LKM Racing’s Earl Bamber took his second consecutive Porsche Carrera Cup Asia championship crown today after a faultless pole-to-flag run in the penultimate round of the season at the Sportscar Champions Festival in Shanghai. Bamber crossed the line just over a second ahead of PICC Team StarChase driver Alexandre Imperatori, who kept the new champion in his sights throughout the 12-lap race.
Seventeen-year-old James Munro of Cebu Pacific Air by KCMG sealed the 2014 Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) championship title in the season’s penultimate race today as part of the Shanghai Sports Car Festival at the Shanghai International Circuit. The New Zealand teenager scored an emphatic victory in this morning’s Race 16, before a fifth-place finish in Race 17 was enough to take the championship title.
- FT50 takes significant steps forward in driving dynamics, safety and technology
- Test drivers endorse new race car: a worthy successor for outgoing TRS car
Toyota Racing New Zealand has launched the new FT50 race car for the Toyota Racing Series, describing the new car as a significant step forward featuring the latest in race car technology and safety and a worthy successor to its predecessor.
The TRS is New Zealand’s leading single-seater category and the new FT50 will be raced by all teams and drivers in the 2015 championship.
Rain in the latter half of the ASKO 3 Hour Endurance Series race at Timaru on Saturday may have dampened the result but not the outcome of the overall championship.. The driver pairing of Andrew Bagnall and Ant Pedersen (Porsche GT3) finished third gaining enough points to take out the championship and the New Zealand 3 Hour Endurance title. Paul Kelly /Craig Baird(Porsche GT3) won the shortened race from Jono Lester/Robin Gray (Ferrari F430 Challenge) after officials finished the race under safety car conditions after 2 hours 41 minutes due to heavy wet weather.
Auckland’s Hugh Gardiner has won the 2014 ASKO One Hour Endurance Championship and the New Zealand One Hour Endurance title after a dominant performance at Timaru International Motor Raceway on Saturday. Second home and overall was Christchurch’s Hayden Knighton with the driver pairing of Sam Fillmore and Danny Stutterd third.
Fourth home was the Ferrari F430 Challenge car of Gerald Trass/Robin Gray followed by Phil Hood (Porsche GT3), Tim O’Connor (Ferrari 458 Challenge), Patrick Heagney/Ryan Heagney (Toyota AE86 ) and Sue McLaughlin (Porsche GT3).
Sporting an attitude of keep-your-head-down and keep-on-working-and-learning, Kiwi rally stars Hayden Paddon and co-driver John Kennard are one of three Hyundai Motorsport crews heading to the FIA World Rally Championship’s penultimate round, Rally Spain, next week.
The 24 to 26 October running of RallyRACC-Rally de Espana will see Paddon and Kennard contest the event for the fourth time, a fact that provides a welcome level of experience to balance against the fact it’s the New Zealanders first tarmac event in the Hyundai i20 WRC car.
There is resurgence in Formula Ford racing this season and more drivers are scrambling to get involved. The South Island Formula Ford Club Race Committee were delighted with the ‘turn out’ of drivers for the first round of the Ace Hire South Island Formula Ford Championship at the beginning of October. Nineteen championship cars took to the grid at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park including four from the North Island and one from the UK.
Auckland Porsche dealer Continental Cars is playing a key part in this year's 20th anniversary Targa South Island tarmac motor rally, providing a pair of Porsche Cayman S coupes to be used in the Targa Tour.
One will be used by Tour leader Greg Paul, the other by company Porsche sales manager Luke Fisher and service manager Dean Huston.
The allied but non-competitive Targa Tour has become an increasingly popular part of the annual Targa New Zealand event.
Fifty-five drivers from six different countries driving fourteen different marques ranging from Skoda to BMW will converge on the South Island of New Zealand next month for the 2014 epay Silver Fern Rally.
Two young Southlanders, brothers Damon and Brendon Leitch of Invercargill, have been handed an opportunity most can only dream of. They will team together to pilot an Aston Martin DBRS9 in next months Highlands 101 endurance race at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell featuring the cars and stars of the Australian GT Championship.