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.
23 June 2015
New Zealand motor racing is in pole position for its best season in years after agreement was reached to unite the country’s racing series under one Premier Racing Calendar.
MotorSport New Zealand together with a newly-formed Series Organising Group consisting of the major North Island racing categories and the Historic Racing Club agreed a calendar that will include a combined V8 grid for NZV8, TLX and V8 SuperTourer schedule cars to be known as New Zealand Touring Cars, the spectacular Toyota Race Series and the New Zealand Grand Prix. The Ssangyong Summer Series will also run within the Premier Racing Calendar.
Nine top level circuit racing events will be on offer to Kiwi race fans, made up of eight race meetings in the Premier Racing Calendar and the Australian V8 Supercar round at Pukekohe.
Premier Racing Calendar
Event 1 Taupo Motorsport Park October 17 and 18
Event 2* Pukekohe Park Raceway (Supercar event) November 6 and 7
Event 3 Hampton Downs Motorsport Park November 28 and 29
Event 4 Mike Pero Motorsport Park Ruapuna January 16 and 17
Event 5 Teretonga Park Raceway January 23 and 24
Event 6 Hampton Downs Motorsport Park January 29 and 31
Event 7 Taupo Motorsport Park February 6 and 7
Event 8** Manfeild Autocourse (New Zealand GP) February 12 to 14
Event 9 Pukekohe Park Raceway April 16 and 17
*Event not organised or promoted as part of the Premier Racing Calendar
**Event promoted by Manfeild
The Historic Racing Club will organise and promote all events, with the aim of giving each event the same ‘iconic’ status currently enjoyed by events like the NZ Grand Prix, the New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing and the V8 Festival. The HRC will continue to run its other events, with an expanded Club Motorsport calendar in addition to the Premier Calendar and its regular Historic Motorsport programme.
2014-15 Race Champions:
Canadian Lance Stroll takes NZGP and TRS title
Canadian Lance Stroll played a patient waiting game to win the 60th New Zealand Grand Prix at Manfeild, Feilding today.
Not only did he win the champions' laurels but he also did the double, winning the Toyota Racing Series with almost 100 points to spare.
The 35-lapper developed into a three-way race between Stroll and his two M2 Motorsport team-mates, Indian Arjun Maini and Frenchman Brandon Maisano. read more
Bargs Wins Title While Weekend Astounding Success
While Kevin Williams claimed his title in the NZV8 Touring Cars TL Championship at Manfeild in February, Jason Bargwanna from Warragul in Australia claimed his title yesterday at Pukekohe Park Raceway with just one race left to run.
Taking the lead over Cambridge driver Nick Ross in race two Bargwanna held on to the end of the race to claim the chequered flag and the title which eluded him at this time last year. read more
Alexander wins TR86 Champs
Canterbury's Tom Alexander has won New Zealand's leading one-make championship, wresting the title away from Wellingtonian Jamie McNee.
This weekend’s Toyota Festival at Hampton Downs in the northern Waikato hosted the 2015 Toyota Finance 86 Championship final for the first time.
Going into the three-race weekend Alexander, McNee and Ash Blewett all had strong prospects of taking the title. read more
Taylor Cockerton convincingly wins 2014/15 NZ Formula Ford Championship title
Hamilton student Taylor Cockerton has wrapped up the 2014/15 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship title over the weekend with a dominant performance at the final round at Hampton Downs, North Waikato.
The 17 year old took maximum points from the sixth round, qualifying fastest and winning all three races including the Ron Frost Memorial Trophy feature race. 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
Chittenden first woman for TR86 Series
5 Oct 2015Tiffany Chittenden, the first woman to contest the Toyota Finance 86 Championship comes to the sports car series with a wide range of experience. More
Unified NZ Touring Cars Set to Race
3 Oct 2015Motorsport fans are in for an action packed season of racing as the newly formed NZ Touring Cars class prepares for its first hit out at Taupo for the Ssangyong Super Racing Weekend, October 17-18. More
'Mazda Road to Indy' opportunity for FFord champ
24 Sep 2015A golden opportunity to emulate current Verizon IndyCar Series champion and fellow Kiwi Scott Dixon awaits the next young New Zealand Formula Ford Championship (NZFFC) title holder. More
BROCK COOLEY MOTORSPORT READY FOR NEW SEASON
19 Sep 2015A big season awaits Wellington NZV8 Touring Car driver Brock Cooley and the Brock Cooley Motorsport Team as they prepare for first round of the new motor racing season at Taupo over the weekend of 17/18 October. More
Toyota announces TV3 coverage agreement for 2016
21 Aug 2015Toyota Racing New Zealand has confirmed the 2016 Toyota Racing Series and the 2015-2016 Toyota Finance 86 Championship will be screened in New Zealand on TV3. More
Only the best for 2016 NZGP
11 Aug 2015FAN engagement has taken pole position in determining the support racing categories invited to the 2016 New Zealand Grand Prix at Manfeild. More
Cockerton commits to the 2016 Toyota Racing Series
16 Jul 2015Pukekohe's Taylor Cockerton has made the commitment to be on the grid for the 2016 Toyota Racing Series that gets underway in Christchurch in January. More
PREMIER RACING CALENDAR UNITES KIWI MOTORSPORT
23 Jun 2015New Zealand motor racing is in pole position for its best season in years after agreement was reached to unite the country's racing series under one Premier Racing Calendar. More
KIWI DRIVER FUND BOOSTS YOUNG DRIVERS INTO TRS
23 Jun 2015Toyota has welcomed Post Haste Couriers, the first sponsor to the Kiwi Driver Fund, a new initiative to help aspiring New Zealand race drivers contest the Toyota Racing Series. More
HEFFERNAN TAKES THIRD NZ MOTOR RACING TITLE
17 Jun 2015Invercargill electrician Steve Heffernan may race purely for enjoyment but he has just sealed his third New Zealand Class 2 Formula Ford title. More
Ross Wins NZV8 Touring Cars Final
16 Apr 2015Cambridge driver Nick Ross took out the final round of the NZV8 Touring Cars TLX Series held over the weekend at Pukekohe Park Raceway ending a very successful season in the team's Total Lubricants Nissan Altima which was debuted this season. More