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Expat Kiwi Dick Bennetts’ prestigious motorsport award

November 13, 2018

New Zealander Dick Bennetts and the UK-based race team he founded have been recognised with an award from European motorsport industry publication and expo, Professional Motorsport World. Originally from Dunedin, Bennetts came to prominence as a championship-winning race engineer for Niki Lauda and Stefan Johansson as part of Ron Dennis’s Project 4 organisation (Dennis has his own Kiwi connection as..

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Reid targets NZ Endurance title at Highlands

November 13, 2018

On the same weekend that his former Dick Johnson Racing team will be hoping to win the V8 Supercars title with Scott McLaughlin, Kiwi driver Jonny Reid will be chasing championship glory of his own at Highlands. Reid and co-driver Neil Foster will be one of the fancied pairings to win the 2018/19 Carters Tyre Service New Zealand Endurance Championship..

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Paddon and Marshall aim to push hard in Australia

November 13, 2018

New Zealander Hayden Paddon and his British co-driver Seb Marshall will be pushing hard at this week’s final round of the FIA World Rally Championship in Australia, striving to end the season on a good note. “After a podium finish here last year, it would be good at a minimum to repeat that,” says Paddon of the 15-18 November event..

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Manfeild drift event for charity

November 13, 2018

OPPORTUNITY to check out a locally-developed car that has taken its motorsport sphere by screaming storm will come at Manfeild on Saturday, November 17. A charity event for suicide awareness co-ordinated by the Manawatu Car Club’s drift committee, ShowVember is a free-entry activity that corrals a wide variety of track-themed performance cars for public scrutiny, with specific focus on the..

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Weekend of learning for Davison

November 12, 2018

It was a weekend of learning for 13-year-old Toyota 86 Championship driver Connor Davison of Cambridge, following the first round at Pukekohe last weekend. Davison’s weekend was hampered early on by a small crash in qualifying, meaning he had to start from the back of the grid for the first race. But despite the error, Davison says it is all..

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Cassidy runner-up in Super GT series

November 12, 2018

For the second time in a fortnight Nick Cassidy has had to swallow the bitter pill of finishing runner-up in both of Japan’s premier motor racing series. With co-driver Ryo Hirakawa the pair’s Lexus LC500 finished just 1.5 seconds behind 2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jensen Button and his co-driver Yamamoto Naoki. The two teams went into the 250 kms..

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Bethune dominants opening NZ F1600 round at Timaru

November 11, 2018

Auckland’s Josh Bethune has stamped his mark on the 2018/19 New Zealand Formula 1600 Championship with a dominant performance at Timaru on Saturday.  Bethune set the fastest lap in qualifying then crossed the line first in all three races. Wins were recorded for race 1 and 3 while a 5 sec penalty was given for passing under a yellow flag..

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National F1600 title fight underway at Timaru this weekend

November 8, 2018

Twenty-four cars will line up on the grid in Timaru on Saturday for the opening round of the New Zealand Formula 1600 Championship. Also doubling as the second round of the South Island F1600 Champs, the one-day event will see more young drivers joining the field, making it one of the best line-ups for several seasons. It was Auckland’s Josh..

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Petrov heads to New Zealand to begin 2019

November 7, 2018

Saint Petersburg racer Artem Petrov is the latest up and coming single seater racer to confirm his entry for the 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand and the eighteen year old is aiming for a successful campaign in the championship to launch a busy year. Like many of the best young open wheel drivers, Petrov began his career..

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Manfeild classic revs up

November 7, 2018

CLASSIC racing is about more than pure competition – another draw is the camaraderie. The enthusiast spirit that drives this weekend’s MG Classic on Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon is why this annual chance for drivers of all types of classic car to get onto the track and let rip remains so popular. So says Dean Curtis, of Palmerston North, whose..

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