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. 


Toyota Racing Series at Christchurch. Photo: Geoff RidderPREMIER RACING CALENDAR UNITES KIWI MOTORSPORT

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.

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2014-15 Race Champions:

FIST PUMP: Lance Stroll wins the New Zealand Grand Prix at Manfeild Motorsport Park. Photo: John Cowpland/PhotosportCanadian 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


Jason Bargwanna on the grid at Pukekohe. Photo: Iain WhitakerBargs 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


Tom Alexander at Hampton Downs. Photo: Bruce JenkinsAlexander 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 at Hampton Downs. Photo: Euan CameronTaylor 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


Andrew Bagnall at Timaru. Photo: Euan CameronBagnall/Pedersen take titles at Timaru endurance round

(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


Hugh Gardiner at Timaru. Photo: Euan CameronDominant 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

Latest News

Toyota announces TV3 coverage agreement for 2016

21 Aug 2015

Toyota 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 2015

FAN 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 2015

Pukekohe'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 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. More

KIWI DRIVER FUND BOOSTS YOUNG DRIVERS INTO TRS

23 Jun 2015

Toyota 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 2015

Invercargill electrician Steve Heffernan may race purely for enjoyment but he has just sealed his third New Zealand Class 2 Formula Ford title. More

Cockerton completes successful TRS test day

3 May 2015

NZ Formula Ford Champion Taylor Cockerton has completed a highly successful test in the new Toyota Racing Series FT50 car at the Hampton Downs circuit in the north Waikato on Thursday. More

Ross Wins NZV8 Touring Cars Final

16 Apr 2015

Cambridge 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

Bargs Wins Title While Weekend Astounding Success

13 Apr 2015

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. More

Taylor Cockerton convincingly wins F.Ford Title

23 Mar 2015

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. More

Alexander wins TR86 Champs

2 Mar 2015

Canterbury's Tom Alexander has won New Zealand's leading one-make championship, wresting the title away from Wellingtonian Jamie McNee. More
Event Tickets TV Schedules Results / Points
2014/2015 — Top 5 Standings
Pos. Car No. Name Car Make Points
1 8 Kevin Williams NZV8 Holden TL 1334
2 33 Steve Taylor NZV8 Ford TL 919
3 73 Brad Lathrope NZV8 Ford TL 844
4 55 Nathan Pilcher NZV8 Holden TL 762
5 23 Brendan Murphy NZV8 Holden TL 631