Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


New V8s And Big International Entry For Race Championships

Media Release
Thursday 10 January 2013

New V8s And Big International Entry For Race Championships

All-new Kiwi V8 touring cars and 15 international single-seater drivers highlight entries for the opening round of the New Zealand motor racing championships near Invercargill this weekend.

Designed and built in New Zealand, the new generation of NZV8s feature race-type chassis, more powerful engines and six-speed sequential gearboxes. The field includes a Toyota Camry – the first time Australasian V8 racing has included any kind of car besides Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores.

Australian V8 Supercar driver Jason Bargwanna, former winner of the Bathurst 1000km classic, is very impressed with the new-generation Commodore he is racing for the Tulloch team.

“It’s obviously a really good race car,” he says. “It feels like a V8 Supercar to drive. It’s everything – the handling, the way it feels, the braking, the power, the way it works for you. It’s a big improvement.”

Working with a whole new car – one with a complex array of possible adjustments – was going to present teams with real challenges in working out the best setups for different circuits. “It’ll be a real learning curve -- in three years’ time they’ll still be finding improvements,” the Aussie says.

Bargwanna came second in the 2012 NZV8 championship and aims to go one better this time, but expects strong competition especially from Martin Short, the young Hamilton driver who will be racing the Toyota Camry. “He’s won races and won rounds.” Bargwanna says.

He also rates Cambridge driver Nick Ross, who has a new Commodore.

Two talented teenagers from Turua, AJ Lauder and his brother Brad, are moving up to the premier class and will be the youngest drivers in the field. AJ won the 2012 Suzuki Swift championship and Brad was also a front-runner in this category. They will drive older-style Falcons.

Meanwhile the Toyota Racing Series (TRS) has become so attractive to overseas drivers that five are returning for a second season in the fast single-seaters. These include Puerto Rican Felix Serralles and Englishman Alex Lynn, who last year finished third and fourth respectively in the prestigious British Formula 3 championship.

Another returnee is Austrian Lucas Auer, nephew of former Formula One star Gerhard Berger. He came second in the 2012 German F3 championship.

Defending his title against this wave of international talent is 18-year-old Aucklander Nick Cassidy, who contested some Formula Renault events in Europe last year. He has switched from the Giles to M2 teams and says establishing good communication within his new team will be vital for success.

“I learned a lot in Europe in 2012, and one thing every race driver has to know is how to relate to their engineer and mechanics and communicate what the car is doing clearly to them,” Cassidy says.

Invercargill driver Damon Leitch, who finished third in the series last season, and Te Puke racer Michael Scott are the other Kiwis in the championship. Scott is moving up from Formula Ford after success in that category last season.

The meeting also sees the start of the 2013 Formula Ford championship, with a field of 11 including Damon Leitch’s brother Brendon.
These three classes each have one race on Saturday and two on Sunday at Invercargill's Teretonga Park raceway. The final TRS race carries the Spirit of a Nation Cup.

NZ Super Trucks kick their season off this weekend also, returning to Teretonga Park after a hiatus of almost 20 years. 2012 champion Steven Zammit from Australia has made the trip over the ditch to defend his title.

Sports and Production GT will also be racing with well-subscribed fields for both classes.

MSNZ Race Championship calendar:
Round 1: January 12-13, Teretonga (Invercargill)
Round 2: January 19-20, Timaru
TRS: January 26-27, Taupo
TRS: February 2-3, Hampton Downs
Round 3: February 9-10, Manfeild
Round 4: March 9-10, Taupo
Round 5: April 12-14, Pukekohe (V8 Supercars meeting)


Image: NZV8 Toyota Camry, being tested by Martin Short

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Cricket: Dramatic Win Puts Black Caps In Finals

In Parliament: When Parliament resumed at 2pm the House passed a motion on a voice vote admiring the performance of the New Zealand cricket team in last night’s World Cup semi-final and wishing them well for the final on the weekend. More>>

ALSO:

Moon Shot/Kills Switch: The X Factor Judges Removed

MediaWorks has today decided that Natalia Kills and Willie Moon are no longer suitable to judge The X Factor and have removed them from the show. MediaWorks CEO, Mark Weldon, said that last night on The X Factor both Kills and Moon made comments that were completely unacceptable. More>>

ALSO:

Tessa Nichol: Up Up & Away In The Wairarapa

It’s an overcast morning in the Wairarapa but the mood on the ground in Carterton’s Carrington Park is anything but grey. More than 20 hot air balloons are getting ready to take off into the cloudy sky to mark the start of this year’s Wairarapa Balloon Festival. More>>

Golden Shears: Scotsman Wins Golden Shears Open Final

A Scottish shearer who settled in New Zealand to farm in Taranaki has become the first shearer from overseas to win the Golden Shears Open Shearing Championship. More>>

ALSO:

Shipped On A Bottle: Young Change-Makers Take To The Sea On Plastic Bottle Kayaks

With the aim of harnessing innovative design to construct kayaks solely from recycled materials, the “waste positive” project Plastic Bottle Kayak brings adventure into Kiwi classrooms. The call is out now for classrooms to send in messages and artwork to be inserted into the bottles. More>>

TV3 Video: Auckland Arts Festival Kicks Off

The Auckland Arts Festival kicks off March 4, with artists from New Zealand and all over the world on show. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news