Back in the driver’s seat again
Racing legend Ron Salter will return to the cab of a SuperTruck during the upcoming BNT NZ SuperTourers Fuchs 500 event on November 29-30.
And we’ve got tickets to get you there.
Simply go www.nzsuper tourers.co.nz/freefamilypass draw to enter the draw and you could win a family pass that includes track admission for two adults and four children aged 16 and under.
You’ll also get an infield car park with a picnic site right next to the Entertainment Zone and Grid Walk passes so you can head out on to the track prior to the main race, meet the drivers and check out the V8s.
Salter, who retired from truck racing in 2000, has been lured back by the chance to drive the Scania T142 of late Formula 1 world champion Denny Hulme.
‘‘It’s going to be a very special weekend out there for me," he says. "Not only was Denny a great mentor when we were both racing trucks, but he was also a great friend.
It’s been 10 years since NZ SuperTrucks raced at the exciting Pukekohe circuit, and Salter believes a few other legends of the series might also be coaxed out of retirement to compete.
‘‘Word is slowly getting around that I’m jumping back in, and I think a few others like me won’t be able to help themselves.’’
Salter has never driven the Scania before and predicts it will take a little getting used to.
‘‘My whole career was driving right hand drive trucks. The Scania is a left hander, so no doubt I’ll fluff a few gear changes throughout the weekend!’’
Also on track will be plenty of local talent in the BNT NZ SuperTourer series where Shane van Gisbergen will be racing his Smeg Holden with Simon Evans.
The young duo currently leads the series and will battle hard with series champion Greg Murphy who is regarded by many as the ‘King of Pukekohe’.
The BNT NZ SuperTourers and NZ SuperTrucks will also be joined by the UDC NZ V8 Utes, NZV8 Touring Cars, Toyota Finance 86 Series, Honda Cup, and the SsangYong Actyon Racing Series. For tickets see www.nzsuper tourers.co.nz
Racing comeback: Ron Salter reckons other racing names from yesteryear might follow his lead and get back in the driving seat this month.