It’s another bumper field as the 2017 Carters Tyres One Hour Race Series heads into its second round at Mike Pero Motorsport Park Ruapuna on Saturday 30th September, with a full field of 50 cars set to take the starters lights. Entries have been received from all manner of machinery and range from late model factory race cars through to tyre shredding V8’s and little Toyota’s and Honda’s that grandma would normally drive.
Pukekohe’s Taylor Cockerton has won the 2017 Formula Masters Series title at the fifth and final round held at the Shanghai International Circuit over the weekend.
Heading into the round with four races to compete, Cockerton was lying in second overall, 16 points behind rival and series leader Daniel Lu.
He anticipated that it may go down to the final race of the round and series and this was to eventuate with Cockerton having reduced the gap to just nine points with one race to go.
Juri Vips (17, Estonia, Prema Powerteam) is the new ADAC Formula 4 champion. The Estonian finished third in the last race of the season at the Hockenheimring, which was enough to successfully defend his lead in the championship table from title rivals Marcus Armstrong (17, New Zealand, Prema Powerteam) and Felipe Drugovich (17, Brazil, Van Amersfoort Racing). Ultimately, newly crowned champion Vips and runner-up Armstrong were separated by just 4.5 points. Meanwhile, Drugovich finishes the campaign in third place by a margin of nine points.
Christchurch’s Jeff Judd has won the Stadium Finance Mainland Rally Series after finishing second in the one day South Canterbury Spring Rally on Saturday. Runner-up was Deane Buist (Ford Escort) who came home in fourth, finishing just one point behind Judd. The overall winner of the rally was Carter Strang (Mitsubishi Evo 6). Dave Quantock finished third in both the rally and the overall Mainland Series.
Christchurch’s Marcus Armstrong has become the first driver to lead both the German and Italian Formula 4 Championships.
The narrowest of margins separate team-mates Marcus Armstrong (NZ) and Juri Vips (Estonia) after the latest round of the German Formula 4 Championship on the 3.7 kilometre at Sachsenring circuit in Saxony, Germany.
The Otago Rally date has been confirmed, with the Dunedin-based event to be held from April 14-15, 2018.
The rally will again be the opening round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, and will include the International Otago Classic Rally, and an Allcomers class.
Event manager, Norman Oakley, said that the 2018 date fits in nicely around other events.
“Finding a date is always a time-consuming process, as we need to work our date around events on the WRC and APRC calendar,” Oakley said.
Long-serving volunteer Shelly McSaveney, from Christchurch, has been selected to attend the famed Australian Bathurst endurance race as part of a trans-Tasman female motorsport official exchange programme.
Motorsport’s version of Rugby Sevens and Twenty20 Cricket is set to be launched at the Laser Plumbing & Electrical Hampton Downs 500 on October 28-29.
Fast & Furious Racing is a brand new concept developed by Hampton Downs owner Tony Quinn. The goal is to deliver short, action-packed races that give spectators and drivers alike more bang for their buck.
This weekend sees the fifth and final round of the 2017 Formula Masters Series take place at the Shanghai International Circuit in China. Pukekohe’s Taylor Cockerton is currently second overall in the championship and with four races to complete is ready to claim the title.
At the penultimate round in Zhuhai at the end of July, Cockerton was able to close the gap to leader and rival driver Daniel Lu finishing all three races with two second placings and a fifth, giving him the round win and placing him just 16 points from the overall series lead.
The hard work that the Cox Motorsport team have put in before and during the 2017 Motul Possum Bourne Motorsport Ashley Forest Rallysprint has paid off, with driver Sloan Cox taking top honours on the event and setting a new overall course record.