academy of Sport South…
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Lawson encouraged by Scott’s US ‘Shoot-out’ experience

The latest winner of the New Zealand Formula 1600 competition, Liam Lawson, is encouraged by Michael Scott’s experience at the ‘scholarship shoot-out’ for the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, held in December last year. As part of winning the 2016/17 NZ F1600 title, Lawson now has the opportunity to head to the…
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Randle wins and looks beyond single seaters

Thomas Randle (20), became the first Australian to win the Castrol Toyota Racing Series – deservedly so – in its 13 year history, with a great demonstration of driving at the Manfeild Grand Prix over the weekend. The series has now established itself as the best off-season racing, for North American and European drivers looking…
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Moore win means title will go to last round

Richard ‘Danger’ Moore delivered his second win of the weekend at the New Zealand Grand Prix to ensure the fight for the 2017 PORTERGROUP V8 Utes championship title goes down to the wire at the final round at Hampton Downs. Starting from pole position after a first and third netted him top points, Moore was…
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New part ‘demon’ ruins Ross weekend

It wasn’t meant to be for Cambridge driver Nick Ross at round five of the BNT NZ Touring Car Championship at Manfeild near Feilding over the weekend. Despite having one of the fastest cars on the circuit, the Total Lubricants Nissan Altima was plagued by mechanical gremlins, putting a dampener on what was a promising…
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Daruvala takes GP, Randle the title

Melbourne’s Thomas Randle has become the first Australian to win the Toyota Racing Series title at Manfeild this afternoon in finishing third to Jehan Daruvala in the 62nd New Zealand Grand Prix. “It’s an amazing relief,” said Randle, who went into the race one point behind Pedro Piquet (Brazil) who finished fourth and one point…
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Harker goes three from three in Toyota 86 Championship

Christchurch driver Ryan Yardley is still in control of the 2016-2017 Toyota 86 Championship, but hard-charging Reid Harker has significantly eroded the points gap with three wins from three starts at Manfeild. Racing on the newly renamed Circuit Chris Amon, Albany driver Harker has taken the fight to the CareVets Racing team and chipped away…
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Liam Lawson wins NZ F1600 Championship title at Manfeild

Pukekohe’s Liam Lawson has continued on his winning way claiming the 2016/17 New Zealand Formula 1600 Championship title at the final round held at Manfeild Park over the weekend.  The 14 year old sealed the championship in the first race of the weekend, putting any chance of Canterbury rival Michael Collins beyond reach.  The final…
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Solid weekend nets Cockerton seventh in Toyota Racing Series

Pukekohe’s Taylor Cockerton has finished a solid seventh overall in the 2017 Castrol Toyota Racing Series after three strong race results at the NZ Grand Prix meeting over the weekend.  The final of five consecutive rounds saw Taylor finish seventh, sixth and ninth in the final three races at the Manfeild Park circuit in Feilding.…
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Evans again but Barry takes debut race win

Simon Evans has won the weekend at the fifth round of the BNT NZ Touring Car Championship at Manfeild. Evans claimed two wins and a second place over the weekend’s three races giving him enough points to claim the round honours. Evans looked on form to take his third race win of the weekend in…
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Harker aims to blow Toyota 86 Championship wide open

Albany driver Reid Harker is chipping away at the championship lead of CareVets driver Ryan Yardley, in the 2016-2017 Toyota 86 Championship. Victory in today’s first race of the weekend is one step closer to the title for the Albany driver. Michael Scott had qualified on pole, while Harker was off the back, serving out…
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Evans Wins Opener at Manfeild While Rivals Clash

Simon Evans has won the opening race of the weekend at round five of the BNT NZ Touring Car Championship at Manfeild on Saturday afternoon. But while Evans won the race ahead of Nick Ross and Jason Bargwanna who finished second and third respectively, it was two of the championships young chargers behind who cause…
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Leitch survives huge shunt as Piquet closes in

The cars of Luis Leeds (Australia) and Keyvan Andres (USA) touched wheels and slid across the track in front of him as they went through the infield curves at the Manawatu track. Leitch had nowhere to go and rode up over the wheels of the cars in front of him which launched him somersaulting into…
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Toyota 86 Championship: it’s all on at Manfeild

Banked corners, long fast straights, turns with multiple apexes that offer the prospect of brave drivers overtaking off the racing line: Manfeild is going to challenge the Toyota 86 Championship racers as never before. This is the penultimate round of the 2016-2017 championship, which started at the V8 Supercar event at Pukekohe in November 2016.…
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Lawson looks to complete F1600 season

Pukekohe’s Liam Lawson will look to seal the 2016/17 New Zealand Formula 1600 Championship title this weekend at Manfeild Park, Feilding.  With a maximum of 122 points available and a 110 point lead over rival Michael Collins, the 14 year old driver just needs to finish in the points to win the championship at the…
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Cooley looking for two steps forward

Wellington driver Brock Cooley feels he’ll be able to move his Speedy Signs Ford Falcon further up the grid as the BNT NZ Touring Cars Championship moves to Manfeild this weekend. The reigning class two champion made the move to class one of the championship this season, but by his own admission says it has…
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Chris Amon: The man in Manfeild

CHRIS Amon never turned a racing lap of Manfeild, but his association with our internationally-famous facility are firm – spanning from when it was just a dream project to today, with the 3km main track’s renaming in his memory. There’s more. Castrol Toyota Racing Series, the high-powered wings and slicks single-seater category that annually brings…
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A quick lap of Manfeild

​ MLXLS A lap of Manfeild: Circuit Chris Amon with top New Zealand Toyota Racing Series driver Brendon Leitch! Enjoy… Turn 1 (Toyota): Past the 100 board you’re hard on the brakes. It’s a late apex and you use the kerb and have to watch for potential for a touch of oversteer on the exit.…
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Evans and Bargs set for more at Manfeild

Australian driver Jason Bargwanna will be looking to continue his winning ways as round five of the BNT NZ Touring Car Championship heads to Manfeild this weekend. At round four at Teretonga near Invercargill last month, Bargwanna came away the round win as championship leader Simon Evans struck trouble with officials. Evans copping two 10-second…
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Armstrong wins Denny’s cup with ease

Marcus Armstrong learned from his mistake 24 hours ago (Saturday afternoon) to comfortably win the Denny Hulme Trophy at the fourth round of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo, this afternoon. Getting the best start from the outside of the front row of the grid, the Christchurch teenager got to…
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Leitch breaks win drought

Invercargill’s Brendon Leitch has won this afternoon’s Castrol Toyota Racing Series race, his first of this summer, at Taupo with a fine drive from third place on the grid. After the frustrations of the last two weekends, Leitch revelled in the victory. “Last weekend was bad and we nearly won here last year,” said Leitch.…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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