Ari Pettigrew is only 17 years of age, but the Rangiora teenager has been pegged as one to watch by rally sport experts and it’s this potential that has gained Pettigrew the backing of Stadium Finance in the form of a Ford Fiesta rally car.
Scott McLaughlin's Supercars career continues in high gear, with the rising star garnering his second Barry Sheene medal.
He received the gong for best and fairest driver at the end-of-season gala in Sydney on Monday night after securing third in the championship.
He finished behind fellow New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup (both Holden) following Sunday's Sydney 500.
McLaughlin, 23, also won the medal in 2014.
He's raced for Garry Rogers Motorsport and is switching to DJR Team Penske in 2017.
Shelby Blackstock has taken a different route to stardom than his famous mother, Reba McEntire  - legendary country music singer, songwriter, actress and record producer.
He has instead chosen to follow a motor racing dream that has led him to the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, beginning at Ruapuna near Christchurch on 14 January.
26 year-old Shelby hails, unsurprisingly, from Nashville, Tennessee and has completed five seasons of single-seater racing in the United States. Ruapuna will mark his international debut.
Round two of the BNT NZ Touring Cars gets underway at Taupo’s Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park this weekend, December 10-11, and the field will be chasing championship leader Simon Evans.
Evans and his Smeg Racing Holden claimed the round win at the opening round at Pukekohe in November while other challengers faltered.
A number of Class One runners such as Jason Bargwanna, Sam Barry, Brock Cooley, and Nick Ross all had mechanical issues at Pukekohe, allowing Evans to capitalise and secure valuable points.
Pukekohe teenager Liam Lawson has continued his dominant form in his rookie Formula 1600 season, setting fastest time in qualifying and winning all three races at the third round of the 2016/17 South Island Formula 1600 Championship. While the results from Teretonga Park in Invercargill may show that the top four finishers were the same in all three races, the round produced some of the most exciting competition seen so far this season. Christchurch’s Michael Collins finished second followed by local drivers Jordan Michels in third and Ethan Anderson fourth.
Shane van Gisbergen has signed off his championship with a win at the last ever race at the Sydney Olympic Park street circuit.
Yesterday the 27-year old Kiwi earned enough points to clinch this year’s Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, and today he punctuated that with victory by 1.02 seconds over Garth Tander.
In previous years when he’s won the race, he hasn’t been able to perform the celebratory burnout, which is reserved for the champion – today, he made up for that holding out the chequered flag out the car on his run past the team and smoking it up.
It was close - there was less than a minute in it at the end - but Welsh pair Meirion Evans and Lestyn Williams (Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800) did enough on the final day today to win the 2016 New Zealand Silver Fern Rally.
Second home was the sister car (bought off Mk 2 Ford Escort rally preparation expert Evans after the 2014 Silver Fern Rally) of Australian Stewart Reid and Kiwi co-driver Dave Neil, third the Porsche 911 of first local duo home, Allan Dippie and Paul Coghill from Wanaka, ten minutes back in Dippie's Porsche 911S.
Paul Clarke of Mosgiel lowered the lap record three times in the Pre 65 Saloon races at Teretonga Park on Sunday. Clarke won the first Pre 65 race in his Ford Mustang from Invercargill drivers Wayne Tuffley (Mustang) and John Smolenski (Ford Falcon XP), breaking Tuffley's old lap record of 1 minute 07.20 seconds with a lap of 1.07.044. He then lowered it to 1.06.820 in the second race and then left it at 1.06.647 in the third.
Touring car greats Jim Richards and Mark Skaife have been announced as the advance inductees for the 2017 Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame which will be unveiled on the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix weekend in Melbourne in March.
Fittingly, Richards and Skaife - who were synonymous with each other through the foundation years of touring car racing’s modern era in Australia - will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, presented by Speedcafe.com on Friday night, March 24 at a black tie dinner to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
As 18 drivers representing nine countries prepare to head to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next week for the Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout (#MRTIShootout), a panel of seven judges is in place to select the inaugural winner who will earn a seat in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in 2017.