PREMIER MO­TOR­SPORT CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

New Zealand Classic Car - - Contents - Words and photos: Steve Ritchie

The penul­ti­mate round of the Premier Mo­tor­sport Cham­pi­onship for the 2016/’17 sea­son took place at Hamp­ton Downs un­der­neath the me­nac­ing clouds of the ‘Tas­man Tem­pest’, which drenched the North Is­land on March 11 and 12. This re­sulted in sev­eral yel­low and red flags through­out the week­end, which kept the mar­shals on their toes at all times. The classes rac­ing were the BNT NZ Tour­ing Cars, Enzed Cen­tral Mus­cle Cars, NZ For­mula First, Pirelli Porsche, Porter Group NZ V8 Utes, Ssangy­ong Ac­tyon Sport Ute Se­ries, Toy­ota 86, and Trade­zone GT cars.

How­ever, the main draw­card to the event was the BNT NZ Tour­ing Cars class, with a com­bi­na­tion of Fords, Hold­ens, Nis­sans, and Toy­otas. This was its fi­nal race of the sea­son. Si­mon Evans, son of Owen Evans, who most would know for his New Zealand land­speed record feats in 1996, won the ti­tle in stun­ning fash­ion by tak­ing two out three of his races over the week­end. The V8 utes was an­other of the cham­pi­onships to fin­ish its 2016/’17 cam­paign at Hamp­ton Downs, and although Matt ‘The Springer’ Spratt won the round, the over­all se­ries win­ner was Richard Moore.

The Toy­ota 86 class, a step­ping stone into mo­tor sport, also fin­ished off its six-round cham­pi­onship at Hamp­ton Downs. Young Ryan Yard­ley, driv­ing for the Carevets team, had a stel­lar sea­son to fi­nally se­cure the cov­eted tro­phy. He didn’t win any races over the week­end but fin­ished high enough in the or­der to gain enough points.

The cham­pi­onship will head to Pukekohe next for what will be an ac­tion-packed week­end, when the big gun will be brought out — truck rac­ing.

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