Monday, Dec 3 06:49pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Legendary Pukekohe Park will bring out record breakers

For the first event of the 2018-'19 Speed Works Motorsport calendar a host of MSNZ Championship and North Island categories will take on the challenge of the original Pukekohe Park circuit layout.

It's the spiritual home of V8 racing in New Zealand, and this weekend marks the first time the full back straight will be used at a Speed Works Events race meeting over the weekend of December 8th and 9th.

Topping the bill will be a rejuvenated field of BNT V8 racers, which will pit the best of the Kiwi racers against a handful of up and coming Aussie young guns.

As well as Fords and Holdens, there'll be three raucous Toyota Camry machines and Nick Ross' superb Nissan Altima in a field which features two closely fought classes.

Ross heads the early running in the championship after a reliable and quick weekend at the recent Virgin Australia Supercar Championhip event, but hot on his heels will be Aussie young gun Jack Smith, as well as home favourite and fast lady Chelsea Herbert.

The Toyota 86 Championship will race on the short circuit for the first time in a long time. This time around the championship has its most competitive ever field.

A full field of the country's top young and up and coming racers will be looking to make their mark and take the next step on their motorsport careers as they hope to be the next Scott McLaughlin, Shane Van Gisbergen, Brendon Hartley or Scott Dixon.

Connor Adam was the star last time out and heads the championship as they line up for round two this weekend.

The mighty Pirelli Porsche Series will be a sight to behold as they scream down the back straight.

The V8 presence is a major one at the meeting, with the action-packed V8 Utes on the bill, as well as the mighty crowd pleasing ENZED Central Muscle Cars.

And in the stunning TRADEZONE GTRNZ GT1/2 field, a new outright lap record could definitely be on at the legendary track in the right conditions.

The slightly tamer, but no less spectacular GT3/4 cars will also provide some great racing over the weekend.

Nose to tail action is a guarantee with the SsangYong Actyon Utes, while the NEXEN Tyre Pro 7 Mazda Racing field and the Motul Honda Cup complete the tin top part of the programme with their own blend of JDM style racing.

Single seaters are on the agenda with the Hi-Q Components Formula First field once again likely to have the crowd on their feet with its endless racing action over the weekend.

On the grid at Pukekohe Park:


Toyota 86 Championship

V8 Utes

Pirelli Porsche Championship

Hi-Q Components Formula First

NEXEN Tyre Pro 7 Mazda Racing

ENZED Central Muscle Cars



Ssangyong Actyon Ute Racing Series

Motul Honda Cup