Baigents all go on V8 Su­pertour­ers

Spon­sors from Mata­mata in­vited to join rac­ing team

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

Cu­ri­ous rac­ing fans have been milling into Mata­mata’s Baigent Mo­tors, ea­ger to take a look at what man­ager Justin Scelly has been work­ing on.

Over the past two months, Mr Scelly and me­chanic Paul Dud­ley have built a Holden Com­modore V8 race car al­most en­tirely from scratch.

Auck­land driver Mike Ninkranz will race the car in New Zealand’s pre­miere V8 se­ries, the V8 Su­pertour­ers.

‘‘I have built and en­gi­neered cars for other peo­ple so I have built up quite a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in the last eight or nine years,’’ said Scelly.

‘‘I thought it was time to take that next step for­ward into the pre­miere se­ries.’’

Scelly and Ninkranz have formed rac­ing team Mav­er­ick Mo­tor­sport Group and will com­pete against top drivers such as Greg Murphy and Shane Van Gis­ber­gen.

‘‘We are quite proud of our­selves to get to this level,’’ Scelly said.

‘‘I think there were a lot of peo­ple that never thought we could get here, in­clud­ing [ the peo­ple from] V8 Su­pertour­ers.

‘‘We’re not ex­pec­tant of win­ning a cham­pi­onship or any­thing. ‘‘We have never be­ing in­volved in this level of com­pe­ti­tion be­fore so this year is a big learn­ing curve for us.’’

The team missed the first round of the se­ries at Hamp­ton Downs last month and hoped to get out on the track as soon as pos­si­ble.

‘‘The only think we are lack­ing is spon­sor­ship,’’ Scelly said. ‘‘They are ex­pen­sive cars to run. ‘‘At the moment the main thing we need is the parts.’’

The team was based at Mata­mata and Scelly said they hoped to have the stick­ers of Mata­mata busi­nesses on their car.

‘‘I would love to have lo­cal spon­sors,’’ he said.

‘‘With Baigents be­ing a lo­cal com­pany and me be­ing a lo­cal guy, I would love to push some­thing for Mata­mata.’’

Any­one in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ship can con­tact Scelly at Baigent Mo­tors. For in­for­ma­tion search Mav­er­ick Mo­tor­sport Group on Face­book. On show: Mav­er­ick Mo­tor­sport Group dis­play their fin­ished car at the first round of the V8 Su­pertour­ers at Hamp­ton Downs.

Pho­tos: MAV­ER­ICK MO­TOR­SPORT GROUP

Work in progress: Baigent Mo­tors man­ager Justin Scelly puts the steer­ing wheel in his team’s Holden Com­modore V8 race car.

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