After graduating from this year’s Motorsport New Zealand Elite Motorsport Academy Class of 2016, Racing Driver Connor Adam has been making moves to expand his career this past week starting on Monday July 18th at Hampton Downs.
After finishing his 3rd and most successful season in Kz2 Shifter karts in June this year and then graduating from the prestigious Elite Motorsport Academy, Adam has completed an important test session in a brand new NZ Racing Car (Half sized race car) on Monday on the new Hampton Downs circuit for the upcoming 2016/17 season when the series starts at the Hampton 101 GT3 Meeting this October.
After testing the car for the first time today Adam said, “I really feel that this is the right step for where I’m looking to go in my career right now, the cars are definitely a good step up from karts and from what I’ve felt from today’s test they feel like nothing else I’ve ever driven before”. Adam also said “I really couldn’t have got to where I’m currently standing today at Hampton without my supporters at the Elite Motorsport Academy and the Otago Academy of Sport who have done so much for my career over the past few weeks through the academy, they really do run the best academy in the motorsport world for young drivers”
Well Known and respected racing driver Andrew Waite praised Adam’s efforts in his first test session in the new car today by saying “I can really see why he was selected for the Elite Motorsport Academy. To be able to jump in a racecar for the first time ever and drive like he has today is really quite amazing, I’m sure he will go far in the class and in his racing career”.
Connor Adam doesn’t just excel on track, he is also currently learning how to build race cars as well at Manukau Institute of Technology while working at International Motorsport in his free time, “I feel that taking all the opportunities I can get right now is the best thing for my career going forward whether it’s on or off the track” says Adam. One thing’s for certain though, the Elite Motorsport Academy is producing some of New Zealand’s best young talent and giving drivers like Connor Adam chances to prove themselves on and off the track.
NZ Racing Cars enjoyed a fantastic two days at the CRC Speedshow.
With a brand new Camaro on the stand and a bonnet off the new Mustang, show goers had a chance to get up close and personal with the pocket rocket racing cars.
One of the main talking points was that these NZ Racing Cars are NOT related to the Star Cars of NZ, and once they were viewed up close it was easy to see the difference, with all quality parts and quality engineering.
Some who opted to take a seat in the cars were surprised at the space and comfort, even a gentleman of 6’2″ had no trouble climbing aboard.
Andrew Waite showed just how fast and nimble these cars are in the outside arena footing against some high horsepower machines.
NZ Racing Cars would like to thank the organisers of the CRC Speedshow for another great event and we look forward to show these cars off at the Hampton 101 in October for more information check out http://www.hamptondowns.com
NZ Racing Cars will take delivery of 5 brand new cars next week, fresh from manufacture in Australia these cars will be the first new cars to hit NZ soil.
2 new Mustangs, 2 new Camaro and 1 new Toyota are among the shipment, the Mustang and Camaro have both seen the podium this year and Paul Morris past Bathurst winner campaigned a Mustang at Darwin.
The cars will be delivered direct to Hampton Downs in time for the next test day on the 18th July and the CRC Speedshow.
NRC Series coordinator Mike Sentch said “It’s great to finally have the new cars arrive in New Zealand, this is the next step to making the new series a reality, we maybe able to announce the first Kiwi owner of an NZ Racing Car in the coming weeks”
Sentch when onto say “The interest in these cars has been amazing, with all types of racers looking at getting involved, now that we have the cars on Kiwi shores competitors can see what they will own.
NZ Racing Cars will hold another test day at Hampton Downs on Monday 18th July.
After the success of the first two test days NZ Racing Cars will conduct a test day for around 16 interested competitors. All wanting to sample the unique driving experience that is NRC, with drivers from both car and kart back grounds finding the NZ Racing Car something exciting and positively different to drive this show what a competitive class it will be.
If you are interested in having a test please register by email to email@example.com spaces are limited.
NZ Racing Cars will be a part of the CRC Speedshow this year.
They will be two NRC at the show, one on the Highlands / Hampton Downs stand (STAND 52) and the other will be out on the live arena show just what the pocket rockets can do. Driver for the days will be Andrew Waite who is well aware of what these cars can do “I’m excited to show the cars off in front of a crowd, they have a unique sound as well as how fast they are”
Waite completed in the ARC round at Highlands in 2015 and says he is looking forward to being apart of the up coming series.
Be sure to check out the cars at CRC Speedshow on the 16th and 17th July.
