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Hi there,

It’s been another big month of motorsport for our domestic and international competitors. I’d like to start by congratulating Hayden Paddon on signing a three-year deal with his Hyundai team.

It’s a massive achievement for Hayden, who always makes an effort to give back to NZ rallying when he’s in the country. Like me, I’m sure you’re all massively proud of his achievements and hopefully this time next year we’ll be seeing him among the WRC front runners.

Richie Stanaway, who won his second GP2 race at the latest round, and fellow competitor Mitch Evans have been selected for an LMP1 manufacturers’ test in November. This is a big opportunity for two young men with a bright future ahead of them in motorsport. Well done boys, I wish you the best of luck.

Nick Cassidy, who won the Toyota Racing Series in 2012 and 2013, is another talented young New Zealander. He put on a stellar performance in Sugo to win the Japanese F3 Championship – a big win that will likely see him move onto bigger and better things.

Domestically, Ben Hunt wrapped up his first full NZRC title at the championship’s final round. Well done Ben, it’s always encouraging and exciting to see new talent coming to the fore.

The South Island Endurance Series is now also wrapped up, and what a series it was! If the upcoming New Zealand Endurance Championship is as competitive as that, I know both the fans and drivers will go away hungry for more. 

Our new-look premier racing calendar also got under way at Taupo last weekend, with the NZ Touring Car Championship the feature series. The TLX drivers proved they have what it takes to mix it with the SuperTourers. The racing was fast and competitive, and I look forward to seeing this combined series continuing to grown.

Getting these two groups together on the same grid has taken a lot of work, and I’d like to again thank everyone who made it happen. I believe this coordination between the different series and classes is the best way forward for our sport – united we stand, divided we fall!

On that note, go the ABs! 


Shayne Harris


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