Sensational cars for opener

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Pit stop action during last year's Carters Tyre Service Three Hour Race, with a driver change for the Scott O'Donnell/Allan Dippie Porsche team. The duo finished fifth. Photo: Euan Cameron Photography

THERE will be some sensational cars featuring at Teretonga Park this weekend at the opening of the 2017-18 motor racing season.

The opening round of the 2017 Carters Tyre Service South Island Endurance Series heads the action on Saturday, with the one-hour race beginning at 11.30am and the three-hour race at 1.30pm.

The action will continue on Sunday with racing for the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons and Sports and Racing Cars, presented by Downer.

Each year the endurance races bring some exotic racing machinery to Teretonga Park and this year is no exception.

The 2015 series champions, Angus and George McFarlane, of Christchurch, return with their Porsche 997 Cup R, while former multiple V8 champion John McIntyre will team up with Simon Gilbertson to debut a Manthey-spec Porsche 991 MR.

Matt and Dwayne Carter, of Auckland, will return in their Mercedes AMG SLS GT3, while Scott O’Donnell, of Invercargill, and Allan Dippie, of Dunedin, winners of the three-hour race in 2015, will return in their Porsche 991 Cup car.

Jordan Michels, fresh from a successful trip testing racing cars in Australia, will join former V8 star Eddie Bell, of Christchurch, in a BMW V8.

The one-hour race features more spectacular machinery in what appears to be a very open field.

O’Donnell and Dippie will also contest this event, and one car sure to be of major interest will be Tony Quinn’s McLaren 650S.

The action starts at 9.45am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday. Admission on Saturday is $15 for adults. with children 14 and under free. Sunday is free entry.

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