Even the Americans agree that the small car racing works.
In 1992, the officials at Charlotte Motor Speedway began noticing a great need all across North America. This need was very simple: an affordable racecar with a unique design that requires little maintenance time and cost. This was brought about because many short tracks have allowed the cost of their competing racecars to escalate out of control with “loose” rules.
As a result of this research, in January 1992, US Legend Cars International, Inc. was launched and so began a highly-accelerated R&D program of a new racecar that would be affordable, race on smaller tracks and have low maintenance costs.
It was then in April of 1992 that the first Legends Car was unveiled at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The concept of creating a fun and affordable “spec” class of racing for anyone to participate in was born.
Since that time, the Legends Cars have become one of the fastest growing segments of motorsports today. With drivers being classified into four different divisions, Legends Cars is THE racing opportunity that is available to anyone! The Pro Division is for the experienced drivers. The Masters Division features drivers 40 years and older. The Semi-Pro Division is the novice class, featuring the drivers that are new to the sport or have been inactive in other forms of racing for a while. Then there is the Young Lions Division which is designated for the drivers between the ages of 12 and 16. While the car stays the same from division to division, it is the driver that makes the difference!
As we said, U.S. Legend Cars International is a stepping stone in the career of many notable drivers. Check out the list of USLCI Alum currently active in the top tiers of NASCAR.
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The 2014 Bathurst 1000 Winner Paul Morris will once again jump aboard an Aussie Racing Car for round three of the series. After a two month hiatus the pocket rockets have made the trek north to Darwin for the Crown Bet Triple Crown V8Supercars Round this weekend. for round three of the series. After a two month hiatus the pocket rockets have made the trek north to Darwin for the Crown Bet Triple Crown V8Supercars Round this weekend. Morris’ last run in the series was at the same round last year where he proved his prowess in motorsport by mixing with the top cars and taking a win to finish the round in a creditable sixth position. Morris will compete in the Ford Mustang of Scott Taylor Motorsport.
This weekend 36 cars take to the short 2.8km Hidden Valley circuit, whilst it’s the shortest track the Aussie Racing Cars will visit this year it’s also one of the busiest, after the 1.1km long front straight there’s 14 tight and twisty corners to contend with, the reasonably wide circuit again will see the ARC cars running two and three wide in to the turns, especially around five, six and seven in the actual “hidden” part of Hidden Valley, the bowl is a great spectator viewing area as you can see almost the whole field come in and out of the tight turns, this then opens on to the fast flowing esses of turns 10-13.
None of the 2016 Aussie Racing Car Teams are based out of Darwin so the local crowd is always pleased when the field goes racing, this also means there is no home town advantage for anyone either. Another aspect the Aussie Car Family enjoy at the round of course is the heat and fine weather, already the southern teams are talking about the extreme cold and only two weeks into winter.
After two rounds James Duckworth (RDA Brakes / Rinkin Racing – Nissan Altima) leads with 98 points from the current Series Champion Brendan Pingel (Derek Pingel Racing “Spirit of Lockyer” – Holden Cruze) and Ben Walsh (Dr Ink Tattoo Removal – Holden Cruse) whom are tied on 96 points. Grant Ludbey (The Torque Team – Euro GT) leads the Masters Cup, in the race for the Gold Cup Brendon Tucker (Variety Group – Camaro) is top of the table, Kel Treseder leads the fight in the Rookie class (KKP Motorsport – Camaro). Ruth Bowler (Ruthie Racer Racing – Ford Coupe) is leading the ladies trophy with 100 points.
NRC will hold another test day at Hampton Downs in July, the test is scheduled for after the CRC Speedshow where NRC will feature in the live outdoor arena.
More details available soon.
Feedback from drivers – including Kiwi racing star Angus Fogg – participating in the two recent test days with the NZ Racing Cars has been very positive and bodes well for the November launch of the new motor racing series.
Mike Sentch, NZ Racing Cars series manager, co-ordinated the test days at Hampton Downs and Highlands with assistance from James Ward, son of Phil Ward who developed the Aussie Racing Cars class which uses exactly the same high-revving, half-size race cars as the NZ Racing Cars, and professional driver Andrew Waite who coached the test day participants.
Sentch says the two test days added to the momentum that the new series is gaining.
