Christchurch driver Martin Neill will enter his Porsche 997.2 in the Porsche Class of the Rodin Cars Super GT Series when the inaugural season gets underway in January.
Neill has quickly progressed in the sport, starting in the South Island 2K Cup Series for two years before stepping into the Porsche 997.2 he currently races.
Neill will race alongside friend and business partner Ben Byers, who will race a Porsche 991.2 cup car, Neill credits Byres as being an influence during his amateur motorsport career.
“Ben has done a lot of racing, starting way back in Super Karts. I’ve always loved cars and racing, and when Ben got back into racing, I just had to get involved too,” Neill said.
“I started off at the entry-level end, doing 2K Cup, before jumping in the deep end and getting the Porsche which I absolutely love.
“The 2K Cup stuff was great. It gets pretty wild there in the mid-pack, so I learnt pretty fast how to avoid trouble and some of the car to car contact that goes on.”
More recently Neill has competed in the South Island Endurance Series.
“The Porsche is such an amazing car to drive, and with the help of the James Marshall Motorsport team, my times are dropping every event and I come in off the track just wanting to get back on.”
Neill has no specific expectations for the season, instead focusing on continual improvement and keeping within striking distance of drivers ahead of him.
“If I can stay close to them I’ll be happy. I haven’t raced at the two North Island circuits before, so will have to learn those tracks on the go.”
The Rodin Cars Super GT Series will see four rounds held over three months starting January 15, at Highlands Motorsport Park.