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.
Invercargill's Brendon Leitch takes historic home win in Toyota Racing Series
Invercargill’s Brendon Leitch has made history, becoming the first local driver to win the ‘home’ Toyota Racing Series feature race, the Spirit of a Nation.
Just 19 years old and in his second season of TRS, Leitch has struggled to fully fund his racing but drove the race of his career, fending off a determined charge from young American Santino Ferrucci that saw the pair side by side in the first corner when the race started. He quickly took command of the race, extending a lead of half a second that become two seconds late in the race when Ferrucci slid wide while challenging for the lead. read more
Williams and Bargwanna Hold Off Challengers
Auckland driver Kevin Williams held off stiff challengers Jamie Gaskin from Wellington and Invercargill's Liam McDonald as the NZV8 Touring Cars TL Championship toured the South Island over two rounds of tough competition.
Williams impressively held off a hard charging Gaskin over this weekend at Invercargill's Teretonga Park managing to win all three races and widen the points gap between himself and the rest of the field. 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
CONROY INTENT ON FURTHER IMPROVEMENT
30 Jan 2015Fresh from his first ever Toyota Racing Series victory last weekend, Invercargill racing driver Jamie Conroy is still intent on improvement as he prepares for the next round of the series at Hampton Downs in North Waikato this weekend. More
LEITCH BROTHERS READY FOR NEXT ROUND
30 Jan 2015Invercargill brothers Brendon and Damon Leitch are preparing for Round 3 of the Toyota Racing Series at Hampton Downs in North Waikato this weekend. More
PILCHER CLOSES ON FOURTH IN CHAMPIONSHIP
30 Jan 2015Nathan Pilcher of Winton is just eight points off fourth position in the NZV8 Touring Car Championship after Round 4 of the championship at Teretonga Park in Invercargill last weekend. More
More Wins To Come as Nissan Closes In
27 Jan 2015A race win for defending champion Nick Ross at Teretonga Park over the weekend shows that the Concept Motorsport Team are achieving their goal of bringing the new Nissan Altima up to speed during this season of the NZV8 Touring Cars TLX category. More
First NZGP winner for Manfeild
27 Jan 2015THE car that won the very first New Zealand Grand Prix is revved up for the 60th running of that great race - and so is its owner. More
Invercargill's Brendon Leitch takes home win
26 Jan 2015Invercargill's Brendon Leitch has made history, becoming the first local driver to win the 'home' Toyota Racing Series feature race, the Spirit of a Nation. More
Williams and Bargwanna Hold Off Challengers
26 Jan 2015Auckland driver Kevin Williams held off stiff challengers Jamie Gaskin from Wellington and Invercargill's Liam McDonald as the NZV8 Touring Cars TL Championship toured the South Island over two rounds of tough competition. More
Collins consolidates lead in Ace Hire Formula Ford
26 Jan 2015A solid points haul at the fifth round of the Ace Hire South Island Formula Ford Championship has helped Christchurch's Michael Collins retain his championship lead with one round to complete. More
Perfect performance from Cockerton at Teretonga
26 Jan 2015Maximum points were gained over the weekend by Pukekohe's Taylor Cockerton at the latest Formula Ford round at Teretonga Park, Invercargill, over the weekend. More