Kiwi Formula Ford drivers will be particularly interested in the unveiling of the latest chassis for the 2017 USF2000 Championship in the USA. The latest generation of chassis that will form the basis for the first two steps on the acclaimed Mazda Road to Indy open-wheel racing development ladder – which offers Mazda scholarships to allow racers to progress all the way from the grassroots of the sport to the Verizon IndyCar Series – was unveiled this morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the lead up to the historic 100th Indianapolis 500.
Grant Denyer and Nathan Morcom have combined to win the first race of the CAMS Australian Endurance Championship, holding on in a nail-biting finish at Phillip Island.
Morcom headed a narrow McLaren 1-2, with Shane Van Gisbergen just two tenths of second behind in after 101-laps and more than two hours of racing.
Having started tenth, a patient 30-lap opening first stint from Morcom left Denyer out front following their first stop, the duo combining to hold the advantage to the finish.
Forty-Nine drivers took to the gravel in late May at the 2016 Cust Sprint run by Canterbury’s Autosport Club. Winter like conditions finally arrived, with the rain during the previous days providing a damp surface. The rain largely stayed away on the day which meant that once the gravel cleared, drivers were provided with a sticky and very driveable surface – as long as you stayed in the tracks.
New Zealand driver Scott Dixon struggled for pace as he finished eighth at the Indianapolis 500 title.
Rookie American Alexander Rossi won the 100th running of the race on Monday (NZ time). Carlos Munoz (Colombia) was second with American Josef Newgarden third.
Dixon, the 2008 Indy 500 winner, is the defending IndyCar series champion, winning his fourth title last year to go with his 2003, 2008 and 2013 crowns.
Dixon's Chip Ganassi Racing team had struggles for speed in the leadup to the event with Dixon only qualifying 13th.
Historic Rally Challenge driver, Jeff Judd, is ready to tackle the third round of the New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) this weekend in his BNT Ford Escort at his home-event in Canterbury.
Held around the Ashley and Okuku Forests near Rangiora, Canterbury Rally is one of Judd’s favourite events though he says with almost 90 entries, it won’t be easy to get a good result.
Dylan Thomson and Amy Hudson, one of the youngest duos to ever tackle the New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC), are gearing up for this weekend’s Canterbury Rally to continue their strong start to the national championship in their Ford Fiesta ST.
Thomson and Hudson, aged 21 and 15 respectively, are punching well above their weight and are currently sitting second in the two-wheel-drive NZRC Championship, ahead of vastly experienced rally-veteran Dave Strong who is 12 points behind the young pair.
Christchurch’s Wayne Christie has been voted in as President of New Zealand motorsport’s governing body, MotorSport New Zealand Inc.
Mr Christie takes over the voluntary position from Palmerston North’s Shayne Harris who held the position for six years.
Nobuharu Matsushita has claimed his first win of the season with a stunning display of power and precision to dominate his rivals in this afternoon’s sprint race in Monaco, leading from lights to flag ahead of Marvin Kirchhöfer and Raffaele Marciello.
Journalists and photographers from around the country have been recognised for the stunning images and compelling words they produce which convey news of New Zealand motorsport to fans at home and overseas.
The New Zealand motorsport media awards were presented during MotorSport New Zealand annual awards night at Te Papa in Wellington on Saturday 28 May, an evening which saw more nearly 60 awards, trophies and certificates presented to competitors, officials, volunteers and media at all levels of four-wheeled motor sports in New Zealand.
Eight competitors ranging in age from 16 to 25 and encompassing the disciplines of circuit racing, rallying and karting have been selected for this year’s Elite Motorsport Academy by the MotorSport New Zealand Scholarship Trust.