Pukekohe buzzing with Su­per­cars fever

Franklin County News - - FRONT PAGE - JULIE KAIO

Burn­ing rub­ber, revving en­gines and high-speed thrills all come to­gether at the spir­i­tual home of New Zealand mo­tor rac­ing - Pukekohe Park Race­way - this week for the ITM Auck­land Su­perSprint.

It’s go­ing to be a cracker four days on and off the track, start­ing to­day - Thurs­day - with a spe­cial Fan Day at Pukekohe Town Square kick­ing off fes­tiv­i­ties.

The event, from 4pm-7pm, will fea­ture clas­sic cars, sign­ings and self­ies with the driv­ers, fun games and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Su­per­cars driv­ers will be in the square from 5.15pm-6.15pm, and in­clude New Zealan­ders Scott McLaugh­lin, Fabian Coulthard and Shane van Gis­ber­gen, as well as Craig Lown­des, Jamie Whin­cup, Mark Win­ter­bot­tom, Chaz Mostert, Cam Wa­ters and Ja­son Bright.

There will be a DJ, pedal cars, the chance to try your hand at an Xbox chal­lenge, food bev­er­ages, and lots of fun.

On Fri­day, check out the Pukekohe Card­board Car Rally (see above), as school stu­dents com­pete to cre­ate cars to be show­cased, judged and raced around a des­ig­nated course set out in the Pukekohe Town Square, which will also con­tain pit lanes.

On the big track at Pukekohe Park, it will be a hot con­test for Su­per­car driv­ers, with 300 points and up for grabs at the event, to be de­cided on a new for­mat of two 200km races – one each on Satur­day and Sun­day - with manda­tory fuel and tyre stops.

There’ll be plenty of ac­tion in be­tween the Su­per­cars as well, with a record-equalling num­ber of sup­port classes that in­clude a wide range of ve­hi­cles from var­i­ous eras to feed ev­ery fan’s pas­sion.

ITM Auck­land Su­perSprint tick­ets at Tick­etek.

Kiwi Su­per­cars driv­ers Scott McLaugh­lin, Shane van Gis­ber­gen and Fabian Coulthard will in Pukekohe to meet fans to­day.

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