After a successful inaugural winner-takes-all title decider at Highlands Motorsport Park in April, a three-round series will decide the 2022 TCR New Zealand and Super Production Championships this summer.
The New Zealand Touring Car (TCR) and NZ Production Car Championship (Super Production) titles will be on the line in the extended championship.
The inaugural event saw Chris van der Drift take the championship as well as the first two race wins, while rally driver Hayden Paddon took the final race win.
“We’re pleased to be able to build on the success we had with the inaugural TCR New Zealand Championship,” said MotorSport New Zealand CEO, Elton Goonan.
“The racing at Highlands was exceptional and the feedback from the competitors confirmed the promise the category has.”
“There’s talk of a few new TCR cars heading our way too which will be a great addition to the field.
“We’re equally as pleased to welcome back the Super Production field who complimented the TCR grid so well. This class really captures a sector of New Zealand motorsport that is very large and passionate about the machinery they race in.”
The TCR and Super Production cars will be on the same grid with two South Island rounds in January 2022 and one in the North Island in late February or early March.
All three rounds will be at Speed Works promoted events, with dates yet to be confirmed.
“Early interest is high,” commented category manager, Lindsay Dodd.
“I am aware of a couple of new TCR cars heading our way. Like the Highlands event, we are confident that the series will attract the top touring car drivers from around the country.”
“We are also currently working with a couple of major corporate sponsors which will also enhance the series.”
The inaugural event hosted a number of big names including Greg Murphy, Paul Radisich, Hayden Paddon, and Chris van der Drift.
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