Back in the driver’s seat again

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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 go­su­per tour­­i­ly­pass 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 see­su­per tour­

Rac­ing come­back: Ron Sal­ter reck­ons other rac­ing names from yes­ter­year might follow his lead and get back in the driv­ing seat this month.

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