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). CLICK ON THE ABOVE CIRCUIT MAPS FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT EACH EVENT.
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 in September and at Pukekohe in 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 21-22 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.
MARCUS ARMSTRONG TAKES HIS FIRST TR86 RACE WIN
Rising star: 14 year old Marcus Armstrong has won his first TR86 race, holding out a hard-charging Ash Blewett to score a result even he did not fully expect.
Armstrong, who is mentored by Andy Neale, had carved his way through from a P6 start position as Jamie McNee, Matt Gibson, Tom Alexander and Callum Quin fought for the lead in front of him. When Gibson made conatct with leader McNee in turn one, Armstrong was well positioned to close in on the leading bunch and pounced, going through to second behind Blewett and then into the lead, setting up a torrid two-car battle for the last four laps of the race. read more
EXCITING FINISH SEES BAGNALL/PEDERSEN TAKE ASKO 3 HOUR RACE AT TERETONGA
(23/9/14) Andrew Bagnall and Ant Pedersen won an exciting opening round of the 2014 ASKO South Island 3 Hour Endurance Series at Teretonga Park in Invercargill on Saturday.
The duo, driving a Porsche GT3, held off the fast finishing Porsche of multiple series champion Paul Kelly and his vastly experienced co-driver Craig Baird by 4.377 seconds. The Kelly/Baird Porsche was gaining 3 seconds a lap in the closing stages after a safety car intervention but ran out of time to hunt down the Bagnall/Pedersen Porsche. The exciting finish was set up when rain swept across the circuit twenty minutes from the end of the race. Most pitted for wets while the safety car intervened after several cars left the track. Racing resumed but the safety car reappeared with seven minutes to go and when it pulled in it was a sprint to the finish with the Kelly/Baird car making big inroads into the Bagnall/Pedersen car's lead. read more
GARDINER TAKES WIN IN ASKO ONE HOUR OPENER AT TERETONGA
(23/9/14) Auckland driver Hugh Gardiner led all the way to take his Porsche GT3 to victory in the opening round of the ASKO One Hour Race Series at Teretonga Park on Saturday.
Gardiner had qualified on pole and completed 58 laps to finish one lap ahead of second placed combination, Hayden Knighton/Garry Cliff of Christchurch in a Porsche GT3 997. Chris Henderson of Dunedin in a 6.2 litre V8 powered Toyota Corolla finished third a further lap behind while the top six was rounded out by Auckland's Sam Filmore & Australia's Danny Stutterd, Danny Whiting of Canterbury and Phil Hood. Seventh place went to the Ferrari 458 of Tim O'Conner of Lower Hutt. read more
TEAM KIWI RACING (TKR) SIGN KIWI MOTORSPORT GREAT
1 Oct 2014Team Kiwi Racing (TKR) Owner, David John, has today confirmed that Kiwi Motorsport Great, Craig Baird, will head the Team Kiwi Racing (TKR) driver line up for the 2014/15 NZV8 Touring Car Championship. More
ASKO One Hour Series set to scorch Ruapuna
29 Sep 2014It's another big grid as the 2014 ASKO One Hour Race Series heads into its 2nd round at Powerbuilt Ruapuna on Saturday 4th October, with a field of close to 40 cars set to take the starters flag. More
ASKO Endurance Series invades Ruapuna this weekend
29 Sep 2014The ASKO Endurance Series invades Christchurch's Powerbuilt Ruapuna this Saturday with the top teams, drivers and cars in NZ Endurance racing ready to battle it out in the annual SIERDC 3 hour endurance race. More
MARCUS ARMSTRONG TAKES HIS FIRST TR86 RACE WIN
29 Sep 2014Rising star: 14 year old Marcus Armstrong has won his first TR86 race, holding out a hard-charging Ash Blewett to score a result even he did not fully expect. More
TOYOTA FINANCE 86 CHAMPS RACES INTO SECOND SEASON
26 Sep 2014New Zealand's leading one-make sports coupe racing series, the Toyota Finance 86 Championship, returns to the track this weekend with a vengeance and the top five drivers from the inaugural year are back to do battle once more. More
GARDINER TAKES WIN IN ASKO ONE HOUR OPENER
23 Sep 2014Auckland driver Hugh Gardiner led all the way to take his Porsche GT3 to victory in the opening round of the ASKO One Hour Race Series at Teretonga Park on Saturday. More
EXCITING FINISH SEES BAGNALL/PEDERSEN TAKE 3 HOUR
23 Sep 2014Andrew Bagnall and Ant Pedersen won an exciting opening round of the 2014 ASKO South Island 3 Hour Endurance Series at Teretonga Park in Invercargill on Saturday. More