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Thursday, Sep 12 06:32pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

SsangYong Rhino Racing Series celebrates sixth season

The sixth season of the newly renamed SsangYong Rhino Racing Series gets underway at Pukekohe Park this weekend.


The series will play support to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint where three eight-lap races will take place.


This year the category has attracted a strong 20-car grid, with demand for the SsangYong utes higher than expected for the forthcoming season.


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Speaking with prior to this weekend’s meeting, Category Manager Murray Brook said it’s a big coup to have the second strongest grid on the support card.


“We actually didn’t have enough utes to cope with the demand, so we’re pretty confident that we’ll increase the grid as the season progresses,” Brook said.


“SsangYong are still giving is a lot of support. Dion and Rick Cooper are awesome and Mark Petch did a great job getting the series started. To still be getting 20 cars in the sixth year is pretty cool.


“It’s great to be on the Supercars support card and there’s potential to be on the April round too, so we could have double-header. That would be primo to be back on and have two rounds here.”


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The series has made some minor changes including the replacement of the soft top lid to a fibreglass hard top lid. The series has also moved to have one sole shock supplier, Alignment Specialists, and will once again be backed by Elf.