“Our test day drivers were very enthusiastic about their time in the NZ Racing Cars test cars with several expressing serious interest in lining up for the new five round series,” Sentch says. “They have a range of backgrounds, from karting to various circuit racing classes, so it was great to see that the NZ Racing Car concept appeals across the range of competitors.
Among the test drivers was Greg Murphy’s teenage son Ronan, a kart racer who was accompanied by his grandfather Kevin Murphy at the test day.
Sentch notes: “For the guys testing at Hampton Downs, there was the added bonus of being amongst the first to experience the new section of track, so that got a lot of positive comment as well.”
Kiwi racing star Angus Fogg also tested the NZ Racing Car and is already looking at running two of the little racers, one for himself and one for a young driver.
Fogg says: “The build quality of these is excellent and for what they are, they’re very fast with a reasonable amount of power. These things are different, half like a motorbike and half like a kart with a roof over your head which I’ve always enjoyed. James Ward said to me your driving style suits these cars down to a T – you’ve got to get into them to make them sing.
“It’s not just another a one-make series, the NZ Racing Cars is something different and I’m looking forward to the genuine trans-Tasman aspect – it’s neat that the cars are truly identical, something that a few other classes should have thought more about.
“I’ve watched them race in Australia several times and was always impressed with the racing, how the whole package worked and they race at a lot of premium events. I’ve always said I’d like to go to Aussie to race one of these and now it’s closer to home.
“Overall, it looks pretty affordable and a lot of fun, and with Tony Quinn behind it, I can see the series happening. As in Australia, there looks to be a wide range of drivers in the series from old veterans like me to kids coming in from karting. I see it as a step for some people, a step that’s sort of missing in New Zealand.”
In terms of the NZ Racing Cars on track, Fogg says: “Because they’re little and light and not particularly good through the air, the racing’s always good. It’s a bit like old Mini racing, where you’ll get some drafting and some dive-bombing which makes good racing. You can’t do that in a big heavy car, well, you can try, but it doesn’t work. These are like angry mosquitos, they zap around, they’re cool, they lift a wheel, they’ve got some attitude and they’ve got the latest body shapes like the Camaro and Mustang – I’d be having a Mustang if I did one.”
Fogg sums up his test day experience: “I really enjoyed it and am looking at getting some mates together to do another test day. It gave me the old dry mouth and got my heart pumping. If you’re not smiling, it’s not worth it!”
Sentch says he continues to field calls from interested competitors. “We will certainly run more test days throughout the winter as demand dictates. Drivers can reach me via email – firstname.lastname@example.org – for more details.”
Sentch confirms eight NZ Racing Car chassis have already been built, ready for the New Zealand series when it starts in just over six months, and more are in production with the expectation that around 20 cars are likely to contest the inaugural NZ Racing Cars Championship.
Kiwi race fans will see the first NZ Racing Cars in action as part of the Aussie Racing Cars support class at the inaugural Hampton Downs 101 endurance race at the end of October. The first official round of the NZ Racing Cars Championship is at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint at Pukekohe Park Raceway in early November, where some of the Aussie Racing Car competitors also participating.
James Ward from ARC Foggy ready for his first taste of the NRC
A question that has been asked with regards to the all-new NZ Racing Cars (NRC) category is, are they related to the Star Cars? The simple answer is not in any way.
NRCs are exactly the same cars as run in Australia under the Aussie Racing Cars (ARC) banner. ARC is one of the most successful categories in Australia with 40 plus car grids.
So why are they so different?
NRCs, like their Australia counterparts, are fully CAD-designed bodies that meets the Automotive Manufacturers Industry Standard (G3 continuity). They are CAMS and MSNZ approved chassis.
They use only the highest quality parts, such as:
- AP Racing Brakes – world leaders in brakes
- PWR radiator and cooler – suppliers to Red Bull Formula 1 and NASCAR
- Race Products billet axles and rear end components
- Pace Innovations suspension components – builders of the V8 Supercars CotF / NZ Supertourers
- Fuel Safe fuel cell
- Mod Concepts fabricated components
- Apex Engineering billet components – supplier to V8 Supercars and Australian GT
- Woodward steering components
All these components are used by the top racing teams in Australia and by V8 Supercars.
These components along with 20 years’ experience with building these cars means you are buying a superior vehicle that has been engineered to succeed.
NZ Racing Cars run all the same components on each car – the engines are all the same, the tyres are all the same – making them a true one make series where is all comes down to you, the driver, to make the difference.