Legendary Kiwi racer Kenny Smith will wind back the clock at this weekend’s New Zealand Historic GP, taking to the track in his 1990 New Zealand Grand Prix-winning Formula Atlantic Swift DB4.
Smith will be in action in the Formula Open class in his fully restored Ford BDA-powered car, running in its original livery.
The car recently took to the track at Hampton Downs for a full shakedown ahead of the event.
Smith joins six other Formula Atlantic competitors to compete for the David Oxton Cup amongst a large Formula Open grid, which also includes Bryan Hartley, Brendon Hartley’s father.
Hartley will be at the wheel of his newly purchased Swift DB4, which has seen action at the hands of Greg Murphy and Kaleb Ngatoa this season.
The Jim Palmer Cup, for ex-TRS FT40s, has two new additions, with Dylan Grant stepping up from Formula Ford and Brodie McConkey from Formula First. The duo join Toby McCormack to make for three FT40s on the grid.
Six ex-TRS FT50s will also run in the field, with Hayden Bakkerus and Zac Christensen leading the charge.
Series regulars Liam Sceats, Ngatoa, Alex Crosbie and Kaden Probst will miss the round, instead competing in the Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship at the same venue.
The GVI.Kiwi Formula Open New Zealand Championship will race three times over the weekend, with two 10-lap races on Saturday and a 12-lap feature on Sunday.
All sessions will be broadcast live on Sky Sport.