Hampton Downs keeping it classic

Earl Bamber (left picture - second from right) will appear at the 2016 New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing alongside his Porsche stablemate Brendon Hartley

 

The 2016 New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing (NZFMR) is set to celebrate all things Porsche, with two special guests sure to provide fans with carloads of entertainment in January.

Spread over two consecutive weekends at Hampton Downs, beginning 15-17 January, the NZFMR is the country’s largest historic motorsport event.

Highlighting the proceedings will be the appearance of  World Endurance Championship winner Brendon Hartley and Le Mans 24 Hours winner Earl Bamber. The pair will demonstrate two very special cars from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart - a 1977 Porsche 935 and a 1998 WSC LMP1 Prototype, both making their first-ever appearance on an NZ track.

The Porsche marquee will display two further factory cars, a 918 Spyder (the latest Porsche super car), and a full sized model of the Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 racecar, which was successfully campaigned by Hartley and Bamber in 2015.

In addition, fans can also expect a packed schedule of motor racing action on the circuit, including Formula 5000 and Historic Muscle Cars, as well as the festival debut of the popular Pre-65 class on the second weekend.

A number of Porsche-only classes are also planned, with event organisers and The Porsche Club of New Zealand inviting all owners to take part in a New Zealand record attempt to line up the most Porsches ever assembled in one place at one time in the country.

Event programme

First Weekend - 15-17 January

  1. Pirelli Porsche Race Championship
  2. European Motors Ltd-Porsche Classic Porsche Racing - for Pre-97 cars
  3. European Motors Ltd-Porsche Porsche Regularity trial - for Porsche cars only
  4. MSC Formula 5000
  5. 'Helfee' Historic Muscle Cars & Historic Saloon Cars
  6. Historic Sports Sedans & Invited 'Allcomers'
  7. Classic Cover Insurance European Racing Classic (ERC)
  8. Invited Sports, Sports Racing & GT cars
  9. Classic Driver magazine Historic Formula Ford
  10. Formula Junior &F3

 Second Weekend - 22-24 January

  1. Pirelli Porsche Race Championship
  2. European Motors Ltd-Porsche Classic Porsche Racing - for Pre-97 cars
  3. European Motors Ltd-PorschePorsche Dual-Car Sprints 
  4. 30 min & 1 Hour Enduro
  5. PIC Insurance Brokers Historic Formula Libre
  6. Helfee Historic Muscle Cars & Historic Saloon Cars
  7. Heritage Touring Cars
  8. PPG Automotive Refinishers NZ Classic Trial
  9. Classic Cover Insurance European Race Classics (ERC) Series
  10. Pre '65 Racing Saloons

If reading that line-up has you hanging out for more classic motorsport, check out the following upcoming events:

•           Highlands Park Festival – Highlands, 29-31 January.

•           Skope Classic – Ruapuna, 7-8 February.

•           Enzed Southern Classic – Levels, 13-14 February.

•           Evolution Classic Speedfest – Teretonga, 20-21 February.  

•           Tasman Revival – Taupo 8-9 January and Pukekohe 20-21 February.

 

 
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