Monday, Oct 2 05:17pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

NZ Touring Cars gets new name for new season marking decade long support

New Zealand's longest running touring car championship, the NZ Touring Cars, will get a new name for the 2017–'18 season marking a 10-year long relationship with BNT. 


The BNT NZ Touring Cars will now be known at BNT V8s from this season onwards. It will be the 10th consecutive season the company has supported top-tier touring car racing in New Zealand.


BNT are New Zealand's leading provider or replacement and aftermarker automotive spare parts. Motorsport New Zealand has confirmed the BNT V8s will be the premier New Zealand class for the next three years.


BNT General Manager Martin Storey said they're keen to keep their relationship with top-level touring car racing in New Zealand going.


“BNT has had a long association with supporting premier New Zealand motorsport and we are pleased to continue our partnership with the New Zealand Touring Car Championship,” Storey said.


“For us, to celebrate 10-years of support of the BNT V8’s is something quite special.”


“There is huge interest and passion for motorsport in New Zealand, across enthusiasts and the wider automotive industry. The partnership gives us the opportunity to support a motoring experience that still holds the raw thrills of performance cars. 


"The various race meetings around New Zealand provide a great live experience on the track and we are pleased to support it again this year.  The V8’s are a fun filled and unique entertainment experience for those attending or watching on at home.”


Dunlop are also confirmed to continue on as the official tyre of the BNT V8s, marking the third straight season as the official tyre supplier for the unified touring car category. Gull will return as the official fuel of BNT V8s too. 


Television coverage will remain a staple of the category with the first round at Pukekohe Park set to be broadcast live on SKY Sport for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship ITM Auckland SuperSprint. Round two through to six will be broadcast on THREE's CRC Motorsport a week after the conclusion of each round. 


Category organisers are expecting a healthy field of entrants for the opening round of the championship with a number of competitors already confirmed for the full season.


2017–'18 BNT V8s calendar:

Round 1 Pukekohe Park, South Auckland November 3-5
Round 2 Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupō December 1-3
Round 3 Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Christchurch January 12-14
Round 4 Teretonga Park, invercargill January 19-21
Round 5 Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon, Feilding February 9-11
Round 6 Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, North Waikato March 9-11