Porsche racer Paul Kelly is eager for the start of Rodin Cars Super GT Series, at Highlands Motorsport Park in January.
Kelly will join the Porsche sub-class in a Porsche 991.2 Cup Car he recently purchased from Australia.
“The car is almost brand new – It only had a few hours of running for a test before it was parked up,” Kelly said.
Kelly is experienced in Porsche Carrera Cup cars, after competing in the Carrera Cup Australian Championship from 2011 to 2013, with a best championship result of 10th in the 2011 season.
Kelly said he was immediately attracted to the Super GT Series for a variety of reasons.
“I haven’t raced seriously for a while, but what really attracted me to the series was the parity aspect. The Porsche class cars are all the same – it’s a true one-make series.
“The quality of the machinery up and down the field is truly world-class. Those McLaren GT4’s are really something else, and I see that there will be seven of them racing – it’s great for the sport whether you’re a competitor or just a fan.
“From what I’ve seen of the entry list, there are some very capable drivers entered. I think there will be some tight battles throughout the field.”
Kelly said the four-round calendar suits a busy work schedule and a family summer holiday over the new-year break.
“The timing also works really well for me. I can have a holiday down in the Wanaka/Cromwell region with the family, do a bit of racing, then the following weekend shoot up to Christchurch and do the Ruapuna round, then go back.
“I’m really looking forward to loading up the truck and trailer and heading north to Hampton Downs and Taupo a few weeks later.”
The four-round series will be held over three months starting January 15, 2022, at Highlands in Cromwell.
This will be followed by the second round at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Rupauna on January 22-23, before heading to Hampton Downs on February 12-13. The final round will be in Taupo on March 26-27.