Fairhurst heads down un­der for Kiwi chal­lenge

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene -

For­mer BRISCA F1 cham­pion Lee Fairhurst will take part in a num­ber of races in New Zealand over the open­ing months of the year.

Fairhurst has ar­ranged to race at the Su­per­stock 248 Global Chal­lenge at Arena Manawatu on Satur­day (Jan­uary 14) – the day af­ter a 30-hour jour­ney – be­fore pre­par­ing for an­other big in­di­vid­ual ti­tle event, the World 240in Cham­pi­onships at Ro­torua the week af­ter.

“Once I land, there won’t be any time to get over any jet­lag,” said Fairhurst. “For the last few years I’ve been to New Zealand just to race in the 240in Cham­pi­onship or com­bined it with racing in the Teams Cham­pi­onships. Now I am do­ing both.”

He will re­turn for the Teams Cham­pi­onship at Arena Manawatu in Palmer­ston North in early Fe­bru­ary along­side four other Brits.

The 26-year-old from Bolton will be joined in the five-man GB team of Frankie Wain­man Jr, John Dow­son, Bobby Grif­fin and Ben Hur­d­man.

The Su­per­stock Teams Cham­pi­onships is the main fo­cus for Fairhurst. “Win­ning the Teams Cham­pi­onships with Team GB will mean as much as win­ning a gold or sil­ver roof over here,” said Fairhurst. “I only took part for the first time in it last year, but we did ex­cep­tion­ally well to fin­ish sec­ond. I hope we can go one bet­ter.”

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