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).

New FT50 TRS carThe 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.

Ian Booth at Pukekohe. Photo: NZV8 Touring Cars 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.

Jamie McNee at Hampton Downs. Photo: TRSThe 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.

Jamie Conroy at Taupo. Photo: Geoff RidderThanks 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.

3 Hour Start at Teretonga. Photo: Euan CameronMotorSport 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.


FT50 takes significant steps forward in driving dynamics, safety and technology

Test drivers endorse new race car: a worthy successor for outgoing TRS car

Toyota Racing New Zealand has launched the new FT50 race car for the Toyota Racing Series, describing the new car as a significant step forward featuring the latest in race car technology and safety and a worthy successor to its predecessor. read more

Craig Baird leading Kevin Williams at Hampton Downs. Photo: Simon HoneyBargwanna and Baird Take Slim Lead in NZV8 Touring Cars

The first round of the NZV8 Touring Cars brought slim leads of just eight points for both Jason Bargwanna and Craig Baird in their respective TLX and TL categories.

In the TLX category Australian Bargwanna in his Toyota Camry picked up where he left off in April earlier this year once again going head to head with Cambridge’s Nick Ross heralding more close racing to come throughout this upcoming season. read more

Marcus Armstrong is congratulated by proud father RickMARCUS 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

Paul Kelly ahead of Jono Lester. 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

Two Aussies Take On Two Champions at Pukekohe

25 Nov 2014

Two Australian drivers will team up and go head to head against not one but two defending champions in the NZV8 Touring Cars TLX category this weekend at Pukekohe. More

Ross Aims for Historic Pukekohe Win for Nissan

24 Nov 2014

Defending NZV8 Touring Cars TLX champion Nick Ross will be aiming to win round two at Pukekohe Park Raceway this weekend and be the first man to take a V8 powered Nissan Altima to an overall round victory in the series. More

Drivers Definitely Beatable Says McLaughlin

23 Nov 2014

Lower Hutt driver James McLaughlin believes he has the goods with which to win the NZV8 Touring Cars TL Championship this season against an influx of talented veteran drivers into the series this year. More

Neale Motorsport to contest NZ Formula Ford Champs

16 Nov 2014

Canterbury motorsport identity Andrew Neale has announced that his highly successful motor racing team, Neale Motorsport, will be taking a new focus this season, More

Smith joins Collins for opening Formula Ford Round

10 Nov 2014

Legendary Kiwi single seater driver Ken Smith will join Michael Collins at the opening round of the 2014/15 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship that gets underway on Saturday 15 November at Timaru International Motor Raceway, Timaru. More

Nissan Altima Impresses on Debut

7 Nov 2014

A penalty of just 10 secs was all that stood between Nick Ross taking the brand new Total Lubricants Nissan Altima to an overall victory at the opening round of the NZV8 Touring Cars season last weekend at Hampton Downs. More


5 Nov 2014

Winton based NZV8 Touring Car driver Nathan Pilcher excelled on debut at last weekend's opening round of the NZV8 Touring Car Championship at Hampton Downs in North Waikato. More

High Expectations For Freeman

5 Nov 2014

You could almost be excused for thinking Dyson Freeman was a seasoned campaigner when it came to Formula Ford racing, the 24 year old Blenheim based tyre technicial has his sights set, More
Event Tickets TV Schedules Results / Points
2014/2015 — Top 5 Standings
Pos. Car No. Name Car Make Points
1 21 Craig Baird NZV8 Holden TL 217
2 8 Kevin Williams NZV8 Holden TL 209
3 2 James McLaughlin NZV8 Holden TL 174
4 33 Steve Taylor NZV8 Ford TL 143
5 73 Brad Lathrope NZV8 Ford TL 136