Emma Gilmour’s season came together in a rewarding way today, when she finished third in the Trusthouse Racetech Daybreaker Rally Wairarapa and recorded a string of fast stage times.
Over the eight stages in the Manawatu and Wairarapa districts, Emma’s Vantage Windows and Doors Suzuki Swift was in the top three on six occasions, which included a win on the final stage.
Tomorrow will see the low-key debut of the brand new Team Ralliart / Andrew Simms Mitsubishi Mirage Evo at Rally Wairarapa, driven by Chris West and Chris Cobham.
The car has been expertly built by Choice, Nigel and the team at Team Ralliart to the highest possible specifications. Team Ralliart will be using the one day rally to test and evaluate the car. The technology and potential ability of the car is already creating significant interest in New Zealand and throughout the wider rally community.
More details and pictures will follow.
The 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship is set for its final showdown at the Trusthouse Racetech Daybreaker Rally Wairarapa next weekend. The sixth and final round of the National Rally championship will take place over 156 kilometres of gravel roads in the Manawatu and Wairarapa districts with a battle for the overall championship and four of the classes going down to the wire.
New Zealand’s sole team in the V8 Supercars Championship, Super Black Racing, has confirmed it will be a definite starter on the grid for the 2016 season.
However, it has also announced that team manager and Kiwi racing hero Paul Radisich will split with the organisation, has yet to confirm its driver line-up for 2016 or which Racing Entitlements Contract (REC) will underpin its championship assault.
The heartbreak of last year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is behind Shane van Gisbergen, as the quick Kiwi looks to make amends at the Mountain this year and catapult his name up the Championship standings.
Motorsport fans are in for an action packed season of racing as the newly formed NZ Touring Cars class prepares for its first hit out at Taupo for the Ssangyong Super Racing Weekend, October 17-18.
With Motorsport NZ Championship status, the formation of the new NZ Touring Cars class is the combining of three classes together – the V8 SuperTourers (V8ST), NZV8 TLX and NZV8 TL.
Category Manager, Gary Lathrope says the newly formed class is a reunification for premiere V8 racing in New Zealand.
Mount Maunganui rally driver David Holder will be looking to reward his supporters with a strong result at the final round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa.
Kaiapoi’s Marcus van Klink heads to the weekend’s Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa with a solid lead in the Historic category of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, but won’t let that stop him chasing glory.
Needing only to finish to claim the title, many would excuse van Klink for taking a conservative approach to ensure a third classic title, however there is plenty more to play for at the Masterton-based event.
Rangiora’s Matt Summerfield is looking to run at the front at the final round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa, which runs this weekend.
The event has attracted a star studded field with past champions taking on the current young guns in the championship and Summerfield is confident he can take the challenge to the front runners is the Castrol Edge Subaru.
To be successful in motorsport you need a great team, especially in rallying. This has been particularly evident for the Trusthouse Racetech Daybreaker Rally Wairarapa over more than a decade.
Naming sponsors, Trusthouse and Racetech have been supporting the event from the start, showing loyalty not often seen in commercial sponsorships these days. More recently Eastwood Motor Group have come to the party, and this year they are hosting a number of activities in support.