Law­son’s chance in US shootout

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NZ For­mula 1600 cham­pion Liam Law­son is in Ari­zona this week­end along with a 20-strong in­ter­na­tional driver line-up, all vy­ing for the Mazda Road to Indy

USF2000 $200,000 Schol­ar­ship Shootout.

Cham­pion driv­ers from nine coun­tries have been in­vited to com­pete in the two-day event where the win­ner will claim a

$200,000 schol­ar­ship prize from Mazda into the 2018 Cooper Tires

USF2000 Cham­pi­onship Pow­ered by Mazda.

This is the first rung on the highly ac­claimed open-wheel de­vel­op­ment lad­der that of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties to progress all the way from the grass­roots of the sport through USF2000, the Pro Mazda Cham­pi­onship and Indy Lights to the Ver­i­zon IndyCar Se­ries and the In­di­anapo­lis 500.

The Shootout week­end fea­tures a full day of on-track ac­tiv­ity on Satur­day with in­struc­tor feed­back through­out the day fol­lowed by a pri­vate din­ner for driv­ers with the judg­ing panel.

Fol­low­ing morn­ing on-track ses­sions on Sun­day, judges will con­vene to nar­row down the field of con­tes­tants.

Driv­ers con­tin­u­ing will take part in qual­i­fy­ing ses­sions and a

30-minute race.

The judges will then meet for a fi­nal time to select the win­ner of the shootout.

This is the sec­ond time a Kiwi driver has taken part with Christchurch Ara In­sti­tute stu­dent Michael Scott the first in

2016.

New GIXXER Cup class for Su­per­bikes

The pop­u­lar an­nual three­r­ound Suzuki Se­ries kicks off the New Zealand road-race sea­son at Taupo’s Bruce McLaren Mo­tor­sport Park this Sun­day.

En­tries are full across a mul­ti­ple of classes that are used as a pre­lude to the four round na­tional NZ Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onships.

These be­gin in Christchurch Jan­uary 6-7, with rounds to fol­low in Ti­maru, Hamp­ton Downs and Taupo.

Both the Suzuki Se­ries and the NZ Su­per­bikes will fea­ture a new class this year for fledg­ling rid­ers – the GIXXER Cup class, re­served for rid­ers aged be­tween 14 and 21 and all on board iden­ti­cal 150cc Suzuki GSX150F model bikes.

There will be at least 20 rid­ers on the start­ing grid in the GIXXER Cup class, with en­tries re­ceived from as far afield as Grey­mouth, Ti­maru and Auck­land

Hud­son youngest win­ner Pa­panui High School stu­dent Amy Hud­son has be­come the youngest win­ner of a New Zealand Rally ti­tle.

At the age of 16, Hud­son was the co-driver for Waiuku’s Dy­lan Thom­son this sea­son com­pet­ing in the six round NZ Rally Cham­pi­onship.

The pair­ing won the 2WD ti­tle driv­ing a Ford Fi­esta that had pre­vi­ously been cam­paigned by Nel­son’s Ben Hunt.

McLaugh­lin’s team to re­view pit-lane penalty

Su­per­cars driver Scott McLaugh­lin was is­sued a penalty at the New­cas­tle 500 for ex­ceed­ing the pit lane speed limit dur­ing his first pit of the fi­nal race, which ar­guably af­fected the ul­ti­mate re­sult of the sea­son ti­tle.

His DJR Team Penske ac­cepts that the out­come of the Cham­pi­onship can­not be al­tered, but the team feels it has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to seek clar­ity and to en­sure the meth­ods used to en­force pit lane speed lim­its go­ing for­ward are as ac­cu­rate as pos­si­ble for all com­peti­tors.

Ac­cord­ing to the team’s anal­y­sis of mul­ti­ple dif­fer­ent data/ video feeds, Scott didn’t ex­ceed the 40 km/h speed limit at any point in pit lane.

While Su­per­cars has con­firmed the ac­cu­racy of their tim­ing sys­tem, mem­bers of their tech­ni­cal staff have agreed to at­tend a meet­ing at the DJR Team Penske work­shop on Mon­day to re­view the in­ci­dent with the team’s tech­ni­cal staff.

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