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
(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.
“We’re happy with the win and second overall,” commented Kelly. “It would have been good to have won the series for a fourth consecutive year, but Andrew’s (Bagnall) car is just quicker.”. 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.
Fourth home was the Ferrari F430 Challenge car of Gerald Trass/Robin Gray followed by Phil Hood (Porsche GT3), Tim O’Connor (Ferrari 458 Challenge), Patrick Heagney/Ryan Heagney (Toyota AE86 ) and Sue McLaughlin (Porsche GT3). read more
Manfeild excited by new TRS racer
22 Oct 2014LEAVING the best until last seems possible for the latest race car for the Toyota Racing Series, with every chance the new model will be at its optimum for the final and most important race of its championship, the New Zealand Grand Prix at Manfeild... More
TOYOTA RACING NEW ZEALAND LAUNCHES NEW FT50 CAR
19 Oct 2014FT50 takes significant steps forward in driving dynamics, safety and technology More
Dominant Gardiner crowned One Hour Endurance Champ
19 Oct 2014Auckland'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. More
Bagnall/Pedersen take titles at Timaru endurance
19 Oct 2014Rain 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. More
Close tussle sees Bagnall/Pedersen win second 3 Hr
5 Oct 2014The Auckland pairing of Andrew Bagnall/Ant Pedersen (Porsche GT3) were clear winners of the ASKO 3 Hour Endurance Series second round at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Christchurch over the weekend. More
Two from two as Gardiner dominates ASKO 1 Hour
5 Oct 2014Auckland's Hugh Gardiner has convincingly won the second round of the 1 Hour ASKO Endurance Series at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna, just outside Christchurch over the weekend. 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