In celebration of New Zealand’s motorsport history, Garry Pedersen and Brian Lawrence are organizing the inaugural Motorsport Masters & Friends …full story
Aussie racer Steve Owen drove alongside Mark Winterbottom in the V8 Supercars Sandown 500 endurance race, and in less than two weeks’ time he’ll be partnering Aucklander Tim Edgell in the season’s opening BNT NZ SuperTourers endurance event at Taupo.
Owen finished third in the preliminary race for co-drivers, but was less fortunate in the main race as he and Winterbottom came in 10th. Edgell is no stranger to teaming up with V8 Supercars drivers either. He won two of last year’s BNT NZ SuperTourers’ endurance races with Lee Holdsworth — and is delighted to have secured Owen’s renowned services.
Kicking off the Pirtek Enduro Series cup for 2014, the Wilson Security Sandown 500 saw the Red Bull Commodore of Paul Dumbrell and Jamie Whincup off to a flying start from pole position. There was an early battle brewing between Alex Premat and David Reynolds culminating with Reynolds’ Bottle-O ford taking a short trip onto the gravel. By lap 12 Dumbrell was still out in front, 2.22secs ahead of Jonathon Webb.
There were some worried faces in the Nissan garage with the fuel filler becoming stuck in the Norton Hornet Nissan of James Moffat and Taz Douglas, spilling fuel in pit lane, and requiring the fire marshals to douse the car with fire extinguishers. Murphy was the next to pit and grab fuel among the other co-drivers, and it was now Reynolds and Premat leading the race, with previous front runners Paul Dumbrell and Jonathon Webb falling to 9th and 10th respectively.
After a year off in 2013, the Scroungers Car Club are frothing at the bung with pant-wetting excitement to announce the return of the much-loved Hot Rod Blowout for 2015.
The Auckland-based traditional hot rod club first held the event in 2002 and it has grown steadily over the last 12 years to become a highly anticipated staple of the New Zealand hot rod calendar, drawing attendees and participants from around the country.
This year’s V8 Supercars series enters endurance mode this weekend (September 13–14), in the battle to win the Pirtek Enduro Cup for 2014. This kicks off with the Wilson Security Sandown 500 — a two-driver race, featuring driver and co-driver, covering 500km this Sunday. Individual qualifying races will be held for each driver on the Saturday, the results of which help determine Sunday’s starting grid.
Following this is the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, over four days from October 9–12. Taking over Bathurst, the holy grail of Australian motorsport, the Bathurst 1000 is a six-hour, two-driver, high-speed battle over the infamous 6.213km course.