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


Kiwis flock to support Cressey


Impressed by the close, exciting Formula 3 racing they are seeing on Sunday afternoon motorsport show Shell Helix Motorsport, Kiwi fans are flocking to support young Auckland racing driver James Cressey.

Cressey heads to the famous Phillip Island circuit east of Melbourne this weekend for the penultimate round of the 2002 Australian Formula 3 Championship comfortable in the knowledge that thousands of Kiwi motorsport fans will be waiting expectantly for the two races to be screened on television back home.

Since TV1 started screening rounds of the 2002 Australian Formula 3 Championship, interest in Cressey's exploits has skyrocketed.

The 18-year-old drew wide praise for his masterful win in the 2000/2001 New Zealand Formula Ford championship but Australia's Formula 3 championship was very much an unknown quantity when he embarked on his 2002 campaign.

The success of both Scott Dixon and Simon Wills meant that Kiwi fans knew about Formula Holden. Little, however, was known about Formula 3.

The excellent coverage of the the 2002 Australian championship has changed all that, particularly over the past month.

Cressey's dynamic drive through the field in the second race at the Wakefield Park round had Kiwi enthusiasts on the edge of their seats, several contacting members of the young driver's family to tell them that it was the best racing they had EVER seen on television.

Having raced Karts for over seven years - winning National and Island titles on tarmac and dirt - Cressey is no stranger to close and aggressive racing.

What really impressed the enthusiasts though, was the fact that there actually WAS some passing! And that the race didn't need pit stops to add the required level of 'excitement.'

Melbourne driver James Manderson looks set to win the 2002 series but TimberWorld/Starion Enterprises driver Cressey is embroiled in a three-way battle for second place with Manderson's teammate Darren Palmer and Queenslander Will Power.

After winning the second race at the sixth round of the series at Melbourne's Sandown International Raceway a fortnight ago Manderson has 180 points, 36 more than Palmer (144), 48 more than third-placed Cressey (132) and 49 more than fourth-placed Power (131).

Power is the danger man as far as Cressey is concerned but the young Aucklander beat him to the line in the first race in Melbourne and has been consistently faster in qualifying and the races.

After this weekend's penultimate round there is then a month until the final round, at the big Champ Car Carnival meeting on the streets of Surfers' Paradise over the October 26 & 27 weekend.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland