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.
TOYOTA RACING NEW ZEALAND LAUNCHES NEW FT50 CAR
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
Bargwanna and Williams Both Take Clean Sweeps at Pukekohe
There was action aplenty in the NZV8 Touring Cars TLX and TL Championship this weekend at Pukekohe Park Raceway but for two drivers the weekend was sweetened when both Jason Bargwanna and Kevin WIlliams took clean sweeps in their respective race classes.
Australian driver Bargwanna took his Toyota Camry TLX through the weekend with faultless precision holding out defending champion Nick Ross in all three races. read more
Blewett grabs the championship lead at Pukekohe
Auckland’s Ashley Blewett has wrested the Toyota Finance 86 Championship lead away from defending champion Jamie McNee. The pair had been equal on points after the first round, setting up an Auckland-Wellington duel for regional pride at the second round - as well as for the championship lead.
A hard-fought win in the first race on Saturday gave Blewett the early points advantage, then McNee fought back in the second race on Sunday. In the afternoon feature race Blewett was unstoppable, fighting off McNee’s early challenge and then extending his lead out to more than a second. The Auckland City Toyota cars of Marcus Armstrong and Tom Alexander swarmed past McNee and soon afterward Alexander was cleanly past his team-mate. 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
Markelov heads strong driver line-up for 2015 TRS
22 Dec 2014A Russian driver contesting the international GP2 series and the 2014 Italian F4 champion head a strong grid of international and local drivers for the 2015 Toyota Racing Series. More
PILCHER GAINS A CHAMPIONSHIP SPOT
8 Dec 2014Winton based NZV8 Touring Car driver Nathan Pilcher has climbed to fifth in the TL Class of the NZV8 Touring Car Championship after the second round at Pukekohe Park Raceway, south of Auckland, last weekend. More
New Nissan on the Pace
5 Dec 2014Defending champion Nick Ross drove the Total Lubricants Nissan Altima to second place overall at Pukekohe Park Raceway this weekend at round two of the NZV8 Touring Cars TLX series. More
Blewett grabs the championship lead at Pukekohe
1 Dec 2014Auckland's Ashley Blewett has wrested the Toyota Finance 86 Championship lead away from defending champion Jamie McNee. More
Bargwanna and Williams Both Take Clean Sweeps
1 Dec 2014There was action aplenty in the NZV8 Touring Cars TLX and TL Championship this weekend at Pukekohe Park Raceway but for two drivers the weekend was sweetened when both Jason Bargwanna and Kevin WIlliams took clean sweeps in their respective race classes. More
Williams Wins Race One After Baird Penalised
29 Nov 2014Auckland driver Kevin WIlliams won the opening race at Pukekohe Park Raceway today in the NZV8 Touring Cars TL Championship when Australia based Craig Baird copped a 10 second penalty for a false start. More
BLEWETT TAKES CONTROL AT PUKEKOHE
29 Nov 2014"That was pretty intense," Ashley Blewett said after fighting his way to the lead of the first Toyota Finance 86 Championship race of the weekend, More
McLaughlin and Bargwanna Top Practice Sheets
28 Nov 2014Lower Hutt driver James McLaughlin and Australia's Jason Bargwanna demostrated their intentions today at Pukekohe Park Raceway when setting the fastest times in practice in the NZV8 Touring Cars TL and TLX categories respectively. More