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Off the back of a “good, solid sea­son” (2017/’18), the Mazda Pro7 Rac­ing Se­ries is set to re­turn in Oc­to­ber, con­tin­u­ing its suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship with Nexen Tyre (DTM Wheel and Tyre) that saw both the RX-7 and RX-8 classes im­prove lap times by one to 1.5 sec­onds through the use of Nexen 225/50R16 (Pro7 Plus) and 235/45R17 (RX-8) N’Fera SUR4G class tyres.

“It was a good, solid sea­son, on and off the track. We had lots go­ing on. It was a fan­tas­tic year … the qual­ity of the prod­uct, our part­ner­ship with Nexen Tyre and DTM, and the times that were pro­duced by both classes — ev­ery track record was bro­ken. We’ve got an ex­cit­ing year ahead of us,” said Mazda Pro7 Rac­ing Club pres­i­dent Leo Bult.

The new sea­son will see 26- to 30-car grids for the RX-7 and RX-8 classes, with the lat­ter grow­ing from an ini­tial four cars to 15-plus over the last three years alone. Round one of the 2018/’19 sea­son will be held at Man­feild Cir­cuit Chris Amon on 20 and 21 Oc­to­ber, set­ting the bench­mark for the races to fol­low. In a first for the se­ries, driv­ers will travel to Cromwell’s High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park in Jan­uary 2019 for the first Na­tional Cham­pi­onship round, which has been moved to High­lands from Mike Pero Mo­tor­sport Park, Rua­puna, Christchurch.

To find out how you can join the se­ries, visit maz­daPro7rac­

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