On 18 October 1947 a meeting was held in Wellington to form a national body to govern the coordination of motor sports in New Zealand.
Hampton Downs is offering arguably the richest prize in New Zealand motorsport history to celebrate the launch of the new Fast & Furious Racing format at the Laser Plumbing & Electrical Hampton Downs 500 next weekend (October 28-29).
Everyone who enters the 4 Guys Autobarn Fast & Furious Racing category — which is open to all race cars provided they have a full roll cage and a MotorSport New Zealand log book – will go in the draw to win a Supercharged 6.2L 2010 Chevrolet Camaro valued at $52,000.
Andre Heimgartner will make his racing return to a New Zealand national championship by confirming he will line-up in the BNT V8s at Pukekohe, November 3-5, aboard a Richards Team Motorsport Toyota Camry.
Heimgartner is no stranger to the BNT V8s here in New Zealand, having made his touring car debut in V8 SuperTourers as a 16-year old in 2012 aboard a Holden Commodore and says he is excited to get back into the BNT V8 championship.
Dylan Gulson went wheel to wheel with New Zealand’s own Jack Milligan at Bathurst in October.
Now the 25-year old Aussie racer plans to return the favour and race in the Toyota 86 Championship at its opening round, held as part of the V8 Supercar race weekend at Pukekohe November 3-5.
Gulson is the latest racer in a family with a long and proud tradition of motor racing. During the 1980s and 1990s his uncles Ray and Paul contested premier races on both sides of the Tasman including the Bathurst 1000 and the Wellington Street Race.
Andre Heimgartner and Devon Modell have put in an inspired drive in the wet to bring home the #88 Craft Bamboo Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R in second position in today’s final race of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Asia Championship.
Heimgartner started the race, which commenced under safety car conditions due to the wet. Tenth on the road when the first racing lap commenced, he dropped down to 12th when held up by another spinning car.
Pukekohe Park, the most iconic of all New Zealand motor circuits, has commenced a progressive circuit resurface with an initial investment of over $600,000.
Pukekohe Park is arguably one of the fastest circuits in Australasia and is well known for its various challenging bumps that provide nail biting moments for drivers and fans alike. But the degradation and limited maintenance in these areas overtime has caused concerns and safety issues to circuit users.
Cox Motorsport's good fortune continued this weekend at Rally Waitomo with a podium finish, which follows on from a win at Ashley Forest recently. The car ran faultlessly with no mechanical issues and Sloan and Sarah were able to show their talent and speed together, proving that consistency and reliability is back with the Taslo Engineering Evo X.
After a long but consistent day, Emma Gilmour finished a credible fifth in the Handy Rentals Hamilton Rally Waitomo, in the King Country, yesterday.
She and co-driver Anthony McLoughlin brought the Vantage Windows and Doors Suzuki Swift AP4 home without any major issues over the six-stages - five of which were more than 30km long.
A tired but happy Emma, described contesting the 207km event as a “massive day.”
“We did about two hours, 16 minutes of competitive driving on really challenging, busy stages,” she says.
The race for the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by Dunlop and fuelled by Gull has taken another twist, with Ben Hunt’s victory at the Handy Rentals Hamilton Rally Waitomo moving him right into contention for the title at the series finale in six weeks time.
Josh Marston and David Holder were rapt to bring both the Holden Barina AP4+ cars home in the top ten in the Rally of Waitomo, which ran 14 October.
Standing in for the team’s usual driver Greg Murphy, Holder was just six seconds off a top five finish in his debut event with the Penny Homes Holden Rally Team, while Marston finished a credible ninth.
“It was a shame to just miss fifth place,” says Tauranga-based Holder, “but it was a good result to finish and finish pretty strongly.”