Search for Formula One’s Next Big Thing Begins At Spectacular Highlands.
Highlands Motorsport Park – January 12-13 2019
The championship that has produced several Formula One drivers of the past – as well as a multitude of successful Kiwi racers – revs up for the start of its five weekend international series at the fabulous Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell.
It’s the first time the new generation of Toyota Racing Series car has raced at the circuit, and the first time since 2013 that the Toyota category has visited. And it’s all set to be a fantastic weekend of racing as the next generation of the world’s top young single seater racers begin their 2019 quest for success – in a field that is sure to include several up and coming Kiwi racers.
On an action packed bill are the BNT V8s, enjoying a resurgent year with new drivers and old faces aiming to make a name for themselves in the big V8s. Last year’s championship saw Andre Heimgartner and Jack Smith excel and go on to impress in the Supercar Championship and Dunlop V8 Series respectively, and there are sure to be more looking to make the most of the opportunity to sharpen their skills ahead of the Australian season.
Porsches are always an outstanding class around Highlands and they’re back for this weekend as well. Late model 991, 997, 996 cars and many more besides make the South Island Championship a thriller for fans of the German marque, and expect a very healthy presence for this huge meeting at the track too.
Check out the best of the country’s up and coming racers in the most competitive ever Toyota 86 Championship this weekend too. Twenty of the thoroughbred machines will put their drivers to the test around the twists and turns of the circuit and with data sharing and a track new to many, watch out for the driver who gets their head around the technicalities of the track first and sets the pace for the others to match. One thing’s guaranteed – they will! The racing will be superb.
The Portergroup V8 Utes are also back at the track for the first time since 2013, with the Holden Commodores doing battle with the Ford Falcon FG and BF models in this most hotly contested of championships.
And adding a different flavour – with their raucous rotaries – will be the NEXEN Tyre Pro 7 Mazda racing series, down on the South Island on its annual foray once again and this time taking in the sweeping challenges of the Highlands track as part of its two round National Championship.
The Highlands card also includes one of the best South Island classes in the sport – the OSCA series. The Open Sports Car Association’s successful and jaw-dropping series allows great freedom to create and run some very special one-off cars and like its GTRNZ cousin on the North Island, boasts some of the wildest and most spectacular machines in Aotearoa. Not to be missed!
And last but by certainly no means least will be the Rush hour clash – a one hour tactical and handicapped endurance race which will pit the best of the best against each other in a mini endurance shoot out. Watch out for some big V8s, some GT3 cars and may be one or two other mega fast machines in this one off race.
On the grid this weekend in Cromwell.
- Toyota Racing Series
- BNT V8s
- Toyota 86 Championship
- Pirelli Porsche Championship
- Portergroup V8 Utes
- Nexen Tyre Pro 7 Mazda Racing
- Rush Hour
Children 14 and under are free of charge if accompanied by a paying adult