As another summer of racing kicks into gear, things have pretty much been wrapped up in the northern hemisphere – and it’s great to see so many young New Zealand drivers making their mark.
Wanganui’s Earl Bamber became the first-ever rookie to win the Porsche Mobil Supercup, which runs as a support class for Formula One alongside the GP2 and GP3 feeder series. Auckland’s Mitch Evans finished fourth in this year’s GP2 competition, after claiming another podium finish in the championship’s final feature race. He’s going great guns; and let’s not forget that Lewis Hamilton won the GP2 title in 2006 – enough said!
Two Kiwis already flying the flag among the sport’s international elite are Hayden Paddon and John Kennard; the pair have done well in their debut WRC season and will take valuable experience into next year’s campaign.
Nick Cassidy, Brendon Hartley and Richie Stanaway have all earned notable results overseas too. Closer to home, Fabian Coulthard, Shane van Gisbergen and Scott McLaughlin continue to keep the Aussies honest in the V8 Supercars series.
Their individual successes are a credit to the amount of time and hard work they’ve dedicated to their craft; a number of them are Elite MotorSport Academy graduates.
As the governing body of motorsport in NZ, developing young drivers is a part of our brief and I’m pleased we’ve been able to assist them towards bigger and better things.
The South Island has seen its fair share of action recently. Targa celebrated its 20th anniversary by heading to the Mainland for the first time – a great way to keep things fresh and broaden the appeal and accessibility of this classic event. The Silver Fern Rally was another big hit and equally worthy of its place in the history books.
Timaru saw the NZ Formula Ford Championship kick off in style, while a large crowd descended on the surrounding area for the Waimate 50 over Labour Weekend.
Looking to the north, this weekend sees the second rounds of the NZV8 and Toyota Finance 86 championships roar into life at Pukekohe. If you prefer a bit of dust, head up the road for the first round of the Hill Climb Championship in Awhitu. There’s plenty to enjoy, so get out there and stay safe!
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