Christchurch’s Michael Collins will look to take his third South Island Formula 1600 Championship title as the final of six rounds takes place at Timaru International Raceway on Saturday. Collins has a narrow 12-point advantage over recent NZ F1600 title winner Liam Lawson from Pukekohe. However, Lawson is not expected to make the trip south, which will give more ‘breathing room’ to Collins from third placed Ethan Anderson. Anderson, winner of last season’s South Island title is 45 points adrift of Collins and 18 points ahead of fellow Southlander Jordon Michels in fourth place.
The growing rivalry between superpower Red Bull Holden Racing Team and Shell V-Power Racing team was laid bare in an intense battle between their four superstar drivers at Albert Park today.
The Penske pair of New Zealanders Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin took the honours ahead of compatriot Shane Van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup with a dominating performance across the unique, back-to-back four qualifying sessions format at the Rolex Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Courtesy of his second place in this afternoon’s race one of round two of the Carrera Cup Australia championship – being held at the Australian Grand Prix – Andre Heimgartner now leads the championship standings.
Previously, Heimgartner was tied for the lead with David Wall, courtesy of his round one results (round win, two wins and a third place).
Heimgartner had started the race on the front row alongside team-mate Nick McBride, after qualifying just 0.0181s off the P1 pace earlier in the day.
Ash Walsh has claimed his first Australian GT race win in a thrilling opener at Albert Park for Round 2 of the 2017 CAMS Australian GT Championship.
Starting from second on the grid, Walsh (Supabarn Supermarkets Audi R8 LMS) moved into the lead at the first corner, taking the inside line as Kelvin van der Linde (Valvoline Audi R8 LMS) fended off the fast-starting David Russell (JBS Australia Lamborghini R-EX).
The leading trio then engaged in a near race long battle with little to choose between them until the closing stages.
The passionate husband and wife duo of Barrie and Louise Thomlinson have decided that it’s time for them to step down from their role as Category managers of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series.
The couple along with the management team at Toyota New Zealand set up the category and have spent the past 13 seasons running what can rightfully now be considered one of the most successful one make single-seater championships in the world today. TRS has helped to propel a large number of young Kiwi racing drivers into professional motor racing careers worldwide.
The Mike Pero Motorsport Park was host to the 2017 New Zealand Endurance Championship One and Three hour finales’ on Saturday in Christchurch with Smeg Racing’s Simon Evans and Gene Rollinson winning the Three Hour and Jarrod Owens the One Hour crown.
The day brought together the top drivers, cars and teams from both the 2016 South Island and North Island Endurance Series that take place separately over the winter and spring months.
Kiwi TRS driver Taylor Cockerton has successfully completed a two day test for the 2017 Formula Masters China Series last week at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.
The Waikato University student has signed with the Cebu Pacific Air by PRT team and will compete in the five round series that gets underway in Sepang 7-9 April 2017.
“It’s been an awesome experience the last few days over here in Malaysia,” said Cockerton. “I’m still buzzing that I’ve been able to drive at Sepang.
Super GT driver Jono Lester writes from Japan……
I wasn’t sure what to expect when Super GT’s ‘Class of 2017’ came together for the first time at Okayama. 45 cars across two classes, with my class – GT300, with 30 cars – easily the most competitive grid I’ve been in thus far in my career.
It was a chance for the young Gulf Racing team to show its mettle and with steady improvements made in every run, we finished the final of four 2hr sessions in 4th place, just 2/10ths of a second shy of the top spot.
Southland’s two National Touring Car campaigners showed their mettle at Teretonga Park in Invercargill on Sunday.
The racing, presented by Downer, saw Invercargill driver Jamie Conroy, racing Wal Willmott’s Star Car in the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons, hammer the 0-1300cc class mark, beating the previous record of 1 minute 06.937 set by Todd Blackmun last month. Conroy lowered the record in every one of his four starts to leave it at 1.05.255 seconds despite some niggling mechanical issues.
Targa event regulars Jason Gill and co-driver Mark Robinson (Mitsubishi Evo 9) were the toast of New Zealand's tarmac rally fraternity on Sunday (March 19) after their breakthrough win in this year's Targa Rotorua event.
"We’ve definitely been second a few times," Aucklander Gill said as he was surrounded by fellow competitors and well-wishers at parc ferme on Rotorua's Village Green immediately after the event.
The pair were second too - to fellow Aucklanders Leigh Hopper and Michael Goudie - after the first day of competition on Saturday.