MotorSport New Zealand Race Championships
Welcome to the official home of the MotorSport New Zealand Race Championships. The Premier Race Championship Series runs the length of the country so all New Zealanders can have access to a major motorsport event near them each summer. The MotorSport NZ championship calendar for 2014-15 has been released, with the core events being headed up by the Toyota Racing Series (TRS).
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The championship series will kick off on 16-18 January 2015 at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park in Christchurch, after an absence from the venue of two years. This begins a five round back to back series for the Toyota Racing Series who will be unveiling a new body shell for the category. After Christchurch they head to Teretonga, Hampton Downs and then Taupo, before the NZ Grand Prix finale at Manfeild in mid-February.
The NZV8 Touring Cars has been awarded development championship status for the older style TL cars, while the new-generation TLX cars will compete for a cup this season. They will be attending two race meetings at Hampton Downs (1-2 November) and at Pukekohe (29-30 November) before they join the MSNZ series for three rounds (Christchurch, Teretonga and Manfeild) before finishing at Pukekohe on 24-26 April 2015.
The Toyota Finance 86 championship is going from strength to strength with their series beginning early at the V8 SuperTourer enduro meeting at Taupo, 26-28 September 2014. They will then head to Pukekohe with V8 SuperTourers again on 28-30 November before joining TRS at the three meetings in January - Christchurch, Teretonga and Manfeild. Their final round is at Hampton Downs on 28 February-1 March 2015.
Thanks to the efforts of the South Island Formula Ford Club, NZ Formula Ford will be back bigger than ever. Their championship will commence in November at the Timaru International Motor Raceway before joining Toyota Racing Series, Toyota TR 86 and NZV8 Touring Cars at Mike Pero Motorsport Park (Christchurch) in January. They stay with the TRS for Teretonga Park (Invercargill), Taupo Motorsport Park and Manfeild Circuit. Their final round is at Hampton Downs on 21-22 March 2015.
MotorSport NZ can also confirm championship status has been awarded to the South Island Endurance Series for the 2014 season. The three-round series contested at three out of the four south island circuits (Invercargill, Christchurch and Timaru) will compete for the NZ Endurance Championship title with a view to expanding to a combined North/South Island Endurance Championship in 2015.
Lance Stroll, 16, has become the youngest winner of one of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious motorsport trophies.
The young Canadian, who won the Italian Formula 4 championship last year, backed up his opening-race victory yesterday with a win in an incident-packed and close-fought feature race this afternoon.
He sliced through the field to lead in the first lap on a track he said was unpredictably slippery. read more
For the second round in succession both Auckland's Kevin WIlliams and Australia's Jason Bargwanna have managed clean sweeps with three race wins from three races in their respective NZV8 Touring Cars category.
Returning to the Mike Pero Motorsport Park this weekend for the first time since the 2011-12 season the NZV8 Touring Cars put on a typically high-speed, V8-powered show with a line up of new and old drivers resulting in some astounding results. read more
Defending champion holds the lead
Wellington driver Jamie McNee had a frustrating weekend at Ruapuna in round three of the 2014-2015 Toyota Finance 86 Championship, but came away with a comfortable championship lead.
Marcus Armstrong stated his intention for the weekend by taking fastest time in qualifying, .2 seconds faster than Ash Blewett with Tom Alexander third and defending champion McNee fourth. read more
(19/10/14) Rain in the latter half of the ASKO 3 Hour Endurance Series race at Timaru on Saturday may have dampened the result but not the outcome of the overall championship.
The driver pairing of Andrew Bagnall and Ant Pedersen (Porsche GT3) finished third gaining enough points to take out the championship and the New Zealand 3 Hour Endurance title. Paul Kelly/Craig Baird (Porsche GT3) won the shortened race from Jono Lester/Robin Gray (Ferrari F430 Challenge) after officials finished the race under safety car conditions after 2 hours 41 minutes due to heavy wet weather. read more
Dominant Gardiner crowned One Hour Endurance Champion
(19/10/14) Auckland's Hugh Gardiner has won the 2014 ASKO One Hour Endurance Championship and the New Zealand One Hour Endurance title after a dominant performance at Timaru International Motor Raceway on Saturday.
Second home and overall was Christchurch’s Hayden Knighton with the driver pairing of Sam Fillmore and Danny Stutterd third. read more
NICK CASSIDY WINS ON DEBUT IN TR 86 CHAMPIONSHIP
25 Jan 2015Multiple Toyota Racing Series champion Nick Cassidy came to the Toyota Finance 86 Championship with one aim: to win races. More
NZV8 Touring Car Drivers Win Again
24 Jan 2015The two leading drivers in the NZV8 Touring Cars TLX and TL Championship each took another race win today at Invercargill's Teretonga Park extending their lead as the series enters the second half of the season. More
Ross and Williams Fastest at Teretonga on Friday
23 Jan 2015Defending champion Nick Ross has put in the fastest lap at Teretonga Park in today's two testing sessions going under the on minute mark with a 59.646 lap against current points leader Jason Bargwanna who also went under the minute barrier but... More
Ross Expects TLX Battle To heat Up
23 Jan 2015With the NZV8 Touring Cars series now past the halfway point and every single point becoming ever more significant, defending champion Nick Ross will be looking at Teretonga Park for the opportunity to make some ground towards retaining his title. More
Defending champion holds the lead
23 Jan 2015Wellington driver Jamie McNee had a frustrating weekend at Ruapuna in round three of the 2014-2015 Toyota Finance 86 Championship, but came away with a comfortable championship lead. More
NZV8 Touring Cars Promise Excitement at Teretonga
22 Jan 2015If last year is anything to go by when the NZV8 Touring Cars hit Invercargill's Teretonga Park this weekend there will be plenty of rumble and tumble action for all to see. More
SATISFYING DEBUT FOR CONROY
19 Jan 2015Invercargill racing driver Jamie Conroy made a satisfying debut in the 2015 Toyota Racing Series at Mike Pero Motorsport Park at Ruapuna near Christchurch this weekend. More
LEITCH BROTHERS HAVE MIXED BEGINNING TO TRS
19 Jan 2015Southland brothers Damon and Brendon Leitch of Invercargill had a mixed start to their 2015 Toyota Racing Series at Mike Pero Motorsport Park at Ruapuna near Christchurch this weekend. More
Williams and Bargwanna Both Extend Lead in NZV8TCs
19 Jan 2015For the second round in succession both Auckland's Kevin WIlliams and Australia's Jason Bargwanna have managed clean sweeps with three race wins from three races in their respective NZV8 Touring Cars category. More