Basing the first Targa tarmac motor rally event of the year, the one-day Metalman Targa NZ Rally Sprint, at Ardmore Airport in south-east Auckland, on Sunday March 08, has proved a popular choice, and not just with competitors in the greater Auckland area.
Hayden Paddon is maintaining his focus on learning and adapting as he and co-driver John Kennard face the challenging heat, altitude and long stages of their second WRC event of the year, Rally Guanajuato Mexico.
Drawing confidence from his career-best fifth place at Rally Sweden earlier in February, New Zealand’s top rally driver says he’s looking forward to being back on gravel, the surface with which he’s most familiar, in his regular #20 Hyundai i20 WRC car.
James Courtney is the king of Adelaide for the second year running, setting the early benchmark in the V8 Supercars Championship and taking the points lead. Kiwi drivers also dominated with Fabian Coulthard now second in the overall points standings.
“We were affected a little bit at the start (of race 3)," commented Coulthard. "We didn’t have the best tyres to start the race so I feel like that didn’t help us and a couple of guys got the jump on us."
Canterbury's Tom Alexander has won New Zealand’s leading one-make championship, wresting the title away from Wellingtonian Jamie McNee.
This weekend’s Toyota Festival at Hampton Downs in the northern Waikato hosted the 2015 Toyota Finance 86 Championship final for the first time.
Going into the three-race weekend Alexander, McNee and Ash Blewett all had strong prospects of taking the title.
Steven Richards has emerged as the driver to beat in the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia presented by Michelin championship after a perfect weekend on the streets of Adelaide. Kiwi Craig Baird finished the weekend with two second placings and a fourth and is second overall in the championship.
Richards entered the final day of the Clipsal 500 with two outright race victories and continued in Sunday’s Race 3 to claim the clean sweep of race wins.
Clipsal 500 Adelaide – Sunday update
Super Black Racing’s championship debut race weekend ended in heartbreak as mechanical failure cost the team a top 20 finish in the final race of the weekend with Andre Heimgartner eventually finishing in 21st.
Lap 20 saw the front roll bar fail causing the Prodrive Racing Ford Falcon FG’s handling to be adversely affected and pushing Heimgartner further down the leaderboard as the race continued.
Clipsal 500 Adelaide - Saturday
Andre Heimgartner, driving for Super Black Racing from New Zealand, continued to improve at the opening round of the V8 Supercar Championship (V8SC), held at the Clipsal 500 event in Adelaide today by finishing in 23rd and 20th during the first two races of the season.
The youngster managed to stay clean in the second race of the day and set of top time of 1:22.8074 as he climbed several positions to finish in 20th, after what proved to be a drama filled race.
Fabian Coulthard has won an action-packed second race at the Clipsal 500 this afternoon, skipping away to a clean win as his rivals went to war behind him.
Race one winner Jamie Whincup looked in the box seat to double-up in his Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore VF, but a puncture and dramatic save at Turn Eight saw him drop to an eventual 21st place finish.
The top three were completed by James Courtney claiming second in the Holden Racing Commodore and Whincup’s teammate Craig Lowndes third after the traded places a couple of times.
A mere 0.009 of a second separated race winner Peter Ball from Ash Blewett at the weekend’s Tasman Revival race meeting held at Pukekohe Park Raceway. The two are 2L category rivals in the six round Castrol BMW Race Driver series. The fifth and penultimate round for the 2014/2015 season title saw a total of 78 cars and drivers take to the South Auckland raceway.
Divided in to three competition categories, Auckland’s Oxton won the round in the E30 class while Ash Blewett (Auckland) topped the 2L standings and Robert Berggren (Auckland) dominated the open class.
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Tom Alexander of Bombay is positioning himself to wrest New Zealand’s leading one-make series title away from Wellingtonian Jamie McNee.