The 2019/20 Best Bars Toyota 86 Championship will see out its season with a revised finale scheduled for September 4-6 at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park.
The championship entered an unforeseen Covid-19 hiatus period following the fourth round at Manfeild, meaning the remaining rounds from Hampton Downs and Pukekohe Park were left in doubt.
Despite the cancellation of the Motorsport New Zealand Championship season-finale from Hampton Downs and the subsequent postponement of the New Zealand Supercars event over ANZAC weekend, series organisers have finally been able to confirm a date in early September which will conclude the series.
The round will ultimately crown a new champion and see the conclusion of the highly anticipated title fight between kiwi duo Peter Vodanovich and Jaden Ransley, and young Australian Jaylyn Robotham.
Just a mere 78-points covers the trio with Vodanovich holding a two-point advantage at the head of the standings over Robotham.
Both Vodanovich and Ransley have embraced the growing sim-racing culture over the season break, with the latter having clinched the inaugural ARG eSport Cup and has been offered the opportunity to partner incumbent Australian TCR champion Will Brown in the forthcoming virtual TCR series.
However, Vodanovich has quickly come on form in recent rounds. The 19-year-old snaring a critical race win in the feature event from Manfeild to steal the points lead, edging home title protagonist Robotham in traditional Toyota 86 barn burner.
To date, there has been no confirmation of how a trans-Tasman bubble may work and when it could be enforced.
Though the September date should allow Robotham and his fellow Australian counterparts the opportunity to cross the ditch for one final showdown.