As the sunshine months draw to a close, we can reflect on what’s been a memorable summer of motorsport across the board. For those fans of leather on willow, the Cricket World Cup is providing fantastic entertainment and, before you know it, we’ll be in the midst of the rally season. Time flies!
One of the yearly highlights on our calendar is the NZGP at Manfeild – one of two Grand Prix events staged outside of Formula One. Canadian Lance Stroll – who also clinched the Toyota Racing Series – became the first international driver to win the coveted trophy since it’s been competed at Manfeild. Invercargill’s Damon Leitch was the TRS’ top-finishing Kiwi in seventh place – a reflection of the quality international field the championship continues to attract.
It was an action-packed weekend at Manfeild, with the NZV8 Touring Cars, Formula Ford and Toyota Finance 86 championships all putting on a great show. Congratulations to all the winners and best of luck to everyone challenging the final rounds. As always, we should thank all the volunteers, clubs, sponsors and organisers, who make our summer series possible.
There’s also been a lot on offer for those of us keen on the classics. The annual SKOPE Classic was held at Ruapuna earlier this month, where Steve Ross won all three F5000 races. It’s tremendous to see this proud event still running strong.
Further south, Highlands drew nearly 150 competitors for its Festival of Speed, featuring a range of classics and muscle cars; the NZ Festival of Motor Racing had two very big weekends at Hampton Downs and Rod Millen proved his driveway is one of the best places to compete in Coromandel. It was all go!
Speaking of hill climbs, the NZ championship is now three rounds down. The leaderboard is very tight at the top, so expect a thrilling finish in Waimate.
If you’re keen to compete for a Gold Star title, why not give the ClubSport Championship a crack in Pukekohe next month? These events are a great way for young drivers to cut their teeth in the sport and also effective in helping us older heads keep our skills sharp.
Someone whose skills are already razor sharp is Hayden Paddon. Hayden keeps proving he’s got what it takes to be at the top, with his best-ever WRC finish in Rally Sweden. Having secured fifth place and ten points, he and co-driver John Kennard now turn their attentions to Rally Mexico next month.
In other international news, Porsche has selected Wanganui’s Earl Bamber to compete in the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour race, after impressive testing, and Mitch Evans has re-signed with Russian Time for his third crack at GP2. MotorSport News caught up with Mitch to chat about his year ahead. Read the full story here.
Millen defends driveway Click here for full story
Evans going all-out in 2015 Click here for full story
Paddon kicks off 2015 with a bang! Click here for full story
SKOPE Classic attracts 'huge' crowds Click here for full story
Like a fine wine Click here for full story
Canadian strolls into record books Click here for full story
Williams wraps up V8 championship Click here for full story
ClubSport Championship looming Click here for full story
The hills are alive… with open-throttle racing! Click here for full story