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It’s fair to say the All Blacks got out of jail again – they’re starting to make quite a habit of that! It was more clear-cut in the ASKO South Island Endurance Series, which culminated at Timaru over the weekend.

Congratulations to Auckland’s Andrew Bagnall and Rotorua’s Ant Pedersen, who clinched the three-hour NZ championship, after an impressive campaign that included two round wins. Auckland’s Hugh Gardiner dominated the abbreviated competition, winning all three rounds to claim the one-hour championship. 

Two young Kiwis made us proud in Shanghai at the weekend. 17-year-old James Munro (Christchurch) was crowned the 2014 Formula Masters China Series champion and 24-year-old Earl Bamber (Wanganui) clinched the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia championship.

James and Earl are two of the many exceptional graduates from the Elite Motorsport Academy; applications for the 2015 class are now open. The week-long programme is targeted at NZ’s most promising talent and has a proud history of helping prepare young drivers for international and domestic competition.

Targa is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary and, for the first time, South Island drivers are getting home-track advantage. The great road race kicks off in Christchurch on Labour Day, finishing in Queenstown on Saturday 1 November – around 1,800km later. While we are thinking about marathon rallies, the South Island will also host the Silver Fern Rally, which kicks off in Blenheim on the 8 November finishing one week later in Queenstown. 

There’s more Mainland action in the form of the annual Waimate 50, starting this weekend. This fantastic event keeps going from strength to strength and should be another action-packed weekend.

Waimate will also host the final round of the NZ Hillclimb Championship in March next year. It looks set to be another fantastic five-round series, beginning in Pukekohe on 29 November. Competitors are being invited to register as early as possible. Click here for details.


Shayne Harris

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