Endurance racing comes to Teretonga

The Porsche 991 GT3R of Scott O'Donnell (Invercargill) and Allan Dippie (Dunedin) during the opening round of the Carter's Tyre Service South Island Endurance Series. Photo: Terry Marshall

ROUND 3 of the Carter’s Tyre Service South Island Endurance Series comes to Teretonga Park this Sunday with plenty of exotic racing machinery on track.

Qualifying and racing in the event, presented by Allied 24/7 Fuel, will start from 9am with qualifying before two separate 1-Hour Races and the traditional 3-Hour Race.

Under Alert Level 2 conditions, crowds can attend the event but groups not attending together should maintain a distance of 1m.

Face masks are required upon entering the circuit and when accessing toilet facilities.

While the series has seen drivers and their cars from some areas unable to travel, there would still be a spectacular entry in every race.

To date, the series has visited Highlands Motorsport Park and Timaru and withdrawals have opened up opportunities for potential winners in the 3-Hour Race.

The McLaren 650S GT3 driven by Glenn Smith, of Hawera, and former Southlander Damon Leitch, and the Scott O’Donnell (Invercargill)/Allan Dippie (Dunedin) Porsche 991 GT3R were prominent at Timaru but there are several others who could take a victory at Teretonga Park.

The 1-Hour races are split into races for C&D class cars and another for A&B Class cars.

In the Class C&D races to date, 17-year-old Ryan Wood, of Upper Hutt, has won both rounds in his Porsche 991 Cup Car but he has faced stiff opposition from National 1-Hour Champion Marco Schelp, of Christchurch, in his Porsche GT3 Cup S.

Jarrod Owens, of West Melton, in a 997 GT3 Cup S and Ben Byers, of Christchurch, in his 991.2 GT3 Cup car are other factors in the class.

Southlander Jordan Michels will be looking for a good outing at his home circuit in his new MARC Cars V8-powered Ford Focus, while Bruce Davidson, of Alexandra, could be the leading contender in Class C with his Chev Corvette C64.

Sam Collins, of Cambridge, enters his MARC Ford Mustang in this race this weekend after contesting the 3-Hour races at previous rounds.

Rhys Gould won the Class A&B race at Timaru in his Hyundai i130N TCR car while Scott O’Donnell has been very quick in his example at both Highlands and Timaru but has been bereft of luck.

Andre Simon, of Queenstown, took the Highlands race in his Toyota 86 and pairs with Ben Silcock for Teretonga.

Christchurch drivers Daniel Cropp (Honda Civic), Dennis Chapman (Audi TCR) and Steven Kelly (BMW E46 M3 GTR) plus Queenstown drivers Mike Hall (Volkswagen Golf GTi 35) and Robert Gjaja (Lotus Exige) will also be in contention.

In Class A, Andrew Gibson (Timaru)/Paul Booth (Dunedin) in a Honda Civic and Queenstown drivers Clark Scott and Brad Rule in Hondas could well be to the fore.

Tickets for the event are on sale at Auto Centre, Tweed St, and E Hayes & Sons, Dee St, Invercargill, priced at $15 each with free entry for children aged 14 and under, when accompanied by an adult.

  • Lindsay Beer is the Southland Sports Car Club publicity officer